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If you are receiving this email it is because you are presently waiting for a filed K-1 Fiancee Visa, K-3 "Follow to Join" visa or an Immigrant Petition to be Consular Processed at a post abroad. If you are in any of these three categories, chances are that you are presently enduring a very long delay in receiving your immigration benefit.

As some of you may know, I was recently selected to serve on the Family Law Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. Pursuant to my role on that committee, I was able to meet this week with representatives of the Dep't of Homeland Security and Dep't of State regarding the concerns of many AILA members and their clients about the lengthy waits many families have to suffer through before they are united.

As many AILA members suspected, the delays are indeed associated with staffing issues related to the upcoming November election. Employees from various "service centers" in the USCIS have been shifted to citizenship roles to help ease the tremendous backlog. Similarly, employees from the DHS National Visa Center in New Hampshire (which reviews the second portion of many of your applications and forwards to the consular post) have been assisting their Homeland Security counterparts in Vermont in processing citizenship and other applications.

We were told that diverted staff will begin to return to their standard tasks over the next four to six weeks, with a full transition back by November 1. That being said, they did believe that no further lengthening of the processing times was imminent and that the current length (generally now eight months across the board for Fiancee visa or spouse permanent residence filings) would not increase and would begin to decrease around November 1. As many of you have also experienced, many cases are being transferred to the California Service Center, where staffing is at a higher level for these cases and the citizenship backlog has been reduced more quickly.

While this is neither a complete answer nor particularly helpful for those of you who filed in the late winter and spring expecting to have cases abroad well ahead of the autumn, at least now we can trust that the wait does have an end in sight. As always, whether pursuant to committee appointments or simply in my role as counselor, I will do my best to keep abreast of any timing changes and communicate them to you as quickly and effectively as possible.

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If you are receiving this email it is because you are presently waiting for a filed K-1 Fiancee Visa, K-3 "Follow to Join" visa or an Immigrant Petition to be Consular Processed at a post abroad. If you are in any of these three categories, chances are that you are presently enduring a very long delay in receiving your immigration benefit.

As some of you may know, I was recently selected to serve on the Family Law Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association. Pursuant to my role on that committee, I was able to meet this week with representatives of the Dep't of Homeland Security and Dep't of State regarding the concerns of many AILA members and their clients about the lengthy waits many families have to suffer through before they are united.

As many AILA members suspected, the delays are indeed associated with staffing issues related to the upcoming November election. Employees from various "service centers" in the USCIS have been shifted to citizenship roles to help ease the tremendous backlog. Similarly, employees from the DHS National Visa Center in New Hampshire (which reviews the second portion of many of your applications and forwards to the consular post) have been assisting their Homeland Security counterparts in Vermont in processing citizenship and other applications.

We were told that diverted staff will begin to return to their standard tasks over the next four to six weeks, with a full transition back by November 1. That being said, they did believe that no further lengthening of the processing times was imminent and that the current length (generally now eight months across the board for Fiancee visa or spouse permanent residence filings) would not increase and would begin to decrease around November 1. As many of you have also experienced, many cases are being transferred to the California Service Center, where staffing is at a higher level for these cases and the citizenship backlog has been reduced more quickly.

While this is neither a complete answer nor particularly helpful for those of you who filed in the late winter and spring expecting to have cases abroad well ahead of the autumn, at least now we can trust that the wait does have an end in sight. As always, whether pursuant to committee appointments or simply in my role as counselor, I will do my best to keep abreast of any timing changes and communicate them to you as quickly and effectively as possible.

:o omgosh this means i dont have a chance at all prolly and i already been at this a year........................ :angry: :angry:

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Heck I wasn't even hoping for christmas i was thinking more on the lines of valentines day but my hopes the past two weeks have dwindled of that too....ahhh this sucks!!! I miss my love!


November 5, 2008: NOA2 - APPROVEDDDDDD!!!

Interview: 2009-3-23 APPROVED!!!

Recieve Visa: April 1, 2009

POE: April 3, 2009

Wedding in Niagara Falls: April 15, 2009

AOS/EAD/AD

Sent priority mail: May 27, 2009

IS IT OVER YET?!?![/color]

"You can survive the unimaginable"

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There is also this... We've seen something about this before on these forums, but today's article begins to show the magnitude of the program. Definitely some pressure on the system. For a good cause, certainly, but I hope they have increased their staffing to handle it.

