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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Kano1024 in sending money to his family (long)   
    Money isn't really the problem in your relationship, it's the completely different values and expectations. Yes money is the current discussion but he's showing unwillingness to listen, he manipulates you and changes his tact when he's not getting his way.
    Your latest update he's claiming that he didn't ask you for money, yet he has. You said you were going to give him some money to help out and before you could say what for he wanted $2K. Then when you said no just for the visa he said he wanted $1K for the car. Then he dropped it to $420, then up again to $1K and now he's claiming he didn't "ask" and while he didn't open the discussion, he waited till you offered something, then made his demands for WHAT and HOW MUCH he expected so yes he DID "ask" you for $2K then $1K after you mentioned sending "something"... He then tried to emotionally blackmail you by telling you you wouldn't have got that much money if he didn't get his passport done.
    He expressed outrage at paying "YOUR" (singular) student loan debt and then changed his tune to say it was both of your (plural) debt to pay. He changed the amount of money to send to his parents from 50% to 5% or 10%. He told you that you had no say in how he spends his money and if he wants to send it all home he can and that he doesn't see why he has to contribute as much as you said to the debt.
    The other situation is his family staying. He's unwilling to bend on this.
    The long and short of it is he wants to be able to do what he wants, spend what he wants and you have no say in any of it... he keeps dismissing your opinion. You can't expect him to help you out financially once he gets here 'cause I guarantee he's going to change his tune AGAIN once he's here. You're going to be stressing out about debts and he'll be so happy to have all that money. You'll find out his family is coming to stay for 6 months once they're on the plane or even the day he picks them up.
    So tell your family that he's changed, he won't listen to reason, he has high expectations about how life is going to be here and how much money he is willing to contribute to household bills and it's just not working out. Tell them he's trying to manipulate you, he keeps changing his tune about important things and then lying about what he's said hoping you won't realise he's changed his spoken view just to try and trick you. Tell them you think he's only using you for money and a chance here in the US and you're not willing to risk their financial security or your financial security on someone who's showing himself to be untrustworthy.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Kano1024 in sending money to his family (long)   
    Changed his tune AGAIN on the car huh? Was $2K then $1K then $420 and now it's $1K again. I mentioned before about how he didn't get his passport done to help you, you mentioned there'd be "extra money" if he did and he took that to mean he was in for a nice bonus if he got it done and now here he is expecting it.
    That sounds good. Like a good idea to wait and get your stuff done and then deal with it all (but I doubt it will happen honestly as you can't really stop your brain from thinking about these things...).
    One thing I feel I should mention (and please ignore me if you wish) is immigration. I think it would be best to discuss with him that until your exams etc are over you won't be dealing with immigration. That if anything needs to be done or completed it can wait until AFTER your exams are done. I'm not entirely sure if this is possible in the CR-1 process, to delay, but I think it would be good to see: 1. What his reaction is to waiting longer 2. How you feel once you have a little less pressure on your shoulders. I'm sure it's really hard right now to think about all this ####### AND try and study. It's hard to stop and make decisions (sometimes hard ones) when you're worried about getting assignments done, and studying for exams.
    Just an idea anyway. I really don't think he's ready to immigrate yet.. he's got a lot of thinking to do about what his expectations are, and what reality really is. As well as giving him time to get his brother up to speed and stop spending any money he's earning on his family to get them prepared to deal without him.
    i wish you luck in this situation and exams
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Kano1024 in sending money to his family (long)   
    Someone else's post says it better but the basis is this - he married you to better his life, that is all.
    He gets upset about the dowry because he "married up" and has nothing to show for it, yet. The car would be his "see here's my dowry".
    He didn't go fix his passport to help YOU, he did it to help himself... as you can see he's now demanding a portion of the return.
    Regarding the debt.. I understand your husband feeling like this is YOUR debt and not his.. and here's why: My ex would have had over $250K in student loan debt (to his parents) by the time he finished med school (international student so much higher fees). When he told me he expected to send some of OUR income to pay back his parents I was ticked. I wasn't told about this before we got together and he expected to lower OUR income amount probably making me pay more of the house bills? Don't get me wrong, that debt needed to be paid but that's not a "household expense" in my opinion. It was "HIS expense" and he was still supposed to pay his share of bills. I shouldn't have had to "lose out" just because he had this insane debt (he didn't work while doing schooling). I don't think I need to tell you that our relationship ended with a LOT of anger and bitterness on my part toward him. He was lazy and did basically nothing around the house basically treating me like his mother. He was also emotionally abusive. He would say one thing then change his mind and refuse to admit he ever said any different. He is/was Indian (though raised in Malaysia).
    Here's the "better relationship" difference. My husband also has student loan debt. It didn't even enter my head to challenge the fact that needs to be paid back and that "our money" would be used... this shows me the VAST differences in this relationship and my prior one (or maybe I've just grown ). He started schooling while we were dating and finished it a month before we were married. My husband pays the bills (well technically I do using his money ) and I'm presently not earning anything (wish that was different).
    Yes it's harder to divorce than to break up with a boyfriend but if you would break up with a boyfriend over this why is a husband any different? You admit you were rushed into marrying... probably because he knew you weren't too interested in divorce and he wanted to "lock you in" before you got to know him too well. So now here you are talking about the important things you would have as a boyfriend and he's still trying to deflect until he's here. Once he's in the US you can't make him leave the country so he'll tell you exactly what he thinks/demands. He's got what he wanted out of you and can leave you to your own debt repayments.. and I'm sorry but I can basically predict that's what's going to happen. He's showing all the classic signs.
    He will bring his parents to stay for a long period because you can't stop him. He will stay in the apartment because as your spouse you can't kick him out (once he's moved in) and you'd be on the lease so dropping lease would affect you badly. He will send however much of his income home as he wants because you can't stop him and he'll be unlikely to give you any share at all because again, he doesn't HAVE to. If he doesn't agree to you can't make him.
    He's already shown that your opinion doesn't mean anything to him. He's already shown he holds grudges. He's already TOLD you what he plans to do with HIS money. He's shown you what he does when he doesn't get his way. He'll either do it anyway, or pout and cry like a child.
    I'm sorry but I don't see this ending well. He hasn't shown any willingness to listen to your suggestions. You've asked him to do a budget and he doesn't want to. He's not interested in your life together here, because I doubt he'll hang around very long. First confrontation and he'll be gone to a friends house you probably weren't aware he knew.
