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Hi everyone,

 

Happy New Year! 

So our case has been stuck in the AOS process for 11 months now. I submitted a request to Ombudsman in early November and since then haven't heard anything from them until this morning. They finally reached out to us and ask us to sign some consent before they can work on our request. However, I just wrote an email to our Congressmen with the privacy release form last night for the same concern. I know that our Congressman's office is probably working on our case soon and I don't want to bother USCIS too much. But I also know that all the Congressman could do is to send out an inquiry to USCIS. I'm not sure if there's any differences between Ombudsman and Congressman in terms of speeding up our case.  The Ombudsman office only give us one week to sign the form otherwise they will withdraw my request. Do you guys have any thoughts on this? Much appreciated! 

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From what I understand a congressman is pretty much limited to just inquiring on your behalf to find out what's going on or what the hold up is. An ombudsman has the ability to actually remedy certain situations. This I've gathered from having to deal with both during our waiver issues. 

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5 hours ago, LionessDeon said:

From what I understand a congressman is pretty much limited to just inquiring on your behalf to find out what's going on or what the hold up is. An ombudsman has the ability to actually remedy certain situations. This I've gathered from having to deal with both during our waiver issues. 

Thanks for your input. I signed the form and emailed it back to the Ombudsman. Hope something will happen soon!

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20 hours ago, LionessDeon said:

From what I understand a congressman is pretty much limited to just inquiring on your behalf to find out what's going on or what the hold up is. An ombudsman has the ability to actually remedy certain situations. This I've gathered from having to deal with both during our waiver issues. 

Thank you this is truly magical! We sent back the form yesterday afternoon, and our interview is schedule this morning:D

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On 1/3/2017 at 2:13 PM, tbone1991 said:

Hi everyone,

 

Happy New Year! 

So our case has been stuck in the AOS process for 11 months now. I submitted a request to Ombudsman in early November and since then haven't heard anything from them until this morning. They finally reached out to us and ask us to sign some consent before they can work on our request. However, I just wrote an email to our Congressmen with the privacy release form last night for the same concern. I know that our Congressman's office is probably working on our case soon and I don't want to bother USCIS too much. But I also know that all the Congressman could do is to send out an inquiry to USCIS. I'm not sure if there's any differences between Ombudsman and Congressman in terms of speeding up our case.  The Ombudsman office only give us one week to sign the form otherwise they will withdraw my request. Do you guys have any thoughts on this? Much appreciated! 

@tbone1991any update on the ombudsman engagement? Thanks!


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18 hours ago, dunebuggy said:

@tbone1991any update on the ombudsman engagement? Thanks!

They reached out to me in early Jan and I got the interview notice the second day after they contacted me. It turned out that USCIS scheduled my interview few days before they reached out to me(I found the date on the actual interview notice paper). Good luck!

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