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arrowIs this our NOA1? It went to California. What does it mean?
December 12, 2014, 5:02 pm Last comment by OLee
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1. Is this our NOA1?

2. Why it is being transferred right away?

3. Does that mean our packet of I-130 is ok?

4. Does that mean that the packet was reviewed and it is correct or it is being transferred automatically without the review?

 

Having chills now.

 

"Your case has been accepted and routed to the USCIS California Service Center for processing. Within 7-10 days by standard mail you will receive your official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) with your Receipt Number WAC**********. With the official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) you may visit www.uscis.gov where you can check the status of your case using My Case Status. We suggest you wait until you have received your Form I-797 before checking My Case Status.

 

This confirmation provides notification of the date USCIS received your case.  This notice does NOT grant any immigration status or benefit. You MAY NOT present this notice as evidence that you have been granted any immigration status or benefit. Further, this notice does NOT constitute evidence that your case remains pending with USCIS. The current status of your case must be verified with USCIS.

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE



 
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arrowOur I-130 packet packet is sitting in Chicago undelivered for 5 days. Is it normal?
December 9, 2014, 3:17 pm Last comment by Darnell
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We sent our registered I-130 packet from abroad to Chicago Lockbox some time ago. According to tracking information it is sitting in Chicago since December 5th:

 

"Your item arrived at the CHICAGO, IL 60699 post office at 10:00 am on December 5, 2014 and is ready for pickup. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later".

 

Are they going to pick it up or is it a chance that it will come back as undelivered? Is it normal? don't they pick up the correspondence every day?



 
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arrowMailing of I-130 packet
November 26, 2014, 6:24 am Last comment by OLee
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Hello all!

 

Just a few questions re I-130 mailing and assembling.

 

We are filing from abroad (my USC husband lives with me in my native country).

 

1. Do we send the package to the Chicago Lock box address which is a P.O. Box?

2. Can we send the packet CERTIFIED by regular mail? Do they accept the CERTIFIED mail to the P.O.Box address?

 

Please, help us to verify this. Thank you very much.

 



 
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arrowWhere to Acquire a Certified Copy of a n-400 Name Change Petition?
September 22, 2014, 3:38 am Last comment by Ian H.
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I was naturalized as a US Citizen a few days ago and changed my name as part of the n-400 petition with a District Court judge. :joy:  I have already successfully updated my Social Security, got my passport, and changed all the names on my bank and credit accounts within only a couple days. However, I have not been able to find out how to make a certified copy of my n-400 petition name change, and NOBODY knows how or where to get it done. 

 

I have already been in person to the clerks office of the US District Court who had never seen such a certificate before and referred me to the judge's clerks office. Then one of the clerks for the actual judge who presided over the ceremony said she can't make a certified copy because it is embossed by the Department of Homeland Security. :ranting: It was signed by a court clerk, but nobody knows who because the signature is intentionally vague (clerks do this so they don't get blamed), and the title of the supposed Deputy Clerk left the court last year!  :protest:

 

They referred me to the USCIS which is located at the same court complex, but different from the field office where I took the interview. Even though I didn't have an Infopass appointment they were also extremely nice and saw me. They said I need to go to the field office for any chance to get a copy, but they weren't sure because it was stamped by the DHS. Even though I was updating my surname to my husband's, the USCIS said they could not do a same day oath because I was also Americanizing my given name to my diminutive name. It seems though as if the DHS can though.

The only thing I have said that made any sense is that after 9/11 the INS got broken up and the DHS created confusing parallel and even secret immigration courts under the umbrella of the DHS. The DHS when called has absolutely no idea, confirming what professionals with decades of experiences in the court said about the chaos created by the apparently most useless cabinet level office in the land.  :cry: 

I am going to try and speak to the field office tomorrow as a walk-in since it is an emergency (I need an Apostille on my name change document to immigrate now to a 3rd country which I am moving to in 10 days with my husband). I don't want to dare mail the original if I have no idea how to make a copy or get another one without filing a court case. Apostilles at the Federal level are only available in Washington DC. You cannot get them abroad or from your state capital like you can with birth certificates and other documents. It took Ronald Reagan to make Apostilles happen for America and I am very glad I am not Canadian and having to pay thousands of dollars to get simple documents legalized!
 
Note: This post is primarily because I still have not found the answer, and partly to serve as a record for future people in the same predicament as myself. I am confident I will solve this problem. Despite the stress, everyone in the working parts of the government has been very friendly and helpful despite the absurd top down administration they are faced with because of Washington. They are the real MVPs.  (L)

 



 
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arrowNew ESTA needed with new passport? (split topic)
August 25, 2014, 2:00 pm Last comment by OLee
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Hello! It took a while to read this thread, but I couldn't find anything that worries me. I will try to make the story as short as possible.

 

We been dating for 3 years, my then fiance was visiting me many times as he could afford to retire. I visited him twice in the USA under VWP: last year spring - 5weeks, this year spring - 8 weeks. We got married in the USA 2 months ago and I came back to my home country. We are planning to file for CR-1 in October. I would stay in my home country, he will come to stay with me during this process. We want to go back to the USA together for like 2,5 months while our Petition is pending.

 

The question is:    I got my VWP verified with my maiden name on almost 2 years ago. I am changing my national passport now into my married name; do I have to update my VWP on-line changing my passport# and my married name or I have to apply for the new VWP? As I understand, since my VWP is still valid I just have to log in on-line and update new changes. Would it be any problem? Can they deny my VW?

 

Should I use my old VWP paper with my old data, grab my old and new passport as an authentication and pray they would let me in?

 

Thank you!



 
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