    **Edit - money issues are the #1 cause of divorce. Money is a BIG deal in a relationship. I'm not trying to be rude. Reading your posts you've done the majority of things anyone could suggest and he's just not interested. THAT big of a difference is just too hard to overcome... in my opinion anyway.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from bobjennyhitched in BEEN ACCUSED OF ABUSE   
    OMG Seriously? We're not saying the VAWA was fraudulent, we're saying the K1 WAS! The SECOND the got married they had to cancel the K1 process and start a CR1. Married people are not eligible for fiance visas. She entered the US on a K1 visa, a visa that she would NOT have got if she had admitted they were married. She lied when she entered the US claiming to be a fiance (hence the K1) when she was in fact the wife. If she is found out she WILL be deported.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from mogiftney in I-131 AP questions   
    Answered in red above
    ** moved from "Adjustment of Status (Green Card) from Family Based Visas" to " Working & Traveling During US Immigration" as this is relating to AP**
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Nicolerae in Are tax returns really necessary?   
    I understand what you're saying but the OP was confused because the I-134 does not mention it yet everyone else says they're required. They are NOT required by the form and telling the OP (and anyone reading) that "yes they're required" without explaining that "no, the form doesn't require them but some countries might" may make them freak out wondering what else the forms don't say but are actually requirements of the form.
    Again, the I-134 does NOT require tax returns, but the country in question might and it's better that have than not need, than need and not have. Not having them won't result in denial, but it will result in delays and unnecessary stress.
    So to answer the OP's qn, again, no, tax returns aren't required of the form, but get them just in case because they can ask for them. Certainly can't hurt!
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Hemutian in AOS Certified Copy of Marriage Certificate   
    The VJ guide is wrong and no-one's fixed it yet.
    Please read the AOS thread in my signature which has the FORM instructions document list in it's entirety.
    Good luck.
    **Edit - REGULAR photocopy of your marriage certificate (the one you're waiting on) is sufficient.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from lady3jane in USCIS letter says petitioner doesn't meet poverty guideline?   
    Here: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-864.pdf page 8, second column it says: "For purposes of this affidavit, the line for gross (total) income on IRS Forms 1040 and 1040A will be considered when determining income. For persons filing IRS Form 1040 EZ,the line for adjusted gross income will be considered."
    So it's not really Push that's saying it.. the 864 says it's supposed to say "gross total" but I can't see it on your form either...
    this form: http://www.accuverify.com/sample.pdf is the Tax Transcript, and you can see on page 2 it says "total income". Your form is the account transcript. When you request a tax transcript it'll look like the link I just posted.
    Here's the "blank" account transcript like yours: http://accuverify.com/Account%20Transcript.pdf
    **Edit - This is the IRS form to request the IRS transcript: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4506t.pdf and you can see that account transcript and tax transcript are two different things.
    **Second edit - it's not your fault you didn't realise you were looking at the wrong form. Perhaps we should add the above examples to show which form is really needed.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from YvetteS in AOS, EAD & AP from K1 - the Aussie way (doc list included)   
    Hi All
    I have started this thread in this specific sub-forum because I will be using Australian colloquialisms (sayings) and spelling. I don't know whether being from Australia will make any difference,.. whether it be my documents don't need to be translated, or if our people fill in stuff differently (like the medical - explained below).
    I started the thread itself though, because can't find any one central page that has ALL the documents for AOS, EAD and AP listed. This list relates to me and my case, but it is also the BASIC list because my case is simple, i.e. I don't have any kids or anything else remotely difficult to worry about. I didn't get any RFE's while doing K1 (here's my K1 thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=206016 ), and I'm aiming for the same this time around too. I have read and re-read the instructions several times. I read every line, and not just stuff related to me, just in case it's got a little note (this actually happened on one form) that might affect me. This list is IN NO WAY a substitute for you also reading through the forms, but I hope that it helps you get an idea of when you should start sourcing things (like paperwork for the affidavit of support) and making sure you have everything you need before you get to your applying "deadline".
    On that note, there is no "deadline" for applying for AOS, as long as you marry within 90 days of arriving on your K1 visa. However it is recommended that you apply before your I-94 expires as some people have experienced issues with ICE (not deportation, just hassles and on 2 occasions I've read about, being locked up until a judge tells the ICE person they were wrong and being forced to pay fees as well as immediate AOS), but just as many (if not more) have had no issues and applied for AOS years after their I-94 expires. My main reasons for applying ASAP is because I want to work and I personally don't like not being "sure" of my status. Also, if there is a period of 180 days between your I-94 and the date your AOS is processed, you MAY encounter a ban on trying to re-enter the US if you leave and try and use the AP document. For that reason, try and apply for AOS well before 180 days after your I-94 expires... just to be safe.
    Also, there is currently only one fee payable, being $1,070.00 for the AOS, EAD & AP (updated 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD ). In July 2007 the fee for AOS changed and the rules altered so that if you send the EAD and AP at the same time as AOS (or while it's pending) the fee for EAD and AP are waived. Whether you apply for EAD and AP at the same time as AOS the fee remains the same and whether you think you need them or not, as the fee is waived, it's always better to have than not have, "just in case".
    So here we go
    Definition of terms:
    I-94# - Is the admission/departure number on the I-94 card (full image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...mmigration1.jpg )
    A# number - Alien number - can sometimes be found on your visa under "annotation" starting with A0 then 8 digits. Also found on your NOA2 above the beneficiaries name (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...F-NOAs/NOA2.jpg )
    AOS - Adjustment of Status - Applied for after entering the US on a K1 visa and marrying within 90 days. Changes status to "conditional permanent resident" and you will be sent a green card. This process takes around 90 days however it can take MUCH longer.
    AP - Advanced Parole - Allows you to re-enter the USA while your AOS is pending. You are allowed to leave whenever you want, but doing so without the AP document (or green card) means you will not be able to re-enter. Leaving without it also results in your case being considered "abandoned".
    CO - Consular Officer - In this thread related to the person actually processing my documents
    EAD - Employment Authorisation Document - Allows you to work whilst the AOS is being processed, as long as you have a SSN of course. Once you received your GC your EAD is no longer needed
    GC - Green card - short-form for green card so I don't have to keep typing it
    IO - Interviewing Officer - The person who will interview me (if needed). Apparently not every case requires an interview. Lets see if I can be one of the few who don't need one
    Non-Immigrant Visa Number - This is the RED number found on your visa (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...after_entry.jpg )
    RFE - Request for further information - Received if something you mailed in is incomplete or missing. It doesn't cancel your case, just slows things down a fair bit, so doing everything to prevent getting one is your aim
    First things first. VJ does have guides:
    VJ AOS Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3aos
    VJ EAD Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3ead
    And also example forms:
    Example forms: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...p;page=examples
    The guides suggest doing a cover letter. Personally I'm doing a cover letter for each separate case (AOS, EAD and AP). I have read that the CO's don't tend to read the cover letters so really why bother, BUT I'm not doing it for them so much as for me. Filing so many documents means a lot of stuff to remember and I also think it looks neater and prettier. Also, while reading through the instructions I go through and fill in the cover letter with the attachments needed so I don't forget anything.
