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ET9709

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About ET9709

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  • Member # 346751
  • Location New York, NY, USA

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  • City
    New York
  • State
    New York

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  • Immigration Status
    F-1 Visa
  • Place benefits filed at
    National Benefits Center
  • Local Office
    New York City NY
  • Country
    Syria

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  1. This forum has been very helpful to us and I wanted to give back and share what we learned along the way. Marriage based AOS from F1. Timeline is updated. Highlights: Initially filed mid-April and applications were returned a month later due to missing biometrics fee. Resubmitted mid-May. RFE for birth certificate July Biometrics - took 4.5 months to schedule; appointment letter returned to USCIS for wrong address and had to be resent. Wanted to request EAD expedite request but could not do so until biometrics were done. Submitted several Service Requests for delayed biometrics but don’t think they resulted in any action. Submitted EAD expedite request; card received several weeks later but don’t know if it was based on expedite request or normal processing since we never got expedite approval and other May filers were getting EADs around the same time. Process moved very quickly after biometrics, much faster than USCIS estimates or posted processing time. Interview experience was positive. We were well prepared, it was quick and approval followed the next business day. Green Card was sent within a few days but had a mail delivery error due to incorrect address and we were notified it was returned to USCIS as undeliverable. We called USPS and went to the Post Office and they were able to find it with the tracking number and delivered it the next day. We don’t know what the problem was because the address was correct. If we hadn’t been aggressive in following up with USPS the card would be on its way back to USCIS instead of in hand. Like others, the process was stressful mostly due to the uncertainty and lack of transparency. It really helped seeing other Visajourney member experiences. The process was smooth for the most part but a few unpredictable things happened as mentioned above. What we learned is that it helped a lot to monitor case status often and follow up when things weren’t moving as expected. Things go wrong and if we didn’t observe and flag problems they would not have been resolved. I read a lot of complaints about USCIS and we had issues as well. However, I believe they are working to do their best in a very complicated environment. Bottom line - stay on top of/own your own case and have faith even when it seems like you’ll never get there. We’ll try to remember than for ROC in 2 years and Naturalization in 3! Thank you to all who have shared their experiences.
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