Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
mamaSue

May not be here for interview!

16 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

I've just recieved my NOA with 1 year's extension.

USC Husband and I will be going to the UK for 2 months at the end of October.

I'm hoping biometrics will happen before we go..... but....

If we get called for an interview and we're not here,(Nobody here to open our mail) and miss it.... what can we do to avoid this??

Thanks for your help!


Old and Grumpy....But an American Citizen!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some centers allow walk-in biometrics - you might want to try that. As for the interview, I believe you can reschedule --- but chances are you would not be called for an interview: interviews for ROC are rare, they do them for 2 reasons:

1. Random seleciton

2. If they have doubts.

Couldn't you try to reschedule your trip for later? That might be the wisest thing to do ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Can't reschedule, Len.... tickets are bought and appointments for medical treatment have been made!

But... thanks for the feedback!

Let us know how that goes arriving back in the UK and trying to use your NHS benefits.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Can't reschedule, Len.... tickets are bought and appointments for medical treatment have been made!

But... thanks for the feedback!

Let us know how that goes arriving back in the UK and trying to use your NHS benefits.

rebeccajo.... I've been back to visit my daughter in the UK several times already... always very simple and straightforward.

As far as NHS benefits go..... evenh though I paid into the system for over 40 years.... the procedure I'm having done is being done privately.... through a private health policy I've had for over 25years.


Old and Grumpy....But an American Citizen!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I've just recieved my NOA with 1 year's extension.

USC Husband and I will be going to the UK for 2 months at the end of October.

I'm hoping biometrics will happen before we go..... but....

If we get called for an interview and we're not here,(Nobody here to open our mail) and miss it.... what can we do to avoid this??

Thanks for your help!

Hi mamaSue,

Can you please fill in your time line. My Assistant > Edit / Add my Timeline or put it in your signature as it will help other VJer to answer your question better.

I do hope you get your biometric appointment by end of this month or latest end of August. If it's 30 days since you got your NOA and didn't get your biometric

appointment, I would suggest to call 1-800 USCIS and ask to do a service request. What i have seen that it's taking on average of 45-60 days to get biometric

appointment.

Once you get the biometric appointment letter you can do an early biometric the next day prior to your appointment date. Most ASC (Biometric Centers)

allow you to do the biometric appointment as long as you have the appointment letter).

As far the interview process goes. You can ask a good neighbor or friend or family member to check your mailbox twice a week or once a week like on

Sundays etc and any letter from "US. Department of Homeland Security" or a government letter they should notify you.

Hope it helps.

Good Luck.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the good advice, Immigrant.

I'll work on putting my timeline up... but basically....

I got my conditional GC on August 31 2007.

We applied to Vermont for removal of conditions approximately 2 weeks ago and recieved NOA 2 days ago.

The London trip can't be changed... medical procedures are already overdue.

Unfortunately we've got no friends in family in the USA... and we don't really know the neighbours well enough to ask them to do this (We're just on 'hello' terms)

I didn't realise we could go earlier for biometrics... that's very useful information!

We don't leave the USA until October 28, so hopefully, with an earlier biometric appointment, thins might progress more quickly.


Old and Grumpy....But an American Citizen!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Thanks for the good advice, Immigrant.

I'll work on putting my timeline up... but basically....

I got my conditional GC on August 31 2007.

We applied to Vermont for removal of conditions approximately 2 weeks ago and recieved NOA 2 days ago.

The London trip can't be changed... medical procedures are already overdue.

Unfortunately we've got no friends in family in the USA... and we don't really know the neighbours well enough to ask them to do this (We're just on 'hello' terms)

I didn't realise we could go earlier for biometrics... that's very useful information!

We don't leave the USA until October 28, so hopefully, with an earlier biometric appoisntment, thins might progress more quickly.

I hope you get NOA or may be approval before your trip in October. VSC has been pretty good at processing this year. Average approval for 751 is 4 months 2 weeks or so.

So let's you get biometric and approval before your trip then everything is fine.

