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  1. My husband came to the US 2 years ago and was waiting on his asylum case, which is still pending. We got married in November and decided to start the process to change his status. He has his 2 children with him (mother passed away) and I of course want to include them with his application. After researching, I think that I can file his I-765, I-131 together and all for the same fee as the I-485 if I file them jointly correct? Is there anything else I can file with that or am I missing something? Any advice would be appreciated. I need a tribe to help me through this journey.
  2. Hi everyone, I'm wondering why the case status for my I-131 was updated to "Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken," since I received my EAD card a little over a month ago. Is this normal? Should I be worried? Also, a letter from USCIS showed up in my USPS Informed Delivery email today. Would it just be an update reflecting the change to my I-131 case? All my other case statuses (I-130, I-485, I-765) don't have any updates, it's just the fingerprints update for the I-131. Thanks!
  3. I married a women from Venezuela, She is in the US with her two children 13 & 11 with all pending asylum cases. We want to file for adjustment of status to obtain green cards. On the USCIS site it says I have to send 3 different I-130 forms one for each? Do I have to pay the 535 fee for each? I thought I could just send in one I-130 because the children are considered derivatives? Then once that is done or concurrently file forms I-485 one for each. We would like to get the ball rolling I'm just not sure how many I-130's to send in and also would like the children to be able to travel to see their biological father in Chile.
  4. Hi everyone, Few tricky questions that my attorney couldn't provide solid answers. I would like to know if anyone had similar experience, and willing to share with me. Do my H1-B status change to green card right away after the interview per say no issues during the interview? If not, does that mean H-4 can still travel on H-4 visa before H1-B receives the actual green card? My husband is on H-4, and I-485, I-765, and I-131 were filed early November. He now lives in his home country, and travels back and forth to the US whenever he has a vacation. So long story short, my I-485 interview is scheduled in late February, and we are trying to figure out if there is a way for him to be able to travel internationally until June other than rescheduling the interview. We are still waiting for his I-131 to be approved or denied since he traveled overseas when I-131 is pending. Anyone's I-131 was denied due to overseas traveling, or anyone's I-131 was approved even you traveled overseas when I-131 is pending? Thank you very much for reading.
  5. I just checked my EAD case status earlier this morning, and it turns out my request to expedite was approved and my card is in production! Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the VisaJourney community and everyone who has ever shared their timelines (I probably read every single timeline out there while in nervous anticipation...). Below is my detailed timeline and process notes in case anyone is / will be in the same boat as I was. Timeline: 05/16: Married to USC 05/24: Submitted I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 applications 05/25: Priority date 06/01: Received job offer to start August 6, 2018 06/07: Received NOA1 in mail (notice date of 05/31); application being processed by National Benefits Center 06/09: Received Biometrics appointment notice in mail (notice date of 06/01) 06/19: Biometrics appointment completed (could have done early walk-in, but wanted to get expedite supporting documents ready first) 06/19: Called USCIS and submitted service request to expedite EAD on the basis of Severe Financial Loss (end of current employment on 6/29 plus pending job offer to start 8/6) 06/20: Walked in to Congresswoman's office and hand-delivered case form, cover letter, and supporting documents (see list below) to Constituent Services Representative 06/22: Email response from USCIS asking for supporting documents for request to expedite: "Upon receipt of your request for expeditious processing, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please fax proof of a pending job offer to ###-###-####, Attn: AA####, Div #, Team #." 06/22: Forwarded USCIS email response to Constituent Services Representative, who confirmed that an expedite request has been submitted on his end as well 06/22: Faxed over supporting documents to USCIS fax number provided in email response Cover Letter; USCIS Email Response Above (they request you include in your fax); Pending Job Offer, with 8/6 start date; and Statement from Current Employer (at the time) on Termination of Employment 6/29 06/22: Submitted case to Ombudsman (https://www.dhs.gov/case-assistance) with cover letter and supporting documents 06/26: Email response from USCIS: "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." 