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Meeting Monday with the NY Times National Immigration Correspondant

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Ok everyone. Here's my final push. I've done everything else I can think of to bring light to the topic of the fogotten K1 visas. I am meeting with the NY Times National Immigration Correspondant Monday. She already has our stories. Now we need to bombard her with the cold hard facts.

I need letters/ emails from TSC, from your congressmen, etc. (black out your names if wanted)

Touch points for our conversation:

  • Processing time differences
  • Denial of processing time difference
  • Calling about case status
  • Not being able to put in an inquiry
  • Days you've been waiting
  • TSC slow down since March 27
  • Things they said when you've asked about your case

She has the letter on behalf of Pres. Obama to us and an email from the Senate Judiciary Comittee about the shock they were in when they did not transfer files. I will also share all of my correspondance with her and my emails back and forth with the Ombudsman. I look forward to including my response from TSC about my inquiry (though a Tier 2).

Love you guys! I don't think that an emotional angle will make her want to write a story. We need documentation. If you have scanned docs please send them to: helptscnow@gmail.com

Best,

Kristin


11/15/2013- Met John

10/27/2014- Proposed

11/26/2014- Sent I-129F

11/28/2014- Package Received

12/03/2014- Electronic Notification

12/09/2014- Received NOA1 in mail (Notice Date 12/02/2014)

*System still says last touched date 12/03 :(

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KristinD. We don't really have anything that can help but we appreciate so much everything you and everyone else has done to bring light to this horrible situation.

Everyone at TSC has suffered so much and there is no end in sight for those that come after us. We have escaped only to be held up at the next stage, but we continue to watch and hope for those that remain.

Good luck tomorrow. The September TSC filers couldn't be in better hands.


09/12/14 I 129F sent
TSC Assigned
09/18/14 NOA1 received
02/20/15 RFE received
03/17/15 RFE Reply
04/02/15 NOA2
08/04/15 Interview
08/17/15 POE
09/04/15 Wedding

AOS
09/29/15 Mailed
10/26/15 Biometrics

EAD
09/29/15Mailed
10/26/15 Biometrics
12/18/15 Card in production

12/23/15 Card mailed

12/24/15 Card received

1/18/16 Started work

 

I-751

11/13/17 Mailed to VSC

11/14/17 Received by VSC

11/20/17 NOA1 received 

12/09/17 Biometrics letter received 

12/21/17 Biometrics appointment

08/06/18 I-797 Notice of Action 18 month extension

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Thanks guys! Now I have to dig though all of my emails and find everything but I'd rather get it to her before our convo to review if possible :) It's worth a shot lol we got the files to go to CSC, too bad they weren't ours #onlyourgovernment


11/15/2013- Met John

10/27/2014- Proposed

11/26/2014- Sent I-129F

11/28/2014- Package Received

12/03/2014- Electronic Notification

12/09/2014- Received NOA1 in mail (Notice Date 12/02/2014)

*System still says last touched date 12/03 :(

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I'm sure this is already implied or maybe even explicit in some of your points, but some direct language like institutionalized or systemic discrimination in regards to the routing of cases to service centers may be useful and straight to the point.

Good luck to you and THANK YOU!

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I apologize if I am out of line for posting since I am not at TSC … But I appreciate what you are doing nonetheless.

What gets me about this process (and maybe I am wrong in my views cause I am new to the visa journey and not an expert) is DACA and how people that are in the USA “ILLEGALLY” are getting temporary visa’s without the need for “out of country” medical exams and treatment, probably getting priority over K1 visa processing at USCIS and have no sponsorship requirements therefore getting a free ride on our tax dollars. Not to mention they have no emotional drain since they are with their girlfriends, boyfriends, fiances etc … It is completely mind blowing to me how the government can blow off tax paying “LEGAL” US citizens that are attempting to obtain visa’s legally for their fiances while at the same time cater to “ILLEGAL” immigrants who have no legal right even being in this country to begin with let alone receive special treatment. Since DACA is implemented, In fairness we should be allowed to bring our fiancés over while we navigate through this maze of government red tape which is what it sounds like this K1 visa process is all about.

I guess DACA is the power of donations from special interest groups hard at work.

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KristinD, you are awesome! Way to go! :goofy:

I wish I had any actual documents to share, but our few interactions with USCIS have been on the phone with the usual blatant "within posted processing times" or "keep waiting another x months, you have no other recourse" or "no, your file has not been transferred".


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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~Moved from K1 Process to USCIS Service Centers Forum~

~Commentary about Service Centers activity~


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Anyone feel like moving this to the uscis service center forum is like a death sentence for the efforts. It won't get exposure here.

