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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany
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My EAD application process has been a mess from start to (un)finish. My case was pending for over 90s until it finally got approved and I was really, really happy when I got the card on December 24th - the best Christmas present ever.

However, there is an error on the card. I am from Germany and we do birthdates dd/mm/yy and in the USA they unfortunately do it mm/dd/yy. I am born on the 9th of September which doesn't help because no one notices an error if they numbers are switched. It should be 09/10/yy on the card but it is 10/09/yy.

On my K-1 visa they cleverly put 10SEP1976 by the way.

No biggie, I first thought. I called but it was Christmas so all lines were closed. I called today and the woman told me that I have to REFILE the I-765 and SEND BACK my EAD! That completely destroyed me. They cannot be serious. They also expect me to proof my birthday. However, they have my original certified birth certificate (in German with the German way of writing birthdates) and my notarized translated copy (in the US way of writing birthdays). What else can I do to proof my birthday?

I guess it is easier just to change my birthday. I am sure I can equally happily celebrate on October 9th every year.

Has anybody here had a problem like this? How long does re-filing take?

My case has been send to a local USICS office already, so can I just go there?! (A woman at Infopass told me) I am in California? How can I find out at what office?

Should I take an attorney? This is starting to become an existential thread. How are we supposed to survive without income for that long?

The whole thing has even more consequences. I was too stupid to apply for an SNN after my entry in the USA on August 26th because I thought one needs a work permit to to so (should have read the guides here earlier). So now I cannot apply since I still don't have a valid EAD... Also the DMV is not approving my driver's license because of that...

Well, merry Christmas... indeed...

Any idea? Any suggestion? I appreciate your help or just plain condolences...


Timeline

03/09/2007 - I-129F petition sent to NSC

03/13/2007 - I 129F petition received @ NSC

03/19/2007 - NOA1

05/31/2007 - NOA2

07/17/2007 - original VISA Interview appointment (could not attend; request for new appointment)

08/14/2007 - new VISA Interview appointment

08/20/2007 - receive K-1 Visa

08/26/2007 - entering the USA

09/04/2007 - getting married

09/14/2007 - filing for AOS

10/24/2007 - receive Request of Initial Evidence

12/21/2007 - appointment at local USCIS (I-765 pending longer than 90 days)

12/10/2007 - receive appointment letter to capture biometrics for 12/26/2007

12/12/2007 - just go to the local USCIS office with my appointment letter, they take biometrics

12/12/2007 - two hours later I receive an e-mail update for my case: EAD approved

12/24/2007 - EAD arrives in mail, but has the wrong birthdate on!

01/07/2008 - re-apply for EAD

01/25/2008 - receive corrected EAD

02/19/2008 - AOS approved

02/28/2008 - receive Permanent Resident Card

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My EAD application process has been a mess from start to (un)finish. My case was pending for over 90s until it finally got approved and I was really, really happy when I got the card on December 24th - the best Christmas present ever.

However, there is an error on the card. I am from Germany and we do birthdates dd/mm/yy and in the USA they unfortunately do it mm/dd/yy. I am born on the 9th of September which doesn't help because no one notices an error if they numbers are switched. It should be 09/10/yy on the card but it is 10/09/yy.

On my K-1 visa they cleverly put 10SEP1976 by the way.

No biggie, I first thought. I called but it was Christmas so all lines were closed. I called today and the woman told me that I have to REFILE the I-765 and SEND BACK my EAD! That completely destroyed me. They cannot be serious. They also expect me to proof my birthday. However, they have my original certified birth certificate (in German with the German way of writing birthdates) and my notarized translated copy (in the US way of writing birthdays). What else can I do to proof my birthday?

I guess it is easier just to change my birthday. I am sure I can equally happily celebrate on October 9th every year.

Has anybody here had a problem like this? How long does re-filing take?

My case has been send to a local USICS office already, so can I just go there?! (A woman at Infopass told me) I am in California? How can I find out at what office?

Should I take an attorney? This is starting to become an existential thread. How are we supposed to survive without income for that long?

The whole thing has even more consequences. I was too stupid to apply for an SNN after my entry in the USA on August 26th because I thought one needs a work permit to to so (should have read the guides here earlier). So now I cannot apply since I still don't have a valid EAD... Also the DMV is not approving my driver's license because of that...

Well, merry Christmas... indeed...

Any idea? Any suggestion? I appreciate your help or just plain condolences...

Well if you were born at September 9th and they put 09/10 or 10/09 on it then both is wrong. ;)

Call the community you were born in and ask them to issue you an international birth certificate. That is just a few Euro each. I ordered 10 in Marburg when I was going through my AoS. If you still have family in germany maybe someone can go to the Standesamt and order some for you.

