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Hi all,

I tried unsuccessfully to walk in for biometrics in Brooklyn last Tuesday, after reading that someone else had managed on that day. Tried again today. Got up at 6am, traveled an hour to get there and arrived at 7:39. There were 25 people ahead of me and by the time they opened the door, 70 people behind.

At the first desk I went up to, the officer looked at me doubtfully, seeing my appointment date was August 12th, and yelled out, "Are we taking earlies today?" No one answered him, so he told me to just go ahead, but that someone might say no to me down the road. NOTE: they do check the date on your letter, unlike what I had read about other service centers.

After I took the initial form he handed me to fill out (an exercise in speed writing) to the next receptionist, I was asked for my ID. (TIP: it matters how fast you fill out the form, not what place you were in line, so have your height, weight, hair and eye colour and receipt numbers handy). When the clerk looked at my Canadian passport he said it did not look enough like me, and did I have another form of ID? LUCKILY, I did. (TIP #2: take 2 forms of ID if you have it). I showed an expired US Drivers License, which he accepted.

I was then given a number and told to sit in a waiting area. Very shortly thereafter, they then randomly herded everyone in the waiting area into another set of chairs and took all of our numbers-- thus erasing my place in line and causing a certain amount of pandemonium every time "next" was called, as no one knew exactly who that rightfully was. :bonk:

When it was my turn, after about 25 minutes wait, I went in and a woman took my fingerprints successfully. I was then photographed, and here comes some irony. I have sort of a vintage/ rockabilly style, with short, thick bangs and heavy '50s glasses. I was told to remove my glasses, tuck my hair behind my ears and mash my bangs off my forehead. Without a mirror, it looked pretty darn awful! (TIP #3: no glasses allowed in the photo and they must be able to see your ears and forehead, so perhaps style your hair that way nicely, in a mirror, before going. hair up would likely work). IRONICALLY, my green card photo (is this what they use for it??) will not only look terrible, but very similar to my rejected passport photo, which looks nothing like me. :blink:

Anyway, walk-in #2= successful!


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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Maybe when they said your passport looked nothing like you, you should have whipped off your glasses, slicked your hair back and said "How about NOW?"

I'm sorry but that was hilarious, I was visualizing you 'fixing' your hair for your photo and I was laughing my a$$ off! Its crazy how they make people look different for these photos and then when you use this ID you can see the person eye-balling you like your a fraud.


K-1 Journey

04/30/2009 - I-129F sent to VSC

03/30/2010 - Interview @ MTL APPROVED!

04/13/2010 - POE @ Pearson International

05/23/2010 - WEDDING

AOS Journey

07/20/2010 - AOS/AP/EAD Sent

07/21/2010 - package received at Chicago

07/28/2010 - check cashed

07/30/2010 - received NOA1 in mail

08/01/2010 - received biometrics letter

08/20/2010 - walk in biometrics completed

08/23/2010 - finally entered into USCIS online -AP's touched on Aug11 and EAD and AOS touched on Aug20 08/30/2010 - AOS/EAD touched

09/09/2010 - AP approved (email notice)

09/13/2010 - Received email that EAD was approved on Sept 10

10/04/2010 - Received interview letter in Mail

11/09/2010 - Interview-APPROVED! 112 days

11/09/2010 - Card Production 11/22/2010 - Green Card received

ROC Journey

08/11/2012 - Eligible to file for ROC10/11/2012 - sent in I-751 (late)10/16/2012 - received NOA 11/20/2012 - biometrics

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Right? Hilarious :rofl:. And for all this time and money spent, I'll end up with a card with a photo that could be anyone!


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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At my biometrics I had one of those stretchy hairbands that goes on over your ears, and she said to me "Push it behind your ears... no, don't take it off, I want your hair held back. Just push it back."

So my ears stick out miles in the picture. Niiiice. :lol:

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Sept. 6th - Arrived for 3 months to stay with my boyfriend

Nov. 21st - Got married!

February 12th - Mailed paperwork

February 25th - Checks cashed

February 26th - NOAs received

March 4th - Touched! AP, I-130, I-765

March 11th - Received Biometrics appt for 24/03/10

March 12th - Walk in Biometrics completed!

March 15th - Touched. I-765, I-485

March 24th Original Biometrics appt date

March 26th - Received Interview Date for April 27th

April 23rd - Touched!

April 26th - AP approved, EAD approved, card production ordered

April 27th - Interview - APPROVED!

May 3rd - EAD received in mail

May 6th - Approval notices for I-130 and I-485 received

May 11th - Card production ordered

June 1st - GC finally received!

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Maybe when they said your passport looked nothing like you, you should have whipped off your glasses, slicked your hair back and said "How about NOW?"

I'm sorry but that was hilarious, I was visualizing you 'fixing' your hair for your photo and I was laughing my a$$ off! Its crazy how they make people look different for these photos and then when you use this ID you can see the person eye-balling you like your a fraud.

