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  1. Hello, It seems we don’t have a sub-forum exclusive for those who filed their AOS petition this month – September 2019, so I thought I would create one. Hope this channel helps us communicate and share our experiences. I look forward to hearing from fellow September filers. Good luck to all of us! My details (married to a US citizen and currently working/living in the US currently on L1B😞 Marriage-based AOS packet mailed by FedEx to USCIS Chicago: 9/8 AOS packet delivered: 9/11 Received SMS notifications to inform that USCIS received my case: 9/17 Cheques cashed by USCIS: 9/18 Received letters (NOAs – form 797C) for I-130, 485, 765, 131: 9/20 Waiting for biometric service appointment letter
  2. since i did not go in for consular visa processing, and went ahead with adjustment of status while i was in USA, do i have to advise NVC as i keep getting these notices and termination letter from NVC. will this impact my "removal of conditions" application.
  3. Hi everyone, I had an interview at USCIS office on Mar 6, 2020 and they told me I am approved. However, i believe the offices were then closed the following week due to Covid-19. And up till now i see no progress on my case status, it still shows as "INTERVIEW WAS SCHEDULED". Has anyone facing the same issue? What should i do? Thanks
  4. Hello, good people! We were about to file AoS for my wife back in early February but turns out only a computerized birth certificate is allowed from her country to file for any immigration visas. This delayed our process long enough for the new i-944 requirements to take effect, and then lockdowns happened across the world, and now here we are trying to decipher what is acceptable. I hope y'all will be able to answer some questions/doubts. New to all this and appreciate any insight. Quick info about her (beneficiary): - graduated med school in her country in 2019 (never been employed) - studying to take medical licensing exams here, which have been delayed due to Covid-19 - has visited the US in 2019 to do two clinical electives - has a valid B1/B2 visa that expires mid-2021, but just entered the "overstay" category in June 2020 - no SSN or ITIN - no name on any lease/car insurance/utility bill - no credit card or credit score - unfortunately, we also did not renew her travel insurance which expired in March Quick info about me (USC): - make between $40k - $50k at a non-profit (above 125% FPG in 2019 Tax Return, and above 250% in the new career in 2020) - bachelor's degree - less than $25k student loans, $6k credit card debt - no health insurance (employer-offered plan was too expensive). Marketplace will not open till November ☹️ - credit score: good (700+) Questions: Is it possible to add her to anything (lease/bank account/utility bill/credit card) without having SSN or ITIN? Have any of y'all had success with getting a "no credit score report" without SSN/ITIN? Should I get private health insurance for both of us ASAP? Will $6k credit card debt and a not-so-great checking account be a negative factor? Would I have to show a healthy bank account and hence get financial deposit help from my family till the green card is approved? Is switching jobs seen as negative? If I find a better employment opportunity, should I jump on it or would it be seen as unstable? Is there any advantage to filing the forms concurrently versus sending them at different times? Will I-131 (Advance Parole) add an extra $575, and I-765 (Employment Authorization) add an extra $410 to the cost of Adjustment of Status application? If she has given the TOEFL in 2012 and all her education has been where official language of instruction is English, does she need to still prove her English proficiency? Do we need to get her British-education high school diploma and Asian-education medical school degree evaluated? P.S if anyone knows a company in Texas that does not take away half my income in private health insurance, please recommend! 😅
  5. Hi all, I was looking around for items that a joint sponsor needs for the Affidavit of Support since my wife and I are filing for her adjustment of status. I have found conflicting things about what is needed. What items does the joint sponsor need for the adjustment of status? Is a Form I-130 needed for the Adjustment of Status (K1)? Thanks!
  6. Hello, I am filing form I-944 for AOS and they want to know if I have graduated high school or not. I have not. ( our school system is different in my country) Where do I put the grade I did and do they want me to name the school? also, do they want proof that I have not graduated?
  7. Guys please help me out, I am confused, I already have the Nigerian national population commission ATTESTATION OF BIRTH certificate. Which is the National population commission long form birth certificate? Are they not supposed to serve the same purpose? Thanks
  8. Which payment method in filing for AOS is better? And if you paid through Credit Card, whose name should we put on the first box that says Full Legal Name? My name or my husband's? My husband will pay for my AOS and we will use his credit card. I am the immigrant adjusting for status.
  9. Will it matter if on my Cashier's Check, on the "Memo" part, we only put "Form i-485 Filing and Biometric Fees" and we didn't put the applicant's name on it? Do we need to sign the back of the Cashier's Check?
  10. Hello everyone, I have a very specific question due to my adjustment of residency case that was denied two and a half years ago in November 2017 that I can't find any answers to, not even asking the embassy in my home country. I came to the US in 2016 on a J-1 and married my long term boyfriend (US Citizen) before my visa period was over in the US. We went through the whole process of applying to register permanent residency of a US-spouse and were denied one year later because of the lacking waiver to the 2 year home country requirement. We went back to Europe, first to Sweden and then back to my home country Germany where we have been living since last year now. Now that those two years have passed, we wanted to apply again (we never appealed the decision back in 2017). I was wondering if there is a shorter and less money consuming process than doing the whole thing again with maybe reopening the old case? If anyone has some experience with this very specific type of visa-denial and forms of applying again, I would be entirely grateful! Thank you guys beforehand for taking the time in reading and answering this.