"The United States expects to admit a minimum of 17,000 Iraqi refugees in fiscal 2009, which begins October 1, the department's senior coordinator for refugees said. Thousands more Iraqis and their family members could arrive through a special visa program for people who worked for the United States or its contractors.

"I think you'll see the U.S. government admitting over the course of fiscal 2009 tens of thousands of Iraqis into the United States," coordinator James Foley told reporters.

Up to 3,000 could come from Baghdad, where the United States began interviews this year, he said."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080912/us_nm/...stu2vQnzxus0NUE


I-129F

I-129F Package sent: 05/23/2008

Package Rec'd at VSC: 05/28/2008 Signer - Staley

NOA1: 06/02/2008

Touch: 06/05/2008

Touch: 06/09/2008

Touch: 07/04/2008

Touch: 07/07/2008

Touch: 10/24/2008

NOA2: 10/24/2008 Yay mad smiley!!

Touch: 10/27/2008

NVC Rec'd: 10/30/2008

NVC Left: 11/03/2008

Consulate Rec'd: 11/05/2008

P3 Sent from MTL: 11/06/2008 To an attorney I do not know and never hired...ayaaaaaaaaaah

P3 Rec'd Finally: 11/19/2008

Checklist P3 Sent: 12/29/2008

P4 Rec'd: 02/10/2009

Interview MTL: 03/18/2009

Visa Rec'd: 04/07/2009

POE: 04/08/2009

AOS

Filed I-485 etc: 07/03/2009

NOA: 07/10/2009

AOS Transfer to CSC: 07/22/2009

Biometrics: 08/07/2009

Touch: 08/10/2009

Touch: 10/19/2009

I-485 Permanent Residence Registered: 11/03/2009

I-485 Approval Notice Sent: 11/07/2009

Green Card In Hand: 11/09/2009

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Don't get too frustrated with that info though... Things appear to be picking back up the last couple of days.


I-129F

I-129F Package sent: 05/23/2008

Package Rec'd at VSC: 05/28/2008 Signer - Staley

NOA1: 06/02/2008

Touch: 06/05/2008

Touch: 06/09/2008

Touch: 07/04/2008

Touch: 07/07/2008

Touch: 10/24/2008

NOA2: 10/24/2008 Yay mad smiley!!

Touch: 10/27/2008

NVC Rec'd: 10/30/2008

NVC Left: 11/03/2008

Consulate Rec'd: 11/05/2008

P3 Sent from MTL: 11/06/2008 To an attorney I do not know and never hired...ayaaaaaaaaaah

P3 Rec'd Finally: 11/19/2008

Checklist P3 Sent: 12/29/2008

P4 Rec'd: 02/10/2009

Interview MTL: 03/18/2009

Visa Rec'd: 04/07/2009

POE: 04/08/2009

AOS

Filed I-485 etc: 07/03/2009

NOA: 07/10/2009

AOS Transfer to CSC: 07/22/2009

Biometrics: 08/07/2009

Touch: 08/10/2009

Touch: 10/19/2009

I-485 Permanent Residence Registered: 11/03/2009

I-485 Approval Notice Sent: 11/07/2009

Green Card In Hand: 11/09/2009

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hmmm maybe thats what happened to ours? :unsure: perhaps we've been shifted to new adjudicators? :unsure: was hoping to have the visa by novemebr, and be able to marry in feb, :( i think this has thrown my dreams of having our nvc number by the 24th of this month out the window completely, i doubt even if we were approved now, that it would be sent to the nvc and processed in time. :(


Homer Sez:

Increase your wordiness,

Boudoir:

Where a French guy does it.

Our full time line is in our story on our profile.

K1

04-30-2008.......I-129F POSTED

05-01-2008....NOA1 (Touched 05-04-2008, Touched 04-07-2008)

09-23-2008....NOA2 Approved(See below for receipt of actual NOA2 and update in the USCIS System***)

01-13-2009....INTERVIEW (APPROVED)

02-18-2009....POE (LAX)

04-09-2009....WEDDING

AOS

06-12-2009.....AOS,EAD and AP Fedexed.

