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Hi people :)

Ok...So I filed the I-130 petition for my wife yesterday at the American consulate in Sydney (6-3-10)

Im just wondering if anyone knows how long the consulate will have my US passport? I really should have asked before I left the consulate, but I was too busy trying to hear the clerk through the glass window telling me what I needed to do next.

Anyway, so they kept my passport and now I need to know when I get it back.

Does anyone have a clue? should they have even kept my passport?

(Ive already emailed them but all they sent back was an auto response basically telling me to take a hike)

this is the response they sent me:

Thank you for your e-mail to the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney. THIS

IS AN AUTO RESPONSE - DO NOT REPLY.

Please note: Due to the extremely high volume of emails we receive, we

are unable to respond to inquiries where the information requested is

already clearly provided on our website. Please refer to the website

links below for more information.


2010 Sydney DCF Timeline:

May 29- Emailed US consulate in Sydney requesting appointment to file I-130 petition

May 30- Received email from consulate with appointment and instructions to file petition for June 3rd

June 3- Filed I-130 petition at consulate

June 15- Email from consulate with Packet 3 instructions

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Hi people :)

Ok...So I filed the I-130 petition for my wife yesterday at the American consulate in Sydney (6-3-10)

Im just wondering if anyone knows how long the consulate will have my US passport? I really should have asked before I left the consulate, but I was too busy trying to hear the clerk through the glass window telling me what I needed to do next.

Anyway, so they kept my passport and now I need to know when I get it back.

Does anyone have a clue? should they have even kept my passport?

(Ive already emailed them but all they sent back was an auto response basically telling me to take a hike)

this is the response they sent me:

It sounds really weird that they kept your passport. They don't normally do that - they usually request photocopies just to establish that you are a USC and eligible to file for your spouse. They don't even keep the inteding immigrant's passport at such an early stage - they only ask for it at the interview.

I'd try calling them and enquiring about the situation. I'm sure they'll respond to your email though -your issue doesn't fall under the "topics covered on the website" category.

Good luck - I'm sure you'll be able to sort it out!


My CR1 timeline (DCF London):
June 26, 2010 - civil wedding
Aug 2, 2010 - I-130 package mailed to the London Consulate (DCF)
Aug 9, 2010 - NOA1 (confirmation of receipt) via email
Sep 4, 2010 - religious wedding
Oct 21, 2010 - NOA2
Nov 25, 2010 - Case number received in the mail
Nov 29, 2010 - Medical
Dec 1, 2010 - DS-230I & DS-2001 forms mailed back
Feb 1, 2011 - Interview - APPROVED!!!
Feb 7, 2011 - Passport with Visa received via courier
June 7, 2011 - POE Los Angeles (LAX)
June 18, 2011 - 2-Year Green card received in the mail!!!

My ROC journey:
April 2, 2013 - I-751 package mailed to California Service Center

April 3, 2013 - NOA1 date
April 8, 2013 - check cleared
May 6, 2013 - Biometrics completed

July 25, 2013 - 10 year green card APPROVED!! (notification via text and email, and website updated)

July 29, 2013 - ROC approval letter received in the mail

July 31, 2013 - 10 year green card received in the mail!!!

My N-400 journey:

March 19, 2014 - N-400 package mailed to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox

March 24, 2014 - NOA1 date and Priority Date

March 27, 2014 - Check cleared

April 21, 2014 - Biometrics done

May 7, 2014 - In line for interview

June 23, 2014 - Scheduled for interview

July 28, 2014 - Interview - PASSED!!

July 30, 2014 - In line for oath

July 31, 2014 - Scheduled for oath

Aug 2, 2014 - Oath letter received

Aug 27, 2014 - Oath ceremony, I am a US citizen!!!

Sep 11, 2014 - US passport received

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Not sure why they kept your passport. When my husband filed my I-130 on my behalf in Sydney they did not keep his passport.

Just wait and see what they say back. I usually get a response from them within 2 working days


DCF Timeline here

POE Timeline

08/24/2008 POE Seattle

08/29/2008 SSN assigned

09/08/2008 SSN (Card) received

09/29/2008 Green Card received

I-90 Timeline (USCIS error)

11/10/2008 Send I-90 to Texas service center

12/xx/2008 NOA1

01/07/2009 Card production ordered

01/14/2009 Card mailed

01/xx/2009 Card received

I-751 Timeline

06/02/2010 Send I-751 to California service center

06/04/2010 Received at CSC

06/07/2010 NOA1

06/09/2010 Check cashed

07/27/2010 Biometrics

07/28/2010 Touch

09/02/2010 Approved

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Yes, they do keep the beneficiary's passport at the final interview stage, but never for the petitioner's. I hope they will send it back to you with packet 3.


Immigration Process (DCF Japan)

08/06/2008 I-130 petition at Tokyo, Japan

08/13/2008 I-130 approved

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| Waited until we were ready to move back

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07/13/2009 IV interview at Tokyo, Japan

07/15/2009 IV(IR-1) in hand

Post-DCF

07/29/2009 POE at Las Vegas

08/17/2009 GC(10yrs) received

Click here for the detailed timeline.

Done with USCIS until

- naturalization in May 2012 or

- GC replacement in February 2019

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Good News!!

I recieived my passport in the mail this past friday :dance:

They also sent me an email stating that they had made a mistake in keeping my passport when I filed the petition.

Still havent recieved packet 3 as of yet though. We're supposed to get an email first about the name check Adam Walsh thing and we havent gotten that either...Its only been about 10 days since I petitioned though....Maybe we're being a little impatient?

Thanks for your input people :)


2010 Sydney DCF Timeline:

May 29- Emailed US consulate in Sydney requesting appointment to file I-130 petition

May 30- Received email from consulate with appointment and instructions to file petition for June 3rd

June 3- Filed I-130 petition at consulate

June 15- Email from consulate with Packet 3 instructions

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