Before you re-file. Go and make an INFOPASS appointment and speak to someone at your local office. Sometimes they can help you without you spending another fortune.

About the existential threat(!)

You should have known that it can take a while and that there are always possibilities for mistakes and errors. I think that is one reason why you have to file the affidavit of support. So your partner can and has to prove that he/she is able to support you while you are waiting for your Green Card or EAD.

And - you are talking about an existential threat and you are thinking about hiring an attorney? For what? If you have money to waste you can send it to me. An attorney is of no use in this situation.


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Jamaica
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I can't believe you have to refile because they made a mistake, since you submitted your K-1 visa, with the correct birthdate. Shouldn't they have sent you an RFE to get the correct info. agree with the poster above a lawyer isn't of any use here.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany
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Well, the existential threat was a little over dramatic... and misspelled... (;

Why is 09/10 and 10/09 both wrong? I don't get that. An international birth certificate? I didn't know that existed. I will ask my parents to get that for me. Thanks for the tip.


Timeline

03/09/2007 - I-129F petition sent to NSC

03/13/2007 - I 129F petition received @ NSC

03/19/2007 - NOA1

05/31/2007 - NOA2

07/17/2007 - original VISA Interview appointment (could not attend; request for new appointment)

08/14/2007 - new VISA Interview appointment

08/20/2007 - receive K-1 Visa

08/26/2007 - entering the USA

09/04/2007 - getting married

09/14/2007 - filing for AOS

10/24/2007 - receive Request of Initial Evidence

12/21/2007 - appointment at local USCIS (I-765 pending longer than 90 days)

12/10/2007 - receive appointment letter to capture biometrics for 12/26/2007

12/12/2007 - just go to the local USCIS office with my appointment letter, they take biometrics

12/12/2007 - two hours later I receive an e-mail update for my case: EAD approved

12/24/2007 - EAD arrives in mail, but has the wrong birthdate on!

01/07/2008 - re-apply for EAD

01/25/2008 - receive corrected EAD

02/19/2008 - AOS approved

02/28/2008 - receive Permanent Resident Card

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany
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I know my files were recently moved to a local USCIS office, but how can I find out what office? Can I go there directly?


Timeline

03/09/2007 - I-129F petition sent to NSC

03/13/2007 - I 129F petition received @ NSC

03/19/2007 - NOA1

05/31/2007 - NOA2

07/17/2007 - original VISA Interview appointment (could not attend; request for new appointment)

08/14/2007 - new VISA Interview appointment

08/20/2007 - receive K-1 Visa

08/26/2007 - entering the USA

09/04/2007 - getting married

09/14/2007 - filing for AOS

10/24/2007 - receive Request of Initial Evidence

12/21/2007 - appointment at local USCIS (I-765 pending longer than 90 days)

12/10/2007 - receive appointment letter to capture biometrics for 12/26/2007

12/12/2007 - just go to the local USCIS office with my appointment letter, they take biometrics

12/12/2007 - two hours later I receive an e-mail update for my case: EAD approved

12/24/2007 - EAD arrives in mail, but has the wrong birthdate on!

01/07/2008 - re-apply for EAD

01/25/2008 - receive corrected EAD

02/19/2008 - AOS approved

02/28/2008 - receive Permanent Resident Card

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I know my files were recently moved to a local USCIS office, but how can I find out what office? Can I go there directly?

The files were moved to 'your' local USCIS office. You should try to locate the nearest USCIS office which is probably the one that has your files.


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My EAD application process has been a mess from start to (un)finish. My case was pending for over 90s until it finally got approved and I was really, really happy when I got the card on December 24th - the best Christmas present ever.

However, there is an error on the card. I am from Germany and we do birthdates dd/mm/yy and in the USA they unfortunately do it mm/dd/yy. I am born on the 9th of September which doesn't help because no one notices an error if they numbers are switched. It should be 09/10/yy on the card but it is 10/09/yy.

On my K-1 visa they cleverly put 10SEP1976 by the way.

No biggie, I first thought. I called but it was Christmas so all lines were closed. I called today and the woman told me that I have to REFILE the I-765 and SEND BACK my EAD! That completely destroyed me. They cannot be serious. They also expect me to proof my birthday. However, they have my original certified birth certificate (in German with the German way of writing birthdates) and my notarized translated copy (in the US way of writing birthdays). What else can I do to proof my birthday?

I guess it is easier just to change my birthday. I am sure I can equally happily celebrate on October 9th every year.

Has anybody here had a problem like this? How long does re-filing take?

