Cover Letter Uscis I-130 Checklist

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  1. 07-27-2015, 01:47 PM#1

    Please review my checklists/cover letter filling of I-130, I-485, I-131, I-765

    Hi,

    I am applying for AOS based on marriage to U.S citizen. I am a citizen of Mexico in a current and valid F-1 VISA (visa expires in 2016, I-20 in 2017), the last time I entered to the country was on April 2015 (using F-1 VISA). But, I came to study on 2012. I met my now wife in late 2012, started dating in January 2013 and got living together on May 2015, and got married on June 2015.

    I am applying concurrently for I-130, I-485, I-131 and I-765 and I will be sending this week or early next week my application to the Chicago Lock box.

    Could you please check my general checklist/cover letter and one checklist/ cover letter for each package (total 4)? I am omitting some personal details for safety.
    Also what is the best submission method? to the P.O box or courier address?

    Is it fine to just use paper clips and put each package in different folders, and then submit all in one big envelope/box? Thanks in advance


    General Cover Letter

    Our names
    Our address


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

    Date
    Petitioner: U.S citizen name
    Beneficiary: immigrant name

    Nature of the Submission: Concurrent Filing of I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) with I-485 (Application to Adjust Status), I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization), and I-131 (Application for Travel Document).


    To whom it may concern,


    Please kindly find enclosed the following forms, payment, and supporting documents for "my name" (citizen of Mexico in valid F-1 status) Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Application. The general contents are as follow (individual separate cover letters with details are included in their respective packages):


    1. Two checks: one for $420.00 (I-130 application fee) and other for $1,070.00 (I-485 application fee and biometrics service fee)
    2. I-130 Petition for Alien Relative
    3. I-485 Application to Adjust Status
    4. I-765 Application for Employment Authorization
    5. I-693 Application for Travel Authorization

    Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this adjustment application packet.

    Sincerely,

    Names and Signatures of petitioner and beneficiary








    Cover letter I-130

    Petitioner name
    Our address
    Petitioner's phone #

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

    Date
    Petitioner (U.S. citizen): U.S citizen name
    Beneficiary: immigrant name

    Nature of the Submission: I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (concurrent filing with I-485, I-765, and I-693)


    To whom it may concern,


    Please kindly find enclosed the form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative for my husband " immigrant name" (citizen of Mexico currently in the U.S, in valid F-1 status) and supporting documents. The contents are as follows:

    1. Check for $420 (Filling fee for I-130)
    2. Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    3. Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative with an attachment sheet
    4. Copy of Petitioner’s U.S. Birth Certificate
    5. Copy of Petitioner’s U.S. Passport (all pages)
    6. Copy of Petitioner’s Driver License
    7. Copy of Petitioner’s Social Security Card
    8. Copy of Marriage Certificate
    9. One recent passport-style color picture of the Petitioner
    10. G-325A, Biographic Information filled by Petitioner
    11. One recent passport-style color picture of the Beneficiary
    12. G-325A, Biographic Information filled by Beneficiary
    13. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Birth Certificate and Certified and Notarized Translation
    14. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Passport including F-1 VISA and stamps (all pages)
    15. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-20
    16. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-94 and Travel History
    17. Copy of Beneficiary’s Driver License
    18. Copy of Beneficiary’s Social Security Card
    19. Evidence of Bona Fide Marriage:
    a) Copy of car title, showing joint ownership
    b) Copy of rental lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence
    c) Copies of electricity bills showing joint account of utility bill of the house
    d) Copy of car insurance statement showing joint insurance account
    e) Copies of Chase and Wells Fargo bank statements showing co-mingling of financial resources
    f) Notarized affidavit of bona fide marriage sworn by sister of the petitioner
    g) Notarized affidavit of bona fide marriage sworn by mother of the petitioner
    h) Selection of pictures that document the relationship
    i) Copy of wedding announcement card sent to family and friends
    j) Evidence of trips together:
    • Trip 1, date 2: copies of airplane ticket confirmations
    • Trip 2, date 2: copies of airplane ticket confirmations
    • Trip 3, date 3: copies of airplane ticket confirmation, meal tickets, shuttle transportation confirmation ticket, hotel bill
    • Trip 4, date 4: copies of airplane ticket confirmations
    • Trip 5, date 5: copies of car rental bill and hotel bill
    k) Selection of love letters that document the relationship:
    • Love letters from Petitioner to Beneficiary:
    • Love letters form Beneficiary Petitioner:

    l) Selection of letters received to our current address with both of our names
    m) Selection of proof of gifts to each other: copies of tickets.
    n) Selection of proof of activities together: concert order confirmations

    Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this adjustment application packet.

