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This thread is for U.S. Citizens and their foreign spouses, living abroad, who have petitioned, or will petition the U.S. government, to grant legal residency, an IR-1 or CR-1, otherwise known as the 'green card' for our foreign spouses, so that we may be re-united in the U.S.

Our beliefs are:

1. We expect our government to honor their legal obligation to 201 (b) of the Immigration and National Act, as amended. The law establishes their duty to expeditiously adjudicate the petitions of U.S. Citizens for their foreign spouses, their children and their parents, to obtain legal residency, above all other immigration priorities.

2. When our government fails to honor the letter or spirit of this legal obligation, we will employ any lawful method to highlight their breach of the law, and pressure them to remedy the breach.

Our reason for forming this committee now, is that recently, our government has established new policies, and made management decisions that have been adverse to us. In particular, we object to the way by which they changed processing of standalone I-130s in 2013, which has extended our waiting times into the unforeseeable future. As late as January-February 2013, the median length of time for I-130 approvals was 90 days. As of today, the USCIS's projected length of time for processing an I-130 petition is 16.6 months, not counting U.S. Dept of state processing of our spouses' visas.

We also object to their concealment of their change in their organization of I-130 processing.

In this thread, we will organize ourselves. We can discuss strategy, divide and assign research or promotional tasks and engage in other efforts.

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Our first project is to announce to the Director of the Overland Park facility that we exist, to state the facts and our objections, and to notify as many influential persons and organizations that we can.

The following link takes you to the letter to the director, and explains the strategy and what you can do to help.

http://uscgreencardpetitionerscommittee.blogspot.com/




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Our first project is to announce to the Director of the Overland Park facility that we exist, to state the facts and our objections, and to notify as many influential persons and organizations that we can.

The following link takes you to the letter to the director, and explains the strategy and what you can do to help.

http://uscgreencardpetitionerscommittee.blogspot.com/

i read the following link, and i must say it's a good workgood.gif

but imagine if you were the Director of the Overland Park facility, what would you do?

i think this request would be taken into consideration, but still it's just a letter, work will proceed as normal.

as a Director: Would you approve all the pending petitions at the stroke of a pen skipping procedures?no0pb.gif

they will say we can wait, no need of expediting the process since we are not in a life threatening situation

that's just my opinion, others can disagree

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You know, i was thinking the same thing, as a director of department, i too would be following marching orders from higher up... its like you get a letter from a customer for saying you are doing something wrong at work, but you did what your boss told you to do... so how do we proceed? how do we get Brandi to relay our message or help advocate for us...

was also thinking, what if she is not married or doesnt have the same beliefs as we do for the holly matrimony and the sanctity of marriage (no idea if that made sense, but go with it)... then what ?

we need to make sure we also think of this from the other side and plan accordingly...



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i read the following link, and i must say it's a good workgood.gif

but imagine if you were the Director of the Overland Park facility, what would you do?

i think this request would be taken into consideration, but still it's just a letter, work will proceed as normal.

as a Director: Would you approve all the pending petitions at the stroke of a pen skipping procedures?no0pb.gif

they will say we can wait, no need of expediting the process since we are not in a life threatening situation

that's just my opinion, others can disagree

1. We're not asking for approvals at the stroke of a pen. I believe that they know what they can do to improve the situation. We've just not been a high a priority to them - for example, they did not have to decide to discontinue the current I-130 processing process before the Overland Park facility was ready to start adjudicating. That shows negligence, a careless disregard for the people they are inconveniencing.

2. In her shoes, what would you do? I think if a few Senators were making inquiries about the conduct of USCIS, and a few news stations were calling you on the phone about 'the letter', you might take notice, and act with more attention to the situation.

Hey great job on what you've done. I was also thinking you should post this to USCIS' facebook page

Great idea. Maybe eventually we should paste the link to their facebook page several times a week.




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I'm glad you're doing this. Will the letter change everything overnight? Of course not. But it's a start.

I filed from abroad and according to the AILA meeting earlier this year, my petition should have been approved in under 60 days. When I bring this up with USCIS they all just tell me I'm wrong. I contacted my congressman who gave me the generic "you need to wait 6 more months" (bringing it to 12 months) email. I want everyone to get approved and I don't mind waiting longer than 60 days, but why even say this if it's just a blatant lie?

Although we obviously don't have every single person who applied on this forum, but since about May of this year there have been very, very few approvals. Most February filers are waiting, and almost all March and on filers are waiting.


