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About AffableAndy

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  • Location Minneapolis, MN, USA

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    Adjustment of Status (approved)
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  1. We moved from VA to MN during the AOS process, and of course, our interview was scheduled in Norfolk three weeks after we made the move. If your interview has not been scheduled, it is very simple - you will need to send in an AR11 for I-485, your spouse should change the address for the I-130 and also send in I-865. Make sure you file a change of address with USPS as USCIS can take some time to update your address in the database. In our case, I called the helpline, spoke with a Tier 2 rep, and on her advice sent in another package to the Norfolk office with a request to have our interview moved. It worked out fine, but we got our cancellation notice two weeks after the interview was originally scheduled, and a few months later we were scheduled at our local office.
  2. The AOS timeline will follow the I-485 processing timeline at your field office (assuming everything goes well). If we hadn't moved, it would have taken about 6 months to complete AOS, but because we did it took about 10 months.
  3. Very sorry to hear that. Vet techs are awesome people, I worked in animal research for a while with a lot of vet techs, definitely one of the most undervalued professions in society. Thank you for all your hard work!
  4. I don't think it's possible to not be at least a little flustered during the interview! Hoping your case is approved quickly! I don't think anybody at the Minneapolis office is approved on the spot, everyone in the last few months has reported getting the "case is being held for review" letter.
  5. Yes - this is a list A document on your I-9 so you can definitely use it as evidence that you are authorized to work. In practice, most employers will also need you to have an SSN; whether you get one or not depends on if you applied for one on your I-765. If you applied for one, you should get it in a few days. if you didn't, you need to go to the SSA office and apply for one.
  6. So nice to see so many other same sex couples here! My husband and I are planning our first trip together to India, so he gets to meet my family.
  7. I had 2 F-1s (undergrad/grad school) and a B1/B2 in two passports; for my AOS I only provided my most recent F-1 and the passport it was in. However, at the interview the IO did ask to see both I-20s. I also provided my most recent I-94 (though I hadn't left the US since starting grad school). For the I-864 my spouse sent his past few tax returns in; we provided a joint one at the interview.
  8. I did - this is literally what I did as well. Filed Feb 2019, received courtesy letter in April, did the medical in May/June, submitted the I-693 at my interview in Dec. if you do your medical after submitting the I-485, it is good for two years as long as it is in a sealed envelope. OP's I-693 is good till April/May 2021, they do not need to do the medical again.
  9. You do not need to take the completed forms, but it would be a very good idea to go through them again, and carefully note what has changed as the IO will update the form at the interview. You should take all the evidence you submitted with the forms, including new evidence since the date of submission.
  10. Since you did not submit the I-693 with your AOS package, it is valid for two years from the date the physician signed it. Just give them the sealed envelope at your interview, you will be fine. @Donald120383 - The 60 day period comes in to play if you do the medical before submitting the package to USCIS.
  11. Exciting news! Ours was about 10 months, but there was an address change (and USCIS field office change) in between. Glad they are speeding up!
  12. If your start date won't be pushed beyond the 13th, not much you can do about it now. I can only say from my sample size of 1, but with the new year holiday and such, there may simply not have been enough time for you to get an approval notice in the mail. It's only been three working days. Hopefully you have informed delivery and would know if you missed a notice in the mail. There's an obvious disconnect somewhere in USCIS between things mailed out and status updates visible to reps online, so quite frankly I'd take everything you hear from the folks on the phone with a grain of salt. I really hope it works out for you! At least you know you're a good candidate for future applications!
  13. From a university perspective, talk to your PI right away - they may need time to formulate some kind of plan. What if you had a baby/medical condition that caused you to leave for a few months? Surely they have some kind of mechanism in place to ensure that they can keep their funding stream for a few months. I think beyond that you will be fine, it is just very important that the letter says the job will remain open for you. You could also point out (if you do) that you use your position for health insurance and retirement benefits. All the best, let us know how it goes!
  14. @maisfree, here is a slightly more comprehensive timeline of what I did. Just for context, I filed on 02/12/19 and had a job offer starting 08/05/19. When I put my AOS paperwork in, the estimate was that I'd get it in 4 months. By the end of may, the estimate had gone to about 6 months. 05/29/19 - Called USCIS to request an expedite. The lady put a request in, I got a number, but there was no follow up email. 06/10/19 - Called USCIS to follow up. Apparently there was an error inputting the request, so the person on the phone put a new request in. 06/14/19 - Get email requesting evidence of severe financial loss. This was a Friday afternoon, so I waited till Monday morning to fax evidence to them. 06/17/19 - Faxed a package containing: (1) cover letter with all relevant details (2) email from USCIS (3) Job offer letter (4) background check from employer. (yours will differ) 06/22/19 - Get an approval letter in the mail. 06/24/19 - EAD arrived in the mail. I'd suggest you get a letter from your PI stating that the job is going to remain open and be held for you until your immigration paperwork comes through, rather than anything about research productivity going down, as the former is more relevant to your request. I work in a research lab as well. Just a non-immigration related warning: at my institution, there is a total ban on volunteers subsequently getting paid to do the same/similar work. This is to prevent labs from taking advantage of people who want to work there, but also means that if you were to continue working voluntarily after the termination of your employment, it would be very hard to re-employ you after the paperwork comes through. Make sure you have a conversation with HR about what you can/can't do if there is a gap in your employment to prevent issues down the road!
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