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Hi All,

My husband entered on a K-1 visa from Ethiopia, and we included his young son as a K-2 follow to join. We received my husband's EA/AP combo card on June 24 and would like to go get his son as soon as possible (they have been apart for 6 months andit will be a long journey). We have not received any notice by mail, text, or email regarding a GC interview or interview waiver. If my husband is out of the country when the GC interview is scheduled, is it possible to reschedule the interview? If it is possible to reschedule the interview, does anyone have any experience regarding how long it would then take to reschedule the interview and/or if rescheduling will potentially be a "strike" against my husband during the interview?

I-485, I-765, I-131 received April 2

I-485, I-765, I-131 notice date April 10

Biometrics - May 4

Call to USCIS for service request - June 17

EA/AP notice date June 18

EA/AP combo card received June 24

Thank you in adance for your advice!

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My advice would be to look at your local office's processing times and decide from there. Or you can wait until you actually get a waiver letter or an interview notice. I was looking at waiver timelines and found that 4 months (from file to waiver notice received) seemed to be quite normal. That means you might have about one more month until you might get the notice of potential waiver. My husband traveled last month (one week after getting his AP in the mail). We thought the sooner the better... less likely to miss an interview (Minneapolis seems to be about a year from file to GC) and we didn't have to worry about getting time off work since he didn't have a job yet. No one questioned why he was traveling so soon. Good luck with your decision and his travels.


K-1 from Haiti - NOA1: 5/27/2014; NOA2: 7/8 USCIS never updated to say that it was sent to the NVC (just in case you're as concerned about your status not updating as I was about mine)
NVC Case Number Received: 7/31; Left NVC: 8/1 - tracked via DHL website; CEAC Status - Ready: 8/7; Packet 3 Received: 9/5 - Beneficiary received packet / Medical Completed: 9/19;
DS-160 Submitted: 9/22 - (CEAC date updated); Packet 3 Submitted: 9/26; Packet 4 Received: 10/24; Interview Date: 11/6 @ 7 am Interview Result: Approved!
CEAC Status Issued: 11/10; USTraveldocs.com finally acknowledged Fiance's passport actually in their system: 11/20; Passport Received: 11/21;

POE: 11/23/2014; Wedding: 2/14/2015

AOS/EAD/AP Filed: 2/21/2015;

USCIS EAD & AP received: 2/25; USCIS AOS received: 2/27; Received NOA1s in mail: 3/5; Biometrics: 3/26; EAD/AP Card in Production: 5/11; EAD/AP Card Mailed: 5/1; EAD/AP Card Received 5/19; NPIW Letter dated: 6/11/15; Green card Approved: 10/1/15;

Green card Received: 10/7/15

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I agree with the previous poster's suggestion about checking your USCIS local office's processing time. However, if your case is like mine, there's a chance that your case might be processed in another office. How long does your husband need to get his kid and come back?


My K1 timeline (4 months/NO expedites): http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?cfl=0&id=163489

My AOS timeline (10 months):

08/16/2014 - Sent in AOS package

08/18/2014 - Delivered per USPS website

08/22/2014 - Text of receipt numbers received

08/27/2014 - NOA hard copies received (dated 08/19 and 08/21)

08/29/2014 - Notice date of Biometrics letter

09/11/2014 - Received Biometrics appointment letter

09/18/2014 - Biometrics completed at USCIS Raleigh, North Carolina

11/08/2014 - EAD / Travel Document approved and went to card production

11/19/2014 - Received EAD/AP combo card (dated 11/14/2014)

12/16/2014 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver letter dated 12/11/14

06/24/2015 - AOS approved! Card picked up by USPS KY for delivery

06/26/2015 - Received green card by mail (Yay I can rest for 2 years!)

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Thank you both very much for your suggestion. Just confirming that you mean check the field office menu here https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do? I'm not sure if the case is being handled by the Baltimore MD or Washington DC office (we live in MD directly over the border from DC) but one states Aug 2014 and the other Oct 2014 for I-485s. However, is this the timeframe for interviews or to actually receive the GC?

We calculate that it will take around 5-6 weeks total. 3 weeks to travel the grandparents to retrieve his son (very rural) and then travel back to their village (rural) to say final farewells/collect personal items. Then they will have to return to Addis for another 15 days for his son to take a 2nd medical exam (in Ethiopia the medical exam is valid only for 6 months and due to the processing delay for the EA/AP, we have just passed the 6 month mark).

Does anyone have a sense about how far in advance USCIS schedules the interviews (eg 1 month from date on letter?)? This may help us plan.

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Thank you both very much for your suggestion. Just confirming that you mean check the field office menu here https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do? I'm not sure if the case is being handled by the Baltimore MD or Washington DC office (we live in MD directly over the border from DC) but one states Aug 2014 and the other Oct 2014 for I-485s. However, is this the timeframe for interviews or to actually receive the GC?

We calculate that it will take around 5-6 weeks total. 3 weeks to travel the grandparents to retrieve his son (very rural) and then travel back to their village (rural) to say final farewells/collect personal items. Then they will have to return to Addis for another 15 days for his son to take a 2nd medical exam (in Ethiopia the medical exam is valid only for 6 months and due to the processing delay for the EA/AP, we have just passed the 6 month mark).

Does anyone have a sense about how far in advance USCIS schedules the interviews (eg 1 month from date on letter?)? This may help us plan.

Call USCIS Tier 2 so you can get more details about your case. When I called them, they were able to give me a timeframe ("It's with an officer, it will take 30 days max at this point"). From what I've seen on here, some people get notified of their interview 2 weeks before, some 1-2 months before. It really varies. Call USCIS so you know where you're at.

Regarding the USCIS local office handling your case, we really cant tell if your case is even being processed in your local office. I live in North Carolina and my case was processed by Memphis, TN instead of my local Raleigh office.

Edited by iammrsregie

My K1 timeline (4 months/NO expedites): http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/profile.php?cfl=0&id=163489

My AOS timeline (10 months):

08/16/2014 - Sent in AOS package

08/18/2014 - Delivered per USPS website

08/22/2014 - Text of receipt numbers received

08/27/2014 - NOA hard copies received (dated 08/19 and 08/21)

08/29/2014 - Notice date of Biometrics letter

09/11/2014 - Received Biometrics appointment letter

09/18/2014 - Biometrics completed at USCIS Raleigh, North Carolina

11/08/2014 - EAD / Travel Document approved and went to card production

11/19/2014 - Received EAD/AP combo card (dated 11/14/2014)

12/16/2014 - Received Notice of Potential Interview Waiver letter dated 12/11/14

06/24/2015 - AOS approved! Card picked up by USPS KY for delivery

06/26/2015 - Received green card by mail (Yay I can rest for 2 years!)

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Call USCIS Tier 2 so you can get more details about your case. When I called them, they were able to give me a timeframe ("It's with an officer, it will take 30 days max at this point"). From what I've seen on here, some people get notified of their interview 2 weeks before, some 1-2 months before. It really varies. Call USCIS so you know where you're at.

Regarding the USCIS local office handling your case, we really cant tell if your case is even being processed in your local office. I live in North Carolina and my case was processed by Memphis, TN instead of my local Raleigh office.

Thank you for your advice iammrsregie. Fingers crossed I will receive some info from the Tier 2.

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