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I took a quick survey of other posts to see if anyone was talking about this and it didn't seem like it...

My wife and I applied for adjustment of status shortly after marriage last year and we received our NOA around June 13, 2014. Since then we've moved to Wisconsin around 6 months ago and did an address update. The office processing the case is now the Milwaukee field office and according to the most recent information I've seen either through visa journey or the USCIS directly, there is only or was only 1 other case ahead of our in line. But it's now March and we're still waiting without any communication about what's taking so long. We initiated a service request with the justification of "out of normal processing times" and it took the USCIS 60 days to respond to us even though they are supposed to respond within 30. The letter we received said nothing about our case and simply stated that the USCIS anticipates delays in the processing of our case due to workload factors. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what this means? We've been told that 6 months is a typical processing time and now we're coming up on almost a year since we mailed out the package.

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Made several infopasses, service requests and lots of other stuff because also was not receiving updates from USCIS on time or any answers whatsoever. Service requests never come on stated by uscis times, my experience was from 60 to 80 days and pretty useless (generic answers that they are overloaded with work). So, I say you simply disregard that generic answers.

If you are out of normal processing times, your best bet are:

1. Write letter to your congressman (I did and it helped A LOT!)

2. Use ombudsman service.

My experience says: no infopasses or service requests do not give you much info. Good luck!


K-1 timeline:

11-07-2013 - I-129F form sent ---> 11-15-2013 - NOA1 - e-mail received, transferred to California Service Center.

11-20-2013 - Alien registration number changed.

11-22-2013 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

12-13-2013 - NOA2 approval notification ---> 12-20-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy

01-08-2014 - NVC recieved ---->01-09-2014 - NVC left

01-13-2014 - Consulate recieved ----> 01-14-2014 - E-mail from the Consulate

01-16-2014 - NVC letter hardcopy ----> 01-23-2014- Medical done

02-18-2014- Interview (Approved) ----> 02-20-2014- Visa issued ----> 02-24-2014- Visa in hand

03-02-2014- US entry --->03-20-2014 - Social Security Number recieved --->04-24-2014 - Wedding

AOS timeline:

05-13-2014 - AOS package sent ---> 05-21-2014- NOA1 - e-mail received

05-24-2014 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

06-03-2014 - Biometrics appointment letter (for June 13)

06-12-2014 - USCIS web status for RFE

06-13-2014 - Biometrics done

06-16-2014 - RFE hardcopy in mail ---> 06-18-2014 - RFE answer sent by mail ---> 06-20-2014 - RFE delivered

08-05-2014 - EAD/ AP - APPROVED!!!! ---> 08-13-2014 - EAD/AP card delivered

09-05-2014 - InfoPass due to RFE and SSN (RFE delievered June 23 to NBC).

10-17-2014 - SSN recieved on married name ---> 12-12-2014 - update on USCIS web (RFE received on June 23), the case could not be tracked

02-17-2015 - GC approved (no interview) ---> 02-26-2015 - GC RECEIVED

08-13-2016 - address change via web --->09-13-2016 - Address change via mail (web failed to change correctly) --->10-06-2016 - Address change of sponsor

ROC:

11-21-2016 - package sent to CSC ---> 11-22-2016 - package delivered to CSC ---> 11-25-2016 - check cashed--->11-28-2016- NOA1 (dated 11/22/16) --->12-20-2016 -Biometrics appointment

07-18-2017-address change-> 05-10-2018 - GC Approved

N-400:

02-15-18 - Applied -> 03-09-18 - Bio app-> 04-04-18-interview notice-> 05-09-18-interview->05-10-18 - approved -> 06-07-18 - Oath appt notice -> 06-27-18 - Oath ceremony

 

 

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Every case has varied timeline, can't compare like that. K-1 interview waiver approval is up to a year at this moment. I don't know if your address change contributes more to the waiting time. Good luck.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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*** Thread moved from AOS/Family-Based main forum to the Case Progress subforum. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Made several infopasses, service requests and lots of other stuff because also was not receiving updates from USCIS on time or any answers whatsoever. Service requests never come on stated by uscis times, my experience was from 60 to 80 days and pretty useless (generic answers that they are overloaded with work). So, I say you simply disregard that generic answers.

