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  • Sharon S.
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    AOS experience - Boston - long

    Based on AILA reports shared here that Boston (and other USCIS/INS offices
    across the US) will discontinue local filing of family based Adjustment of
    Status applications, and that they will all be routed through Missouri, Mel
    and I headed to Rhode Island yesterday and got married ahead of our original
    schedule. We met a Justice of the Peace at the Pawtucket city hall, had two
    fireman from the firehall next door stand up with us as our witnesses, and
    then had the Justice of the Peace walk the completed marriage license to the
    City Clerk's office following the ceremony. We left with our marriage
    certificate and were able to head to USCIS in Boston this morning.

    NOTE to others who will be using Boston: I confirmed the following with
    Officer Torres - Boston will no longer process family based Adjustment of
    Status applications on a walk-in basis after October 30th. They will be
    filed through Missouri after that date.

    Here's how our day at USCIS Boston went:

    We arrived at 4:40 a.m., parked in the garage across from the USCIS building
    and walked to the back of the building to get in line. We passed a subway
    stop (Orange & Green line, Haymarket station that was within easy walking
    distance) and were pleased to find we would be 3rd in line, and the first
    couple for Adjustment of Status. Within 20 minutes there were six more
    couples. Boston only does so many AOS each day (35 or 40, I don't recall
    which) - one couple had been turned away the day before because no more AOS
    appointments were left, so they were back for a second try. It was not as
    busy as the last time we went to USCIS for my temporary employment
    authorization. Lots of people had Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand, and we
    found the source on our way back to the parking garage when we were done.
    It's at the corner of Congress & Sudbury. There's also a bagel place within
    walking distance of the USCIS building - towards the left side of the
    building if you are facing the line-up entrance.

    Through security at 7 a.m. when the doors opened and into the information
    room with ticket 201. I was immediately sent to get my fingerprint at the
    information desk. We were given a list of what order the documents were to
    be placed in. We were the second number called and went up to Officer
    Torres' window. He was very pleasant. He took the paperwork for the I-485,
    I-864, I-765 & I-131. I had forgotten the ADIT photos for the Advance
    Parole application, so he sent me to get two photos (done right there for
    $10/two). He continued to process the paperwork until I came back. He
    handed back Mel's (USC) G-325A and his ADIT photos as not required. He
    explained the next steps .. appointment for AOS interview is April 14th.
    The letter states that I need to provide a medical report (if it hasn't
    already been submitted). I had submitted a copy of the vaccination
    supplement that was part of my medical for my K-1 visa. I asked whether I
    needed another medical and he said no.

    Next stop was the Employment Authorization room where I again had my
    fingerprint taken, signed my EAD card and had my photo taken (note: for
    Boston you do not need to bring ADIT photos for EAD applications I-765).
    They called me back to this room for my EAD within minutes. I now have my
    one year EAD and they kept my temporary one.

    Next we waited for the cashier to process the AOS payment and give me my
    appointment letter for fingerprinting (don't forget to pay the $50 for
    fingerprinting in addition to your $255 AOS fee). The cashier doesn't open
    until 8 a.m., so we had to wait. My fingerprinting appointment is anytime
    the week of November 4th (closed Mondays, open Saturdays) or any Weds. after
    that, as long as it is within 84 days of the date we filed AOS. It is done
    at a building not far from Boston USCIS and they give you a map on the back
    of the appointment letter.

    Next we waited for Advance Parole (that's what allows you to leave the US
    and return again from any country without abandoning your Adjustment of
    Status petition). After about 30 minutes, they called my name and I
    received the document which is good for multiple entries. I had included a
    letter with the I-131 that said I wanted to visit my family in case of
    emergency, and that my dad has prostate cancer. They did not ask me any
    questions, just issued the form.

    We were back at the car before 9 a.m. and on our way with everything that we
    need.

    Next on the list is a long nap. Thank goodness all of this paperwork is
    behind me now. I'll start putting together proof of our valid marriage for
    April, but for right now, I'm taking a break! Thank you to everyone in this
    group for sharing their knowledge & experience, especially Folinskyinla.
    Your posts and sharing of information on this forum was invaluable.

    Good luck to everyone ahead of and behind us in the process.

