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    Adjustment of Status (approved)
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    National Benefits Center
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    Los Angeles CA
  • Country
    Brazil

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  1. My J1 waiver journey is over! Thank you all for sharing timelines and knowledge. It took 3 months (13 weeks) to get the favorable recommendation from DOS and other 3 weeks for the USCIS approval notice. 07/19/2019. Application packet sent to DOS by USPS 07/22/2019. Packet received in St Louis, MO (USPS tracking) 07/22/2019. Embassy sent No Objection Statement 07/25/2019. Application fee check cashed 08/10/2019. DOS updated status – Documents received 10/22/2019. Favorable recommendation sent updated status 10/30/2019. USCIS Received date 10/31/2019. USCIS Notice date 11/13/2019. USCIS Approval notice
  2. I didn't. I thought it could be a waste of time in my case. There was a chance they would say I was indeed subject, because in my first DS-2019 the university marked that I had government funding (but I didn't). Then the university issued a second DS-2019 to correct this info, but it was too late, because my visa had been already issued with the 2-year information. What I am trying to say is that there is some misleading information in my paperwork that indicates I should be subject to the requirement - DS-2019 and visa saying I am subject. I was afraid an advisory opinion would just state that I am subject because of this (non accurate) evidence. I figured I would need a waiver anyway, so I didn't even waste my time waiting on an advisory opinion. Now that the DOS issued the favorable recommendation, that should be enough for the AOS. I hope I receive the hard copy soon!
  3. Hi, thank you so much for replying! It's very good to know everything went well for you and your husband. My J-1 visa states I am subject to the 2 year rule, although I don't think I was supposed to be - no skills list, no gov funding. I included the NOS in my AOS application. It might not be enough, but it was all I had by the time. I don't expect to get an AOS interview before May 2020, according to the current processing times. So I have plenty of time to receive the hard copy of the letter from DOS and even the final decision on the waiver! lol
  4. I did contact a congressman, because my I-94 was about to expire and I wanted to apply for an Adjustment of Status based on marriage to US citizen. So, even though it hadn't been 12 weeks, I needed the favorable recommendation letter for the AOS. That was my reason for asking for help. DOS totally ignored the congressman inquiry for almost 8 weeks, so I am not sure how much it was really effective. I ended up applying for the AOS without the recommendation letter, because I didn't want to stay out of status. I wonder now if I should send the DOS letter to USCIS regarding my AOS pending case, or just wait to see if I get a request for evidence (any thoughts will be appreciated, although I might open a new topic to ask about this).
  5. We have so similar timelines. I got an update today as well. Let's hope USCIS will be faster! Application packet sent to DOS by USPS: July 19th 2019 Packet received in St Louis, MO (USPS tracking): July 22nd 2019 Embassy sent No Objection Statement: July 22nd 2019 Application fee check cashed: July 25th 2019 DOS updated status – Documents received: August 10th 2019 Congressman opened inquiry with DOS: August 27th 2019 Congressman followed up with DOS: September 25th 2019 DOS replied Congressman ("update in a week"): October 18th 2019 Favorable recommendation sent status: October 22nd 2019
  6. Hi, Just putting my input out here in case it's useful to anyone else. I went to the DMV last week with the intention to get an AB 60 DL. I already have an expired CA DL, so I didn't expect they would make me take the written and behind-the-wheel tests again. I showed my passport and AOS notice of action. The officer gave me a temporary license valid for 90 days - which is just a piece of paper. She said if in 90 days I still don't have my immigration ID, I can get another 90-day temporary license. I didn't have to pay any fee and will not have to pay for a second temporary one if needed. Still unsure if an AB 60 would be more useful than my temporary piece of paper... But I accepted the temporary one because was easy and free.
  7. It could be, who knows... I did check with my attorney before doing it, she thought it could be helpful.
  8. Check who your representative is at https://www.house.gov/ and look for "help with a federal agency" at their website.
  9. Have you tried getting some help from a congressman or senator?
  10. Not yet. Going crazy here. My timeline: Application packet was sent to DOS by USPS: July 19th 2019 Packet received in St Louis, MO (USPS tracking) : July 22nd 2019 Embassy sent No Objection Statement: July 22nd 2019 Application fee checked: July 25th 2019 DOS updated status – Documents received: August 10th 2019
  11. FYI: The Brazilian embassy sends the NOS electronically. It took only one business day for them to sen mine, so the Waiver Division actually got the NOS before my package was there. I was afraid that could be a problem, but a couple of weeks later everything showed up in the system at the same day.
  12. I've used a personal check and they had no problem cashing it in no time!
  13. Hello, Constantly checking this thread has helped me a lot, both providing valuable information and reducing my anxiety. That's why I now share my timeline so far. DOS updated the status online ~18 days after they have received my package and the NOS. Application packet was sent to DOS by USPS: July 19th 2019 Packet received in St Louis, MO (USPS tracking) : July 22nd 2019 Embassy sent No Objection Statement: July 22nd 2019 Application fee checked: July 25th 2019 DOS updated status – Documents received: August 10th 2019
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