    The USCIS has actually put together their OWN page of tips for putting together a package for mailing: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD I haven't decided if I'm going to hole punch yet or just bulldog clip as it seems that while it's appreciated it doesn't change anything so if I have a hole-punch available... maybe.
    I ALWAYS go to the USCIS website to obtain forms: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD as this way you always make sure you have the most up-to-date form. Also, remember to check the filing location as it may have changed since the form was made. To do this, always make sure you go to the main form page (not the pdf, the place that links you the .pdf) such as this for AOS: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD and line four says "Where to file". In this case it tells you it depends on the category you are applying under, on other forms it might say "check the form" or "check the instructions".
    As stated on each form, originals are only required when it specifically says "original" (like the forms with official signatures) otherwise copies are sufficient.
    --AOS--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance **See Note 1**
    - Payment in the amount of $1,010.00 payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    - I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, signed & dated #####
    - Copy of birth certificate
    - Copy of K1 visa in passport
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy DS-3025 – Vaccination record (completed), dated ##### **See Note 2**
    - G-325A - Biographic Information, including residence and employment attachments (1 copy as of July 2009)
    - I-864 - Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, completed by #####
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for most recent tax year (or IRS tax transcript which I prefer)
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for second most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for third most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Letter from #####’s employer (optional)
    o Pay stub(s) from the most recent six months for ##### (optional)
    - Copy of I-797 - Notice of Action, Approval of K1 petition, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    The two items listed below are on the VJ AOS Guide, however NOWHERE on the forms, or their instructions is it mentioned that these items are required. These items only serve as additional information. You are required to bring your passport to the interview (if you have an interview) so perhaps by mailing this information you might not need to have one. Ultimately more info is better than less info (within reason of course) so it can't hurt. Personally I'll be including them in my parcel (in my attempt to avoid an interview ) but it makes sense that they're not needed as your Alien number is your identifier now (where with the K1 your passport number and then case number were).
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page
    - Photocopy of USA entry stamp dated #####
    Note 1: This form is now available that requests that you receive and email and text letting you know your application has been received http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD
    Note 2: There is a huge point of contention on VJ regarding whether or not to send DS-3025 or if you will require form I-693 (immunisations only). The reason for this is, the paperwork clearly states that if you COMPLETED your immunisations PRIOR to your K1 interview in your home country (and thus your medical information is complete in the paperwork you handed in at POE (and subsequently forwarded on)) then only the copy of the DS-3025 is required. HOWEVER some people who assumed their info was complete and sent in the DS-3025 received an RFE requesting they submit a form I-693. Further information is mentioned on this VJ thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=101202 So whether you go to the trouble of obtaining one so you don't risk and RFE and thus a slow-down is up to you. Personally I am in the process of calling Civil Surgeons (CS's) in my area to find our their fee. If the fee is reasonable we might do it just so we don't risk the RFE but at the same time i honestly think my form is fine and I have all immunisations filled in, either with dates or "not age appropriate". I'll let you know what I decide and then what the outcome is. Remember though every case is different, no matter how similar they might be.
    Note 3: Tax information is only REQUIRED for the most recent tax year. Question 25 on the I-864 still requires that you indicate your earnings for the most recent tax years, whether you provide evidence of this income or not. There are two tick boxes in that question, where you can indicate whether you are only including the most recent tax year, or the three most recent. I personally prefer to send in IRS transcripts so that you are sure that you have not excluded any tax information and I also prefer to send in all three years of tax information just to "be safe". Information for obtaining the transcripts is located here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3614293 .
    Here is a the Civil Surgeon "phone book" from the USCIS website: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=of...office_type=CIV
    Here is a VJ thread that lists good CS's and their prices: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...231026&st=0
    --EAD--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-765 - Application for Employment Authorisation **See Note 1**
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 2**
    As we're applying together with the AOS then the following isn't REQUIRED, however if you choose to include it, it's up to you, like i said before, more info is better than less info
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change) **See Note 3**
    Note 1: Being adjustment applicant's, we're under category c9. You will see there's also a category for K1 and K3 visas (a6) but this is for when you're not applying at the same time as the AOS.
    Note 2: It actually says "If no prior EAD has been issued, you must submit a copy of a Federal Government-issued identity document such as a passport..." as well as some other examples but personally I think the passport is the easiest one.
    Note 3: The next issue for me (being female, married and changing my name) is my passport is still in my maiden name. For that reason it seems to make sense to include a copy of my marriage licence. Although these things are included with the AOS application, they can always shred multiple copies
    --AP--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-131 - Application for Travel Document (Advanced Parole)
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy of K1 visa (to show present status)
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 1**
    As with the EAD, this isn't REQUIRED but I will probably include it because the AP form doesn't actually have a space for "prior name":
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change)
    Note 1: It actually says "copy of an official photo identification document showing your name, photo, and date of birth". Like with the EAD example, passport is easiest I think
    General
    An important thing to remember is if you change your address at ANY stage while you are an LPR (or their sponsor) you are required to change your address within 30 days of moving. There are penalties for not doing so. The USCIS has an online change of address service but you STILL need to actually post a form to them. Here's the site: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=coa . The reason for the paper form is so it's changed on the masterbase.
    The current postal details for these forms (as of 3 Dec 09 ) is:
    File at:
    USCIS
    P.O. Box 805887
    Chicago, IL 60680-4120
    For courier/express delivery:
    USCIS
    Attn: FBAS
    131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603-5517
    I, like most, will be submitting my forms by express mail so I'll use the bottom address
    PAYMENT
    It's important when writing the cheque that you write:
    "One Thousand Ten and 00/100" or it might be returned.
    Here is the USCIS link outlining the cheque writing requirements: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD because if you're like me, it doesn't make sense to write it that way and I wouldn't have written it like that but their wish is our command
    Hope some of you find this useful If I've forgotten something, or stuff doesn't make sense, please let me know
    **Edited to add further definitions - 27 Feb 2010
    **Address for filing changed and fixed on here - 10 March 2010
    **Edited to add Biometrics review link here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3909156
    **Edited to add - AOS approved 7 July 2010. Without RFE, Without interview. I simply followed the above guide and make sure my documents were completed properly.
    **Edited to add - new AOS fees as of 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Sailormooon in Denied at Interview   
    Honestly, and not to be mean, but YOU didn't include an Affidavit of Support with your AOS application. You might have done it on purpose but you did it (or didn't do it rather). Your husband also hasn't filed his 2008 and 2009 tax return. These are all right there in the instructions so one could say that YOU should read the instructions and the guides more clearly. You know the old saying "those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"...