06-15-2009.....Signed for by J.CHYBA

06-18-2009.....NOA1 dated for AOS/AP/EAD

06-19-2009.....Check cleared

06-23-2009.....Touched AOS/EAD/AP

07-20-2009.....phoned helpline to report no biometrics appointment sent, Service request generated.

07-25-2009.....Recieved biometrics notice (generated on the 22nd june) for the 08-19-2009.

07-30-2009.....Did early walk in biometrics.

07-31-2009.....Touched AOS/EAD

08-06-2009.....Generated interview notice(received 08/10/09)

08-10-2009.....EAD/AP Approved

08-19-2009.....***NOA2 (Finally received after 6 Phone calls, 11 months late) :)

09-09-2009.....Aos interview.(APPROVED)first card production email

09-12-2009.....Welcome Notice Received.

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Based on timeline data, your I129f may be adjudicated between October 28, 2008 and November 5, 2008.

The trouble with this is, it will be well into December here before the consulate here gets anything back. And it will be Christmas, and summer here, and the government practically shuts shop over the holiday. It will be also nearly impossible to book a flight around that time, spaces are already getting snapped up. I can't book with no date. I'm stuck until well into the new year. AND I'm madder than hell. :angry:


I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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I think that whilst this is concerning for us that have filled more recently the effects of this occuring would have already been seen across the board, with the most part they are already processing people who started their application in the first week of May.

USCIS always bases their times a bit out there and if you check the board it has always said that August filers shouldnt be expecting to be processed till January 2nd, whilst VJ has prediced us to be the end of this year.

Remember the consulate is an american run organisation, they only get off american holidays, they might be closed for a week or 2 over xmas but I would doubt much longer then that.

And if your looking for cheap fares at the last minute try Air pacific from Aus or NZ, it means you get a lay over in Fiji for a few hours and have to use LAX as POE But I have found that you can get one way flights over for about $900 - $1100, which isnt to bad in the grand scheme of things.

But I think that we could read into this as negative as possible, and lets face it, its only going to make us all depressed, I am still hoping that I will be their at the start of next year (Jan or Feb) but that of course is dependant on the NOA2. But seeing as though Chris has promised to come and visit me for Xmas and meet all my family that is what I am going to count down too, hopefully somewhere along the long our notice will turn up and everything will be great.

Lets stay postive guys, its going to make the wait shorter (even though we all know its going to feel like the longest 6 - 12 months of our lives whilst its all happening)


06-18-2006 Met online in WoW

04-25-2007 Admitted that we had feelings for each other started talking on skype everyday!

10-12-2007 Met in US in person for the first time, love at first sight lol, 2 perfect months together.

06-21-2008 Engaged

08-16-2008 Package finally put together and posted to Vermont! Let the real games begin.

08-21-2008 Delieved, least thats what Fedex told us....

08-27-2008 Check Cashed *dances* come on NOA1!!!!!

08-29-2008 NOA1

10-27-2008 RFE

11-10-2008 RFE returned

03-01-2009 Confirmed Case lost by USCIS

04-03-2009 Refiled K1 Visa application complete with expedite due to USCIS error.

05-14-2009 K1 package once again has vanished....

06-08-2009 Hired lawyer to proceed with Appeal process.

06-26-2009 Paperwork Fedex'ed to lawyer

07-02-2009 Lawyer submitted our suit to court

07-17-2009 Court day 2: Success, must respond by 21st August. - No result ever came from this.

10/06/2009 Withdrew K1 petition

10/10/2009 Married

10/24/2009 CR1 packet completed and posted

10/26/2009 Packet arrived at Chicago - And Submitted our Aussie application

11/04/2009 Application of CR1 returned - was rejected because of a "blurry zip code" we didn't bother to re-apply given that Chris had lost his job

04/05/2010 Australian application still pending

September 2010 - Chris arrived in Australia on Temporary Visa.

10/10/2011 - 2 year wedding anniversary - Chris to be granted Australian Permanent Residency

Summer 2012 - Planned immigration to USA.

*We have visited each other 8 times since 2007*

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I'm with Chris and Mara on this one. Lets not get down over it. This is a positive thing that we acually have some news as to what the **** is going on these days. And they do say "they did believe that no further lengthening of the processing times was imminent and that the current length "

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