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ZeeZeeZee

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  • Location Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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  1. Isn't this fun. I'm especially enjoying that "I budgeted for a 3-5 month process and it's now at 7 months and counting" doesn't count as a severe-enough financial loss to warrant expediting the EAD. So anyway: EAD estimated wait time for most AoS peeps like us is currently at 3.5 to 5.5 months, so anyone still waiting on their EAD can file an "outside normal processing times" case inquiry on the USCIS website. When they inevitably don't respond to your inquiry within 30 days, you can phone them and they'll escalate your call to a Person Who Can Actually Tell You Stuff. They probably won't be able to tell you *much* or give you any sort of time estimate, but you'll get a person who'll look at your case specifically and tell you where it's at, rather than give you the usual vague non-answers, which is nice. Turns out my case was on hold for *several months* because I sent them my short-form birth certificate instead of the long-form one. I replied to the RFE within days of receiving it, it just took them months to *send out the RFE in the first place*. Ugh. Also: the call centre has a limit on how many calls they can escalate per day, so if you call them you'll want to do it in the first few hours after their phoneline opens for the day. They open at 8am Eastern and they dgaf if you're on Pacific time, but you can probably get away with calling at 7-8am Pacific time (I called at 6:30 Pacific and got my call back from the supervisor person at 10:30 Pacific). Also look up in advance how to get through their phone menu, they've made it really difficult to figure out how to get off the automated system and actually talk to a person.
  2. One thing to be aware of: you'll lose the right to work as soon as you leave your J1 job. You can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (just file form I-765 along with your I-485) but no-one knows what's up with the wait times right now: if you're lucky it'll be 2 months, if you're unlucky it'll be 6+. Even if you're not planning to work, without the EAD it's irritatingly difficult to prove your legal status. For example, you won't be able to get or renew a CA driving license: the CA DMV does not accept the I-485 NOA1 as proof of status, it has to be the EAD or green card. (Ask me how I know... grumble grumble.) If you have a SC driving license it'll remain valid until its expiry date but after that you're stuck. So you're *safe* to quit your job as soon as your I-485 receipt comes through, but if you can hold out until you get your EAD it'll make your life significantly easier.
  3. Any February filers seen new progress recently? I got the "case is ready to be scheduled for an interview" update on July 18th, nothing since then.
  4. Ugh, I suppose that's an effective if deeply unfair way to pull the average time down. Where did you hear that?
  5. Y'all, USCIS updated their EAD processing time tracker and it's gone down(!!!) for AOS: 2.5 to 5 months for applications "based on a pending I-485 adjustment application [(c)(9)]" at the NBC. Receipt date for case enquiry as of today is March 3rd 2019. https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ Ofc, they'll take up to a month to process the case enquiry... just submitted mine and it says they'll get back to me by August 22nd. And it's really bad news for everyone who isn't AOS: it's now at 10 - 12.5 months, which is absolute madness.
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