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  • How many of you self filed? And how many used an attorney? AOS/G.C through marriage

    Ive been living in the USA on an o1b visa and had an immigration attorney compile and submit this application for me. I got married last month, and we plan to apply for an AOS from my o1 visa to permanent status next year. Im just wondering who here has self filed and who used an attorney? And whichever you chose to do, were you happy with your decision? OR wished you had done things differently?

  • #2
    We self filed and we didn’t use no attorney

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    • #3
      I self filed because my husband is deployed, I sent my AOS packet for him to signed then I sent the packet off through USPS.
      10/01/2019 AOS Package Sent.
      10/02/2019 AOS Package received.
      10/08/2019 Credit card cashed out.
      10/09/2019 Received 3 Receipts Notice (I-797) via text.
      10/15/2019 Hard copy NOA received with a notice.
      10/19/2019 Received I-797C biometric appointment.
      11/01/2019 Biometrics completed.
      11/08/2019 Case was updated to show all Fingerprints were taken and case is in process.
      11/26/2019 Form I-485 "Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview.

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      • #4
        We used a lawyer for the AOS. While the AOS application is straightforward, we felt like it’s better to be represented by a lawyer say for example the interview does not go well.
        November 2018 - Priority Date
        April 2019 - Ready to Schedule for Interview
        May 2019 - EAD + AP Approved
        June 2019 - EAD + AP Combo Card in hand
        September 2019 - Interview was Scheduled
        October 2019 - Interview
        November 2019 - Case Approved / GC in hand

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        • #5
          We self filed... just like most people do it by themselves and self file. Using a lawyer should really be reserved for complicated cases or if you had some sort of inadmissibility, denial, or even a criminal background. Then it may turn out to be useful. For most applicants, I believe self filing is adequate.
          --Good luck--Visa Tutor for Fiance visa Process
          Good luck with your case. I learned the hard way, I hope you don't have to. Immigration is very interesting.
          Nothing shall be considered as legal advice. All communication is non-expert opinion.

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          • #6
            Well, thats good to hear! Did any of you guys have a consultation with an attorney before attempting the appication? Id never have been able to do my o1b myself - it was 234 pages long!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PKumar01 View Post
              We self filed... just like most people do it by themselves and self file. Using a lawyer should really be reserved for complicated cases or if you had some sort of inadmissibility, denial, or even a criminal background. Then it may turn out to be useful. For most applicants, I believe self filing is adequate.
              I have to respectfully disagree on your comment about using attorney. We both have busy lives and practically there is very limited time to sit through and fill out pages and pages of applications, I have used an attorney for all my immigration applications until now, having someone experienced look at the application before it is filed gives a lot of peace of mind, in current crazy immigration environment. there are also many grey areas for which the answer choices are not so clear and considering the potential of rejection even with the slightest error - let the experts handle it before filing.

              AOS marriage based GC (married to USC). - uncomplicated case, pretty straightforward.

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              • #8
                Hello

                We also self-filed; if that is a possible route for you. Go ahead and it will save you lots of money.

                See our experience here in the link below.

                https://www.immihelp.com/forum/adjus...a-pd-july-2017

                July 18, 2017: Priority Date-Submitted-I130, I131, I485, I864, I765 to Chicago Lockbox
                August 15, 2017: Biometrics -Field Office-Kendall, Florida
                October 5, 2017: EAD received
                June 21, 2018: EAD Renewal Request received by USCIS
                July 5, 2018: Interview Date I797C notice received
                July 31, 2018: Interview date-Kendall, Florida
                July 31, 2018: Interview success: Immediate, ON THE SPOT, I485 approval
                Aug. 1, 2018: I130 approved
                Aug 3, 2018: Card is mailed to me (1485)
                Aug 8, 2018: GC in hand

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                • #9
                  Use lawyer if:
                  - you doubt that you can file correctly all the forms
                  - don't have time to read and understand all the requirements
                  - you have the extra money to do it
                  - your case is not a simple one
                  - you want to have someone in your interview
                  - you understand if you missed a form they can deny the application and you have to start again (there is no warranty that the lawyer will not miss anything, like a translation, but must likely you wil only get RFE for that. Not sending one required form can be enough to get your case denied)

