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Hello VJers,

We just received the I-751 mail in the letter instructing us to file the I-751 before 90 days of my wife's GC expiration date.

Here are the dates -

6/29/15 GC expiration

4/1/15 90 days prior expiration (earliest date I can file for I-751)

We have plans to travel Europe for approx 13 days between 5/9/15 - 5/22/15 (13 days) and was wondering about the I-751 timeframe.

I understand after filing the form, I'll receive the NOA1 in approx 1 week which will also extend my wife's GC for 1 year. One concern I have is the biometric appt which looks like happens approx 1 mo. after NOA1 (judging by the I-751 timeline).

If I file the form earliest possible on 4/1, the biometric appt CAN happen between 5/9/15 and 5/22/15 which could be bad.

Is it better to file the form right before we leave for Europe in early May?

Any input will be appreciated. Thanks for your time!

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You can always file it after you're back from trip, so you can make sure you receive all notices. But you can also send it out before you leave so you can kill sometime. It is completely up to your convenience.

You can send it when window time opens, and try walk-in when you receive biometrics, save almost 2 months of waiting.

Good luck.


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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The availability of appointments at ASC depends on were you are, since some are busy then other. Every time my wife an immigration benefit and had to go to the local ASC, the appointment was always within one month of when she filed.

Once you get your ASC notice you could try early walk-in to see if they would take you. You might have to explain your situation. Also, on the ASC notice there is usually information about what to do if you need to change your appointment time.

Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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I'll share with you what we just did. My wife's temporary GC will expire end of March so end of December 2014 was the 90 day mark when we could send in her packet. Issue was we were traveling to Philippines for 5 weeks leaving January 10th I think it was. We didn't want to miss or have to reschedule biometrics so this is what we did. We put our packet together and signed it and sealed it in an addressed priority mail envelope and left it at home and had a family member pick it up and mail it for us 2 weeks before we got home. We had no issues with customs coming back which I don't know why anyone would if their GC is still valid or you stayed out of the country too long maybe? Our NOA1 date is 02/09/15 and we expect a biometrics letter soon. Not sure if this helps or not just what we did.

In your case you could just send it the day before you leave or earlier if you feel confident of how long it will take them to schedule your biometrics. Just make sure you fill it out correctly and sign it with correct payment included or they won't accept it and you won't be here to correct the mistake.

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Thanks all for suggestions. I'm leaning towards mailing the package out few days before (or on the day) we leave for Europe. This way, it will guarantee us being in the states for the biometrics.

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