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Hey VJ guys ..It has been long time I have been here on VJ.Good to see you all back on IJ(immigration journey).Here is my wife situation.We have filed for I-751 on september 16, 2010 at VSC and early biometrics taken on 12.10.10.Since then we have been waiting for GC and havenot heard since then .But My wife is planning a trip to india some time in march for 3-4 months and we are in the process of buying tickets.

But we got stuck with this process.Here are my concerns and questions:

1. we all know that she can travel with her extension letter but if they ask for interview or other after she leaves trip?? what should we do? Come back ? (most expensive)Does she need any kind of stamp on her passport(from infopass) before she leaves?

2. Secondly I tried to make infopass appt online for follow up on I751 and to discuss travel options but it has too many options .It says that we must bring service request number (? from customer service) ??How do i get that

Can any one detail how to make infopass appt chosing right options.

Any suggestions or ideas are well appreciated ...Please add me to September filers list. :)


11/25/07 Marriage

Vermont Service center

USCIS Journey CR1/IR1

01/06/08 Sent I-130

01/08/08 I-130 received at chicago lock box (USPS)

02/08/08 NOA1 Notice Date

02/12/08 Received NOA1 hardcopy

08/11/08 Received approval email (after 7 months and 3 days...Waiting)

08/15/08 Received NOA2 hardcopy

NVC Journey

08/13/08 NVC case# assigned

08/19/08 DS-3032 e mail sent and got auto response

08/20/08 Received IIN#(one nice rep gave me number)

08/22/08 paid I-864 bill online

08/23/08 I-864 bill status "PAID" online(saturday) but AVR message says " case number assigned ....blah

08/23/08 Printed out I-864 package online and Barcode sheet

08/25/08 I-864 package sent overnight

08/25/08 DS3032 Hardcopy sent by express mail (Hopefully they accept it ..But AVR says AOS fee received/paid on 08/23/08)

08/26/08 I-864 package received per USPS

08/28/08 I-864 package entered into NVC system

08/27/08 NVC accepted DS-3032 (But AVR does not say that)

08/28/08 IV bill generated ( still AVR does NOT say that) but online INVOICE says "NOT PAID"

08/28/08 IV bill paid online "IN PROCESS" status

08/29/08 IV bill "PAID" status (AVR says , they received DS3032)

08/29/08 DS-230 generated

09/02/08 DS-230 and required documents mailed

09/03/08 DS-230 form arrives at NVC per usps

09/04/08 DS-230 information entered into NVC system

09/15/08 CASE COMPLETE(32 days no RFE)

10/15/08 sent to consulate

11/10/08 Medical PASSED

11/18/08 Interview....VISA GRANTED ...

US..

11/29/08 ..POE at Houston

12/15/08 ..Welcome letter

12/16/08 ..SSN received

12/29/08 Green card received

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1. we all know that she can travel with her extension letter but if they ask for interview or other after she leaves trip?? what should we do? Come back ? (most expensive)Does she need any kind of stamp on her passport(from infopass) before she leaves?

If you, as a couple, were called for an interview but didn't show up, your wife's I-751 will be denied. So YES you need to come back. I'm not even sure (and i hope someone can correct me) about rescheduling options.

2. Secondly I tried to make infopass appt online for follow up on I751 and to discuss travel options but it has too many options .It says that we must bring service request number (? from customer service) ??How do i get that

Can any one detail how to make infopass appt chosing right options.

Just select the option to "speak to an immigration officer"


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I-751 (waiver) Timeline:
1/22/2010 Sent I-751 Waiver to VSC
1/26/2010 NOA
2/19/2010 Biometrics
4/30/2010 Card Production ordered (الحمد لله )
5/05/2010 Received Approval Notice
5/22/2010 Card Received
N:400
12/07/2012: Sent N400

12/13/2012: Check Cashed
12/12/2012: NOA
12/26/2012: Biometrics
02/08/2013: Placed in line for interview
02/11/2013: Scheduled for interview
03/18/2013: Interview

05/03/2013: Call from USCIS for oath ceremony!(الحمد لله)

05/08/2013: Oath Ceremony & Passport application

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Hey VJ guys ..It has been long time I have been here on VJ.Good to see you all back on IJ(immigration journey).Here is my wife situation.We have filed for I-751 on september 16, 2010 at VSC and early biometrics taken on 12.10.10.Since then we have been waiting for GC and havenot heard since then .But My wife is planning a trip to india some time in march for 3-4 months and we are in the process of buying tickets.

