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Letters from USCIS
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 3:23 AM

A song by the Carpenter's goes, "Rainy days and Mondays always keep me down." But today, got me excited! See I've been waiting for these two letters since last week but only received it this rainy Monday afternoon. They are my first Notice of Action/I-797C for my Adjustment of Status and my Employment Authorization. More eventful days ahead as I'll be waiting for my biometrics schedule in the mail coming soon. :)

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AOS Packet Sent Out :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011, 3:28 AM

Our complete AOS packet.

We finally managed to gather all requirement and send it through USPS yesterday. A lot of people have been sending private messages or posting comments on my VisaJourney page with specific questions regarding the paperworks needed. So this newest post is the exact cover page we sent in with our packet. So guys, you may just copy and paste this and fill in your details for your own cover page or you may use this as a checklist of all the things you may need for your own packet. :)

[ Date ]

United States Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Nature of Submission: ORIGINAL SUBMISSION, Immediate Relative (Spouse) Family Based Adjustment of Status Application I-485 filing concurrently I-765 Application for Employment Authorization

To Whom It May Concern:

I am currently in the United States under a valid K1 Visa. The place of my port of entry to the United States last [ Date when you got to the United States ] was in [ State and City of of Port of Entry ]. My husband, Mr. [ Husband’s Name ], and I, Mrs. [ Your Name ] , are filing an I-485 APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE concurrently filing I-765 APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION.

Enclosed are the following:
Form I-485 Packet and Supporting Documents (Application for Adjustment of Status): 
1. Payment in the amount of $1,070.00 personal check made payable to Department of Homeland Security.
2. Form I-485, signed and dated.
3. Photocopy of Notice of Approval for I-129F Petition.
4. Immigrant's Medical Vaccination Form 3025 and Supplement Form I-693 sealed envelope from Civil Surgeon.
5. Immigrant's G-325A form, Biographic Information Sheet.
6. 2 Passport Size/Visa Photos of Immigrant with name and Alien Receipt # printed at the back.
7. Copy of Immigrant’s Birth Certificate.
8. Copy of Immigrant's Passport Biographical Page and K1 Visa Page.
9. Copy of Form I-94 (front and back)
10. Copy of Marriage Certificate.
11. Notarized Form I-864, Affidavit of Support
– signed and dated by Petitioner
Certificate of employment
6 most recent pay stubs
Tax transcripts from 2010, 2009 and 2008
W2’s from 2010, 2009, 2008
1040 IRS Form filed Year 2010, 2009, 2008
Most recent bank statement
Biographic page of Petitioner's Passport

Form I-765 Packet and Supporting Documents (Application for Employment Authorization): 
1. Copy of Immigrant's Passport Biographical Page and K1 Visa Page
2. Copy of Immigrant's Form I-194 (front and back)
3. Copy of Marriage Certificate
4. 2 Passport/Visa size photos of Immigrant with name and Alien Receipt # printed at the back.

Copies of documents submitted are exact photocopies of unaltered documents and I understand that I may be requested to submit original documents to an Immigration or Consular officer if requested.

Sincerely yours,
              Your Signature
[ Your complete married name ]

If you have a K1 Visa like myself you may mail your completed packet at:

P.O. Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120

Good luck! :)


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I-693 and Booster Shots
Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 9:05 AM

And yes I've been shot, yet again! :p

We've been finishing up all the paperwork for my Adjustment of Status (AOS) and it has been so time consuming. Almost all the forms were very easy to fill out and understand except for one requirement -- the I-693 Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. If you have a valid K1 Visa from the Philippines, you might ask why you need to go through another medical and get the shots again? So here it is, blogging my own experience.

Basically, most of the immunization shots given at St. Luke's when you had your first medical needs to be followed by booster shots when you get here in the States. So at St. Luke's I was given three shots MMR, Varicella/Chickenpox and Tdap/Tetanus. And before a civil surgeon can transfer my vaccination record (DS-3025 from St. Lukes), I was required to get the same booster shots.

What do you need to check before saying yes and paying for the shots? Check your DS-3025, if at the bottom there's a check mark on "Vaccination History Incomplete" then you don't have a choice, you need the booster shots!

So what you really need to do? You need to find a civil surgeon to check your vaccination record and transfer it to the I-693. You don't need another physical exam if your Philippine Medical Examination was less than a year ago. You only need to get the shots (if you need it) and the transcription of I-693. Here's the official list of all the Civil Surgeons near your area. You may ask around how much it will cost you. What J and I did was to go downtown to a public health center for my vaccinations. If you have kids, they give free immunization until 18 years of age. My MMR was $69 and Varicella was $102. Then we went to a civil surgeon and she checked vaccination records. We overlooked the Tdap, so I got that shot on the CS's office for $35. After the shot, she was ready to transcribe my vaccination records to the I-693 and that costs $75. We spent $281 to have the I-693 completed! Some insurance company cover the immunization costs, so you better check it before spending money.

So in the end, I've got a sealed envelope that is ready to be included in my AOS packet and a photocopy of my updated vaccination record.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011, 9:30 AM

After the wedding and the vacation we had, we were back to business. We're almost done with our Adjustment of Status (AOS) pack. First on our list was to get my very own Social Security Number. And it was just this Monday when I got my very own SSN card on the mail.

If you are trying to get one for yourself you may go to this link to check which documents they may require from you. You may download the application form on the same website. J and I went there with my passport, the I-94 and visa inside it, our marriage certificate and the completed application form. The website will help you find which office is nearest you. It will take just a few minute to get it done but since it's tax season until April, the long lines and the wait will test your patience.


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Our Tiny Little Secrets
Sunday, March 6, 2011, 3:15 AM

And so almost 2 weeks had passed when I legally became J's missus. A lot happened for a ceremony that lasted around 3 minutes. If you were one of our guests, you'd probably know these things. But since I'm bored and hubby is playing with his Xbox, I've got no choice but to share these with all of you. :p

J's parents and my dad speaks the same dialect -- Hiligaynon!
We paid $30 to get married!
A cousin of mine from Switzerland attended our wedding. :)
Funny how he said "I DO"
when the question wasn't finished yet! :p

Our beautiful cake was made by our close friend, Joselyn. :)

We kinda wiped icing onto each other's faces! :p

And we had so much fun with the window marker!! :D


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"I Wed Thee"
Sunday, February 27, 2011, 11:11 PM

J and I have been together for 1 year 7 months and 14 days before we went all out and exchanged "I Do's!" Like any other love stories, we had our ups and downs. The distance that kept us from being together before made us a stronger couple now. And although there are days when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, we never had any doubts of wanting to spend the rest of our lives together. It took a while to get to this point and now we're Mr. & Mrs., I still cannot believe the happy ending just started.  :)


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I DO :)
Monday, February 21, 2011, 9:51 PM

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