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7 months for Advance parole, what's going on?!

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Hi Visa Journey!

I need some advice or direction.

I applied for my Permanent residence in July after our wedding in June. In Oct my grandfather suddenly died and I requested an expedite (even though it was past 90 days) on Oct 29. The customer service rep told me it would be 5 business days. After 6 days with no answer I called and requested another to attend the memorial service that was happening in 10 days. I never heard back. I heard no response from USCIS even after I called to check on the status numerous times. The rep just kept saying it looks like no one has gotten to your case yet but it should be soon.

Memorial service was now missed even after two expedite requests and absolutely no response. Dec 8 rolls around and I get an email asking for evidence to attend the event that was over a month ago!!

So now it's January 4, I just missed my Uncle's wedding a few days ago and I'm getting absolutely fed up. I applied for everything including advance parole, employment authorization and permanent residence July 10 and I have nothing. I have been unable to work or travel for 7 months. I feel like a hostage in the USA! Has anyone else experienced crazy long processing times like I have? Or what's going on with them?! We are struggling to stay afloat because I'm still illegal to work even though I have a University degree and am a Social Worker and we only thought it would be 90 days after I filed for work authorization. We're at day 177 now.

My family lives in Vancouver B.C and I am just outside of Seattle. It's a two hour drive north and I can't even visit nor grieve with my family for a death that happened in October. I feel like this is a violation of human rights somehow, being unable to travel or work. What am I doing here then?

I'm at my wits end. Two service requests and about 4 expedite requests placed after they have all been unresponsive. Help! Why do I feel like Im being completely ignored at USCIS.

-Stephanie

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For emergency expedite for AP, you make an infopass appointment and go to the local office for a face to face appointment. Calling USCiS does not do anything.

Make an infopass appt.

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Apparently expediting doesn't do anything! You're totally right, it looks like you did one for AP. Since the family emergency was back in October would you still recommend making an infopass appointment based on the fact that I haven't been with my family to grieve the loss yet? It's not exactly an emergency but I'm almost at 7 months here with no travel document form yet.

Still working the waters of this terrible visa experience so far. Thanks for the suggestion!

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if everything was filed in july, and you not even get an appointment for the biometrics -

something is amiss.

you need yer EAD/AP doc/combo card anyway - and it's outside the 90 day window already,

so

call in to USCIS (again),

get a human, the CSR, then

ask to speak to a Tier 2 human, an ISO.

Once you get an ISO,

explain that it's more than 5 months about the EAD - ask him to deep review the casefile on his computer and tell _YOU_ exactly what the problem is.

Go Get Em, and Good Luck !


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I did my biometrics appointment back in August in Seattle. Thought everything was running smoothly until then!

I've just made an infopass appointment at the local office. Going to try this avenue out!

I'd been transfered to second tier customer service a few times and they literally had no idea what was going on. I had to explain the whole situation again and the only answer I ever got was, ' just give it more time'.

Thanks for your input!

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ah geez - you should have had your ead/ap combo card about 1 month after yer biometrics appointment.

since a tier 2 human can't figure it out - best best will be that local infopass appointment,

but

keep in mind - the humans behind the glass counter don't have full access - it's the same access that an ISO has...

ask for the shift supervisor when you get there. be adamant but firm about it.


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Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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~Moved from K1 Process to Fam-based AOS Forum~

~Inquiry about AOS-related process, past K1~


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

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Thread eased further 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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You should contact the DHS Ombudsman.


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AoS

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

 

Naturalisation

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

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

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Thank you so much Hypnos.

I didn't even know that existed. I'll see how my appointment goes at the infopass in Seattle next week then I'll try that as a last option. Thank you for these options, I wish I'd known sooner! Better late than never.

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They're very much a helper of last resort. When USCIS have made either an error in law or regulations (not issuing an EAD within 90 days, for example) and other methods of contact have failed to resolve the situation, the Ombudsman is pretty much your best bet.

Unfortunately I speak from experience, although the Ombudsman was able to help in my situation.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

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

 

Naturalisation

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

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

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USCIS regulations require an EAD/AP based on a pending I-485 to be adjudicated within 90 days.

I had a separate issue that required the Ombudsman's assistance.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

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

 

Naturalisation

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

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

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"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

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