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So long story short, I am adjusting my status from F1 to Permanent Resident. Application filed in late July 2014, local office Seattle. A month after, I changed my address to Portland which resulted in case status moving back to Initial Review from Testing and Interview. My case has been sitting in Portland field office since September 1 waiting for interview scheduling.

Due to some family issues, I and my wife are hoping (more like desperate) that my case to be done sometime before February 2015. We contacted Congressional Rep office asking for help. We asked for way to expedite but all Congressman office did was to inquiry about case status. USCIS Portland Field Office responded that they ARE BEHIND national processing time, and based on current timeline, I should not expect an interview until APRIL 2015.

The proposed time frame really destroys our hope to resolve the current family issues so we looked into other ways to potentially expedite the process. As I look through VJ members timeline and compare the data with USCIS field office processing time, I found that there is basically 3-4 months lagging in reporting. Meaning that when the field office states that they are processing May files, your August or September files will be touched VERY SOON. Having said that, I guess Portland filed office, with a February processing status, will not be working on my case for at least another 2 months. Based on this logic (could be silly logic) I think CHANGING MY ADDRESS TO ANOTHER FIELD OFFICE, whose processing time is more current, would help.

I am thinking about changing my address to Minnesota, where my wife is residing (we live separately due to grad school) and the Saint Paul, MN field office does have a April processing status. I am not trying to lie about my address or anything like that because I will be going back there for 2 months during winter break. In addition, I have long-term rent contract for Portland address still.

I realize that there is a RISK of my case being put BACK IN Initial Review stage, like what happened back in my first time changing address. However, I feel like the reward outweighs the risk so it's really tempting!!!

WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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My first thought is why is it so important? Sometimes that is easier to work around. You can travel and work. What else is there?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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I cannot tell you our exact reason why we want it to happen fast. But I can think of two similar situations that people out there may face and these could be the reason having the GC asap is so important to them.


1. people need to have GC in order to show employer that they can work in long term without potential hiccups. Yes, with EAD you can work for a year or so but what happens if your GC interview went sour and you did not get it? Employers know the risk too and some of them may not want to extend you an offer because of that!! . Especially those jobs which employers have to invest a big amount of money in you up front (travel, hotel for trainings and sign-up bonus etc...)


2. in some cases, you as a student and without a GC you cannot enjoy the resident-status when it comes to paying tuition. The difference sometime comes up to tens of thousand dollars!!

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For #2: You can't get in state tuition at a state school in Oregon anyway, even with a green card (my husband was attending Portland State University when he got his green card, and he still didn't qualify).

The Portland USCIS office is full of nice, reasonable officers (all the ones we met, anyway). I'd wait it out.


Day 0 - 2 May 2012 Mailed AOS package overnight delivery
Day 139 - 17 September 2012 Interview & APPROVED on the Spot!! :)
Day 145 - 23 September 2012 Received Green Card!

ROC - Eligible June 19 2014

Day 0 - 18 June 2014 Mailed ROC package via 2 day priority

Day 42 - 29 July 2014 Approval and Card Production Email

Day 49 - 5 August 2014 Received Green Card

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I would not change addresses AGAIN - sit tight. Find work-arounds for whatever situation you are in right now - you have an EAD and you have advanced parole I assume, so you can work and travel as needed. Employers do not want to sponsor visas, H1-B's, etc....but I have never seen a world class company reject an EAD because they are afraid the green card won't be approved. HR departments know that it would be illegal to dictate what type of documents an employee presents to show work auth. You can honestly answer any questions by stating that you have work authorization to work for any employer in the US and you are very excited to showcase your skills. In the case of tuition - it is what it is. Good luck to you.