06/29: End of current employment (at the time); effectively unemployed 07/06: Ombudsman responded saying my case is within normal processing times, but to respond if I believe I qualify for expedited processing. I responded and reattached cover letter and supporting documents 07/06: Constituent Services Representative from Congresswoman's office followed up with USCIS 07/06: Case status online changed to "Card in Production"! Notes on a couple factors (real / intangible) that may have affected my expedited processing: I am a Canadian citizen marrying a USC. I have been in the U.S. three years under the TN work visa, and four years prior to that as a student and working in the U.S. every summer. Seems like a fairly vanilla case Just a pending job offer is rarely enough anymore, but my current employment at the time was ending as well. Furthermore, when I applied, my wife was in between jobs, so our application paperwork has her down as unemployed as well. Having both of us unemployed may have pushed my situation towards the "severe" side Since these things are always subjective, I believe a good cover letter can really make the difference. In mine, I emphasized how, more important than the money, I am a young college graduate about to lose a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which would be a major setback to my dreams My birthday is today (07/07), which may or may not have affected anything haha Happy to answer any questions / clarifications. Best, George
  6. Me and my husband filed for my AOS a little over two weeks ago. Yesterday we FINALLY received the text saying our case was received and that we will get I-797 in our mail soon. However, when I put our receipt number into myUSCIS it only shows that I’ve filed the I-765 (employment authorization). It doesn’t show the actual AOS not the AP. Has anyone had the same experience? I’ve checked back every couple of hours or so but it doesn’t change. I’ve also tried calling USCIS but it’s just an endless loop of recorded messages. I’ll submit a picture of what it looks like:
  7. Hello everyone, im a k1 visa holder, married to a us citizen and i am filing for an Adjustment of Status along with I-765 and I-131. I need a cover letter, simple and neat. I cant find an accurate and recent cover letter samples in some forums and it seems not active so i decided to create a topic. If you know a sample please feel free to link it in. Its better if you can share and post yours. Thank you so much in advance!
  8. My fiance (wife now) moved here in a I-129F visa in September. We were married last week (6 weeks after her arrival). Unfortunately, she didn't bring her 8 year old son because we wanted him to arrive near the beginning of the summer so he could get acquainted with English before he started school (approximately 7 months after my wife arrived). Her son was listed on the I-129F, but I never filed a DS-160 for him because I wasn't aware I needed to file one. It didn't matter because my wife didn't attempt to get a Visa for him at the time. When I asked the embassy, they said I needed to file the following documents: · DS-2001 (Link) · DS-160 Confirmation Page (Link) · GSS Confirmation Page (Link) Now I am filing the I-465 to adjust her status (plus the I-765 and I-864), plus the required paperwork. I have a few questions that are stressing us out: Can I file a I-465 for him even though her son still lives in Thailand, or do I need to wait for him to arrive (or wait for his Visa to be granted)? Can I use the same GSS confirmation page I used with her, or do I need to go through the form again (I can't even recall what that was)? If I file the I-465 after he arrives, is there anything I need to worry about aside from the extra filing fees? Finally, I will need to file a I-131 so she can travel to pick up her son in May. How accurate do the travel dates need to be on I-131? I looked all over the place to find answers to these questions, and I couldn't find the answers anywhere. I really appreciate any help people can provide, because I'm at a loss now. Thank you - Joel
  9. Hello, here's the situation -- My husband is a US born citizen and I immigrated through marriage and have been a LPR for 4 years. He has been offered a temporary job in Europe for 2.5 years and we are trying to figure out what to do given that re-entry permits are only good for 2 years. Some further details -- We have lived in the US for the last 4 years and we own a car (that we may or may not sell) and a condo that we currently rent out because we relocated to a different state for work (that we do not currently plan on selling). The job starts in 8 months so I don't think we have enough time for me to naturalize even though I currently meet the requirements. We are expecting our first child in a few weeks, who will be a dual US-Canadian citizen. Our plan is to move back to the US permanently after the temporary contract is up. There is no chance it will be renewed and it has a firm end date. Some questions -- Is it still worth applying for the re-entry permit, given the cost and that it is not long enough? Is it a problem that the temporary employment is for the USC (hubby) not the PR (me)? I will likely be a stay at home mom, not employed. Will returning to the US periodically to visit family and friends help the situation at all? Should I maybe leave a bit later and/or return a bit earlier than my husband so that I am only away for 2 years? Not ideal with a newborn Should I start the naturalization process and return for the appointments, or is it not possible to leave while that is processing? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks all!
