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  1. I'm finally putting together packaged for family based (spouse) adjustment of status as someone that's currently in the US under an E2 visa. I was wondering if anyone is aware that if I should or shouldn't file I-765 as I am authorized to work in the country as a E2 visa holder as long as I stay with the same company, or if I should just file for I-765 anyways.
  2. Can someone help me understand what my PD is ?? I’m looking at our 797C Notice of action and for the I-485 where it says priority date it’s blank. Do I not have a priority date or did I get lost in all the cases? We have gotten up to the point where my wife had her biometrics appointment and now waiting for the combo card. What should I do ??
  3. We just sent in our concurrent filing of I-130/I-485, but it has not yet arrived at the Chicago lockbox. I used certified mail to send it and it arrives 2/16/2021. I (the petitioner) filled out two separate G-1450 forms for I-130 and I-485 with the appropriate fees and signatures. However, I am slightly panicking because I realized I put my name (the petitioner) in the "Applicant/Petitioner/Requester's Information" box for both G-1450 forms. I realized that I probably should have put my spouse's name for this field on the G-1450 for the I-485. Is this something our application can be rejected and returned to us over? Should I attempt to intercept this certified mail and fix it if necessary? Ironically I thought this form would be the biggest no brainer and I managed to potentially screw it up. Any advice is appreciated!!!
  4. Hello I just wanted to know if my now wife is able to travel to Puerto Rico. We got married already and her k1 visa expired. We have already filed the I-485, I-765, and I-131. She doesn’t have her combo card yet but she already did her biometrics but it hasn’t been approved yet. Has anyone gone to PR. It sounds like there shouldn’t be a problem but I’m still trying to see if anyone has done it already?
  5. Good day to all! I have some questions about the timeline or how long it will take to get your interview notice. Here’s some information and timeline for your reference 11/12/2019: I-485 receipt date, as of today the status says " will schedule for interview" - it's been like that since Jan.2020 12/09/2019: Biometrics 2/19/2020: EAD and AP card received 09/11/2020: I-765 ( Employment Authorization application), receipt date for EAD/AP renewal 1/29/2021: per USCIS case status online check: "Case is already scheduled for interview". As of January 21, 2020, we are ready to schedule your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Receipt Number MSC2090*****, for an interview. It's been like since last year. ** for my social security card, They didn’t send it to me yet ( almost a year now). I called the SSA office several times, put on hold for several hours and had no luck, until this month (January) a good guy finally accommodated me and scheduled an appointment for me to apply it at the local social security office in person next month (2/17/21). He said my ss number has already been provided but the card was not processed yet. So here's some of my questions and hopefully someone can help me here: 1. For EAD card, have you got your interview before your EAD expires? My EAD will expire 2/19/21 but we submitted the renewal already. I have friend (cr-1) who got his GC right before the EAD expires or before he receive the renewed EAD card and without interview. 2. For medical exam, as per my lawyer advise I will submit only the medical exam results once we get the date for interview. Did you do the same or submitted them before the interview date? 3. I don't know the status of my applications except looking at the USCIS case status online. Where else can you check your status? like the I-485 and EAD card renewal? Thank you All and Be safe at all times.
  6. Hello, I am on F1 visa (doctoral student). Married to US citizen, filed I-130 and I-765 in August 2020. However, I realized that I need to file I-485 too. Can somebody tell me if we need to submit I-864 Affidavit of Support too? And what are total requirements if I am missing any other requirements then this (I-94, passport pictures, marriage certificate, I-20, joint bank statements, birth certificates, passport copies, visas, receipts of I-765 and I-130. And I-864 now or once I get approval? Aside from that if I need to file something else too to get green card and work authorization? Need help Thanks MBA-098
  7. Hello, My F-1 visa spouse and I are filing for her adjustment of status. Because she is an F-1 visa student, we will send evidence of her ESL certificates along with her transcripts of degree progress in USA thus far. However, her high school diploma is somewhere in Vietnam and I don’t even know if we will be able to get our hands on it or even a scanned copy. Is it necessary to send this in for I-944? We may not have access to it so I’m at a loss. We have all of her US college transcripts and certificates (one semester left until associate’s degree). I’m really curious to see what anyone did in this situation. I-944 may be scrapped soon but we rather not postpone submission any longer. Thanks guys!