    Sincerely,


    Names and signatures of both








    Cover letter I-485



    Immigrant name
    Address
    Immigrant's phone number

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

    Date
    Petitioner (U.S. citizen): U.S citizen name
    Beneficiary: Immigrant's name

    Nature of the Submission: I-485 Application for Adjustment of Status (concurrent filing with I-130, I-765, and I-693)


    To whom it may concern,


    Please kindly find enclosed the form I-485 and supporting documents. My eligibility is based on concurrent filing of I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) from U.S citizen spouse, and I am currently in valid F-1 status in the U.S. The contents are as follows:

    1. Check for $1,070.00 (Filling fee for I-485 and biometric services fee)
    2. Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    3. Form I-1485, Application to Adjust Status
    4. Copy of Marriage Certificate
    5. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Birth Certificate with Certified and Notarized Translation
    6. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Passport including F-1 VISA and stamps (all pages)
    7. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-94 and Travel History
    8. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-20
    9. Copy of Beneficiary’s Driver License
    10. Copy of Beneficiary’s Social Security Card
    11. Two recent passport-style color picture of the Beneficiary (attached to G-325A)
    12. G-325A, Biographic Information Filled by Beneficiary
    13. I-693, Medical Examination of the Beneficiary completed by a civil surgeon, in a sealed (unopened) envelope
    14. G-325A, Biographic Information Filled by Petitioner
    15. I-864, Affidavit of Support filled by Petitioner and the following supporting documents:
    • U.S Passport Copy of Sponsor (Petitioner): All Pages
    • Copy of Sponsor’s (Petitioner) Social Security Card
    • Copy of Sponsor’s (Petitioner) U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Transcript of 2014 Sponsor’s (Petitioner) Federal Tax Return
    • Proof of Sponsor’s Current (Petitioner) Employment (letter written and signed by her employer)
    • Copies of recent pay stubs of the Sponsor
    16. I-864, Affidavit of Support filled by Joint Sponsor and the following supporting documents:
    • U.S. Passport Copy of Joint Sponsor: Biographic Page
    • Copy of Joint Sponsor’s U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Transcript of 2014 Joint Sponsor’s Federal Tax Return
    • Proof of Joint Sponsor’s Current Employment (letter written and signed by his employer)
    • Copies of recent pay stubs of the Joint Sponsor


    Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this adjustment application packet.

    Sincerely,


    Our names and signatures






    I-765 cover letter

    Immigrant's name
    Address
    Phone number

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

    Date
    Petitioner (U.S. citizen): U.S citizen name
    Beneficiary: Immigrant's name

    Nature of the Submission: I-765 Application for Employment Authorization


    To whom it may concern,


    Please kindly find enclosed the form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization for Immigrant's name (citizen of Mexico currently in the U.S., in valid F-1 status. My eligibility is based on concurrent I-130 and I-485 filing. The contents are as follows:

    1. Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    2. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
    3. Two recent passport-style color picture of the Beneficiary (attached to I-765)
    4. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Passport including F-1 VISA and stamps (all pages)
    5. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-94 and Travel History
    6. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-20
    7. Copy of Beneficiary’s Driver License


    Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this I-765 application packet.

    Sincerely,

    Immigrant's name and signature








    I-131 cover letter

    Immigrant name
    Address
    Phone

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

    Date
    Petitioner (U.S. citizen): U.S citizen name
    Beneficiary: Immigrant name

    Nature of the Submission: I-131 Application for Employment Authorization

    To whom it may concern,


    Please kindly find enclosed the form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Advance Parole) for Immigrant name (citizen of Mexico currently in the U.S., in valid F-1 status). My eligibility is based on concurrent filing of I-130 and I-485. The contents are as follows:

    1. Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
    2. Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Advanced Parole)
    3. A separate letter explaining how I qualify for I-131 and my reasons for application.
    4. Two recent passport-style color picture of the Beneficiary (attached to I-131tt)
    5. Copy of Beneficiary’s Mexican Passport including F-1 VISA and stamps (all pages)
    6. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-94 and Travel History
    7. Copy of Beneficiary’s I-20
    8. Copy of Beneficiary’s Driver License


    Thank you for your consideration of the above application. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this I-131 application packet.

