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    I am not sure where to file for AOS.
    On the gov.website it says the service center for FL and AL is in Texas. I had a consultation with a lawyer and he said something about Chicago...At the moment i thought i was confusing something, but now i don't know if he judt made a mistake or what...
    Also, another question:when you file, do you just mail the papers to the service center? And, how about filing I-130? Does my husband (who petitions for me) have to mail it with my other papers?
    One more question- i've heard that Dallas center used to do same day application and interviews ( you could even show up without appointment). I don't know if any of this is true and if they still do that.
    Ok, it's all for now
    Thanks.

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    I am not sure where to file for AOS.
    On the gov.website it says the service center for FL and AL is in Texas. I had a consultation with a lawyer and he said something about Chicago...At the moment i thought i was confusing something, but now i don't know if he judt made a mistake or what...
    Also, another question:when you file, do you just mail the papers to the service center? And, how about filing I-130? Does my husband (who petitions for me) have to mail it with my other papers?
    One more question- i've heard that Dallas center used to do same day application and interviews ( you could even show up without appointment). I don't know if any of this is true and if they still do that.
    Ok, it's all for now
    Thanks.

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    • #3
      The I-130 has to be approved and you have to have a current number available before they will process the I-485.

      If you are submitting the forms together, they should go to the Chicago lock box address (which is the staging area for the National Benefits Center):

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
      P.O. Box 805887
      Chicago, IL 60680-4120

      If you are submitting them seperately then send the I-130 to the Texas service center (if the address you list on the I-130 is within their jurisdiction) and then when you have an approved I-130 and a current number, send the I-485 to the Chicago lock box.

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      • #4
        Dear Sugarpuff,

        My husband is a US citizen and i thought that the number for me would be available immidiately and that i can file AOS at the same time he files I-130...Is this true?...and i thought that i had it all figured out...

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        • #5
          sorry girlfriend that was my bad. Yes, if you husband is a U.S citizen you will have a current number immediately available. If you are waiting for work or travel authorization, I suggest you send all the applicatons in at the same time. Again to the Chicago lock box address.

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          • #6
            Sugarpuff,
            thanks soooo much!

            If it wasn't for you i wouldn't even think to google chicago lockbox. And now i have the info needed!
            I wonder if the state of residence ( sorry, in my case, non-residence so far has anything to do with the amount of time it will take for the papers to be processed.
            For example, everyone was telling me that if i move from Florida to Alabama,then that would be faster since there are less people filing. But if we all have to send the papers to the same location, it probably doesn't make any difference...
            By the way, how come you, Sugarpuff, know so much about all this stuff? Are you a lawyer or just had to go through alot of paperwork?
            Just curious..

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            • #7
              A LAWYER?? Now I am truly offended. Just kidding. I am a former university immigration specialist who is now a stay at home parent. I use the board to keep my skills sharp for when I go back to work.

              Seriously though, I think the international program offices at the colleges and universities employ people who are very competent and sometimes more competent than the immigration attorneys I have run into.

              But as far as moving to Alabama to file, I think that is just suspect lore. I don't see how it could be faster either if they are all going to the same place.

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              • #8
                Dear SAMMY,
                Thank you for all this info, it does answer a lot of my questions.
                I am going to move to Alabama with my husband, since i just got a job there ( i am on the OPT), not because i think it would be faster to process my papers ( i don't really buy that).
                i haven't filed yet because i am enrolled in school program on F-1 until May.I ll be done with school in a couple of months. Also, i was told by a lawyer in Miami, since i am going to change an address in a couple of months, i better apply for all that stuff once i move to my new state and get an OPT for now.
                I really don't know much abou THE GAME, as you said.But i am really happily married! And i am really glad that this forum exist, since i already got so many helpful advices from the members.
                BTW, Sugarpuff, didn't mean to offend you
                It was more like a compliment! And i know that school oficcials who have to deal with foreigners are more competent then imm.lawyers since they are payed salary, not for the client I have great respect for my International Officer from the school where i did my Masters. She was always super-helpful and nice.

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                • #9
                  Thank you, Lolita,
                  i will check that out.

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