DV 2021 AOS Only

This part is what made it seem like you were:

Anyway, if you're not, i guess I misread the concern here:

Can you explain exactly what it is about your situation that you think looks problematic then, if it's not that?
Wondering if OP is engaged in some form of unauthorized employment which pays in cash. I don't get why someone will only deposit money from their "assets" into their bank account for the purpose of demonstrating self-sufficiency in support of the I-20 only to immediately withdraw the money from the account later on.

I am not trying to game the system. And I am not only spending money on my college, but also for other stuff. That is why they just sent it to me.
So yes, I agree with Susie, this comes across as some form of gaming the system process. People typically leave money in their account and withdraw as needed. Not the other way round as described by you.
 
Wondering if OP is engaged in some form of unauthorized employment which pays in cash. I don't get why someone will only deposit money from their "assets" into their bank account for the purpose of demonstrating self-sufficiency in support of the I-20 only to immediately withdraw the money from the account later on.



So yes, I agree with Susie, this comes across as some form of gaming the system process. People typically leave money in their account and withdraw as needed. Not the other way round as described by you.
Ok, thank you.
 
Wondering if OP is engaged in some form of unauthorized employment which pays in cash. I don't get why someone will only deposit money from their "assets" into their bank account for the purpose of demonstrating self-sufficiency in support of the I-20 only to immediately withdraw the money from the account later on.
I was more wondering why his parents had to physically bring large amounts of cash rather than wiring it or paying the college directly, as I know happens at my kid’s college, one hopes the money was declared if over $10k. But regardless of the specifics, we don’t need to know, anything that is not by the book could be problematic in some way. If it is unauthorized employment, then bigkast is not eligible to adjust. If its something else then if a law was broken or something misrepresented, that’s a different issue that may or may not affect adjustment, but could have other implications. If nothing wrong was done, as is claimed, there is no need to be concerned about disclosing anything.
 
I was more wondering why his parents had to physically bring large amounts of cash rather than wiring it or paying the college directly, as I know happens at my kid’s college, one hopes the money was declared if over $10k. But regardless of the specifics, we don’t need to know, anything that is not by the book could be problematic in some way. If it is unauthorized employment, then bigkast is not eligible to adjust. If its something else then if a law was broken or something misrepresented, that’s a different issue that may or may not affect adjustment, but could have other implications. If nothing wrong was done, as is claimed, there is no need to be concerned about disclosing anything.
Yup!
 
Hi @Sm1smom, the excel sheet lists Form I-944 as currently suspended. Do we still need to submit this form for the evidence of financial self-sufficiency?
Although the USCIS websites shows I-944 implementation is currently suspended, my recommendation will be to still include the I-944 form in the AOS package considering the I-485 form instruction (p. 13) still has the form listed as required. You don't want the Chicago Lockbox to reject and return your package as incomplete for that reason:

Who Must Submit Form I-944 ...?​
If you are a principal or derivative applicant, you must submit Form I-944 with your Form I-485 if you are applying under one of the following immigrant categories:​
A. Widow or widower of a U.S. citizen;​
B. Alien worker under the employment-based preference categories (Exception: You may also need to file Form I-864 if a relative filed Form I-140 for you or has five percent or more ownership interest in the business that filed Form I-140 for you. See the list above for more details.);​
C. Alien entrepreneur;​
D. Diplomats or high ranking officials unable to return home (Section 13 of the Act of September 11, 1957);​
E. S nonimmigrants and qualifying family members (Form I-485 can only be filed by law enforcement agencies, not by an individual);​
F. Diversity Visa program;​
 
Hi Mom and other moderators,

Thank you and other moderators very much for your great service! My wife won DV lottery 2021, she is J2 I am J1 visa, CN 2021AS****15**. Sorry if that question duplicates questions before but I could not find any answer on that using website's search.

Question:
How to answer question 16 of i-944 (Have you EVER received, or are currently certified to receive in the future any of the following public benefits? (select all that apply) if I and my wife received stimulus checks related to Covid-19 around May 2020 (we received it since I am present in US more than 5 years and we filed recently taxes as a residents for tax purposes, so IRS automatically deposited Covid-19 checks to my bank account).
Should we check Yes and then check "Any Federal, State, local or tribal cash assistance for income maintenance"?

Thank you very much!
 
I would like to file my DS-260 as soon as possible as I have a low case number OC<100 so that I receive the earliest possible appointment once I file my AOS on October 1. I have been waiting on approval on a request for my in country E3 visa extension. The USCIS confirmed that it was approved on September 1, 2020 and to submit an e-request if the Approval Notice was not received by September 16. I know i will need this form to file the AOS so i am following up with them.

My question is if I can file my DS-260 noting intention to file AOS and using the visa number for the last E3 issued in my passport (which expired May 2020 and now extended)? Or will they assign a different number in the extension that i will need to reference. Alternatively can I file DS-260 with my last E3 number and then later amend? Or does none of this matter once AOS is filed with the receipt notice?

I also wanted to confirm in the DS-260 - is it correct when listing the last 5 trips to the US that you list the 5 entries and departures even if you were on an E3 visa at the time. I have assumed this is the case but wanted to confirm!

thanks so much!!
 