  8. Hi everyone, I came over to the U.S from Canada on the K1 Visa on March 20, and we got married on March 26. I'm now filling out the I-485 adjustment of status, but I'm not sure if I use my maiden name or my new married last name? I'm assuming I use my maiden name since everything before this has been with my maiden name?! Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  9. So I have been reading and I have a question.. My interview date is on February 8th, that is a month from my 2 year anniversary... will I still get the 2 year conditional green card or? It just doesn’t seem fair that I get that if technically we are already married for 2 years it’s just 3 weeks away from that point.. any experience in this?
  10. We submitted our package last September and finally got letters about the missing information. I know we forgot the I-130A and the I-864 and will be submitting them. However there is a new section talking about needing a I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency. I'm unclear if this is needed. It says it would be if the I-485 is deemed inadmissible, however my wife is not self-sufficient as she currently can't work in the US. Is it basically another financial support form that contains just my information for taxes and assets? Any advice is appreciated. It does say that last year a waiver was in place from July 29th-September 22nd which we fell into, but anything after February 24th requires the form.
  11. Hi! I’m really confused here. I’m filling up form I-485. On page 2 Part 1 item 20.a, Place of Last Arrival into the United States. I traveled to Toronto Canada and came back to the US. My airport destination was John Wayne in Santa Ana California. Had a layover in Chicago. I was inspected by the US customs in Pearson International Airport. And in my I-94 the last Arrival is Toronto. Shall I write down Santa Ana or Toronto as my last place of arrival? I appreciate any input you can give me.
  12. I sent in our AOS packet yesterday with the I-130 and I-485 concurrently. Since my spouse was already in the US and the USCIS website didn't mention them specifically I didn't complete the I-130A and I-864. Will they outright reject the packet when they get it and send it back, or will they just request those items be submitted online/mail? Also based on the guide on this site it recommends you make a cover letter and certified copies however the instructions provided from USCIS doesn't state either are required. Is it required or just a best practice to make it easier for them and to eliminate doubt?
  13. Hello! Can somebody tell me what documents and proof are needed to bring to the Green Card interview? I’m waiting for my interview date letter and I an too inpatient 😂 Thanks!
  14. Hello! My wife will be filing an Affidavit of Support for my adjustment of status. She has never filed her taxes before, because she was a student and had almost no income so she thought she didn't need to. We just sent all of her tax returns for the previous years but we won't have the transcript on time to include it in the AOS package. She now has a job and makes roughly $41k a year, but since she just started working in October we are going to use a joint sponsor who has been working his whole life and has enough financial resources. I have two questions: 1. I know that my wife HAS to file an affidavit of support for me, I don't think that it will be approved since she just started her job and we won't be including her tax return transcripts. Would my AOS still go through if my wife's affidavit is declined but our joint sponsor's is approved? 2. Can the joint sponsor be the person my wife is contracting for in one of her jobs? He's a family friend and we live with him. Thank you guys for your time, and have a nice day! Valentin
  15. Hi All! I found out that my most recent I-94 number is different from my most recent approved I-797A number (i got my I-797A approved after my most recent traveled date and gained the most recent I-94 number). I am in the process of filing for I-130 and I-485. For I-485, Page 2, item 23a which I-94 number should I use? For I-130, Page 7, item 46b, which I-94 number should I use? Thank you!
