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It seems to me that all of my stress about my wife's upcoming interview is about faith -the lack of faith in the system.

For example, when I drive my car down the road, I have faith that people on the other side of the white line will not suddenly swerve into my lane and initiate an accident. And when I need help, I will call the police and I have faith that he or she will not shoot me when coming to my assistance...

Well, in trying to unite with my spouse, one should have the faith that the system will work. If all the proper legal steps have been taken, the process will deliver a visa, etc., so that people can be united.

The reality is that I have no faith in the interview process in HCMC.

This isn't right. The legal process shouldn't be just potluck.

"Well, tell me, Punk, do you feel lucky today? --Well, do you?!"


Wedding in Vietnam: 12/25/2005 (graduate school, below poverty line, couldn't apply)
[b]August 27, 2007[/b]: 1st I-130 packet sent w/incorrect $190 instead of new $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
October 6, 2007: 2nd I-130 packet with $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
January 10, 2008: NOA1 March 31, 2008: NOA2 (approved & sent to NVC)
April 14, 2008: NVC sent AOS Fee Bill (Affidavit of Support) $70.00 & DS-3032 form
Received.
April 15, 2008: Faxed wife the DS-3032 agent form to be mailed from Vietnam.
May 5, 2008: NVC sent request for Affidavit of Support form. May 19. 2008: received NVC's request for Affidavit of Support form.
May 20, 2008: Sent off I-864, Affidavit of Support May 30, 2008: Received IV Fee bill for $400 --money order & sent by Priority Mail.
June 10, 2008: I-864 approved. June 11, 2008: IV fee entered in system. June 16, 2008: DS-230 barcode issued
June 30, 2008: DS-230 mailed by expressed mail July 3, 2008: DS-230 package arrived at NVC & under review
July 11, 2008: Case completed at NVC.
Sept. 5th, 2008: INTERVIEW DATE at HCMC: White paper with writing.
March 26, 2009: Resubmit.
[b]DENIED. June 2009: case sent back & received at USCIS[/b]
August 2009: filed new I-130. Approved after first I-130 case sent to VN, again.
February 2010: USCIS contacted & asked for more evidence
March 2010: USCIS re-approved original case.
April 14, 2010: Consulate sends DS-230
June 15, 2010: Interview Date (Blue issued)
July 13, 2010 Placed on AP -yippee!
Sept. 13, 2010 Consulate home visit
[b]Nov. 5, 2010 Approval letter sent.[/b]
[b]Nov. 19, 2010 Visa picked up. Arrival: Nov. 24, 2010[/b]

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I have no faith in the government at all. we seem to never follow own own rules and just make up things as they go. its like changing the rules in the middle of the game. talked with my senators and their offices are getting a flood of complaints for a lot of immigration related issues and its not just HCMC.

rodney

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Faith? Didn't you hear they remove all faith related material out of the court/school/government buildings? Then what happened after that? They start installing barbed wires and metal detectors after that! You shouldn't expect that to happen here at HCMC either!

All jokes aside! Come on guys, you didn't have faith in love and romance, you wouldn't go this route to get married a girl in the land that 12000 miles away. Just keep the faith, US has a big government machine, takes a bit longer to turn the wheels than your private board meeting! Ask anyone who went through this process, once your wife here, you wouldn't even care to stress out how long it took you to get her here. It's just tough right now you are going through the system and not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

However, I must say, this is the BEST system money can buy brothers! Everyone wants to come here, you're not competing only with the folks in VN, you competing for processing Visa resource with the whole world who try to get in!

Hang tight! :thumbs:


"You always get what you've always gotten if you always do what you always did."

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What else can we do but jump through the hoops. The only other option is to move to VN or another country with our SO. For most that isn't an option, people have mortgages and debt to pay, we enjoy the freedoms we have in the US, ect. Until Immigration overhaul is an issue, there's not much we can do. It sux, but waiting this long will only make our reunion that much sweeter. Other problems in our relationship seem trival compared to dealing with the whole process.


CR-1 Visa

I-130 Sent : 2006-08-30

I-130 NOA1 : 2006-09-12

I-130 Approved : 2007-01-17

NVC Received : 2007-02-05

Consulate Received : 2007-06-09

Interview Date : 2007-08-16 Case sent back to USCIS

NOA case received by CSC: 2007-12-19

Receive NOIR: 2009-05-04

Sent Rebuttal: 2009-05-19

NOA rebuttal entered: 2009-06-05

Case sent back to NVC for processing: 2009-08-27

Consulate sends DS-230: 2009-11-23

Interview: 2010-02-05 result Green sheet for updated I864 and photos submit 2010-03-05

APPROVED visa pick up 2010-03-12

POE: 2010-04-20 =)

GC received: 2010-05-05

Processing

Estimates/Stats : Your I-130 was approved in 140 days.

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I have all the Faith in the system and I woke up next to my wonderful bride this morning. Good luck to you.


