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I just wanted to give a huge thanks to the VisaJourney community and everyone who has ever shared their timelines and experiences. Because we saw one post here about successfully expediting the travel document due to wedding outside the US and that was one of the reasons why we tried it because we had nothing to lose.

 

Below are my detailed timeline and process (which took 46 DAYS from the time we requested the expedite by calling USCIS until card in hand) notes in case anyone is/will be in the same boat as I was.

 

Timeline:

 

  • 12/5: Submitted I-485, I-765 and I-131 applications
  • 12/7: Received NOA1 in mail, application being processed by National Benefits Center
  • 12/31: Biometrics appointment completed
  • 03/23: Called USCIS and submitted service request to expedite I-131 on the basis of Severe Financial Loss (We didn´t know exactly how to define the expediting reason, because everywhere on the Internet there are posts and infromation that the wedding isn´t a reason for the expedition, but we chose this, because the wedding is also a big waste of money (and this will be OUR wedding, for our families) If it doesn´t take place, but we didn't focus on the money at all in our COVER LETTER!!!!!!!!!(this is very important I guess), we also didn´t use the word WEDDING in the cover letter.)
  • 03/25: Email response from USCIS asking for supporting documents for request to expedite: "Upon receipt of your request for expeditious processing, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please fax proof of a pending job offer to ###-###-####, Attn:  AA####, Div #, Team #."
  • 04/02: Faxed over supporting documents to USCIS fax number provided in email response
    1. Cover Letter;
    2. USCIS Email Response Above (they request you include in your fax);
    3. Other documents why we needed to have my case expedited such as my airline ticket to Europe, rental contracts for wedding venue, invoices from contractors for the wedding, everything was officially translated (which was required and mandatory)
  • 4/10: Got notification, that my case for I-485 is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview.
  • 4/12: Email response from USCIS: "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. My case status online changed:
    1. On April 12, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, was completed.
    2. On April 12, 2019, we sent a response to your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
    3. On April 12, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, was assigned to an officer for response.
  • 04/30/2019: Case status online changed to "Card in Production"!
  • 05/03/2019: Case status online changed to "Card was mailed to me"
  • 05/08/2019: AP card in hand!

I believe a good cover letter can really make a difference and “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” Because We didn´t focuse on MONEY in the cover letter, my husband (american citizen) comes from Slovakia, so it could also help, because he still has family in Slovakia. We focused on what it means for us If We don´t get my travel permit soon, our disappointment, emotional loss etc.. We tried to make the USCIS officers emphatize with our difficult situation. I think It can really help. They are just people, and it really depends WHO IS GOING TO READ THE COVER LETTER and who is going to hold it in their hands and decide, that´s what We think. Also, we didn't have a lawyer or a congressman to help us. 

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! :) 

 M.

 

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Conrats. I just don't want other people to get too much hope though or plan things because someone got an approval. It can vary greatly by who also reviews your expedite. So people still should never assume they can just get an expedite for something because someone else did. Nothing is guaranteed.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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1 minute ago, Ben&Zian said:

Conrats. I just don't want other people to get too much hope though or plan things because someone got an approval. It can vary greatly by who also reviews your expedite. So people still should never assume they can just get an expedite for something because someone else did. Nothing is guaranteed.

This is true and thank you for your response!!!! I forgot to mention it.  

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I'm glad it worked out for you, but I do hope that this isn't standard practice for USCIS. We all have to wait in line, and it doesn't seem fair to me that someone can receive their EAD (did you get a combo card or just AP?) quicker just because they planned a wedding out of the country, while they should know that traveling is not possible during the first months after arriving in the US on a K1.

 

Again, I am glad for you, but it really is not fair for everyone else who follows the rules and accepts that traveling or working is not possible in the beginning. 

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Congratulations on getting your AP!

 

As far as the expedite request, could it be coincidence? Your application was sent beginning of December, and you received approval beginning of May. That's 5 months. Official processing time for I-131 is 5-7 months right now, so this could have been standard. 

Did you receive a message after: "your request to have your case expedited ... was assigned to an officer for response." Were you informed that the expedite request itself was approved? That would be interesting to know.