  16. Hi! I used a lot of vj information to filed for aos and I wanted to share with you my experience and my aos package. I'm from Argentina and I came to America in November with a J1 visa (summer work travel program), after dating my husband for a year, we got married on May 7th. According to my visa, I had to go back home before June 30th and even though I married a US citizen and I knew if I overstayed it was going to be waived, I was still so worried that I filed for AoS asap (June 19th). A few things I'm going to say before I talk about my application is that I think 50% was pure luck, it was filing at the right time and date. The other 50% making sure nothing in my application could make the officer doubt and ask for more information or evidence. I made sure everything was disclosed and explained, it must have been either a pain in the ### or a blessing for whoever that took my case cause it was 400 pages long lol. Also the fact that my office was Reno helped a lot, I went twice for biometrics and interview and there was no one, the parking lot was empty, so they're pretty low on cases there. I didn't get help from a lawyer 'cause I considered my case was simple, it wasn't worth the money, we were on lockdown so I didn't have much else to do but getting obsessed with sending the perfect application, visiting hundreds of VJs topics and watching youtube videos. Another thing, specifically for I130 is that I was scared because my husband and I are in our early 20s, we got married a year after meeting each other, 7 months out of those 12 we were in a long distance relationship, he still lived with his parents, we both had part time jobs, we don't own anything, so we had to prove our love by telling them our story. How meant to be we are, how we clicked instantly, how we talked 3 hours a day every day, how I told him he could come to visit me and the next day he went to get his passport and bought flight tickets to see me, how we can't imagine being away from each other, that we did it for 7 months and we don't want to do it ever again, how we have plans for the future, etc. Our bonafide evidence was full of stories and we attached them with tickets, passes, reservations, photos, invitations. By the time of the interview we did gather a lot of primary evidence and the officer that interviewed us was more than pleased. This was my package main cover letter I had to explain a few things when I filed: 1. During a road trip all my forms of identification were stolen, so I lost my passport with my visa stamp and my country ids. Thankfully, I was able to get an emergency passport and sent that in the package with an explanation of what happened and secondary proof that I was here legally such as letters from my sponsors, employers, job reviews and flight tickets. 2. I was given an extension of my visa because of the pandemic, so I sent a letter from my sponsor that explains the extension and extra information on why I was given this extension (the borders of my country were closed and all my flights were canceled) 3. My husband was a dependent of him mom for 2017 tax returns so we wrote a letter that his mom signed. 4. I944 was intense haha, we couldn't get IRS transcripts before sending the application because at that time IRS offices were closed, so we sent the biggest WE TRIED letter, where we stated that we received no answer from IRS so we were going to send 1040s and W2s. 5. We didn't have a credit score or report because none of us has credit cars, loans, car, leases, anything. We're still pretty young and we haven't thought all that out yet (we should soon). So we explained that, we sent transunion letter saying we didn't have any of that, screenshots of the experian website saying they couldn't find me and I tried to get a credit card online and I didn't qualified. 6. For Education, I did an evaluation of my college transcripts with a NACES authorized agency (IEE), also I graduated from college but I came to America before i could sign my diploma so I don't have my diploma with me and that's the way I can prove I graduated, what I sent to prove I graduated was a certified letter by my college that stated that I did in fact finish college. The evaluation agency wrote that my degree was incomplete because they didn't accept the certified letter but I sent everything in my I944, cause why not. 7.I didn't send proof I know how to speak Spanish because that's my native language and in my transcripts from school we don't call Spanish classes that, we call them Language classes. I wrote a letter swearing I know Spanish and that's it. When I filed I was afraid that my husband's tax return were going to look bad, because in 2019 he made a little over the percentage he had to make to sponsor me, in 2018 he made half of that percentage and in 2017 he was a minor and was a dependent of his mom. Still I sent all that information because if I disclosed it first it means I'm ahead of any questions they can ask us. That's just my mindset, I know a lot of people believe it's better to just put the last tax return information and that's fine. Also when we filed, my husband was unemployed and so was I (pandemic related), so we sent his last pay stubs and that's all. (He did have a part time job but that didn't make enough to support me at that time and he didn't file for unemployment) Another thing is that (PLEASE DONT DO IT) I worked in the past unauthorized, this was way before I met my husband and I didn't think of the consequences, I had no idea at some point it could come back to bite me. So, I disclosed it, I said from what date to what date and in I485 I said yes to working unauthorized and violating the terms of conditions of my nonimmigrant status. So this was my timeline and here's what I sent the June 2020 filers group and hour after the interview: And that's it. Right now, I have a job offer and I'm waiting for my green card to arrive. I'm excited about the winter, being with my husband without having to think of visas, uscis, forms, is great. I did get only the conditional green card, so in 2 years I'll have to do this again hahah. I hope this long post helps you, please let me know if you have any questions, this was my experience, probably had a few mistakes, it's not perfect, I was just very lucky this process went as smoothly as it did. Thank you thank you thank you VJ members for answering all my questions and giving me so much information!
