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  1. Hello, long time lurker here, and thanks to this forum my wife was able to get a visa and come to America. Bad news is, there's a little bump. Here's a breakdown. Late 2019: Fiance, now Wife, filed I-129f, was approved. Came to American, got married within 90 days and filed form I-485. We received numerous RFE and sent in the requested documents. Early 2021: The final RFE, they requested more tax information and another copy of our marriage certificate. I'm 100% sure I sent in my marriage certificate with the I-485, but not 100% sure I submitted a second copy of the marriage certificate. June 24, 2021 - Received an appointment for biometrics. June 30, 2021 - Notice of decision - Denied. Denial Reason: "After reviewing the evidence, USCIS has concluded that you are not eligible to adjust status because you failed to submit." - "A copy of the marriage certificate between the K-1 applicant and Form I-129F petitioner showing the date of marriage within 90 days of the K-1's admission to the United States." I believe it's safe to assume that a second copy of my marriage certificate not being submitted is the reason and not because we didn't get married in time. I'm also scratching my head trying to figure out why they couldn't photo copy the marriage certificate I sent in with my I-485 (AOS form). Now - I can't contact USCIS because the machine never sends me to a human. Has anyone experience with this type of situation before? From my point of view, my options are: File form I-290B with the marriage certificate and pay the $675 filing fee. File form I-485 from the beginning and pay the $1140 filing fee. Do #1 first, then if that gets rejected go for #2 but this puts me out $1,815. If there's a hidden option with a high success rate, please let me know. I've tried contacting USCIS numerous times without any luck so if anyone knows the correct question to ask the machine to get a real human on the phone I'm all ears. I've looked on the forums and there was another case where a birth certificate was missing and that specific couple were advised to just reapply. Am I missing anything here or would simply submitting the form I-290B along with another copy of the marriage certificate be sufficient? Thanks for reading.
  2. Good day! I hope you are all having a good start of the year. I can't find a timeline/progress discussion for December 2020 filers so I created one. I know it's too early to create a thread like this but seeing someone whose application is moving makes me hopeful and at peace. For anyone who filed their AOS application in December 2020, please feel free to share your progress in this thread! Thank you and good luck to all of us! Our journey so far for concurrent filing of I-130 & I-485 with I-765 & I-131: Current Visa: B2 Service Center: NBC ASC: San Diego, CA Priority Date: 12/21/2020 2020 12/16/2020: Send packet via UPS 12/21/2020: Chicago Lockbox received the packet 2021 01/05/2020: Credit card charged for I-130 & I-485 01/11/2020: Received e-notification via text message 01/15/2020: Received NOA for all of the forms // NOA dated: Jan. 09, 2021
  3. Hey guys, started a new thread for april 2021 filers. my package was delivered on april 3rd to chicago sc and haven’t heard anything yet...
  4. AOS Checklist Cover Letter listing Table of Contents (Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00) Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Form G-1145 Form I-944 (Declaration of Self-Sufficiency) (required as of February 24, 2020) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process) I-94 Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate translation of birth certificate (if needed) Certified copy of Marriage License Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of DS-3025 Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485) Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other) 2018, 2017 (optional), and 2016 (optional) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts Employment Verification letter (updated one - not the one used during K1 process) Paystubs (last 3 months) Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process) Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process Be sure to double check for the current fees as fees do sometimes increase, so please check. Additionally check the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date, there has been changes to various forms since February 24, 2020. Consider sending tax transcripts instead of the 1040, and W2's. Also consider preparing a cover letter for each form in addition to the main cover letter. Hope this helps in your preparation of your AOS. When in doubt ask questions.
  5. I am new to this forum. I just filed marriage based AOS this week. I am the beneficiary. Visajourney guides as well as individual members on this forum has been extremely helpful. They gave me confidence and knowledge to file my case myself. Creating this thread for all September AOS files to share their journey as we go through the process and next few months and years. Good luck everyone.
