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How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist

By Erika Presson
Last Updated: February 2, 2014


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  • Make sure you've read ALL the articles under the "Immigration" Menu up top, because I've written and covered all pertinent information about the whole I-129F/K1/AOS/ROC Processes.
  • Search through Frequently Asked Questions about the whole process from I-129F - K1 Visa - AOS - ROC and other processes. Read about the KnowledgeBase here »
  • The articles found on this blog are applicable to all I-129F Petitions, K1 Visa Applicants, AOS (from a K1 Visa), and ROC applicants unless otherwise noted. The I-129F Process and AOS is the same for all foreign beneficiaries/spouses. Some K1 Visa Process articles are written specifically for applicants from the Philippines. Please refer to your country's U.S. Consulate/Embassy website for country-specific instructions.




The Adjustment of Status (AOS) Package will be the last application you will send USCIS … at least for the next 2 years. This application process usually lasts for about 6 months and one (more often than not) will quite possibly have an interview towards the end. Having an AOS approval will result into having a Green Card (2-year GC for K1 adjusters) that is proof of your legal permanent residency in the US. If you applied for both an I-765 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) / I-131 Advance Parole (AP), this will most likely be issued half-way through the whole AOS process, which is 2-3 months from filing.

Individually labelled AOS Package (AOS / EAD / AP) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 - onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Individually labelled AOS Package (AOS / EAD / AP) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 – onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Below I have prepared Two (2) Checklists for Preparing your AOS Package

 

  • The first one is just a regular checklist that everybody uses.
  • And the second one is my actual checklist of our front-loaded AOS Package. (Just so you know in full detail what I have included in mine.) We also used a co-sponsor / joint sponsor. Front-loading means you include all possible documents and evidences that may be asked of you for your interview later on in the process.
     

Tips to Remember when Preparing your AOS Package:

 

  • It’s cleaner and more organized if you label your documents and separate them in folders. Especially if you’re applying for EAD and AP, too. (THIS is just my opinion and nobody else’s. Immigration Officers look at paperwork all day. They’re human, they CAN mix up paperwork if not properly organized. Some even claim to get RFE’s even if they sent in complete documents. Segregating / Organizing paperwork isn’t really a negative thing / wrong thing to do. For me, it actually makes it easier to look at.)
  • All forms must be completed and signed in BLACK INK.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is ideal BUT not required for AOS. You can apply for an SSN under your married name AFTER you get your EAD/AP Combo Card. Use 0’s (zeroes) instead.
    READ: How to Get your SSN with a K1 Visa
  • NEVER leave BLANKS on your forms. (Of course, unless otherwise noted in the instructions. Read question directly below this list.) Use “N/A”, “NONE”, or “0” if the form permits. Better yet, call the USCIS Hotline if you’re in doubt.

What if the answer is “Not Applicable” or “None”? Do I write “NONE”, “N/A”, or leave it blank?

I-485 Adjustment of Status Form (06/20/13 Edition; Expires 06/30/2015): Revised USCIS Forms indicate that you are supposed to leave it blank (Page3). (I still used “NONE” or “N/A” on my forms and didn’t get an RFE!).

The entire instruction for filling out and sending I-485 Applications are found here: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-485instr.pdf.

I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (08/06/14 Edition; Expires 04/30/2016): General Instructions, Page 6 specifically says “Answer all questions fully and accurately. State that an item is not applicable with “N/A”. If the answer is none, write “None”.

The entire instruction for filing out and sending I-765 Applications are found here: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-765instr.pdf

I-131 Application for Travel Document (03/22/13 Edition; Expires 03/31/2016):  General Instructions, Page 7  says “Answer all questions fully and accurately. State that an item is not applicable or the answer is none, print or type “N/A”.

The entire instruction for filing out and sending I-131 Applications are found here: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-131instr.pdf

Do note that USCIS, at any time, can revise/update their form’s instructions. Read them carefully.

 

A Note to K1 Visa “Adjusters” from the Philippines:

You don’t need to send in your St. Luke’s Medical Examination Chest X-ray CD along with your AOS Paperwork. It will be sent back to you. You only need to have your DS-3025 Vaccination Record.

 

A Note to ALL K1 Visa Adjusters:

You don’t need to have another FULL Medical for Adjustment of Status (AOS). It’s up to you to…

(1) Risk just sending the DS-3025 Vaccination Records. I’ve heard a lot of people were lucky enough to have their AOS approved with just this. It’s entirely your and your spouse’s decision.

