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  1. March filer here, waiting on interview. Yes, just submitted for EAD/AP renewal to chicago lockbox.
  2. December interview was cancelled by them because they didn't have all their documents in order. My EAD / AP runs out in October and since I've learned that there is no renewal fee, I've gone ahead and submitted a renewal last week. Another 4 hours of un-necessary work.
  3. At least you got a letter. Tier 2 advised me to write directly to the Dallas office in Feb. They confirmed receipt of the letter in mid-Feb but no response. And no note in my file for Tier 2 to say that it had been received.
  4. So like @Nicola and Jordan we're stuck in limbo also. March 2019 filer, called to interview in Dec 2019 Dallas but interview couldn't happen because they didn't have all my docs due to processing my Nov 2019 stolen AP/EAD card. I know they got the missing docs in late December. No progress since. While most commentators, including our lawyer expected the interview re-schedule in weeks, nothing happened in Jan, Feb or early March. Calls to the service center, case status emails etc all just resulted in contradicting unhelpful info which could be summarised as "wait 2 more weeks". I started chasing again in late May and its the same behaviour. Tier 2 support were not even able to tell me if the Dallas office had started doing face to face meetings again, suggested I go look online myself!! So i can't even raise an InfoPass to ask a human in Dallas if they have lost the file, recorded me as a no-show interview or what? We've also contacted the local congresswoman for help, waiting for their input. Our lawyer hasn't been very knowledgable or proactive. The EAD and AP will expire in October 2020. Im not working so I can manage to wait for the GC without the EAD. But I would like to be able to travel back to Ireland when travel resumes so I suppose I should start reapplying for the AP now. Already paid fees 3 times due to stolen AP card. Now will need to pay a 4th time. And then they might issue the GC rendering the new AP redundant. Frustrating. If you are a March 2019 still waiting post here just so we know there are others in the same boat.
  5. Yes, that is what happened. See explanation just posted.
  6. For the benefit of anyone else as unfortunate as me: My AP card was stolen while I was travelling in Europe in mid-November 2019. The US Embassy don't help non-greencard holders. There isn't a standard USCIS process for handling the exceptional case of lost AP cards. USCIS Customer support advised me - incorrectly - to submit a 131a to the Embassy - which is a request for a lost greencard. The USCIS international office in London intervened to cancel this application - after I had pad $550. London then facilitated me to re-apply for an AP card using the typical 131, but via the express "Humanitarian" office. Another $550, stating my reasons for humanitarian needs ("theft"). They said the process would take a few weeks. But figuring all that out was an incredibly stressful week, with lots of steps that I can't even bother documenting. However, the Humanitarian approval wasn't issued in time for my mid-December flight! So I just went to Dublin Ireland airport with my AP card photocopies, police report etc. I had already advised the airline that I would be doing this. The checkin supervisor allowed me to checkin - without referring to any US authorities. But in Dublin US immigration happens before you fly, so I guess that makes the airline more open to this. I had also contacted US Immigration in Dublin in advance to understand how they were likely handle the problem. At immigration, they reviewed my issue and admitted me. Warned me that I could not travel again without a re-entry doc (eg another AP card, or greencard). Two days after arriving back in USA, Humanitarian communicated that they had approved my 131 application and that I should visit an Embassy to collect a one-off "boarding foil" to allow me to re-enter. The same doc that USCIS London had intervened to prevent in the first place! Also turns out that in the background USCIS Humanitarian had obtained my file from the USCIS Dallas field office. That caused a whole other problem with my greencard interview. But the file was eventually returned to Dallas. In some ways USCIS London, USCIS Humanitarian and even US Immigration were very responsive, informed and helpful. Expect for Tier 1 Customer Support who were ill-informed and deeply unhelpful, cost me $550 for nothing. And because I was calling from abroad they couldn't transfer me to Tier 2. But while helpful, the various people were not very sympathetic, just very bureaucratic.