    This site is not here to place blame on people or judge them for something that is done, it does occur but nevertheless it's not it's purpose. Your post was NOT designed for "tough love". You wrote it simply because you were judging her and you wanted to say your piece under the guise of "helping her". The last paragraph of your latest post IS advice. The rest did not need to be written. Not to mention, the bolded portion is quite condescending.
    **Edit - The day you joined you posted your first piece of "advice" here and then posted your question in regards to you not filing the I-864 with your AOS application and your husbands tax situation.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Teacake in Centrelink   
    Being on Centrelink payments is totally fine and not even a consideration. They don't ask about the beneficiaries income. Trust me when I say Australia is a very easy consulate and I don't think he will have any problems based on what I've read about your case.
    As with many questions, a lot of stuff is country dependant so I would advise you to post qn's that are Aussie dependant in the Aussie chat page because we actually know about Centrelink and how they feel about it. It will stop you from worrying over answers that really don't relate.
    Again, Centrelink is NOT an issue and they don't even ask/talk about it. Newstart is just financial support from the government while he looks for a job, one of the many things I miss about Aus, the government actually giving a sh*t about you.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from PRC Rabbit in Getting Welfare Benefits While an Immigrant-Not a Public Charge   
    Honestly, we can't police the threads 24/7 stopping people from posting misinformation. So people are going to post what they think is true.
    Also, the thread you linked has been linked many times. There is a difference between Public Charge and "means tested benefits" which is something some people tend to confuse.
    There are many means-tested benefits that aren't public charge issues, but it means you sponsor MIGHT (not will, MIGHT) be sued to repay means-tested benefits back to the government. Also, there are some benefits that the USC can use (of course) without needing to worry about these issues. Some people worry that if they (the sponsor) use the benefits it somehow negatively affects the immigrant, it doesn't.
    I and my husband personally haven't used ANY means-tested benefits or anything like that. We've always worked because we are able (or I didn't work but my husband earnt enough to support us without assistance). There was a time when we were both out of work and we considered using benefits but we didn't want to risk having to pay back the government, because we know the risk is there. It doesn't matter if the government screwed up and gave you benefits you weren't entitled to, YOU would still be the one paying the price, and we didn't want to risk that.
    Yes there is a fee waiver available for some forms. You need to pass the requirements of course, but yes the option is there. It isn't there for AOS due to the sponsorship requirements, but it is an option for some other forms.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from nekotakacho in Multiple RFE's   
    I wasn't rude at all, I asked a direct question. It's hard to answer a question when there's no context. Your question was already answered by the very first respondent based on the OP, then you amended your question to "1 RFE for everything or the they send out 1 RFE per mistake?"
    There are a few ways to take that question. I could take it that you're asking "I got an RFE for my medical, does that mean I won't get another RFE for my medical? Or can I be RFE'd for it again?" or the question could mean "I got an RFE for my medical, can I get another RFE for anything else?"
    Had you asked any of those questions I posed above it gives context to the question and makes it's easy to answer... but if you beat around the bush, like you did, then it's hard to give you an answer straight away and leads to unnecessary back and forth which can result in you getting an answer that isn't actually correct.
    You said "thanks that's the answer I was looking for" but it might not be the CORRECT one and using the words "answer I was looking for" makes it appears you're fishing for a specific answer, not a correct one.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Rob&Pan in How to ensure you have a clear lungs?   
    Your belief petrifies me. It petrifies me because people like you are the reason these diseases, which were controlled, are coming back.
    I can't read this thread anymore, it's horrifying.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Rob&Pan in How to ensure you have a clear lungs?   
    Agree with what you like but what you believe and what is true are two different things. I passed everything with flying colours as expected because I don't have TB. I had asthma when I was a kid, no damage to my lungs so nothing to be concerned about. If you want to eat healthy, go ahead, but don't fool yourself into believing that it will change the outcome because it won't. If you don't have TB, you will be fine. It's that easy.
    If you want to be healthy, go to a doctor, get tested, get the BCG vaccine. THAT will stop you contracting it, not food.
    You are extremely wrong. The link you posted is for old wives tales. It is not the truth. Herbal remedies are for sure good for some things, not all. Certainly not for prevention or cure of TB.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from ScorpionArcher in Australian Beneficiaries - Packet 3 to Interview date   
    Absolutely no problem. It really is my pleasure. I wish I'd had the ability to scan pages in (I only JUST found my scanner/printer and I'm leaving in less than 2 days). Things will really move quickly from here on out. Just make sure your petitioner has sent your their banks letters and stuff for the Affidavit of support and you should be done in less than 2 months. Had I had all my stuff, i'd've been done in a month... oh well though right? Kept me busy
    It's so good to see so many of us nearing the end. A lot of people talk about being in LDR's and how they're 4 hours away from each other and they just don't understand how much time, energy and love it takes to go through this process with your loved one. I know personally i have been VERY stressed several times... wanting the paperwork and not having it, wondering what's taking so long. I think all of us (legitimate I mean, the dodgy people have it easy) deserve a medal for going through this really. changing homes, taking in someone from another country and trying to keep them safe, and help them to get accustomed to their new home.
    I wish you all the best. You probably won't hear from me till after i have arrived when I will update with my LAX experience
    Good luck to you all.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from ScorpionArcher in Green card application for spouse sponsored by...an unemployed prospective grad student   
    Anyone can be a joint sponsor. Neighbour, boss etc. as long as they're either an LPR or USC and uses their US income.
    And yes, if you got a job (instead of using a joint sponsor) you would be fine. you only need to earn $19K a year (for a 2 person household size). You would want to be working for a couple of months before filing though to show it's stable income with a few paystubs.
    I should mention, approval is based on your relationship. Assuming you had all the requirements met (sponsorship etc) then your relationship would be the part that determines whether he's approved or not.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Candace in Gotten 10 year green card after divorce N400 turn out to be complicated   
    Your problem is how this looks to the IO. i'm going to tell you how it LOOKS (obviously you feel it's different)
    1. You got your GC based on marriage to your USC
    2. Your attended your 10 year GC interview claiming all happy happy
    3. Conveniently after the interview for the 10 year card you claim abuse of USC spouse
    4. Your ex-husband files for divorce the SAME month you interview for your GC (this makes it look like you lied at the interview, only stayed together for the interview/GC)
    5. One year after your divorce is final, you conveniently find another man to marry in your home country (how did you meet?). You then file for citizenship, and I assume will shortly file for your new husband.