(2) OR If you opt to go to a Civil Surgeon to have your DS Form 3025 Vaccination Record transcribed / transferred to an I-693 form for your peace of mind. It should only cost you a few bucks. Most definitely NOT over USD$50.

AGAIN, (You are NOT REQUIRED to have a FULL Medical if your overseas K1 Medical exam is within 1 year upon applying for AOS.) Check the Form I-693 Instructions, too.

READ: Is the I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record really required? »

 

 

Adjustment of Status (AOS) Package Checklist

FIRST FOLDER / PACKET [I-485: Application to Register Permanent Residence / Adjustment of Status (AOS)]

  • Cashier’s Check / Money Order payable to U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Spell it out, not USDHS or DHS): $1070 (AOS Fee $985 + Biometrics Fee $85)
    ☐ Completed G-1145 E-Notification (Applicant)
    ☐ Completed Form I-485 (Applicant)
    ☐ Completed Form G-325A (Applicant)
    ☐ Completed Form G-325A (USC Spouse)
    ☐ 2 US Passport Style Photos
    ☐ Copy of Passport, including biographic page, stamps and K1 Visa
    ☐ Copy of Form I-797C Notice of Action of I-129F Fiancée Petition (NOA 1 / Receipt Notice)
    ☐ Copy of Form I-797 Notice of Action of I-129F Fiancée Petition (NOA 2 / Approval Notice)
    ☐ Copy of NVC letter for the original I-129F Fiancée Petition (if available)
    ☐ Copy of I-94 Admission Record
    » Read: How To Get Your I-94 CBP Arrival Record Online
    » Read the KnowledgeBase: Any difference between the K1 Visa expiry and I-94 expiration date?
    ☐ Copy of Foreign Birth Certificate (If your Birth Certificate is not in English, you must provide a translated copy done by a professional translation service)
    ☐ Copy of Marriage Certificate
    ☐ Copy of Wedding Photos
    ☐ Copy of Overseas K1 Visa Medical Vaccination Worksheet Form DS-3025
US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | © 2013 - onwards US Department of State, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

US Department of State Form DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet from St. Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic (SLEC) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | © 2013 – onwards US Department of State, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

☐ SEALED Form I-693, Transcription of DS-3025 Vaccination Report by a Civil Surgeon (Applicant; You are NOT REQUIRED to have a FULL Medical if your overseas K1 Medical exam is within 1 year upon applying for AOS.)

READ THE KNOWLEDGEBASE: Is the I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record really required?

SEALED I-693 Medical Examination and Vaccination Record | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 - onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

SEALED I-693 Medical Examination and Vaccination Record | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 – onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

☐ Cover Letter from USC Spouse, Primary Sponsor (Explaining knowledge of Financial Obligations towards sponsoring you, the applicant)
☐ Completed Form I-864, USC Spouse’s Affidavit of Support signed in black ink
☐ USC Spouse’s Passport Copy
☐ USC Spouse’s Birth Certificate / Naturalization Certificate Copy
☐ USC Spouse’s Certificate of Employment
☐ USC Spouse’s Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 (recent 3 years)
☐ USC Spouse’s W2 Wage Statements (recent 3 years; Form 1099s IF APPLICABLE)
☐ USC Spouse’s Pay Stubs (recent 6 months)

If you have a co-sponsor / joint sponsor:

☐ Cover Letter from Joint Sponsor (Explaining knowledge of Financial Obligations towards sponsoring you, the applicant)
☐ Completed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support by Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor signed in black ink
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor Passport Copy
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor Birth Certificate / Naturalization Certificate Copy
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor Certificate of Employment
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor Federal Income Tax Return Form 1040 (recent 3 years)
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor W2 Wage Statements (recent 3 years)
☐ USC Co-Sponsor / Joint Sponsor Pay Stubs (recent 6 months)

Also, don’t forget to let your co-sponsor know about his/her responsibilities as a co-sponsor / joint sponsor:

 

 

SECOND FOLDER / PACKET [I-765: Application for Employment Authorization Document / Work Permit (EAD)]

 Completed Form I-765
 2 U.S. Passport Style Photos
 Completed G-1145 E-Notification
 Copy of I-94 Admission Record
☐ Copy of NVC letter for the original I-129F Fiancée Petition (if available)
 Copy of Passport, including biographic page, stamps and K1 Visa
 Copy of Marriage Certificate (For proof of Legal Name Change)

