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Well, I think after trying to get my IR-1 visa for 3 and a half years, having my interview on Feb 8th,only to be put into AP, Im feeling ready to give up. At this point I think theyre just trying to find reasons to not let me immigrate, and they can have it. I was pregnant when I left after we got married, thinking it would be 9 months tops, and our daughter is now 3. :( This just sucks nuts so bad.


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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Its taken this long because of the immigration attorneys we had in the beginning. They spelt canada wrong on the first I-130, then put my husband down as my son on the second. Told me I wouldnt need a police clearance from South africa (even though I only moved to canada when I was 19). After a few months of stupidity, they packed up shop and left town without a forewarding address and took our money and paperwork with it. So we pretty much had to start from scratch. It took forever to get my police clearance from SA after we were hit with that bad news. Its been one screw up after the next.

Rod cant come to Canada because of prison time for 3 DUI's (even though it was 8 years ago) , I cant go there because Im a south african citizen living in canada and need a visitors visa to go visit, they cancelled the one I had when they found out I was busy immigrating, stating that they suspected I would abandon my immigration. I havent seen my husband physically for 2 years weve been married for 4. Im just so tired of this. He is too, but he is stronger than I am and refuses to give up.

Im sorry for venting, but Ive really just reached my limit. We thought this would all be over when I finally got my interview, only to be stuck in AP and we dont know when we will get my visa now.


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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Persist!

"Invictus" is a rather apt poem to have in your subject line. Read it again and stick it out.

This whole thing sucks...but if your love for your husband is true, it's worth more than the time you are being kept apart.

Hope it all works out for you soon.


Married: 07-03-09

I-130 filed: 08-11-09

NOA1: 09-04-09

NOA2: 10-01-09

NVC received: 10-14-09

Opted In to Electronic Processing: 10-19-09

Case complete @ NVC: 11-13-09

Interview assigned: 01-22-10 (70 days between case complete and interview assignment)

Medical in Vancouver: 01-28-10

Interview @ Montreal: 03-05-10 -- APPROVED!

POE @ Blaine (Pacific Highway): 03-10-10

3000 mile drive from Vancouver to DC: 03-10-10 to 3-12-10

Green card received: 04-02-10

SSN received: 04-07-10

------------------------------------------

Mailed I-751: 12-27-11

Arrived at USCIS: 12-29-11

I-751 NOA1: 12-30-11 Check cashed: 01-04-12

Biometrics: 02-24-12

10-year GC finally approved: 12-20-12

Received 10-year GC: 01-10-13

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Better to be very overprepared than even slightly underprepared!

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Persist!

"Invictus" is a rather apt poem to have in your subject line. Read it again and stick it out.

This whole thing sucks...but if your love for your husband is true, it's worth more than the time you are being kept apart.

Hope it all works out for you soon.

Well said Wyatt!

Try to hang in, hopefully things will turn around soon.


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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wow. that's horrible.

anyway, i'll be sure to think of you the next time i'm feeling sorry for myself in this whole distance/apart thing.

hope you get everything settled soon, you and family deserve it..

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Wow. Some people here complain about waiting a year, and you have been waiting this long? I really admire you for holding out for this amount of time, so like others have said, keep on it. I am sure something good will happen eventually, but feel free to vent away, I can only imagine how frustrating it is for you.


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wow Coralie...so sorry. I hate red tape. I really hope you hear good news soon. It just has to turn around for you. What kind of feeling did you get at the interview? Did they at least give you some positive hope? If they did...hang on! AP sucks...but maybe it's almost through it's course..


K-1 timeline

Sent I-129f Dec. 29, 2008

Received NOA Jan. 10, 2009

NOA2 email sent April 16, 2009, APPROVED

Interview in Vancouver, June 23, 2009 APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!

Wedding, September 19, 2009, South Carolina!!

AOS

Mailed package to Chicago, Oct. 22, 2009

NOA hard copies Nov. 3, 2009

RFE Nov. 17, 2009

Finally mailed back RFE December 15, 2009

Case transferred to CSC January 7th 2010girlfreuya.gif

EAD and AP Approved, cards sent January 8th, 2010!!

AOS approved February 9th 2010 smiley-happy093.gif

Welcome letter and GC received February 16th, 2010

Done with USCIS until 11/08/11

ROC

Sent 1-751 to Vermont Service Center November 18th 2011

NOA November 23, 2011

Biometrics December 23, 2011

RFE Dated Aug. 17; received Aug. 20th

mailed off RFE end of Oct.

Received Email stating card has been ordered Dec. 4

Received Email stating card should arrive within seven days; Dec 6

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Have you contacted a Senator or Congressperson? Do you know why you're in AP?


I-129F / K-1 / AOS:

2009-02-21: Sent I-129F package to VSC

...

2009-11-09: Interview in Montreal - VISA GRANTED!

2009-11-21: POE - Moved to be with my fiancee :)

2010-01-23: Married!

2010-02-19: Sent I-485 (AOS), I-765 (EAD), I-131 (AP) package to Chicago Lockbox

2010-03-01: NOA1

2010-03-16: Transferred to CSC!