  6. Another month another round of AOS submissions. Please be aware that this checklist is NOT all inclusive and you must consult the USCIS website to crosscheck this checklist against/with. The AOS process has been confusing since the pandemic hit, not to mention the added politics. So please I want to stress that you only use this check sheet as a starting point and guide if you will. The USCIS site will be the final guide. Please ensure that you check your forms for the correct versions and editions because if you use the wrong forms USCIS will reject your application and send it back to you. This is easily checked on the USCIS website prior to downloading your forms. You should also ONLY download your forms from the USCIS website. The current and correct fees can also be ascertained from the USCIS website AOS Checklist Cover Letter listing Table of Contents (Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00) Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Form G-1145 Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process) I-94 Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate translation of birth certificate (if needed) Certified copy of Marriage License Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of DS-3025 Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485) Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other) 2020 (current tax year), 2019 (optional), and 2018 (optional) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts (transcripts are better if you can get them) Employment Verification letter (updated one - not the one used during K1 process) Pay stubs (last 3 months) Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process) Be sure to use the correct filing code of (c)(9) if this code applies to you. The I-765 instructions explains all the codes in detail. If you are filing under a different code (other than (c)(9) the fee for your AOS will not be correct and USCIS will reject your entire packet. Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process Be sure to double check for the current fees as fees do sometimes increase and they can change on a dime so please check. Additionally, check the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date, there have been many changes to various forms. Consider sending tax transcripts instead of the 1040, and W2's. Also consider preparing a cover letter for each form in addition to the main cover letter. Make sure you send long form birth certificates and not the short form. Hope this helps in your preparation of your AOS. When in doubt ask questions. Please consider filing the I-131 and the I-765 even if you don't think you'll need them right now. You never know what changes your life will have on down the road, so I recommend you file these two forms from the start. There is no extra charge to file them with your AOS and it's better to submit them all at once. There has been much confusion coming out of USCIS, partly due to Covid-19 and partly self-inflicted. This confusion filters on down to the people filing for AOS. The above listing is subject to change at a moment’s notice so please check, recheck and check again BEFORE you send off your packet for any last-minute changes. Congratulations on a successful submission of your AOS packet!
  7. So my husband just did his biometrics appt on July 21, and we got a letter today saying his AOS interview is scheduled for August 23. We have some questions and things we want to clarify about the requirements. I did some searching on my own but it got more confusing, so I thought I'd just ask here: For the Form I-693 and vaccine records - his original medical exam for the visa was in Feb. 2020. I know it says you don't need it if it's already been submitted, but I saw mixed advice here. Some said if it's over a year old you need a new one. Others have said that if you filed within a year of the medical then it's fine. We filed for AOS in Oct. 2020, so we FILED within a year, but obviously it's been more than a year between the exam and his AOS interview. To clarify, does he need a new medical exam in the next 3 weeks, and does he need to bring this form for the interview? For the I-864 - we also have already submitted this with his AOS packet. I am the only sponsor and was approved as such. However my work situation has changed to self employed, so I'm unsure if I need an updated I864, or updated evidence that I can support him (which is fine)? Should we bring the previous I864 just in case? If I need new evidence I don't know how to show proof of income - half the year i was employed by someone else, and since May I've been self employed. They ask for "all documentation establishing eligibility for LPR status". I assume that means his visa, our marriage license, and previous I797 from his AOS application. Maybe also I94 and marriage license. Am I missing anything here? They also ask for "any immigration documentation ever issued to you"... this is very vague. We do not have any of the examples the list (I766, 512, or 571). What do we need? Finally, they ask for "originals and copies of each supporting document you submitted with your application". Are they saying they want originals and copies of the ENTIRE I485 packet (which they clearly already have)? This seems excessive but I wouldn't put it past them. I know this is alot to ask - but I know that USCIS has a habit of asking for things they already have... or saying you don't need to bring something and then you get there and they ask for it after all.. so I want to be 1000% sure that I'm clear about what we do and don't need. Thanks in advance!
  8. Hi, I came to the US on a K1 visa on February 2020. We got married within the 90 days. Because of covid and lack of employment, we sent i485 on December 2020 but the petition was returned later because we stupidly forgot the check. Resent it and officially filed on February of this year. We got an RFE for proof of citizenship (even though we sent copies of passport) which we responded to. Earlier this month, we got another RFE for my husband's proof of income (US citizen, freelance). They were asking for W2s and the like. We spoke to 2 attorneys and they both told us we could respond to the RFE ourselves without wasting legal fees. They also told me if we get rejected we could just refile. I'm still worried and would like opinions, in the case of the second RFE's rejection, how likely it is that I will be deported since by the time I filed the AOS it was beyond 90 days. Nothing was said about filing within 90 days and they only asked that we be married within 90 days. Had we known, we would have taken a loan. It is causing me a lot of anxiety and I saw a thread (dating of 2010 but still) where the person got denied because they were out of status by the time they filed.
