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An IR5 story (6+ consecutive soft LUD's in as many days)

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My sister has been sponsoring my parents' IR5 case since April last year. The IV interview took place in Guangzhou on Apr 21, and we got the dreaded 221(g) because we failed to submit the "original Affidavit of Support". On the interview letter, the I864 has an "R" designation, which means we already submitted it online, or in other words, we don't need to bring it to the interview. I864a was also requested - and that's not even in the checklist! But hey, who are we to argue on these "minor" issues?

On the 221(g) letter, it says their case is approved, but additional document is needed. They kept their passports too.

We submitted both the I864A and the I864 the next day. A LUD was generated on April 24. A soft one - the status remains "Administrative Processing".

Like most others, I contracted the horrible Luditis disease. I've been checking CEAC every day since the beginning of May. From May 4 to May 13 (Beijing time), my parents' case have been accessed virtually every single day, except Sunday (yes there was a Saturday access too). So more than half a dozen "soft LUD's" so far, but we are still AP'ed.

The cool-headed peeps would say this means nothing. The optimistic type would call it a good sign. I belong to the third category: I think some ####### is about to hit the fan. What's there to look at? I'll admit when I filled out one of the fifteen billion forms I may have indicated my father's profession is a scientist, as opposed to saying merely "retired" (he is almost 79). Would that trigger an alarm? They might think that I lied?

Now here comes my questions - 1) has anyone been turned down or delayed because of his or her profession? 2) what's the typical wait time (aka AP time) at Guangzhou these days (I've seen some related threads on VJ but they are old. An increasing number of people are trying to flee the country in recent months, so the case load there is mounting)?

So far I remained cool but the anxiety will soon kick in.

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You should always take ALL documents with you when you do such things. Why would you not carry a few pieces of paper around? It's simple to keep and carry a few pages of paper than be in the situation you are in; despite what is "required."

What "fleeing" are you talking about?

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I'm not exactly asking why I'm in this situation, but I can explain. Everyone has a unique set of challenges, mine would be to contantly trying to collect my sister's signature over email, she works 14 hours a day and travel around the world a third of the time, and I have to fly to Beijing and escort my frail parents to Guangzhou for the interview. Collecting every piece of paper with orginal signature is a bigger challenge for my sister than it is for me.

Fleeing means getting out as quickly as they can. The well-off people feel their asset is under increasing threat from the economic downturn and a government that feels it can "adjust" things without rules of law. I'm not even gonna get started on the food safety, air quality and an education system designed to make parents and students miserable. while some of these are a constant over the last decade, the recent economic uncertainty is causing wide spread anxiety.

The GZ consulate also indicated in a notification letter (I forgot which) that their recent case load is increasing so one should expect longer delays. On the interview day I couldn't even find a curb space to sit on - notably more crowded than a year ago, when I had to go there for my wife's case.

You should always take ALL documents with you when you do such things. Why would you not carry a few pieces of paper around? It's simple to keep and carry a few pages of paper than be in the situation you are in; despite what is "required."

What "fleeing" are you talking about?

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1) Profession and employment are two distinct categories.

To list "Scientist" as profession should be OK as long as you also

indicated that his current employment is "retired" or "unemployed".

2) Yes, certain profession or employment could get him denied or at least delayed.

Most notably, if he was associated to the CCP (Chinese Community Party),

the chance of denial or huge hassle increases dramatically.

3) Xi Jinping has been cracking down on "well-off" folks, particularly government workers.

Because they have illegally stashed away tons of money. It's pretty obvious they were

benefiting some sort of fraud from their positions because they are uncovering savings/assets

that would exceed their lifetime earning....which obviously not possible.

If your parent's built up their assets in honest manner and they have some evidence to prove it,

I don't think they are at much risk of government seizing it. Beside, even if they were granted

GC to come to US, they are still Chinese citizens, so it doesn't completely shield them from

any government crackdown/investigation or law changes.

4) If he believes Chinese economy is weakening and US is a better place to protect hard earned assets

then he can already sell and buy or invest in US assets without even being in US. All over America...actually

I should say, all over the world, Chinese have been gobbling up real-estates in the past several years now.

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12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

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06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

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07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

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08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

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09-13-2014 POE

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02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
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08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
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