My case has been send to a local USICS office already, so can I just go there?! (A woman at Infopass told me) I am in California? How can I find out at what office?

Should I take an attorney? This is starting to become an existential thread. How are we supposed to survive without income for that long?

The whole thing has even more consequences. I was too stupid to apply for an SNN after my entry in the USA on August 26th because I thought one needs a work permit to to so (should have read the guides here earlier). So now I cannot apply since I still don't have a valid EAD... Also the DMV is not approving my driver's license because of that...

Well, merry Christmas... indeed...

Any idea? Any suggestion? I appreciate your help or just plain condolences...

September is the 9th month of the year. So it should be 09/09


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September is the 9th month of the year. So it should be 09/09

Yes, but I was born on the 10th, not on the 9th. So it should be 09/10. If I was born on the 9th of September, this problem would have never occured, since it would be 09/09 either way... my dad is born on the 09/09 in fact... I envy him now a little...


Timeline

03/09/2007 - I-129F petition sent to NSC

03/13/2007 - I 129F petition received @ NSC

03/19/2007 - NOA1

05/31/2007 - NOA2

07/17/2007 - original VISA Interview appointment (could not attend; request for new appointment)

08/14/2007 - new VISA Interview appointment

08/20/2007 - receive K-1 Visa

08/26/2007 - entering the USA

09/04/2007 - getting married

09/14/2007 - filing for AOS

10/24/2007 - receive Request of Initial Evidence

12/21/2007 - appointment at local USCIS (I-765 pending longer than 90 days)

12/10/2007 - receive appointment letter to capture biometrics for 12/26/2007

12/12/2007 - just go to the local USCIS office with my appointment letter, they take biometrics

12/12/2007 - two hours later I receive an e-mail update for my case: EAD approved

12/24/2007 - EAD arrives in mail, but has the wrong birthdate on!

01/07/2008 - re-apply for EAD

01/25/2008 - receive corrected EAD

02/19/2008 - AOS approved

02/28/2008 - receive Permanent Resident Card

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The form specifically indicates the date needs to be in mm/dd/yy format... did you in fact fill out the form in dd/mm/yy? If so, the the USCIS did not make the mistake per se....

I would be even more concerned about your greencard having the same error on it if in fact you prepared the I-485 the same way....

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I know my files were recently moved to a local USCIS office, but how can I find out what office? Can I go there directly?

Make an InfoPass appointment - the operator will let you know where you local USCIS office is. Am not sure it matters if your file is there or not, but presumably it is. Bring your birth certificate (hopefully you have a certified copy) and passport (and any other ID you may have) along with your copies of the EAD (and AOS etc) you filed - basically bring the whole lot you submitted (just in case). And find out if it can be 'fixed' - (bring the EAD card too).

I'd suggest - as a time saver - go ahead and complete a new I-765 in case you need it during the InfoPass appointment. While you're there, have the representative review your AOS case too, so the mistake isn't repeated.

As suggested already, order or have someone order for you, an international BC from Germany - I think they're only E7.00 or so (plus postage - in stamps if being mailed to US) and will hopefully help in the long run.

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I went through the copies I made from my case and yes, I did fill out the form wrongly. I was shocked to find out. I thought I had triple-checked everything... luckily all other forms are filled out correctly. Of course it is my fault, but one would think they would check the information with what they have in their files? Why did I fill out the G-325 if it they never look at it? Why do I have to send a translated birth certificate if all they do is copying what I put in on one form. I gave my birthdate 5 times and 4 times it was right. Still, my fault, I know...

I already have an infopass appointment. We'll see what happens...

Thanks for your help.


Timeline

03/09/2007 - I-129F petition sent to NSC

03/13/2007 - I 129F petition received @ NSC

03/19/2007 - NOA1

05/31/2007 - NOA2

07/17/2007 - original VISA Interview appointment (could not attend; request for new appointment)

08/14/2007 - new VISA Interview appointment

08/20/2007 - receive K-1 Visa

08/26/2007 - entering the USA

09/04/2007 - getting married

09/14/2007 - filing for AOS

10/24/2007 - receive Request of Initial Evidence

12/21/2007 - appointment at local USCIS (I-765 pending longer than 90 days)

12/10/2007 - receive appointment letter to capture biometrics for 12/26/2007

12/12/2007 - just go to the local USCIS office with my appointment letter, they take biometrics

12/12/2007 - two hours later I receive an e-mail update for my case: EAD approved

12/24/2007 - EAD arrives in mail, but has the wrong birthdate on!

01/07/2008 - re-apply for EAD

01/25/2008 - receive corrected EAD

02/19/2008 - AOS approved

02/28/2008 - receive Permanent Resident Card

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