  9. Hello all, My wife came here on K1, we got married and we started the AOS process. We recently did her biometric on June 4th, 2021. However, due to our inexperience, we did not realize we could have done her driver license back when she had her 90 days windows and i believe for her to study driver license, we need to wait on her EAD. Due to my work, we will be traveling out of state and be there for a while, is it possible for her to study her driver license in another state? We will be travel back and forth between my home town and my work town.
  10. Hey everyone, sorry if it's been asked but I am in a huge panic. My partner has been in the US for a few years now and we need to file their Adjustment of Status. Is this the !-485 form? That's all I find online but I want to make sure it's the correct form before completing it and sending it out. Is that the only form I file? We are married and they have their green card for a couple years now so we just need to finish up with the AOS. Thank you!
  11. Hi there! No one has created a June topic yet so here it is. We’re planning on filing next week. Good luck to everyone AOS Checklist Cover Letter listing Table of Contents (Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00) Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Form G-1145 Form I-944 (Declaration of Self-Sufficiency with applicable supporting documents.) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process) I-94 Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate translation of birth certificate (if needed) Certified copy of Marriage License Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of DS-3025 Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485) Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other) 2018, 2017 (optional), and 2016 (optional) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts Employment Verification letter (updated one - not the one used during K1 process) Pay stubs (last 3 months) Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process) Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process Be sure to double check for the current fees as fees do sometimes increase, so please check. Additionally check the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date, there has been changes to various forms since February 24, 2020. Consider sending tax transcripts instead of the 1040, and W2's. Also consider preparing a cover letter for each form in addition to the main cover letter. Make sure you send long form birth certificates and not the short form. IMPORTANT: Form I-944 has quite a bit of supporting documents that go with it depending on your situation, be sure to read the instructions for this form carefully. Many people have gotten a RFE for this form so be sure to pay CLOSE attention when filing it out. Hope this helps in your preparation of your AOS. When in doubt ask questions.
  12. I filed AOS on June 2019 and finally got our interview scheduled this August 2021! They were asking for us to bring our pay stubs and a letter from employer (for both of us - me and my husband) I'm not sure if I also have to bring our W2 (since I don't have W2 yet because I just started working) Do we need to file NEW Affidavit of Support (me and my husband)?? Or I just need to bring the COPY of Affidavit of Support of my husband's that I submitted when I filed my AOS? Also, is there any checklist of requirements to bring on the Medical Examination and Interview? Thank you for your answer!
  13. Hi All, My husband (from Spain) and I got married two weeks ago after his entry on a K1! So awesome. It took 11 months but we are so happy. He has not changed his name, but I took part of his name (his full Spanish last name is super long) when we filed the license. However, I still haven't done all the things I need to do, like get a new license, get new credit cards, etc. So pretty much everything is in my old name. Also, the marriage bureau in NYC wouldn't let us change our name to what we wanted (another variation of his name but the order is changed) so I may go in the summer and at least change mine to what we had originally wanted. We are thinking he'll just keep his name (it's a variation of his), as we don't want to mess anything up with USCIS. My question is: What do we put for me, the U.S. citizen, on the I-485? My original name or the changed name? Does is matter? Should we put my original so it's clear he didn't marry someone else? Thanks, Ann
  14. No one has made an April post yet. We’re planning on filing next week. Good luck to everyone here. Double check the dates on all forms and make sure you follow the new requirements since they changed as of February 24, 2020. AOS Checklist Cover Letter listing Table of Contents (Check Payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security - $1,225.00) Form I-485 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Form G-1145 Form I-944 (Declaration of Self-Sufficiency) (required as of February 24, 2020) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Copy of NOA2 Approval letter (from K1 process) I-94 Copy of beneficiary's Birth Certificate translation of birth certificate (if needed) Certified copy of Marriage License Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of DS-3025 Form I-864 (completed and signed by USC) (goes with form I-485) Proof of USC's citizenship (copy of birth certificate, copy of passport bio page, or other) 2018, 2017 (optional), and 2016 (optional) Tax Return (with W-2) or Transcripts Employment Verification letter (updated one - not the one used during K1 process) Paystubs (last 3 months) Form I-765 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process) Form I-131 (completed and signed by non-US Citizen/beneficiary) Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp I-94 Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Copy of NOA2 (from K1 process)
  15. 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!