N-400 May 2017 Google Doc

Full timeline- 

 

Filed from abroad- Costa Rica

NOA1- NOA2: 316 days

Jan 12, 2013: Married!!
Mar 19, 2013: NOA1

Jan 28, 2014: I-130 approved

NVC- Green Card in Hand: 189 days

Feb 3, 2014: TSC sends case to NVC
April 14: Real checklist for AOS (saying tax number was incorrect when it wasn't)
April 30: Another AOS checklist, for proof of employment (which was already sent)
May 1: Checklist for IV- certified marriage certificate (even though I sent a certified one originally)
July 1: INTERVIEW!!! - APPROVED!
July 16: POE through Miami
July 22: SSN card in the mail
August 30, 2014: Green card arrives in the mail!!!
 
ROC: 366 days
April 27, 2016: Sent 300 page ROC packet to VSC via overnight mail
May 16: Check shown as charged online, received NOA 1 dated April 29
June 20, 2016- Biometrics
April 28, 2017: Approval
May 4, 2017: Approval letter arrived
May 15, 2017: GC arrives in mail
 
N-400: 190 days
May 8: Sent packet to Dallas Lockbox
May 12: NOA 1, Credit card charged
June 7: Biometrics
June 16: "In line"
Oct 2: Interview letter arrives (online status still says ''in line'')
Oct 31: Interview- Approved!
Nov 13: Oath ceremony!  Applied for passport & registered to vote on site.
Nov 22: Passport arrives (paid for expedited service and overnight delivery)
 
Journey complete! A total of 1701 days or 4 years, 7 months and 26 days.

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Would you like regular non-influential non-politician people to be able to sign their support for us? Because I can get butt loads of those people to back us up.


3/25/2006 - Got Married

3/20/2013 - I130 Priority Date
11/6/2013 - Transferred to Nebraska
1/3/2014 - NOA2
1/6/2014 - Petition shipped to NVC
1/21/2014 - NVC Received
2/24/2014 - Case # & IIN
3/3/2014 - DS-261 Available and Submitted
3/4/2014 - AOS Fee Available and Submitted
3/5/2014 - AOS Fee Paid
3/6/2014 - Received AOS Coversheet and Payment Receipt
3/7/2014 - AOS Package Sent
3/10/2014 - NVC Receives AOS package
3/12/2014 - NVC Acknowledges receipt of AOS package
3/21/2014 - Triangle of Doom appears for IV package
3/24/2014 - IV Fee Available and Submitted
3/25/2014 - IV package overnighted to the NVC
3/26/2014 - IV Fee shows PAID
3/26/2014 - DS260 available & submitted
3/26/2014 - IV package delivered to NVC
3/26/2014 - False checklist for IV fee.
3/26/2014 - AOS documents accepted w/no checklists!
3/28/2014 - IV & DS260 logged into NVC System
4/10/2014 - Case Complete!

Interview Date: June 17, 2014

Approved at Interview!

POE Newark on 6/28/2014! He's finally home!

Got a pending I-130? Tired of waiting for something to happen? Let's make something happen: http://www.visajourn...ners-committee/

We need more Twitter followers:@USCI130Cmte

Join our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/USGreencardpetitionerscommittee/

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Would you like regular non-influential non-politician people to be able to sign their support for us? Because I can get butt loads of those people to back us up.

What about starting a petition on Change.org? copy and paste the blog letter. Then send it to everyone here.. and on VJ facebook.

just a thought


Married March 9, 2013
NOA1 I-130 April 12, 2013

Transferred to TSC Nov 27, 2013
APPROVED March 18, 2014 FINALLY ! ! ! !! 11 MONTHS & 6 LONG DAYS FOR MY NOA2
Case shipped from TSC to NVC March 21, 2014
Rec'd NOA2 hard copy March 22, 2014
Case rec'd & Case Number assigned April 1, 2014
AMAZING !!!
PAID IV and AOS fees online April 5, 2014
Fees show paid/DS 260 avail. /DS260 submitted/AOS&IV pkg sent April 9, 2014
FEDEX delivered @ NVC April 11, 2014
Revised AOS pkg delivered April 15, 2014
AOS & IV rec'd& scanned in @ NVC April 15, 2014
Revised AOS scanned April 18, 2014
AOS checklist for income and IV pkg April 30, 2014 (checklist expected due to Lawyers mistakes)
DS260 accepted April 30, 2014
Checklist for Birth cert/police cert May 1, 2014
AOS accepted May 5, 2014

Birth cert scanned MAY 8, 2014

CASE COMPLETE JUNE 4, 2014 CC letter received via email June 11, 2014

INTERVIEW JULY 15, 2014

Waiver finally FedEx'd to Phoenix Lockbox August 21, 2014

WAIVER APPROVED December 17, 2014

Received Instruction Letter via email December 23, 2014

Final Embassy Appointment January 5, 2015 YAY !