 

THIRD FOLDER / PACKET [I-131: Application for Advance Parole / Travel Permit (AP)]

 Completed G-1145 E-Notification
 Completed Form I-131
 Form I-131 Supplement (Basically, It’s a simple document you type out and attach to your Form I-131 where you explain why you’re applying for a Travel Document. See Form I-131 for details.)
 2 U.S. Passport Style Photos
 Copy of Passport, including biographic page, stamps and K1 Visa
 Copy of I-94 Admission Record
 Copy of Marriage Certificate (For proof of Legal Name Change)

 

Download the simplified checklist by clicking on the photos below. (Make sure you read the detailed items above though! You might miss important / key details!)

AOS Checklist, Part I: I-485 Adjustment of Status Application | Adjustment of Status from a K1 Visa | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

AOS Checklist, Part I: I-485 Adjustment of Status Application | Adjustment of Status from a K1 Visa | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

AOS Checklist, Part II: I-765 EAD and I-131 AP Application | Adjustment of Status from a K1 Visa | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

AOS Checklist, Part II: I-765 EAD and I-131 AP Application | Adjustment of Status from a K1 Visa | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

 


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My Front-Loaded AOS Package / Packet

Some documents below are not really required for the AOS process (like evidences of intermingling of finances, relationship evidences) but we already have everything in order (did / updated everything in less than a month!), so why not include it in the packet, right? It wouldn’t hurt to send in extra paperwork anyway. We also opted to apply for an EAD (Work Permit) because I wanted to work as soon as possible and help with finances. We also opted to apply for AP (Travel Permit) just for emergency purposes. Both EAD & AP’s filing fees are waived when filed WITH the AOS application anyway.

 

***LET ME JUST REITERATE:
This is my personal list. It may seem excessive for some people but this is what I CHOSE to send. And THIS is how I send in ANY application no matter what process it is. I’m a very organized person. An overly organized one. You don’t have to follow what I did exactly. You don’t have to have every bit of paper notarized. Though having stuff notarized isn’t a bad thing. It only proves the document’s authenticity.

There is no wrong or right way of arranging your AOS Packages. Just as long as you abide by the list ABOVE (not this personal list I have below).

The result of my AOS are the following:

(Rant: Maybe. JUST MAYBE my organized/labelled folders/duplicate/notarized copies were easier for the immigration officer to adjudicate/decide on since I’ve provided everything they would’ve asked for in terms of proof of marraige and financial support/stability for the supposed AOS Interview. The very same AOS Interview I got waived for by USCIS themselves. If I did anything wrong, and if you -think- what I did is utter stupidity, why did my AOS go so well? Think about it. :P)

UPDATE 22-October-2014: So I guess my “over-the-top” AOS Checklist DID have something to do with my Interview Waiver. I submitted enough evidences that we didn’t need to get interviewed. Read more about how USCIS determines a Potential Interview Waiver Case »

 

Individually labelled AOS Package (AOS / EAD / AP) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 - onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Individually labelled AOS Package (AOS / EAD / AP) | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 – onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

1.) My packet for I-485 Packet for Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (AOS) and supporting documents includes 22 items, with 3 Sub-packets (I-864 Primary Sponsor, I-864 Co-Sponsor, Evidence of Relationship):

FIRST FOLDER [AOS Files]:

  • Cover Letter
  • Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application / Petition Acceptance
  • CASHIER’S CHECK: Payable to Department of Homeland Security (AOS $985 + BIOMETRICS FEE $85 = $1070)
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Notarized Copy of my Foreign/Philippine Passport Bio Page
  • Notarized Copy of my US K1 Visa
  • Notarized Copy of my US Entry Stamp
  • Notarized Copy of I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Page
  • Notarized Copy of my Foreign Birth (Authenticated by: The Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila)
  • Notarized Copy of our Marriage License and Certificate
  • Form G-325A, Biographic Information
  • My Husband’s Form G-325A, Biographic Information
  • 2, US Passport Size Photos
  • Copy of Form I-797C (NOA1), Notice of Action; Acceptance of I-129F Petition for Fiancée
  • Notarized Front and Back Copy of Form I-797 (NOA2), Notice of Action; Approval of I-129F Petition Fiancée
  • NVC Email Print out: CONFIRMATION of Case Number and Forwarding of Case to US Embassy Manila, Philippines
  • Copy of I-129F Petition for Fiancée Document as sent by US Embassy Manila, Philippines
  • Copy of Eligibility for K1 Applicant’s Visa Interview Appointment as sent by US Embassy Manila, Philippines
  • Copy of DS-3025 Vaccination Documentation Worksheet, St. Lukes Medical Center Extension Clinic, authorized by US Embassy Manila, Philippines
  • SEALED Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record***READ THE KNOWLEDGEBASE: Is the I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record really required?)***

