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Immigration Security Checks—How and Why the Process Works

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All applicants for a U.S. immigration benefit are subject to criminal and national security background checks to ensure they are eligible for that benefit. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Federal agency that oversees immigration benefits, performs checks on every applicant, regardless of ethnicity, national origin or religion.

Since 2002, USCIS has increased the number and scope of relevant background checks, processing millions of security checks without incident. However, in some cases, USCIS customers and immigrant advocates have expressed frustration over delays in processing applications, noting that individual customers have waited a year or longer for the completion of their adjudication pending the outcome of security checks. While the percentage of applicants who find their cases delayed by pending background checks is relatively small, USCIS recognizes that for those affected individuals, the additional delay and uncertainty can cause great anxiety. Although USCIS cannot guarantee the prompt resolution of every case, we can assure the public that applicants are not singled out based on race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

USCIS strives to balance the need for timely, fair and accurate service with the need to ensure a high level of integrity in the decision-making process. This fact sheet outlines the framework of the immigration security check process, explaining its necessity, as well as factors contributing to delays in resolving pending cases.

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while i am sure they dont set out to make our lives miserable, i cant quite get my head around what takes soo long. Furthermore the misinformation I received during this time was unbelieveable. Unfortunately i was not one who could just chalk it up to them being chopf*cks... i wanted an answer and be damn consistant about it for once.

The security check process was the most difficult part of the process and was seriously affecting my professional, personal and emotional life. I can only hope that after AOS interview we dont wind up going through this twice.

good read. :thumbs:

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Thanks for the info Capt! :yes:


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AOS Journey:
May 02, 2006 :AOS Sent to Chicago...Let the couting begin
May 03, 2006 :AOS received in Chicago
May 12, 2006 :Received NOA1 dated 05/09/2006
May 22, 2006 Biometrics Notice Rcvd dated 05/17/2006
May 30, 2006 :Biometrics done in ASC Birmingham
July 01, 2006 :Interview Letter received
Aug 30, 2006 :Interview in Atlanta & got RFE for I-693A! OUCH!!!
November, 2006 :I-693A Sent. The waiting goes on...
April 4, 2007: Infopass & it doesn't help at all!!!
April 18, 2007 :Contacting our Congressman.
May 18, 2007 : E-mail rcvd, Welcome Notice Sent! Finally!!!
April 22, 2007 : E-mail rcvd, GC has been ordered
April 24, 2007 : Welcome Notice Rvcd. Yeeehaaa!!!!
June 1, 2007: GC arrived! Yippy! USCIS Free for 2 years!
2008: Moved to China
2009: Conditional GC Expired and Husband has been having affairs since 2008 in China. Can't file for ROC since he got laid off. He came to Jakarta to live with me and my parents. He got a new job. Life resume to normal or so I thought.
March 2010: Officially separated after yet more affairs exposed just a day after my birthday!

February 2011: Officially divorced.
June 18, 2011: He married the girl he had the last affair with.

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"Every USCIS District Office performs regular reviews of the pending caseload to determine when cases have cleared and are ready to be decided."

That sounds like BS to me based on what happened with my wife's naturlization application. She had the fingerprints done last November and when she had her interview in January the application couldn't be approved because the checks hadn't been completed. We waited 2 months and then we contacted one of our Senators and a week later she received the N-400 approval notice, so I know the results from the checks were sitting in a pile of papers on someone's desk and we would probably still be waiting if we hadn't followed up.

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You may have noticed tho that the term 'regular' is not quaified..regular to ME would mean perhaps weekly, maybe to you as well, but to them it might mean 'every quarter'.

The wheels of govt grind slowly - as Im sure you know (ex govt worker here too, and hearing the big-wigs pronounce what we 'should' be doing whilst cutting staff to pretty much ensure it was impossible was hella demoralizing)


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Dec 20th - Forms recev'd at CSC

Dec 27th - NOA1 received by snail mail!

Dec 29th - 'Touched'

March 10 2006 - NOA2!

March 23 - recv'd at NVC

March 24 - petition sent to London

April 9th - Pkt 3 rec'd!

May 17th - Pkt 3 signed for at London Embassy

May 24th - Medical

May24th - Pkt 4

June 14th - Interview 10am - APPROVED 1pm!!

June 16th - Visas received in my hot little hands 1pm :)

July 19th - flying to US!

July 27th - Married!! :-)

Aug 7th - Applied for SSN in married name

Aug 9th - SSN received

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