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  1. 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.
  2. A thread for people that filed their AOS packet in February 2020 to share their experience to keep track of trends and whatnot.
  3. Hi everyone. I arrived in San Diego, CA under a K-1 visa on March 5, and we just got married two days ago. I also added my husband's last name to mine on the marriage license. I understand that for GC/filing AOS I will need to fill the form with my married name. But within the waiting period between now and getting my GC, am I already allowed to put my married name on other documents/paperwork, such as Driver's License, Medical Card, insurance, bills, etc. even though my existing ID's (passport, SSN, unexpired I-94) are still under my maiden name? Will I encounter a problem when they ask for proof of identity that matches my married name? Is marriage certificate a sufficient for a proof? I appreciate all the answers.
  4. Last week I submitted my university transcripts from Scotland to ECE for the education equivalency part of form I-944. This morning I got an email from them stating due to Wisconsin’s safer at home order all operations are suspended. I am now worrying I won’t have the documents ready to send away by April 7th which is my final day. If I don’t get them is it worth me sending the package away with the email attached and wait for an RFE? What’s the best course of action here?
  5. Hi everyone, I have been searching through this forum and did not find any topics that discussed EAD Expedite cases where USCIS has requested Proof. Share your experience and timeline here so we can get a better idea about how long it takes and what is the success rate. You can track mine in my signature. I requested EAD expedite review under Severe Financial Loss and I provided a letter from my employer to prove it. It has been 9 days since I faxed my letter and no change so far...
  6. 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) 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 for the new year, so please check. Additionally check the forms as listed above i.e., current version and or edition date. 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.
  7. Starting this thread for argentinians filling AOS out there. AOS information is general for everyone from every country. We just decided to make this thread to try to keep argentinians together. @Fernanda R Sanz kindly wrote down th things to do as soon as you arrive to the US for AOS. I-94 Form: you download it from the gov page. At customs they register your entry on that form. You need this paper to get an SSN#, AOS, EAD and AP. The trick here, is that this form expires 7 days after your arrival (not the Visa, only the validity of this I94 Form) so you MUST process your SSN# before it expires. If not, you will get lots of delays. SSN#: You are told that you must wait 1 or 2 weeks since your arrival to apply for an SSN#, so you give time for the system to pull up your data. And also apply before the 90 days expire. I've apply one day before my I94 Form was going to expire, and the system was down so I will need to wait a month to receive my SSN# with my single name. Buy the Marriage License and get married. (When you have your ssn#, go back and ask to have your name changed from for single name, to your married name. This will work as a proof of genuine marriage.) Take pictures of all the activities, trips,dinners,sightseeing places,etc. You need to show how the relationship continues on this 90 days period. (Of course you need to add pictures of the wedding and reception) Joint Account: Create a joint account as soon as you are married, so it'll show both names and address, as well as proof of all the marriage spendings,rent,etc. You need your SSN# and marriage certificate to get one, also as soon as you get an account, the better to get credit. Creditcard and personal account for beneficiary: You need to have a service under your name and SSN# to have one. Also do it as soon as possible, so you start gaining credit points. Do Affidavit of Support. Fill out forms and do copies. Lease or mortgage: you'll need proof of adress, so after marriage,ssn#, and accounts, both names of spouses should be in the lease or mortgage. Also must have services under both of you, showing same adress and congratulatory letters to both spouses to the same home adress I'll write down a check list for AOS, EAD and AP AOS Form I-485 completed and signed by beneficiary Cover letter with table of contents Form I-693 (if overseas medical expired) overseas DS-3025 vaccination report Form G-1145 I-94 (you get it online like it says above) I-129f approval letter from USCIS petition aka NOA2 Birth Certificate Both Spouses (the BC from the beneficiary has to be translated and apostilled) Copy passport biography page of both spouses Copy of passport visa history and entry stamp of beneficiary Color passpor style photographs $1225 check or money order for filling and biometric fees Divorce documents (apostilled and translated too) I-864 Affidavit of support Photographs of the 90 days process Marriage certificate (original or certified copy) EAD Form I-765 completed and signed by beneficiary Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Cover letter with table of contents Form G-1145 I-94 I-129F approval lettere from USCIS NOA2 Marriage Certificate (copy) AP Form I-131 completed and signed by beneficiary Copy of beneficiary's Passport with biographical page Copy of beneficiary's K1 Visa from Passport and entry stamp Passport Photos (2) name written on the back Cover letter with table of contents Form G-1145 I-94 I-129F approval lettere from USCIS NOA2 Marriage Certificate (copy) Please, if you have more information, comment down below so we can help eachother! Cheers!
