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We filed i-1751 back in August 2015..  We never heard anything in all that time.. while it seemed everyone else was approved. We filed in the California service center. It seems they lost our application but no one would ever confirm. During the last 18 months we have filed 4 or 5 different service status requested based on case being outside of normal processing times. Each time only received a form letter saying we would hear something within 60 days, but each time 60 days came and went without no other contact or information. We probably called the 800 number about 10 times over the 18 months. We went to one infoPass appointment in July were the woman immigration officer actually threaten my wife saying if she was not happy with the time it was taking that she could just remove her application and start deportation proceedings. In October 2016 we went to our local congressman for help, but he lost his election and I don't think they did anything. So we went to our US Senator for help this last month and today we received a letter stating we need to go in for an Interview in 2 weeks. 

 

Can anyone help shed some light on why this may have taken so long, sense everyone else in our group on here in visa Journey the August 15 California Filers were approved within 4 to 6 months. We has ours taken 18 months and now we have an interview? Has anyone else had experiences like this? What should I expect in the Interview?

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You may never find out the reason it took so long.  Did your spouse file the N-400 after three years, or have you just been waiting for the I-751?

 

If they lost your package, then they will probably not admit it.  Just read about another package that was sent to a country where the couple had never even been, where it languished for 5 months!  Sometimes this process is DEFINITELY not fair.

 

So glad you got your Senator involved.  Just be prepared for the interview - make sure each of you know enough about your spouse and his/her family.  Hopefully, you'll finally get your 10-year green card!

 

Best of luck!

 

Sukie in NY


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Our Prior Journey

N-400 Naturalization

18-Feb-2018 - submitted N-400 online, credit card charged

18-Feb-2018 - NOA1

12-Mar-2018 - Biometrics 

18-June-2018 - Notice of interview received

26-July-2018 - Interview  - APPROVED!!!

26-July-2018 - Oath Ceremony Scheduled

17-Aug-2018 - Oath Ceremony

 

 

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Thanks, have been very stressed for a long time now. Also my mother has been sick and my father was seriously injured and hospitalized during this time and I could not leave the country because of this just dragging out. Do you have any idea if they will approve on the spot at the interview or will we have to wait even longer afterwards? We just filed our N-400 two weeks ago after contacting the US Senator because we had just been trying to wait for the ROC approval. Ended up costing us more because the fee we up on the 23rd. 

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We sent, joint tax returns, bank statements, electric bill, phone bills ect. Passport, green card pictures everything thing suggested in the application to send. I feel the problem is that I do not work, which I cannot get a job now with an expired greencard. My husband is much older than me and he already owned his house and cars and everything before we were married. So there is not a need for me to work and he enjoys having me at home. We do not have any kids and I was waiting to change my name when i get my citizenship, because we had heard of stories of name changes causing problems with the adjustment of status. 

 

We have no major purchases, we have no loans or debt. There was not a lot of formal documentation, other than joint car insurance, banks accounts and things and tax rental health insurance. We thought that was more than enough. He takes are of all the bills. Not sure what there is we can do to prove our marriage. Seems we are being penalized because we choose not to have children or go into debt and me not working. 

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May 2015 filer here....

I have had no RFE whatsoever, but after 20 months a notification of an interview was recently received out of the blue. I did not contact a senator either.

 

When it is ready, I will take a photo of the ridiculous stack of documents being taken to the interview, which is currently standing at around 9" high and counting. They want evidence, so they are going to get it in abundance.

 

It is yet another hoop to jump through in this infuriating saga, but it is progress nonetheless...

 

1 hour ago, Sukie said:

If they lost your package, then they will probably not admit it.  Just read about another package that was sent to a country where the couple had never even been, where it languished for 5 months!  Sometimes this process is DEFINITELY not fair.

 

You must be referring to my case.

 

 

 


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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2 hours ago, mindthegap said:

May 2015 filer here....

I have had no RFE whatsoever, but after 20 months a notification of an interview was recently received out of the blue. I did not contact a senator either.

 

When it is ready, I will take a photo of the ridiculous stack of documents being taken to the interview, which is currently standing at around 9" high and counting. They want evidence, so they are going to get it in abundance.

 

It is yet another hoop to jump through in this infuriating saga, but it is progress nonetheless...

 

 

You must be referring to my case.

 

 

 

Yes, MindTheGap - it WAS your case to which I was referring!

 

Sukie in NY


Spoiler

 

Spoiler

Our Prior Journey

N-400 Naturalization

18-Feb-2018 - submitted N-400 online, credit card charged

18-Feb-2018 - NOA1

12-Mar-2018 - Biometrics 

18-June-2018 - Notice of interview received

26-July-2018 - Interview  - APPROVED!!!

26-July-2018 - Oath Ceremony Scheduled

17-Aug-2018 - Oath Ceremony

 

 

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