    Unfortunately you've made it look like your marriage to your USC husband was fake. That once your got your 10 year card you left him to marry your REAL husband/bf back in your home country and now you will petition your "real husband". Unfortunately the evidence you presented for a valid relationship could be explained as evidence from your USC husband loving ou and you just going along with it for the GC. This wouldn't normally be questioned but your new husband, from your home country no less, is the one that makes your USC marriage look fake. I don't know your chances for approval honestly.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from NikLR in A biggest mistake in life .. hit my husband   
    You didn't really ask a qn but I'm still going to say: If he hit you, would you have forgiven him? I think eventually maybe.. if it was just a slap, but the trust would have been gone for quite a while. He is entitled to tell people he is scared of you if he is and if he had hit you YOU would have told people as well who would have (rightly) told you to leave the abusive guy. He might also feel ashamed that he's being "beaten" by his wife and be asking for advice. He could ALSO be the sort of man that thinks a woman's job is to cook, clean and provide sex so you striking him tells him you aren't going to be his slave anymore so he has no need of you in which case he is not worthy of your love, admiration or respect.
    I'm sorry it didn't work out for you and I think you should consider seeing a counsellor because whether you realise it yet or not, he's obviously affected your self-esteem to a level where you feel like you can't live without him and cannot see that you SHOULD be living without someone who you feel treats you badly.
    I hope you're able to get help soon and I believe that you will soon begin to find happiness again.
    Good luck.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Caveman1954 in Summons after Withdrawal of I-864 from district court   
    First. Summons is standard in divorce. She's filed for divorce so get an attorney who will answer most of these questions for you.
    You didn't revoke "green card" you revoked your sponsorship (I-864) which resulted in the cancellation of her I-765 and her AOS application. She is presently out-of-status. Probably got a letter stating she has X number of days to leave and she's probably violating that.
    1. This isn't an "order" it's a request for the court to order it. Most likely it will be denied because in most cases each spouse pays their own. Will depend on your state, judge and how good your attorney is.
    2. Because she has no way to stay here and she's trying to milk you for all she can. If you have proof of your "spousal support" etc then send it. I will warn you though that by PAYING spousal support you may have made it look like you believe you owe her spousal support. Which you don't.
    3. There aren't any. It is YOUR CHOICE on whether to support someone with the I-864. You chose not to. It's not considered ugly behaviour because you can't be ordered to do something when it's a choice that will endanger you. Plus by supporting her you're claiming the relationship is legit, which it isn't, so continuing would have been fraud. (make sure you tell your attorney to mention that continuing would be considered fraud).
    As others stated, she is illegal here and her only recourse to stay is to accuse you of abuse so stay away from her without other people present. If you have evidence she used you for the greencard then send that evidence to ICE to protect yourself and let them do what they do. Don't try and play the "nice guy" card because you've already seen where that gets you.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Marzena & Stephen in AOS, EAD & AP from K1 - the Aussie way (doc list included)   
    Hi All
    I have started this thread in this specific sub-forum because I will be using Australian colloquialisms (sayings) and spelling. I don't know whether being from Australia will make any difference,.. whether it be my documents don't need to be translated, or if our people fill in stuff differently (like the medical - explained below).
    I started the thread itself though, because can't find any one central page that has ALL the documents for AOS, EAD and AP listed. This list relates to me and my case, but it is also the BASIC list because my case is simple, i.e. I don't have any kids or anything else remotely difficult to worry about. I didn't get any RFE's while doing K1 (here's my K1 thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=206016 ), and I'm aiming for the same this time around too. I have read and re-read the instructions several times. I read every line, and not just stuff related to me, just in case it's got a little note (this actually happened on one form) that might affect me. This list is IN NO WAY a substitute for you also reading through the forms, but I hope that it helps you get an idea of when you should start sourcing things (like paperwork for the affidavit of support) and making sure you have everything you need before you get to your applying "deadline".
    On that note, there is no "deadline" for applying for AOS, as long as you marry within 90 days of arriving on your K1 visa. However it is recommended that you apply before your I-94 expires as some people have experienced issues with ICE (not deportation, just hassles and on 2 occasions I've read about, being locked up until a judge tells the ICE person they were wrong and being forced to pay fees as well as immediate AOS), but just as many (if not more) have had no issues and applied for AOS years after their I-94 expires. My main reasons for applying ASAP is because I want to work and I personally don't like not being "sure" of my status. Also, if there is a period of 180 days between your I-94 and the date your AOS is processed, you MAY encounter a ban on trying to re-enter the US if you leave and try and use the AP document. For that reason, try and apply for AOS well before 180 days after your I-94 expires... just to be safe.
    Also, there is currently only one fee payable, being $1,070.00 for the AOS, EAD & AP (updated 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD ). In July 2007 the fee for AOS changed and the rules altered so that if you send the EAD and AP at the same time as AOS (or while it's pending) the fee for EAD and AP are waived. Whether you apply for EAD and AP at the same time as AOS the fee remains the same and whether you think you need them or not, as the fee is waived, it's always better to have than not have, "just in case".
    So here we go
    Definition of terms:
    I-94# - Is the admission/departure number on the I-94 card (full image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...mmigration1.jpg )
    A# number - Alien number - can sometimes be found on your visa under "annotation" starting with A0 then 8 digits. Also found on your NOA2 above the beneficiaries name (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...F-NOAs/NOA2.jpg )
    AOS - Adjustment of Status - Applied for after entering the US on a K1 visa and marrying within 90 days. Changes status to "conditional permanent resident" and you will be sent a green card. This process takes around 90 days however it can take MUCH longer.
    AP - Advanced Parole - Allows you to re-enter the USA while your AOS is pending. You are allowed to leave whenever you want, but doing so without the AP document (or green card) means you will not be able to re-enter. Leaving without it also results in your case being considered "abandoned".
    CO - Consular Officer - In this thread related to the person actually processing my documents
    EAD - Employment Authorisation Document - Allows you to work whilst the AOS is being processed, as long as you have a SSN of course. Once you received your GC your EAD is no longer needed
    GC - Green card - short-form for green card so I don't have to keep typing it
    IO - Interviewing Officer - The person who will interview me (if needed). Apparently not every case requires an interview. Lets see if I can be one of the few who don't need one
    Non-Immigrant Visa Number - This is the RED number found on your visa (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...after_entry.jpg )
    RFE - Request for further information - Received if something you mailed in is incomplete or missing. It doesn't cancel your case, just slows things down a fair bit, so doing everything to prevent getting one is your aim
    First things first. VJ does have guides:
    VJ AOS Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3aos
    VJ EAD Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3ead
    And also example forms:
    Example forms: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...p;page=examples
    The guides suggest doing a cover letter. Personally I'm doing a cover letter for each separate case (AOS, EAD and AP). I have read that the CO's don't tend to read the cover letters so really why bother, BUT I'm not doing it for them so much as for me. Filing so many documents means a lot of stuff to remember and I also think it looks neater and prettier. Also, while reading through the instructions I go through and fill in the cover letter with the attachments needed so I don't forget anything.
