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  1. I am not trying to pick up a fight or something with you, but with all due respect, I have to disagree with you. - As a permanent resident lawfully present in US, a I 751 filer has every right to seek transparency when it comes to how IO issues a stamp. If a government unfairly treat immigrants this way without a standard operation procedure, it would not only jeoparidize trust between each element within US society, but also, more importantly, lose credibility and authorities when USCIS makes decisions. Additionally, an USCIS employee is a professional, who is required to perform duties as dictated by laws and regulations, not by some kind of personal feeling. If USCIS does not follow its own guidance, what is different to Mexican drug cartel or gang members?.... If they can't perform the duties described and dictated by applicable laws, they are more than welcome to resign and look for another career opportunities. - I do agree IO has every right to request travel documents if it is necessary when determining how many months stamp should be valid - As a I 751 filer, he or she pays huge amounts of money to USCIS, which is fine since it was that person's free wills to live in U.S. If minded, that person can simply leave U.S., right? All he/she is asking for more detailed information is accountability, after paying the expensive application filing fees and waiting for such a long time. Again, it is kind of similar that an individual seeking immigration benefits has a right to seek a transparency for the same reason. Can you ever imagine that you order amazon's product, and it is not delivered to your address for an year without explanation, and when you contact their customer service center, all they say is just wait, even without apologies? Yes, I do have to admit that USCIS business has different nature than Amazon's business, I 751 filer pays huge amounts of money and waiting time is well beyond what USCIS had promised. They say I 751 would be processed within an year, which is why the extension letter was 1 year, but since the promise was broken, don't you think, at the bare minimum, a I 751 filer has a right to seek for more information? While USCIS reserves a right to request a reasonable account when material facts are not clear by using RFE, it would be only unfair if I 751 filer does not have any right to request any reasonable accounts of why I 751 process has taken such a long time. Plus, while it is true that Tier1 CSR is an outsourcing employee, who doesnt know anything about how the agency works, since USCIS has been proudly marketing "if there are any questions, please call to this number", so ultimately it is their logic to ask more information about how the process works and why it takes such a long time. People are making a call because USCIS creates a marketing to give a call to that number and talk to Tier 1. - While it is true that USCIS is a federal agency and driving license is state affair, one of USCIS's core mission is to provide immigration benefits that are related to life qualities for immigrants, one of which includes driver license, especially taking into account that US is a well developed country without good public transportation. This could be interpreted in other ways (meaning it is sloppy way to interpret my perspective), but by showing "your driver license is not my business" attitude, USCIS is only failing its own core mission by failing to serve immigrants with immigration benefits. Additionally, this types of ping-pong power games between each agency can be often well-witnessed in 3rd world... not in the land of opportunities and freedom that a citizen is proud to be an American. (And I am sure no body here was interested in immigrating to another 3rd world country, where ping-pong games occur). So being all that said, I have to agree with you that the way you perceive how it works during entire process can be really stress-free. Like just let it be and it will be processed at some days, and once citizenship is granted, it can be all forgotten in memory and even could be a good memory. But with all due respect again, I don't mean to upset you, but I have to disagree with you. Again, I just wanted to share my honest opinion and I am very well aware that my opinion doesn't matter as much as anyone's opinion doesn't matter to USCIS. They will just perform what they will have to do.