But we got stuck with this process.Here are my concerns and questions:

1. we all know that she can travel with her extension letter but if they ask for interview or other after she leaves trip?? what should we do? Come back ? (most expensive)Does she need any kind of stamp on her passport(from infopass) before she leaves?

2. Secondly I tried to make infopass appt online for follow up on I751 and to discuss travel options but it has too many options .It says that we must bring service request number (? from customer service) ??How do i get that

Can any one detail how to make infopass appt chosing right options.

Any suggestions or ideas are well appreciated ...Please add me to September filers list. :)

oh man, you applied in September? Hopefully she will be approved before she goes in March! If not... All I know about question #1 is that we tried to get a stamp in my husband's passport (we had the extension letter, but he was traveling to Canada frequently and needs a visa if he didn't have a valid green card ... and the Canadians he dealt with at the airport didn't like the extension letter option so we thought the stamp might seem more valid to them for future trips...). We were informed at our Infopass appointment that if we got a stamp in his passport, then we had to relinquish his green card. Which I thought would be worse, then he would have to travel with his passport on him at all times? Anyway, I don't know if this is true across the board - that it is green card + extension letter OR stamp in passport - but that is what we were told in the San Francisco office.

Your wife won't have any problem returning, and she doesn't need the stamp, as the US immigration officers totally know the extension letter thing and hers is good till Sept 2011.

Re: question #2, I don't remember but yeah, it was something like "speak to an immigration officer." But if it is just to ask about your wife's trip, you don't really need an appointment. I am pretty sure, after our experience of taking a morning off work to go to an appointment, that they won't be very helpful. Yes, you guys will have to go to the interview together (assuming you filed together) and you can ask the VJ community if those who had an interview had the option to change the date.

I hope this immigration stuff does not mean that you end up having to buy an extra ticket back for an interview! This process costs so much already...


[i am the USC and the wife/stepmother]
The prelude - 2007
November 22 - Married in Bulgaria.
CR-1 - 2008
January 7 I-130 sent - APPROVED in 106 days.
Interview - APPROVED 175 days from NOA-1 date
ROC - 2010-2011
October 5 - I-751 sent APPROVED 111 days from NOA-1 date, no interview.
NATURALIZATION - 2012
APPROVED 79 days.
May 9 - Oath ceremony - in Oakland, CA.

*************Didn't have enough of the immigration process yet!! Starting again with 16-year-old (step)son****************
IR-2 - 2012-2013
---USCIS---
Nov 15 - I-130 sent. NOA-1 received from MSC.
Jan 22 - APPROVED 65 days from NOA-1. Never transferred to field office.
---NVC---
Feb 4 - received @ NVC
Feb 26 - Got NVC Case # and Invoice ID #
----------------------------------slowing down the process a little... stepson can't come till nearly July-----------------------------
March 19 - Sent e-mail Choice of Agent, without scan of DS-3032. Paid AOS fee ($88).
April 1 - Choice of Agent information accepted (10th "working day" to accept).
April 3 - IV invoice appeared. Paid IV fee ($230).
April 11 - Sent IV package and AOS package TOGETHER. Confirmed delivery April 15.

April 26 - Case Complete (10th working day)

May 14 - Interview date assigned (12th working day)

June 5 - Interview in Sofia - VISA GRANTED!!!

June 16 - POE @ SFO. No problems. He's a citizen now!

Oct 4 - US Passport received. (SS card received some time in the summer; had to go to SSA office to obtain)

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