I don't know the polite manner in which to ask you this question, but since this is my post I am hijacking, maybe it's o.k.? I've seen your pretty tough responses to a few people's questions about AOS from tourist status, and I think you give good advice. If you have a moment, what do you think of my screwed up AOS from TN/ tourist/ overstay situation? I am so worried! THANK YOU! :help:

AOS from TN


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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I don't know the polite manner in which to ask you this question, but since this is my post I am hijacking, maybe it's o.k.? I've seen your pretty tough responses to a few people's questions about AOS from tourist status, and I think you give good advice. If you have a moment, what do you think of my screwed up AOS from TN/ tourist/ overstay situation? I am so worried! THANK YOU! :help:

AOS from TN

I just read the thread....WOW! You made a few mistakes didnt you? Just stating the obvious as if you didn't know that already :P I didn't read the whole thread ...just your post and I'm sure you got alot of good advice in there already.

Questions/ summary:

1) I recently found out I was technically in overstay-out of status when I left for my marriage in Canada and then re-entered the USA. Will this prevent me from being approved to adjust status and get a green card? It could possibly but probably not.

2) Would that be considered an illegal entry? Nope, you were inspected, you answered honestly. He didn't ask the right questions.

3) OR, would my entry to the USA during overstay/ out of status trigger a 10 year ban if discovered during the review of my green card paperwork? When we entered back in after our marriage I could be considered having already overstayed by 11 months, and now it's been more than 2 years. If you leave...your a$$ is HAD! You get banned on departure from the USA. So for instance if you left and applied for a visa from Canada instead of applying for AOS here, you'd be in tougher shape then you are now.

4) My biggest worry is being banned from the USA forever (I honestly think this may cause a huge amount of friction in my marriage, and perhaps divorce, not to mention sadness at never being able to see any of my American family and friends again....). And I also worry about being deported-- how long it would take, if it might happen at my AOS interview, etc. I am almost obsessed with worrying about this. You won't get banned forever, 10 years seems like it though but more then likely you'll end up approved but you're probably going to be in for a lot of questions at your interview.

Honestly people who come in as tourists and AOS tend to tick me off cause most of them are well aware of what they are doing and are just trying to get around the system and take shortcuts. You were just apparently oblivious. I can see that and so will the immigration officer. At this point all you can do is sit back and realize that there is NOTHING you can do and relax and just be honest.

Can anyone help at all? Did I make a huge mistake in applying? Nope...if you want to stay its your only option. Leaving will get you banned.

Another thing to ponder.....the reason they don't deny most of these cases is because its a lot more time, money and trouble to deport someone then to beef up the borders and deny entry in the first place. Hence the reason I get annoyed at the ones who purposely cross and AOS knowing full well how its supposed to be done. It makes it harder for the rest of the Canadians who really only want to visit.

I'm sure it'll probably all turn out fine....just a lot more stressful then most.

Good luck!


K-1 Journey

04/30/2009 - I-129F sent to VSC

03/30/2010 - Interview @ MTL APPROVED!

04/13/2010 - POE @ Pearson International

05/23/2010 - WEDDING

AOS Journey

07/20/2010 - AOS/AP/EAD Sent

07/21/2010 - package received at Chicago

07/28/2010 - check cashed

07/30/2010 - received NOA1 in mail

08/01/2010 - received biometrics letter

08/20/2010 - walk in biometrics completed

08/23/2010 - finally entered into USCIS online -AP's touched on Aug11 and EAD and AOS touched on Aug20 08/30/2010 - AOS/EAD touched

09/09/2010 - AP approved (email notice)

09/13/2010 - Received email that EAD was approved on Sept 10

10/04/2010 - Received interview letter in Mail

11/09/2010 - Interview-APPROVED! 112 days

11/09/2010 - Card Production 11/22/2010 - Green Card received

ROC Journey

08/11/2012 - Eligible to file for ROC10/11/2012 - sent in I-751 (late)10/16/2012 - received NOA 11/20/2012 - biometrics

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Thank you for your answer! I suppose I will just have to relax. Easier said than done while waiting, not working, etc. But at least we can legally be together in Canada if this falls through, which I am very grateful for!


07/01/2010 - I-485, I-765 and I-130 sent to Chicago lock box
07/03/2010 - package signed for in Chicago
07/12/2010 - text and email notification received
07/17/2010 - hard copy NOA1s received in mail
07/19/2010 - received biometrics letter (scheduled for August 12th)
07/22/2010 - unsuccessful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
07/28/2010 - successful walk-in biometrics in Brooklyn
08/24/2010 - EAD card approved (54 DAYS)
08/31/2010 - I-765 touched, post decision activity, email notification of EAD approval
09/01/2010 - I-765 touched
09/03/2010 - EAD card received
09/21/2010 - Interview Date! 9:45 am. APPROVED (83 DAYS). I-551 Stamp.
09/21/2010 - Card/ Document Production
09/29/2010 - Welcome letter received
10/01/2010 - Green Card Received!!! Exactly 3 months smile.png

08/18/2012 - ROC filed (Vermont)
09/04/2012 - NOA date
10/12/2012 - Bio appointment
05/02/2013 - RFE
07/15/2013 - ROC Interview at local (New York City) office, told we would be notified of decision by mail in 60 days
08/02/2013- Case status updated, production of new card ordered!
08/05/2013- InfoPass appointment at Holtsville Long Island, passport stamped with I-551
08/06/2013- Card mailed
08/08/2013- 10 year green card received!!! 10 days short of one year from applicationdancin5hr.gif

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