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Dory

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    Ithaca
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    New York

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    Adjustment of Status (pending)
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    Chicago Lockbox
  • Local Office
    Syracuse NY
  • Country
    Turkey

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  1. I don't have a definitive answer for you, but in our "big I-485 super-package" we included scans of both my wife's I-20's and her OPT EAD card. If I recall correctly, providing her OPT EAD was strictly asked for the work authorization part of the application (I-765), but we weren't completely sure if the I-20 was needed at all. We just included it anyways in the big pile of papers we mailed in just in case. I'd bet if they asked for her OPT EAD for the I-765, they'd definitely want a copy of at least your most recent H1-B visa too.
  2. The 91 pages wouldn't just be the I-864, its my entire "I-485 Package" consisting of (among other things): Cover Letter Money Order Form G-1145 I-130 Recept Notice Form I-485 Passport photos of beneficiary Form I-864 Form I-765 Form I-131 Form I-693 (Medical Exam) Beneficiary's birth certificate Petitioner's birth certificate Beneficiary's I-94 Beneficiary's I-20 Beneficiary's passport & entry stamps Beneficiary's visas Marriage Certificate etc etc etc Also my cheap printer only prints one-sided.
  3. I am not sure if the I-864 (Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA) was required before the public charge rule, but I was under the impression that it was also a new addition.
  4. Yes I have heard that this is a particularly annoying issue for many. We are very lucky that my spouse got a credit card when she entered the country on a student visa. Very true Yes you can but it seems like if you are in that situation there are a lot of hoops to jump through to prove that you have enough assets to subsist. I imagine it could be a big issue particularly if the household is near the poverty limit.
  5. I think it is basically a "prove that you aren't 'poor', and are very unlikely to become 'poor' in the future" kind of test. You have to show things like (1) you as a household have consistently made >125% of the federal poverty limits and (2) you both have non-crappy credit scores, and (3) you have health insurance so that you won't go bankrupt to unforeseen medical expenses, and/or (4) you as a household have a lot of liquid-ish assets and (5) you as a household have a lot of education and certifications which will allow you to probably get good high paying jobs and (6) the beneficiary speaks English well so that they can get a good high paying job. Maybe its not mandatory to show everything, but I just follow the guides and instructions and those make it seem like all that is mandatory to me. I ain't taking risks.
  6. For both petitioner & beneficiary: Tax documents, predominantly IRS tax transcripts which are a pain to get sometimes... (we included 3 years) Employment verification letters (may be optional?) Full credit report 1 year of monthly bank statements from every bank account and investment account (we had to manually translate every bank account statement from each foreign bank into English...) Proof of health insurance documents Tons of documents on the beneficiary's education & certifications Documents showing the beneficiary's knowledge and proficiency with English And in general, since the rules are a bit confusing / ambiguous at times, if there was every any uncertainty we erred on the side of including extra documentation rather than too little (i.e. we included multiple forms of "birth certificates" since Turkey doesn't really have a single "birth certificate" in the same way that the USA does...)
  7. While I was slogging through putting together my I-485 package, I kept thinking how much I wished I was doing this all back before the "Public Charge" executive order in February. So once I finally got everything assembled I decided to take some photos of what my pile of papers would look like if I was submitting it without the "Public Charge" business and then turn them into a nice graphic. Maybe this can help people who are just getting started have an idea what their pile of documents might end up looking like -- or could help inform those unfamiliar with the huge inconvenience that the executive order puts into the immigration process.
  8. By any chance would you know about how long it takes for the electronic version of this document to show up on one's USCIS page? Thanks again.
  9. Ok, I have checked there on my USCIS account, but I unfortunately have not received it yet. Do you know about how long it takes to get an I-130 receipt notice after online filing? Thanks.
  10. OK, I see. I will put off filing my I-485 until I receive an online I-130 receipt notice on my USCIS page. Thank you for your help.
  11. Yes I believe so. But just to be sure, I took a screen capture of what I believe my "I-130 receipt notice" is and obscured all identifying info and attached it here. The entry with the arrow pointing to it is the I-130 Receipt # which I verify on the USCIS website to be the correct # associated with my online I-130 form. This is a valid "I-130 receipt notice" yes? I don't need to wait for some other document to be mailed to me?
  12. Thanks James, So I guess USCIS customer service is just wrong and/or misleading then -- that is pretty frustrating. Just one follow-up: do you know, given our current situation, if it matters if we submit an I-130 and then afterwards (in a separate package) file an I-485, or is it necessary to file both of them simultaneously. I know this may seem like a very specific question but some online resources made this question a bit ambiguous to us and we just want to be as certain as possible. Thanks so much again.
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