I would like to file my DS-260 as soon as possible as I have a low case number OC<100 so that I receive the earliest possible appointment once I file my AOS on October 1. I have been waiting on approval on a request for my in country E3 visa extension. The USCIS confirmed that it was approved on September 1, 2020 and to submit an e-request if the Approval Notice was not received by September 16. I know i will need this form to file the AOS so i am following up with them.

My question is if I can file my DS-260 noting intention to file AOS and using the visa number for the last E3 issued in my passport (which expired May 2020 and now extended)? Or will they assign a different number in the extension that i will need to reference. Alternatively can I file DS-260 with my last E3 number and then later amend? Or does none of this matter once AOS is filed with the receipt notice?

I also wanted to confirm in the DS-260 - is it correct when listing the last 5 trips to the US that you list the 5 entries and departures even if you were on an E3 visa at the time. I have assumed this is the case but wanted to confirm!

thanks so much!!
DS260 form submission date is irrelevant to how soon you get an AOS interview appointment. You’ve waited this long, your CN is super low, why not wait a bit more to fully tie up the loose ends regarding your E3 extension before demonstrating an immigrant intent. This ensures you’re providing the same consistent and accurate information once you embark on the immigrant processing. Just wait! That’s what I will do.
 
DS260 form submission date is irrelevant to how soon you get an AOS interview appointment. You’ve waited this long, your CN is super low, why not wait a bit more to fully tie up the loose ends regarding your E3 extension before demonstrating an immigrant intent. This ensures you’re providing the same consistent and accurate information once you embark on the immigrant processing. Just wait! That’s what I will do.
Thanks. Sensible advice (As always). Appreciate it, def calms the DV lotto nerves!
 
Hello Everyone. And congratulations.

I have won the Dv for 2021 and elected to go with the AOS which I have already paid the $330 and gotten the receipt with stamp.
However, my current visa will expire at the end of May 2021 (I-94 expires 2022) and my case number is OC 1350+.

Going of the last 5 years of visa bulletins, my case number will not be ready until July/August perhaps June best case.

I am still conflicted as wether I should stay in the USA to file once my visa has expired or return back to Australia to file from there.

Is it possible to go back from AOS to CP?
Is it a fast process?
I am in two minds at the moment in regards to which would be the fastest and easiest way for myself.


Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.
@Bankrupt Pilot how long did it take to you to receive the receipt after you sent the dv fee?
thank you:)
 
Hi Mom and other moderators,

Thank you and other moderators very much for your great service! My wife won DV lottery 2021, she is J2 I am J1 visa, CN 2021AS****15**. Sorry if that question duplicates questions before but I could not find any answer on that using website's search.

Question:
How to answer question 16 of i-944 (Have you EVER received, or are currently certified to receive in the future any of the following public benefits? (select all that apply) if I and my wife received stimulus checks related to Covid-19 around May 2020 (we received it since I am present in US more than 5 years and we filed recently taxes as a residents for tax purposes, so IRS automatically deposited Covid-19 checks to my bank account).
Should we check Yes and then check "Any Federal, State, local or tribal cash assistance for income maintenance"?

Thank you very much!
Most immigration attorneys are of the opinion that the stimulus check is not means-tested and is therefore not a public benefit. They have argued that for most people, the money will either be direct-deposited into their checking account or they will receive it electronically or in the mail, with no option for them to decline or return it. They also say the stimulus check is technically a 2020 tax credit paid in advance, it therefore does not fall under the income maintenance category per chapter 10 of the USCIS Policy Manual, where it states, “USCIS considers any other federal, state, and local tribal cash assistance for income maintenance" as public benefit.
 
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1. Does anyone know when will the October 2020 Visa Bulletin be available?

2. If I remember correctly September 2020 VB was available around August 18. What does the "August 10" date in the State Gov webpage mean?

Visa Bulletin For September 2020
Department of State Publication 9514
CA/VO: August 10, 2020
 
Hi MOM,

I have been going through the PDF posted by USCIS for the fee changes that are effective October 2nd. My understanding is that for filing I-485 through DV category (on or after October 2nd), the new fee is $1130 which already includes the biometric fees. Is my understanding correct that we do not need to pay a separate biometric fee?

Thanks for your kind help.
 
Hi MOM,

I have been going through the PDF posted by USCIS for the fee changes that are effective October 2nd. My understanding is that for filing I-485 through DV category (on or after October 2nd), the new fee is $1130 which already includes the biometric fees. Is my understanding correct that we do not need to pay a separate biometric fee?

Thanks for your kind help.
Yes that is correct.
 
Most immigration attorneys are of the opinion that the stimulus check is not means-tested and is therefore not a public benefit. They have argued that for most people, the money will either be direct-deposited into their checking account or they will receive it electronically or in the mail, with no option for them to decline or return it. They also say the stimulus check is technically a 2020 tax credit paid in advance, it therefore does not fall under the income maintenance category per chapter 10 of the USCIS Policy Manual, where it states, “USCIS considers any other federal, state, and local tribal cash assistance for income maintenance" as public benefit.
Hi Mom,

Thank you very much for the information! It makes sense to me. As always, I appreciate a lot what you and other moderators do in this forum.

Have a great weekend!
 
Mom,
When may we get the 2nd NL for dv aosers? I submitted my ds-260 and only follow up I have had so far is an email from KCC stating that I need to confirm with USCIS whether I am eligible for AOS and then pay the dv fee to DoS.
thanks,
 
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