  11. I am creating this thread to help all of the Houston 2017 filers come together and share updates in one place. Since Houston is one of the most slowest offices currently, it would benefit all of us to communicate and share any experiences we are going through when it comes to the AOS from a K1 visa in Houston. Please share any communications you have with Infopass associates or USCIS phone calls, and any other movement or changes with your case. My current timeline: AOS NOA1: 06/17/2017 Ready to be scheduled for interview: 07/18/2017 On old USCIS site: USCIS currently can't provide you with any information...: April 2018
  12. I'm currently in the process of preparing my AOS packet and had a couple questions regarding my vaccination records. I know they need to be translated, but does it have to be notarized? And should I take the original record along with the translation when I go for the medical exam? I still haven't scheduled it yet because of this question. I've been seeing a lot of different information online and I'm confused. Thank you in advance for any help.
  13. I filed for adjustment of status in NSC. They forward it to NBC after a couple of months from where I received a biometrics appointment from and completed it. NBC then transferred my case to the local USCIS office from where I received an interview appointment. During the interview they issued me an RFE asking for a waiver on my J visa's two year home residency requirement. I filed for I-612 in CSC and was approved after which my case was transferred back to NSC where I originally filed it for adjudication. I was hoping that NSC makes a decision, but I received another transfer notice that my case was sent to NBC for the second time. Can anyone speculate why did this happen? Could it be that biometric and medical exam results are valid only for 15 months and I have to do them again? Will I be reinterviewed for any reason?
  14. Hi all, I recently got married on a K1 fiancee visa and am currently filling out the forms for Adjustment of Status, but I'm a bit puzzled as to what documents are needed for the medical. I had my medical examination in the UK on October 10th 2019, a little over 5 months ago. It is to my understanding that I don't need to file the I-693 since my medical was less than a year ago, is this correct? I was given a sealed medical packet along with my K1 visa, is this to be submitted here? I have a sheet from my medical in the UK listing my vaccinatons and whatnot, should this be included as proof of vaccinations? I have a disc with my chest X-ray on it from my medical that was given to me at my K1 interview in London, is this to be included too? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you
  15. Hello all, I entered on a K1, got married within the 90 days but we have not yet filed our adjustment paperwork for various reasons. My K1 is now expired and I need to fill out my current immigration status on the I-485, I have no idea what to put. Do we need to file an I-130 as well? I can’t seem to find a clear answer - I’ve seen multiple people on this website stating they didn’t file for AoS for months (even years!) after legally getting married on a K1, but I’m also reading conflicting information that even if you did everything right regarding the K1, you are “unlawful” once it expires despite being married and you need to file an I-130 at the same time which seems arbitrary? Others have said you only file I-130 if you didn’t get married within the 90 days. I’m so confused! tl;dr: Definitely married within the 90 days, K1 period now over - what is my immigration status for I-485 and do we need to file the I-130? Very grateful in advance to anyone who reads and can advise!
  16. Hi everybody! I am sorry if I'm making a duplicate thread - I tried searching for an answer but could not find one. Therefore I am reaching out to you :) So, I am one of those people who are sending in my AOS package after February 24th. I have heard rumors and read on the USCIS website that there might be a change in fees regarding the AOS process. As of now the fee for AOS is $1,225 and the I-765 and I-131 for free if you send them in along with the AOS. I have read what the USCIS are saying about this on their website, but it seems like the fees are still the same as before. Are they though? Or have I misunderstood something here? Thank you in advance! Have a great weekend.
  17. Starting new thread for November 2017 AOS Filers in proper standard VJ format.. MONTH YEAR AOS Filers Hope all novembers filers enjoy this jouney. Some references for November Filers; https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do https://www.uscis.gov http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?cfl=&op1=&op2=&op3=1&op4=1&op5=&op6=All
  18. Hi everyone, A friend of mine came to the USA to attend a conference and after the conference, he met his long time sweetheart and they started kicking it and decided to get married in order for him to stay. However, she is a permanent resident and not yet a citizen. She meets all the requirements to become a citizen, but she hasn’t filed her N400 yet. They love each other and went right ahead and got married. My question is, can he adjust his status since she’s not a citizen yet or does he have to wait until she’s citizen before his status can be adjusted? Also, what are other options that he can explore?
  19. My AOS packet (I-130, 131, 485, 864, & 765) was rejected and returned due to a simple number error on my credit card form. The packet was returned stapled into 11 sections, in an order that looks mostly random to me, with an attached plastic bag holding my photographs, original envelopes, and folders. Of course, there were also the I-797C notices and the green form. Do I resubmit this EXACTLY how I received it with the fees corrected (staples, weird order, plastic bag, & all) or do I go back and re-order everything to how USCIS requested it in the first submission? The USCIS website for original filing specifically says no staples, to clearly separate each application, and include cover letters, so I don't want to mess this up again by returning what they sent back to me if it's wrong. The only reliable info I can find about refiling is to return the original documents with the stamps now on them, and put the green paper on top. Nothing out there about the order, and no instructions on the 797 either. Help is appreciated!