  10. I'm currently filling out the i-131 application for travel document for my wife, which I intend to file in conjunction with the i-485, i-765, and i-864. The specific purpose we have for this document is we plan to travel back to China next year and do a "second wedding" there for her family and friends (we'd also just like the ability to travel elsewhere, like Mexico). However, I've noticed on Page 4 of USCIS' i-131 instructions for the document, that the allowed purpose for this document appears to be limited to: Our wedding is a significant family reason, but it's not an "emergency" as stipulated in the USCIS instructions. Furthermore, Page 9 of USCIS' i-131 instructions stipulate that: (there are more options in the instructions, but they're not relevant to our case) We can't produce (1) or (3) because we have nothing from USCIS showing my wife's present status. All we have from the USCIS are the NOA1 and NOA2 from months ago, which do not show my wife's "present status", which is in the US on a K1 visa. We have her I-94, but that's from CBP, not USCIS. So it seems the only option remaining for us is (2), a written explanation. Does Page 3 Part 4 Item 1.a on the i-131 form itself satisfy this requirement (that's where they give you 4 blank lines to describe the "purpose of trip"). Or is a lengthier explanation required as an attachment? I seem to recall earlier threads saying that a lengthier explanation was at one point required in the past, but is no longer required, at least for K1-to-AOS filers. Would just like to make sure before we send everything in.
  11. I petitioned to get a work permit expedited via my congressman as I have an impending job offer, which was successful, but due to a USCIS error (they thought I hadn't paid my fees) my i-131 application is about a month behind my i-765. I finally received my EAD card today but it says "not valid for reentry to U.S." on the bottom. I'm guessing that getting the work permit expedited doesn't also expedite the Advance Parole application, even though they seem to come together on a 'combo card' nowadays... From the brief reading I've done it looks like I might get the 'advance parole' on a separate paper letter, which is kind of annoying to have to carry around every time I travel abroad (which will be quite often for work reasons), but is there any point me contacting USCIS to ask if this is a mistake or if they can cancel my current EAD card and re-issue a 'combo card' once the AP is granted??
  12. 12/30 - I took a one way flight to UAE (my spouse has an employment visa here) 12/31/18 - 3/17/19 - I was living in UAE with spouse on a tourist visa 3/18/19 - 6/7/19 - We vacationed in Ghana (spouse home country). We got married in Ghana on 3/22/19. 6/8/19 - 7/4/19 - I vacationed alone in South Africa & France. My husband went back to UAE. 7/31/19 - now - I joined him in UAE on another tourist visa. The plan is to get me a spouse visa in the UAE with my husband's new contract. My husband is a football (i.e. soccer) player in the UAE. It's not as glamorous as it sounds. He would like to continue to pursue his career which will require extended overseas travel for work. In order for him to pursue his career, do I need to complete I-131 along with I-130 so husband can have traveling privileges during the process? Also, will it hurt us that I am not working nor do I own a residence in USA? Last question, we got married in Ghana but now we are in the UAE. Do I use the Chicago lockbox to submit our application since we were not married in UAE? Thank you for your assistance in advance.
  13. Hi, currently I am outside of US. I left US on May 17. I have once got a reentry permit and it expired a month ago, April. I am going to apply for it again in August, but I will still be in Korea. Here goes my plan. - I sent my i-131 documents to my son, which is staying in US. - My son mails it to USCIS for filing. (August) - I come back to US for biometrics if its schedule is issued. (either August or September) My question is, "Can I file for i-131 when I am physically not present in US? But to USCIS, I may look like I am physically there because my son will mail it in US. Will they check my presence, too?"
  14. I have a complicated situation. My wife went to care for an ailing relative in Russia. She traveled with our son, born here in the U.S. (thus he is an American citizen). She has been unable to think about returning until now, almost a year later. I've been visiting her and my son at every opportunity. Her greencard expired in October of 2018, and it was lost in January. She is ready to come back now, and I am seeing my options: Filing an I-131A application for a travel document, or the SB-1 visa. I completed the I-131A form, but when I tried to pay the required fee online, the system told me they did not have a record of her Alien registration number, or anything else. The only proof she has that she was a LPR is the original IR visa in her passport. Anyone have any opinions about my options? Should I just file for another immigrant visa using the I-130 form? Does the fact that her son (and mine) is an American citizen change this situation in any way? Thanks in advance.
