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Hi all,

 

My husband (NZ citizen) and I got married on May 23rd in Wisconsin and quickly filed our AOS/EAD/AP shortly after.  Our NOA was June 19, 2019 and he is scheduled for his biometrics appointment in Milwaukee on July 10. I received an email saying he will likely receive his EAD on January 21, 2020. 7 months!! Is this really the reality now? We are concerned and may just end up giving up on the process and going back to NZ. My job is able to support us, but barely. Our expectation was that he would receive his EAD around November/early December. 

 

Any info would be much appreciated. This email has caused me a lot of anxiety!

 

Sarah

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14 minutes ago, Kiwiwi24 said:

Hi all,

 

My husband (NZ citizen) and I got married on May 23rd in Wisconsin and quickly filed our AOS/EAD/AP shortly after.  Our NOA was June 19, 2019 and he is scheduled for his biometrics appointment in Milwaukee on July 10. I received an email saying he will likely receive his EAD on January 21, 2020. 7 months!! Is this really the reality now? We are concerned and may just end up giving up on the process and going back to NZ. My job is able to support us, but barely. Our expectation was that he would receive his EAD around November/early December. 

 

Any info would be much appreciated. This email has caused me a lot of anxiety!

 

Sarah

The timeline for the EAD has been sitting around 6 months for a while now. So I would expect that and hope for less.

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Please don’t try misleading the OP.

 

ead is taking around 6 months to be granted. Some cases longer, some cases faster. 


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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If you want to speed things up, do an early walk in for the biometric appointment. Nothing is going to start until that is done. And 4-6 months is the usual time. I was going to try for an expedited processing and as I started the process the card arrived after only 83 days. So it can vary . We did an early walk in 2 days after receiving the letter for the biometric, that shaved a few weeks off.

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Hi fellow kiwi! 

In exact same situation as you. Pretty similar timeline too. 

I think hopefully things will speed up as the time goes on. I’ve noticed people getting their GC quite fast too. 

Try hang in there. 

 

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38 minutes ago, Artists0 said:

He will get his ead by August  when my wife filed my papers in  2012 in Milwaukee it took me from start too finish 4 months too get my green card and now I just file for my citizenship in March and my interview is in a week or so 

The EAD/AP processing is not done by local field offices, so this is irrelevant.

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1 hour ago, Kiwiwi24 said:

Hi all,

 

My husband (NZ citizen) and I got married on May 23rd in Wisconsin and quickly filed our AOS/EAD/AP shortly after.  Our NOA was June 19, 2019 and he is scheduled for his biometrics appointment in Milwaukee on July 10. I received an email saying he will likely receive his EAD on January 21, 2020. 7 months!! Is this really the reality now? We are concerned and may just end up giving up on the process and going back to NZ. My job is able to support us, but barely. Our expectation was that he would receive his EAD around November/early December. 

 

Any info would be much appreciated. This email has caused me a lot of anxiety!

 

Sarah

Sorry to hear.  The process truly sucks.  Is there any chance he could get a job offer in writing, and you could apply for an expedited combo card?  Seems that has been a successful tactic around here lately.

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18 hours ago, p-ana said:

Please don’t try misleading the OP.

 

ead is taking around 6 months to be granted. Some cases longer, some cases faster. 

Is that 6 months from the biometric appt or from the initial filing? 

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222 days here waiting and nothing, we got married in October and filed in November 2018 in Wisconsin. It's already July. My husband arrived here in September. By the time we get the card and a trip planned back to see his family it will have easily been a year since he arrived. 


K1 Journey from Spain to USA :wub:
10-25-2017 I-129F Sent to Lewisville
10-27-2017 NOA1
XX-XX-XXXX NOA2 :jest:
XX-XX-XXXX NVC Received
XX-XX-XXXX Interview Scheduled
XX-XX-XXXX POE :whistle:
XX-XX-XXXX Married 
 

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I understand how you feel. I'm watching the expected timeline on here creep from 5 months to 7 months as we've sat and waited. The reality is, things are just taking really long times to process right now, but no one actually knows when anyone will have their cards. The best option is try to get a job offer & expedite the process. If you do choose to go back to NZ, you will be abandoning your visa and if you & your spouse ever want to come and live in the US again, you will have to go through the CR-1 spouse via process which has a longer waiting period than the K-1 fiancé visa process. However, the beneficiary would then not have to wait to receive a greencard and work permission.

