All of a sudden the I-485 application was approved with an approval notice email, but no further updates on the USCIS website or emails. Yesterday, the card showed up in the mailbox along with 2 identical copies of welcome notice. There was no LUD after finger printing (code 3), since 11/20/2006. Please see the signature file.
The derivative applicant had an RFE on I-485 (06/11/2007) for TB-skin test (the application was originally submitted with the X-ray report alone as the applicant had TB skin test done in the last 3 years). Responded to RFE with TB-skin test and X-ray. Promptly, there was an update (07/05/2007; LUD; RFE received, application process resumed; should receive approval or futher information within 60 days). But there was no further LUD since July 05, 2007.
This forum is unassumingly great in sharing the application process and gives immense insight on writing recommendation letters and other details. Our application went through a professional immigration lawyer and previously had O1 visa. So was exposed to the process of recommendation letters and cover letters before.
Was just patient as i had O1 visa in hand. The derivative applicant was living with EAD. I had traveled abroad twice and never had any issues or problems at the border with the officer. But people, please try to carry all immigration related documents, including, pending I-485; approved I-140 (if you have); existing H1B or O1 approval; and if possible your employment letter and visiting card. Was asked to show one of the above or in combination on both the occasions of my return to US.
EB1-OR I140/485 FD 10/02/06
EB1-OR I140/485 ND 10/19/06
FP 11/20/06 (no LUD after FP)
AP/EAD - 12/20/2006
EB1-OR I140 AD 04/27/07 (regular)
EB1-OR I485 AD Oct 05, 2007;
I485 welcome notice & card received Oct 20, 2007