  15. My husband is filing renewals for his AP/EAD card and I noticed the forms have been changed since last year. Just wanted to remind everyone in case it hadn't been mentioned. The sample forms on here are the old forms too, so please make a note of that. Best to everyone in the process! T
  16. Hi, I will be filing my I-131 form soon and I know that they only allow you to travel under certain circumstances , i.e death of a family member or urgent reasons. My fiancée and I are having our wedding ceremony in Ireland next year, and I was wondering is that a valid reason for them to accept my I-131?
  17. Hi All, Just got the virtual notice that USCIS has scheduled our I-485 interview which we submitted back in late December, 2018. Are the approvals for the I-131 and I-765 (which were submitted along with the I-485) dependent on the I-485 interview? We haven't seen any action on these other two forms on the my.uscis portal, the only movement has been on the I-485 application. Thanks
  18. Hey guys, i'm about to file for AOS this week and just wanna check if i am missing something in my cover letter. Check this out I-485 Cover Letter My Full Name My Address U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) P.O. Box 805887 Chicago, IL 60680-4120 March XX, 2014 Nature of the submission: I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status To Whom It May Concern: Enclosed please find Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-864 Affidavit of Support, Form I-131 Application for Travel Document, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and all supporting documents. My eligibility is based on admission as the fiancé of a U.S. citizen and subsequent marriage to that citizen within 90 days of entry. Contents include: I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status · Check: Payment in the amount of $1070 (Biometrics fee included) · Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status · Copy of my passport (biographical page and entry stamps) · Copy of my passport page with K-1 visa · Copy of Form I-797 Notice of Action (Approval Notice for I-129F) · Copy of Electronic Form I-94 · Copy of my foreign Birth certificate · Certified copy of Marriage Certificate · Form G-325A, Biographic Information Sheet · Two (2) Passport size photos · Form I-693 vaccination transcription I-864 Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act · Form I-864 Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act · Copy of federal income tax return, including W-2's for the years 2011, 2012, 2013 · Employment Certificate · Copy of most recent pay stubs · Copy of U.S. spouse passport page I-765 Application for Employment Document · Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization · Copy of Passport with nonimmigrant visa · Copy of Electronic Form I-94 · Two (2) Passport size photos · Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (to note the name change) I-131 Application for Travel Document · Form I-131 Application for Travel Document · Copy of Passport with nonimmigrant visa · Copy of Form I-797 Notice of Action (Approval Notice) · Copy of Electronic Form I-94 · Two (2) Passport size photos · Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (to note the name change) Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I may be required to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer at a later date. Sincerely, Signature My Full Name
  19. Hi everybody, I have a problem and will try to explain my whole case in a few sentences, hoping someone will be able to help me: We applied for the 129f in March of 2018, I was admitted to the US on December 20th as a K1 Visa holder. My then fiancé and I got married on the 21st of February and applied for AOS (485) along with AP (131) and EAD (765) on March 1st. Two days ago I received an email stating, that the case was received on March 8th. We planned our wedding which will take place in Germany on July 6th of 2019 in the beginning of last year, booked our venue, florists, dj, cake, photo-/videographer and sent out our invites in the beginning of this year. Since it is a destination wedding we are expecting guests not just from America and Germany, but from all around the world. A lot of guests already booked their flights and also booked their hotels. Last night I checked, how long the processing times for the i131 are and I got stunned. The uscis website says it will take between 5-7 months. I have to be in Germany in 3 1/2 months. The wedding party costs approximately 30k and that just includes the costs me and my wife have. Would I be eligible for an expedited AP? Is this reason for an emergency, since I would take a severe financial damage of I can't make it to my own wedding? Should I just sit and wait and hope that my documents get to me on time? Thank you in advance everyone!
  20. I submitted my AoS packet with the $1225 fee a month ago and just received NoA for both the Adjustment Of Status form itself and for my EAD work permit, but then today I received my I-131 Advance Parole application back with a letter saying it was rejected because I didn't include any fee....?? As far as I'd read/learned, I thought that, like the EAD, the fee for the AP was included/waived with my overall $1225 AoS fee?
