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Hi Guys,

So this is my situation. my husband(same sex couple) already filed a petition for me and PD is March 2019 at Texas SC. I know that it will take usually 6-8.5mos to get NOA2, I told him if he can call to UCSIS and request for expedite. He is on disability since 2005 due to mild stroke and half of his body is not functioning. it is really difficult for him to move around specially that he leaves alone. We got married while I was in the U.S with my tourist visa last year. I am filipino and now I am back in Saudi because of my job.

 

Ive seen some couples in other pages and they requested at ucsis for some emergency reasons and they get approved. It gives me some hopes though. His doctor is willing to write a letter for him for his health issues but the problem is- his doctor dont know what he will write in the letter. I am posting it here hopefully that someone can give me any idea if your case is the same as ours for health issues how your doctors did.

 

He really needs me there ASAP not just a husband but a caretaker for him. He is already 56yrs old and at this moment he in UCDavis hospital due to Pnuemonia. Any inputs will be highly appreciated.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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Yes, he can request an expedite if he believes he meets the criteria (https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria).

Why is he unable to get care from somebody already in the US? Is there other family around? Home nurse? Does the hospital not have the means to care for him while admitted?

To be clear, i am not expecting answers to any of the above here...that's personal info IMO. I'm just raising possible questions they may have as to why you specifically need to be there. I think that's a topic worth discussing in the request.

 

The doctor can describe his condition, treatment, mobility, care required, prognosis, etc. But the main evidence would likely be documentation of those items. USCIS works primarily on documentation and facts, not pleas.

 

Just as a heads up, there is no "ASAP" with immigration. Even in the best case, expect a few months for everything to go through. An expedite at NVC would need to be requested again, as well as to schedule the interview at the embassy. It's possible an expedite may be approved at one stage but not another.

 

Every expedite decision is discretionary.

Good luck.

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Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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13 hours ago, geowrian said:

Yes, he can request an expedite if he believes he meets the criteria (https://www.uscis.gov/forms/expedite-criteria).

Why is he unable to get care from somebody already in the US? Is there other family around? Home nurse? Does the hospital not have the means to care for him while admitted?

To be clear, i am not expecting answers to any of the above here...that's personal info IMO. I'm just raising possible questions they may have as to why you specifically need to be there. I think that's a topic worth discussing in the request.

 

The doctor can describe his condition, treatment, mobility, care required, prognosis, etc. But the main evidence would likely be documentation of those items. USCIS works primarily on documentation and facts, not pleas.

 

Just as a heads up, there is no "ASAP" with immigration. Even in the best case, expect a few months for everything to go through. An expedite at NVC would need to be requested again, as well as to schedule the interview at the embassy. It's possible an expedite may be approved at one stage but not another.

 

Every expedite decision is discretionary.

Good luck.

Hello, thanks for the reply. He has siblings but sad to say that the culture in the U.S is different than the Philippines. I dont know the set up in the U.S how disabled individual can get care by someone else whether a home nurse or caregiver. Now since he is at the hospital, he is taken care off but when he discharge again he is alone in his home and this is what I worried.

He was able to manage by himself in previous years but now as he is getting older, it is really difficult for him and I am asking suggestions from this group the questions i have in my mind.I appreciate your response. 

He will just try to call at ucsis just giving it a try. If our lucky to be approved, then thats great..

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10 hours ago, payxibka said:

How had he survived all these years without you?

He was able to take care of himself from 2005 and that time he was at the 40's.. but as he is getting older, it is really difficult for him. I really hope and pray that if we can request for expedite, it will be granted hopefully.

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46 minutes ago, Step29 said:

He was able to take care of himself from 2005 and that time he was at the 40's.. but as he is getting older, it is really difficult for him. I really hope and pray that if we can request for expedite, it will be granted hopefully.

Personally, I don't see this as an emergency,.  An emergency is usually defined as a hazardous condition with a rapid on-set.  USCIS might see it differently.  Is someone now helping him with his personal care?


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Just curious- how old are you? 

 

Also you can always try to expedite but I doubt it would be approved. Your husband needs a caregiver if he needs help. 