AOS from J-1

2/26/2018 AOS packet sent

3/01/2018 AOS packet delivered to Lockbox

3/12/2018 NOA1

4/02/2018 Biometrics appointment

7/17/2018 EAD & AP approved - card in production

8/16/2018 Interview scheduled

9/20/2018 Interview date - Approved! - card in production

9/28/2018 Green card received

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7 minutes ago, MariekeH said:

I'm glad it worked out for you, but I do hope that this isn't standard practice for USCIS. We all have to wait in line, and it doesn't seem fair to me that someone can receive their EAD (did you get a combo card or just AP?) quicker just because they planned a wedding out of the country, while they should know that traveling is not possible during the first months after arriving in the US on a K1.

 

Again, I am glad for you, but it really is not fair for everyone else who follows the rules and accepts that traveling or working is not possible in the beginning. 

Thanks. I don't know if this is a standard procedure or not, anyone can apply for expediting, it costs nothing, just effort and a lot of frustration ( i mean A LOT) . The processing times have shifted for another three months and we didn´t expected it year ago when we started to plan the wedding, so we wanted to try it, although we didn't count with success in the expediting process. We followed the rules and we did not plan this situation in advance. I think anyone who would have a similar problem would try it instead of to give up....

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7 minutes ago, mnk said:

Congratulations on getting your AP!

 

As far as the expedite request, could it be coincidence? Your application was sent beginning of December, and you received approval beginning of May. That's 5 months. Official processing time for I-131 is 5-7 months right now, so this could have been standard. 

Did you receive a message after: "your request to have your case expedited ... was assigned to an officer for response." Were you informed that the expedite request itself was approved? That would be interesting to know.

Thank you very much and thank you for the interesting point, even this is possible that it was a coincidence, but depending on when I was checking the expediting timelines other people  It seems that USCIS does not inform that the expedite was approved, they only change your case status online, that´s it. I've been checking every single timeline here and people really don´t share information about expditing approvals. 
But everything is possible....yes

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7 minutes ago, Market said:

Thank you very much and thank you for the interesting point, even this is possible that it was a coincidence, but depending on when I was checking the expediting timelines other people  It seems that USCIS does not inform that the expedite was approved, they only change your case status online, that´s it. I've been checking every single timeline here and people really don´t share information about expditing approvals. 
But everything is possible....yes

There is only so much we can figure out from the information they give us. If the process were transparent and easy to understand, there wouldn't be so many questions and need for shared experiences here on VJ!

 

You did get you AP relatively quickly, which is great. And you are right, it doesn't hurt or cost anything to request. Great info on how you made the request and the process.

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AOS from J-1

2/26/2018 AOS packet sent

3/01/2018 AOS packet delivered to Lockbox

3/12/2018 NOA1

4/02/2018 Biometrics appointment

7/17/2018 EAD & AP approved - card in production

8/16/2018 Interview scheduled

9/20/2018 Interview date - Approved! - card in production

9/28/2018 Green card received

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5 minutes ago, mnk said:

There is only so much we can figure out from the information they give us. If the process were transparent and easy to understand, there wouldn't be so many questions and need for shared experiences here on VJ!

 

You did get you AP relatively quickly, which is great. And you are right, it doesn't hurt or cost anything to request. Great info on how you made the request and the process.

Exactly, nobody really knows the particular USCIS procedure and it  may seem unfair to someone but If so and people are on the same boat as I was, they can try it because really there is nothing to lose. Thank you very much again and I believe and hope that we are a community here to support. (L)

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47 minutes ago, MariekeH said:

I'm glad it worked out for you, but I do hope that this isn't standard practice for USCIS. We all have to wait in line, and it doesn't seem fair to me that someone can receive their EAD (did you get a combo card or just AP?) quicker just because they planned a wedding out of the country, while they should know that traveling is not possible during the first months after arriving in the US on a K1.

 

Again, I am glad for you, but it really is not fair for everyone else who follows the rules and accepts that traveling or working is not possible in the beginning. 

 

37 minutes ago, Market said:

Thanks. I don't know if this is a standard procedure or not, anyone can apply for expediting, it costs nothing, just effort and a lot of frustration ( i mean A LOT) . The processing times have shifted for another three months and we didn´t expected it year ago when we started to plan the wedding, so we wanted to try it, although we didn't count with success in the expediting process. We followed the rules and we did not plan this situation in advance. I think anyone who would have a similar problem would try it instead of to give up....

Oh, I see on your timeline that you requested for expediting too, so I don't understand it seems unfair to you when you were in similar situation.... And yes, I got combo card, although I only requested expediting for a travel permit, but USCIS doesn´t  issue the travel permit separately.....