  7. So, to update on this - my stolen AP card in mid-November. The US Embassy don't help non-greencard holders. There isn't a standard USCIS process for handling the exceptional case of lost AP cards. USCIS Customer support advised me - incorrectly - to submit a 131a to the Embassy - which is a request for a lost greencard. The USCIS international office in London intervened to cancel this application - after I had pad $550. London then facilitated me to re-apply for an AP card using 131 again, but via the express "Humanitarian" office. Another $550, stating my reasons for humanitarian needs ("theft"). They said the process would take a few weeks. But figuring all that out was an incredibly stressful week, with lots of steps that I can't even bother documenting. However, the Humanitarian approval wasn't issued in time for my flight! So I just went to Dublin airport with my AP card photocopies, police report etc. I had already advised the airline that I would be doing this. The checkin supervisor allowed me to checkin - without referring to any US authorities. But in Dublin US immigration happens before you fly, so I guess that makes the airline more open to this. At immigration, they reviewed my issue and admitted me. Warned me that I could not travel again without a re-entry doc (eg another AP card, or greencard). Two days after arriving back in USA, Humanitarian communicated that they had approved my 131 application and that I should visit an Embassy to collect a one-off "boarding foil" to allow me to re-enter. The same doc that USCIS London had intervened to prevent in the first place! Lets just say I know how to spell bureaucracy! In the middle of the crisis we were called to our green-card interview for mid December. This was 8 months after applying, instead of the 14 months projected. Luckily it was scheduled for 2 days after my scheduled arrival. I included that info in the Humanitarian application. HOWEVER, when we attended for interview in Dallas we were told that they couldn't proceed. They said our file was locked elsewhere. Turns out, it had been sent to the Humanitarian office. USCIS Dallas didn't understand what had happened until we explained. They didn't have any clear advice on what to do next, just told us to go away and try calling our congressman! We reached out to various offices asking for the file to be returned to Dallas, and in the end it arrived back in Dallas a the end of December. No-one can tell us how long we will now have to wait for Dallas to get around to scheduling a new interview. Or worst case, they forget it because its in another exception case that they don't have a process for handling. So Im down $2200 - $1100 to US Govt depts, $500 to airline for rescheduling, $600 for a replacement phone. The thief got a phone which Apple bricked. And I got my greencard interview cancelled. for more delays. I think the Irish expression "sweet mother of Jesus" is applicable.
  8. Good news and bad news from me. Good is that they have suddenly scheduled the GC interview. Haven't got the letter yet but based on others I expect late December. That wasn't forecast to happen in Dallas until 14 months after our March 2019 application, so next May. But the BAD news is that I am currently in Europe on my Advance Parole .... and my AP card was stolen. Its a new nightmare. USCIS say contact the embassy. Two different Embassies say they only deal with Legal Residents and Citizens. The USCIS page says there is no process for lost AP docs (https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-11-part-a-chapter-3) and to contact the European Field office in Rome. Rome have responded to my email saying to file a new I-131 with expedited request. As usual, the main source of comfort are threads on here from others in the same situation. Seems like Customs-Border-Patrol will accept me with evidence of my problem (police report etc). But I have to persuade the airline to let me fly - when they are at risk of a big fine if I was rejected by CBP. Threads I have read: I will provide more updates when I have resolved the issue.
  9. Hi, I am in the same situation. I put my EAD/AP in my phone as I was worried my wallet might be stolen. Phone was stolen in Madrid yesterday! USCIS advised we contact the Embassy in Madrid. They refused to assist as Im not a Lawful Permanent Resident. My return flight is on Dec 11th and we just got notice that the Green Card interview will be in December. I have to get back. @Nadya Wong how did you resolve? US Immigration do a pre-clearance at Dublin airport. So I wonder if an airline flying from Dublin would be subject to less fines and therefore more willing to accept me as a traveller. I also saw other suggestions about entering via a land border eg Canada. Has anyone tried that?
  10. And I wanna go book flights, so the standard question that I haven't been paying attention to answers: How many days from the Oct 23rd "your card is being produced" before I get the card in my fist? It does seem like a rush of approvals recently, best of luck to those still waiting.
  11. So finally, after 6 months, 215 days, today in mail I got notification that EAD and AP were approved last Wed 23rd Oct. I had missed my October rugby trip, and there had been no response to my Sept 5th service request, so I'd given up tracking and posting. It was a nice surprise to find it in the mailbox today.
  12. I got $200 per month, a short-term policy. ASPEN or something. Message me if you want more details.
  13. It is also contradictory to the evidence we see on this site, where some who have applied for EAD after March 22nd have already been approved. I guess they generate a response that they think sounds plausible. My inquiry went in Sept 12th, response deadline October 4th. Fingers crossed.
  14. I spoke to tier 1 today who said that my original March 22nd date stands, that my AP/EAD is out of normal processing time and that I can submit a case enquiry. I will have my lawyer submit that today.
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