  2. So I have been doing USCIS statistics for I 751 (during my work hour lol) and found out they are slipping through I 751 specifically (I should run some ANOVA testing to test null hypothesis that USCIS does not neglect I 751, but I havent' done that for long time). Anyway, I made a graph about yearly I 751 and it is not only surprising but also agitating. With annual average number of applications around 160,000 cases (even including fiscal year of 2017), USCIS approves cases 140,000 annually until 2017 fiscal year. In 2017, USCIS approves 80,000 I 751 cases with similar application received around 160,000, which significantlly increased the time processing from 6 months to 18-20 months now. Only reasonable account is USCIS has been received many more applications as I included in total forms from 6 million ish to 8.5 million in 2017, knowing that I 751 is for those who already have lawful status and therefore dont need urgent immigration benefits. So they distributed their resources (mainly employees, or immigration officers) to other immigration benefits applications (which I suspect it would be related to DACA, which has somewhat controversial legal ground) Unfortunately, according to fiscal year 2018 data as well, USCIS approves only around 20,000 cases in 1st quarter, and with 4 quarter, USCIS will likely process 80,000 cases if nothing significant changes, so.... if USCIS does not really increase its speed, given that I 751 annual application is around 160,000 cases, it will be around 30-32 months (because similar statistics increased the processing time from 6 months to 18 -20 months, so adding 12 to 18-20 months would be 30-32 months). I do know USCIS started to distribute some I 751 to other centers like Texas, Nebraska, but let's see. If you dont see USCIS significantly increasing approving cases in 2nd quarter (which would be published around August), it is every i 751's filer's best interest to apply for N 400 regardless as soon as you are eligible to apply (because N 400 can trigger I 751 approval in most of cases, and there is no reason to wait for 30-42 months for I 751 approval). Given that you are still happily married to spouse, the interview will be enough that IO will be convinced to process I 751 and N400 simultaneously. Also, due to increased processing timeline, I am sure that many of local USCIS offices will be more aware I 751 pending during N 400 interviews so they will start to establish a guidance (like memo from higher officials in USCIS) under immigration and naturalization act(INA). At the bare minimum, INA allows to I 751 pending adjucated in prior to N 400, so if you are happily married, I would assume there is nothing afraid, other than some inconvenience. In order to retrieve lost opportunity costs that would have been processed (around 140,000 annual approvals) for I 751 in fiscal year of 2017, USCIS needs to process at least 180,000 cases in fiscal year of 2018. If you see this numbers by the end of fiscal year, it means then that processing timeline can be faster to less than 12 months for those who will apply for I 751 next year, (one of whom is me), and therefore, N 400 can be an option, not a requirement. So the recent USCIS notification that extension letter will be now 18 months, I don't know if it is red flag that USCIS just decided to torture the fate of I 751 filers, or it is a warm gesture that they are now starting to pay attention to I 751. I can't tell yet, but I would remain hopeful. I am very excited to see next USCIS quarterly data pulblication soon! Hope this helps! Raw data is here. Forms Received2 Approved3 Total Forms 166,431 89,001 8,530,722 2017 144,648 134,288 8,070,917 2016 165,785 147,520 7,650,475 2015 178,359 154,983 6,384,648 2014 171,651 231,778 6,477,977 2013
  3. Many of major credit card companies no longer offer "joint credit card" (i.e amex and chase specifically). Some local bank credit card program might have joint bank credit card which means both parties equally is liable for payment whereas major credit card companies have authorized user, who is not necessarily liable on the payment. And i don't like local bank credit card without much benefit due to Chase's 5/24 rules that means Chase credit card will have low chance to be approved if applicants opened 5 credit card within 24 months and all of our expenditure is on credit card So being that said asking your credit company if they can start to write both of your names can help. USCIS is well aware of this end era of joint credit card and what they care is not whether applicants are merely in joint credit card program but more like financial comingle. So with both of your names on statement and transaction history it should be good
  4. I dont mean to disappoint you, but I have been tracking down on my excel files whenever USCIS updates I-751 timeline. So far, it is like following. updated date CSC VSC 10/13/2017 6/1/2016 10/1/2016 11/9/2017 8/3/2016 10/10/2016 12/1/2017 8/3/2016 10/10/2016 12/7/2017 7/27/2016 10/10/2016 2/1/2018 9/7/2016 12/19/2016 2/15/2018 9/22/2016 1/23/2017 3/14/2018 10/12/2016 2/27/2017 change to case inquiry 4/16/2018 9/26/2016 1/17/2017 5/16/2018 10/26/2016 2/14/2017 Realistically, however, there have been many reported cases until Feb, 2017 CSC filers, so I am just guessing that USCIS does not want to update the dates concurrently, which, then, would create angry/dismayed CSC fillers shadowing case inquiries to USCIS, leading to more increased workload. Although USCIS website says 50% of cases are between 16.5 to 20 months timeframe, but they can always change the definition of those 50% cases, and that is how it can manipulate the statistics while they did not make a lie, called misrepresentation, and because USCIS operates in such a closed door manner, outsiders can't really say too much Anyhow, a good news is that USCIS increases the number of officers since last year, who are final phase of completion of training, and the delayed I-751 cases are distributed to Nebraska/Texas Service center. So it might start to speed it up sometime this year. Because newly trained ISO generally conducts N-400 interviews, as some of might have applied for N400 during pending status of I-751, they might actually get the interviews in 4-6 months for N-400 and becomes citizens. (The reason for new ISO conducts N-400 interviews is it is relatively easier than green card eligibility to determine, and once they become 1-2 years experienced, they will be doing more green card interview as well) Hope it can catch up some speed. I will keep updating my excel file at the latest!