Visa ISSUED January 12, 2015

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At last, I-130 petitioning Vj'ers have had enough! We're sick and tired of waiting for the "flood of approvals" week after week. All we've seen so far is a trickle. Thinking that it is just around the corner, we wait while weeks turn into months! We're certainly not going to just wait around while some petitioners approach one year (even a handful are beyond one year)!

I would like to start a petition on https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/‎ when the time is right (and once the government funding allows the page to function). Though reaching the required threshold will not be easy, the symbolic value of filing an official petition to the highest office in the United States of America could be worthwhile.

If anyone else wants to grab this responsibility, be my guest. If not, I'll borrow content from the letter addressed to Ms. Blackburn. Of course in this case, we'll address the Commander-in-Chief himself.


07/29/2014 - NOA1

11/19/2014 - Transfer to TSC

12/19/2014 - NOA2

01/15/2014 - NVC Received (TSC held it for 3 weeks...)

02/19/2014 - Case no. and IIN assigned; requested embassy change

02/27/2014 - DS-261 available and submitted

02/28/2014 - AOS available and paid

03/19/2014 - AOS mailed

03/27/2014 - AOS entered into system

03/24/2014 - New case no. assigned

03/25/2014 - IV fee invoiced and paid

03/28/2014 - IV package sent via FedEx

04/26/2014 - case complete

06/01/2014 - passed interview

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At last, I-130 petitioning Vj'ers have had enough! We're sick and tired of waiting for the "flood of approvals" week after week. All we've seen so far is a trickle. Thinking that it is just around the corner, we wait while weeks turn into months! We're certainly not going to just wait around while some petitioners approach one year (even a handful are beyond one year)!

I would like to start a petition on https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/‎ when the time is right (and once the government funding allows the page to function). Though reaching the required threshold will not be easy, the symbolic value of filing an official petition to the highest office in the United States of America could be worthwhile.

If anyone else wants to grab this responsibility, be my guest. If not, I'll borrow content from the letter addressed to Ms. Blackburn. Of course in this case, we'll address the Commander-in-Chief himself.

I was just talking about this with my grandmother. I think that if we can get help from the people here on visajourney, we can get the required number of petitions to have the White House look at it. If you want, En-oh-eh-to, I think that we should work concurrently. If we have permission to use this letter, or come up with something similar to submit, I think we can meet the threshold. I have a lot of people on-board with helping me with this, and there's a large chance that those people will get others to sign.


3/25/2006 - Got Married

3/20/2013 - I130 Priority Date
11/6/2013 - Transferred to Nebraska
1/3/2014 - NOA2
1/6/2014 - Petition shipped to NVC
1/21/2014 - NVC Received
2/24/2014 - Case # & IIN
3/3/2014 - DS-261 Available and Submitted
3/4/2014 - AOS Fee Available and Submitted
3/5/2014 - AOS Fee Paid
3/6/2014 - Received AOS Coversheet and Payment Receipt
3/7/2014 - AOS Package Sent
3/10/2014 - NVC Receives AOS package
3/12/2014 - NVC Acknowledges receipt of AOS package
3/21/2014 - Triangle of Doom appears for IV package
3/24/2014 - IV Fee Available and Submitted
3/25/2014 - IV package overnighted to the NVC
3/26/2014 - IV Fee shows PAID
3/26/2014 - DS260 available & submitted
3/26/2014 - IV package delivered to NVC
3/26/2014 - False checklist for IV fee.
3/26/2014 - AOS documents accepted w/no checklists!
3/28/2014 - IV & DS260 logged into NVC System
4/10/2014 - Case Complete!

Interview Date: June 17, 2014

Approved at Interview!

POE Newark on 6/28/2014! He's finally home!

Got a pending I-130? Tired of waiting for something to happen? Let's make something happen: http://www.visajourn...ners-committee/

We need more Twitter followers:@USCI130Cmte

Join our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/USGreencardpetitionerscommittee/

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That didn't post the way I wanted it to... My response was:

I was just talking about this with my grandmother. I think that if we can get help from the people here on visajourney, we can get the required number of petitions to have the White House look at it. If you want, En-oh-eh-to, I think that we should work concurrently. If we have permission to use this letter, or come up with something similar to submit, I think we can meet the threshold. I have a lot of people on-board with helping me with this, and there's a large chance that those people will get others to sign.