 

Sample Cover Letter for AOS, EAD, AP | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Sample Cover Letter for AOS, EAD, AP | ©2014, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

 Download a Sample Cover Letter for I-485 AOS, I-765 EAD, I-131 AP

SECOND FOLDER [I-864 Sub-packet from Husband (Primary Sponsor)]

  • COVER LETTER, from Husband
  • NOTARIZED Copy of FORM DS-1350, Certification of Report of Birth (CRBA)
  • NOTARIZED Copy of Passport Bio Page
  • FORM I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act 
  • 2013 SUPPORTING EVIDENCES FOR I-864, Affidavit of Support
    • Employment Verification, Full-time, Permanent, Customer Service Manager (Faxed Copy)
    • LETTER OF EXPLANATION: Work Schedule and Overtime
    • WORK SCHEDULE, 2013 September / First Week of October
    • LETTER OF EXPLANATION: Work Promotion, Benefits, Change in Hourly Rate due to Promotion and Annual Income Increase, Savings and Checking Accounts and other Assets
    • Pay Stubs, 2013 April to September (With Promotion / Annual Pay Raise)
      • Online Pay Stub Summary (September 07, 2012 to September 20, 2013)
      • 09/07/2013 to 09/20/2013 – Reflected Status Change: Married
      • 08/24/2013 to 09/06/2013 – Reflected Annual Pay Raise; Delayed Status Change
      • 06/15/2013 to 06/28/2013 – Reflected Promotion Pay Raise; Trip to Manila, Philippines (June 10-19, 2013)
      • Employment Verification, Full-time, Permanent, Customer Service Manager (Faxed Copy; DATE: June 18, 2013; FOR: US Embassy, Manila, Philippines )
      • Job Offer Sheet, Full-time, Permanent, Promoted from Cashier to Customer Service Manager (Print-out; DATED: June 9, 2013)
      • PLANE TICKETS Print-out from Hotwire Email (TRIP TO MANILA, PHILIPPINES for US EMBASSY Manila K1 Interview)
      • 06/1/2013 to 06/14/2013 – Trip to Manila, Philippines (June 10-19, 2013)
      • 03/23/2013 to 04/05/2013 – Original Hourly Rate
    • Joint Savings and Checking Account Summary Print-outs (Original Stamped and Signed by banker)
    • Certificate of Title for a Vehicle
    • FORM 1040, 2012 FEDERAL TAX RETURN
      • 2012 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements (Copy)
      • LETTER OF EXPLANATION: Low 2012 Income due to Trips to Manila
        • PLANE TICKETS & PHOTOS: Summer 2012, Print-outs ( May 13, 2012 to August 11, 2012)
        • Fargo, ND to Manila, Philippines – 05/13/2012 to 08/11/2012
        • Manila, Philippines to Hong Kong, SAR of China – 06/28/2012 to 07/03/2012
        • Manila, Philippines to Singapore, Singapore – 08/02/2012 to 08/05/2012
        • Manila, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore PHOTOS
        • PLANE TICKETS & PHOTOS: Christmas 2012 / New Years 2013, Print-outs ( December 20, 2012 to January 2, 2013)
        • Fargo, ND to Manila, Philippines – 12/20/2012 to 01/02/2013
        • Manila, Philippines to Cagayan De Oro, Philippines – 12/26/2013 to 12/29/2012
        • Christmas / New Year’s 2012-2013 PHOTOS
    • FORM 1040, 2011 FEDERAL TAX RETURN
      • 2011 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements Copy
    • LETTER OF EXPLANATION for Missing 2010 Federal Tax Return by my Husband
      • Copy of NOTARIZED LETTER OF EXPLANATION for Missing 2010 Federal Tax Return by his mother
      • 2010 W-2 Wage and Tax Statements (Copy)

THIRD FOLDER [I-864 Sub-packet from friend (Joint Sponsor)]

