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I-751 Submitted - Not Received I-797

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Hello, Visajourney-ers!

 

Immigrant-half of this account posting here, so "I" means the person with the green card.

 

We submitted my I-751 back in early December, along with the G-1145 (E-notification of application/petition acceptance) to get notifications via text and e-mail. On December 13th I received a text to the tune of:

 

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USCIS: Your case was received. Receipt # ABC1234567890. Official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) to follow in mail.

The check for the processing fee and biometrics fee was cashed on the 14th.

 

Note that I did not get an e-mail notification of the above (just the text), despite putting my e-mail address on the G-1145 (I've verified that the e-mail address I used is accurate on my copy of the packet, which was a printed copy rather than a hand-written copy so I'm sure it's accurate).

 

My green card (with conditions) expires on January 13th.

 

Based on what I've read so far, the proper approach would be to get an InfoPass appointment at my local USCIS office, but here's the catch...

 

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This office is not accepting walk-in requests or scheduling InfoPass appointments.

 

There are still ways to get basic information about immigration services and ask questions about your case online without an office visit or a phone call. If you have a question about a pending application, you can:

 

<list of very generic online services>

 

I'm currently planning on calling up USCIS tomorrow (their opening hours are apparently 8am-9pm Mon-Fri), but wanted to get some thoughts as to anything I can do or what specifically I need to ask for before that.

 

One last point that might be relevant: entering the receipt number I received in the text tells me:

 

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  • My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

 

Sorry for the information dump above, hopefully gives as much context as needed to explain the situation. My questions are as follows:

 

  • Is there anything specific I should say/ask on the phone with USCIS tomorrow?
  • Is there anything I need to do to make sure I'm not going to run into any problems (e.g. my green card expires in a week, if I haven't received it by then, what should I do?)
  • I'm planning on calling USCIS tomorrow, and will likely have to talk to my work's (generally understanding) HR department to give them a head's up. Am I right in thinking that, legally, I shouldn't be able to be working after my green card has expired if I haven't received the I-797?
  • What's the deal with the receipt number not being recognized?
  • Any general advice for this situation?

 

Thanks in advance, trying not to worry too much about it! 😅


  • 2015-07-27: I-129F Sent

  • 2015-08-03: NOA1

2015-08-14: NOA2

2015-09-14: NVC Received Case

2015-09-17: NVC Sent Case to Embassy

Received Packet 3

2016-02-09: Interview on 2/9/2016

APPROVED!

2016-03-05: K-1 Received

Plane ticket purchased for 6/29/2016

2016-06-29: Fiance arrived in US

2016-08-17: Married!

2016-09-26: I-485 and I-765 Sent

2016-09-28: I-485 and I-765 NOA1

2016-10-18: Biometrics

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@SandyKay Hello, I totally understand your frustration with a long processing time. I am in the same boat as you are. I also did not receive e-mail notification, only text message AND my receipt number is not recognized on the USCIS web-site, when I input the number into "Check Case Status" section. 

 

However, when I logged in https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ I was able to add the case number and it does recognize the case number. It says: "We received your case. You do not have to do anything at this time. We will let you know if we need anything else from you as we continue to review your case."

 

In addition, I heard on this forum that it takes some time to receive NOA in the mail due to backlog. I am suggesting to wait a reasonable amount of time (around 45 days from when you got text message) and then go to https://egov.uscis.gov/e-request/Intro.do and complete section "Did not receive notice by mail".

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ROC

12/11/2018 - I-751 mailed (requested a fee waiver) to Lewisville, TX via FedEx

12/13/2018 - package delivered 

01/02/2019 - received text message from USCIS with case number starting with EAC

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Hi @Kiolas, thanks for your response.

 

While it's a little selfish to say, glad to see others are having the same problems!

 

I logged into the site your recommended above, and see the same thing you do. ("We received your case...")

 

Only concern for me now is whether I can work if I don't receive my NOA by the time my green card expires. 45 days would put me at a week or two after my green card expires (yes, we left it a little late in the 3 month window, gathering that evidence took a while!). I'll take it up with USCIS tomorrow when I give them a call.


  • 2015-07-27: I-129F Sent

  • 2015-08-03: NOA1

2015-08-14: NOA2

2015-09-14: NVC Received Case

2015-09-17: NVC Sent Case to Embassy

Received Packet 3

2016-02-09: Interview on 2/9/2016

APPROVED!

2016-03-05: K-1 Received

Plane ticket purchased for 6/29/2016

2016-06-29: Fiance arrived in US

2016-08-17: Married!

2016-09-26: I-485 and I-765 Sent

2016-09-28: I-485 and I-765 NOA1

2016-10-18: Biometrics

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@SandyKay That's a good idea to call USCIS, they can schedule your InfoPass via the phone to stamp your passport (it is an alternative while you are waiting for NOA to arrive via mail). Just explain them your situation with your job. 


ROC

12/11/2018 - I-751 mailed (requested a fee waiver) to Lewisville, TX via FedEx

12/13/2018 - package delivered 

01/02/2019 - received text message from USCIS with case number starting with EAC

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I know someone who had the exact same issue, they went to USCIS anyway and explained to the security guard their case, he then called a USCIS officer and spoke to the person outside, took their passport, stamped in an I-551 and let them go. 

 

Now that we're beyond the 13th, what happened? did you manage it? 

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Hi, happy to follow up.

 

I phoned USCIS on the number given in my original post the following morning. I gave my case number to the automated system, and spoke to an agent, explaining the situation and asking for advice.

 

She stated that because they had received my forms (as confirmed by the fact that I had received that text and had a case number) that even though I didn't have the physical I-797 in my possession, from their standpoint my status as a legal permanent resident was extended as if I had, and that getting a passport stamp was unnecessary from their point of view. I made sure to note the time and date of my call, and the number of the agent I spoke to (she stated this upon answering the call), in case I need to refer back to it.

 

She did say that if I needed to get one, she could book an appointment for me (so via phone, rather than online). The only reasons I'd need one (at least, currently) are if I was planning on leaving the country or if I required one to prove my status as a permanent resident for e.g. starting a new job so requiring something to indicate I had a right to work in the US. Neither of those applied to me, and I talked to my HR department at work that day to confirm if they needed anything - explaining if they did I could arrange to get my passport stamped. They were unsure, but got back to me a few hours later confirming that, from their point of view, I was fine to work (essentially, they didn't need to see an updated green card, and that such a thing was only needed when hiring rather than regularly checking when it expired, but obviously if they did need to see it at a later date it'd be important to have still).

 

As of this post, my I-797 has still not arrived. My current plan, given that I received the text on the 13th of December, is to wait 45 days from receiving it to follow up with USCIS about it not arriving, so something like the end of this month.

 

Hope that helps any other VJers out there! I'd recommend still doing your due diligence and phoning USCIS yourself to confirm, as your circumstances may be different from mine.

 

 


  • 2015-07-27: I-129F Sent

  • 2015-08-03: NOA1

2015-08-14: NOA2

2015-09-14: NVC Received Case

2015-09-17: NVC Sent Case to Embassy

Received Packet 3

2016-02-09: Interview on 2/9/2016

APPROVED!

2016-03-05: K-1 Received

Plane ticket purchased for 6/29/2016

2016-06-29: Fiance arrived in US

2016-08-17: Married!

2016-09-26: I-485 and I-765 Sent

2016-09-28: I-485 and I-765 NOA1

2016-10-18: Biometrics

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Get the stamp. God forbid you have an emergency and need to leave the country or something. ROC takes 12 months+ these days - a long time to be without proof of residence.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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