Yeah and since this is an effort by K-1 filers and focuses on the discrepancy in processing the I129F between the service centers specifically I don't agree with it being moved.

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Agreed. I do not think this move is appropriate as the focal point the K1 visa process - hence I believe it was in the right category.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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Thanks for the support guys, I think it should be in K1 also. Because this time I would like to focus on the K1 with her. But, I'll see what she saiys Monday, I told her anytime is fine.....

I went through my emails last night right now I have 40 different things to give her. Each response pretty much from a different government entitly and/or emails I've sent with no response. I will try to write her a short and sweet synopsis this weekend but we have baseball, I have a final paper and I'm getting a new engagement band!!! Yeah!!!!


11/15/2013- Met John

10/27/2014- Proposed

11/26/2014- Sent I-129F

11/28/2014- Package Received

12/03/2014- Electronic Notification

12/09/2014- Received NOA1 in mail (Notice Date 12/02/2014)

*System still says last touched date 12/03 :(

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I apologize if I am out of line for posting since I am not at TSC … But I appreciate what you are doing nonetheless.

What gets me about this process (and maybe I am wrong in my views cause I am new to the visa journey and not an expert) is DACA and how people that are in the USA “ILLEGALLY” are getting temporary visa’s without the need for “out of country” medical exams and treatment, probably getting priority over K1 visa processing at USCIS and have no sponsorship requirements therefore getting a free ride on our tax dollars. Not to mention they have no emotional drain since they are with their girlfriends, boyfriends, fiances etc … It is completely mind blowing to me how the government can blow off tax paying “LEGAL” US citizens that are attempting to obtain visa’s legally for their fiances while at the same time cater to “ILLEGAL” immigrants who have no legal right even being in this country to begin with let alone receive special treatment. Since DACA is implemented, In fairness we should be allowed to bring our fiancés over while we navigate through this maze of government red tape which is what it sounds like this K1 visa process is all about.

I guess DACA is the power of donations from special interest groups hard at work.

1. I-129fs have been delayed at various service centers for a long time, much longer than there was such a thing called DACA. It's now TSC that has delays. It used to be CSC and VSC (which stopped handling I-129fs).

2. USCIS created a service center in Arlington, VA to handle DACA matters and only DACA matters. TSC sometimes blames DACA for its slowness, but who knows how valid that is. ]

3. While DACA will increase the workload for USCIS, it will also increase its funding to afford more facilities and personnel. That's how USCIS was able to open up a new center in Arlington.

In other words, DACA is NOT the reason for TSC being so bad. Perhaps it has made some impact, but it is far from the sole or even biggest cause. TSC has slowly morphed into the awful service center that it is today.

Edited to add: best of luck to you on Monday OP! Wish I could help you out, but I was one of the "lucky ones" back in August that was transferred to CSC.

Edited by usmsbow

Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

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Hello,

I am not at TSC or a K-1 so I can't be of very much help in this I think. Sucks that the system is messed up all around.

Just wanted to wish you good luck.

Just curious, your letter to President Obama got a reply? Did they say anything worth while or interesting?

Thanks,

Brent


USCIS

Spoiler

 

2015-02-02: Sent I-130

2015-02-04: USCIS Received and transferred to NSC

2015-02-06: NOA1

2015-06-19: NOA2 Email. 133 days between NOA1 and NOA2

2015-06-26: USCIS update that case was sent to NVC

 

NVC

Spoiler

 

2015-07-02: Case received by NVC

2015-07-14: Case number assigned when calling on 2015-07-20 but couldn't give emails as case was locked still

2015-07-27: Called and was able to give emails

2015-07-27: Submit DS-261

2015-07-27: Pay AOS Fee

2015-08-25: Receive IV bill

2015-08-26: Pay IV Fee

2015-09-05: Submit DS-260

2015-09-07: Sent AOS and IV package via EP

2015-10-11: Resubmit via EP after being told to do so on 2015-10-09 as it looked like our original emails were lost

2015-10-16: Received email for scan date of 2015-10-12. Told that basically nothing can be done and we need to wait 30 days from 2015-10-12 (30+ days lost because they lost our emails)

2015-10-26: Told case is basically complete but that they are building my electronic file. Told there is no timeline for this.

2015-10-30 & 2015-11-13: Still told no update. Building electronic file still and no timeline.

2015-11-17: Case Complete

2015-12-03: Receive packet 4

2015-12-15: Medical

2015-12-18: Medical picked up results

2016-01-12: Interview - Approved!

2016-02-03: POE

 

 

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