  5. Not really.. I have been following since last Oct, 2017 after I noticed when USCIS updates their page, the data is lost to external users, so in every months I have updated in Excel until my last day of I-751 approval, which is following: updated date CSC VSC 10/13/2017 6/1/2016 10/1/2016 11/9/2017 8/3/2016 10/10/2016 12/1/2017 8/3/2016 10/10/2016 12/7/2017 7/27/2016 10/10/2016 2/1/2018 9/7/2016 12/19/2016 2/15/2018 9/22/2016 1/23/2017 3/14/2018 10/12/2016 2/27/2017 So, both CSC and VSC fail to follow the speed of time, (for instance, 5 months from October, 2017, and both centers processed 4.2 months and almost 5 months)
  6. Thanks for sharing your experiences with them. I wish the best luck for your N-400 soon on the last journey! Good luck!
  7. That is really good news! If field offices are actively taking a look at I-751's pending cases, it can help to faster the delayed backlog. Being that said, I wonder what they asked you, if they actually wanted to visit your home and household, what time they visited, or is there any particular red flag on your I-751 cases to trigger the necessity for USCIS to decide to send officers to visit your home, or it was just randomly selected for you in an effort to faster the backlog? Thanks
  8. @mindthegap Thanks for such an exciting response. I wasnt able to find the policy manual, but find nolo.com's advice for I-751 process in case it is at-fault divorce. It is also common sense that falling in love with someone other than spouse during marriage is considered cheating, or adultery in legal term, which may not be punishable by U.S. common laws, but may be severely impacted on immigration status especially an alien obtains LPR through marriage. My attorney also advised that even adultery is a ground to deny N-400 during naturalization due to moral turpitude even if one of clients obtained LPR through employment-based and therefore should be avoiding it. I am very impressed to see your timeline and I hope you enjoy the process then and keep it posted!
  9. If it is at-fault by you, petitioner, you won't get I-751 granted because USCIS can't approve based on their policy manual. Even if no-fault divorce, you still need to provide ample evidences that marriage was entered in good faith If it is at-fault by citizen, or in your situation, your wife, it increases a chance to get I-751, but still not guaranteed. Often at-fault divorce by citizen gives a lot positive signal to female petitioner such as VAWA eligibility. So being all that said, if you fall in love with someone without your wife's acknowledge, I would highly recommend stop doing your affair, unfortunately that is what faces immigrants in this country. Even if your wife's consent is present, both of you agreeing that marriage is not repairable and it is both of your best intent and interests to divorce, it is still best of interests that you do it discrete way so that your wife doesnt have ugly feeling on it and provide the information to USCIS. Divorce can get quite ugly in quite fast manner so it is just best not to disclose too much about your loved one. Although if your affair is USC again, and there have been instances that I-751 with current wife is denied due to failure of establishing bona-fide marriage to USCIS and re-married to another USC going over I-485 again and finally approved, it is just not worth the risk taking it. Plus these are rare instances that USCIS will require a lot more evidences and most importantly, the political climate change has happened that these are very unlikely to be approved (like divorce with current wife, re-married to affaired love, and filling for I-485 again to start over). Of course, not to mention attorney assistance is required to deliver complicate nature of this circumstance. Hope this helps
  10. Thanks for sharing such a good graphs. In fact, I have been collecting data and it had similar results based on what USCIS has provided figures in I751. Application received Approved Denied Pending backlog 2016 144,648 134,288 8096 121412 10,360 2015 165785 147520 7908 118793 18,265 2014 178359 154983 9512 104883 23,376 2013 171651 231778 11605 76264 -60,127 So in 2013, USCIS had approved 231778 catching up backlogs, but ever since then it was slow. I believe 2013 big catch-up is due to Obama's re-elected as that was when Obama had to make a lot of promises on immigration. Unfortunately, political climate change has happened under current administration and based on your graph, 2017's approval total # is even less than 100,000, meaning that in 4 years, the approval number has been decreased from 300,000 to 100,000 annually. This is definitely concern and must be questioned to grill USCIS director during congressional hearing because it is the same USCIS, a federal organization with more funding from increased fees and yet failing to serve immigrants in timely manners while they keep insisting that customer experience has been improved. I-751 delayed processing time is not within any reasonable accounts. My attorney advises that among immigration attorneys, they believe that under current administrations, USCIS started to delay family-based immigration while they get picky about employment-based immigration petitions in order that avoiding future immigrants is best of US national interests. Also it is disappointing that Democrats are more interested in DACA recipients than I-751 immigrant petitions, who is under firm and legal category immigrants.
  11. I thought authorized user is joint owner? I googled some and I even asked American express Customer service agent about joint owner but they all said the current trend is it becomes authorized users than joint owner. Well, I enjoy traveling and like the free mileage for flight tickets and hotels, so I do start strategically develop credit card so I dont have to get penalty from Chase 5/24 rules, but I never heard about Joint owners other than AU. If I am wrong, can I ask which card service do you use?