3/25/2006 - Got Married

3/20/2013 - I130 Priority Date
11/6/2013 - Transferred to Nebraska
1/3/2014 - NOA2
1/6/2014 - Petition shipped to NVC
1/21/2014 - NVC Received
2/24/2014 - Case # & IIN
3/3/2014 - DS-261 Available and Submitted
3/4/2014 - AOS Fee Available and Submitted
3/5/2014 - AOS Fee Paid
3/6/2014 - Received AOS Coversheet and Payment Receipt
3/7/2014 - AOS Package Sent
3/10/2014 - NVC Receives AOS package
3/12/2014 - NVC Acknowledges receipt of AOS package
3/21/2014 - Triangle of Doom appears for IV package
3/24/2014 - IV Fee Available and Submitted
3/25/2014 - IV package overnighted to the NVC
3/26/2014 - IV Fee shows PAID
3/26/2014 - DS260 available & submitted
3/26/2014 - IV package delivered to NVC
3/26/2014 - False checklist for IV fee.
3/26/2014 - AOS documents accepted w/no checklists!
3/28/2014 - IV & DS260 logged into NVC System
4/10/2014 - Case Complete!

Interview Date: June 17, 2014

Approved at Interview!

POE Newark on 6/28/2014! He's finally home!

Got a pending I-130? Tired of waiting for something to happen? Let's make something happen: http://www.visajourn...ners-committee/

We need more Twitter followers:@USCI130Cmte

Join our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/USGreencardpetitionerscommittee/

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I was just talking about this with my grandmother. I think that if we can get help from the people here on visajourney, we can get the required number of petitions to have the White House look at it. If you want, En-oh-eh-to, I think that we should work concurrently. If we have permission to use this letter, or come up with something similar to submit, I think we can meet the threshold. I have a lot of people on-board with helping me with this, and there's a large chance that those people will get others to sign.

Well, we would need to appeal to all Vj members, even those who have not filed I-130 petitions, if we are to have any chance at meeting the threshold of 100,000 signatures in 30 days. Of course, this would need to go viral to get that kind of attention. For comparison, another petition pushed on this site reached 600+ signatures, but for sure, this will be a more organized movement.


07/29/2014 - NOA1

11/19/2014 - Transfer to TSC

12/19/2014 - NOA2

01/15/2014 - NVC Received (TSC held it for 3 weeks...)

02/19/2014 - Case no. and IIN assigned; requested embassy change

02/27/2014 - DS-261 available and submitted

02/28/2014 - AOS available and paid

03/19/2014 - AOS mailed

03/27/2014 - AOS entered into system

03/24/2014 - New case no. assigned

03/25/2014 - IV fee invoiced and paid

03/28/2014 - IV package sent via FedEx

04/26/2014 - case complete

06/01/2014 - passed interview

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Good job. Keep up the good work!

Perhaps we should contact people ahead of time and set a date to start the petition for the white house on a particular day to try to ensure that we'd have enough signatures? I think that if we can get the word out to the right places, we'd be able to do it. Social Networking could definitely work in our favor. :D


3/25/2006 - Got Married

3/20/2013 - I130 Priority Date
11/6/2013 - Transferred to Nebraska
1/3/2014 - NOA2
1/6/2014 - Petition shipped to NVC
1/21/2014 - NVC Received
2/24/2014 - Case # & IIN
3/3/2014 - DS-261 Available and Submitted
3/4/2014 - AOS Fee Available and Submitted
3/5/2014 - AOS Fee Paid
3/6/2014 - Received AOS Coversheet and Payment Receipt
3/7/2014 - AOS Package Sent
3/10/2014 - NVC Receives AOS package
3/12/2014 - NVC Acknowledges receipt of AOS package
3/21/2014 - Triangle of Doom appears for IV package
3/24/2014 - IV Fee Available and Submitted
3/25/2014 - IV package overnighted to the NVC
3/26/2014 - IV Fee shows PAID
3/26/2014 - DS260 available & submitted
3/26/2014 - IV package delivered to NVC
3/26/2014 - False checklist for IV fee.
3/26/2014 - AOS documents accepted w/no checklists!
3/28/2014 - IV & DS260 logged into NVC System
4/10/2014 - Case Complete!

Interview Date: June 17, 2014

Approved at Interview!

POE Newark on 6/28/2014! He's finally home!

Got a pending I-130? Tired of waiting for something to happen? Let's make something happen: http://www.visajourn...ners-committee/

We need more Twitter followers:@USCI130Cmte

Join our Facebook Group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/USGreencardpetitionerscommittee/

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