  21. Hi Can anyone suggest what I should do. I am on pending i-485 but I received my combo cards (work authorization & advance parole) last year. Since it is going to expired in coming March. I called the office and heard I could send applications for the renewal in 90days, so I got everything ready and finally the post reached the office in mid-Jan. I thought it’s not the first submission just requesting a renewal of card. And I have stated the expiration day also on the form. Assumed they will send a new card to me soon, I need to travel back home, so I booked my travel ticket.. Now I only got NOA letters saying they are processing the applications. Can anyone tell me how long the office usually sends the new card to you? Is it possible the government haven’t sent out a new valid card to us before the old card expired? I am worried to travel outside without a valid combo card. What should I do next ? Thanks 🙏🏻 I need to travel outside the end of next month.
  22. Hi all VJ'ers! I am needing your help again here. I am on the process of filling out the I-485, I-765 and I-131 for my children who are all minors. Just having a dilemma with regards to the Applicant's Signature part. My question are: 1. Should I just sign the applicant's signature part and print name and put mother next to it. 2. Should I still fill out the preparer's Part or just leave it blank. Would really Appreciate your answers on this one. Thank you all.
  23. Hi there, I am an AOS applicant (I-485) who recently got her EAD (I-765) and now I want to apply for an APD (I-131) as I really want to visit my family back home after not seeing them for nearly 2 years plus my grandmother who basically raised me passed away shortly after I arrived in the U.S. with a K-1 visa so I was not able to go to her funeral and I really want to be there for the second anniversary of her passing with my family. I've been reading multiple forums from different websites and I've found nothing but conflicting information on this topic. I've read the I-131 instructions multiple times and I just want to make sure everything is perfect in order to avoid an RFE. On the I-131 form clearly states on page 2 of 5 Part 3, "If you are applying for a non-DACA related Advance Parole Document, skip to Part 7; DACA recipients must complete Part 4 before skyping to Part 7." Therefore as instructed I skip to Part 7 where it says "On a separate sheet of paper, explain how you qualify for an Advance Parole Document, what circumstances warrant issuance of advance parole. Include copies of any documents you wish considered. (See instructions)" so I go to the I-131 instructions page 9 of 15, where plainly states "If you are applying for: c. Advance Parole Document for Individuals Who Are Currently in the United States: If you are in the United States, you must attach: (2) An explanation or other evidence showing the circumstances that warrant issuance of an Advance Parole Document; OR (3) If you are an applicant for adjustment of status, a copy of a USCIS receipt as evidence that you filed the adjustment application; " so from this I get that I do not need to add or attach any explanation or other evidence since I am an AOS applicant and I must only attach a copy of my receipt, form I-797C as evidence that I previously filed the AOS I-485 application. However when I asked on this immigration forum "Avvo", some lawyers replied that I still needed to complete these parts. I'm not sure if they misunderstood the information I provided them with and that's why I'm being so annoyingly specific on this one. I really want to hear from people who got their I-131 approved and make sure I got everything right. It seems pretty clear to me and I just want to get this mailed asap knowing everything is alright with my application. Also, on Part 3 when asked expected length of the trip, is "TBD" a valid answer? as I can't honestly state in days how long I'll be there for. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and any advice is greatly appreciated.
  24. Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a good Monday. I have a quick question regarding AP with an EAD. My husband rec'd his EAD card this past weekend. We did not file a I-131 with our package as there was no upcoming travel needs for him for the foreseeable future. In light of that, and some Google image searches I did in our downtime, I fully anticipated seeing language on the EAD card indicating that the card was not able to be used for advanced parole. However, his card as printed says that we can use it for advance parole. To me, this seems weird. Any thoughts? We wondered if there was a possibility that this occurred due to the fact that he's Canadian. We have no plans for him to travel any time soon (domestically or internationally), so it's not a big issue. However, if the event arose, it would be good to know if he COULD travel while the I-485 is still pending. Thanks for any input you all have!
  25. Hello everyone, I'm a US citizen and my wife is a Canadian citizen, we filed the I-130 package for her including I-130, I-131, I-765, I-485, I-864. We are waiting now for her travel document. My question is, as a Canadian citizen, can she travel to Canada and come back to the US even without her travel document? Thank you
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