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Hello,

I posted this question in the November filers thread, but I didn't get an answer. I sent my husbands i-751 to the California Service Center at the end of November, together with a request for a fee waiver. It was delivered on the 26th, a Saturday, so I am assuming it would count as received on the 28th, the next business day. We have not heard anything back. I have a sense that fee waivers take longer to get the NOA1, but I don't know how long I should wait before I get concerned or try to contact them. I see others with a similar dates and no fee waiver have already had the NOA1 for a while.

Any input would be appreciated. His card expires January 16th.

Thanks!

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I found this story but it seems that the consensus is that if you apply for a waiver and are denied then you can reapply with the rejection letter as proof of previous filing. This member's story seems legit and if I were going to apply I would go this route. Send as much as you can. Good Luck.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/609723-fee-waiver-for-roc-granted/


Pkg Sent:9/13/16


Received at Chicago Lock box: 9/16/16


Received Texts: 9/30/16


NOA1 Received: 10/4/16 : Receipt Date of 9/19/16


Bio Appt letter Received: 10/12/16


Bio Appt completed: 10/24/16


Card in production: 11/17/16


Combo Card received 11/25/16

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I found this story but it seems that the consensus is that if you apply for a waiver and are denied then you can reapply with the rejection letter as proof of previous filing. This member's story seems legit and if I were going to apply I would go this route. Send as much as you can. Good Luck.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/609723-fee-waiver-for-roc-granted/

Thank you... It looks like her wait to hear back was about 3 weeks, which is about how long we have been waiting. Hopefully we will get answer soon. If they deny us after next Thursday we will have to pay the more expensive fee, but we knew that was a chance when we filed the fee waiver.

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I could call and check they have it there. When they receive petitions, they scan them in (on the NOA1 is the date and time they received your documents which is usually the day USPS delivers it). There was another member here recently who sent their I-751 package with a fee waiver and USCIS somehow "lost" it. They ended up filing with the fee because they were so close to the cut-off.

Make sure they haven't "lost" yours too.


My approved I-751 ROC packet (no RFEs, no interview) -for anyone who needs help or reassurance on what to send to USCIS (please check on latest $ amount to send to USCIS, they have updated it since I filed).

 

Too many people are making the mistake of sending in a couple of recent statements or documents for ROC. You need to submit evidence going back to the beginning of your marriage, or as far back as you can. If you cannot do so, explain it to USCIS in your cover letter.

 

ROC (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016):

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

 

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

 

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date.

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I could call and check they have it there. When they receive petitions, they scan them in (on the NOA1 is the date and time they received your documents which is usually the day USPS delivers it). There was another member here recently who sent their I-751 package with a fee waiver and USCIS somehow "lost" it. They ended up filing with the fee because they were so close to the cut-off.

Make sure they haven't "lost" yours too.

Thank you Ketsuban. I am assuming that they won't scan in one that requests a fee waiver until they have made a decision on the request for the waiver... My thinking is that if they deny the waiver the will refuse the i-751, and so won't want to generate a notice of acceptance until they have decided to grant the waiver, the same way they would send back a petition filed with the incorrect fee. Is that not true? If it is true, how long is a reasonable amount of time to expect the fee waiver process to take?

Who should I call? If I call the USCIS centralized number, will they have any info in their system on a petition that hasn't generated a NOA1? I would call just to ask them what to expect, but know that they are often called the "misinformation line" here, and so though perhaps VJers could give me a more accurate picture of what might be happening?

I appreciate your answer. If you have any more insight please share.

Edited by dawning

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I called the USCIS customer service line, and the woman I spoke with there told me that the time frame for NOA1 is 30 days, and to call back if we still don't have anything after that time. Does anyone have any information counter to that? That would mean giving it roughly another week.

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No, they won't do anything until it's 30 days past the date you sent it.

I filed my N-400 with a fee waiver. The NOA1 was dated 19 days after it was delivered.

Edited by EM_Vandaveer

Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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No, they won't do anything until it's 30 days past the date you sent it.

I filed my N-400 with a fee waiver. The NOA1 was dated 19 days after it was delivered.

Thanks... I guess it makes sense. I will wait another week and see what happens.

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Thanks everyone for the input. He received a letter yesterday that I guess is NOA1. While it doesn't have a date other than the date the petition was received, it does say that his conditional green card was extended for one year, and that the fees were waived. So, as info for anyone else filing with a fee waiver, we received the NOA 29 days after the date they counted the petition as received. In other words, if you file a fee waiver be prepared to wait up to 30 days to hear if it was accepted or not.

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Thank you for the update. Congrats, all the best.


Pkg Sent:9/13/16


Received at Chicago Lock box: 9/16/16


Received Texts: 9/30/16


NOA1 Received: 10/4/16 : Receipt Date of 9/19/16


Bio Appt letter Received: 10/12/16


Bio Appt completed: 10/24/16


Card in production: 11/17/16


Combo Card received 11/25/16

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