    Mr & Mrs. Sharon & Mel
    Boston

    I129 submitted to VSC February 11 2003
    NOA1 received Feb 13 2003
    NOA2 received March 20 2003
    National Visa Center forwarded file to Vancouver consulate April 4 2003
    Packet 3 received from Vancouver April 11 2003
    Requested file transfer to Montreal consulate and requested June interview
    date
    Successful K1 visa interview in Montreal June 11 2003
    (note: I requested that they postpone issuing the visa because of family
    health problems. I couriered my passport to Montreal consulate on August 6
    and received it back with the mysterious brown envelope on August 22)
    Entered via Pembina North Dakota September 15th (no EAD stamp received)
    Received temporary 90 day EAD on September 23rd from Boston (note: not all
    USCIS/INS offices process temporary EADs on a same day basis)
    Wedding date: October 15, 2003
    Submitted I-485: October 16, 2003
    AOS interview date: April 14



  • Sharon S.
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    AOS experience - Boston - long

    My apologies for posting incorrect information. The BCIS website said that
    Boston is the District Office for Connecticut, so I assumed that they
    accepted AOS filings for that area.

    Live .. and learn ... and never assume.

    Sharon

    "Rete" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    Contrary to Sharon's advice, Boston is NOT where you file if you live in the State of Connecticut. You must use the Hartford office for your filing. As per the Filing Page (http://www.kamya.com/aos/) Hartford was accepting walk in filing in 2003, however, they did not give the EAD the same day. Also they are not closing the Boston Office. They will stop accepting the filing by walk-ins and make it only possible to file via mail submission. Rete Originally posted by VTCT Thank you for sharing your experiences with filing in Boston and congratulations on your marriages. We are new to all of this and have a couple of questions for you. Are you located in MA? Since we are in CT, we are not sure if we can file in Boston, or have to do it in Hartford. Another thing, Do you know when will they stop accepting applications for AOS in BOston? We cannot find any info on the office closing on the official USCIS site. Thank you -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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  • JohnCindy
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    AOS experience - Boston - long


    Sharon, Rete,

    thank you for your posts. We are trying to contact the USCIS office in
    Boston to ask them these questions. Unfortunately nobody was answering
    the phone on Friday. Will try again. After some research on the
    Internet, we found a couple of places that mentioned the AILA report
    that said that ten district offices will be forwarding the paperwork for
    AOS to Missouri. Boston was not one of the offices mentioned. I believe
    it included Atlanta, Denver, New York.


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  • JohnCindy
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    AOS experience - Boston - long


    Contrary to Sharon's advice, Boston is NOT where you file if you live in
    the State of Connecticut. You must use the Hartford office for your
    filing. As per the Filing Page (http://www.kamya.com/aos/)
    Hartford was accepting walk in filing in 2003, however, they did not
    give the EAD the same day.



    Also they are not closing the Boston Office. They will stop accepting
    the filing by walk-ins and make it only possible to file via mail
    submission.



    Rete



    Originally posted by VTCT

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with filing in Boston and
    congratulations on your marriages. We are new to all of this and have a
    couple of questions for you. Are you located in MA? Since we are in CT,
    we are not sure if we can file in Boston, or have to do it in Hartford.
    Another thing, Do you know when will they stop accepting applications
    for AOS in BOston? We cannot find any info on the office closing on the
    official USCIS site. Thank you


    --
    Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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  • Sharon S.
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    AOS experience - Boston - long

    Boston is your District Office so I believe they will accept your AOS. I
    had been told that they would no longer accept walk-in AOS as of October
    31st, but another poster said that they had extended that deadline. Don't
    delay ... get in there as quickly as you can.

    Sharon & Mel
    Boston

    "VTCT" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with filing in Boston and congratulations on your marriages. We are new to all of this and have a couple of questions for you. Are you located in MA? Since we are in CT, we are not sure if we can file in Boston, or have to do it in Hartford. Another thing, Do you know when will they stop accepting applications for AOS in BOston? We cannot find any info on the office closing on the official USCIS site. Thank you -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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  • JohnCindy
    replied
    AOS experience - Boston - long


    Thank you for sharing your experiences with filing in Boston and
    congratulations on your marriages. We are new to all of this and have a
    couple of questions for you. Are you located in MA? Since we are in CT,
    we are not sure if we can file in Boston, or have to do it in Hartford.
    Another thing, Do you know when will they stop accepting applications
    for AOS in BOston? We cannot find any info on the office closing on the
    official USCIS site. Thank you


    --
    Posted via http://britishexpats.com

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  • Sharon S.
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    AOS experience - Boston - long

    Congratulations on your wedding! I'm glad to hear that Boston is still
    doing local filing. Things would not have gone as smoothly for us if we had
    to submit the AOS by mail like so many others do.

    Best wishes for a long & happy life together!

    Sharon & Mel


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  • vicki
    replied
    AOS experience - Boston - long

    Thanks so much for posting this message here and on kamya.com. We just
    found out on 10/27 about the Boston office closing. Once we found out
    that the office was postponing the closing for a few weeks, we decided
    to do the same thing you did.
    We went to RI, except went to Providence and that was not as smooth as
    your experience. Luckily today at the INS went much smoother than
    getting married so quick like we did and our interview is at the end
    of April. We had planned on doing it in January so it wasn't too
    crazy, but definitely unexpected.