If you are out of normal processing times, your best bet are:

1. Write letter to your congressman (I did and it helped A LOT!)

2. Use ombudsman service.

My experience says: no infopasses or service requests do not give you much info. Good luck!

What did you write to your congressman? what did they do to help you? and how long did it take?


05-25-2017: Sent I-751 Lifting Conditions package (5 Pounds!) to VSC
06-02-2017: Check cashed

06-05-2017: Received NOA/Extension letter dated 05-30

06-07-2018: Green card produced (ROC Approved)

For my full timeline of K1, AOS and ROC click here!
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I took a quick survey of other posts to see if anyone was talking about this and it didn't seem like it...

My wife and I applied for adjustment of status shortly after marriage last year and we received our NOA around June 13, 2014. Since then we've moved to Wisconsin around 6 months ago and did an address update. The office processing the case is now the Milwaukee field office and according to the most recent information I've seen either through visa journey or the USCIS directly, there is only or was only 1 other case ahead of our in line. But it's now March and we're still waiting without any communication about what's taking so long. We initiated a service request with the justification of "out of normal processing times" and it took the USCIS 60 days to respond to us even though they are supposed to respond within 30. The letter we received said nothing about our case and simply stated that the USCIS anticipates delays in the processing of our case due to workload factors. I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on what this means? We've been told that 6 months is a typical processing time and now we're coming up on almost a year since we mailed out the package.

Unfortunately your'e not the next in line. I cant see when you sent for AOS but I am presuming late May, there are actually March filers and April filers still waiting. Some are coming up to their yearly anniversary and some have actually had to file for a renewal of the EAD. Did you get a letter a potential visa waiver letter, that said they expected a 6 month delay with your case. Please join our thread it may enlighten you to what is really going on. http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/452854-notice-of-potential-interview-waiver-case/page-180


Removal of Conditions..  TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

 

Time to reset the tick tock clock again.   Roll my eyes.

 

GC  Conditional date:  05/26/2015

N400.  Application:      02/28/2018       

Biometrics:                    02/22/2018

 

Waiting............    Roll my eyes again :(

 

USA citizen as of 25th of July 2018. :)

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What did you write to your congressman? what did they do to help you? and how long did it take?

Letter describing what happened and in what dates, saying that the case was outside normal time frames. The letter was on my husband's behalf and I sent it online via my congressman web page.

First answer that they will try to deal with my case I got via usual mail in 7-10 days. And it had a name of the person who will be in charge on my case in congressman's office.

Also afterwards they sent me a papers where I described what I need to do and that I let a person in congressman's office act on my behalf in uscis.

Case was solved according to timings (first I got RFE update - which uscis never uploaded on web) and as for the GC i called and asked for help in the end of January and in February the case was approved. (cos congressman's office made several calls, and last one was in February and few hours later I got update on email that GC approved). Again, I was not putting a lot of pressure on my case, since I knew USCIS will say I am in normal processing times (as they usually do), so I started to act once all time frames were expired.


K-1 timeline:

11-07-2013 - I-129F form sent ---> 11-15-2013 - NOA1 - e-mail received, transferred to California Service Center.

11-20-2013 - Alien registration number changed.

