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One month ago today, my husband and I went in for his AOS interview. They had never given us a fingerprint appointment, so they weren't able to officially approve him, but they approved him upon FBI name check clearance and fingerprints.

So, they gave us the fingerprint paperwork and tried to go get an interim EAD downstairs at the infopass windows. They too told us that they couldn't give him one (even though it had been longer than 90 days from filing...) without fingerprints and that all the processing had been done, just waiting on fingerprints. So they gave us another form to get fingerprints for the EAD.

After this, we immediately went and got the biometrics taken, and were told that his EAD would come in a couple weeks.

Time passes.

nothing.

Everyday, we rush to the mailbox, only to return disappointed with maybe some crappy ads and coupons (aka: trash).

So, finally we decide to call the wonderfully helpful (can you sense the sarcasm?) 800 number.

They tell us that they hadn't received notice of completion of his biometrics, and that the fingerprint place has up to 60 days (yes, TWO WHOLE MONTHS) to submit them! BUT that if we go back to the DO, he is eligible for an interim EAD. (which I am pretty sure they should have given us the first time around.... jerks.)

So, we go down there this morning. They lady looks at our case. Sees record of his biometrics (funny that it shows up on her computer....) and says "that's funny, usually it only takes a week to arrive after fingerprints, I don't see why its taking so long" Yeah. We don't either. Real funny.

But, alas we did get him an interim EAD and went over to Social Security to try to get that ball rolling. They couldn't issue him a card yet, since we just got the EAD today and it hasn't been updated in their SAVE system, but they are submitting the paperwork and putting a rush on it, so it should come in a couple weeks.

Like a lot of you, we're just tired of waiting! The most frustrating part is that we've followed all their rules, done everything when asked, and the way they wanted it done, why can't they follow their own rules when it comes to our case? When we try to get answers, they look at our case, and wonder "hmm, why did they do it that way?" rawr.

I can't wait till this is all over. I'm really not all that bitter about it, I just wanted to get this off my chest. I'm actually really happy that things are finally, but very slowly starting to come together!

Good luck to you all! I hope they don't put any of you on hold like they have to us... My poor husband has felt so useless the past seven months that he's been in America... At least now he can almost start his new life for real!


11/11/2005 -- Chris Arrived in US on K-1 Visa

11/21/2005 -- Married in Vegas!

12/05/2005 -- Mailed AOS/EAD

04/05/2006 -- AOS Interview and Bio (issued at the interview)

06/10/2006 -- Welcome letter arrives

06/23/2006 -- Green Card Arrives

Lifting Conditions

03/10/2008 -- Mailed I-751 Packet to USCIS

03/14/2008 -- NOA Arrives!! (also check is cashed)

04/07/2008 -- Bio Appt Letter Arrives!

04/17/2008 -- Bio Appt

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