    The USCIS has actually put together their OWN page of tips for putting together a package for mailing: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD I haven't decided if I'm going to hole punch yet or just bulldog clip as it seems that while it's appreciated it doesn't change anything so if I have a hole-punch available... maybe.
    I ALWAYS go to the USCIS website to obtain forms: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD as this way you always make sure you have the most up-to-date form. Also, remember to check the filing location as it may have changed since the form was made. To do this, always make sure you go to the main form page (not the pdf, the place that links you the .pdf) such as this for AOS: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD and line four says "Where to file". In this case it tells you it depends on the category you are applying under, on other forms it might say "check the form" or "check the instructions".
    As stated on each form, originals are only required when it specifically says "original" (like the forms with official signatures) otherwise copies are sufficient.
    --AOS--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance **See Note 1**
    - Payment in the amount of $1,010.00 payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    - I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, signed & dated #####
    - Copy of birth certificate
    - Copy of K1 visa in passport
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy DS-3025 – Vaccination record (completed), dated ##### **See Note 2**
    - G-325A - Biographic Information, including residence and employment attachments (1 copy as of July 2009)
    - I-864 - Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, completed by #####
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for most recent tax year (or IRS tax transcript which I prefer)
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for second most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for third most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Letter from #####’s employer (optional)
    o Pay stub(s) from the most recent six months for ##### (optional)
    - Copy of I-797 - Notice of Action, Approval of K1 petition, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    The two items listed below are on the VJ AOS Guide, however NOWHERE on the forms, or their instructions is it mentioned that these items are required. These items only serve as additional information. You are required to bring your passport to the interview (if you have an interview) so perhaps by mailing this information you might not need to have one. Ultimately more info is better than less info (within reason of course) so it can't hurt. Personally I'll be including them in my parcel (in my attempt to avoid an interview ) but it makes sense that they're not needed as your Alien number is your identifier now (where with the K1 your passport number and then case number were).
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page
    - Photocopy of USA entry stamp dated #####
    Note 1: This form is now available that requests that you receive and email and text letting you know your application has been received http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD
    Note 2: There is a huge point of contention on VJ regarding whether or not to send DS-3025 or if you will require form I-693 (immunisations only). The reason for this is, the paperwork clearly states that if you COMPLETED your immunisations PRIOR to your K1 interview in your home country (and thus your medical information is complete in the paperwork you handed in at POE (and subsequently forwarded on)) then only the copy of the DS-3025 is required. HOWEVER some people who assumed their info was complete and sent in the DS-3025 received an RFE requesting they submit a form I-693. Further information is mentioned on this VJ thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=101202 So whether you go to the trouble of obtaining one so you don't risk and RFE and thus a slow-down is up to you. Personally I am in the process of calling Civil Surgeons (CS's) in my area to find our their fee. If the fee is reasonable we might do it just so we don't risk the RFE but at the same time i honestly think my form is fine and I have all immunisations filled in, either with dates or "not age appropriate". I'll let you know what I decide and then what the outcome is. Remember though every case is different, no matter how similar they might be.
    Note 3: Tax information is only REQUIRED for the most recent tax year. Question 25 on the I-864 still requires that you indicate your earnings for the most recent tax years, whether you provide evidence of this income or not. There are two tick boxes in that question, where you can indicate whether you are only including the most recent tax year, or the three most recent. I personally prefer to send in IRS transcripts so that you are sure that you have not excluded any tax information and I also prefer to send in all three years of tax information just to "be safe". Information for obtaining the transcripts is located here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3614293 .
    Here is a the Civil Surgeon "phone book" from the USCIS website: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=of...office_type=CIV
    Here is a VJ thread that lists good CS's and their prices: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...231026&st=0
    --EAD--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-765 - Application for Employment Authorisation **See Note 1**
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 2**
    As we're applying together with the AOS then the following isn't REQUIRED, however if you choose to include it, it's up to you, like i said before, more info is better than less info
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change) **See Note 3**
    Note 1: Being adjustment applicant's, we're under category c9. You will see there's also a category for K1 and K3 visas (a6) but this is for when you're not applying at the same time as the AOS.
    Note 2: It actually says "If no prior EAD has been issued, you must submit a copy of a Federal Government-issued identity document such as a passport..." as well as some other examples but personally I think the passport is the easiest one.
    Note 3: The next issue for me (being female, married and changing my name) is my passport is still in my maiden name. For that reason it seems to make sense to include a copy of my marriage licence. Although these things are included with the AOS application, they can always shred multiple copies
    --AP--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-131 - Application for Travel Document (Advanced Parole)
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy of K1 visa (to show present status)
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 1**
    As with the EAD, this isn't REQUIRED but I will probably include it because the AP form doesn't actually have a space for "prior name":
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change)
    Note 1: It actually says "copy of an official photo identification document showing your name, photo, and date of birth". Like with the EAD example, passport is easiest I think
    General
    An important thing to remember is if you change your address at ANY stage while you are an LPR (or their sponsor) you are required to change your address within 30 days of moving. There are penalties for not doing so. The USCIS has an online change of address service but you STILL need to actually post a form to them. Here's the site: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=coa . The reason for the paper form is so it's changed on the masterbase.
    The current postal details for these forms (as of 3 Dec 09 ) is:
    File at:
    USCIS
    P.O. Box 805887
    Chicago, IL 60680-4120
    For courier/express delivery:
    USCIS
    Attn: FBAS
    131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603-5517
    I, like most, will be submitting my forms by express mail so I'll use the bottom address
    PAYMENT
    It's important when writing the cheque that you write:
    "One Thousand Ten and 00/100" or it might be returned.
    Here is the USCIS link outlining the cheque writing requirements: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD because if you're like me, it doesn't make sense to write it that way and I wouldn't have written it like that but their wish is our command
    Hope some of you find this useful If I've forgotten something, or stuff doesn't make sense, please let me know
    **Edited to add further definitions - 27 Feb 2010
    **Address for filing changed and fixed on here - 10 March 2010
    **Edited to add Biometrics review link here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3909156
    **Edited to add - AOS approved 7 July 2010. Without RFE, Without interview. I simply followed the above guide and make sure my documents were completed properly.
    **Edited to add - new AOS fees as of 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Naomi1984 in Husband admits during medical he smoked weed 4 years ago   
    Seriously? You're annoyed at him for telling the TRUTH instead of being just another person who lies? Yes, you will need to wait longer but you shouldn't be angry with him for telling the truth! He is SUPPOSED to tell the truth!
