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  1. I filed the I-130 online and the I-485 on paper. I made a post a post here where I am updating as it goes through the process: The online version is fairly new so many will tell you it is better to file both on paper and this is the main reason why I chose to file the I-130 online. To kind of test the difference if there is any. Some positive points: 1) One less packet to mail which has a lot of paper required. Save trees and postage money 2) The online form checks for errors and guides you step-by-step. It is almost impossible to file it incorrectly 3) You can pay online and you receive the I-797 online within a day. From then on, any new notices are also received online (and by mail) 4) After October 2, the online form will have a lower fee than the paper form. I think USCIS maybe did this to push people to file online instead. Less work for you and less work for them. You can still file the I-485 at the same time as the I-130 but you have to wait to receive the PDF I-797 for the I-130. I did this and sent the PDF I-797 with my I-485 packet and all were accepted.
  2. Hey guys, People keep questioning whether or not USCIS will still consider an already submitted I-944 and if an I-944 needs to be submitted. The following is text from the injunction announcement: This means that if a decision has yet to be made on your application and you have already submitted an I-944, USCIS will ignore the I-944 when making the decision for as long as the injunction is in effect. If the injunction is overturned down the road and a decision has yet to be made on your application, USCIS will resume normal review and include the I-944 in its final decision. This means you do not need to send the I-944. Honestly, if I were filing around this time and just found out about this, I would choose not to do the I-944 as it took me a lot of time and money. With regard to USCIS rejecting applications postmarked before the original Final Rule came into effect, the article uses the term "Erroneous". Meaning they did not reject on purpose but had overlooked postmarked dates. I am sure this may happen with a few of these as well. Remember, USCIS uses contractors for their intake and they are not always accurate in their intake process. I guess it comes down to preference. You can choose to take this injunction as a helping hand and not have to go through the trouble of the I-944 or still go through all of the trouble
  3. I disagree. When the Public charge came into effect, any applications send prior to February 24, 2020, did not have to send the I-944 and any applications sent on or after did. So basically, someone sending the I-485 on February 23, 2020, did not have to send the I-944 and did not have to send it later as the rules did not apply at the time they sent it. However, if you sent the I-485 on February 25, 2020, then the rules would apply and you would have to send it. This is the same concept. Basically, anyone who sends their applications on or after July 29, 2020, and up until this is overturned, would not need to send the I-944. Even if it is overturned, I do not think USCIS would later send them an RFIE or RFE as these applications were mailed during a period when the I-944 was no longer required. This ruling would only affect us that had already sent our applications prior to July 29, 2020. If this is overturned and a decision has not been made on our applications, it would mean that USCIS would again consider our already submitted I-944. So, anyone who does not want to have to go through the trouble of submitting the I-944 should do so while this is in effect.
  4. I am not an Attorney or a representative of USCIS so I cannot answer this. Your best bet will be to call USCIS and have them confirm.
  5. We do not have an end date so we will just have to wait and see. It means that the I-944 and Public Charge Questions will not be considered in making a final decision.
  6. Yes. Honestly, this was the biggest headache in getting the documents out and the most costly but oh well now. So basically if a decision has yet to be made on your application and you filed an I-944 or answered public charge questions, you no longer have to worry as USCIS will not take that into consideration. I guess this means I don't have to stress about the I-944 part of my application at least.
  7. Hey Guys, So I was reading this: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/public-charge/injunction-of-the-inadmissibility-on-public-charge-grounds-final-rule So basically anyone who files on or after July 29, 2020, will still have to file an I-944 but USCIS will anything related to the public charge rule: https://www.uscis.gov/news/public-charge-fact-sheet so essentially ignoring the I-944 I guess. Maybe others can give their opinion. So basically August filers will not be subject to the same scrutiny as prior filers. Also, this is only in effect as long as the SDNY decision is in effect so I would get your applications in quick as this can always change. So for anyone filing the I-1485 on or after July 29, 2020, you do not have to file the I-944
  8. If I am not mistaken, mail forwarding will work on the NOA letters but green cards, EAD, and other important documents are sent in a way that requires USPS to return to sender if the recipient has mail forwarding. I think you should just file the change of address now and if you do not receive the NOA, you can call USCIS.
