DV 2021 AOS Only

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Thanks for your advice. I was able to schedule an infopass using Emma. They said the officer will call me in 14 days. Any suggestions that I should be prepared for?
Be prepared for anything and everything. Be prepared to explain when you filed, when you completed the bio, efforts you've made to date, sunset deadline applicable to DV cases, whatever else comes to your mind.
 

dv2021asrs

New Member
1. They will let you know if they’re able to correct it or not when you call. If they’re unable to make the correction on the phone, you’ll have another opportunity to make the change when you go in for your interview.
2. Yes, you can do that if you like. I can’t say for certain if doing so may negatively impact the second package it however isn’t an option I would personally explore. Withdrawing the first package sends you back to the end of the processing queue though as the second package will be treated as a new one (it wouldn’t be inserted into the previous slot where the first one was).
Hello Sm1simon,

We called the 1800 number, and they told us to write a letter to USCIS to correct the mistake. We are concerned that selecting "yes" to that question implies some additional fees and forms. So, my questions are;
1. Do you think this is a fixable mistake by sending a letter or at the interview?
2. Since the mistake implies more fees and forms, may it delay the process or deny our application?

I really appreciate any help you can provide.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Dear mom and Suzie, I believe I'm included in this list after my question yesterday and I didn't want to be "that guy." Please know that I didn't mean to waste your time or anyone else. After reading some recent questions on this forum related to Tax and public charge, I started doubting myself again which is why I wanted to reiterate my question back in August 2020. This month has been stressful with the end of the semester approaching and final exams closing in. I also need to prepare for my DV case which is going to be current in May.

I apologize on behalf of myself and everybody whose post might be considered as duplicate or spam. I get it since this is kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity for DV selectees and we are all trying to get the right information to make sure this process goes smoothly. Your contribution to this forum as well as Suzie's is invaluable and I would like to express my gratitude. I will also try to refrain from asking questions that may seem stupid or spam in the future. Thank you.
You have completely misinterpreted the cheekiness behind my post. Yes I admit it can be frustrating to answer the same set of questions over and over again, there's no point in time in which I've deemed any one's question as being "stupid". So there's really no need to apologize for anything, but thank you nonetheless.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello Sm1simon,

We called the 1800 number, and they told us to write a letter to USCIS to correct the mistake. We are concerned that selecting "yes" to that question implies some additional fees and forms. So, my questions are;
1. Do you think this is a fixable mistake by sending a letter or at the interview?
2. Since the mistake implies more fees and forms, may it delay the process or deny our application?

I really appreciate any help you can provide.
1.Yes it is fixable at the interview.
2. How does the mistake imply more fees and forms? If you're referring to the second set of forms which you already sent in, yes you will have eventually run into problems that may further complicate your case as you cannot have two applications simultaneously filed on the same basis. Which is why I asked you to reach out to your bank again and request they cancel the payment for the 2nd package and hope they follow through this time around
 

dv2021asrs

New Member
1.Yes it is fixable at the interview.
2. How does the mistake imply more fees and forms? If you're referring to the second set of forms which you already sent in, yes you will have eventually run into problems that may further complicate your case as you cannot have two applications simultaneously filed on the same basis. Which is why I asked you to reach out to your bank again and request they cancel the payment for the 2nd package and hope they follow through this time around
Hello Sm1simon,

Thank you for your response.
 
1. No, it shouldn't cause any problem. Attend your interview with both passports
2. See the Timeline spreadsheet for DS260 submission and 2NL receipt
3. See the FAQ section of the AOS spreadsheet for different scenarios regarding the 2NL (one of those below):
Q: My AOS interview has been scheduled and I am yet to receive my 2NL (it's been over 2 (or several) months since I submitted my DS260), KCC is not being helpful when I contact them. What should I do?
A: Stop stressing over the 2NL. Attend your interview even if the 2NL never shows up. Your AOS application will not be denied simply because you do not have the 2NL (some AOSers who decide to not submit the DS260 do not get the 2NL, that hasn't impacted their cases).

p.s. number your questions if you have more than one in a post.
Thanks a lot!
 

