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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hello.

I'm not sure if this is the right place to write this and I'm not sure anyone can help but I need to share my experience.

I received my EAD in September but there is no public transport near us so I went to the SSN office to have my card changed so that it would show my married name and then with that I would be able to apply for my driving license. I was told they needed to verify my identity and it would take up to 4 weeks.

5 weeks passed and I rang to enquire. Apparently they had processed it after 8 days of applying for the new card so the official excuse was "it must be lost in the mail". I went in the next day, where the officer requested another new card with my married name on it and I was told it would take 3 weeks.

It's been just over 3 weeks so today I rang and was told that they had sent my application to be verified by DHS and had no way of knowing when they would receive an answer as to my status from them, but it could take a few more weeks. I questioned why the first card had taken 8 days, surely they had to check with them too, but they said they had no way of knowing. I'm not even sure why they needed to verify my immigration status as I showed them my EAD which is valid for a year.

I'm going to cancel my driving test for tomorrow (canceling for the 4th time now) as I booked hoping that the card would be here by now. I cannot believe how messed up this all is. I feel like my work permit is basically useless because I have no way of getting to a job (no public transport and hubby works long, unusual hours so wouldn't be able to drop me off/pick me up).

I have emailed a senator about all this, including how I haven't heard anything since biometrics about my I-485, so maybe they can look into everything. I felt like it was too good to be true when our visa was processed so quickly, and now I'm having nothing but problems with my AOS and SSN. It is so frustrating and I feel like an illegal immigrant at times because I have nowhere to go, no way of getting around or contributing to the family finances and no rights. The way some "officials" at the SS Office have spoken to me is like I'm a criminal and I'm finding it so difficult to get established over here. As much as I love this country, I am so angry and sad right now. I know 2 people who came over on the VWP with the intention of getting married and filing AOS - they told me so themselves and wouldn't listen when I told them it was visa fraud - but they "got away" with it and are now greencard holders who have driving licenses and jobs. Yet I go about things the legal way and am screwed over.

Sorry if this was a miserable post. I know I'm throwing a pity party and there are people out there having a much harder time than me but right now its all getting to me. Maybe there is someone who has had a similar experience with the SS Office? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading.


K-1 Process:

09/03/13 - NOA1

10/22/13 - NOA2

02/25/14 - Visa Interview - Approved!

03/03/14 - Visa Received

04/08/14 - US Entry

06/05/14 - Wedding

AOS Process:

07/02/14 - NOA1s received for I-485, I-765 and I-131

07/23/14 - Early walk-in for Biometrics

09/04/14 - EAD Card Approved!

09/11/14 - EAD Card Received

02/27/15 - Greencard Approved!
03/12/15 - Greencard Received!
ROC Process:
02/07/2017 - NOA1
03/09/2017 - Biometrics
02/15/2018 - Extension Stamp in Passport at Local Office
...currently waiting...

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Hi PalmTrees,

I had the same situation with my SSN. I applied the first time under my maiden name and never got my card. After getting married, I went back to the SSA office to know why I did not receive my card and if I can apply for a new card under my married name. They searched for my name and I was told that my first SSN card was sent out to USPS - but I never received it. The very nice lady from SSA said that maybe my name was not on the mailbox (and we are living in an apartment building), which was true. It only had my husbands name in our mailbox and USPS won't deliver a social security card if they think it's the wrong address. So the SSA lady went ahead to change my name in their system and just sent me a replacement card which I received with no problems since I added my name in our mailbox.

With your situation, I would suggest going back to the SSA office and hopefully try to get a different SSA agent. Tell them your situation and show them your EAD and if you have your greencard already. And, try what I did if you think it would be helpful - put your name in your mailbox? It sure helped me.

God bless and I pray that you'll have your SSN soon.


What is impossible with men is possible with God - Luke 18:27

Spoiler

Our Timeline

February 27, 2017 Biometrics Appointment

February 17, 2017 Received NOA2 - ASC Appointment Letter

February 9, 2017 Received NOA1

February 7, 2017 I-751 check payment has been cashed

January 31, 2017 Mailed I-751 packet

March 21, 2015 Received green card in mail - Thank You, Lord.

March 16, 2015 Received Welcome Letter in mail

March 10, 2015 Text message and email received: Green card is in production - did not receive any interview waiver letter and no interview.

December 19, 2014 EAD card received

December 18, 2014 Email update: EAD card is mailed

December 11, 2014 Received email: EAD card in producion

December 2, 2014 Biometrics appointment

November 22, 2014 Received biometrics appointment for AOS and EAD

September 30, 2014 Received NOA1 (I-797C) for AOS and EAD

September 26, 2014 Email and text AOS acceptance notification received (around midnight)

September 19, 2014 AOS and EAD sent

September 11, 2014 Received Social Security Card

September 10, 2014 Civil Surgeon

September 4, 2014 Name change on Social Security Number

August 23, 2014 Wedding Day!

August 8, 2014 Applied for Social Security Number; got marriage license

July 25, 2014 Port of Entry: Chicago

May 16, 2014 CFO seminar

May 13, 2014 Visa on hand

May 5, 2014 Interview: approved

March 13, 2014 Medical exam - third day (went back to St. Lukes for Tdap vaccine)

February 24, 2014 Appointment letter received

February 14, 2014 Medical exam - second day (vaccine day)

February 13, 2014 Medical exam - first day

January 29, 2014 Case received by consulate

January 9, 2014 Case left NVC

December 13, 2013 NOA2

October 18, 2013 NOA1

October 14, 2013 I-129F sent

July 19, 2013 Got engaged!

