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Received 10-yr card today!! (VSC)

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Found a non-descript envelope in my mailbox, saw St. Albans, VT as the return address, and opened it to find my 10-year permanent resident card!

As a side-note, my 2-year card had a typo (one letter) in my middle name. I did not get this changed at the time, as I heard stories of people spending months waiting to finally receive the corrected card. I mentioned the error on my I-751 cover letter. The card I received today is correct.

As for things I have learned from this whole process...

  • Have patience. The USCIS is notoriously unpredictable, and some people wait longer than others at every stage of the process. Just because your application is taking a long time, this does not mean bad news.
  • BE HONEST. I received a police caution for getting involved in a physical confrontation at college, nine years ago. I disclosed this in full at every stage of the immigration process. It caused me no problems. Obviously, every situation is different.
  • Notify USCIS immediately if you change address. I hear so many stories about letters going missing. Do it online, for speed. PRINT the receipt!!
  • Don't spend your time worrying. I admit, in the last few weeks, I have been somewhat obsessive with checking the mail. Relax, enjoy yourself in this great country, and if you have no major issues, the process should be a breeze.
Next step, naturalization! Edited by milesinfront

02-18-2009 - I-751 filed (Removal of Conditions)

02-20-2009 - NOA1

03-20-2009 - Biometrics Appointment

03-23-2009 - Touched

06-22-2009 - Removal of Conditions approved (via USPS)

07-01-2009 - Email from USCIS advising of approval

07-06-2009 - Received 10-yr Permanent Resident Card

02-18-2010 - Eligible to file for naturalization

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Disclaimer! Any advice I give is purely informal, and is not legal advice.

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congratulations :thumbs::thumbs:


Our CR-1 Timeline:

2005-10-14: Marriage

2005-12-31: I-130 Sent to CSC

2006-01-12: I-130 NOA1

2006-04-27: I-130 Approved

2006-05-16: NVC Case Number Assigned

2006-05-30: AOS Fee Bill and DS-3032 received by NVC

2006-05-30: AOS Fee express mailed to St. Louis

2006-06-03: E-mailed Choice of Agent

2006-06-06: Received e-mail confirmation on Choice of Agent

2006-06-12: Immigrant Visa Bill generated (DS-230)

2006-06-19: Received IV (DS-230) Fee Bill

2006-06-21: IV Fee (DS-230) express mailed to St. Louis

2006-06-21: Received I-864 package

2006-07-15: Received DS-230 Form

2006-07-26: Express mailed both DS-230 and I-864 packages to NVC

2006-09-15: Case completed

Removal of Conditions Timeline:

2009-03-02: Express mailed I-751

2009-03-03: I-751 NOA1

2009-03-11: Received Biometrics Appt. Letter

2009-03-20: Biometrics Appointment

2009-05-06: Approved

2009-05-11: Received approval letter

2009-06-20: Card production ordered

2009-07-03: Received 10-year Green Card in mail

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
Timeline

Congrats!


AOS from F1 visa

05/02/2007 AOS Package delivered to Chicago Lockbox Day 1

05/25/2007 Biometrics appointment Day 24

07/26/2007 Interview Day 86 Approved

08/06/2007 Green card received Day 97

Removal of Conditions

04/28/2009 I-751 delivered to CSC Day 1

06/27/2009 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 60

07/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 83

07/22/2009 Received card production email Day 85

07/27/2009 Received green card & approval notice Day 90

Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (BBG)

08/03/2009 Submitted application to German consulate in L.A.

11/20/2009 Approval notice issued Day 109

US Citizenship

04/27/2010 Submitted N400

04/28/2010 N400 delivered Day 1

05/10/2010 Check cashed Day 12

05/13/2010 Received NOA (NOA was issued on 05/10) Day 15

05/20/2010 Received Biometrics notice Day 22

06/11/2010 Biometrics appointment (walk-in) Day 44

06/22/2010 Online Status changed to Testing & Interview Day 55

06/23/2010 Received interview notice in the mail Day 56

07/26/2010 Interview Day 89 Approved

08/24/2010 Oath Ceremony Day 118

My card making blog: http://silkeshimazu.wordpress.com/

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