dv2021asrs

New Member
1.Yes it is fixable at the interview.
2. How does the mistake imply more fees and forms? If you're referring to the second set of forms which you already sent in, yes you will have eventually run into problems that may further complicate your case as you cannot have two applications simultaneously filed on the same basis. Which is why I asked you to reach out to your bank again and request they cancel the payment for the 2nd package and hope they follow through this time around
Hello Sm1simon,

I am referring to the first package. We selected "yes" for question 11 (part 2 - page 4 - 10/15/19 edition). Instructions say to fill suppl. A. We corrected the mistake in the form in the second package.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello Sm1simon,

I am referring to the first package. We selected "yes" for question 11 (part 2 - page 4 - 10/15/19 edition). Instructions say to fill suppl. A. We corrected the mistake in the form in the second package.
The mistake doesn't simply imply more fee in your case, it was an option you mistakenly selected. If you were told on the phone to send in Supplement A, which is the correct form (and applicable payment) someone who genuinely falls under the YES category is required to do in order to be eligible to file AOS, that is probably because the agent you spoke with didn't seem to understand you erroneously selected that option as it does not apply to you. The agent provided you with the wrong information in this case.

I already provided you with a couple of possible solutions for dealing with this issue. Please go back and review them.
 

fauchc

Member
Be prepared for anything and everything. Be prepared to explain when you filed, when you completed the bio, efforts you've made to date, sunset deadline applicable to DV cases, whatever else comes to your mind.

Hi mom,
I'm sorry if this question was already asked: what is the difference between request to talk to a tier 2 agent and request an infopass? Thank you.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hi mom,
I'm sorry if this question was already asked: what is the difference between request to talk to a tier 2 agent and request an infopass? Thank you.
Tier 2 agent = request to speak with a higher ranking personnel who hopefully has a better insight into your case file, more than the online update which both you and the frontline agent who picks the call can see. Tier 2 may be able willing to send further following up inquires to the NBC or your FO on your behalf.
INFOPASS = a scheduled appointment to enable you visit your FO in person for direct case follow up inquiries.
 

fauchc

Member
Tier 2 agent = request to speak with a higher ranking personnel who hopefully has a better insight into your case file, more than the online update which both you and the frontline agent who picks the call can see. Tier 2 may be able willing to send further following up inquires to the NBC or your FO on your behalf.
INFOPASS = a scheduled appointment to enable you visit your FO in person for direct case follow up inquiries.

Got it! So I have requested to talk to a tier 2 agent and I'm waiting for their call.
Would you recommend start requesting an infopass while I'm waiting or will this be a bad move?
 
Seeing that your response to my suggestion for you to go through the AOS process spreadsheet is within 10 minutes of my post, I highly doubt you've gone through it again as recommended. I'm sorry I can't give you the "clarity" you're seeking because the spreadsheet is clear enough IMO. If you go through the FAQ tab in particular, you will see the answers to these basic questions. It took a lot of effort to put that tool together, and the expectation is for users to equally put in a little bit of effort by using the resources that is already made available. I'm sorry I can't help you if you're not willing to put in the effort to help your self.

Maybe someone else in the forum may be willing to provide some direct answers to these questions of yours, I certainly don't have an issue with anyone doing so.
Please forgive me for the inconviniences caused. I do apologize. English not my first language.
Please someone help me see where the anwer to this quetion is. Thank you,
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Please forgive me for the inconviniences caused. I do apologize. English not my first language.
Please someone help me see where the anwer to this quetion is. Thank you,
You joined this forum as far back as May 2015, and you've been posting since then. Claiming English is not your first language as the reason why you can't look through a simple spreadsheet to find the information that you need doesn't come across as a legitimate reason IMO. BUT I will give you the benefit of the doubt this one time:

Your question: "If i decide NOT to fill the DS-260 [since its optional for AOS], can i still get the 2NL from KCC."