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Romania
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Hello.

I'm not sure if this is the right place to write this and I'm not sure anyone can help but I need to share my experience.

I received my EAD in September but there is no public transport near us so I went to the SSN office to have my card changed so that it would show my married name and then with that I would be able to apply for my driving license. I was told they needed to verify my identity and it would take up to 4 weeks.

5 weeks passed and I rang to enquire. Apparently they had processed it after 8 days of applying for the new card so the official excuse was "it must be lost in the mail". I went in the next day, where the officer requested another new card with my married name on it and I was told it would take 3 weeks.

It's been just over 3 weeks so today I rang and was told that they had sent my application to be verified by DHS and had no way of knowing when they would receive an answer as to my status from them, but it could take a few more weeks. I questioned why the first card had taken 8 days, surely they had to check with them too, but they said they had no way of knowing. I'm not even sure why they needed to verify my immigration status as I showed them my EAD which is valid for a year.

I'm going to cancel my driving test for tomorrow (canceling for the 4th time now) as I booked hoping that the card would be here by now. I cannot believe how messed up this all is. I feel like my work permit is basically useless because I have no way of getting to a job (no public transport and hubby works long, unusual hours so wouldn't be able to drop me off/pick me up).

I have emailed a senator about all this, including how I haven't heard anything since biometrics about my I-485, so maybe they can look into everything. I felt like it was too good to be true when our visa was processed so quickly, and now I'm having nothing but problems with my AOS and SSN. It is so frustrating and I feel like an illegal immigrant at times because I have nowhere to go, no way of getting around or contributing to the family finances and no rights. The way some "officials" at the SS Office have spoken to me is like I'm a criminal and I'm finding it so difficult to get established over here. As much as I love this country, I am so angry and sad right now. I know 2 people who came over on the VWP with the intention of getting married and filing AOS - they told me so themselves and wouldn't listen when I told them it was visa fraud - but they "got away" with it and are now greencard holders who have driving licenses and jobs. Yet I go about things the legal way and am screwed over.

Sorry if this was a miserable post. I know I'm throwing a pity party and there are people out there having a much harder time than me but right now its all getting to me. Maybe there is someone who has had a similar experience with the SS Office? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for reading.

So sorry to hear about your experience! I know how frustrating it is to wait to get your driver's license! My EAD was approved last Friday. Hoping to have it in hand this or next week and then the first thing I do is to go to the SSA office and change my name on my SSC. I will let you know how it goes.

It is such a hassle to change your name through marriage here. If I didn't rly want to have a family with all the same name I wouldn't even bother.


I-751 ROC Timeline
Sun, 11/27/2016 - 90 days before Green Card expiration on 2/25/2016
Tue, 11/29/2016 8:30 AM - Mailed out I-751 ROC petition to USCIS California Service Center
Wed, 11/30/2016 11:40 AM - USCIS California Service Center signed for receipt of petition
Fri, 12/2/2016 - Check cashed by the USCIS California Service Center per our online banking account
Sat, 12/3/2016 - Received NOA (one-year conditional resident status extension) in the mail with receipt date and time of 11/30/2016 at 19:29 (7:29 pm)
Fri, 12/9/2016 - Received biometrics appointment letter dated 12/3/2016 with appointment scheduled for 12/23/2016

Wed, 12/14/2016 2:14 PM - Successful early walk-in for my biometrics at the Santa Ana USCIS

Thu, 05/03/2018 - My ROC case was transferred from CSC to NBC

Mon, 06/25/2018 - My ROC and Naturalization Interview was scheduled for Wed, 08/01/2018

Wed, 08/01/2018 - ROC and Naturalization Interview

 

N-400 Naturalization Timeline

Mon, 11/27/2017 8:00 AM - Submitted online application for Naturalization: Form N-400, supporting evidence & credit card payment

Tue, 11/28/2017 3:07 AM - NOA confirmation of application receipt was uploaded to my online USCIS account. Processing time for naturalization to be 10 months (to be completed September 2018)

Sat, 12/02/2017 3:06 AM - Received notification that my biometrics appointment was scheduled but the document showing the date and time has not yet been uploaded

Tue, 12/05/2017 - Biometrics Appointment Letter was uploaded to my USCIS account. Scheduled for 12/22/2017 at 8:00 am at USCIS Tustin

Tue, 12/05/2017 2:00 PM - Early walk-in biometrics completed at USCIS Tustin

Mon, 06/25/2018 - My ROC and Naturalization Interview was scheduled for Wed, 08/01/2018

Wed, 08/01/2018 - ROC and Naturalization Interview - Approved

Fri, 08/24/2018 - Oath Ceremony

 

Passport Processing Timeline

Fri, 08/24/2018 - Passport Application at Irvine Passport Acceptance Facility

Fri, 08/31/2018 - Received notification via email that passport is being processed

Mon, 09/04/2018 - Check for $110.00 to US Department of State for passport application was cashed

Mon, 09/17/2018 - Passport received via USPS

Thu, 09/20/2018 - Naturalization certificate returned via USPS

 

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Social Security and the Texas Driver License office both told us we should wait two weeks after a change of status (it was citizenship for us) so the SAVE database that they check for names and status will be updated. Even if you have the EAD CARD (or naturalization certificate) in hand, they need to verify your name and new status on the computer.

If you went too soon, then that could be what happened. They can manually send off to the USCIS to check on your status, but waiting on two government agencies could take several months. When we went in, about nine days had passed and the new status, citizen, had been updated so we didn't have to go back which we would have done over getting stuck in "manual verify".


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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