Dear VJ members,
I am writing you for some advice on a couple of matters. My wife is from Greece and arrived in the US in late September. We got married on Oct. 15th.
She has received her SS card. On Nov. 4th, we submitted our AOS paperwork (I-485) along with the I-765 temporary work authorization form and the I-131 request
for advanced parole. All 3 NOA1's arrived in the mail earlier this week. The numbers for each case are of the MSC## type and it is indicated that our I-485
is being processed at our local National Benefits Center.
1) How does one find his/her local NBC ? I'm in New York State and I'm guessing it would be the one in New York City ? My understanding was that the case
is typically processed at the nearest service center, in our case Buffalo. So why is the NBC in the picture ?
2) If I understand correctly one first waits to receive a biometric appointment notice. Looking at the history of other folks that have gone through Buffalo,
their appointment seems to be about a month after they receive notice of paperwork reception. I'm assuming this notice comes in the mail ? How many days/weeks
before the actual appointment does the notice arrive ? As I also ask above, is it correct to say that the same service center that processes our I-485/I-765/I-131
is the one that performs the biometrics tests ?
3) The most important one: We would both like to travel during the holidays to visit family. Note, although a US citizen and born in the US, I was raised in Greece
by an American mother and Greek father. I eventually moved back to the US and have been living here for 17 years now. I met my wife 3 years ago during a visit to Greece.
I understand that Advanced Parole approval may take up to 90 days. It seems that most folks that go through Buffalo get this in 60-65 days. The thing here is that my mother
has ben battling a very serious form of cancer for the past year or so. Needless to say, I would like to spend the holidays with her. Moreover, she and my wife are very close
and we would like to offer her all the support we can. My parents are in the process of obtaining a letter in English from my mother's oncologist. Would this qualify as a reason to request expedited AP for my wife ? It would also be a difficult dilemma to head home myself and leave my wife here alone for her first Xmas holidays in the US.
I understand that you can request expedited advanced parole through an INFOPASS appointment. How far ahead does one have to request the appointment ?
After reading some posts here, it seems to be possible to request this as a walk-in appointment which I thought is what we might do if we have a biometrics appointment
in early December. Some folks also seem to have been able to do get AP over the phone. What are your recommendations ?
My one final concern is that, assuming we get expedited AP, we'd go to Greece for 3 weeks for the holidays. If this 60-70 day window between paperwork submission
and interview for pick-up of EAD does hold for Buffalo, I'm worried we might be asked to come out there in early January when we haven't returned from our visit to
Greece. How flexible is USCIS in terms of setting this final interview date ?
I hope I haven't tired you and would appreciate any insights you might have.
Many thanks in advance !