  • COVER LETTER from friend
  • NOTARIZED Copy of Birth Certificate
  • NOTARIZED Copy of Passport Bio Page
  • FORM I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the Act
  • 2013 SUPPORTING EVIDENCE FOR I-864, Affidavit of Support
    • Savings and Checking Account Summary
    • Retirement Assets Summary
    • Financial Obligations Summary
    • Pay Stubs
  • FORM 1040A, 2012 FEDERAL TAX RETURN; W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
  • FORM 1040, 2011 FEDERAL TAX ; W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
  • FORM 1040, 2010 FEDERAL TAX ; W-2 Wage and Tax Statements

FOURTH FOLDER [Evidences of Relationship / Intermingling of lives and finances]

  • Copy of Report of Marriage, Republic of the Philippines
  • Wedding Photo Print-out (Multiple Photos in 1 Page)
  • Facebook and Instagram Screenshots, Comments and Congratulatory Messages (2 pages)
  • Scanned Copy of Polaroid Photos (Multiple Photos in 1 Page)
  • PROPERTY LEASE AGREEMENT Copy (previous apartment)
  • CHANGE IN RESIDENT FORM Copy (previous apartment)
  • PROPERTY LEASE AGREEMENT Copy (current apartment)
  • Bank’s Safe Deposit Box Lease Agreement Copy
  • Bank’s Relationship Change Application for Joint Savings Account Copy
  • Bank’s Legal Name Change Request Copy (Under New Legal/Married and Complete First Name)
  • Joint Savings and Checking Account Summary Copy
  • Online W4 Print-out (Reflecting Status as Married)
  • SUN LIFE FINANCIAL Non-Financial Amendment Form Copy (My Life Insurance in the Philippines; Already changed my Beneficiary to his name before I left PH; IRREVOCABLE)
  • SUN LIFE FINANCIAL Policy Information
  • His Work Benefits Summaries
    • MEDICAL INSURANCE Confirmation (+ Spouse)
    • MEDICAL CARD Scanned Copy (with me as Dependent)
    • COMPANY PAID LIFE INSURANCE (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • BUSINESS TRAVEL ACCIDENT (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • ACCIDENTAL DEATH AND DISMEMBERMENT (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • PROFIT SHARING / 401K (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • CRITICAL ILLNESS (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
    • ACCIDENT (Beneficiary: SPOUSE)
  • Car Insurance Policy (Change in Information; Updated Marital Status; Both of us are insured)

2.) My packet for I-765 Packet for Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) includes 8 items:

    • Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application / Petition Acceptance
    • Form I-765, Application For Employment Authorized
    • Notarized Copy of my Foreign/Philippine Passport Bio Page
    • Notarized Copy of my US K1 Visa
    • Notarized Copy of my US Entry Stamp
    • Notarized Copy of I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Page
    • Notarized Copy of our Marriage License and Certificate
    • 2, US Passport Size Photos

3.) My packet for I-131 Packet for Application for Travel Document / Advance Parole (AP) includes 9 items:

    • Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application / Petition Acceptance
    • Form I-131, Application For Travel Document
    • Form I-131, Supplement for I-131 Part 7: Explanation for Travel Document Application
    • Notarized Copy of my Foreign/Philippine Passport Bio Page
    • Notarized Copy of my US K1 Visa
    • Notarized Copy of my US Entry Stamp
    • Notarized Copy of I-94 Admission Number Retrieval Page
    • Notarized Copy of our Marriage License and Certificate
    • 2, US Passport Size Photos

Send your AOS Package to:

USCIS Chicago Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:

USCIS
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

For Express mail and courier deliveries:

USCIS
Attn: FBAS
131 South Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Make sure your box has a tracking number! Just so you can track it. Believe me, it will give you peace of mind. | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 - onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Make sure your box has a tracking number! Just so you can track it. Believe me, it will give you peace of mind. | How to Prepare Your AOS Package: Forms, Requirements and Checklist | ©2013 – onwards, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Source: USCIS.gov | Direct Filing Addresses for Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

 

 

 

Have you read the Adjustment of Status / AOS Process Walkthrough yet?

If you haven’t, head on here to read about what you can expect from your AOS Process. It has been summarized in 10 Steps.

Read: Adjustment of Status / AOS (From a K1 Fiancé(e) Visa) Process Walkthrough »

 

Where do I track my Application / Case Status?

You are supposed to use the USCIS My Case Status Tracker tool.