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51 minutes ago, Market said:

 

Oh, I see on your timeline that you requested for expediting too, so I don't understand it seems unfair to you when you were in similar situation.... And yes, I got combo card, although I only requested expediting for a travel permit, but USCIS doesn´t  issue the travel permit separately.....

I don't believe our situations were similar. To me, there is a big difference between planning a trip knowing that you can't leave the country, and being offered a job after already waiting for an EAD for 6 months.

 

Again, I'm glad it worked out for you. But I also hope this will not encourage others to just plan to travel thinking that an expedite is easy.

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2 hours ago, Market said:

 

I just wanted to give a huge thanks to the VisaJourney community and everyone who has ever shared their timelines and experiences. Because we saw one post here about successfully expediting the travel document due to wedding outside the US and that was one of the reasons why we tried it because we had nothing to lose.

 

Below are my detailed timeline and process (which took 46 DAYS from the time we requested the expedite by calling USCIS until card in hand) notes in case anyone is/will be in the same boat as I was.

 

Timeline:

 

  • 12/5: Submitted I-485, I-765 and I-131 applications
  • 12/7: Received NOA1 in mail, application being processed by National Benefits Center
  • 12/31: Biometrics appointment completed
  • 03/23: Called USCIS and submitted service request to expedite I-131 on the basis of Severe Financial Loss (We didn´t know exactly how to define the expediting reason, because everywhere on the Internet there are posts and infromation that the wedding isn´t a reason for the expedition, but we chose this, because the wedding is also a big waste of money (and this will be OUR wedding, for our families) If it doesn´t take place, but we didn't focus on the money at all in our COVER LETTER!!!!!!!!!(this is very important I guess), we also didn´t use the word WEDDING in the cover letter.)
  • 03/25: Email response from USCIS asking for supporting documents for request to expedite: "Upon receipt of your request for expeditious processing, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please fax proof of a pending job offer to ###-###-####, Attn:  AA####, Div #, Team #."
  • 04/02: Faxed over supporting documents to USCIS fax number provided in email response
    1. Cover Letter;
    2. USCIS Email Response Above (they request you include in your fax);
    3. Other documents why we needed to have my case expedited such as my airline ticket to Europe, rental contracts for wedding venue, invoices from contractors for the wedding, everything was officially translated (which was required and mandatory)
  • 4/10: Got notification, that my case for I-485 is Ready to Be Scheduled for An Interview.
  • 4/12: Email response from USCIS: "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. My case status online changed:
    1. On April 12, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, was completed.
    2. On April 12, 2019, we sent a response to your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.
    3. On April 12, 2019, your request to have your case expedited, referral number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, was assigned to an officer for response.
  • 04/30/2019: Case status online changed to "Card in Production"!
  • 05/03/2019: Case status online changed to "Card was mailed to me"
  • 05/08/2019: AP card in hand!

I believe a good cover letter can really make a difference and “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” Because We didn´t focuse on MONEY in the cover letter, my husband (american citizen) comes from Slovakia, so it could also help, because he still has family in Slovakia. We focused on what it means for us If We don´t get my travel permit soon, our disappointment, emotional loss etc.. We tried to make the USCIS officers emphatize with our difficult situation. I think It can really help. They are just people, and it really depends WHO IS GOING TO READ THE COVER LETTER and who is going to hold it in their hands and decide, that´s what We think. Also, we didn't have a lawyer or a congressman to help us. 

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! :) 

 M.

 

I was chatting with an immigration attorney and he was saying that he rarely sees anyone's request for expediting the process get approved. You guys are lucky and your case probably ended up with one of the few good officers at USCIS. Congrats!


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Day 001 - 04/09/2019 Packaged delivered to Chicago Lockbox via Fedex

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Day xxx - XX/XX/2019 NOA1 received in the mail

Day xxx - XX/XX/2019 Biometrics notice received in the mail for XX/XX/2019

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4 hours ago, march16filer said:

I was chatting with an immigration attorney and he was saying that he rarely sees anyone's request for expediting the process get approved. You guys are lucky and your case probably ended up with one of the few good officers at USCIS. Congrats!

Thank you very much, I also read that immigration attornies are skeptical about expediting requests, but people can do it without them, I don´t know, we were so disappointed that I won´t be able to travel so we just tried and as you wrote, probably a few good officers at USCIS.🌹

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