  8. Hello everyone, some of you may have seen that I have been posting in different dicussions about some doubts that have come to be after an overload of information I have been reading in this Forum, which I unfortunately came to know after I had already submitted everything on CEAC on February 4th 2020. I apologize for taking so much space with my concerns but I rather be a little annoying than missed my chance at finishing this process in the next months. I will do a sum up of my main concerns and also the specific question regarding how to correctly fill the AOS. 1. My husband is currently unemployed after having recently moved back to the US, therefore does not meet the financial requirements to be my sole sponsor. His father is our joint sponsor, thus he also completed a I864. We did not file a I864A for his spouse because the household income comes solely from the father (well above the 125%), since she has not work in decades. I have read some posts that made me think that an I864A is always needed for the spouse of the Joint Sponsor so that was my first main doubt. 2. This led me to review both I864 and realized I might have made a mistake by not crossing Item 22 (see image attached) and writing my name in the blank space. I re read the instructions for that part but they were very general and did not give any information in regards to if I should have mark it or not. What did you guys do??? 3. If I indeed made a mistake by leaving it blank, can I reupload it in my CEAC without having to wait 6 weeks for an RFE and then be able to do it? I dont see any option to delete it, only to add more documents so the only thing that seems possible is to add it and explain in the description that this is the correct version. What do you think? Has someone reupload their I864 before NVC send and RFE? 4. Finally, I have received mixed advices regarding the need for my husband to submit a letter where he states he is unemployed, which is already one of the questions in the I864. I know there are no correct or incorrect answers since the revision is on a case by case basis, but if there are other things that I will need to reupload, I might as well submit one. Thank you so much in advance for your insights and feedback! Cristina
  9. I hope everyone is safe and distancing with loved ones . I posted a question last week specifically about ASC openings for biometrics. Please stay on topic and not overly political if you respond. The discussion got heated and way off topic, so the question never was answered. My question is who can decide when to open specific ASC offices? The Federal government or the State level? (I foresaw there being a Federal (Republican) vs. State (Democrat) showdown in states like CA, WA, NYC, etc. and now am wondering even more how it will play out. Without getting political, my original question remains: Is it possible for one State to open it's ASC offices for biometrics before other States? Or is that something that is mandated at the Federal level? For example, if the Federal government says "open ASC" and Nebraska wants to but Illinois doesn't, can the States decide? Or CA vs AZ . Or FL vs GA, etc. The specifics don't matter. Hypothetically, if Trump still wants to hit an aspirational Easter date to open businesses and says to open ASCs, would Gavin Newsome or Jay Inslee have to listen? Or could each state actually be different on what offices open and when? Is anyone locally hearing their ASC offices MIGHT open? Stay safe and thank you!
  10. 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.
  11. Hello everyone, Thankfully we're done with the interview back in March 10, 2020. We weren't approved on the spot sadly. Although we were advised to watch out for the decision in the mail. As of today we still haven't received anything. Aside from the "Interview completed" message online, there's no other updates. I'm slightly pessimistic so I can't say if the interview went well. But my partner believes so. 😅 Is the result taking too long? Or are we in for a bit of a wait? If we are, how long would the proper wait time until we need to contact them?
  12. I-485 permanent residency based on US citizen husband and my case was approved on March 25. The date of the receipt was July 2, 2019. My interview was on January,14,2020. We are in Indianapolis.
  13. Hello, Applied for K-1 visa, fiance arrived and we are now married. Currently working on his AOS. I (his petitioner/sponsor) made over $45k last year as an on call respiratory therapist. The year before that I did not make above the Federal Poverty Guideline since I only started working towards the end of 2018 since I was in school for respiratory therapy from 2016-2018. My question is: Do I need a joint sponsor for my husband's AOS or it's fine that I'm the only sponsor? I only have 2019 tax return and I can't get tax transcript (won't recognize my phone even though the account is under my name), is it okay to send 2019 tax return, 2019 W-2, and 3-6 months of pay statement? Thank you all
  14. A thread for people that filed their AOS packet in March 2020 to share their experience to keep track of timing and updates. I'm a brand new poster, but I've been lurking on these forums for almost a year while prepping our AOS application. (My husband's been here since 2016 on an F-1 visa, we got married last summer.) We knew for awhile we were planning to file at the start of March, but I'm so glad I spotted the I-944 update in time to scramble our materials together. Luckily, we had lots of evidence but it was a lot to assemble - the biggest of our packets by far. Anyway, I mailed the entire application (I-130 (and I-130A), I-485, I-944, I-864, I-765, and I-131) yesterday to the Chicago Lockbox. Assembled it in many folders based on those who have come before me (thank you to any and all for the guidance)! Fingers crossed.
  15. First of all, happy new year to everyone. Anyone filing in January? I'm currently prepping our package so we can hopefully send it out soon. Either way, figured we could use progress post for our AOS like the K-visa people have in their subforum so here we are.
