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About jxn

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    District of Columbia

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  • Immigration Status
    Naturalization (pending)
  • Place benefits filed at
    Lewisville TX Lockbox
  • Local Office
    Washington DC
  • Country
    El Salvador
  • Our Story
    I'm from the northeast U.S., my wife is from El Salvador. She came to the U.S. in 2009, we met and started dating in DC in 2010, got engaged and married in 2013, and filed for and completed AoS in 2014.

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  1. Just a small update that I had the family member log in to her USCIS online account and she found a PDF in the Documents section dated the same day as her online N-400 submission mentioning biometrics reuse. So while she never got the physical letter in the mail, it looks like I was worrying for nothing. It would be nice if the regular case tracking mentioned biometrics reuse but at least now we know. For reference, the online account says there is an estimated six months until case completion, but I guess everyone here says that that part is never accurate, right?
  2. I follow this for a family member and am surprised to see that her online status remains with "Your case is being actively reviewed" from the date of her submission, without even biometrics after nearly four months. How common is that?
  3. Does the diplomatic posting abroad comment refer to the U.S. State Department? Can anyone chime in if that is presumably "qualifying employment abroad" to count as not breaking U.S. residency?
  4. Thanks for the info—I will ask for a copy of the original agreement to see what it said. The lawyer indeed passed the local state bar exam.
  5. A follow-up to let you know that they decided to pay the lawyer the cost to prepare the RFE response. Then, a few weeks ago, there was an RFE on his I-485 (requesting documents related to his F-1 status) and another RFE on his I-130 (proof of the good faith relationship). And again they are asking for $1,000. To me this strikes me as a reach since presumably a well-prepared application would have these things front-loaded and the RFEs demonstrate the gaps in the lawyer's initial application preparation. I am encouraging them to ask the lawyers to prepare the RFE responses for free for this reason, but since I had this thread up from the first RFE I wanted to get the forum's opinion on how common this is among law firms and get a sanity check if it's crazy to be requesting money (or at least, this much money).
  6. Hopefully my question is straightforward—a family member is keeping me up to date on her husband's case, who just received EAD approval (the card should be arriving in a week or so, I suppose) and Advance Parole approval. This is my first time seeing an I-512L Advance Parole form, and when I search the forum a lot of the posts are over ten years old. Am I wrong in thinking that a lot of approved I-131 cases are simply rolled into the "combo card" where the recipient doesn't get a separate Advance Parole document? For what it's worth, checking his cases, the EAD was approved on February 22nd, and the tracking said the card was produced today on February 28th. On the AP side, it says it was approved on February 23rd and produced on the 24th. Is this a case of strange timing where they were considered separately? If the AP had been approved before the EAD, does that mean it would have resulted in a combo card? He is still waiting for the EAD in the mail, but seeing that the AP paper arrived in the mail it seems like there would be no point in USCIS issuing that if they know they were about to issue the EAD a few days later. Also, he has a single copy of the I-512L Advance Parole form and I see old forum posts referencing that there should be two originals. Is there a problem or should there be a single? Finally, if the EAD that arrives in a few days says "Not valid for re-entry to the U.S." at the bottom but he has the just-received AP document, he can take those two items along with his foreign passport to leave the U.S. and then re-enter, right? Does it have to be an emergency or can it be for any reason? Thank you! Edit: Adding here that after googling around I have come to understand that in or around 2022, USCIS started decoupling the work permit and advance parole applications to speed along processing and therefore no longer issue combo cards, which answers all of my questions except if there are supposed to be one or two originals of the Advance Parole document. Leaving this up for reference and hoping someone can let me know if there is indeed only supposed to be one I-512L included in the mailing.
  7. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I suggested waiting and now that she are in the new place, she will finalize the N-400 shortly and not have to worry about any change-of-address issues.
  8. I casually help friends with immigration-related questions and my friend (green card holder) and her husband (applying for AoS on the basis of the spouse of an LPR). The application just got an RFE from USCIS saying that his wife doesn’t make 125% of the poverty level and they need a co-sponsor. She is pulling out the documents they filed with and unless I misunderstood something she makes more than double that amount. I have asked her to clarify what income/taxes she submitted with his application when they submitted it in late 2021 (so presumably her 2020 taxes), but regardless the lawyers they used are asking for a lot of money to draft a response and I can’t find logic in needing to pay for this. Either she made enough money when they originally submitted and USCIS committed an error, at which point it should be so easy for the lawyer to resend the evidence they already have on file with a boilerplate letter, OR the lawyers themselves messed up if she didn’t make enough money and they didn’t tell them to get a co-sponsor before filing. They want nearly a thousand dollars to begin drafting a response and I want just a bit of context so I can encourage this sweet couple to advocate for themselves in the most accurate and appropriate way possible since I think this RFE would or should fall under the umbrella of his AoS application and not incur a large cost. Thanks for any advice!
  9. Thanks for the info! I went ahead and checked the old and new zip codes and it's the same field office. Good to know that some big cities have multiple ones!
  10. Thanks for the feedback! I think I will indeed go ahead and recommend that. Does the applicant need to submit a local state ID / driver license with part of the application or does the scan of the green card suffice? I ask because that will be a whole additional step to get the new ID after moving that could add more time. Obviously it would all be ready by the time of any interview (even by biometrics).
  11. I'm helping someone fill in her N-400. She will be moving in less than a month within the same city, so no change of USCIS area. Does a move like that impact processing times at all? If it is simpler I could suggest waiting. Also, it's been a while since I've dealt with USCIS-related things. I know that the N-400 can now be filed fully online. Does that extend to the AR-11 change of address form too? Thanks!
  12. I guess it's a bit nuanced. All states now issue REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and non-driver IDs. From what I read, the Washington state offers an "enhanced driver license (EDL) or enhanced ID card (EID)," and the "EDL/EID is also an acceptable REAL ID document to use for air travel within the United States." What's strange to me is that unlike many states, the wording suggests that it is only for U.S. citizens. Happy to learn more if I might be mistaken in any of this.
  13. I may be confused but a lot of responses seem to be missing the fact that the person asking this question is curious about his children's children. His children are natural-born citizens—Americans born abroad but no different from Americans born in the U.S. In regards to their future children, there is no single answer because it depends on a few circumstances. If their future children are born in the U.S., they will be U.S. citizens. If your kids grow up and have a family, if the other parent of your grandchild is not American, and their child is born abroad, there will be a residency requirement for your child for his or her child to be a citizen at birth. See below, taken from this page. INA Section Status of Parents Residence or Physical Presence Requirements Child is a U.S. Citizen 301(g) One parent is a U.S. citizen; other parent is a noncitizen U.S. citizen parent was physically present in United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years (2 after age 14) prior to child’s birth At Birth If their child is born abroad but the other parent is also a U.S., citizen, the following applies: INA Section Status of Parents Residence or Physical Presence Requirements Child is a U.S. Citizen 301(c) Both parents are U.S. citizens At least one U.S. citizen parent has resided in the United States or outlying possession prior to child’s birth At Birth I admit I don't know how long the residence in the U.S. prior to the child's birth needs to be. I invite others to expand but hopefully this is a brief look at information that directly addresses your scenario.
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