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I assume, like many of you, I am feeling very powerless and frustrated. Despite any political figure refusing to do anything, I truly believe that they have the power. I also believe the workers who answer the phone at USCIS or the workers at my local Homeland Security Office know more than they are willing to say. For example, when I tell them about wait times, they know nothing about California being quicker...

So, weekly, I email my congressmen, senators, the president, and I make an appointment at the local Homeland Office. I am sure they think I am crazy. (Senator Angus Kings office does for sure, they sent me links on mental help and where I can get support for being a single mom!) I am confident when I email them, I am articulate and get my point across well. Anyhow, tomorrow I have a phone appointment at Senator Collins office and Friday I have another appointment at Homeland Security. Sometime in person, I find it difficult to think on my feet, and quick to let people walk all over me. You know that moment when you walk away and you kick yourself for not thinking to saying something? That is me.

I refuse to be silent and another number. What is happening to many of is is very unjust. If this is the way it is going to be, I want people to know my name and see my face, see my suffering, see my baby without a father every week, until he gets here.

I would like some advice and tips on how I can persuasively talk to these people in person. How can I tell them CSC is much faster when they tell me it is not true? How can I beg them for help?

On a side note I have heard from a senator and congressmen office that next week there is a big conference in DC with USCIS, that many of these office/staff workers are going to.

Thank you all.

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I assume, like many of you, I am feeling very powerless and frustrated. Despite any political figure refusing to do anything, I truly believe that they have the power. I also believe the workers who answer the phone at USCIS or the workers at my local Homeland Security Office know more than they are willing to say. For example, when I tell them about wait times, they know nothing about California being quicker...

So, weekly, I email my congressmen, senators, the president, and I make an appointment at the local Homeland Office. I am sure they think I am crazy. (Senator Angus Kings office does for sure, they sent me links on mental help and where I can get support for being a single mom!) I am confident when I email them, I am articulate and get my point across well. Anyhow, tomorrow I have a phone appointment at Senator Collins office and Friday I have another appointment at Homeland Security. Sometime in person, I find it difficult to think on my feet, and quick to let people walk all over me. You know that moment when you walk away and you kick yourself for not thinking to saying something? That is me.

I refuse to be silent and another number. What is happening to many of is is very unjust. If this is the way it is going to be, I want people to know my name and see my face, see my suffering, see my baby without a father every week, until he gets here.

I would like some advice and tips on how I can persuasively talk to these people in person. How can I tell them CSC is much faster when they tell me it is not true? How can I beg them for help?

On a side note I have heard from a senator and congressmen office that next week there is a big conference in DC with USCIS, that many of these office/staff workers are going to.

Thank you all.

Many people have gotten to this point with our representatives. The problem is that there is no "real" proof....just Visajourney data, which USCIS claims is faked. Apparently many have tried and failed to have CSC filers take photos of their actual NOA1 and NOA2s as actual hard proof but have found no cooperation from there. So yep, we're stuck being called liars and crazy by the people we elect and pay to represent us.

If it helps at all, the helpdesk people may very well not know anything. They are not government employees, they're contractors and only know as much as the government tells *them*. They may believe us (or possibly have information) but they're powerless to do anything. Your Representatives and Senators actually have (relatively) little power in this situation, too. Those guys are legislative branch, while USCIS (and pretty much all government agencies are executive branch---meaning the President is their boss, not Congress). Usually Congress has a lot of sway with agencies because they control the government's budget and most agencies feel the need to keep them happy for that reason (and to keep bad press at bay, but you'd be hard pressed to find an agency with worse press than DHS so there's no loss there). However, USCIS is fully funded by the fees we pay for our petitions and does not depend on Congress for its money and so.... here we are.


Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

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Many people have gotten to this point with our representatives. The problem is that there is no "real" proof....just Visajourney data, which USCIS claims is faked. Apparently many have tried and failed to have CSC filers take photos of their actual NOA1 and NOA2s as actual hard proof but have found no cooperation from there. So yep, we're stuck being called liars and crazy by the people we elect and pay to represent us.

If it helps at all, the helpdesk people may very well not know anything. They are not government employees, they're contractors and only know as much as the government tells *them*. They may believe us (or possibly have information) but they're powerless to do anything. Your Representatives and Senators actually have (relatively) little power in this situation, too. Those guys are legislative branch, while USCIS (and pretty much all government agencies are executive branch---meaning the President is their boss, not Congress). Usually Congress has a lot of sway with agencies because they control the government's budget and most agencies feel the need to keep them happy for that reason (and to keep bad press at bay, but you'd be hard pressed to find an agency with worse press than DHS so there's no loss there). However, USCIS is fully funded by the fees we pay for our petitions and does not depend on Congress for its money and so.... here we are.

Well said!!

Let's be honest here it's all about the political climate at any one time. We don't count, even though we fund the USCIS through the fees we pay to them. It ALL sucks! :(


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They are only interested in illegals.


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wow, this really does suck!! :):(

has anyone had luck getting any local or national news agency involved??

Yep. There's a group of folks who got pretty far with the New York Times reporter who did this piece last year (about legal immigration being held up) but once the injunction about expanded DACA and DAPA came through she dropped it. (DACA is the program for people who were brought here illegally as children---they are looking to expand that to include a wider age range. DAPA would be for their parents).

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/us/program-benefiting-some-immigrants-extends-visa-wait-for-others.html?_r=0

It's partly that this is a complex and boring topic and there's not much interest in it, partly because it's not really news that a large government bureaucracy isn't working as well as it could/should and partly because the immediate reaction from most people not in this process is "so what"? Most folks just think that you're lucky to even have the opportunity to bring over a spouse/fiance and that he'####### the lottery by being so graciously permitted to move to our country and we and should just sit down and shut up about it. Folks from all ends of the political spectrum tend to react like this (albeit for very different reasons).


Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

!

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Yikes, I don't know what got blacked out but I was trying to say that "he'd won the lottery". Maybe I typed something that got picked up as a bad word instead?


Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

!

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