11-22-2013 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

12-13-2013 - NOA2 approval notification ---> 12-20-2013 - NOA2 hardcopy

01-08-2014 - NVC recieved ---->01-09-2014 - NVC left

01-13-2014 - Consulate recieved ----> 01-14-2014 - E-mail from the Consulate

01-16-2014 - NVC letter hardcopy ----> 01-23-2014- Medical done

02-18-2014- Interview (Approved) ----> 02-20-2014- Visa issued ----> 02-24-2014- Visa in hand

03-02-2014- US entry --->03-20-2014 - Social Security Number recieved --->04-24-2014 - Wedding

AOS timeline:

05-13-2014 - AOS package sent ---> 05-21-2014- NOA1 - e-mail received

05-24-2014 - NOA1 hardcopy (I-797C)

06-03-2014 - Biometrics appointment letter (for June 13)

06-12-2014 - USCIS web status for RFE

06-13-2014 - Biometrics done

06-16-2014 - RFE hardcopy in mail ---> 06-18-2014 - RFE answer sent by mail ---> 06-20-2014 - RFE delivered

08-05-2014 - EAD/ AP - APPROVED!!!! ---> 08-13-2014 - EAD/AP card delivered

09-05-2014 - InfoPass due to RFE and SSN (RFE delievered June 23 to NBC).

10-17-2014 - SSN recieved on married name ---> 12-12-2014 - update on USCIS web (RFE received on June 23), the case could not be tracked

02-17-2015 - GC approved (no interview) ---> 02-26-2015 - GC RECEIVED

08-13-2016 - address change via web --->09-13-2016 - Address change via mail (web failed to change correctly) --->10-06-2016 - Address change of sponsor

ROC:

11-21-2016 - package sent to CSC ---> 11-22-2016 - package delivered to CSC ---> 11-25-2016 - check cashed--->11-28-2016- NOA1 (dated 11/22/16) --->12-20-2016 -Biometrics appointment

07-18-2017-address change-> 05-10-2018 - GC Approved

N-400:

02-15-18 - Applied -> 03-09-18 - Bio app-> 04-04-18-interview notice-> 05-09-18-interview->05-10-18 - approved -> 06-07-18 - Oath appt notice -> 06-27-18 - Oath ceremony

 

 

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Thanks for all the enlightening responses everyone!

So to summarize as fairly as I think is warranted. The USCIS is ####### and decided that because they are too slow that they'll just create a new category to shove people into and then tack on an 6-9 months or a year or whatever.

In our case we did receive a letter talking about being a potential interview waiver and we were excited about this because we assumed that it meant that we would be moving through the line faster because that makes sense. Clearly that was actually just some kind of deceptive ploy. One thing that I did find different, that what it seems others have stated though, is that on our letter there was nothing about taking additional time to process. They simply have it stated that we would be a potential interview waiver case.

So then I ask, Is there an established timeline for people in this interview waver position? That is, filers from March/April are certainly being considered at this point?

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Thanks for all the enlightening responses everyone!

So to summarize as fairly as I think is warranted. The USCIS is ####### and decided that because they are too slow that they'll just create a new category to shove people into and then tack on an 6-9 months or a year or whatever.

In our case we did receive a letter talking about being a potential interview waiver and we were excited about this because we assumed that it meant that we would be moving through the line faster because that makes sense. Clearly that was actually just some kind of deceptive ploy. One thing that I did find different, that what it seems others have stated though, is that on our letter there was nothing about taking additional time to process. They simply have it stated that we would be a potential interview waiver case.

So then I ask, Is there an established timeline for people in this interview waver position? That is, filers from March/April are certainly being considered at this point?

Yes, they are currently looking after March/April filers, sometimes they do the random Sept or June applicant, there is no consistency and a March filer who has already waited a year was told they could wait up to 2 years. I think the USCIS is past caring at this point, as I am too. You try to err on optimism but when you see people being fobbed off at every stage you realise that the whole system is a mess and nothing you do or say will change it, nor will the letters from congress or the ombudsman.

Sorry I wish I could be more optimistic for your case, but I realise now its futile to even hope that there is going to be a quick solution to any of this. Only thing I can advise is pray and leave it in God's hands.


Removal of Conditions..  TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

 

Time to reset the tick tock clock again.   Roll my eyes.

 

GC  Conditional date:  05/26/2015

N400.  Application:      02/28/2018       

Biometrics:                    02/22/2018

 

Waiting............    Roll my eyes again :(

 

USA citizen as of 25th of July 2018. :)

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