  17. Hi all! Applied for AOS on December 23. My interview has been ready to be scheduled since February 28th. Still waiting. Here we can discuss, post any updates or tips, or just vent. Good luck and patience to all!
  18. Hi, I have submitted I-485 form. I did not have birth certificate at my birth. So I provided birth certificate (late) from my birth country and also affidavit from my parents. Last week I got RFE which states " You have submitted secondary evidence and/or a birth affidavit as proof of birth record. However, the evidence you have submitted is insufficient. Examples of acceptable secondary evidence may include but not limited to church, school records listing your parents' names and your date of birth. -I have certificate from high school which have my father's name (not mother's name) and my date of birth. Will this certificate work for the evidence? In addition to a birth affidavit and secondary evidence, Title 8 code of federal regulations, section 103.2(B)(ii) states: "Where a record doest to exist, the applicant must submit an original written statement on government letterhead establishing this from the relevant government. " -As I understand, I have secondary evidence for birth. I think I could ignore above paragraph. is this correct? I asked with a lawyer, he asked for $1000. Is there any less expensive legal support? Thank you I appreciate your suggestions
  19. Hello everyone. I am in a kind of panicky mood this morning. We have been patiently waiting for the notice to come in the mail with our biometrics appointment. We filed for I-485 and it was received by USCIS on April 11th, 2020. Since then, when checking our case status it has just said fingerprint fee received. I was told that we would receive a letter from USCIS in the mail with details about the biometrics appointment. Well, it has been 5 months and no notice. I am getting kinda nervous that maybe it was lost in the mail or something. Is anyone else experiencing this? I know that they were shut down for a bit due to COVID, however, they have been open back up since June.
  20. Hey guys, I am not really making this post to ask a question but provide my experience with this and update as I go. Others can put their experience if they would like as well. Anywho...I e-filed the I-130 on June 9, 2020 and on June 10, 2020, I received a notice saying the application was accepted and is being processed with a priority date of June 9, 2020. I was also able to download a PDF version of the I-797 immediately. USCIS also mailed a copy of the notice and I received that on June 15, 2020. Also, I live in California but it looks like the efiled form is being processed at the Texas Service Center. I did it this way because I was still waiting on some documents for the I-944 and wanted to get the process started. Also, because I was able to upload all of the documents for the I-131 online and even pay the fee online so it was one less packet to mail and worry about. Another reason I did it this way is because I couldn't find many threads of people who have done it this way so there are not many experiences. Also, you can still file the I-485 in Chicago "concurrently" but you have to send it in with a copy of the I-797 notice for the I-131 showing it was accepted. I will be sending the I-485 shortly and will update with what USCIS says. I have a cover letter and a copy of the I-797 near the top so they know I've already filed the I-130. So, I will update this thread to see what happens and if you've done it this way as well, maybe put your experience with this. Thank you,
  21. Hello I was wondering if there is any AOS filers from Phoenix or anywhere from Arizona. My PD Aug-07-17 I got my Employment card in February and then after that here I am in October still waiting for my interview to be schedule .
  22. Asking for a relative: After biometrics does USCIS update case status of I-485? For I-765 it says card produced and I-131 case approved. But no update for 485. It still says fingerprint fees received.
  23. My case has been saying " as of March 20, 2020, we are ready to schedule your form i-485, for an interview. I know because of Covid-19 everything got stuck but I just want to know if this wait is normal in California or what should I do about it? thank you!
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