Please read this article: USCIS Case Status Tracking »

 

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  1. Chasharp says:

    Hi Ms. ericka. Just want to clarify and enlightened. . Did you get your working permit and Parole to travel prior to your greencard? Thank you so much

  2. Belle Jien says:

    Hi Ms Ericka,

    Thank you so much. I was following this blog since we were filing for our K1 visa. It helps a lot.

    I have question on the list of documents you’ve submitted for the AOS.

    Is it really notarized? Just want to clarify.
    Thank you for the clarification.

  3. Rosey says:

    Hi Ms. Erika! I’m on the process of AOS and received a RFE asking for my husband 2015 IRS. Unfortunately he haven’t filed the said IRS. Can I submit to USCIS his IRS as soon as he submitted it to IRS or do we have to wait for the transcript of the said IRS? Please enlighten me. I really need help. Thank you.

    • The most recent 1040 forms / tax forms are required for any USCIS process that requires it, and it should have been sent along with the application. Contact USCIS directly to ask for further information/ detail and which steps are needed to be made next.

  4. des gamboa says:

    Wow sis, I pray that God blesses you more.. I am really grateful about your blog, and it will help us a lot ( my husband and I) for processing my AOS. as in nd namin alam kung paano mag sisimula. Thank God I found your help here. I will read more of your blogs to help us though this process, thanks and thanks a lot again.. God bless!!

  5. mardz says:

    hi Mrs. Presscon ! :-) Would like to ask..Regarding Form 1-485 , Application to register Permanent Residence or adjust status. In PART 1 information about myself do I need to print my name when entering US? or the married name already?

  6. Aaron says:

    Hello, we are submitting AOS for a K1 and 2 K2’s, will a separate package or folder be needed for all 3 or can they be filed all with the K1(mother)? Can a check be written for all 3 fees and a separate biometric fee? (one check for $985+$635+$635 and a second for $85)

    • As already been noted on the USCIS Website for AOS (http://www.uscis.gov/i-485), The $635 fee on the table means that the child’s application MUST be filed WITH the applicant parent.

      All paperwork must be submitted together AND should be just under ONE (1) Check including the biometrics fee.

      Rule of thumb: ALWAYS use the cover letter to explain inclusions of the AOS Package and the check issued.

  7. hyunnam says:

    Thank you so much for your very detailed K1 AOS checklist. It helped me a great deal. I just sent my AOS package today. Hopefully everything will be OK.

  8. Gary & Joy says:

    Wow, Wee just finished our packet.. Wee read the web pages here many times, and used our noggins.. Wee are so thankful to Yoo Erika, and hope everyone else can manage to grow thru this process like Wee did.. Whee, off to the post office…. Thanx again

  9. Pam says:

    Hi Erika,
    My husband doesnt have a US passport yet. He became USC in 2014 of Nov. last travel outside US was in January of 2014. That time, he was still a Filipino Citizen with a Philippine passport. My question, is it ok to send out the form without his US passport? Or should I just have his Philippine Passport photocopied? Thank you!

  10. nikki says:

    in what address should I send my AOS,EAD and AP ? I live in Los Angeles, California but your cover letter was addressed to Chicago, IL . Thanks!

  11. Nikki says:

    I have questions:

    1. I am also a K1 visa holder, do I still need to file form I-130 (petition for alien relative) along with my AOS form I-485?

    2. Can marriage license be submitted instead of marriage certificate for AOS since my marriage cert. will be mailed to me 6-8 weeks from the day I was married.

    Thanks!

  12. lani says:

    Hi Erika,
    First of all I would like to thank you for all your efforts in this blog very helpful especially sa mga K1 visa applicants I honestly follow all your process and steps here and i never get wrong you showed the right steps of process in details and with basis ,Imagine ang laking pera to save para di na maghire ng lawyer for this tyaga lang talaga.at pasensya sa proseso na to,anyway just one question need ba i fill up ung i-485 AOS form by electronics ? can u guide me please for this .Thanks more power and God bless you always.

  13. marvie says:

    Hello Mrs. Erika

    My arrive in SFO airport last May 29 2015 and based on my 1-94 it will be expired this coming July 27..we just got married July 22 and the person solemnized our wedding needed to send the marriage license in santa clara county in california via mail, which might take about 2-3 days to be delivered to santa clara county and be recorded. I am on the process of preparing my AOS, will this affect my AOS application. Am I consider illegally staying in the U.S although we got married within the 90 days grace period?.. Thank you for your immediate response.