Another situation can be, you get biometric but don't hear anything then in that case or in case you the biometric appointment doesn't arrive here.

Is it possible for your family member to come here and stay while you are there. I think that can be work out??? What do you say???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it a feasible idea to contact USCIS (through InfoPass, or by phone to an actual Immigration Officer via escalation from the Misinformation front line) to at least get it on the record that you'll be absent for a specific period of time?


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Immigrant... the only family member I have is my daughter.... and she lives in the UK. Husband has no family.

TBone.... I think that'll probably be our only option. At least there'll hopefully be something put on the computer to say we're out of the country for a few weeks!

Or.... I could pray for a miracle that they might just approve me and send a new greencard before we go!!! :innocent:


Old and Grumpy....But an American Citizen!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Can't reschedule, Len.... tickets are bought and appointments for medical treatment have been made!

But... thanks for the feedback!

Let us know how that goes arriving back in the UK and trying to use your NHS benefits.

rebeccajo.... I've been back to visit my daughter in the UK several times already... always very simple and straightforward.

As far as NHS benefits go..... evenh though I paid into the system for over 40 years.... the procedure I'm having done is being done privately.... through a private health policy I've had for over 25years.

Ah, the private pay explains it then!

My husband filed his ROC at the end of January. I believe the NOA1 date was January 29. Biometrics were February 22. We traveled to the UK March 22 - Apr 4.

The biometrics are the main thing you should be concerned with. I'd just have someone watch my mailbox for any other correspondence about an interview. There probably won't be one.

If your new greencard comes while you are gone, it might be a good idea to have someone send it over to you via some sort of secure mail like FedEx.

Edited by rebeccajo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Suggest you use an online postal box address for your USCIS mail. I use www.earthclassmail.com. They will give you a street address in Oregon that you can give to USCIS. You can view all your mail online and direct them to either forward it or they will open and scan it for you. It's $20 a month. You can also receive UPS and FEDEX at their address. Plus you have the added benefit of not paying sales tax since the address is in Oregon.

Edited by Wonderer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Suggest you use an online postal box address for your USCIS mail. I use www.earthclassmail.com. They will give you a street address in Oregon that you can give to USCIS. You can view all your mail online and direct them to either forward it or they will open and scan it for you. It's $20 a month. You can also receive UPS and FEDEX at their address. Plus you have the added benefit of not paying sales tax since the address is in Oregon.

Bad, bad idea. The OP has residence in Georgia, not Oregon. She would have to file a change of address with USCIS.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Suggest you use an online postal box address for your USCIS mail. I use www.earthclassmail.com. They will give you a street address in Oregon that you can give to USCIS. You can view all your mail online and direct them to either forward it or they will open and scan it for you. It's $20 a month. You can also receive UPS and FEDEX at their address. Plus you have the added benefit of not paying sales tax since the address is in Oregon.

Bad, bad idea. The OP has residence in Georgia, not Oregon. She would have to file a change of address with USCIS.

And then Schedule your interview there also :) Yes not a good idea here at all. And as far as avoiding sales taxes NOT a good idea to even suggest this.........


Why is it that the only one who can stop the crying is the one who started it in the first place?



More Complete Story here
My Saga includes 2 step sons
USC Married 4/2007 Colombian on overstay since 2001 of B1/B2 visa
Applied 5/2007 Approved GC in Hand 10/2007
I-751 mailed 6/30/09 aapproved 11/7/09 The BOYS I-751 Mailed 12/29/09 3/23/10 Email approval for 17 CR 3/27/10
4/14/10 Email approval for 13 yr Old CR 4/23/10

Oldest son now 21 I-130 filed by LPR dad ( as per NVC CSPA is applying here )
I-130 approved 2/24
Priority date 12/6/2007
4/6/2010 letter from NVC arrives to son dated 3/4/2010
5/4/10 received AOS and DS3032 via email
9/22/10 Interview BOG Passed
10/3/10 POE JFK all went well
11/11/10 GC Received smile.png


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×