  12. Generally speaking field office at USCIS does place an interview based on the date of arrivals from NBC regardless of petition types including employment-based I-485, Family Based I-485, and ROC as well. So only after NBC sends ROC to field office, do they start to schedule an interview, meaning Transfer to field office most likely means "Interview" However, I dont think it is scary to go through the interviews because many times interviews can just clarify basic information. Yes, it is still possible that they are gonna scrutinze you in very uncomfortable way, but as long as everything is bona-fide, then it actually means your status can be accordingly adjusted, which means you dont have to wait in a line for so long. IN fact, RFEs and interviews sometime make application adjusted faster, so nothing to be concerned too much
  13. Approval Time Lag

    I noticed that some ROCs jurisdiction in CSC service centers are adjucated by VSC due to stark time lag difference In fact, VSC was much slower than CSC last year, but due to newly introduced software to CSC center, which is not easy for ISO at CSC to get adapted presumably, it creates the time lag. Hopefully, it will get things done faster, yet the current administration is very reluctant to give immigration benefits until proven very clearly. Many immigration agenda from current administration such as travel ban, reducing asylum green card, blocking chain immigration, tightening H-1B, and investigating new visa applications' online past history have been introduced by Center for Immigration. I feel the DOJ, Jeff Session, gives a great credit on this center, which introduces all restrictive immigration procedures So it is not really surprising that ROC takes this longer while Congress is at ransom by POTUS for DACA issues, where Democrats, generally speaking, in favor of giving amnesty to DACA recipients spends too much time without caring legal immigrants' issues such as more than 1 year's ridiculous long process for ROC takes place. In other words, instead of DACA, I believe Democrats should give priority for legal constituents such as green card holders, but they are so focused on DACA recipients, which may be or may not be legal status Additionally, the newly enforced in-person interviews for all employment-based immigration petitions may contribute longer delay on family-based adjucations. Although it is notable that interview takes a place at field office while ROC adjucation takes place at service centers, this only means that USCIS with its limited resources such as staffs, budgets, and supporting agents, have to dedicate the limited resources for those who would not have been vetted in prior to introduction of in-person interview for employment-based immigration. Being all that said, there is no political leadership that provides favorable conditions for succinct adjucation nor is administrational supports. I guess USCIS does its best, but it just takes long enough. Hold it tight. The only positive sign I can foretell is USCIS with its commitment to hire more staffs may lead to faster adjuscation but it depends on where newly hired staffs are gonna be relocated. I would think typically field office instead of service center because field office is usually entry-level positions while at service center, staffs are either middle or senior levels as far as I know. But still if newly hired staffs are gonna replace the current staffs in field offices who have some experiences for adjuscation and transfer to service center, it may increase the overall staffs who can adjucate in service centers. I just hope this number is not a few drop in a bucket
  14. Yes, the irony thing is USCIS claims the burden of proof is the applicant's, not USCIS. In other words, the null hypothesis is all immigration applicants are guilt until proven otherwise. Only when and if the applicants provide convincing evidences does USCIS grant for immigration benefits. But when it becomes to the court, the burden of proof is on USCIS and its prosecutors to convince the judge. The null hypothesis in US criminal system is all suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Also, I read routinely glassdoor reviews how USCIS officers think about itself. It has tons of valuable insights that we would never know as outsiders, who are very concerned and just annoyed by USCIS, about how insider's think of organization. One of the impressive comments was the leadership team in field office is more concerned about how many applications they receive and the ratios of approvals vs denials, which is a strong threshold for their promotions. So, the burden is now transferred to IO, who actually conducts the interviews with somewhat pressuring from the Field Office's managers. So I am guessing, if I have to, USCIS IO generally tends to approve the cases if applicants provide reasoanble, strong, and convincing evidences for the immigration benefits.
  15. The big stake is their job security and public images. If they don't enforce random interviews, then it gives a signal for potential marriage fraudsters that they are gonna be safe, but by announcing the random selection, it discourages the fraudsters. Yet, the question still remains: fraudsters are not stupid enough. They may actually continued to get married 2 years, knowing that all marriage interviews are required for initial AOS interviews in order to avoid I-751 process. Plus, during the 2 years of marriages, fraudsters will accumulates more convincing evidences for AOS approval while not even worried about I-751, financially and timelinewise. So in the end, the random interview selection is just about whom to blame when things go viral whilst USCIS doesn't actually care other than job security.