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Bringing 8yr old stepdaughter to US due to family emergency

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I'm not finding an easy answer to this question so I'll ask here. My husband is still on the interview waiver for his greencard, but his daughter is in Australia. The plan had been to have her remain with her mother until age 10, and then move here as her mother's health is deteriorating and we wanted her to have the time she needed with mom. However, that timeline has changed and I'm afraid my stepdaughter may need to come sooner rather than later. I know I can go get her for the 90 day tourist window, but we don't really have any safe relatives to return her to should her mother get worse. We're just becoming concerned as we get more and more reports of neglect due to bio-mom's medical condition and things happening due to the people the bio-mom brings into the home. Obviously, my husband cant return to Australia, he has a job here and is on waiver. So I'm trying to have a plan in case of emergency really. We didn't put his daughter on his paperwork due to our belief that the mother could manage for the 2 years agreed upon with us taking her for summer holiday.

Thank you for your advice.

I-129F sent 11-27-13

NOA 1 email 12-5-13

NOA 1 Hardcopy received 12-13-13

Alien Reg Number Assigned 12-17-13

NOA 2 text/email 4-23-14

Sent to NVC 5-6-14 Received 5-14-14

Left NVC 5-19-14 Arrived in Sydney 5-23-14

Interview Email received 5/27/14

Interview 6/24/14

Wedding 8/2/14!!!


AOS packet delivered 9/11/14

NOA1 texts 9/17/14

Biometrics appt: 10/6/14. We had 2 appts on dif days, but got both done at once and was in and out in 30min at the Nashville location.

EAD Notice: 11/25

EAD Received with wrong b-day 12/4 Contacted on Dec 13th to send it back and they will determine the next step about reissuing it.

EAD fixed by going to an infopass appt. The woman was able to fix it in the system and said don't waste the $ on a new EAD.

Potential Interview Waiver Received 3/2/15

Green Card in hand 7/29/15!!!

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Sounds like you as the USC needs to petition her asap. Normal process takes about a year, you could seek expedites.

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