Applicable Answer form the AOS_FAQs tab of the AOS spreadsheet:
DS260 form submission is what typically triggers the AOS based 2NL (DS260 form informs KCC of your plan to process AOS, KCC responds by sending an email (with DV administrative fee payment instructions attached) acknowledging their awareness of your AOS process decision).
If you choose to not submit the DS260 form, you may still get an email acknowledging KCC's awareness of your plan to process AOS after you've made the DV administrative fee payment - this is your 2NL. If you end up not getting the 2NL (after making the DV Administrative fee payment, don't stress over its absence.

Your question: "What is the best time to submit the DS-260, in order to get the 2NL KCC letter on time. [ do i need to wait for this before i send the package]"

Applicable Answer form the AOS_FAQs tab of the AOS spreadsheet:
You can submit whenever you like. KCC does not process the DS260 forms for AOSers like they do for CP. However the sooner you do, the sonner you will get your 2NL
Applicable Answer form the AOS_FAQs tab of the AOS spreadsheet:
Yes you can submit the AOS package without the 2NL.

See? Answer to most of the basic questions have already been covered on the AOS process spreadsheet. You just need to carefully go through all the different tabs of the spreadsheet if you've never done so before. You may need to do this a couple of times to familiarize yourself with the different steps and listed information.
 

Dejavu9334

New Member
Has anyone here have recent news about the time it takes for the receipt of the AOS process fee to be sent? I mean, after the start of the vaccination. It is faster these days or not yet?
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
USCIS Lockbox Updates
Release Date
01/08/2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, USCIS is experiencing delays in issuing receipt notices for some applications and petitions filed at a USCIS lockbox facility. The information below explains the current state of our lockbox operations and the issues affecting receipt notices.

Current Situation

As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, an increase in filings, current postal service volume and other external factors, you may experience a delay of four to six weeks in receiving your receipt notice after properly filing an application or petition with a USCIS lockbox. These delays will not affect the receipt date which is determined pursuant to 8 C.F.R. 103.2(a)(7). Delays may vary among form types and lockbox locations. In some cases, you may experience significant delays if you filed a non-family based Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, or Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, based on eligibility categories described in 8 C.F.R. 274a.12(c)(3), relating to F-1 students.

The health and safety of our workforce remains a top priority. Across all USCIS offices, including lockbox facilities, the agency has taken necessary measures such as increased social distancing and frequent cleaning in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Some lockbox operations in locations that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 must adhere to stricter local guidelines.

What USCIS Is Doing

The USCIS lockbox workforce is working extra hours and redistributing its workload in order to minimize delays. Once we open and process your application, we print and mail the receipt notice. We do not anticipate any receipting delays that would result in a payment that is past its validity date.
 

Bankrupt Pilot

New Member
Hello Everyone
I will be sending my AOS in on May 1st when CN goes current.
Can somebody give a rough idea on how long the process usually takes for an interview?

I am sure it’s been asked 100s of times but I am just trying to budget due to the fact I can’t work as of June 1st because my work visa expires.
Thank you kindly.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hi mom, I am still waiting for KCC receipt, they said the sent the receipt on 4/1/2021, but I have not received yet. My question is about Medical Exams, because we did it on 3/10/2021 and they turn 60 days on May 10, assuming the Kcc receipt arrives next week and I send the AOS package to Chicago lockbox the week of April 19, would those exams still work? Do they take the date the courier delivers the package or the date they open the package? which we know can take a month to open it. Do you think that I should do some new medical exams or with the ones that I have, will I be fine? Thanks in advance.
Coming back to this question, you should be fine for as long as your AOS package is delivered on or before May 9th (not May 10th by the way) per 8 C.F.R. 103.2(a)(7)(i):
(i) USCIS will consider a benefit request received and will record the receipt date as of the actual date of receipt at the location designated for filing such benefit request whether electronically or in paper format (provided the application is correctly filed)
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello Everyone
I will be sending my AOS in on May 1st when CN goes current.
Can somebody give a rough idea on how long the process usually takes for an interview?

I am sure it’s been asked 100s of times but I am just trying to budget due to the fact I can’t work as of June 1st because my work visa expires.
Thank you kindly.
Take a look at the 2021 timeline spreadsheet for what the current processing time looks like (bear in mind, there are several factors at play with regards to how long it takes).
 
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