                  Don't use lawyer if:
                  - your case is simple
                  - you want to save money
                  - you have the time to read/understand the requirements
                  - can follow guides in this forum or other sites

                  There are some services that will review your documents and give you feedback for much less than a lawyer charge. This could be an option too if you decide not to use a lawyer and want someone with some experience to review your information.
                  Nov 2018 - Package sent - EB - Texas Service Center
                  Day 1 - Package received at the lockbox
                  Day 12/34 - Case and Fingerprint Fee Received / Biometrics appointment
                  Day 112 - EAD delivered
                  Day 195 - Letter for missing I-693
                  Day 3xx - no news

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                  • #10
                    Is anyone here filers in illinois / chicago? Its hard to search in the forum seeing as the drop box is located in chicago so it brings up all those results.

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                    • #11
                      Self filed before and was denied, I felt if we had a lawyer and someone adequately experienced we could have appealed and we’d have been fine. Since my husband was already away and I was here in the US alone with not a clue I did nothing. Now we’re resubmitting and we hired a lawyer. It’s expensive but it’s completely worth it. I have a peace of mind knowing someone experienced is in my corner
                      Marriage AOS (from tourist visa)

                      Lawyer Mailed Package Nov 1st 2019

                      Received Nov 4th

                      Priority Date also Nov 4th

                      *** I130 i485 & work permit (did not apply for travel documents ). Didn’t send medical for timeout concerns

                      Nov 15 received 2 hard copies for NOA ( notice date is Nov 8th)

                      Nov 22 Received biometrics appointment Notice ( Notice date nov 15th)

                      Biometrics done, Dec 2nd. Updated on the system less than 2hrs after completed.


                      “Nothing can stop Gods plan for your life” Isaiah 14:27

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                      • #12
                        I’ve hired a lawyer for my previous O1 visa applications so it only made sense that I hire a lawyer for my AOS. My spouse and I have a simple and straightforward case because we both have excellent public records and our marriage is definitely bonafide, but we hired a lawyer to make the application process (filling out forms, filing, etc) easier and it’s nice to be able to text or call the lawyer if we have any questions. The lawyer will also be present during the interview so if in case the interview goes south, you have someone there to represent you. Our lawyer will continue to represent us up until the removal of the conditional status.

                        In the end, it’s all up to you.
                        November 2018 - Priority Date
                        April 2019 - Ready to Schedule for Interview
                        May 2019 - EAD + AP Approved
                        June 2019 - EAD + AP Combo Card in hand
                        September 2019 - Interview was Scheduled
                        October 2019 - Interview
                        November 2019 - Case Approved / GC in hand

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Islandgirl93 View Post
                          Self filed before and was denied, I felt if we had a lawyer and someone adequately experienced we could have appealed and we’d have been fine. Since my husband was already away and I was here in the US alone with not a clue I did nothing. Now we’re resubmitting and we hired a lawyer. It’s expensive but it’s completely worth it. I have a peace of mind knowing someone experienced is in my corner
                          I am sorry to read about your experience when you self-filed. Was that due to insufficient evidence, incompletely filled out forms, missing fees, limited convincing evidence to show bonafide marriage, or any other matter? Most definitely whether documents are filled out by lawyers or individuals, the process of completing the form and adhering to all requirements is meticulous but must be strictly followed. Several persons have used lawyers and have been denied for varied reasons, while others have been satisfied that the investment of a few thousand of dollars was well worth it.

                          For us, Prior to my hubby and I doing our own self-filing we visited an immigration lawyer in Florida. Thankfully he was brutally honest and asked us whether our case was complicated or not with asylum, criminal history etc. As we answered no, he then asked about our professional background (Me-Teacher, Hubs-Federal Employee). He also questioned us about who filled out and submitted my J1 waiver (I did). Then he told us the cost of doing this straightforward, non-chaotic case was ($5,000-$7000) excluding USCIS application fees and immediately advised us to do it on our own. He said 'you guys can definitely do it on your own', just read the forms carefully, so we did and have been successful.

