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  1. They should be able to figure out the partial names and SSNs on the transcripts... Anyways, we sent the usual stuff: birth certificate of our daughter, proof that my stepdaughter (wife's daughter) immigrated to the US and we're raising her, joint title to house and cars, many bank and investment statements (we did Jan 2020 and Jan 2019 for each account), driver licenses, joint cell phone, joint car+house+health+umbrella insurance, pictures, airline tickets. It was about 1-1.5 inches thick. Hoping for an interview waiver and fast approval, since we already had an interview at the AOS stage...
  2. 7-year validity for a DL must be super nice, especially nowadays with how backed up DMVs are. Our state (MN) only does 4 years plus whatever time is needed to reach your birthday. So I guess it's possible to get almost 5 years if you apply for your DL the day after your birthday. MN also doesn't limit a DL to the duration of an unconditional green card, which is a huge relief given how long it's taking USCIS to process I751s.
  3. No problem. I believe USCIS has some amount of time (I don't recall what it was, maybe 30-60 days) to respond to the service request. It worked for us when my stepdaughter's green card didn't arrive 4 months after she came to the US. A few weeks later the status of the request changed to "Closed" and the next day we got a notice the card was in production. I don't understand why extension letters are still 18 months when some service centers are taking over 2 years to process a petition, and they make it incredibly tedious to get an InfoPass appointment. It's ridiculous. Don't be afraid of "bothering" USCIS - you're paying them for a service, and they are failing. You have to advocate for yourself and occasionally make noise for things to get done. Best of luck, please keep us updated, and sorry that this is happening to you. We just sent our ROC packet a few weeks ago and really worried we'll also get stuck 2+ years with no updates. Because we interviewed during AOS we're praying we'll get an ROC interview waiver.
  4. I would call USCIS relentlessly until they schedule an InfoPass for you so you can get an extension. Keep calling and mentioning it's a "dire need" since you need your DL to drive to work. According to the USCIS processing times, the "Receipt date for a case inquiry" at the Texas Service Center is June 28, 2019 (or earlier). You are now outside of that time. At the very least I would start with a USCIS service request. These do occasionally work. Edit: and when USCIS says they'll call you back, make sure you're always near your phone and that spam numbers aren't blocked. The one call we got from USCIS was flagged as a spam call by my carrier.
  5. Keep calling. What I did back in the NVC days is call every 30 seconds until my call was in the queue. Usually took 10 minutes tops, after which a 45-90 minute wait followed. But the NVC reps were usually friendly and helpful. I usually called Friday afternoons. Many have reported good results calling right when NVC opens in the morning.
  6. Can you call your credit card company and check? Perhaps it got flagged as a fraudulent transaction and (incorrectly) denied. This is why I ended up sending a check. Now that it's taking 4-6 weeks to process/accept I-751s, if you lose your credit card or it gets stolen and need to cancel it, your I-751 payment will be rejected.
  7. I had good luck calling them Friday afternoons.
  8. I tend to lean conservative (thought I'm not a huge fan of Ted) and I thought this was a total brain-dead, classless act.
  9. For the IR visa I agree. That's about as good as it gets IMO. But nowadays CR1 visas are now getting burned on removal of conditions (some are waiting years for an interview as they are ineligible for an interview waiver), whereas lots of K1 visas who interviewed as part of AOS are getting the interview waived and approved quickly...
  10. NVC was the only part of the process I found somewhat tolerable. Everything was done via electronic uploads or email, I could usually get a hold of a competent friendly rep within an hour of calling, they actually answered emails... As another poster said, they don't deal with approvals or denials. Once a case is complete and ready to be interviewed, it's out of their hands. You can always reach out to the relevant embassy and ask for a timeline or ask them what cases are being processed. Also, chances are that if X visas were issued at a post, very close to X were interviewed since AFAIK most visa are issued fairly quickly.
  11. SSA offices should now be taking appointments for first time SSN applicants and dire emergencies. My stepdaughter never got her SSN and she entered early 2020 before COVID. We had to mail the application last December 2020, then a few weeks later went in to the office to do the "interview" which was about 30 seconds long. Got the card a week later. I suggest calling them for the status every week or so, and if 2 months passes ask to apply for a new SSN. BTW I recently saw a report of someone who got the SS card like 7 months after he entered...
  12. We sent ours last week. Ours was about 1 inch thick. For any financial statements, we only sent Jan 2021 and Jan 2020 full statements, so it wouldn't look like I added my wife to everything right before ROC, but I also didn't want to go all the way back to 2017... Some of these statements are 10-15 pages long, and we have several banking & investment accounts. I cant imagine sending years worth of these - I'd probably need a large box! We also submitted the usual stuff - our kid's birth certificate, my stepdaughter's immigration info (including me as her guardian in the US), joint house deed/property tax statement, joint car title, lots of joint insurance, DLs, etc...
  13. Where exactly are they asking you to send evidence? AFAIK you would typically be asked to send it directly to the service center that's processing your petition.
  14. We send a few hundred $ a couple times a year to my in laws, usually as holiday or other special ocassion gifts. They don't need it as they own their home as well as rent out their previous house. But my wife often feels super guilty (her sister also left China) and this small gift makes her feel a tiny bit better. That alone makes it worth it for me. Sometimes we do joint gifts (last year we got her father a $500 phone for his 70th birthday, we paid half, wife's sister + husband paid the other half). They treat us really well when we visit so I really don't mind. We're fortunate that we can set aside a lot for retirement, have good insurance, and paid off our house in the US. I'm definitely not starting a war over maybe $1000/year, given how hard my wife works and how well her parents have treated us over the years.
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