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Hello,

My wife filed for removal of condition application in mid Nov, 2012. We received a confirmation letter and that where it gets interesting.

We received a letter in early December to appear to a local ASC center for biometrics (Hicksville, NY). Much to our surprise the appointment was for Dec 24th, Christmas eve day, when half the country is either off or out of office early. Anyway, we show up at the service center (nearly an hour drive each way) and sure enough the office is closed. There's no number posted and all it said was to either reschedule and appointment using the address on appointment letter or come back to ASC in next 87 days. We had specifically planned my wife and son's trip to motherland around this appointment. Anyway, we went back on Dec 26th and they actually did the biometrics on all digits without any issue. In the end we received a stamp on the appointment letter confirming that our fingerprinting is done. My wife and son fly out the very next day as planned.

Now yesterday, we received a letter to show up on the same ASC on January 25th. The letter is dated Dec 28th, 2012 mailed from VT service center. What we don't know is whether this is a duplicate appointment they might have sent because office was closed on original appointment day or they actually need some more information. This is a big problem because my wife wasn't planning to come back until March; She had some family obligations and it is going to be her last trip back for a while. She called the National Service Center but wouldn't tell her anything and simply say that we have to go there or reschedule appointment. There's no direct number for ASC and I'm sure they won't let me in because the appointment is in wife's name.

Has anyone gone through this? What would you recommend? The last thing we can afford to do is cut a trip short and fly back urgently (this would cost us nearly $2k).

Thanks much!

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I would give the service center a call.


Met in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines: 2007-05-17
Our son was born in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-04-01
Married in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-10-24
CR-1 Visa - California Service Center; Consulate - Manila, Philippines
I-130 mailed: 2010-04-13
I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-24
I-130 NOA2: 2010-09-30
NVC received case: 2010-10-14
Case Complete: 2010-12-01
Interview scheduled: 2010-12-06
Medical, St. Luke's, Manila: 2010-12-09 and 2010-12-10
Interview at US Embassy in Manila 8:30 AM: 2011-01-05 - Approved!
Visa delivered: 2011-01-08
CFO Seminar completed: 2011-01-10
My beloved wife Sol and my beautiful son Nathan arrive in the U.S. (POE San Francisco): 2011-01-26
Lifting Conditions - Vermont Service Center
Date mailed: 2012-11-01
Receipt date: 2012-11-05
NOA received: 2012-11-09
Biometrics letter received: 2012-11-16
Biometrics appointment date: 2012-12-10
Biometrics walk-in successful: 2012-11-20
Removal of Conditions approved date: 2013-04-27
10 year green card mailed: 2013-05-03
10 year green card received: 2013-05-06
Citizenship
N400 mailed: 2013-10-28
N400 delivered: 2013-10-31
NOA1: 2013-11-04
Biometrics: 2013-11-18
In Line: 2013-12-26
Interview scheduled: 2013-12-30
Interview: 2014-02-03

Oath ceremony queue: 2014-02-07

Oath ceremony: 2014-03-28 Sol is a U.S. citizen

Applied for expedited passport: 2014-04-01

Passport received, Priority Express: 2014-04-09 This is journey's end at last!

Naturalization certificate returned, Priority Mail: 2014-04-12

Passport card received, First Class: 2014-04-14

1457 days, I-130 mailed to passport in hand

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I knew I was missing something (sorry).... We already gave the national service center a call. They politely said they don't have any additional information or suggestion to help us. So our only option is to request a new appointment.

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I knew I was missing something (sorry).... We already gave the national service center a call. They politely said they don't have any additional information or suggestion to help us. So our only option is to request a new appointment.

This is tricky. I would honestly call back and insist on a supervisor. The contractors that answer the phone don't know much.

I suspect it is a glitch and you're good to go. But I would press for reassurance.


Met in Ormoc, Leyte, Philippines: 2007-05-17
Our son was born in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-04-01
Married in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines: 2009-10-24
CR-1 Visa - California Service Center; Consulate - Manila, Philippines
I-130 mailed: 2010-04-13
I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-24
I-130 NOA2: 2010-09-30
NVC received case: 2010-10-14
Case Complete: 2010-12-01
Interview scheduled: 2010-12-06
Medical, St. Luke's, Manila: 2010-12-09 and 2010-12-10
Interview at US Embassy in Manila 8:30 AM: 2011-01-05 - Approved!
Visa delivered: 2011-01-08
CFO Seminar completed: 2011-01-10
My beloved wife Sol and my beautiful son Nathan arrive in the U.S. (POE San Francisco): 2011-01-26
Lifting Conditions - Vermont Service Center
Date mailed: 2012-11-01
Receipt date: 2012-11-05
NOA received: 2012-11-09
Biometrics letter received: 2012-11-16
Biometrics appointment date: 2012-12-10
Biometrics walk-in successful: 2012-11-20
Removal of Conditions approved date: 2013-04-27
10 year green card mailed: 2013-05-03
10 year green card received: 2013-05-06
Citizenship
N400 mailed: 2013-10-28
N400 delivered: 2013-10-31
NOA1: 2013-11-04
Biometrics: 2013-11-18
In Line: 2013-12-26
Interview scheduled: 2013-12-30
Interview: 2014-02-03

Oath ceremony queue: 2014-02-07

Oath ceremony: 2014-03-28 Sol is a U.S. citizen

Applied for expedited passport: 2014-04-01

Passport received, Priority Express: 2014-04-09 This is journey's end at last!

Naturalization certificate returned, Priority Mail: 2014-04-12

Passport card received, First Class: 2014-04-14

1457 days, I-130 mailed to passport in hand

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I called again and asked to talk to supervisor... same answer.

So today, I took day off from work and drove an hour to ASC in Hicksville, NY. The lady at the front looked at the stamped appointment letter (from Dec 26 walk in) and told me not to worry about the second letter. Apparently it is automatically sent out to everyone that had the Dec 24th appointment.

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I would accept second notice, most letters are computer generated through USCIS. It is unfortunate about going to the appointment on 12/24 but they clearly found the error and sent you your appointment for January. What ever you do dont miss that appointment. :)

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