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About Alekezam

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  1. Why does the topic of whether to use an attorney or not keep popping up?! It's like beating a dead horse..... For all of our USCIS filings we never used an attorney and more than likely would never use one for any future filings simply because we don't want to spend the money on something we can do ourselves. It's not so much because we think attorneys won't be able to do a better job or that they are unknowledgeable in regards to immigration....it's more the money aspect of it. But that's just me. Whether a person wants to use an attorney or not is their decision. Maybe someone doesn't have the time or the skills to properly put together their filing....maybe English isn't their first language and it's difficult for them to interpret all the instructions.....or maybe they have deep pockets and money isn't an issue and hiring an attorney is just easier......who knows? This forum is for us as a community to share experiences and offer advice. Why is it that whenever the word "attorney" pops up, a bunch of people start coming out and making people that use attorneys feel like idiots? Not everyone is the same or thinks the same. If anything it actually discourages a lot of people from posting simply because they're afraid of getting chastised. It's also funny how so many people keep bashing the use of attorneys when Visa Journey itself states in it's Terms of Agreement that people should always consult with an attorney. There is also even a link to ask for a Pro which puts you in touch directly with an attorney/law firm. And I want to make clear, I never used an attorney nor would I ever use one for USCIS filing purposes. Taken straight from the Terms of Agreement section within VisaJourney.com: NO LEGAL ADVICE OR ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP Information contained on or made available through VisaJourney Websites and Services (including but not limited to the discussion forums) is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice, recommendations, mediation or counseling under any circumstance and no attorney-client relationship is formed. Do not act on or rely on any information from VisaJourney Websites and Services without consulting with a licensed attorney as this site is not a substitute for obtaining appropriate legal advice from a competent, independent legal counsel in the relevant jurisdiction. Moreover, due to the rapidly changing nature of the law and the reliance on information provided by outside sources, we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the Content on VisaJourney Websites and Services or at other sites to which we link. Nothing submitted to this Web Site is treated as is privileged or confidential with the exception of items listed in VisaJourney's Privacy Policy. All communications and Content Posted via the Service (including but not limited to the discussion forums) are NOT treated as privileged or confidential.
  2. I'm just curious, where does it specifically say in the instructions that "affidavits" are optional and that you "may" submit them if your other evidence is not strong enough and that they are weak? As far as I can tell based on what I see in the instructions is that affidavits are one of a number of examples listed. All of the examples (1-5) listed in the instructions are listed fall under the same paragraph that states "documents should include, but are not limited to, the following examples". It doesn't say anything about example 1 being stronger than example 2 or example 5 being weaker than example 4 and so on. Not disputing that many people have not sent in affidavits and have been approved without them just like the same can be said for those who have included them. That's like saying "I was traveling outside of the US and when I came back no one bothered to check if I was tested for COVID so that means you don't need a test to get back into the US. I met a bunch of other people that had the same experience so yeah, even though the rule states that you do you actually don't!" In my opinion, and I highly stress opinion because a lot of people on here tend to throw around advice like it's law rather than a recommendation, including affidavits is a good thing because whomever is providing an affidavit is on the hook as they are legally bound to testify before an immigration officer if it comes to that. I've pasted the evidence section within the I-751 Instructions verbatim below. Evidence of the Relationship Submit copies of documents indicating that the marriage upon which you were granted conditional status was entered in “good faith” and was not for the purpose of circumventing immigration laws. Submit copies of as many documents as you can to establish this fact, to demonstrate the circumstances of the relationship from the date of the marriage to the present date, and to demonstrate any circumstances surrounding the end of the relationship, if it has ended. The documents should include, but are not limited to, the following examples: 1. Birth certificates of children born during the time of this marriage, if any; 2. Lease or mortgage contracts showing joint occupancy and/or ownership of your communal residence; 3. Financial records showing joint ownership of assets and joint responsibility for liabilities, such as joint savings and checking accounts with transaction history, complete joint Federal and State tax returns, insurance policies that show the other spouse as the beneficiary, joint utility bills, or joint installment or other loans. If applicable, submit copies of military Leave and Earnings Statements showing receipt of Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) with family members and/or Form DD-1172 for military family member identification cards; 4. Other documents that you consider relevant to establish that your marriage was not entered for the purpose of evading U.S. immigration laws; and 5. Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by at least two people who have known both of you since your conditional residence was granted and have personal knowledge of your marriage and relationship. (Such persons may be required to testify before an immigration officer as to the information contained in the affidavit.) The original affidavit must be submitted and also contain the following information regarding the person making the affidavit: his or her full name and address; date and place of birth; relationship to you or your spouse, if any; and full information and complete details explaining how the person acquired his or her knowledge. Affidavits must be supported by other types of evidence listed above.
