AOS Procedure Part 2 DV AOS Step by Step – Part 2
AOS Procedure Part 2
DV AOS Step by Step – Part 2
The AOS ‘package’ must be sent to a USCIS Lockbox Facility.
Make sure to use the correct Lockbox Address.
At the Lockbox Facility your payment is processed. The application is then forwarded to a USCIS Service Center. Which Center depends on your U.S. address.
USCIS will send you an Notice of Action & Receipt, often called NOA-1. This Notice contains the Receipt Number USCIS assigned to the file. With this number you can check your progress.
It is possible you are instead sent a Request For Evidence Notice (RFE). After the information you submit is accepted by USCIS you will receive the NOA-1.
Biometrics & Interview
You will receive from USCIS an Appointment Notice for Biometrics.
You will also receive an Appointment Notice for your AOS Interview.
After a successful AOS Interview you will receive the Notice of Approval, often called NOA-2.
The NOA-2 contains your A-Number. This is a unique number issued to each permanent immigrant. The A-Number starts with the letter A – for Alien – and has 8 or 9 digits. The same number will be on the Green Card. Your A-Number stays with you for the rest of your life.
USCIS can decide that the AOS Interview is not needed in your case. You will then receive your Green Card a few weeks after your Biometrics appointment.
Green Card Mailed
You will receive your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card or Green Card in the mail after 4-8 weeks.
Each Green Card is sent in a separate envelope. If you immigrate with family members it can take awhile for all Green Cards – Primary Card and Derivative Cards – to arrive. If you have not received all Green Cards within one month after the first one arrived contact USCIS.
You must also contact USCIS when a Green Card contains incorrect information or a spelling error. Have then handy: Case Number, A-Number, other information.