  20. Hi there, I am an E3 visa holder looking at applying for an adjustment of status through marriage here in the next couple of months. I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the form I-508 needs to be filed with the AOS package? I have read different accounts of people not filing it in the beginning and having to fill it out in triplicate at their interview and people filing it with their AOS package just to cover bases. Also, I am not sure what filing in triplicate means? Thank you to anyone that can give me any advice on this matter (and please feel to move this content to a better suited forum)
  21. Hi everyone, Some context: K1 visa received, one-way ticket purchased, just nine weeks to go (I arrive March 15 and we get married on the 28th!!!) We wanted to get a head start on the AOS process. We would so appreciate it if someone could kindly help us with the following: 1. Provide some feedback on our cover letter (PDF attached, or the PNG file if the former doesn't work) and also double-check that we listed all the materials that we need to submit with the packet. 2. (Please confirm or clarify) if it makes a difference to include copies of my (beneficiary) birth certificate and our marriage certificate with I-765 and I-131 applications. We noticed that both the birth and marriage certificates are not included in the list of required documents on the USCIS website, but we've been seeing a lot of VJ-ers include them in those two applications. Many, many thanks! AOS Cover Letter.pdf
  22. Hey there! I've visited VisaJourney for the insight plenty of times now but this is my first post - I'm a UK resident engaged to wonderful Idahoan, we've just started filling things out and gathering evidence of our relationship, but I've got a question regarding my surname and need to work out the best way to proceed before we actually file. I've long intended to change my surname and know what I want to change it to. In England this is a fairly simple process and can be completed by Deed Poll - once approved I'd need to reach out to the passport office, my bank, workplace and such so the change is reflected there too. However, I'm hearing that this may have the potential to significantly complicate our application, and if it comes down to it I'd much rather stave-off changing my name if that means we can be together sooner. I've seen answers on the forum talking about changing surname at marriage (usually one party taking the surname of the other, or, with one poster, both parties selecting a fresh new name jointly) - we love eachother immensely but are simultaneously very independent people - in her case, she wants to keep her current name, and in mine, I'd like to go forward in our new life together with the surname I've chosen to myself. Do you know if it's possible for me to make this change at marriage? If so, how does this affect the AOS, who should I inform, and how should I fill the documents out accordingly? Is it best to change it in England and bring a copy of the accepted deed poll forward, or would the discrepancy between my birth certificate and historic documentation against the new name just needlessly complicate the process? This is unconventional territory, and if anyone here has experience and wisdom on the matter we'd both be eternally grateful Thanks, and all the best to you!
  23. Hello, We are shortly going to be filing for AOS after I arrived here on a K1 visa in May. We are a little confused about the sponsor's "current individual annual income" on the I-864, and seem to be getting conflicting information from different sources. My fiancee (soon to be wife) started a full time job at the beginning of May, with a salary $40,000 per year. Prior to this, however, she was self employed, and for the past few years her income has not met the threshold. I understand that it is current income that they are most concerned about, however, we are confused about a couple of things: 1. For the part in the I-864 where she has to record her "current individual annual income", would she enter $40,000 (as this is what she will be earning annually), OR should she calculate the income based on what she is expected to earn in 2017 (i.e. what she expects to earn from this job from May - December, and anything she earned prior to her becoming employed in May)? I have seen conflicting answers on this. 2. When we submit the application, she will have 4 months of paystubs, as well as her initial employment letter. Would this be enough to satisfy them? Thank you!! Dan
  24. My husband is adjusting status through me a USC. On june 12th USCIS received our case and began working on it. on August 16th, 2019 we received an RFIE which states: Submit a copy of the primary birth record issued by the appropriate civil authority for the applicant. The U.S Department of states visa reciprocity and civil documents indicates the only acceptable document is the Copy of Birth Folio, "Copia de Folio del Libro de Nacimientos." If the Copy of Birth, "Copia de Folio del Libro de Nacimientos," is not available , you must submit acceptable secondary evidence AND a letter from the government or other authority. Examples of acceptable secondary evidence may include, but is not limited to; church or school records, listing your parents names and your date of birth; hospital records of your birth; or other official records indicating a country and record of birth. Im so confused because we sent his birth certificate. I have attached a copy of what the one we sent looked like. It is not my image, I got it from google. Ive been doing some research and Im coming up with copies of stuff we cannot get easily, if at all. Im so scared that my husband wont get accepted over this. Anyone in a similar situation?
  25. This is my RFE, " The petitioning sponsor on form I864 Affidavit of support, must submit a complete federal income tax return submitted in the Federal Revenue Service (IRS) for the most recent tax year. If you submit a transcript it must be it must be a tax return transcript from the IRS. If you were not required to file a federal income tax return under the U.S. tax law, attach a written explanation of why you are not required to file. " see , " filing requirements in the IRS form 1040 filing instructions to determine whether you were required to file" .... I would of sent a pucture but my phone takes bad pictures. SO ,will i explain about 2019, because i will be sending probably after the new year...thanks so much in advance!
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