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Filed: Country: Jamaica

So here is my long story, hopes this helps someone else….

We filed for AOS in December 2012. AOS file went to Missouri Servicing Center – NBC (MSC). We did Biometrics in January 2013. It took a while to do his fingerprints, as the worker was having a hard time with his pinky. After waiting 6 months we inquired with USCIS as to why we were past current cases being approved, and was told that it was sent to the local office to be processed, and we will hear from the local office. The entire time our case still said Acceptance.

Waited another two months and then we contacted USCIS, who contacted the local office, and they then informed us that the 6 months that it was at NBC does not count, they do not start the clock until they receive it, so we are not outside of normal processing time because they have only had our file 5 months. Waited another two months, and then contacted USCIS again, and they contacted the local office again, and we were told that it was due to background checks not completed, so our case is on hold until that has cleared. In November 2013, re-applied for EAD/AP thinking that will kick start AOS approval – NOT.

Waited another two months, called USCIS, and they contacted local office again saying the same thing, background checks not back. Made an Infopass appt. in January 2014, the person really was of no help, and she said the background checks are being done internally, so it varies who does the checks. Also, she said if we did not receive a waiver letter that we will get an interview. I told her waiver letters did not begin until March 2013, and we applied before then.

So after one year of waiting and no assistance given at Infopass appt., we involved our Senator, who contacted USCIS local office, and verified that FBI name check cleared, and that the other background check was not back, and that they will not request another Biometrics unless they need to. She was informed that everything was OK, but that was the only hold up and there is no certain date for return.

So we waited another three months, and then we filed with CIS Ombudsman who accepted our file. Then without a word, we had a home visit from the local USCIS office. I was out of town, but my husband was at home. They asked questions about our home, car, work, anyone else living in the house, and took pictures.

Then after three months, we receive an e-mail/text notification for a Biometrics appointment, stating that my fingerprint card on file with USCIS has expired and in order for USCIS to continue processing your application, it will be necessary to have your fingerprints retaken. So completed that appointment, and this time all fingers were in green. USCIS status then changed to Initial Review.

Soooo bringing up today, and got an e-mail/text On October 16, 2014, we ordered production of your new card. Please allow 30 days for your card to be mailed to you. If we need something from you we will contact you. If you move before you receive the card, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283. No interview. So it still makes me mad that after waiting 22 months we get approved, which means we still have to ROC.

Well at least we are done “FOR NOW” Good Luck to everyone.

Phase I - IV - Completed the Immigration Journey 



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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany

I am glad that your nightmare is finally over, Pinkrlion! USCIS is a joke. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS!

K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved


Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Jamaica

Congratulations,I hope your future journeys will go more smoothly...Good Luck!

A&J K1 visa Journey

Sent I-129F packet Sat-June 8,2013.

USCIS received 1-I29F Packet Wed-June 12,2013.

NOA1 Notification (email & text msg) and Notice Date Fri-June 14,2013.

Awaiting NOA1 hard copy in mail.................................

Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I129F, PETITION FOR FIANCE(E) On Thurs-June 20, 2013

NOA1 hard copy in the mail Fri-June 21,2013

I129F, PETITION FOR FIANCE(E) transferred from VSC to TSC On Fri-August 9, 2013

I129F,Petition for FIANCE(E) transfer and now being process at TSC Thur-August 15,2013

Receive Notice of Action Transfer (NOA-T) on Mon-August 19,2013

NOA2 Notification (Email) Wed-September 18,2013

NOA2 hard copy in the mail Tues-September 24,2013

I129F is shipped from USCIS to NVC Thurs-September 26,2013

NVC received approved I129F and assign case number Fri-October 4,2013

NVC shipped I129F to Embassy Wed-October 23,2013



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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Jamaica

Congrats to you my dear


01/06/10 - Got Married

AOS from F-1 visa (2 months 2 1/2 weeks or 82 days)

04/14/10 - Sent AOS Package

04/26/10 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

05/16/10 - Biometrics letter

05/19/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

07/07/10 - Interview Appointment in Philly- July 7 @ 11:05 am APPROVED

07/19/10 - 2 YEAR Green Card received

Removal of Conditions (9 months 1 1/2 weeks or 285 days)

04/08/12 - Eligibility date

04/19/12 - Sent ROC Package

04/26/12 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

05/17/10 - Biometrics letter

05/24/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

01/25/13 - APPROVED- ROC card production ordered

02/05/13 - 10 YEAR Green Card received

Naturalization (5 months 2 days or 155 days)

04/15/13 - Eligibility date

06/07/13 - Sent Package

06/20/13 - Hardcopy NOAs Received

06/27/12 - Successful Walk-in Biometrics in Dover DE

07/05/13 - Interview letter sent/In-line notification

08/14/13 - Interview scheduled in Philly @ 1:30 pm APPROVED

11/07/13 - Oath Ceremony

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Egypt

Wow, how frustrating! Congrats on approval at last. :) Just one more step on the overall journey.

We met when Heather travelled to Egypt to be an au pair!

Our K1 Visa Journey:

12/19/12- NOA1 -VSC

--- moved to "another office" 5/24/13

--- moved to "local office" 5/29/13

--- "is now being processed at a USCIS office" 5/30/13 ... what??

5/30/13- Transfer to TSC

6/18/13- NOA2

7/16/13- NVC Assigned Case #

7/29/13- Case Arrived at Embassy

7/31/13- Packet 3 Received (completed and sent back in 5 days)

1/16/14- Interview Assigned

1/21/14- Interview

2/03/14- Visa Issued!!

4/09/14- Entry into America (JFK)

4/23/14- MARRIED in local courthouse

4/29/14- AoS packet completed and mailed

5/02/14- NoA for AoS received

5/09/14- Biometrics Appointment Notice Received

6/04/14- Biometrics Appointment

7/30/14- EAD/AP Combo Card Received in Mail

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