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06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

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I have been on this forum for a year, while waiting for my husband's visa process and approval (interview is next week), and have seen many expedite requests approved at USCIS and NVC for all kinds of reasons--medical, financial, kids need to start school, etc.  You can find these by searching on the forums.  The common thread to approval of an expedite request is to submit lots of documentation to support the claim that family reunification will benefit the US petitioner in some significant way.  They are very subjective and some have been approved that surprised me--the reasons did not seem like an emergency at all.  It's similar to waivers in this regard--evidence via paperwork to justify the expedite request is what it takes to get approved.  At various points during the past year I considered going to a doctor to get documentation that my mental and emotional health would improve if my husband could be here sooner, but I didn't ever do it.  There's no fee, no reason not to try, but you will need hard evidence and it  takes time to get a response on the expedite request, and if approved, it may not speed things up that much.  If you're going to do it, it really only makes sense at the USCIS phase, as soon after filing the petition as possible.  Good luck, and I hope you are together soon!

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Just now, carmel34 said:

At various points during the past year I considered going to a doctor to get documentation that my mental and emotional health would improve if my husband could be here sooner, but I didn't ever do it.

No offense, but if that worked, we ALL would have done it......This process is not good for anyone's mental and emotional health.....


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  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
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2 minutes ago, missileman said:

No offense, but if that worked, we ALL would have done it......This process is not good for anyone's mental and emotional health.....

Agreed and no offense taken.  The point I was trying to make is that documentation (such as doctor's letter, medical records) increases the likelihood of an expedite being approved.

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5 hours ago, Roel said:

Just curious- how old are you? 

 

Also you can always try to expedite but I doubt it would be approved. Your husband needs a caregiver if he needs help. 

I am 32..the thing is his sister is not helping to find caregiver maybe because of the money to be paid to caregiver considering he is only getting 900+ a month out of his disability payment. It really makes me sad that I am helpless and could not overstay also in the u.S when i visit because of my job here in Saudi

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6 hours ago, missileman said:

Personally, I don't see this as an emergency,.  An emergency is usually defined as a hazardous condition with a rapid on-set.  USCIS might see it differently.  Is someone now helping him with his personal care?

Thats why I am confused of how we can get things done as soonest as possible. He is in the hospital now so he is taken cared off by the nurses but when he is discharged he will be alone again in his home.

I really stuck on what to do to help him... I prayed that hopefully there can be a miracle and requesting to get it expedite is the only way if approved. theres no harm in trying.

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3 hours ago, carmel34 said:

I have been on this forum for a year, while waiting for my husband's visa process and approval (interview is next week), and have seen many expedite requests approved at USCIS and NVC for all kinds of reasons--medical, financial, kids need to start school, etc.  You can find these by searching on the forums.  The common thread to approval of an expedite request is to submit lots of documentation to support the claim that family reunification will benefit the US petitioner in some significant way.  They are very subjective and some have been approved that surprised me--the reasons did not seem like an emergency at all.  It's similar to waivers in this regard--evidence via paperwork to justify the expedite request is what it takes to get approved.  At various points during the past year I considered going to a doctor to get documentation that my mental and emotional health would improve if my husband could be here sooner, but I didn't ever do it.  There's no fee, no reason not to try, but you will need hard evidence and it  takes time to get a response on the expedite request, and if approved, it may not speed things up that much.  If you're going to do it, it really only makes sense at the USCIS phase, as soon after filing the petition as possible.  Good luck, and I hope you are together soon!

Thank you..we will see once he called UCSIS.. We are not losing any faith. I know God is there and as long as we are doing our part, then there can be a miracle..

 

Thanks for sharing your inputs.

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I would definitely try to expedite it. The thing is, it cannot hurt your case. A lot of people treat expediting like you are cutting in line-I wouldn’t listen to that so much. The worst they can say is no

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26 minutes ago, Step29 said:

Thank you..we will see once he called UCSIS.. We are not losing any faith. I know God is there and as long as we are doing our part, then there can be a miracle..

 

Thanks for sharing your inputs.

Pretty sure god isnt working for USCIS.

 

So are you planning to be his spouse or caregiver? I mean sounds like he might need help 24/7 but I'm sure you'll need a job also. After all no one can survive on 900$ a month. Hope you have a joint sponsor too. 


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RoC

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