  3. Thanks for the input. From all the sifting through the forums the only thing I can come up with is that the primary advantage to having the biometrics waived is that it saves a trip from having to go through that whole exercise again. There just doesn't seem to be a clear pattern as to who gets waived and who doesn't other than the possibility that certain geographical areas are less or more backed up than others. I'm pretty sure that it being waived has no correlation to a requirement for interview....however having an interview at AOS does seem to have a bearing on whether or an additional interview is required. If someone can shed some more light on the topic that would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Just received a notice in the mail from USCIS with a biometrics appointment date. I've been searching around the forums looking for some clarity on what it exactly means when you get your biometrics waived vs. having to redo your biometrics and I haven't been able to find a clear cut explanation. Is there some sort of advantage to having your biometrics waived vs. not? There doesn't seem to be a clear pattern as to who does and doesn't get an appointment scheduled. I know they are waiving a lot of biometrics simply because they are so backed up in some areas so could it be that where I am located geographically (Houston) the applications office isn't backed up so they figure they'd just have us come in for a biometrics anyways? Thanks in advance for any clarifications.
  5. It was the same for us. It's just standard verbiage that they use in their letters. When you fill out the form whomever is the green card holder will now be both the petitioner and the beneficiary. So for example, my wife is the green card holder so she is petitioning to get a removal of conditions on her green card so she is also the beneficiary. She fills out Part 1 and Part 2 under Information About You/Conditional Resident and signs. I am the US Citizen Spouse so I fill out Part 3. and Part 4. and sign in the I-751 form. Each of you should only need to sign once in the form unless your situation involves other conditions such as kids or something else.....which I assume you all don't fall under. I'm guessing you're the same as us (just my wife and I). Hope that helps.
  6. Look, all I was saying is that outside of what is required there is no right or wrong answer. Only advice. I am not here to argue with you, I tried as best as I could to shed some clarity to my stance but that obviously didn't work. So to avoid any further conflict I'm just going to agree with you, so to anyone filing their I-751 please be sure to provide no less than hundreds of pages of evidence, otherwise, you run the risk of getting your package rejected.
  7. I never said it was inaccurate. Some people may have a couple of hundred and some may not. It all depends on the specific circumstances of each individual and how they present their evidence. It is inaccurate to give everyone the impression that "all" people need to provide hundreds of pages. I did not count the exact number of pages our package was but if I were to guess it was either less than or right at 100 pages. We had no issues, our case was accepted and we received our extension notice shortly after submittal without a hitch. Am I saying that everyone will get by with the amount we sent in? No. I don't think it's fair to subject people to unnecessary fear with what they consider to be facts when it should actually be advice. Just like you say there are tons of cases that are rejected for the bare minimum the same can be said on the flipside. There are also tons of cases that are approved with the bare minimum. Like I said, there are a lot of variables that play a role into what happens and we can't predict what will happen simply because we can't control some of those variables.....i.e. an officer who has a chip on their shoulder or one who is super cool. All we can do is give advice.....it's everyone's choice to do what they want to with that advice. We shouldn't be telling people that they have to do it a certain way (outside of what is actually stated in the official instructions) isn't right. That's all I'm saying.