Came to US on a TN "Visa" from Canada, fell in love, married USC, and now filing for AOS based on marriage to USC

TN Visa Approved at Border 3-1-2013 (Canadian Citizen)

May 2014 - Completed I-693 Medical Process with Civil Surgeon

6-7-2014 Married to USC

7-15-14 Sent AOS Package via USPS Priority Mail Day 1

7-17-14 NOA for all parts of AOS package, EAD, and AP Day 3

7-21-14 Checks cashed Day 6

8-13-14 Biometrics 8-13-14 Day 28 (Did not walk in early, went on scheduled day/time)

8-27-14 Online status showed case moved to Testing and interview Day 42

9-10-14 Status update - AP and EAD approved, card production ordered Day 55

9-17-14 AP and EAD Combo Card received Day 62

10-15-14 Online status change, assigning interview date DAY 90

11-1#-14 Interview, approved at end of interview, green card should arrive in 2-3 weeks per approval letter DAY 120

11-1#-14 Evening of interview - received "Card Production Ordered" email update DAY 120 (NO RFE throughout process)

Looking forward to:

8-1#-16 Begin Removal of Conditions Process

8-1#-17 Begin Naturalization Process

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I would not change addresses AGAIN - sit tight. Find work-arounds for whatever situation you are in right now - you have an EAD and you have advanced parole I assume, so you can work and travel as needed. Employers do not want to sponsor visas, H1-B's, etc....but I have never seen a world class company reject an EAD because they are afraid the green card won't be approved. HR departments know that it would be illegal to dictate what type of documents an employee presents to show work auth. You can honestly answer any questions by stating that you have work authorization to work for any employer in the US and you are very excited to showcase your skills. In the case of tuition - it is what it is. Good luck to you.

I agree that the best case is to sit tight. However, I truly understand how an EAD is not sufficient. My hubby was offered his dream job, just to have the offer revoked because he lacked permanent residency (and yes, he had his EAD). We are assuming it was an issue of security clearance. For example, most defense contractors require that you are a U.S. citizen. And this was a major player in the computer chip industry. I don't want to say names... we hope to reapply once he has the green card. We've been waiting since June 6th and still haven't moved to testing and interview. So trust me, I feel your pain! Hang in there!


Wishing all of your luck on your immigration journeys.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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If it is security GC will not help.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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If it is security GC will not help.

We aren't sure of the reason. He reiterated that he had an EAD, but the HR representative said to contact the company once he has his green card. Who knows.


Wishing all of your luck on your immigration journeys.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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He gave that as an example.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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He gave that as an example.

I know the OP gave that as an example. I was initially replying to a poster that commented that any world class company here in the States should accept your EAD as valid work authorization. I'm simply sharing my experience on how that isn't always true.


Wishing all of your luck on your immigration journeys.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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Sit tight and wait. If you don't feel comfortable posting your exact reasoning we can't give you clear explanations for how it may affect you - or won't (except what you gave as examples), but I definitely understand wanting privacy.


First Entered US with TN Status: 04/13/2012
Engaged: 08/24/2012
Married: 08/10/2013

Adjustment of Status from TN Status to Permanent Resident:
Day 00: AOS mailed by USPS priority Post: 05/19/2014
Day 02: AOS package arrived: 05/21/2014
Day 08: Text/email notice of acceptance: 05/27/2014
Day 11: NOAs for I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 received, 05/30/2014
Day 14: Biometrics notice received with an appointment of June 17, 2914 at 3pm. 06/02/2014
Day 15: attempted walk-in successful after a very long wait 06/03/2014
Day 38: email notice that I-485 has moved to testing & interview! 06/26/2014
Day 77: EAD/AP - card production 08/06/2014
Day 84: EAD/AP card received 08/13/2014
Day 129: Infopass appointment for an update (very helpful!) 09/24/2014
Day 136: Email received with interview date 10/01/2014
Day 138: Interview notice received! 10/03/2014
Day 170: Green Card Approved on the Spot! 11/04/2014
Day 178: Green Card Received 11/12/2014

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS:

Day 00: ROC Package (Weighing 1.7kg -- 3lbs 13oz) mailed by USPS Priority Post: 09/13/2016

Day 03: ROC Package Received: 09/16/2016

Day 07: Check Cashed: 09/20/2016

Day Too many to count: Received Approval 02/05/2018

NATURALIZATION

Day 00: Submitted file online for N400 -- 07/31/2020

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