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About Zombie69

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  • Birthday 03/07/1974
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    Naturalization (approved)
  • Place benefits filed at
    Phoenix AZ Lockbox
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    Los Angeles CA
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  • Our Story
    Openly gay and was happily married since 08/15/2013. We could not get married in California until 2013 because of Prop 8 the gay marriage ban, which was tossed out by U.S Supreme Court in summer 2013. The Supreme Court in late June 2013 also struck down the congress approved Defense of Marriage Act which rendered LGBT families ineligible for immigration benefits, so for the first time, we were able to file AOS as a married couple. I knew my spouse for 21 years, we got married and filed for AOS in November 2013, but I was found inadmissible due to my two misdemeanors at the AOS interview in March 2014. We were requested to file 601 waiver. We filed in April 2014, and we got 485 and 601 waiver approved in late October that year. My husband unfortunately passed away on 3/29/2018, 3 days after my 400 interview. My 751 was approved on 4/26/2018. I was naturalized on 5/23/2018. I will miss my husband forever.

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  1. That is unfortunately a real possibility, but sometimes applicants might be left with no choice but taking this route. And also USCIS may also arbitrarily define what a "unreasonable delay" is. Applicants will be most likely not in a good legal position to counter that. Most applicants probably don't even know what WoM is. It is a problem.
  2. The incompetence of USCIS is definitely evident, but it also depends on certain amount of luck as far as which officer you come in contact with. It is hard to expect them to pull themselves together since USCIS is under the auspices of the current executive branch and under the direction of Ken Cuccinelli, who has a history of not exactly being friendly with legal immigration. My prediction is maybe there will be more applicants that may be forced to do Writ of Mandamus. I am grateful that I am over this process and I pray this nightmare will be over soon for many applicants.
  3. I am sorry to hear that. There is really nothing much you can do to resolve this unfortunately. With my experience, calling a second tier officer is a complete waste of time because they just do the meaningless status report and they won't tell you more than what you already know. You can get a congressman or a senator involved, but there's no guarantee of getting your case moving forward, however, it certainly wouldn't hurt though. There is one option though, it is called Writ of Mandamus, and you need to hire a lawyer for that. It is basically using a federal judge to force USCIS to adjudicate your case due to a "unreasonable delay", but the federal judge cannot guarantee the outcome. It will be the last resort if all else fail. It won't be cheap and I don't think that is something you want to do yourself. I would wait for another 3 or 4 months and get the Congressman involved for now, they have liaisons that will keep requesting the status update of your case, and by the way, many get the online notifications saying their cases were transferred to Lee Summit which is mostly likely untrue. My 751 was transferred to Lee Summit after it was approved. I am a naturalized citizen now, but my 751 still says it has been transferred, so do not worry too much about this "transfer" notice. Give it 3 or 4 months, and if you still heard nothing, I would seriously consider hiring a lawyer and do the mandumous. The delay is not uncommon these days, I guess you need patience and take advantage of few options applicants have. It will probably be an uphill battle in court because USCIS has been given so much power and they can decide what constitutes a "unreasonable delay". Good luck, hopefully this nightmare will be over for you soon.
  4. It is an option I tired before, It might not work, but it is better than nothing.
  5. Congratulations, I would just patiently wait for 400 interview. At least your big victory is 751 approval, enjoy it, you won't need your greencard much longer.
  6. My 751 was transferred after it was approved. The history of my case proves the "transfer" notice is most likely not true and meaningless. Once again, for those of you who got the transfer notice. I would take it with a grain of salt because once again, your 751 application is not transferred and is most likely at the field office with your 400 application with other hundreds of piles waiting to be adjudicated/approved. Transfer notice is probably designed in a way to give you false hope about your case, making you falsely believe your case is moving forward with this notice. I would never believe that. I am a naturalized citizen now, and my 751 is still at NBC,lol. Good luck, I would not make too much out of this transfer notice.
  7. There is no way of knowing whether it is going to be a combo interview or not. It all depends on the adjudicator at the moment when you are at the field office or the facility where the interview is taking place. You should take your spouse with you just to be on the safe side.
  8. Unfortunately, there is really nothing much you can do. You can contact your congressman, it won't hurt. There is something you can do. You can file a Writ of Mandamus where you can have a federal judge forcing USCIS to adjudicate your case, but you have to be in a situation where you have suffered from a "unreasonable delay", but USCIS has it own interpretation of unreasonable delay. I have heard 400 adjudication could take them up to close to 14 months or something like that to adjudicate, but this petition is expensive and you need a lawyer for that. I guess you just have to be patient and just wait it out. Maybe contacting your congressman as a starter.
  9. It was already slowish prior to the current administration, but 751 processing time was kind of within the normal range(10 to 12 months)but after Trump took office, everything started to slow down even further(12 to nearly 24 months in general). You really think it absolutely has nothing to do with current administration's stance on immigration? It does matter who controls the White House, but further discussion about this will be perceived as "political discussion". Politics do effect immigration. It is in fact accurate because the numbers reported speak for themselves, but you can always have your own interpretation due to your own political opinion/prefrence, but the long processing time is real, and many applicants have been living it. I did, and many of 2016 applicants felt it too, but it doesn't really matter because there is nothing much anyone can do since federal government has so much power over immigration, and I think most people will agree it has gotten more difficult under the current administration, and unfortunately there is nothing any applicant can do about it.
  10. It definitely has a lot to do with the current administration's stance on immigration. I am grateful I was naturalized last May, but my heart goes out to those of you that are still pending. The better days are coming, just a matter of time.
  11. In my opinion, there is no such a thing as "too much evidence". I would overwhelm USCIS with tons of evidence. Good luck.
  12. Not necessarily true. The more you send in, the better. Nobody knows for sure whether affidavits are a waste of time, there is no set rules for that. They certainly would not hurt. I submitted mine with photo IDs. I was naturalized last May, 751 approved last April.
  13. 9/13 is right around the corner! I bet your 751 and 400 are at the same office. You are almost done, congrats in advance.
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