 

Ultimately, it's your choice, but you're already in and have paid the fees. And moving back to NZ wouldn't be cheap either.

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As noted ITT already, the EAD is processed at NBC, not the local field office. Secondly, 2012 timelines are not 2019 timelines.

 

19 hours ago, Loren Y said:

If you want to speed things up, do an early walk in for the biometric appointment. Nothing is going to start until that is done. And 4-6 months is the usual time. I was going to try for an expedited processing and as I started the process the card arrived after only 83 days. So it can vary . We did an early walk in 2 days after receiving the letter for the biometric, that shaved a few weeks off.

I wouldn't go that far. The I-765 cannot be approved until name checks complete, which means biometrics being completed beforehand. But I haven't seen any verifiable information that getting biometrics completed earlier necessarily results in the I-765 being adjudicated earlier as well. I'm assuming it does in cases where the name checks are the limiting factor, but that would very likely be the exception instead of the norm nowadays.


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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So amazing how things have changed so much at USCIS in a very short period of time. Back in 2014 when I applied for an EAD it took less than 30 days if I’m not mistaken to get it approved. At the time I even though it was too much of a wait... but now it’s taking up to 6months, I think I woulda lost my mind.


I-130 PROCESS

01/17/2014 (Day 0): mailed I-130 to Chicago Lockbox

01/21/2014 (Day 4): I-130 delivered signed by R. Mercado.

01/23/2014 (Day 6): email NOA (case transferred to TSC)

01/27/2014 (Day 10): NOA 1 received (PD 01/21/2014)

05/30/2014 (Day 134): I-30 APPROVED, email NOA 2

06/05/2014 (Day 140): APPROVAL LETTER RECEIVED!!!!

I-485 AOS

06/10/2014 (Day 0): mailed AOS packet to Chicago Lockbox

06/11/2014 (Day 1): I-485 delivered signed by R.Mercado

06/16/2014 (Day 5): received email NOA for all forms (I-485 transferred to NSC; I-131 & I-765 processed at NBC)

06/17/2014 (Day 6): check cashed

06/21/2014 (Day 10): received hard copy NOA1 for all forms

06/23/2014 (Day 12): received biometric appointment letter 

07/11/2014 (Day 30): BIOMETRICS COMPLETED

07/14/2014 (Day 33): requested Expedite processing I-765

07/17/2014 (Day 36): request for evidence for expedite

07/23/2014 (Day 42): faxed in documents to USCIS

07/25/2014 (Day 44): e-notification, EAD/AP APPROVED!! 

07/29/2014 (Day 48): Status change “Testing and Interview"

07/31/2014 (Day 50): online status update "EAD card mailed

08/01/2014 (Day 51): EAD/AP CARD RECEIVED

08/13/2014 (Day 63): status change interview scheduled

08/15/2014 (Day 65): interview mail (9/18/14 @11:15AM)

09/18/2014 (Day 99): INTERVIEW APPROVED ON SPOT

09/22/2014 (Day 103): I-485 approval notice received

09/24/2014 (Day 105): Status change Green card mailed

09/27/2014 (Day 108): 2YRS GREEN CARD RECEIVED!!!!

I-751 ROC

09/15/2016 (Day 0): mailed ROC with divorce waiver

09/16/2016 (Day 1): delivered VSC, signed by L. Zuckowski

09/21/2016 (Day 5): check cashed

09/24/2016 (Day 8): received EXTENSION letter in the mail

10/06/2016 (Day 20): biometrics mail received (09/30/16)

10/17/2016 (Day 31): biometrics completed

09/11/2017 (Day 361): I-751 APPROVED

09/15/2017 (Day 365): Approval notice received in the mail

09/26/2017 (Day 376): Status change card in production

09/29/2017 (Day 379): Status change card mailed on 09/28

10/02/2017 (DAY 382): 10YRS GREEN CARD DELIVERED

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