2010-03-24: Biometrics in Buffalo

2010-04-21: AOS APPROVED!

2010-04-27: Received I-797 Approval / Welcome to America letter for AOS

2010-04-30: Received Green Card

ROC:

2012-03-12: Sent I-751 package to VSC

2012-03-13: I-751 package arrived at VSC (Hi D. Renaud!)

2012-03-14: NOA1

2012-03-15: I-751 check cashed

2012-03-19: Received NOA1

2012-03-27: Received biometrics appt. notice for 2012-04-19 in Buffalo

2012-04-09: Successful early walk-in biometrics at Cleveland ASC

2012-12-04: I-751 APPROVED / 10 YR GC PRODUCTION ORDERED!

Naturalization:

2015-11-30: Here we go again: Filling out the N-400

2015-12-21: Sent N-400 to Phoenix AZ Lockbox

2015-12-23: NOA Date

2016-01-20: Biometrics in Cleveland

2016-01-25: In-line for interview

2016-01-25: Interview scheduled!

2016-01-29: Received interview letter! Scheduled for...

2016-02-29: Interview in Cleveland - APPROVED!

2016-03-18: Naturalization ceremony in Cleveland! I am a US Citizen!

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Well, I think after trying to get my IR-1 visa for 3 and a half years, having my interview on Feb 8th,only to be put into AP, Im feeling ready to give up. At this point I think theyre just trying to find reasons to not let me immigrate, and they can have it. I was pregnant when I left after we got married, thinking it would be 9 months tops, and our daughter is now 3. :( This just sucks nuts so bad.

Coralie, were you the one who got A that day? Mine was letter D. I was asked to submit additional documents on that day. The Consulate received my additional docs on March 23rd and until now I am waiting for my visa.

I do understand how you are feeling because me and my husband have been separated for almost 2 years since we got married.

Don't give up! I do believe great things will happen to those who wait!

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Well, I think after trying to get my IR-1 visa for 3 and a half years, having my interview on Feb 8th,only to be put into AP, Im feeling ready to give up. At this point I think theyre just trying to find reasons to not let me immigrate, and they can have it. I was pregnant when I left after we got married, thinking it would be 9 months tops, and our daughter is now 3. :( This just sucks nuts so bad.

I know how hard it is to wait and wait.......but dont give up, the minute you give up they have won and all the waiting was for nothing.......you have came this far its not easy to do.....i know that it feels like it will never end but it will, they can not hold your application hostage for ever.

I have added you to my prayer but please dont give up

sara

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Hope you get your visa soon. I can't imagine having to wait that long.


Removal of Conditions: 12/09/2011

ROC check cashed 12/15/11

NOA1 12/13/11

Biometrics 1/6/12 Complete

RFE 9/13/12

RFE package sent back 10/17/12

Card Production Ordered 12/04/12

10 year card arrived in mail 12/10/12

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I agree with the others, Coralie,

Hang in there. As hopeless as things seem now, once you get the approval this will all become like a bad dream.

It's terrible about the lawyer who abused your trust - I hope you reported him to the Bar Association (if you didn't, you still can) so they can revoke any license that he has and not mis-use others in the same way. When I still worked in Canada for the MP we had similar situations with people who were trying to immigrate to Canada and had trusted a lawyer or immigration consultant who had absconded with their money - in some cases not even filing any paperwork. It always made me so angry that people like this prey on others and we worked hard to help right the wrongs their 'clients' had experienced. I agree that a call to your husband's Senator and asking for his help would not be amiss - he/she can send a politely worded request for a status update on your situation, and ask when you can expect to hear about your visa. The nudge might help. Hopefully the AP will be over quick and is just an update on the security checks since it was so long since your application was filed. I'll keep you in my prayers and hope that you and your family hear good news very soon.

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Persist!

"Invictus" is a rather apt poem to have in your subject line. Read it again and stick it out.

This whole thing sucks...but if your love for your husband is true, it's worth more than the time you are being kept apart.

Hope it all works out for you soon.

Thank you, Hubby is gonna call the congressmans office today and find out whats going on. This cant go on forever, even though it feels that way!

And ur right Wyatt, my husband is worth this, and I will keep moving foreward. Thank you for letting me vent guys. Sometimes it just gets the better of me. A good cry and a hotbath and bottle of wine helped me feel just a smidge better..(lol, well I dont know how good Im feeling after the wine...). Thank you again guys.


Invictus..

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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You guys should meet in a 3rd country... have a little vacation together!

Mexico?

Thank you, Hubby is gonna call the congressmans office today and find out whats going on. This cant go on forever, even though it feels that way!

And ur right Wyatt, my husband is worth this, and I will keep moving foreward. Thank you for letting me vent guys. Sometimes it just gets the better of me. A good cry and a hotbath and bottle of wine helped me feel just a smidge better..(lol, well I dont know how good Im feeling after the wine...). Thank you again guys.


CR-1 Timeline

March'07 NOA1 date, case transferred to CSC

June'07 NOA2 per USCIS website!

Waiver I-751 timeline

July'09 Check cashed.

Jan'10 10 year GC received.

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