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Thread: service centers

  1. #1
    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.

  2. #2
    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.

  3. #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.

  4. #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...

  5. #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.

  6. #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..

  7. #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.

  8. #8
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    Ukrainka:

    Since you are an immediate relative of a US citizen then your AOS should be mailed to:

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

    You would need to send I-130 and I-485 together. I-765 (if you want to work) and I-131 (if you want to travel outside the US) are optional. You should read all the instructions given on these forms and on USCIS website before mailing them out.

    About the information that you mentioned about Dallas office, then it is true that you can get interview over there on the same day of filing your AOS. It is a PILOT Dallas Rapid Adjustment program. (DORA). If you would choose to file there under this program then you would need to know some hard facts first about this program.

    First, if you are going to file your AOS under this program in Dallas, you won't need to send your AOS to Chicago office. Second, you must need to make an appointment for this program with Dallas office online. In the beginning, they allowed people on walking basis without an appointment, but they have changed it a few months ago. Now, you must need an appointment. You will get an appointment date right away online, but it would be 3-5 weeks later of making the request for it. Third, on your appointment day you will be interviewed, but your case will not be approved on the same day even if you would pass the interview.

    Fourth, after the interview (1-2 weeks later), you will receive a separate receipt notice for I-130 and I-485. Fifth, after 1-2 month later of your interview, you will receive a letter to have your biometrics done. Sixth, if FBI clears your fingerprints on time, you will receive an approval letter. Seventh, after the approval of your case, you would either receive the plastic card in the mail within 3 weeks, or you can go to local office to have your passport stamped for your permanent residency status. The whole process would take 90-150 days. So, it is not a ˜one day deal' if someone mistakenly wants to think about it.

    The disadvantage of this program is- you cannot file for work permit (EAD) and Advance parole for at least 70 days after the interview. And, you must need to be a Dallas resident. Having the driving license from Dallas is not enough to prove your residency for this program. A lot of people are flying there to get the advantage of this quick processing, thus the officers are instructed to verify the residency of each applicant very carefully.

    Also, more than 79% of applicants who filed their case over there under this quick program are still waiting to get cleared from FBI for more than a year. Dunno why. Further, for a person who doesn't live in Dallas, it would be very hard to establish evidences/documents to prove the bona fide of his/her marriage with a US citizen for the approval of AOS. So, this should also be kept in mind. Also, AOS is processing very quickly now in most part of the US. I would say 7-10 months. Thus, it makes no sense to file in Dallas unless you live there.

    It is true that Florida is taking a very long time to process AOS. And, even though family based AOS (in case of immediate relative of US citizen) is mailed to Chicago office, interview is taken in a local office once Chicago office will complete the initial processing. And if the local office were to be very busy then obviously it would take a very long time to have an interview. Miami, NYC and Hawaii are very busy and highly immigrants populated offices. The office in San Antonio in Texas and another office in Vermont are very quick in processing AOS.

    You could file your AOS in Alabama or any other place to have a quick interview, but how would you arrange the evidences/documents to prove the bona fide of your marriage on that address if you don't live there? Because if you would not have sufficient documents to prove your marriage, your case will be denied. Besides, lying about your address will cause you denial of your application. Of course, if INS finds out. What is more important to you- a quicker processing in another place of your residence or a green card with surety in your place?

    I wonder why you haven't filed AOS yet despite of being married to a US citizen? Are you still debating where to file your AOS? It is my suggestion to read all the information about marriage based case on this forum and other forums before you file anything because it seems that you don't know anything about immigration game.

    Good Luck.

  9. #9
    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.

  10. #10
    Thank you, Lolita,
    i will check that out.

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