    • It will not affect your application. But everyone has been advised AND reminded by US government themselves, throughout the process (from I-129F, K1 Visa, even at Port of Entry) that you must marry within 90 days AND adjust your status.

      AOS must be done as soon as possible. The only document you have pertaining to your legal presence is the I-94. People say you’re “Out of Status” – if your I-94 is expired and you haven’t applied for AOS. But that’s just how people “cushion” reality. Beyond the I-94, if you haven’t applied for AOS, you have no document pertaining to your legal presence here in the U.S. With the I-94 expiring, you are not allowed to get a driver’s license, get a Social Security Number, among other things. So yes, technically, that’s overstaying.

      Read more on: http://mrspresson.com/knowledgebase/any-difference-between-the-k1-visa-expiry-and-i-94-expiration-date/

      With applying for AOS/EAD/AP as soon as possible, you will have documentary/tangible proof that you are undergoing a legal immigration process, and that’s enough proof. This means, you’d have the Acceptance Notice (NOA1).

      If you applied for EAD/AP… within 2 or 3 months, you will have your Work Permit. This will enable you to look for a job, apply for SSN if you haven’t yet, get a driver’s license, and this replaces the I-94, and extends your “legal presence” to a year. EAD/AP’s are only good for 1 year. When your AOS is approved, the Green Card that will be issued to you will supersede your EAD/AP, and this is good for 2 years.

  14. kimguinevere says:

    HEY MRS PRESSON WHAT DO I DO TO GET THE BARCODES ON THE FORMS I HAVE USED SAFARI, FIRE FOX ETC BUT STILL I AM NT SEEING ANY BARCODES BEING REFLECTED ON THE FORMS

  15. Maryse says:

    Hi! i just want to ask.. Where did you have your documents notarized?

  16. Marco says:

    Hi Erika,
    sorry if I leave a 3rd message :P, but you misunderstood about my question #3.
    I know I have to list all my adresses. I have a doubt just about the U.S. one.
    My DATE OF ENTRY in the U.S. was on MARCH, our MARRIAGE in APRIL. So, about my actual address (here in the U.S.), my doubt is: should I put from March, so from my date of entry (to present) or from April, so from our marriage (to present)?
    Why that doubt? Becuase as I said in the previous message, I don’t know if they consider me “legally resident” here in the U.S. from my date of entry or from our date of marriage.

    About my question #7, I’m not stressing myself out :P Just trying to do everything in the best way (you did all this, you know what I’m talking about). I see you changed your answer…in the first message you suggested to tick just #14, now both of #13 and #14 :P that confirms what I say about those questions being confusing.
    By the way, I know that form is used for tons of other stuff, but IMHO, those questions can be written better simply changing some words…like using ‘at least’ instead of ‘only’ in #13 or adding ‘also’ (before my 2nd and 3rd most recent…) in #14.

    • sorry if I leave a 3rd message :P, but you misunderstood about my question #3.
      » That is fine.

      I know I have to list all my adresses. I have a doubt just about the U.S. one.
      My DATE OF ENTRY in the U.S. was on MARCH, our MARRIAGE in APRIL. So, about my actual address (here in the U.S.), my doubt is: should I put from March, so from my date of entry (to present) or from April, so from our marriage (to present)? Why that doubt? Becuase as I said in the previous message, I don’t know if they consider me “legally resident” here in the U.S. from my date of entry or from our date of marriage.

      » Technically, you’re STILL not a legal resident now. You are just submitting your AOS. The direction is quite clear, just list all the addresses where you lived in within the U.S.

      About my question #7, I’m not stressing myself out :P Just trying to do everything in the best way (you did all this, you know what I’m talking about). I see you changed your answer…in the first message you suggested to tick just #14, now both of #13 and #14 :P that confirms what I say about those questions being confusing. By the way, I know that form is used for tons of other stuff, but IMHO, those questions can be written better simply changing some words…like using ‘at least’ instead of ‘only’ in #13 or adding ‘also’ (before my 2nd and 3rd most recent…) in #14.

      » I actually did not change my answer. This was my original answer: “Not confusing at all. If you’re attaching 3 most recent years, then #14 applies.” I didn’t say answer #14 only. I thought it was already clear to you that you are supposed to answer all blanks on #13 because you already said that you’re attaching 3 recent tax returns. Yes, I did all of this but it never confused me.


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