    "Sharon S." <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    Based on AILA reports shared here that Boston (and other USCIS/INS offices across the US) will discontinue local filing of family based Adjustment of Status applications, and that they will all be routed through Missouri, Mel and I headed to Rhode Island yesterday and got married ahead of our original schedule. We met a Justice of the Peace at the Pawtucket city hall, had two fireman from the firehall next door stand up with us as our witnesses, and then had the Justice of the Peace walk the completed marriage license to the City Clerk's office following the ceremony. We left with our marriage certificate and were able to head to USCIS in Boston this morning. NOTE to others who will be using Boston: I confirmed the following with Officer Torres - Boston will no longer process family based Adjustment of Status applications on a walk-in basis after October 30th. They will be filed through Missouri after that date. Here's how our day at USCIS Boston went: We arrived at 4:40 a.m., parked in the garage across from the USCIS building and walked to the back of the building to get in line. We passed a subway stop (Orange & Green line, Haymarket station that was within easy walking distance) and were pleased to find we would be 3rd in line, and the first couple for Adjustment of Status. Within 20 minutes there were six more couples. Boston only does so many AOS each day (35 or 40, I don't recall which) - one couple had been turned away the day before because no more AOS appointments were left, so they were back for a second try. It was not as busy as the last time we went to USCIS for my temporary employment authorization. Lots of people had Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand, and we found the source on our way back to the parking garage when we were done. It's at the corner of Congress & Sudbury. There's also a bagel place within walking distance of the USCIS building - towards the left side of the building if you are facing the line-up entrance. Through security at 7 a.m. when the doors opened and into the information room with ticket 201. I was immediately sent to get my fingerprint at the information desk. We were given a list of what order the documents were to be placed in. We were the second number called and went up to Officer Torres' window. He was very pleasant. He took the paperwork for the I-485, I-864, I-765 & I-131. I had forgotten the ADIT photos for the Advance Parole application, so he sent me to get two photos (done right there for $10/two). He continued to process the paperwork until I came back. He handed back Mel's (USC) G-325A and his ADIT photos as not required. He explained the next steps .. appointment for AOS interview is April 14th. The letter states that I need to provide a medical report (if it hasn't already been submitted). I had submitted a copy of the vaccination supplement that was part of my medical for my K-1 visa. I asked whether I needed another medical and he said no. Next stop was the Employment Authorization room where I again had my fingerprint taken, signed my EAD card and had my photo taken (note: for Boston you do not need to bring ADIT photos for EAD applications I-765). They called me back to this room for my EAD within minutes. I now have my one year EAD and they kept my temporary one. Next we waited for the cashier to process the AOS payment and give me my appointment letter for fingerprinting (don't forget to pay the $50 for fingerprinting in addition to your $255 AOS fee). The cashier doesn't open until 8 a.m., so we had to wait. My fingerprinting appointment is anytime the week of November 4th (closed Mondays, open Saturdays) or any Weds. after that, as long as it is within 84 days of the date we filed AOS. It is done at a building not far from Boston USCIS and they give you a map on the back of the appointment letter. Next we waited for Advance Parole (that's what allows you to leave the US and return again from any country without abandoning your Adjustment of Status petition). After about 30 minutes, they called my name and I received the document which is good for multiple entries. I had included a letter with the I-131 that said I wanted to visit my family in case of emergency, and that my dad has prostate cancer. They did not ask me any questions, just issued the form. We were back at the car before 9 a.m. and on our way with everything that we need. Next on the list is a long nap. Thank goodness all of this paperwork is behind me now. I'll start putting together proof of our valid marriage for April, but for right now, I'm taking a break! Thank you to everyone in this group for sharing their knowledge & experience, especially Folinskyinla. Your posts and sharing of information on this forum was invaluable. Good luck to everyone ahead of and behind us in the process. Mr & Mrs. Sharon & Mel Boston I129 submitted to VSC February 11 2003 NOA1 received Feb 13 2003 NOA2 received March 20 2003 National Visa Center forwarded file to Vancouver consulate April 4 2003 Packet 3 received from Vancouver April 11 2003 Requested file transfer to Montreal consulate and requested June interview date Successful K1 visa interview in Montreal June 11 2003 (note: I requested that they postpone issuing the visa because of family health problems. I couriered my passport to Montreal consulate on August 6 and received it back with the mysterious brown envelope on August 22) Entered via Pembina North Dakota September 15th (no EAD stamp received) Received temporary 90 day EAD on September 23rd from Boston (note: not all USCIS/INS offices process temporary EADs on a same day basis) Wedding date: October 15, 2003 Submitted I-485: October 16, 2003 AOS interview date: April 14

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