    Jesus. I know you're upset right now but you're being very nasty to him. I'm sure he's upset too, but you should be proud he is a trustworthy person.
    It WILL be okay. He isn't locked out of the country. You will still be together eventually. Focus on the positives.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Mustita in List of Red flag to the USCIS   
    Doing all the paperwork is a red flag? No. I did all the paperwork (save for stuff I wasn't sure about). I am paperwork minded, my husband is not. I had a 5 minute K1 interview and approved for AOS without interview. I think most people assume the guys aren't really into the paperwork. Sexist? Possibly, but girls are typically more detail minded.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from Catherina in Legal status while waiting AOS   
    You make me laugh because I DO know what I'm talking about, ask the member that you quoted, that our opinions and advice vary occasionally is irrelevant.
    It is common knowledge that you can still be detained by ICE even with AOS pending, I'm not saying you SHOULD be but you CAN be. There have been more than one of these cases mentioned on VJ, given not all people with AOS pending are on VJ, you can extrapolate that number to a much greater one.
    One case I remember distinctly involved $15,000 bail and lawyer fees. The immigrant and his wife were on a bus interstate when it was stopped by ICE and they were (from memory) actually looking for someone in particular. He SHOWED his NOA1 (and passport) but the officer refused to accept it because he didn't know anything about it and the immigrant was detained in immigration jail.
    The wife paid the $15,000 bail to get him out before his court hearing. When the immigrant eventually went before an immigration judge, the judge threw the case out because the immigrant is allowed to remain while awaiting a decision on the AOS.
    I'm not saying that the officer was right, the issue is that like everything, not everyone KNOWS everything.
    As for status, there have been many many posts from more experienced members than myself (and Heat) about how "AOS pending" is not a legal status, it's not a legal term. You are "protected" but you aren't anything. Your status IS out-of-status because there is no legal term for "AOS pending, but you're protected from deportation. If you want to try and locate some legal document stating that your legal status is AOS pending I will HAPPILY eat my words. You CAN still be detained. You're not supposed to be, but you MIGHT which is why it's recommended (again in MANY posts) that you avoid borders etc until you have your GC.
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    VanessaTony got a reaction from TiogaTiago in AOS, EAD & AP from K1 - the Aussie way (doc list included)   
    Hi All
    I have started this thread in this specific sub-forum because I will be using Australian colloquialisms (sayings) and spelling. I don't know whether being from Australia will make any difference,.. whether it be my documents don't need to be translated, or if our people fill in stuff differently (like the medical - explained below).
    I started the thread itself though, because can't find any one central page that has ALL the documents for AOS, EAD and AP listed. This list relates to me and my case, but it is also the BASIC list because my case is simple, i.e. I don't have any kids or anything else remotely difficult to worry about. I didn't get any RFE's while doing K1 (here's my K1 thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=206016 ), and I'm aiming for the same this time around too. I have read and re-read the instructions several times. I read every line, and not just stuff related to me, just in case it's got a little note (this actually happened on one form) that might affect me. This list is IN NO WAY a substitute for you also reading through the forms, but I hope that it helps you get an idea of when you should start sourcing things (like paperwork for the affidavit of support) and making sure you have everything you need before you get to your applying "deadline".
    On that note, there is no "deadline" for applying for AOS, as long as you marry within 90 days of arriving on your K1 visa. However it is recommended that you apply before your I-94 expires as some people have experienced issues with ICE (not deportation, just hassles and on 2 occasions I've read about, being locked up until a judge tells the ICE person they were wrong and being forced to pay fees as well as immediate AOS), but just as many (if not more) have had no issues and applied for AOS years after their I-94 expires. My main reasons for applying ASAP is because I want to work and I personally don't like not being "sure" of my status. Also, if there is a period of 180 days between your I-94 and the date your AOS is processed, you MAY encounter a ban on trying to re-enter the US if you leave and try and use the AP document. For that reason, try and apply for AOS well before 180 days after your I-94 expires... just to be safe.
    Also, there is currently only one fee payable, being $1,070.00 for the AOS, EAD & AP (updated 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD ). In July 2007 the fee for AOS changed and the rules altered so that if you send the EAD and AP at the same time as AOS (or while it's pending) the fee for EAD and AP are waived. Whether you apply for EAD and AP at the same time as AOS the fee remains the same and whether you think you need them or not, as the fee is waived, it's always better to have than not have, "just in case".
    So here we go
    Definition of terms:
    I-94# - Is the admission/departure number on the I-94 card (full image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...mmigration1.jpg )
    A# number - Alien number - can sometimes be found on your visa under "annotation" starting with A0 then 8 digits. Also found on your NOA2 above the beneficiaries name (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...F-NOAs/NOA2.jpg )
    AOS - Adjustment of Status - Applied for after entering the US on a K1 visa and marrying within 90 days. Changes status to "conditional permanent resident" and you will be sent a green card. This process takes around 90 days however it can take MUCH longer.
    AP - Advanced Parole - Allows you to re-enter the USA while your AOS is pending. You are allowed to leave whenever you want, but doing so without the AP document (or green card) means you will not be able to re-enter. Leaving without it also results in your case being considered "abandoned".
    CO - Consular Officer - In this thread related to the person actually processing my documents
    EAD - Employment Authorisation Document - Allows you to work whilst the AOS is being processed, as long as you have a SSN of course. Once you received your GC your EAD is no longer needed
    GC - Green card - short-form for green card so I don't have to keep typing it
    IO - Interviewing Officer - The person who will interview me (if needed). Apparently not every case requires an interview. Lets see if I can be one of the few who don't need one
    Non-Immigrant Visa Number - This is the RED number found on your visa (image here: http://www.visajourney.com/gallery/albums/...after_entry.jpg )
    RFE - Request for further information - Received if something you mailed in is incomplete or missing. It doesn't cancel your case, just slows things down a fair bit, so doing everything to prevent getting one is your aim
    First things first. VJ does have guides:
    VJ AOS Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3aos
    VJ EAD Guide: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...mp;page=k1k3ead
    And also example forms:
    Example forms: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...p;page=examples
    The guides suggest doing a cover letter. Personally I'm doing a cover letter for each separate case (AOS, EAD and AP). I have read that the CO's don't tend to read the cover letters so really why bother, BUT I'm not doing it for them so much as for me. Filing so many documents means a lot of stuff to remember and I also think it looks neater and prettier. Also, while reading through the instructions I go through and fill in the cover letter with the attachments needed so I don't forget anything.
    The USCIS has actually put together their OWN page of tips for putting together a package for mailing: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD I haven't decided if I'm going to hole punch yet or just bulldog clip as it seems that while it's appreciated it doesn't change anything so if I have a hole-punch available... maybe.
