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I did not find any similar Topic so I thought it would be important for people to have some sort of guidance on what they are doing from past experiences. My 2 years GC expired in September 2016, I have applied for the ROC in July 2017, received the NOA in July 2016, and received my Biometric Processing Stamp at my biometrics appointment on 8/2/2016. My questions is:

 

When do I actually NEED/HAVE TO make a infopass appointment? 

 

We all know that info pass appointments are useless the most of the times and lengthy all the times, however there are cases that in order to stay within the rules, you have to make one but I am not sure when. Is it withing 30 days from your Biometric Stamp date or what?

If anyone could share their experience and/or answer the questions, I think it would be beneficial for all the ROC applicants.

 

Thanks! 

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Well...

If you feel your case is taking to long and you aren't getting any where with the USCIS phone line
When you feel that talking to a person in person will help
If you feel there's something wrong with your case and you aren't getting any where with the USCIS phone line


Really, if you ever feel like you need help, you can make an infopass appointment.

You can have an infopass appointment when ever you want, there are no rules. Treat it more as a customer service you can walk into on your scheduled time.


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1 minute ago, Ash.1101 said:

Well...

If you feel your case is taking to long and you aren't getting any where with the USCIS phone line
When you feel that talking to a person in person will help
If you feel there's something wrong with your case and you aren't getting any where with the USCIS phone line


Really, if you ever feel like you need help, you can make an infopass appointment.

You can have an infopass appointment when ever you want, there are no rules. Treat it more as a customer service you can walk into on your scheduled time.

Ash,

 

I understand we can make it whenever, what if I don't and arrive to October 2017 with no news from USCIS... what would happen?

 

When is it that my current status (waiting for ROC with a stamp) expires?

 

Thanks

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10 minutes ago, LUAL said:

Ash,

 

I understand we can make it whenever, what if I don't and arrive to October 2017 with no news from USCIS... what would happen?

 

When is it that my current status (waiting for ROC with a stamp) expires?

 

Thanks


If you don't make an infopass appointment and don't get a new stamp, showing your still waiting. You will be out of status.


I guess I took your post as "When are infopasses used?" instead of "What do I do if my I-551 extension expires while waiting for ROC?" since while they both are about infopasses, you'll get two different answers.


In the case that your stamp is expiring, then you make an info pass appointment for a new stamp. They will give you a new one since you are waiting for ROC, but yes, you have to make an appointment and go there to get the stamp. It's not recommended to wait until the expiry month, maybe go in late September for the new stamp.

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05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

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21 minutes ago, Ash.1101 said:


If you don't make an infopass appointment and don't get a new stamp, showing your still waiting. You will be out of status.
 

Wrong wrong wrong.

 

The extension letter and/or stamp serve as proof of your status - they do not dictate your status in any way.

If you have no need for proof of status (travel, DMV, HR, etc), then there is no requirement to get a stamp.

 

 If you have filed your I-751 on time, your status remains unchanged with all the rights and responsibilities as a LPR, until such time as USCIS or an immigration judge terminate your status, or until you are approved.

Until that point your status is unchanged.

 

 

31 minutes ago, LUAL said:

I understand we can make it whenever, what if I don't and arrive to October 2017 with no news from USCIS... what would happen?

 

When is it that my current status (waiting for ROC with a stamp) expires?

 

As above, it doesn't. The proof of your status expires but your status doesn't.

 

You can make info pass appointments 14 days in advance - they are released by or at 00:01 Mon - Fri for the corresponding day two weeks ahead. They will only give you a stamp near or after the expiry of your initial 1 yr extension - 30 days before is often mooted but it is not a hard and fast rule (I personally had one done 50 days before expiry), but unlikely they would give you one say, six months before expiry of your initial 1 yr extension, unless you had lost the letter itself.

To make the appointment you go HERE, and you will need your A#, and your receipt number to hand.

Show up with your passport, your extension letter  and your expired card (which they may or may not retain) and it shouldn't take long.

 

Edited by mindthegap

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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I guess I have always considered having proof of status incredibly important. Having the status is great and all, but I don't think any one would recommend not carrying proof on them. At least here in Texas where they passed a bill against sanctuary cities, and a regular traffic stop can now become a "prove your status".


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06/27/16 - I-485 Case changed to Approved! (Day 77)
06/30/16 - I-485 Case changed to "My Card has been mailed to me!"
07/05/16 - Green Card received in mail! 

 



ROC 

05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

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06/07/28 - NOA1 

06/11/18 - Check cashed

06/15/18 - NOA received in the mail

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54 minutes ago, Ash.1101 said:

I guess I have always considered having proof of status incredibly important. Having the status is great and all, but I don't think any one would recommend not carrying proof on them. At least here in Texas where they passed a bill against sanctuary cities, and a regular traffic stop can now become a "prove your status".

i heard about TX passing that bill and i'm sorry for you and all the people affected.

when your GC is valid , that is your proof of status.

when you get your 1 year extension letter that  is your proof of status

if after the year you haven't heard from USCIS you can make an infopass appointment and tell them you need some sort of proof. they will most likely stamp your passport and that will be your new proof of status.