  16. Hi everyone, I have received my EAD/AP combo card and plan to use it for a new job but I heard it will automatically void your h1b status since you are no longer in nonimmigrant status. So if my green card gets denied, I will be considered unlawfully present in US and have to leave the country. Just wondering if anyone has experience or heard about extend h1b to maintain status (which takes a while so cannot wait for it) while using EAD to work? If not, what are alternatives if your green card is denied. Thank you!
  17. Hey all, I'm a F-1 student currently on OPT with OPT extension still pending. I got married to a US citizen back in May and have been gathering documents myself for the AOS application. I stumble upon Form I-864 and have questions: - My spouse doesn't earn enough so I (the intending immigrant & spouse) will also use my income. On Form I-864 Pg.4 (Part 6 Item 10) it says "current income" so does that mean my current gross income (50k) or my adjusted gross income (45k)? - My employer gave me an Employment Verification Letter and in that letter it says "Her annual salary is 55k..." Is it going to confuse USCIS if I end up putting the AGI of 45k in Form I-864 Pg. 6 (Part 6 Item 10)?
  18. Hello! I would like to share my experience with the group about my recent expedite request for a work permit (EAD). Short story. I arrived in May based on a K1-Visa. I submitted my packet for AOS/EAD on June 16th. I asked for an expedite trough Senator's Bennet office for my EAD (I-765) on Monday July 12th. Today the immigration's Liaison from their office called me to inform me that USCIS set up a biometrics appointment for me for August 16th. She mentioned that it was slight weird that they got back so fast to her and that they set my biometrics. The reason to expedite, was due to waiting to get a K1-visa since 2019 (had to wait over a year until they restarted K1's), and the fact that I was already working for a US company (as a contractor outside of the US), and my work is related with vehicle critical safety systems (it's a very specific area where I'm the only one working on it for the company). I don't think they approved the expedite. I think they just moved the biometrics for me and then they will read the expedite request, because on the email that I received they request to resend the expedite letter after the biometrics. Hope this helps!
  19. Good Morning Everyone After 18 long months, our AOS interview is this Friday. I've compiled a binder full of the following evidence: Identity Documents USC spouse birth certificate USC spouse passport USC spouse driver's license Beneficiary birth certificate (all versions; original hand written, original shortened, and a new version that's computer printed) Beneficiary passport Beneficiary driver's license Updated Forms Updated I-864/I-864A from joint sponsors with all supporting information to reflect their current income (during/post-COVID) with all supporting evidence: 2020 tax return Proof of citizenship 6mo income statements from both joint sponsors USC Spouse is currently unemployed (was a student until May), but I have been employed full time for over a year now (was unemployed at the time of applying); should I bring an updated I-864/I-864A for us as well? Immigration Documents Interview notice Sealed I-693 envelope (not sent with original application) All original I-20's (I'm adjusting from F1) EADs related to OPT Copy if I-94 (though I haven't travelled since applying) EAD/AP from AOS My OPT journey was long and a little twisted, so I'm wondering if I should bring documents related to my various OPT applications as well? Evidence of Cohabitation Leases from our current apartment and our previous apartment with both our names Renter's insurance for current apartment with both of our names Utility bills with both of our names Evidence of Financial "Comingling"/Bonafide Marriage 6 months of joint bank statements, showing rent & utility payments and other day-to-day transactions Joint car insurance Joint health insurance Letter from immigrant's 401k indicating that the USC spouse is the sole beneficiary Letter from immigrant's life insurance that the USC spouse is the sole beneficiary Tax return transcripts for the last 3 years -- 2020 (joint), 2019 (both filed single), 2018 (both filed single) With all of this (2 copies of each, one for me and one for the IO to keep if necessary), I have a 1" binder that is absolutely stuffed. I was going to print some more photos (different to the ones we originally submitted) and some other supporting evidence -- wedding cards we received, wedding invitations we've received as a couple, etc -- but I'm thinking that it might be too much. I've also heard that it is wise to bring a complete copy of your application with you, but I'm wondering if this is actually done in practice. We front loaded our original application with quite a bit of evidence of our relationship up to that point, so together all of the forms (I-130, I-130A, I-864 (spouse), I-864/I-864A (joint sponsor), I-765, I-131) with their supporting evidence works out to about 500 pages. Add to that the OPT application files (three I-765s, one rejected package, one approved package, one replacement EAD package) and all of the supporting evidence for those applications...). Will I look like a crazy person if I bring an entire file box with me to the interview? Should I make another complete copy of my copy of the complete application package, or is it safe to bring my copy with me as the IO should have copies of everything I have submitted? Neurotic, I know, but I appreciate the wisdom and expertise here