                          I hope the second time around for you is successful, but even though you are quite confident in your 'experienced' lawyer, please follow-up with him or her and keep abreast of the deadlines, and required documents that USCIS needs. Freely discuss with your lawyer any concerns, anxieties so you can either ask him or her about it but generally keep abreast of what he or she is doing.
                          July 18, 2017: Priority Date-Submitted-I130, I131, I485, I864, I765 to Chicago Lockbox
                          August 15, 2017: Biometrics -Field Office-Kendall, Florida
                          October 5, 2017: EAD received
                          June 21, 2018: EAD Renewal Request received by USCIS
                          July 5, 2018: Interview Date I797C notice received
                          July 31, 2018: Interview date-Kendall, Florida
                          July 31, 2018: Interview success: Immediate, ON THE SPOT, I485 approval
                          Aug. 1, 2018: I130 approved
                          Aug 3, 2018: Card is mailed to me (1485)
                          Aug 8, 2018: GC in hand

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hotaru-Grace View Post

                            I am sorry to read about your experience when you self-filed. Was that due to insufficient evidence, incompletely filled out forms, missing fees, limited convincing evidence to show bonafide marriage, or any other matter? Most definitely whether documents are filled out by lawyers or individuals, the process of completing the form and adhering to all requirements is meticulous but must be strictly followed. Several persons have used lawyers and have been denied for varied reasons, while others have been satisfied that the investment of a few thousand of dollars was well worth it.

                            For us, Prior to my hubby and I doing our own self-filing we visited an immigration lawyer in Florida. Thankfully he was brutally honest and asked us whether our case was complicated or not with asylum, criminal history etc. As we answered no, he then asked about our professional background (Me-Teacher, Hubs-Federal Employee). He also questioned us about who filled out and submitted my J1 waiver (I did). Then he told us the cost of doing this straightforward, non-chaotic case was ($5,000-$7000) excluding USCIS application fees and immediately advised us to do it on our own. He said 'you guys can definitely do it on your own', just read the forms carefully, so we did and have been successful.

                            I hope the second time around for you is successful, but even though you are quite confident in your 'experienced' lawyer, please follow-up with him or her and keep abreast of the deadlines, and required documents that USCIS needs. Freely discuss with your lawyer any concerns, anxieties so you can either ask him or her about it but generally keep abreast of what he or she is doing.
                            Yes I’m definitely on top of it. And he’s a no nonsense kinda guy. I deliberately waited until November so all the public charge rush was over and this he could give my case the attention it needs. Tbh the denial basically said they needed more commingling of accounts (the banks that were close to us wouldn’t let. We shared apartment so none of the bills were in our names. All in all we were never accused of marriage fraud so that’s a good thing.
                            Marriage AOS (from tourist visa)

                            Lawyer Mailed Package Nov 1st 2019

                            Received Nov 4th

                            Priority Date also Nov 4th

                            *** I130 i485 & work permit (did not apply for travel documents ). Didn’t send medical for timeout concerns

                            Nov 15 received 2 hard copies for NOA ( notice date is Nov 8th)

                            Nov 22 Received biometrics appointment Notice ( Notice date nov 15th)

                            Biometrics done, Dec 2nd. Updated on the system less than 2hrs after completed.


                            “Nothing can stop Gods plan for your life” Isaiah 14:27

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                            • #15
                              Good news about the lawyer. Really happy too that you know the reason for the denial. Please look on this link. below, where we posted our interview experience and all the documents, comingling docs, that we had. We are presently getting ready to put our documents together for the removal of condition in 2020 and already we are reviewing the documents we have accumulated after the interview that will continue to prove our devotion to each other. Best of luck.

                              https://www.immihelp.com/forum/adjus...a-pd-july-2017
                              July 18, 2017: Priority Date-Submitted-I130, I131, I485, I864, I765 to Chicago Lockbox
                              August 15, 2017: Biometrics -Field Office-Kendall, Florida
                              October 5, 2017: EAD received
                              June 21, 2018: EAD Renewal Request received by USCIS
                              July 5, 2018: Interview Date I797C notice received
                              July 31, 2018: Interview date-Kendall, Florida
                              July 31, 2018: Interview success: Immediate, ON THE SPOT, I485 approval
                              Aug. 1, 2018: I130 approved
                              Aug 3, 2018: Card is mailed to me (1485)
                              Aug 8, 2018: GC in hand

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