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Old 03-23-2009, 10:19 AM
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Default Alien Registration Number (A#) for I-485/I-130

Hello gurus,
need little help from you guys. Right now i am on H1b.
I am about to file my Family based I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131. on all these forms they are asking for A# ( Alien Registration Number).

I was on F1 visa before. so i have one expired EAD card which i got during my OPT in 2005. this card has a A#.
so should i put this A# on all forms( I-485,I-130,I-765,I-131) or leave it blank.???

H1bdude1
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Old 03-23-2009, 12:48 PM
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:33 PM
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Hello gurus,
need little help from you guys. Right now i am on H1b.
I am about to file my Family based I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131. on all these forms they are asking for A# ( Alien Registration Number).

I was on F1 visa before. so i have one expired EAD card which i got during my OPT in 2005. this card has a A#.
so should i put this A# on all forms( I-485,I-130,I-765,I-131) or leave it blank.???

H1bdude1
I believe that A# is like SSN and one person can have only one number. To the best of my knowledge you should use the same A# on all those applications.

However, I have known people who had more than one A# assigned, but they were then advised to contact USCIS to merge those files. I would think, it would make sense to use the same A#.

Again, it would be of great help if you can clarify this with an attorney, or someone else on this forum who is more knowledgeable than me.

Good Luck.
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I also read somwhere that if you are not sure regarding your A#, then you can also leave it blank.
I have one more problem. I lost this Expired EAD card during moving and now i only have its Front copy which i am going to submit with my I-765 form.
will it be any problem submitting only front copy of the Previous EAD because they are requesting for both (Front and Back).

thanks
h1bdude1

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I believe that A# is like SSN and one person can have only one number. To the best of my knowledge you should use the same A# on all those applications.

However, I have known people who had more than one A# assigned, but they were then advised to contact USCIS to merge those files. I would think, it would make sense to use the same A#.

Again, it would be of great help if you can clarify this with an attorney, or someone else on this forum who is more knowledgeable than me.

Good Luck.
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Hello gurus,
need little help from you guys. Right now i am on H1b.
I am about to file my Family based I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131. on all these forms they are asking for A# ( Alien Registration Number).

I was on F1 visa before. so i have one expired EAD card which i got during my OPT in 2005. this card has a A#.
so should i put this A# on all forms( I-485,I-130,I-765,I-131) or leave it blank.???

H1bdude1
You can give your OPT A# but once you're assigned a permanent visa number, they'll give you a different number. Your OPT A# is just a temporary number.
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You can give your OPT A# but once you're assigned a permanent visa number, they'll give you a different number. Your OPT A# is just a temporary number.
I think you mean once you are assigned a permanent A# ! It is assigned before a visa number is assigned.

A number series starting with 1 (eg. for OPT) are temporary. Those starting with 9 are permanent.

USCIS has a regular A# consolidation unit as well as a column to check for more than one A# on their internal worksheet for I-485.

Bottom-line: give your OPT A# and they will take care of the rest. This is what I did and worked.

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one more question Plz. Sorry for bugging.

I lost this Expired EAD card during moving and now i only have its Front copy which i am going to submit with my I-765 form.
will it be any problem submitting only front copy of the Previous EAD because they are requesting for both (Front and Back) of the Previous EAD.

thanks
h1bdude1




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I think you mean once you are assigned a permanent A# ! It is assigned before a visa number is assigned.

A number series starting with 1 (eg. for OPT) are temporary. Those starting with 9 are permanent.

USCIS has a regular A# consolidation unit as well as a column to check for more than one A# on their internal worksheet for I-485.

Bottom-line: give your OPT A# and they will take care of the rest. This is what I did and worked.
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Old 03-23-2009, 05:22 PM
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I personally don't think that would be a problem. Just send whatever you have.
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Hello gurus,
need little help from you guys. Right now i am on H1b.
I am about to file my Family based I-485, I-130, I-765, I-131. on all these forms they are asking for A# ( Alien Registration Number).

I was on F1 visa before. so i have one expired EAD card which i got during my OPT in 2005. this card has a A#.
so should i put this A# on all forms( I-485,I-130,I-765,I-131) or leave it blank.???

H1bdude1
As far as I know, the OPT A# is different from what you will get from filing 140. Once you receive 140 approval notice, it should have the A# which you can use on 485...If you don't have one or don't know, leave it blank...
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Dear h1bdude1:

I'm in your exact same situation. Would you mind letting me know what happened with your A# and misplaced EAD with only the copy of the front side? Did you use the old F-1 OPT A# or leave it blank?

Thanks and hope things worked out!
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