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We filed I-751 in Feb 2017 in California and have been waiting ..  March it was transferred to Nebraska


In the meantime I completed the adoption of the kids in Feb 2018

Funny thing is we went to a GOES apt to get updated Visas since the 1 year extension was about to expire.

And they took my wife and kids green cards and gave us paper ones?  Why I dont know. They should have 

just stamped the NOTICE with an extension date.  We are frequent crosses between Tijuana and San Diego

and we have SENTRI.


So, .. I get the kids new  Birth Certificates and go to Social Security OFfice to get name changed. 

And they say no.. because the took our green cards and the new one is dated AFTER the adoption

had I gone the next day.. after adoption when we still had our green cards that were issued prior to the adoption.

Social Security would change the kids names.  They said nope. Now you need new  Green Cards with the name change.


So.. I come home and get online to find out the name change is a cost of some ridiculous amount of money like $475 each

I could recind the I-751 for the kids and apply for citizenship easier..   But dont have the $1024 each for that either :-(


So, what I did was put together a nice cover letter and put copies of the court order and birth certificates and a request to change the name

prior to issuing the new Green Cards.. that we are so impatiently waiting. They accepted the documents and have not sent them back.. yet


I-751 filed  2-15-2017   

NOA and Biometrics 3-8-2017

File transferred to Nebraska Service Center in March 2017


What sucks is now we cannot renew our SENTRI cards and need to by July 28th   and going back to the regular line.. is not fun.

20 min vs 2-3 hours    Just sucks as we've done everything by the book and it is just taking forever and a year



Anybody have any luck on NSC???  We have to be getting close. They dont post the NSC turn times.  Or atleast I cannot figure out how to view.

I had heard they are working on March 2017


anyone else have a similar experience



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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to Removing Conditions on Residency Discussion.

Our journey:


September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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