    Sincerely,

    Immigrant name and signature
  2. 07-27-2015, 02:40 PM#2
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  3. 07-27-2015, 10:25 PM#3

    Thank you Tuna, you are right, I made that mistake in the general cover letter. I appreciate your help and suggestion I will fix it an add supporting documents.
    Originally Posted by tunable
    Form I693 is for civil surgeon to fill and sealed. I think you mistake form i131 for i693 in your text. You can add the supporting documents to each form as well.
  4. 07-12-2016, 04:01 PM#4
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    I am filing a concurrent application as well. Do I need to include copies of documents in each package? e.g. G1145, copy of passport pages with the I-130 packet as well as I-485 etc.)
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Add an overall cover page:

It is useful to add an overall cover sheet with the description of the package and pertinent information such as the applicants name and address. Make sure the cover sheet indicates the package is an Immediate Relative (Spouse) Family Based Adjustment of Status Application with a concurrent I-130 filing. List the major contents of the package (i.e. I-485 and evidence, I-130 and evidence, I-765, I-131,etc).

Attach "E-Notification" Form (Optional)

Clip a completed G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, to the first page of your application (on top of the cover page). By completing this form and attaching it, USCIS will send you an email and/or text message to alert you when your application was received.

Where to File Everything:

You should mail the completed form(s) to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox (Note the PO Box address for your filing type: Form I-130 with Form I-485). Mail the package with return receipt requested / delivery confirmation. Send via USPS.

IMPORTANT!

Make TWO copies of the entire package before you send it in. This includes the money orders too. You want to have a perfect replica of the package you are sending in. All Forms that you submit must be originals with original signatures. Supporting Evidence that you submit may be photocopies. Retain ALL original supporting Evidence since the USCIS has the right to check them by issuing an RFE (Request For Evidence). If you receive an RFE, follow the direction exactly, and make two copies of what you sent back. During any future interviews the USCIS may also want to examine the original supporting evidence.

After Filing: What to do?

Now starts the waiting game. If you filed for an EAD, your spouse will get their Employment Authorization Document approved in 30 to 90 days and will be scheduled to have their picture taken and to have their EAD card issued.

After your spouse has received their EAD, the real wait begins. I-485's can take several months to couple years for approval, and often leaves the petitioner feeling completely hopeless of ever receiving approval. DO NOT GIVE UP! Though it seems like forever, the CIS will eventually get to your petitions!


Your spouse may also be required to have a medical sometime during the AOS process. The medical must be done by a CIS accredited doctor. Your CIS office should give you a list of CIS accredited doctors in your area, if not check with your local office to get one. The medical exam can cost anywhere from $100-200 dollars, many physicians will not take a check, but only accept cash. Be prepared of the cost before your spouse gets this done. It would be wise to collect their vaccination information before going to the appointment as the doctor will need to have record of them. At the appointment your spouse will be tested for TB, AIDS and Syphilis. If they do the skin test for TB, they will be required to return to the CIS doctors office to have the site checked before they finish the exam paperwork. Note: Some CIS Offices allow you to schedule your appointment when you want, as long as it is done before the AOS appointment, check with your CIS office to see how they handle CIS medical exams before filing your AOS paperwork.


Your spouse will be required to have biometrics taken at some point including fingerprints and photo's. This can typically precede the interview date by up to 15 months, however is ussually much closer. Eventually you will receive a letter from the CIS informing you of your interview date. You and your spouse will need to bring supporting evidence of the relationship... i.e. photos, joint checking account, joint lease, joint mortgage, and birth certificates of children if any etc. Also, it is very important to bring the current passport of the applicant, as the CIS will stamp his/her passport with the I-551 stamp if they are approved. This stamp is proof of permanent residency that can be used until they receive their greencard. This normally can take up to six months. The interview is fairly painless and may be video recorded and lasts between 15-30 minutes.


NOTE: If you are married less than 2 years, your spouse will have to renew his/her greencard 2 years from issuance by filing the I-751 to remove conditional status.


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