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Old 07-27-07, 07:35 PM   #1
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Icon2 AOS General - Tips on assembling the AOS package for mailing.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/in...&page=assembly
http://www.visajourney.com/forums/in...age=i130guide2

The above links have been my general guide for assembling all the components of her Adjustment of Status package. I get the gist, but still have questions on the "basics."

1) Her AOS package has two "parts" essentially, the I-130 half and the I-485 half. But I'm filing them concurrently, shipping them together. Should I put the I-130 half in one envelope, the I-485 half in another, then put both of those two envelopes in another package for mailing?

2) Staples, clips, or ACCO fasteners? How should I attach supporting evidence/documents to their relevant forms? How do I keep together what needs to stay together?

3) Do you know of any AOS package assembly guides with pictures? I'd love to just see what I need, run down to Office Depot, then follow some photographic examples.

I'm just looking to get the packaging down, is all.
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And to those who've already been through the process and done their AOS packages before, what would you do differently if you had to file another AOS package today? How would you assemble an AOS package knowing what you know now?
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General Rule of Thumb:

Follow USCIS Guidelines
General Tips on Assembling Applications for Mailing

Check the Forms Pages at uscis.gov for any Special Instructions (especially regarding concurrent filing) and the most up to date fee information. Form information is superceded by the download page instructions.

Minimize staples. I, and others I correspond with, staple multipage items together (like tax returns) and bulldog clip groups of related items together in order (ie, I-130 petition and its attachments, I-485 and its attachments + I-864 with ITS attachments, I-131 with its supporting attachments, I-765 etc)

If you feel stongly about ACCO fasteners, use the two-hole top-punch convention--that is how it will wind up.

If you use tabs (sticky color coded etc) place them at the bottoms of pages.

Stack each petition/application bundle in the order of appearance..I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 etc

Stuff it all in one big durable envelope and mark it Initial AOS Submission or some such.

Seriously, don't drive yourselves nuts over this. Make one final pass through the whole thing so you don't miss something crucial (many people discover the missing piece *after* mailing). Keep a full copy of the submission for your own records (originals tend to get put back where they belong eventually, but you should keep your originals in order for an eventual interview where they may need to be presented). Remember that people WAY less organized than you get through this just fine as well.
For tips on overkill, search this group for one attorney's thought on the subject.

Keep in mind that the above links may contain seriously out of date information and you should make your own checklist from uscis.gov guidelines.

Photos of submissions used to be pretty common, but people have fallen out of the habit of reporting on their own processes now (ironic, since that is where all those FAQs, gides and checklists came from to start with).
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Some of my favorite posts on the subject:

"The best way is the one that works for you. Some people staple, some paperclip, some bind... they all seem to work!

Ian"
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showp...43&postcount=3

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=274192&

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...oy#post1317620 (read the whole thread for context)

Keep your submission lean and clean, IMO. Officers are moving case files around and back and forth, they rubberband the whole mess together once they start working on it, so don't have a bunch of junk hanging off the edges that can be torn off. Use highlighter pen to point out things that need to be obvious. Paper size doesn't really matter.. our submissions were mixtures of all sorts what with international docs etc.
As above, once you've seen what *most* of these submissions look like, ANY effort at neatness you make will be appreciated (but don't overkill with plastic sleeves and bulky extra binders).
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I used paperclips for each document & the corresponding papers & photos (EAD, AP, AOS, I0-864) with a cover letter. Worked fine for me!
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From the AOS Guide here on FBI. There is an image of a two prong ACCO fastener.

In preparing your packet, please take note of the following:
  • Do not use binders or folders that cannot be easily disassembled.
  • Use ACCO fasteners to hold together thick or bulky applications or petitions. Two-hole punching the top of the material for easy placement in the file is appreciated. See image of Acco Faster
  • The use of tabs assist in locating items listed as attachments. The tabs should be placed on the bottom and not the side for ease in filing.
  • Avoid using heavy-duty staples; instead use ACCO fasteners or heavy clips.
  • Avoid submitting originals unless specifically required. Avoid submitting oversized documentation when possible.


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Mailed at 1PM today. Watched the guy postmark it "July 28."
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Congrats Now the waiting begins. All the best with it.


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lol, good on ya, Longview. Best wishes for a speedy conclusion!

You remembered the H-284, right?
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lol, good on ya, Longview. Best wishes for a speedy conclusion!

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