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Immigration officer told you that??

I don't think it's true... Unless something has changed (unlikely). Perhaps someone more knowledgeable will chime in.. :)


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6/21/2013 -Married in Stockholm, Sweden 4/16/2014- Case received at NVC

9/6/2013 -Priority Date 5/13 /2014- Case number and IIN assigned

2/25/2014 -Transferred to NSC 5/20/2014- DS-261 completed

3/31/2014 -Approved 5/21/2014- AOS fee invoiced and paid

5/22/2014- AOS package overnighted to NVC

5/28/2014- AOS scanned into the system

6/20/2014- IV invoice email (but fee still locked on CEAC )

6/23/2014- IV fee finally unlocked and paid.

IV package overnighted to NVC

6/30/2014- IV scanned in. DS260 completed.

7/1/2014- AOS accepted

7/2/2014- False checklist (AOS reviewed)

8/1/2014 False checklist (attorney's G28 reviewed)

8/2/2014 False checklist (NVC not sure why it was generated)

I am the beneficiary. 8/12/2014 CASE COMPLETE!

8/26/2014 Medical

9/2/2014 Interview... APPROVED!!!

9/5/2014 Visa in hand

Removal Of Conditions:

10/29- Package sent to VSC

11/1 - NOA1

11/17- Received biometrics appointment letter

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If USCIS stopped expediting cases on medical grounds, it must announce it to the general public through a bulletin or something. We would have seen an announcement on its website by now.

I doubt very much that uscis will convey such a major change in policy/regulation through some one-on-one medium from an immigration officer to an individual.

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This is what went down:

I called the regular customer service number (the one listed on the NOA1) over a month ago to request an expedite. They told me that they could not do this on their own and they had to put in a request with a higher office, and they would be in touch with me.

An officer called my yesterday and told me that they weren't doing expedites per se any longer, which he said took 5 days, but rather something called a "general inquiry," which takes 15 days and I will receive a response in writing.

So this wasn't me asking an immigration officer off hand about the matter, but rather what seems to be an official respone.

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The call center is known as the "misinformation line" by the board. You didn't really speak to an immigration officer, you spoke to the USCIS call center employee who may have better access to your case but likely has never worked on one.

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I don't think that this was from the call center though. When I started the process the call center told me that they were unathorized to do this, which is why I had to wait for USCIS to call me (unless there is an intermediary between the call center and USCIS). The person refered to himself as officier so-and-so.

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One other thing - I've talked to people at the call center about a dozen time. about 90% had southern accents - I believe the call center is in fact located somewhere in the South. The two people I spoke with had thick New York accents. it's annecdotal but suggests my call backs weren't coming from the same place.

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It could be possible however the USCIS would have made an alert on their news section if that was the case. You're right that I don't see medical on the expedite page though.


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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to USCIS Service Centers forum; topic is about USCIS operations that are applicable to multiple processes.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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