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Hi everyone,

 

 I could not find an answer on this so I decided to ask...

 

My mother who speaks 0 English is supposed to arrive in the next 48 hours. I wonder how things go in these situations? Anyone has any experience? I know that they take fingerprints and all that as well as ask questions about the trip. I am a bit worried.

 

I did write a letter for her in English with basic info about her trip and my contact information to hand it to the officer when she arrives.

 

any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!


 

1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

7/24 Interview Scheduled Notice

8/22 Green Card approved at the interview

9/24 Congressional Inquiry

9/25 Card is Being Produced 

9/25 Case Was Approved

9/27 Card Was Mailed to Me

9/29/2018 Green Card In Hand

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CBP can get non-english speakers translated if need be. Assuming the mom speaks georgian/russian, shouldn't be a huge issue. Perhaps she could have someone on her flight assist her with US Customs forms. 


I-751 journey

 

10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

10/30/2017.......... Check cashed

11/02/2017.......... Conditional GC expired

11/22/2017.......... Biometrics completed

  xx/xx/xxxx.......... waiting waiting waiting

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2 minutes ago, WeGuyGal said:

CBP can get non-english speakers translated if need be. Assuming the mom speaks georgian/russian, shouldn't be a huge issue. Perhaps she could have someone on her flight assist her with US Customs forms. 

She speaks both Georgian and Russian. 

 

I highly doubt there will be any Georgians on her flight. Maybe Russians but chance of finding them on a plane is almost none. 

 

Do CPB-s always get a translator or sometimes fingerprints and a letter is enough?


 

1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

7/24 Interview Scheduled Notice

8/22 Green Card approved at the interview

9/24 Congressional Inquiry

9/25 Card is Being Produced 

9/25 Case Was Approved

9/27 Card Was Mailed to Me

9/29/2018 Green Card In Hand

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They'll figure something out.. always do. 


I-751 journey

 

10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

10/30/2017.......... Check cashed

11/02/2017.......... Conditional GC expired

11/22/2017.......... Biometrics completed

  xx/xx/xxxx.......... waiting waiting waiting

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3 minutes ago, WeGuyGal said:

They'll figure something out.. always do. 

Thanks for the info!


 

1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

7/24 Interview Scheduled Notice

8/22 Green Card approved at the interview

9/24 Congressional Inquiry

9/25 Card is Being Produced 

9/25 Case Was Approved

9/27 Card Was Mailed to Me

9/29/2018 Green Card In Hand

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I also wrote a letter for my parents when they came with the purpose of the visit, period, address and if they have further questions to call me as I was waiting in the arrivals. 

I did this three times. Every single time, they read the letter and stamped the passport. 


I-129f/K-1 application     

·        10/30/2015 – I-129F Sent

·        11/09/2015 – I-129F NOA1

·        12/09/2015 – I-129F status changed to “Case Was Approved”

·        02/04/2016 – Medical Exam Completed

·        02/11/2016 – Interview (APPROVED)           

·        02/17/2016 – Visa in Hand (DAY 110) 

·        06/30/2016 – POE in Detroit, MI (DTW)

 

AOS/EAD/AP application

·         07/20/2016 – Got Married at City Hall 

·         08/03/2016 - AOS, EAD, AP Sent 

·         08/10/2016 - AOS, EAD, AP NOA1  

·         08/19/2016 - Biometrics Appointment Letter Received     

·         08/27/2016 Church Ceremony followed by Reception

·         10/12/2016 - AP status changed to “Case Was Approved”         

·         11/09/2016 - EAD status changed to “New Card Is Being Produced”

·         11/18/2016 - EAD/AP combo card received in the mail

·         01/27/2017 - AOS status changed to “New Card Is Being Produced” and a few hours later changed to “Case Was Approved”     

·         02/02/2017 - Green Card received in the mail.

 

I-751/ROC application

·         10/09/2018 - Received reminder notice dated October 3 from USCIS to apply for ROC

·         10/29/2018 - I-751 Sent via FedEx

·         10/30/2018 - I-751 was delivered and signed for

·         11/05/2018 - Text notification received at 6:16 AM & Check was cashed

·         12/11/2018 - Received NOA 1(extension letter) dated December 6 in the mail

 

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23 minutes ago, alexpop13 said:

I also wrote a letter for my parents when they came with the purpose of the visit, period, address and if they have further questions to call me as I was waiting in the arrivals. 

I did this three times. Every single time, they read the letter and stamped the passport. 

Great. Thanks for sharing the info. Hopefully it will be the same for her too.


 

1/17/2018 AOS sent I-130, I-485 and I-765

1/19/2018 AOS package received Chicago USCIS [Priority Date]

1/24/2018 Email and text notification received

1/25/2018 Checks cashed

1/29/2018 NOA1

1/30/2018 Expedite Request on EAD

2/2/2018 Expedite Request cannot be completed without biometrics [ e-mail]

2/2/2018 Biometrics Appointment Letter in mail

2/2/2018 Biometrics done (early walk in)

2/8/2018 Second EAD expedite request submitted.

2/12/2018 Received E-mail notification requesting employment termination letter.

2/12/2018 Fax sent for Employment termination letter.

2/22/2018 Case is assigned to an officer. Case is currently on hold while they request case file (Only applies to expedite request).

2/28/2018 "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." (20 days since expeditious request was submitted...)

3/1/2018 EAD Approved! (Day 41)

3/6 "EAD Was Mailed to Me"

3/9 EAD in Hand

7/24 Interview Scheduled Notice

8/22 Green Card approved at the interview

9/24 Congressional Inquiry

9/25 Card is Being Produced 

9/25 Case Was Approved

9/27 Card Was Mailed to Me

9/29/2018 Green Card In Hand

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