    I ALWAYS go to the USCIS website to obtain forms: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD as this way you always make sure you have the most up-to-date form. Also, remember to check the filing location as it may have changed since the form was made. To do this, always make sure you go to the main form page (not the pdf, the place that links you the .pdf) such as this for AOS: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD and line four says "Where to file". In this case it tells you it depends on the category you are applying under, on other forms it might say "check the form" or "check the instructions".
    As stated on each form, originals are only required when it specifically says "original" (like the forms with official signatures) otherwise copies are sufficient.
    --AOS--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance **See Note 1**
    - Payment in the amount of $1,010.00 payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    - I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, signed & dated #####
    - Copy of birth certificate
    - Copy of K1 visa in passport
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy DS-3025 – Vaccination record (completed), dated ##### **See Note 2**
    - G-325A - Biographic Information, including residence and employment attachments (1 copy as of July 2009)
    - I-864 - Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act, completed by #####
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for most recent tax year (or IRS tax transcript which I prefer)
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for second most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Copy Federal income tax return (usually a 1040 or something like that), including W-2, Form 1099s & Schedule for third most recent tax year (optional)**See Note 3**
    o Letter from #####’s employer (optional)
    o Pay stub(s) from the most recent six months for ##### (optional)
    - Copy of I-797 - Notice of Action, Approval of K1 petition, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate, dated ##### (front & back)
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    The two items listed below are on the VJ AOS Guide, however NOWHERE on the forms, or their instructions is it mentioned that these items are required. These items only serve as additional information. You are required to bring your passport to the interview (if you have an interview) so perhaps by mailing this information you might not need to have one. Ultimately more info is better than less info (within reason of course) so it can't hurt. Personally I'll be including them in my parcel (in my attempt to avoid an interview ) but it makes sense that they're not needed as your Alien number is your identifier now (where with the K1 your passport number and then case number were).
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page
    - Photocopy of USA entry stamp dated #####
    Note 1: This form is now available that requests that you receive and email and text letting you know your application has been received http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD
    Note 2: There is a huge point of contention on VJ regarding whether or not to send DS-3025 or if you will require form I-693 (immunisations only). The reason for this is, the paperwork clearly states that if you COMPLETED your immunisations PRIOR to your K1 interview in your home country (and thus your medical information is complete in the paperwork you handed in at POE (and subsequently forwarded on)) then only the copy of the DS-3025 is required. HOWEVER some people who assumed their info was complete and sent in the DS-3025 received an RFE requesting they submit a form I-693. Further information is mentioned on this VJ thread: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=101202 So whether you go to the trouble of obtaining one so you don't risk and RFE and thus a slow-down is up to you. Personally I am in the process of calling Civil Surgeons (CS's) in my area to find our their fee. If the fee is reasonable we might do it just so we don't risk the RFE but at the same time i honestly think my form is fine and I have all immunisations filled in, either with dates or "not age appropriate". I'll let you know what I decide and then what the outcome is. Remember though every case is different, no matter how similar they might be.
    Note 3: Tax information is only REQUIRED for the most recent tax year. Question 25 on the I-864 still requires that you indicate your earnings for the most recent tax years, whether you provide evidence of this income or not. There are two tick boxes in that question, where you can indicate whether you are only including the most recent tax year, or the three most recent. I personally prefer to send in IRS transcripts so that you are sure that you have not excluded any tax information and I also prefer to send in all three years of tax information just to "be safe". Information for obtaining the transcripts is located here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3614293 .
    Here is a the Civil Surgeon "phone book" from the USCIS website: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=of...office_type=CIV
    Here is a VJ thread that lists good CS's and their prices: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...231026&st=0
    --EAD--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-765 - Application for Employment Authorisation **See Note 1**
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 2**
    As we're applying together with the AOS then the following isn't REQUIRED, however if you choose to include it, it's up to you, like i said before, more info is better than less info
    - Copy of I-94 – Arrival/Departure record (front & back)
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change) **See Note 3**
    Note 1: Being adjustment applicant's, we're under category c9. You will see there's also a category for K1 and K3 visas (a6) but this is for when you're not applying at the same time as the AOS.
    Note 2: It actually says "If no prior EAD has been issued, you must submit a copy of a Federal Government-issued identity document such as a passport..." as well as some other examples but personally I think the passport is the easiest one.
    Note 3: The next issue for me (being female, married and changing my name) is my passport is still in my maiden name. For that reason it seems to make sense to include a copy of my marriage licence. Although these things are included with the AOS application, they can always shred multiple copies
    --AP--
    - G-1145 – Form for E-notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    - I-131 - Application for Travel Document (Advanced Parole)
    - 2 passport photos (US passport size) - name and alien number printed lightly on back in pencil or felt pen
    - Copy of K1 visa (to show present status)
    - Photocopy of passport biographical details page **See Note 1**
    As with the EAD, this isn't REQUIRED but I will probably include it because the AP form doesn't actually have a space for "prior name":
    - Copy of Marriage certificate (to show name change)
    Note 1: It actually says "copy of an official photo identification document showing your name, photo, and date of birth". Like with the EAD example, passport is easiest I think
    General
    An important thing to remember is if you change your address at ANY stage while you are an LPR (or their sponsor) you are required to change your address within 30 days of moving. There are penalties for not doing so. The USCIS has an online change of address service but you STILL need to actually post a form to them. Here's the site: https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=coa . The reason for the paper form is so it's changed on the masterbase.
    The current postal details for these forms (as of 3 Dec 09 ) is:
    File at:
    USCIS
    P.O. Box 805887
    Chicago, IL 60680-4120
    For courier/express delivery:
    USCIS
    Attn: FBAS
    131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60603-5517
    I, like most, will be submitting my forms by express mail so I'll use the bottom address
    PAYMENT
    It's important when writing the cheque that you write:
    "One Thousand Ten and 00/100" or it might be returned.
    Here is the USCIS link outlining the cheque writing requirements: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/men...00045f3d6a1RCRD because if you're like me, it doesn't make sense to write it that way and I wouldn't have written it like that but their wish is our command
    Hope some of you find this useful If I've forgotten something, or stuff doesn't make sense, please let me know
    **Edited to add further definitions - 27 Feb 2010
    **Address for filing changed and fixed on here - 10 March 2010
    **Edited to add Biometrics review link here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/235331-aos-ead-ap-from-k1-the-aussie-way-doc-list-included/page__view__findpost__p__3909156
    **Edited to add - AOS approved 7 July 2010. Without RFE, Without interview. I simply followed the above guide and make sure my documents were completed properly.
    **Edited to add - new AOS fees as of 23 Nov 2010: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5be73dc5cb93b210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=8a2f6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD
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