TimeLine

Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-129F Sent : 2007-09-26

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-09-28

I-129F RFE(s) : none

RFE Reply(s) : none

I-129F NOA2 : 2007-10-30

NVC Received : 2007-11-05

NVC Left : 2007-11-06

Consulate Received : 2007-11-09

Packet 3 Received : 2007-11-17

Packet 3 Sent : 2007-11-23

Packet 4 Received : 2007-12-16

Medical Taken : 2008-01-03

Medical Passed : 2008-01-04

Interview Date : 2008-01-11

Interview Passed : 2008-01-11

Visa Issue : January 18th 2008

USA ENTRY : January 23rd 2008

POE Entry : Seattle Washington

Wedding : February 9th 2008

Social Security Card Received: February 19th 2008

Civil Surgeon I693 signed : April 14th Vaccinations Complete.

AOS: Sent on April 15th 2008 USPS Confirmed . April 17th 4:56 Am

AOS: Hard Copy Received NOA1 April 22nd all 3 arrived same day.

Biometrics : Received Appointment Letter Today April 27th = May 23rd 2008 10 am appointment

Transfered CSC June 4th

EAD: Approved June 13th 2008

EAD: Recieved Card June 18th 2008

AP: Approved June 13th 2008

AP: Received June 18th 2008

AOS:touched :Card ordered July 26th

Approval: AOS : Aug 4th

Green Card :Received : Aug 5th with Welcome Letter . 2 years Dated July 26th

Thank You USCIS

Thank You Visa Journey...........................

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It seems to me that all of my stress about my wife's upcoming interview is about faith -the lack of faith in the system.

For example, when I drive my car down the road, I have faith that people on the other side of the white line will not suddenly swerve into my lane and initiate an accident. And when I need help, I will call the police and I have faith that he or she will not shoot me when coming to my assistance...

Well, in trying to unite with my spouse, one should have the faith that the system will work. If all the proper legal steps have been taken, the process will deliver a visa, etc., so that people can be united.

The reality is that I have no faith in the interview process in HCMC.

This isn't right. The legal process shouldn't be just potluck.

"Well, tell me, Punk, do you feel lucky today? --Well, do you?!"

Hi 2x2y2z,

Would you please tell me how to send complaint letter to the Immigration Director? I filed I-130 on October 16, 2007 but haven't received the NOA1. Although my money order was cashed in January, 2008, USCIS couldn't find my case in their computer system when I called in April 2008. They couldn't check my case with the receipt number provided on the cashed money order. Then they sent me a letter with a request of copy of cashed money order or copy of my original application. I sent right back, however, I didn't hear anything as well. It's been 3 month since I sent those back to Vermont. Do you or anyone have any advice? Should I send a new application with a copy of cashed money order?


MyTimeline: CR1/IR1 visa

USCIS:

8/20/07: Got Marriage Certificate

8/22/07: Wedding

10/16/07: Sent I-130 to VSC

1/14/08: Receipt date

1/15/08: Money Order cashed

8/6/08: Notice date (transferred to CSC by USCIS)

8/11/08: Touched (current status: this case is now pending at the office to which it was transferred)

8/12/08: Touched

9/2/08: Touched

9/3/08: Touched --> APPROVED (CRIS email)

9/4/08: Touched

NVC:

9/10/08: NVC Received

9/11/08: Case # assigned

9/15/08: DS-3032 and I-846 bill generated

9/16/08: DS-3032 email and hard copy sent (auto response received in 3 minutes)

9/18/08: NVC received DS-3032, hard copy (received email responese on 9/23/08)

9/18/08: Received AOS bill and DS-3032

9/21/08: Paid AOS fee online

9/24/08: Paid IV fee online

9/26/08: Sent AOS and IV packages

9/29/08: Received IV bill hardcopy (already paid online)

9/29/08: NVC received AOS and IV packages

10/07/08: CASE COMPLETE (27 days)

12/1/08: INTERVIEW

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Would you please tell me how to send complaint letter to the Immigration Director?

http://www.immigration.com/newsletter1/complaintins.html

USCIS Established Complaint Procedures

The USCIS has established complaint procedures whereby individuals can report incidents of misconduct, mistreatment, or allegations of abuse, fraud, waste, or mismanagement. These complaint procedures are particularly useful for clients who want to report abusive treatment during Special Registration or while crossing the border. Official complaints will help raise the USCIS' awareness of abuses/ill treatment that occur during the Special Registration and at the border and give mistreated foreign nationals a chance to voice their grievances.

Office of the inspector General

Complaints must be made in writing. The Office of the inspector General (OIG) does not make any statements as to the confidentiality of its complaint procedure. Furthermore, the OIG does not guarantee that each case will be investigated.

Address:

Office of the inspector General

US Department of Justice

Investigations Division

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Room 4706

Washington, DC 20530

Fax: (202)-616-9898

e-mail: oig.hotline@usdoj.gov

phone: 1-800-869-4499*

*This hotline provides OIG address information in either English or Spanish. Complaints cannot be registered over the phone.

