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I filed my RoC I-751 in August 2017. My 18 month extension letter expired in February 2019 and I had an info pass appointment to get my passport stamp. The employee who did the stamp said it may be around 6 months before I had an interview. 6 months have passed and nothing. My case was sent from Vermont to California in February. I know I can file a Writ of Mandamus but it's very expensive and after doing all the previous applications myself to avoid attorney fees, I'm reluctant to hire an attorney now. But at the same time, this wait is ridiculous!  Any advice?

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Try to contact your senator/congressman and see if they can help push it along.

 

Have you filed for N-400 at any point?? That could also have slowed it all down.

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K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Georgia16 said:

Try to contact your senator/congressman and see if they can help push it along.

 

Have you filed for N-400 at any point?? That could also have slowed it all down.

From what I know filing for N-400 actually speeds up the Removal of Conditions process. 

And yes, Senator/ Congressman's office could help. 

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2 minutes ago, sree_yash said:

From what I know filing for N-400 actually speeds up the Removal of Conditions process. 

And yes, Senator/ Congressman's office could help. 

No that is not always the case if you live where the local office is very backlogged for interviews then it will not make it faster. 

Some local offices have a 3 months on interview where there are others there have a 1-2 year waiting time for interview.


K-1 + K-2:                                                                                                                                AOS from K-1 + K-2:

02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, sree_yash said:

From what I know filing for N-400 actually speeds up the Removal of Conditions process. 

And yes, Senator/ Congressman's office could help. 

Both of these statements are not necessarily true (again, speaking from unfortunate recent and ongoing experience).


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

I-751 #1- May2015 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 - Oct 2017 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

N-400 Feb 2018 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

Mid - February  2019: N-400 Interview - unable to conduct, as pending I-751 was still in Vermont, despite case transfer notice having been received.

April 2019: Filed request for Senator assistance.

 

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2 hours ago, Georgia16 said:

Try to contact your senator/congressman and see if they can help push it along.

 

Have you filed for N-400 at any point?? That could also have slowed it all down.

No I haven't filed N-400 yet. 

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I would recommend writing your congressman and senator(s) of your state. 

 

They can be helpful (not all the time), but its away to document things and at least you have another avenue to try something.


7/2010 - Met while travelling

4/2012 - TN Status 3 years approved, moved to Los Angeles

3/2014 - Renewed TN Status, as passport expiring

8/8/2015 - Got Married!!

2/1/2016 - Sent in I-130/I-485/I-131/I-765 through UPS

2/3/2016 - UPS confirms delivered

2/8/2016 - Received NOA1 for all 4 documents, e-mail and texts

2/12/2016 - Recieved NOA1 hard copies in mail

2/22/2016 - Recieved Biometrics letter in mail for 3/4/2016

3/4/2015 - Biometrics done

3/14/2016 - Online status changed for I-485 to Ready to Schedule for Interview

4/7/2016 - Online status changed to interview scheduled, date given early May

4/8/2016 - Online status, EAD approved

4/11/2016 - Interview letter arrived in mail, hardcopy

4/12/2016 - Online status, EAD and AP letter being mailed out

4/14/2016 - EAD and AP arrived, card and letter in hand

5/10/2016 - Interview in LA

5/12/2016 - Online status updated, I-485 and I-130 approved

5/16/2016 - Received Welcome letter in mail

6/10/2016 - Received PRC (Green card) in mail... yay!!!

2/20/2018 - I-751 applied

3/7/2018 - NOA 1 1 year extension

8/2018 - NOA 2 18 mth extension

2/28/2019 - Received I-751 approval document - CSC

7/1/2019 - Still have not received actual green card, though approved. Spoke to USCIS MANY times, no resolution

8/1/2019 Began writing to senators and congressman

8/31/2019 Received 10 year green card (ended up being an IT problem from USICS, senator notified me of this)

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