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Wife's Green Card 10 Year Renewal - Need HELP and Advice Please

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Hello:

I am hoping the fine people on here can offer some some help and advice on what to do in our situation. We got wonderful news last night that my wife's 10 year green card renewal was approved. We have been waiting since early April 2016. The congratulatory letter was dated on November 28. However, the fun ended there...

We saw at the very bottom of the letter that if you plan to travel between now and the 60 days before the green card arrives, you may not be allowed to enter back into the United States. We are going to Europe to visit family during Christmas and New Years this year and have had the trip booked for six months. We went on infopass and scheduled and appointment to meet with the local immigration office on December 14 to try and get a temporary travel stamp in her passport. Is this possible?

Now the really fun part begins.... We currently live in an apartment building. After we got nervous about traveling for the holidays, it shows online for our case status that we were approved and the green card was already sent to us and delivered on November 25. How could this be when the letter is dated on November 28 and says it takes up to 60 days. We did not have anything in our mailbox and check everyday. We immediately called the USCIS and they have been of no help expect stating it was delivered and to speak to the local post office.

The USPS site says it was delivered at 7:00pm on November 25. We always get our mail at 1:00pm each day. We called the postal office again and they said that they had a lot of workers sick and they outsourced the mail delivery that day, thus why it came later than normal. The woman on the phone said they did not know the neighborhood, it was dark and the mailboxes like the normal postal workers. So, basically it could be lost or not delivered to us properly. Again, it says delivered on the tracking sheet.

We called back USCIS with this information and they said they cannot do anything. The only thing is fill out an I-90 form and pay the $450 again and it will take eight months or longer to get a replacement card!?!?. What are our options? Any suggestions on what to do next? I feel like we have paid the $450 in good faith, done everything right, and waited eight months already for it to arrive.

This is beyond frustrating... Thank you for reading and again any assistance.

Brian

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I would keep on calling the postal service and otherwise I remember I saw another member there went around in the area she lived in and knocked on their door to see if anyone else had gotten it and luckily for her there was.


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                         AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/09/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       12/09/18.....ROC window opens

 

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You can also escalate the issue with your local post master general which usually makes them actually search for it.


I'm the Petitioner

K1 Visa Process:

 
  • I-129F Packet Sent: 09/11/2015 (Sent to Dallas, TX Lockbox)
  • Delivery Confirmation: 09/16/2015
  • NOA1 Received (Electronic notice): 09/18/2015 (Sent to CSC)
  • NOA1 Received (Hard Copy): 09/26/15
  • NOA2 Received (Electronic notice): 10/06/2015
  • NOA2 Received (Hard Copy): 10/10/2015
  • NVC Received: 10/26/2015
  • NVC Case# Assigned: 10/30/2015
  • NVC Sent to Consulate: 11/02/2015
  • Consulate Received: 11/05/2015
  • Packet 3 Received: 11/12/2015
  • Packet 3 Sent (DS160 Completed & Visa Fee Paid): 11/21/2015
  • Medical Date: 12/16/2015
  • Interview Date: 01/14/2016 (approval pending medical paperwork from Visa Medical Dr. office)
  • Medical Paperwork Sent: 01/27/2016
  • Medical Paperwork Received by Embassy: 02/03/2016
  • Visa Approved: 02/04/2016
  • Visa Issued: 02/05/2016
  • Visa Received: 02/11/2016
  • US Entry (POE): 03/12/2016
  • Applied for SSN: 03/17/2016
  • SSN & Temp Card Received: 03/23/2016
  • Marriage Date: 04/21/2016

AOS/EAD/AP Process:

Spoiler
  • I-485/I-797/I-131 Packet Sent: 05/10/2016 (Sent to Chicago, IL Lockbox)
  • Tracking Shows Packet Delivered: 05/12/16
  • NOA1 Received (Electronic notices): 05/19/16 (for all 3: AOS, EAD & AP)
  • NOA1 Received (Hard Copies): 05/23/16 (Notice date of 5/18/16 for all 3)
  • Biometrics Appt. Letter Received: 06/10/16
  • Biometrics Appt. Scheduled for: 06/20/16
  • Biometrics Appt. Completed: 06/20/16
  • EAD/AP Approved: 07/28/2016 {Day 76}
  • EAD/AP Card Received: 08/03/16 {Day 82}
  • DL Tests passed & 1yr. DL issued: 08/18/16
  • AOS Approved: 08/29/16 (Interview waived & Approval notice received in the mail on 9/1/16) {Day 108)
  • 2yr. Greencard Received: 09/09/16 {Day 119)
  • Updated info. w/Social Security Office: 09/22/16
  • Updated info. w/DMV & New 4yr. DL issued: 09/22/16
  • New Permanent SSN Card Received: 09/28/16

1st Date we can File ROC: 05/30/18

ROC Process:

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  • I-751 Packet Sent: 06/11/18 (Sent to California Service Center)
  • Tracking Shows Packet Delivered: 6/13/18
  • Check Shows Cashed: 6/28/18
  • NOA1 Received (Hard Copy): 6/30/18 (Notice date of: 06/26/18)
  • Biometrics Appt. Letter Received: 
  • Biometrics Appt. Scheduled for: 
  • Biometrics Appt. Completed: 
  • Interview Date: 
  • ROC Approved: 
  • 10yr. Greencard Received:

 

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***** Moving from K1 to ROC forum as that is the process Op is asking about ******

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Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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We saw at the very bottom of the letter that if you plan to travel between now and the 60 days before the green card arrives, you may not be allowed to enter back into the United States. We are going to Europe to visit family during Christmas and New Years this year and have had the trip booked for six months. We went on infopass and scheduled and appointment to meet with the local immigration office on December 14 to try and get a temporary travel stamp in her passport. Is this possible?

My wife did it. We had been notified that her green card was in the mail, but we knew she was going back to visit her family and it wouldn't arrive in time. So she went to the San Francisco office and they put an I-551 (?) stamp in her Indonesian passport that allowed her to return to the U.S.

Regards,

Bill

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I think USCIS are negligent with their mailing methods. When receiving my visa I had to identify myself to the courier and sign for it. For the Green Card, as long as it's left somewhere within the zip code, USCIS washes their hands of it and demands $450 for their ****-up. I think they should require immigrants to appear in person at the field office and pick it up after identifying themselves. Other methods could be arranged for people who can't appear, like people on active duty abroad but it would really cut down on the number of Green Cards that go missing each and every year. If we can all turn up for biometrics and an interview (the latter if needed), why can't we turn up to actually get the card?

When my 2 year Green Card was on its way, for some reason instead of putting my actual zip code, USCIS wrote the usual 5 digit number then put -0000 on the end, so the post office system got confused and started the process of returning to sender. Thankfully when I called the post office, the woman on the phone actually remembered that specific envelope (what are the chances?) and said she'd make sure it went out next day, which it did and it arrived safely.

I just feel like USCIS do not take this part of the job seriously at all and it's unacceptable.

I really hope you're able to track down your card, OP. If I was in your shoes, I would not be giving them their undeserved $450 and would go get a stamp every year. The same thing could happen again with the new card - are they gonna want another $450 over and over?


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

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This old thread has really good information about the long process you have to go through with USPS and USCIS:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/568123-when-usps-looses-your-greencard/


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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This old thread has really good information about the long process you have to go through with USPS and USCIS:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/568123-when-usps-looses-your-greencard/

Jeez Louise...

But good to know there is a way around that $450. I think after ROC they've had quite enough money.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

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