USCIS Office of Internal Audit

Complaints will only be accepted via the mail. The Office of Internal Audit (OIA) states that it will keep complaints confidential unless disclosure is unavoidable in a legal or administrative proceeding. It also states that there is no retaliation for submitting a complaint. That having been said, attorneys should still inform their clients who are in undocumented status or otherwise compromised status of the potential risks of registering complaints.

Address:

Director, Office of Internal Audit

US Immigration and Naturalization Service

425 I St., NW

Room 3260

Washington, DC 20536


Wedding in Vietnam: 12/25/2005 (graduate school, below poverty line, couldn't apply)
[b]August 27, 2007[/b]: 1st I-130 packet sent w/incorrect $190 instead of new $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
October 6, 2007: 2nd I-130 packet with $355 fee (Mesquite, Texas).
January 10, 2008: NOA1 March 31, 2008: NOA2 (approved & sent to NVC)
April 14, 2008: NVC sent AOS Fee Bill (Affidavit of Support) $70.00 & DS-3032 form
Received.
April 15, 2008: Faxed wife the DS-3032 agent form to be mailed from Vietnam.
May 5, 2008: NVC sent request for Affidavit of Support form. May 19. 2008: received NVC's request for Affidavit of Support form.
May 20, 2008: Sent off I-864, Affidavit of Support May 30, 2008: Received IV Fee bill for $400 --money order & sent by Priority Mail.
June 10, 2008: I-864 approved. June 11, 2008: IV fee entered in system. June 16, 2008: DS-230 barcode issued
June 30, 2008: DS-230 mailed by expressed mail July 3, 2008: DS-230 package arrived at NVC & under review
July 11, 2008: Case completed at NVC.
Sept. 5th, 2008: INTERVIEW DATE at HCMC: White paper with writing.
March 26, 2009: Resubmit.
[b]DENIED. June 2009: case sent back & received at USCIS[/b]
August 2009: filed new I-130. Approved after first I-130 case sent to VN, again.
February 2010: USCIS contacted & asked for more evidence
March 2010: USCIS re-approved original case.
April 14, 2010: Consulate sends DS-230
June 15, 2010: Interview Date (Blue issued)
July 13, 2010 Placed on AP -yippee!
Sept. 13, 2010 Consulate home visit
[b]Nov. 5, 2010 Approval letter sent.[/b]
[b]Nov. 19, 2010 Visa picked up. Arrival: Nov. 24, 2010[/b]

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No system is perfect and there's always going to be some problems. The US government has it rules and usually everything works "ok". When enough people decide that it has to change and agree on what that change should be, the US government changes. Women couldn't vote, Blacks were slaves, chldren would work in factories, etc. But those and many more things were changed by people deciding that change should happen and what the change should be.

Until enough people decide what kind of immigration changes needs to take place then work to get those changes made, we are fortunate to have two great options and an universal fact.

One is to use the current system to the fullest. That means filling the best possible I-129f petitions with enough evidence and being proactive about making sure the petition is properly processed all the way thru to the end.

Two is complaining and reporting mistakes, abuses, etc to the proper government offices and general public to further help create the need to change the immigration laws and focus attention on what the change should be as well as help others avoid any pitfalls in the system.

And the universal fact is faith in your love for each other. Knowing that no matter what happens your love will bring you together and keep you together forever.

Peter and Thi

I-129F Sent : 2007-05-26

I-129F NOA1 : 2007-06-11

I-129F RFE(s) :

RFE Reply(s) :

I-129F NOA2 : 2007-10-26

Touched: 2007-11-02

NVC Recieved: 2007-11-16

Consulate recieved ??????

Packet 3 sent 2007-12-11

Packet 3 received 2007-12-24

Packet 3 returned 2007-12-28

Packet 4 sent 2008-1-14

Email Reply with Interview Date 2008-1-23

Interview Date 2008-2-27

Passed Interview 2008-02-27

Visa Pick Up Date 2008-3-05

Received Visa 2008-2-29 (called to pick up earlier)

POE 2008-3-05 Los Angeles

Wedding 2008-4-26

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I noticed something in this thread:

Having Wife in U.S. = Faith In The System

Not Having Wife In U.S. = Not Much Faith In The System

I will be the exception to the rule, as usual. I do not have a lot of faith in the system. I credit a lot of our success to dumb luck. But then, I seem to have had a lot of dumb luck since I met Mai.

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I noticed something in this thread:

Having Wife in U.S. = Faith In The System

Not Having Wife In U.S. = Not Much Faith In The System

I will be the exception to the rule, as usual. I do not have a lot of faith in the system. I credit a lot of our success to dumb luck. But then, I seem to have had a lot of dumb luck since I met Mai.

A meticulous I-129f didn't hurt.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.ph...p;#entry2075754

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Having wife here = faith in the system

Not having wife here = no faith in the system

I always believe in our US Government systems, they aren't the BEST, the most sufficient BUT sure as heck 1000x better than the rest of the world! You don't see anyone working so hard days and nights to apply for Visa immigrate to Vietnam, do you? At least we have A system to get your loved ones here as opposed to no system at all.... the system is slow but it will do for now.


"You always get what you've always gotten if you always do what you always did."

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