 

the best you can hope is that your case gets approved before your extension letter expires and you get your permanent green card

 

Edited by izaksly

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1 hour ago, LUAL said:

Can I consider my I797c (NOA) with the biometric appointment stamp a proof of status? If so, for how long?

 

Hi, the I-797c is only your letter for your biometrics appointment & the stamp is only the proof that you attend the appointment & has nothing to do with your status, the first letter that you received the I-797 after you sent in your application to remove conditions is your extension letter as it says so in the first paragraph of that letter.

It extends your green card for an extra year from the expiration date on you green card.

 

Brian 


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Feb 22nd 2014 Received biometrics appointment for 7th March 2014 at 3pm
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March 17th 2014 Received text & email with interview date on 22nd April 2014

March 18th 2014 Received interview letter in post with time & place, 2.15pm at Mt Laurel NJ
April 16th 2014 Received EAD card
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April 22nd 2014 Text & email Case Status: Card / Document Production
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Feb 9th 2016 I-751 package sent to Vermont Service Center
Feb 11th 2016 I-751 package received at VSC
Feb 17th 2016 Cheque for $590 cashed

Feb 19th 2016 Received I-797 NOA Dated 02/12/2016

March 8th 2016 Biometrics Appointment at 10am. (Done)

April 14th 2017  I-551 stamp in passport 

April 27th 2017 Received text & email Card/Document Production

May 3rd 2017 Received 10 year Green Card today   

N-400

March 7th 2017 N-400 sent to Dallas TX 

March 10th N-400 Application received

March 15th Cheque for $725 cashed

March 20th received NOA1 dated March 15th

March 24th received biometrics appointment for 04/05/17

March 28th did early walk in for biometrics 

October 10th received Citizenship Interview letter

November 13th Citizenship Interview at 10 am Mount Laurel NJ passed my interview.

November 13th Oath ceremony 3pm now a citizen

November 14th applied for my passport 

November 25th Received my passport 

November 27th Received my naturalization certificate back

November 28th Updated my social security records 

 

 

 

 

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I have a question. I am travelling twice, once to Western Europe and once to Africa. Both within the validity of the NOA1 Letter for ROC. However, I am concerned about the Africa trip. The airline personnel sometimes dont understand these things. Will it be possible to get a stamp?

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23 minutes ago, NYCruiser said:

I have a question. I am travelling twice, once to Western Europe and once to Africa. Both within the validity of the NOA1 Letter for ROC. However, I am concerned about the Africa trip. The airline personnel sometimes dont understand these things. Will it be possible to get a stamp?

 

It is only needed for a flight back to the US. Not from the US, or any other flight while outside the US.

 

Bookmark or download the document found HERE and remember page 38 for use if you encounter a clueless agent.

 

 

Are you flying directly from Africa to the US? Euro staff at airports with direct flights to the US tend to be more clued up, and they can always make a quick call to their back offices to verify.

Chances are if someone doesn't know what the extension letter is, then the stamp would be equally as confusing.


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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On 6/27/2017 at 0:36 PM, mindthegap said:

 

It is only needed for a flight back to the US. Not from the US, or any other flight while outside the US.

 

Bookmark or download the document found HERE and remember page 38 for use if you encounter a clueless agent.

 

 

Are you flying directly from Africa to the US? Euro staff at airports with direct flights to the US tend to be more clued up, and they can always make a quick call to their back offices to verify.

Chances are if someone doesn't know what the extension letter is, then the stamp would be equally as confusing.

No flying from East Africa to Amsterdam, then on to the US. However, the carrier from East Afica is Kenya Airways. The personnel sometimes tend to not be trained n these different documents. So lets hope it will be ok.

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2 hours ago, Wolke7 said:

Hey guys,

You seem very knowledgeable. What should I do if my spouse's GC expires and I have not yet received the NOA1?

Her DL may also be dependent on this.

Was your ROC check cashed?


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Service Center: California

90 Day Window Opened.....08/03/17

I-751 Packet Sent................08/04/17

NOA Dated...........................08/07/17

NOA Received......................08/09/17

Check Cashed......................08/09/17

Biometrics Letter Rcvd........08/26/17

Biometrics Appointment......09/07/17

Approval................................[Pending]

 

Naturalization Timeline

Field Office: Santa Ana, CA

90 Day Window Opened.......08/03/18

N-400 Filed (Online)..............08/03/18

Receipt Notice.......................08/03/18

Biometrics Letter Rcvd..........08/20/18

Biometrics Appointment.......09/07/18

In Line For Interview.............

Interview Letter Rcvd............

Interview................................

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