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Catseal

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    Seattle
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    Washington

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    Adjustment of Status (approved)
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    Seattle WA
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    Switzerland

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  1. So sorry to hear this.😥 I hope you will hear something soon!
  2. It depends on how much backlog they have at the National Benefit Center, accordingly, so it varies. They give out their own processing times and adjust it as they see fit, so it can take as long as it takes (in our case, the first time it took 3.5 months, the second time around for the renewal it took 8.5 months). Also, not to be too much of a downer, but if your office is Seattle - trust me, you won't have to worry about getting your AOS done before getting the Combo card... Good luck on your journey!
  3. Just swinging by to say we FINALLY had our interview this week and got approved the day after! What a long journey it has been, glad it is over (for two years, anyways). I sincerely hope we were the very last people from January 2018 that were still waiting, if not, I feel for you.
  4. Honestly, if our timeline is an indicator for anything, this still seems a tad bit optimistic; I just got my EAD/AP last Friday, renewal was filed back in Nov 2018 and my old card has been out of validity for several months at this point🙈 Ironically, our interview is next week (finally), so the card won't even matter anymore. But I guess it's good to see that they work on them still, after all🤷😫 I hope everyone waiting gets theirs soon!
  5. It will never expire as long as you file AOS within one year of your overseas medical date. That's what I thought, hence my confusion. I hope OP can clarify further what exactly happened in their case.
  6. When was your original medical? I was under the impression the medical is valid for the AOS interview no matter what as long as AOS filing is within a year of the medical, wasn't even aware it could expire waiting for the interview.😲 Did she say after what amount of time it expires? (Low key concerned over here now, as my interview is coming up too and I submitted my AOS around the same time as you).
  7. Welcome to the club... 15 months and counting. It's unbelievable to me that they don't send some of these cases to nearby places to reduce the workload. I just recently saw a case of a filer that had their PoE in January 19 get their interview in Portland; I wish we could just drive down and get it over with! It's so frustrating, especially considering you need to renew your EAD and AP after a year too, and that process is also delayed (a problem we are facing atm, which basically means I might be unable to travel again for a while). Good luck
  8. Yes, once you filed for AOS/EAD/AP and she has her advance parole, which takes a few months.
  9. We got married in Contra Costa County, got our copies of the marriage certificate right after the ceremony and sent out our AOS paperwork three hours later (I don't remember when we got the license and made the appointment, but it can't have been more than 5 days prior, since that was the time I got my K-1 approved). You can make it work if you are willing to plan accordingly, for sure, in small counties. In our case, we got lucky that the most conveniently located office ended up being so fast, but we also specifically looked into it beforehand and called to confirm we would get it the same day, and we would have been willing to travel if that wouldn't have been the case. Ask around your neighboring counties, you will likely find a fast one. Good luck!
  10. C90, please see my post above, the current USCIS website states (here https://www.uscis.gov/i-131 , under special instructions): "If you file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, to request an advance parole document and depart the United States without possession of an advance parole document that is valid for the entire time you are abroad, your Form I-131 will be considered abandoned. At times, an individual may have an approved advance parole document while a second one is pending. Individuals may travel on the approved advanced parole document, provided the document is valid for the entire duration of the time abroad. The pending Form I-131 will not be considered abandoned in this situation." (highlight added) Again, this sounds to me like they only cancel your renewal if you fail to come back before your current AP is expired, but not if you filed a renewal and leave and reenter the country with your current AP within the validity timeframe. How exactly do you interpret this as "no statement" on the matter on USCIS side? Is the assumption here basically, they write this but do it anyhow? If this were to be accurate, this would effectively make the validity of the AP way shorter than a year. Would VJ not have seen cases that ran into this problem if this were true (cancelled renewal applications while they were abroad or after they returned to the US)? Or is everyone just not using their AP for the last 5 months or so of its validity by default? I am really trying to understand how this could be true, because USCIS seems pretty clear on the matter, reading the abovementioned section? Was it maybe possible before 2017 to be outside of the country and wait there for the renewal or something like that?
  11. Thank you for the link! This seems like a ridiculous practice though, given that AP is valid for one year at a time only and the renewal takes around 6 months at the moment. So you are technically only allowed to travel half of that time, if you aim for a more or less seamless renewal and file as early as you can? I only found sources for this from pages like the one you linked (immigration help and advisories from lawyers) and while I don't want to say I don't trust what they are saying, I am wondering if USCIS has officially said something about this (I mean, it seems not exactly a new thing) or of someone here has travelled on their current card within validity and had their renewal cancelled. The current USCIS website states (here https://www.uscis.gov/i-131 , under special instructions): "If you file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, to request an advance parole document and depart the United States without possession of an advance parole document that is valid for the entire time you are abroad, your Form I-131 will be considered abandoned. At times, an individual may have an approved advance parole document while a second one is pending. Individuals may travel on the approved advanced parole document, provided the document is valid for the entire duration of the time abroad. The pending Form I-131 will not be considered abandoned in this situation." (highlight added) This sounds to me more like they cancel your renewal if you fail to come back before your current AP is expired? I mean, how are they going to know when exactly you plan to come back? You don't put in a return date when you leave. Why would they pre-emptively cancel your renewal not knowing if you travel back with the valid card?
  12. This is wrong. Where is this from? I applied for renewal in November and exited and re-entered twice (weekend's trips to Canada) since then. My card expires in May. Unless this is something specifically for entering by plane (I hope not) or both border patrol agents i went to have no clue what they are doing (highly unlikely), it is inaccurate. Or do you mean they just cancel your renewal but let you enter? If so, why would that make sense? Mine is still in the system online at least.
  13. I went in twice and they did put my info into the system the first time but stopped the process right then and there when they heard we already married. I was only handed the denial, they never took my documents.
  14. It might be them not knowing what they are talking about, but I could not convince them otherwise nor did I find sufficient proof that they were wrong (and we tried). All I know is that's what they based their denial on and what happened to me, but as I said, it did not make a difference in the end, fortunately.
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