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Greencard filed in 2012. Vawa later. Problems with the case! Totally alone :(

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My husband filed the i485 in December 2012 (to register for me permanent residence based on marriage). He filed on my new last name. However he became very abusive and it turned out that he has bipolar rapid cycling, he switched between being wonderful to every 6 days being violent, sometimes getting so angry that he threatened to kill me and verbally abusive. My lawyer then filed a VAWA case in March 2013, she filed the VAWA on my birth name and it got already approved in January 2014!

But we are still waiting for the greencard!? She always said that those two cases should get connected and generate my greencard. She always said it will automatically get connected. But online when I put in the VAWA case number it said completed, but when I put in the old number to check on my i485 it was still stuck on my interview date in June 2013 when i went for an interview and told the officer that it got changed to a VAWA case and she said: ok i will wait for the VAWA approval. Now the VAWA was long approved but nothing happened!

About 3 months ago I called immigration and they told me that they cannot give me any info over the phone as a VAWA case is highly confidential and that I have to write a letter to get info on my case, however they told me that maybe because my husband filed under his last name and my lawyer under my birth last name that maybe the VAWA doesn't get connected with the old registration for permanent residence. I was shocked to hear that because it would mean I will never get my greencard. So I send a letter on 8 September to immigration to point that out and begged them to connect the cases, but never heard a response from them. Then I send an email a few weeks ago and the only reply I got was that they transferred my case to the national benefit center.

I then visited my lawyer (who very often didn't get back to my emails in the past), she said that she has already tried many times to contact immigration to tell them to connect both cases (the VAWA with the old greencard application), that both cases are for the same person (just under a different last name) but that she doesn't hear back from them either! She said that the benefits center is the wrong place for my file. Then she said I can try to continue to get through to immigration and try to speak to them or maybe its best for me to just file the i485 again, but that would mean to pay her 800 dollar and immigration 1100 again. But my husband already did that in 2012. But it seems to take too long!!! I also don't have money because I cant work.

So I made an appointment and went to immigration last week. Unfortunately the officer behind the window hardly even looked at me and didn't seem to be too concerned, she looked like she didn't like her job and chewing gum all the time. She only was very short, looked into her computer and said: NO, the forms are together in one file! I was very surprised to hear that and said: But the immigration hotline told me that because my husband filed on his last name and my lawyer later on my birth name that maybe the i485 and i360 never got connected!? But she said: I AM!! an officer and I tell you its in one file. (I couldn't believe it and Im still not sure who to believe anymore!). Then she said: your fingerprints are out of date, maybe that's the problem, and then she dialed a number and said: there is someone here, her file is RETIRED, can I send her for prints? And then she got off the phone and told me that she cannot send me for prints right now. Then I asked her what retired means and what is wrong with my case, and she only said: I don't know, its at the wrong place, I will call you in 3 weeks, I will order the file, I don't know what's wrong with it, it will take 3 weeks for me to get the file. She also said it doesn't matter if both files were filed under different last names as its under the same alien number! Is that true?

I am confused as I always had people say different things to me. Since I came to the US I had nothing but bad experiences with services, and many other things, Miami seems a very corrupted area. And since day one I had tragedies happening to me here. Its especially sad as im completely and totally alone and really need my papers. My husband tried 2 doctors but they are the same corrupt and only after money, like everyone seems to be here in south florida. People really don't seem to care much about others. I have no one, not even a friend here, I lost a lot of weight, im all day in bed and unfortunately even if I would go back to Europe it would be bad as I have no family anymore. My father even killed himself after I arrived here and my mothers new husband is very jealous and possessive, we have almost no contact anymore. I have no other relatives. I'm totally alone wherever I go. My husband wants to get better and is willing to get a thorough examination and to doctors but its for various reasons not possible here: money, insurance, corruption and other reasons. I feel completely stuck and don't know what to do. If at least I had at least my greecard. Maybe someone here has any idea what retired means? And has any suggestions?

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Contact the DHS Ombudsman: http://www.dhs.gov/case-assistance

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card



Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

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Contact your congressman and let them push your case. I think this will solve your problem. In addition, go for a second info pass, and be sharp with them , don't be afraid to insist to talk to a supervisor tell them it has been a year and nobody completed the process. It looks to me that your file is sitting at somebody's shelf collecting dust.

I am really sorry for your situation. My advice;

1-Push your case so you get your green card and your start your own life.

2- If you don't have a job, start looking for one so you can support yourself and keep you busy.

3- Volunteer in some charity work, make new friends, and build your own life. if you are not living in a healthy relation , then you will destroy yours even more.


day 1 -- 04/11/2012-- package sent to Chicago

day 2 -- 04/12/2012-- package was received.

day 43-- 05/23/2012-- Notice for an interview is received for 06/26 @ 2pm

day 63-- 06/12/2012-- Received a Text & email for an update- Card production EAD/AP

day 77-- 06/26/2012-- interview / approved on the spot.

day 86-- 07/05/2012-- Received my GC in the mail.


day 1 -- 04/07/2014 -- ROC Package delivered to VSC

day 16 -- 04/23/2014 -- Walk-in Bio.

day 197 -- 10/20/2014-- Approval Letter received dated 10/16/2014

day 202 -- 10/25/2014-- GC received

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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS


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