  20. Hi, I am about to file for my AOS and I see these 2 questions related to arrest and pleading guilty (even expunged). I was arrested for a class B mis-demeanor which got reduced to Class C mis-demeanor for which I pleaded guilty. And the only reason I plead guilty was because my lawyer told me that it won't affect me in any way as it's C class mis-demeanor and is like a parking ticket and it won't even show up in my record. It was only after a later that I found out that he was wrong when this thing popped out in my record for a job related background check. To cut the long story shot I went back to the court and got the record EXPUNGED based on the incompetency of my first lawyer. My lawyer was in disbarment proceedings when he was pleading my case, so he made me plead guilty to wrap up the case faster. He was disbarred permanently a couple of months (for mishandling some other case) after my base judgement. Anyways, just to make sure that my record was clear, I got my background check done with FBI and two state agencies (where I have lived in the past), and all 3 records state say THAT I DON"T HAVE A RECORD, not even a ARREST RECORD. Now the questions are: Should I say NO to both the question 14 and 16 (arrest and pleading guilty (even expunged)) as there is simple no record? If I say Yes, what documentation do I need to submit? Thanks in advance, Ninja
  21. Hi, I am married to an American citizen and have been for 4 years. During this time we have been living in the Netherlands. Due to my father-in-law being ill, we have decided to move from the Netherlands to the US. We have started the process by filing the I-130 petition. Looking ahead to the affidavit of support, my wife will leave for the US before I will, so I don't expect a problem with domicile. However she can not keep the job she currently has in The Netherlands, as such, she alone does not meet the poverty line requirements. I, on the other hand, will keep my current job. I am a consultant in the IT business and it just so happens my company actually needs an US based consultant, so that all lines up pretty nicely. I'm just wondering, how do I prove my income will continue from the same source after moving? Is this simply a notarized letter from my boss stating that he will continue my employment?
  22. Anyone else here who's field center for their AOS is San Francisco, CA? I checked USCIS Processing Timeline, and they are currently processing November 28, 2016 applications... Have you heard any update on your application?
  23. Hi! I married a USC a few weeks ago and we're in the process of filling out all the paperwork for AOS. Technically, I go out of status on July 21 so I am trying to have everything done by then. I have an easy case (no overstays, been in status this whole time, no criminal record etc.) so I figured we didn't need to pay for an immigration lawyer to help us out, however I get so nervous filling out forms in general (I've filled out I-765 a couple times in the past for OPT and been terrified of making mistakes). Here are the questions I have: 1. Can I leave blank spaces if it doesn't apply to me? I know they changed it recently but not sure if that was just for certain forms. 2. For I-864, should my husband get the IRS transcript (and is that sufficient) or would it be better to copy last 3 tax forms + all W2? 3. How many passport photos do I actually need? 2, 4, 6? 4. During my OPT's (and one CPT), I worked for the same employer. How do I fill that in on the I-485 where it asks me for my employers in the past 5 years? I worked for them FT in 2017-2018 during my first OPT, then PT in 2020 on a CPT, and then FT on OPT from June 2020-2021. Do I fill it out as ONE employer and put 9/2017 as start date and June 2021 as end date, and use the last page to explain that I only worked for them during the times I was authorized to work? Or do I just put the most recent time of employment, and move on to the next part? 5. I also don't have an A-number or USCIS online number, should I leave it blank or put in zeros, or N/A? Last time I filled out the I-765, I had to out in zeros per the immigration specialist at my school but that was during the Trump Administration. Aside from that, my husband and I don't have any joint financial matters right now. We have been living together since 2019 in his parents house, so neither of us have any utility bills to pay, or rent. Will this be an issue? Or do you think it might be OK to submit the initial packet with the info we have now, which is mostly pictures together, proof of trips, meeting each others friends and families, two testimonials (one from his parents, one from my friend (non US-citizen) who was my roommate when we started dating before we moved in together). By the time we get an interview, we would've had time to co-mingle our financials a bit more, we will most likely already have filed taxes as a married couple, we're planning to open a joint savings account and I will be added onto his health insurance plan shortly. I'm 25 (moved to the US when I was 19 on a student visa) and he's 35 and because we live in Los Angeles, everything is so expensive we have just been living at his parents house to save money for the future. Should we mention that in any way, should we explain in a separate document why we do not have any financial obligations together? I'm happy for any help/input I can get. Thanks in advance. Jennifer
  24. Does a retired sponsor have to show ALL 1099 forms submitted to NVC for CR1 visa? So I am the petitioner and my parents will be co-sponsoring my husband . My parents are retired and have multiple sources of retirement income. They don’t feel comfortable sharing ALL their 1099 documents because it shows sensitive information like their account numbers. so the less documents they have to provide the better . They are wondering if they can show some (but not all) 1099’s to prove they meet income requirements . They exceed the minimum income requirement with just their social security and pension 1099 documents. 1. Is this okay to just use social security and pension or will NVC ask to see all their 1099’s? Keeping in mind their tax transcripts shows they make a lot more then just the two 1099 shown (pension & social security ). 2. If NVC needs to see all 1099’s , can my sponsor redact the documents to partially block out the account numbers ?