  9. Wow that is good to know. What page is it on in the final rule? I skimmed through but couldn't find specifics
  10. Hey Guys, So it looks like a Final rule was posted for the fee changes and the fees can be found in the following PDF and this news announcement https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusts-fees-to-help-meet-operational-needs : https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2020-16389.pdf Pages 13 - 17 have a table which shows the current fees and the new fees as well as the percent change. the I-485 will be going from $1,140 down to $1,130 the I-130 will go from $535 to $550 for online filing or $560 for paper filing. So cheaper if you file the form online vs on paper. Those who are looking to remove conditions might want to consider getting this done by October 2: I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence is going from $595 to $760 Check out the full table to see the fee increases/decreases for all immigration forms. This final rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must include payment of the new, correct fees established by this final rule. 2020-16389.pdf
  11. To add to my prior message. Although I included the I-130 NOA in Exhibit A, it was also placed on the very top of the packet with a simple notice stating that the I-130 was already filed and pending and that this packet was being sent to file concurrently.
  12. This is more or less what my packet looked like. Also, you want to put the payment method at the very top of the packet: In my case, I filed the I-130 online so my packet may look different than those who file on paper with the I-485 TABLE OF CONTENTS FORM I - 485 - ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS (EXHIBIT A) PASSPORT PHOTOS COPY OF FOREIGN PASSPORT COPY OF FOREING BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH TRANSLATION COPY OF I-94 COPY OF ACCEPTANCE NOTICE FOR FORM I-130 COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF CHILD MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE COPY OF US PASSPORT OF SPOUSE FORM I-944 DECLARATION OF SELF SUFFICIENCY (EXHIBIT B) COVER LETTER/STATEMENT PRIMARY CARETAKER SWORN STATEMENT EDUCATION EQUIVALENCY AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS NOTICE OF NO CREDIT HISTORY FROM EXPERIAN TAX RETURNS AND INCOME STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN COMBINED WITH I - 864 IN ORDER TO NOT SUBMIT DOUBLE EVIDENCE FORM I - 864 AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT (EXHIBIT C) EMPLOYMENT LETTER COPY OF PAYSTUBS W2 FORMS COPY OF TAX RETURNS AND STATEMENT FORM I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION (EXHIBIT D) PASSPORT PHOTOS FORM I-131 APPLICATION FOR TRAVEL (EXHIBIT E) PASSPORT PHOTOS COPY OF FOREIGN PASSPORT
  13. This is the standard letter that Experian sends when they cannot locate a report or you do not have one. This is the same one sent for my spouse and the same one I sent to USCIS.
  14. See my signature for my timeline. People have had mixed results in that it has taken anywhere from 15 to 60 days to receive a response. Give it some more time. I actually saw a few that have the same USCIS received date as me and they got their notices in 2 weeks whereas mine took a little over 30 days. Also, I sent the form to email/text the confirmations but never received any. I read similar issues on the forum so it looks like they do not always send the notifications so your best bet is to check your bank statement to see when they charge. That is how I found out they received mine.
  15. The reps will tell you to email lockbox support if it has been more than 14 days and you have not received a notification or the payment method has not been charged. Lockbox support can take up to 30 days to reply so it is not always helpful. I sent them an email at day 28 which would have been July 16, 2020. I received their automated message but have yet to receive a reply from that email; however, it doesn't matter because my card was charged on July 20 and notices received on July 27. It takes time to process and some will receive their notices within a couple of weeks while others within 30 days. I have even read cases that took 60 days until they received their notices. Be patient and give it some time. If it does go over 30 days, you can call and request to escalate as well. Best of luck!
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