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    ([Not] Sleepless in) Seattle
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    Removing Conditions (approved)
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    California Service Center
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    Seattle WA
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    China

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  1. Here are the official USCIS instructions as it relates to the Form I-129F: REF: https://www.uscis.gov/i-129f , Instructions, page 2 What do the DOS Packet 3 instructions for the embassy/consulate state regarding original vs. copies of document submission?
  2. Found through a simple Google internet search, using the search terms "USCIS mail filing tips". Google can also be your friend. https://www.uscis.gov/forms-filing-tips
  3. Agree with Greenbaum. 👍 Some folks get both the electronic NOA1 and the paper NOA1, others get one or the other. It really is of little consequence. As far as your immigration journey is concerned, the Form I-797C, Notice of Action, USCIS acknowledges receipt of your I-129F petition, payment of fee, and you get a receipt number. That receipt number is vital for useful for for follow-up discussions with USCIS. When the approved petition gets to NVC (the handoff to DOS), the petition will then get a DOS Casefile number for its sojourn through the DOS portion of your immigration journey. Good luck on your immigration journey.
  4. It seems that USCIS has quietly been increasing the acceptable time range for receipt of NOA1 for many of the common visa processes to 30 days, telling folks not to call if less than 30 days minimum.
  5. You are likely already aware of this, but I recall someone in the ROC forum, who due to the length of time > 2 years waiting for AOS processing, received a 10-year GC. That might effectively obviate doing ROC. It may work out, since the delay was solely due to USCIS inability to adjudicate the AOS in a timely manner. It is well known in the ROC forum, to be stuck for years awaiting ROC processing, to go ahead and file their N-400 for USC, and getting it. The kicker is that they are often approved for USC, and then USCIS has to go back retroactively and approve ROC. What a strange turn of processing.....
  6. It sounds like maybe you do need to get your AP document pronto. I know this is similar, but different......when Xia were courting, I traveled to China three times. This was due to the fact that, at that time, a single Chinese female trying to get a visitor visa to the US was next to impossible to obtain. However, it was much easier for me to get a Chinese visitor visa. The eleven hour-plus transit time from Seattle to Beijing got to be kind of brutal. Though, I don't even want imagine going to Kiwi-land. We managed to do a lot of travel in China, off of the beaten path, literally. But I came to despise Beijing Capital Airport.... nothing runs on time, and I was certainly a stranger in a strange land...... Oh well, those days are now a memory...
  7. Well I am amazed, you can almost apply for a tenure-track position. I sincerely hope for your sake that you get a reasonable IO. The IO that snagged us when had our AOS interview in Tukwila was a real jerk, right from the get-go. I had to hold Xia back a couple of times, she wanted to cuff him more than once, for some of his antics and some of his statements. Do you recall the ten or so questions on the I-485 dealing with CIMT-type activities, you know the ones that you answer "No" to? Well, he said he had to ask her again each of those questions and she had to respond to each of them separately. He got down to asking her about the one related to prostitution, she didn't understand the term in English. He kept pressing her for an answer, I finally did a quick visual/verbal picto-style explanation. She came out of her chair, I thought she was going to clock him, I am not sure what she was loudly saying at him in Mandarin, but I had an idea... and he would have deserved it. He was insulting. Wow, the whole family was so glad that we got through that interview and process successfully...... YMMV....meaning I hope that you have a good interview.
  8. So, since USCIS has shuffled the files yet another time in yet another vain attempt to even out the workflow.... What is the projected AOS adjudication timeframe for the Seattle LFO?
  9. I saw some postings awhile ago that InfoPass appointments are available, if you are overseas. Not really sure how that works though, considering USCIS has been closing down their offices in US embassies/consulates all over the world (evidence trying to do DCF is tough, even in Manila. So they do appointment via phone? Sounds like another reduction in service to me. And then Cuccinelli, acting USCIS chief, wants to increase fees, in some cases double-digit increases.....and the beat goes on......
  10. Oh that's right, a lot of folks got shafted when they stopped doing AOS interview waivers. Now you are at the mercy of the scheduling minions in Alexandria, VA. and the sloths "toiling" in the Tukwila DHS fortress, AKA Seattle LFO. Did you ever wonder why that new Federal office building area is designed to minimize the likelihood of a car-bomb, or a frontal attack, or demonstrations (peaceful or otherwise)? I know that I have spent more than my share of time down there cooling my heels, watching the grass grow, and the flowers in those skillfully arranged huge concrete plant containers.....
  11. That is often the million dollar question, isn't it? I swear that so many times in our journey, the waiting was like watching paint dry, or watching the grass grow. Sadly, there really isn't much you can do about it. Contact the Customer (Dis)service Assistance Line? ...worthless. InfoPass appointment?...those are getting as scarce as hen's teeth. All you can do is take up a hobby and wait.....
  12. Follow the money. It is a bit akin to criminal investigations. USCIS likes your money, and they would like it sooner than later.....
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