1&2. You both fill and submit the DS260 forms at the same time. Your husband will indicate you’re processing FTJ on his own form. You can both submit the DS260 forms now even if your husband will be relocating to a new address soon, whichever address your husband lists on his DS260 form has no impact on his AOS process. The recommendation about not causing a potential delay with a change of address has to do with the I-485 form for the AOS filing, nothing to do with the DS260 form - he doesn’t need to update that form with his new address after the initial submission.Hi Everyone! @Sm1smom @SusieQQQ
It seems like my husband (main applicant, in the US) and I (derivative, in Japan) will be going the AOS then FTJ route after all.
The scarcity of recorded FTJ cases is a bit worrying so we are trying to collect as much info as we can to help us out through the process. Our CN is AS8XXX and so we are thinking we may be current around March/April, hard to tell for sure. We haven't filed DS-260 yet since my husband will be moving to another state in December and we don't want to send then unlock and cause any delays (as suggested by mom) since time is of the essence here. I read through all the previous FTJ posts and timeline many times but I feel like I still have many gaps in my understanding of the process. I asked EMMA but it gave me general info and not much details.
We were wondering if there are any resources that you suggest we use to help us out. My current questions are
1- How different would the DS-260 filling be for us both being AOS vs doing AOS then FTJ?
2- It seems like I need to send DS-260 as well. Do we send 2 separate emails? Should I do it at the same time my husband does it? (probably January)
3- Is it possible to include some sort of cover letter when filing to inform KCC of the fact that we are going to do FTJ and we need to do it within the FY? It seems like they ask for derivative AOS fee always and that might cause delays. Is there anyway to smooth that wrinkle out?
We actually spoke to a lawyer that told us she doesn't take FTJ cases because they are very complicated and the outcome is very hard to predict, which I knew was true, but it made my heart sink nevertheless.
Thank you all as always. Any resources/experience/answers would be appreciate. We will follow up with everyone throughout our journey. May the odds be ever in our (and yinz') favor!
3. Your husband may decide to file an I-824 with his AOS package, that is what formally informs USCIS there’s a FTJ case associated with his. After making his DV administrative fee payment and getting his receipt back, he can pre-emptively email KCC to explain he only made one payment because the spouse is processing FTJ, and are only required to make the DV payment when you go to the embassy for your interview.