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I-485 procedure and waiting time

Old Sep 30th 2002, 8:38 pm
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When you sent I-485, what is next and how long? Any receipt for I-485. I have only cash receipt that my checks were cached. I also got my EAD (it took 5 weeks).
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Old Oct 1st 2002, 11:15 am
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Processing times for the offices can be found here:

http://members.aol.com/MDUdall/in-
stimes.htm


All you get from the local INS office is the cash receipt (and maybe a
letter) - there is no formal NOA like you get from the service centers.

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Old Oct 1st 2002, 3:30 pm
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After I sent mine in, the second time, the costs went up while the my first attempt was in the post, it took about a month before I got a request to go and get fingerprints done, them another month before I got my letter to go in and get my green card, I'm applying for AOS as the spouce of a US citizen.
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Old Oct 2nd 2002, 12:24 am
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I do nor understand "go and get my green card?" I thought after 1-1.5 years we get conditional green card only.


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After I sent mine in, the second time, the costs went up while the my first attempt was in the post, it took about a month before I got a request to go and get fingerprints done, them another month before I got my letter to go in and get my green card, I'm applying for AOS as the spouce of a US citizen.
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Old Oct 2nd 2002, 2:09 am
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Originally posted by samal1485:
I do nor understand "go and get my green card?" I thought after 1-1.5 years we get conditional green card only.


It is difficult to understand it the way lemming wrote it. After you applied for adjustment of status based on marriage to a USC, as Andy said the only receipt you get is perhaps the cash register receipt and some local INS offices send a letter. As with you, you get an interview letter in the mail to come in and get your EAD. The next step of the process is waiting for the AOS interview to be scheduled. That can be six months to 3 years depending on where you live and which INS office you used. At the interview you will be questioned after being sworn in and your documents will be looked at and if the DAO believes your marriage to be genuine you will complete and I-89 for the green card. This I-89 is signed by you, your photo attached and a single digit fingerprint is placed on it. It is then sent to the service center for the card to be manufactured and you will get it in the mail in about 3 to 6 months. In the interim, at the AOS interview if approved the DAO will place an I-551 stamp in your passport. This is the paper equivalent of the plastic green card with all the same rights and privileges and is good for one year. It is only to tie you over until the green card arrives in the mail.

If the AOS interview is scheduled and approved before your 2nd wedding anniversary you are made a conditional permanent resident and the green card is good for 2 years. You must remove the conditions by filing I-751 1 year and 9 months after your approved AOS interview.

If the AOS interview is scheduled and approved after your 2nd wedding anniverary you are made a permanent resident and the green card is good for ten years. You renew the card 9 years and 9 months before its expiration.

At no point do you go in to the INS office to pick up your green card but you go there for the interview.

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Old Oct 2nd 2002, 2:13 am
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Originally posted by Rete:


It is difficult to understand it the way lemming wrote it. After you applied for adjustment of status based on marriage to a USC, as Andy said the only receipt you get is perhaps the cash register receipt and some local INS offices send a letter. As with you, you get an interview letter in the mail to come in and get your EAD. The next step of the process is waiting for the AOS interview to be scheduled. That can be six months to 3 years depending on where you live and which INS office you used. At the interview you will be questioned after being sworn in and your documents will be looked at and if the DAO believes your marriage to be genuine you will complete and I-89 for the green card. This I-89 is signed by you, your photo attached and a single digit fingerprint is placed on it. It is then sent to the service center for the card to be manufactured and you will get it in the mail in about 3 to 6 months. In the interim, at the AOS interview if approved the DAO will place an I-551 stamp in your passport. This is the paper equivalent of the plastic green card with all the same rights and privileges and is good for one year. It is only to tie you over until the green card arrives in the mail.

If the AOS interview is scheduled and approved before your 2nd wedding anniversary you are made a conditional permanent resident and the green card is good for 2 years. You must remove the conditions by filing I-751 1 year and 9 months after your approved AOS interview.

If the AOS interview is scheduled and approved after your 2nd wedding anniverary you are made a permanent resident and the green card is good for ten years. You renew the card 9 years and 9 months before its expiration.

At no point do you go in to the INS office to pick up your green card but you go there for the interview.

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What about the passport stamp? do you go to the office or can I take my spouses passport in to be stamped?
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Old Oct 2nd 2002, 3:53 pm
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I'm sorry to start confusion with anything as important as this, thanks for clearing up the mess I left. Am I to assume from the previous posts that the Green Card and the EAD are two different things?, I was under the assumption that they were the same.
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