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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Indonesia
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USCIS is preparing to furlough 70% of its 20,000 person workforce unless Congress provides additional funding, according to a spokesperson.  Congress was notified of USCIS's projected budget shortfall last month. While conversations with the Hill are ongoing, according to the agency's statement, preparation is underway for furloughs.

 

Approximately 13,400 employees will be notified whether they'll be furloughed beginning August 3, an agency spokesperson said.  USCIS is primarily fee-funded and typically continues most operations during lapses in funding, such as last year's government shutdown. But during the pandemic, the agency suspended its in-person services, including all interviews and naturalization ceremonies.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/politics/uscis-immigration-citizenship-furlough/index.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration/u-s-agency-prepares-for-massive-staff-cuts-in-blow-to-legal-immigration-system-idUSKBN23V2XI

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10-Mar-2017 - Sent I-129f application from Bangkok to the Texas lock box, via Thailand Post Registered Air Mail with Tracking

    <<Letter then sat for 4 weeks (!) in the USPS New York International Service Center before delivery to Texas>> 

    <<Lesson learned: Better to use DHL or FedEx for international mail to the US>>

25-Apr-2017 - NOA1 (received hard copy 2 weeks later via post)

02-Oct-2017 - NOA2 Approved

25-Oct-2017 - Received email from Embassy confirming beneficiary contact info; includes a case number.

23-Nov-2017 - Medical Exam, doctor requested sputum test for TB (estimated 8-10 weeks for results)

26-Feb-2017 - Medical exam results delivered to Embassy (3 months since exam date)

06-Mar-2018 - Interview

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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1 hour ago, nastra30 said:

Expect fee increases and surcharges in the near future.

you mean COVID surcharge like how stub hub charges 1000$ on a 500$ ticket 


I-485 Accepted: 05 Feb 2020 

I-485 NOA Received: 10 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131: 13 Feb 2020 Mailed

I-765-I-131 Accepted: 20 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131 NOA Received in Mail : 28 Feb 2020

I-765 & I-131 Approved : 28 May 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card  Received  : 05  June 2020

Biometrics : Pending

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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1 hour ago, nastra30 said:

Expect fee increases and surcharges in the near future.

They were already planning to increase it this year. Curious if they'll raise the fees even more than planned.


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29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

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21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

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28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Mar 2020-????) 🛂 Online filers note: Use INTERNET EXPLORER! Other browsers may not work!

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30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

 

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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yes,  USCIS asked for fee increases and why?? i found USCIS budget stats

 

According to https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/About Us/Budget%2C Planning and Performance/USCIS_FY_2021_Budget_Overview.pdf

 

The FY 2021 President’s Budget includes $118.7M in discretionary budget authority for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This funding level represents a reduction of $13.7M below the FY 2020 Enacted Budget.

 

so,  of course they need to furlough people or ask for a bail out / they lost $13.7 in  their budget for this year/ thanks to the administration

 

i was surprised to see this budget (all figures are in the thousands and they even pay SS to do our cards????? why?    

 

Also insteresting on this budget was the amount of money used to do security checks for people who use multiple names (fraud) for a visa application

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20 minutes ago, millefleur said:

They were already planning to increase it this year. Curious if they'll raise the fees even more than planned.

The final rule was submitted for review on May 29th, so they, very likely, changed the initially proposed fees -hopefully to be lower-. 😆 😅

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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2 minutes ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

The final rule was submitted for review on May 29th, so they, very likely, changed the initially proposed fees -hopefully to be lower-. 😆 😅

 

The proposed AOS will decrease but the other forms will increase and no longer be part of the bundle

 

Currently, adjustment applicants pay a filing fee of $1,225.  This fee covers the adjustment application itself, as well as applications for initial employment authorization documents (EADs) and advance parole (AP).  It also covers future EAD and AP renewals while the adjustment case is pending.  

The proposal seeks to eliminate this “bundled” fee, and instead require separate fees for new and renewed EADs and APs.  The cost to file an adjustment application with ancillary benefits will increase to $2,195, and applicants will be required to pay fees of $490 and $585, respectively, for each EAD and AP renewal.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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27 minutes ago, James120383 said:

you mean COVID surcharge like how stub hub charges 1000$ on a 500$ ticket 

Apparently, they already intended to apply a surcharge of 10% to application fees. No idea what the status is regarding this. All up to congress.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-immigration-agency-could-furlough-10000-employees-without-emergency-coronavirus-funds/

 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Serbia
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Is that the reason why some N400 Interwievs got canceled??


N400 January 2020 filers spread sheet  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bxlnPL1_Ln6rGAZcTwEf6e-dNjQkBmr02wYi6baeIF0/edit#gid=0

01/14/2020 - filed N400 Miami FL

01/18/2020 - NOA Biometric scheduled 

02/05/2020 - Biometrics done 

03/13/2020 - Interview scheduled 

04/28/2020 - Interview - de Scheduled 😭 (notice received on April 2nd)

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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1 minute ago, Giovanna024 said:

Is that the reason why some N400 Interwievs got canceled??

It's likely possible. Fewer staff = fewer interviews.


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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad in Russia (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Mar 2020-????) 🛂 Online filers note: Use INTERNET EXPLORER! Other browsers may not work!

Spoiler

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

 

 

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Just now, JeanneAdil said:

The proposed AOS will decrease but the other forms will increase and no longer be part of the bundle

Those new fees from the initial proposed rule could have changed; there is a final rule being reviewed now.

We won't know until it is published. 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Serbia
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Just now, millefleur said:

It's likely possible. Fewer staff = fewer interviews.

Great! I quess nothing this year will happend in good way. 


N400 January 2020 filers spread sheet  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bxlnPL1_Ln6rGAZcTwEf6e-dNjQkBmr02wYi6baeIF0/edit#gid=0

01/14/2020 - filed N400 Miami FL

01/18/2020 - NOA Biometric scheduled 

02/05/2020 - Biometrics done 

03/13/2020 - Interview scheduled 

04/28/2020 - Interview - de Scheduled 😭 (notice received on April 2nd)

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Russia
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1 minute ago, Giovanna024 said:

Great! I quess nothing this year will happend in good way. 

This year, I'm not optimistic...maybe things will change for the better in 2021.


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 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (Dec 2016-Jun 2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here

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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad in Russia (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Mar 2020-????) 🛂 Online filers note: Use INTERNET EXPLORER! Other browsers may not work!

Spoiler

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

 

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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1 hour ago, Allaboutwaiting said:

Those new fees from the initial proposed rule could have changed; there is a final rule being reviewed now.

We won't know until it is published. 

yeah,  but if USCIS is asking for $1.2 billion in bail out and the budget went down $13.7 million ,  do you think the fees will be less than asked for (or more)?

I see a big increase (my opinion, of course)

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