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Pitaya (火龙果)

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  • Birthday July 7
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  1. We ended up in the same boat, same response when we were doing AOS at the Seattle Field Office. The IO grilled my wife and I first, curtly told my stepson to sit down saying, "I will come for you later." After swearing in, I think he was doing a very poor rendition of the the "good cop-bad cop" interrogation routine. After brow-beating us for 10-15 minutes, he leaves and goes gets the stepson. After swearing him in, he starts in on his same style of interrogation. I could see the hackles on my wife's neck starting to raise. He "skewered" the kid with some real rapid-firing "off-putting" questions. The IO gets all through, looks through the paper work, and gives us the "I just got your file, and haven't had a chance to fully review it" spiel... He says that he couldn't give us an answer today, maybe in 10-14 days .... This was the Monday before Thanksgiving! 🍗 To me, this guy was the north end of a southbound mule!! We drove home so dejected! That evening, my phone kept exploding with notices of incoming text messages from USCIS. Checking them, they went from "card in production" to "decision has been made," several times over. We figured we would take 1 out of 6 messages as the correct one, and celebrated a great Thanksgiving!! 🍗 My wife and stepson got their GCs in about ten days. That was back in 2012, it sounds like USCIS hasn't changed their AOS interview playbook much.... Reading your story, made me recall our own "murky" AOS interview. Hang in there. It will all be worth it in the end. Good luck on your immigration journey.
  2. The legislative liaison staffers at the Federal-elected Senator/Representative is a good start. You have been jacked around enough, you should also consider contacting the CISOMB, https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cis-ombudsman . Open up a case file with them and see if they can get some real answers to your rightful questions. Good luck on your immigration journey.
  3. If you get nowhere with the T2 IO, suggest that you pull out all of the stops and contact the CISOMB and open up a case with them. The way you were treated was truly abysmal. https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cis-ombudsman . Additionally, I depending on how the first two suggestions pan out, consider contacting your Federal-elected Senators and/or Representatives. You can do a Google search for their email addresses. They likely have immigration liaison staffers that can also look into this mess. You need some help, toot sweet. Good luck on your ongoing immigration saga....
  4. Don't know if you had seen this link to the HK consulate: https://hk.usconsulate.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/related-information/checklist/ Good luck on your immigration journey.
  5. Go with your birth certificate name. Perhaps this DOS link will help you formulate the answer to your next question: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/all-visa-categories.html#iv (The key is in the asterisks [*].) Good luck on your immigration journey.
  6. The civil surgeon that my wife and stepson went to accepted my company's health insurance (I luckily had just added her to my plan). It took a bit of the sting out of the cost of the civil surgeon, for my wife charges. Though, not for the stepson...to add him to my health plan would have been $400 (+) per month. We went online and got him his own plan later on. YMMV
  7. I would seriously suspect that they have seen tell-tale sign of photocopying (the void statements all over the paper) of security certificate paper. Besides, if they have any question about your certificate copy, USCIS could ask to see the original and compare it to the copy at your next interview. Interesting, your AOS experience seems counter to USCIS Form I-485 instructions: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-485instr.pdf Page 5 of I-485 instructions. Page 9 of I-485 instructions.
  8. This is such an often asked question, applicable to so many different immigration forms, in all manner of immigration processes that the above pinned thread is located near the top of the General Immigration-Related Discussion Forum since July 2016. https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/601263-form-expiration-dates-do-not-matter-pay-attention-to-the-edition-dates/ Good luck on your immigration journey.
  9. What country are you talking about? There are all manner of birth certificates from all over the world. Here is a DOS link that will provide you with types of birth certificates for interviewing embassies/consulates around the world: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/nonimmigrant-visa-for-a-spouse-k-3/us-embassy-consulate-specific-information.html You can go to the Form I-129F instructions and look for more specific information and links for USCIS birth cert. requirements: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129finstr.pdf Good luck on your immigration journey.
  10. Each of these agencies, USCIS and NVC, are parts of their respective federal departments, DHS and DOS. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (and subsequent amendments, changes to the allied laws and regulations) prescribes the duties and responsibilities of each of the two federal departments in carrying out the legislation passed by Congress, to govern immigration and citizenship in the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1952 Here are some of the other laws related to immigration and citizenship in the United States: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_immigration_laws
  11. One thing while you are waiting, It helps everyone that uses the forum, helps give relevance to the VJ stats. Good luck on your immigration journey.
  12. All you can do is wait. If you have no patience this entire immigration journey will give many opportunities to learn and practice patience. Please keep in mind that your immigration journey is not a sprint race, but rather it is a marathon....pace yourself. You can check in at the Europe/Eurasia Regional Forum, and see if any other folks are currently at the French embassy, doing like you....waiting. One thing while you are waiting, It helps everyone that uses the forum, helps give relevance to the VJ stats. Good luck on your immigration journey.
  13. Frankly, given the voluminous amount of paper and paper shuffling by likely entry to mid-level government bureaucratic workers in an organization that is worn out and woefully understaffed, I am somewhat surprised that this type of problem is not reported with increasing frequency. And yet we have highly-paid appointed and elected government officials that could care less about how the well the government doesn't operate, and cannot even balance the government's budget in a reasonable manner. Go figure..... YMMV Good luck on your immigration journey.
  14. CONGRATULATIONS !! The IO gave you a realistic delivery time expectation. There are far too many interdependent variables, involving at least two very large government bureaucracies to be able to make a better "guesstimate." Good luck on your travels and immigration journey.
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