  25. If you are a K-1, K-2, K-3 or K-4 visa holder the I-693 instructions state that you are not required to have another medical examination as long as your Form I-485 is filed within one year of your overseas medical examination. Regardless of if you are exempt from a medical exam, you are still required to complete certain portions of the I-693 and have a Civil Surgeon certify the form (and seal it in an evelope). Specifically, you will complete Part 1 (Information about you) of the I-693 and provide both the form and your DS-3025 (if you have it, proving your vaccination history) and any proof of required vaccinations that were completed prior to entering the US. If you do not have a copy of your DS-3025 you will need to provide sufficient evidence of your vaccination history to the Civil Surgeon (talk to the civil surgeon's office to discuss what vaccination records they accept as proof). If you do not have proof of your vaccination history the Civil Surgeon may insist on re-administering all the required vaccinations prior to completing the I-693. Once the Civil Surgeon has has verified that all required vaccinations have been performed, they will complete form I-693 Part 2 (the vaccination section) and Part 5 (the Civil Surgeon's Certification). They will then seal the form in an envelope and return it to you. Form I-944 has quite a bit of supporting documents that go with it depending on your situation, be sure to read the instructions for this form carefully. Many people have gotten a RFE for this form so be sure to pay CLOSE attention when filing it out. When in doubt ask questions on the forums. When filing by mail, "priority mail with delivery confirmation" is the preferred method. Always keep a copy of what you have filed. IF your forms include an I-485 AND an I-485A, forget the "A" one...it is used for other types of applications for adjustment, such as assylum...you ONLY need to file the regular I-485 Form, not the A supplement. BE SURE TO USE CODE (C)(9) FOR A 1-YEAR EAD CARD (when filing concurrently with I-485)!!! How to get the forms: You can use forms downloaded from the USCIS website if they are printed on good quality paper with a good printer quality. You can also download free fillable forms on this site. Other things you will need: passport-style pictures (see specification), copy of the passport, copy of the k-1 visa (and NOA2), Electronic I-94 Copy (or for older entries a front/backside copy of the non US Citizen Spouses valid paper I-94), copy of the fiance's birth and divorce certificates with translation, PLUS the supporting documentation for the I-864 form: letter from employer confirming employment, the last 3 years of tax returns, plus any documentation of your financial resources if you choose to include this. The rule is, if your income is not 125% of the poverty level for your family, you will need additional financial documentation. HOWEVER, if you read the form instructions carefully, it states that while they do NOT require additional financial information IF you have at least 125% of the poverty level, it says the USCIS can still ask for that information if they want... so in order to potentially avoid future questions, many people include financial information, including bank letter, letter from stockbroker, letter regarding mortgages, copy of deeds to a property, and any other financial assets... etc. It is far better to include too much information rather than not enough. How long will I have to wait for an EAD, advance parole, and adjustment of status: You can check time here. Where to file the forms: You will file your petition at the Chicago Lockbox. See this page for the Chicago Lockbox address (PO Box). You will receive a receipt (Notice of Action) in the mail for your application once they receive and process it.
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