  8. We filed the I-751 last month and it took exactly a week and half to receive the 24 month extension letter.
  9. A couple of hundred pages.....lol. There are a ton of variables that can play a role in submissions so what one submits is completely unique to their situation. The minimum requirements as stated in the I-751 instructions are what you need to provide. Anything beyond that is at the discretion of each individual.
  10. Lol, I just finished posting an example of what you may or may not need on your other thread. You have more than enough information. I'd be surprised if you run into any issues.
  11. As long as you have joint accounts whether it's a savings, checking, investment, etc you're fine. They will glance at activity within the accounts but in my opinion I believe all they care about is that either of you have access to each other's funds. My credit cards include my wife as a joint user but she has her own credit card which she primarily uses and never actually uses mine. Plus, credit card companies don't include both names on joint accounts all they do is authorize an additional user. So I wouldn't worry about credit card stuff as long as you have joint bank statements and bills to show. I've always followed the instructions outlined on the Forms themselves. They list examples so it is at our discretion on what we believe to be good evidence. There really isn't any right or wrong answer to what needs to be included because not everyone's circumstances are the same. For reference here's exactly what I sent in as a cover letter that lists what I included. You can use it as a template for yourself. XXXXX and XXXXX Your Address City, State Zip USCIS P.O. Box 21200 Phoenix, AZ 85036 September 20, 2021 Petition for: Remove Conditions on Residence Non US Citizen: Name Dear USCIS: Please find enclosed. I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence Payment in the amount of $680 for I-751 ($595) and biometric ($85) Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence Copy of the non US Citizens Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card (front and back) Copy of our Joint IRS Tax Transcripts for 2019 and 2020 Copies of our joint bank statements since marriage at XXXX Bank. Copy of investment and retirement accounts at XXXX with listed beneficiaries (July 2021) Copy of our joint medical and dental health insurance policies. Copy of our auto insurance showing joint coverage for 2 vehicles. Copies of our internet/cable bill back to September 2019. Copies of documents for past travel post AOS along with future travel documents to xxxxxx to visit US Citizen Spouse’s (NAME) family. Affidavit Statement affirming valid marriage by John Doe Affidavit Statement affirming valid marriage by Jane Doe Photos with family, friends, and travels (post AOS). We are happily living together and request that this petition be accepted for removal of conditions on the residence of my wife, Your Wife's Name Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I may be required to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer at a later date. Signed, Your Name and Your Wife’s Name
  12. Yes, that's exactly what I did. Instead of simple paper stickys I used the more robust filing tabs and clipped everything together at the very top with a large binder clip: https://www.staples.com/Post-it-Durable-Filing-Tabs-Assorted-Colors-2-24-Tabs-Pack-686F1BB/product_751540 https://www.staples.com/Staples-Large-Metal-Binder-Clips-Black-2-Size-with-1-Capacity/product_831610 You can also get a bunch of smaller binder clips to keep specific sections together along with the large one to hold it all together if you want but be sure to put tabs at bottom and clips on top. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!
  13. You can just go to any Office Depot or Staples and purchase a bubble mailer. They provide more than enough protection and can be purchased in many different sizes. I used something just like this: https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/293208/Office-Depot-Brand-Kraft-Self-Seal/ You can buy them in singles at the store they run like $1 or $2 each, can't remember exactly how much specifically. No need to go overboard like others have done on here with boxes and all sorts of ridiculous packaging.
  14. Given all the wackiness that has come from the pandemic over the past year and a half I'd recommend you go ahead and get it done now that you have a concrete interview date. There's no telling what might happen if you attempt to reschedule. Looking back on the rollercoaster of a ride we had during our K-1 process I just don't have much faith in the system. And that was pre-covid times. If your reason to postpone is due to you wanting to be present for the interview I'll go ahead and tell you it's not necessary and makes absolutely no difference in the decision process. The interview process is super easy so unless you there's some underlying negative history in either yours or your fiance's background you should have nothing to worry about. (Read my review on the interview process). If the reason to postpone is something else then ignore what I just said. I just don't think it's worth the risk to delay the process any further if you don't have to. We are about to come up on our due date for the ROC application submittal. Good luck!
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