  16. Hello everyone! I did my biometrics for I-485 & I-765 on March 4 and all is good. Today, I received another biometrics notice for Travel Document which will be on March 27. I will not be able to go because my husband has to work and I have no one to drive me there. I can’t drive since I don’t have a drivers license yet. On the notice it says I can reschedule it. However I’m still not sure if my husband is off work the next appointment date that they will give. I’m thinking of doing an early walk-in because husband is available on the 25th. My ASC is in Detroit. Anyone who has done early walk in at Detroit ASC and successfully able to do their biometrics? Thank you!
  17. My wife has her interview scheduled for Friday April 3rd. Currently, our local ASC office is not closed according to the USCIS webpage. I am serving in the USAF, and the DoD has been implementing measures to avoid this COVID-19 pandemic. As of this posting, USCIS has not sent us any correspondence saying that her interview has been rescheduled due to COVID-19. After speaking with my leadership, I am having concerns that the USAF may not allow my wife and I to travel to our ASC for her interview because of this outbreak. If we can't make it due to these circumstances, can I reschedule the interview with USCIS? Will we have to re-submit all of the paperwork again and pay the fees? I know this may be a difficult question to answer, but I am just wondering if anyone else is currently having a similar situation. Trying to contact USCIS over the phone is a nightmare and seems nearly impossible to reach an actual customer service representative. V/R
  18. Hey. I saw there was a similar thread for 2016 and 2017 but I couldn't find one for 2018. Would you be interested in following the progress of other New York filers? I thought we could discuss our timelines, interview experiences with the local offices, and keep track of when EADs will start coming in. Anyone interested? @NYLondon @Michelle M @Penny&Lee @blenheim @Filip and Alix @AndreaPerkins Please tag any other NY filers you may know.
  19. Has anyone sent in their AOS packages lately? Have you gotten any response as yet? Please share any details you may have.
  20. Hello All We filled for AOS in NY on 2019 we had our first interview in NY on June 2019 . Then we moved to San Antonio. Case transfer to San Antonio. We were scheduled another first interview on feb 3 2020. IO said all looks good and she would recommend our case to her supervisor. We have not heard anything as yet. Can any one pls tell me what could be the delay!! Does it have to do with benefit Centers being different or something is wrong . I am so worried .
  21. Hi! I filed for AOS (based on a K1) in November and tonight my status changed to "Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview" which is very exciting! So now I'll make sure I have everything for my interview. My question is: do I need to bring a DS-3025 to my interview? I didn't receive a copy when I did my medical. It was just put in my sealed envelope and sent to USCIS. I haven't gotten an RFIe regarding my medical, which should mean that they have my medical documents.
  22. Since I couldn't find a Philadelphia field office specific topic, I figured I create one and give it a shot! Filed AOS in September 2018, have been ready for interview since October 2018, so we still have a good wait in front of us! Any Philly filers that filed in 2017/2018, please chime in so we can get an idea of the processing times (besides the processing times chart on VJ) and for some Philly support. Happy Sunday everyone!
  23. Hi...I need advice please! I have a hypothetical situation that is causing us lots of anxiety.... In the event that my husband who is a U.K. citizen (in AOS from a K1 visa), receives his AP in time, he would like to travel back to England to attend his brother’s wedding (set for April 11, 2020). He already booked a refundable airline ticket months ago. I (US citizen) was planning on attending as well. Now that Trump has implemented this travel ban, I understand that I definitely cannot go. But if he has his AP in hand, can he still go using his British passport? If he is still in AOS process (EAD/AP received, no Greencard) is he considered a permanent legal resident yet? Basically what I really want to know is, will he be stuck in the U.K. upon attempting to return to the U.S.? Has anyone out there attempted returning from the U.K. to the U.S. recently using an AP? Answers to any of these questions will help & be greatly appreciated...TIA!!
  24. Hi all! Got a question about health insurance. Went through K1 visa and we are now married. We are currently working on his AOS packet. I (US citizen) have health coverage through Covered California since I work part time so my employer doesn't offer health insurance. if I add him to my covered california account, will he be considered a public charge since he has $0 income and will be on Medi-Cal? I would appreciate any input/suggestion on this matter. Thank you so much!
  25. Hi Everyone, I didn’t see a thread for July 2019 AOS filers so I’m starting one. We’re doing the concurrent filing based on marriage (I-130, I-485, I-864, I-765, I-131). My wife entered on a B2 back in Jan 2017 and yes I know we’ve should have done this a long time ago but better late than never. We mailed the package this past Saturday and it’s scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday. We’re in South Florida so I’m hoping to at least have her EAD/AP by Nov as we are planning a trip for Christmas to visit her family. If it’s not here by then we’ll then, Disney World it is lol.  Good luck everyone!!
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