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  1. I just checked my EAD case status earlier this morning, and it turns out my request to expedite was approved and my card is in production! Just wanted to give a huge thanks to the VisaJourney community and everyone who has ever shared their timelines (I probably read every single timeline out there while in nervous anticipation...). Below is my detailed timeline and process notes in case anyone is / will be in the same boat as I was. Timeline: 05/16: Married to USC 05/24: Submitted I-130, I-485, I-765 and I-131 applications 05/25: Priority date 06/01: Received job offer to start August 6, 2018 06/07: Received NOA1 in mail (notice date of 05/31); application being processed by National Benefits Center 06/09: Received Biometrics appointment notice in mail (notice date of 06/01) 06/19: Biometrics appointment completed (could have done early walk-in, but wanted to get expedite supporting documents ready first) 06/19: Called USCIS and submitted service request to expedite EAD on the basis of Severe Financial Loss (end of current employment on 6/29 plus pending job offer to start 8/6) 06/20: Walked in to Congresswoman's office and hand-delivered case form, cover letter, and supporting documents (see list below) to Constituent Services Representative 06/22: Email response from USCIS asking for supporting documents for request to expedite: "Upon receipt of your request for expeditious processing, your case was reviewed and a determination was made that we need additional information to make a decision regarding your request. Please fax proof of a pending job offer to ###-###-####, Attn: AA####, Div #, Team #." 06/22: Forwarded USCIS email response to Constituent Services Representative, who confirmed that an expedite request has been submitted on his end as well 06/22: Faxed over supporting documents to USCIS fax number provided in email response Cover Letter; USCIS Email Response Above (they request you include in your fax); Pending Job Offer, with 8/6 start date; and Statement from Current Employer (at the time) on Termination of Employment 6/29 06/22: Submitted case to Ombudsman (https://www.dhs.gov/case-assistance) with cover letter and supporting documents 06/26: Email response from USCIS: "We received your request to expedite the decision on your application. Your case is currently under review. You will receive a decision or notice of further action shortly." 06/29: End of current employment (at the time); effectively unemployed 07/06: Ombudsman responded saying my case is within normal processing times, but to respond if I believe I qualify for expedited processing. I responded and reattached cover letter and supporting documents 07/06: Constituent Services Representative from Congresswoman's office followed up with USCIS 07/06: Case status online changed to "Card in Production"! Notes on a couple factors (real / intangible) that may have affected my expedited processing: I am a Canadian citizen marrying a USC. I have been in the U.S. three years under the TN work visa, and four years prior to that as a student and working in the U.S. every summer. Seems like a fairly vanilla case Just a pending job offer is rarely enough anymore, but my current employment at the time was ending as well. Furthermore, when I applied, my wife was in between jobs, so our application paperwork has her down as unemployed as well. Having both of us unemployed may have pushed my situation towards the "severe" side Since these things are always subjective, I believe a good cover letter can really make the difference. In mine, I emphasized how, more important than the money, I am a young college graduate about to lose a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which would be a major setback to my dreams My birthday is today (07/07), which may or may not have affected anything haha Happy to answer any questions / clarifications. Best, George
  2. Hello All, Has anyone traveled outside of the united states with an approved Advance Parole (AP I-131) while the Adjustment of Status (AOS) documentation is still pending? If so, did you have any issues or concerns at the point of entry when returning to the United States?
  3. Hi everybody, I have a problem and will try to explain my whole case in a few sentences, hoping someone will be able to help me: We applied for the 129f in March of 2018, I was admitted to the US on December 20th as a K1 Visa holder. My then fiancé and I got married on the 21st of February and applied for AOS (485) along with AP (131) and EAD (765) on March 1st. Two days ago I received an email stating, that the case was received on March 8th. We planned our wedding which will take place in Germany on July 6th of 2019 in the beginning of last year, booked our venue, florists, dj, cake, photo-/videographer and sent out our invites in the beginning of this year. Since it is a destination wedding we are expecting guests not just from America and Germany, but from all around the world. A lot of guests already booked their flights and also booked their hotels. Last night I checked, how long the processing times for the i131 are and I got stunned. The uscis website says it will take between 5-7 months. I have to be in Germany in 3 1/2 months. The wedding party costs approximately 30k and that just includes the costs me and my wife have. Would I be eligible for an expedited AP? Is this reason for an emergency, since I would take a severe financial damage of I can't make it to my own wedding? Should I just sit and wait and hope that my documents get to me on time? Thank you in advance everyone!
  4. Hi Can anyone suggest what I should do. I am on pending i-485 but I received my combo cards (work authorization & advance parole) last year. Since it is going to expired in coming March. I called the office and heard I could send applications for the renewal in 90days, so I got everything ready and finally the post reached the office in mid-Jan. I thought it’s not the first submission just requesting a renewal of card. And I have stated the expiration day also on the form. Assumed they will send a new card to me soon, I need to travel back home, so I booked my travel ticket.. Now I only got NOA letters saying they are processing the applications. Can anyone tell me how long the office usually sends the new card to you? Is it possible the government haven’t sent out a new valid card to us before the old card expired? I am worried to travel outside without a valid combo card. What should I do next ? Thanks 🙏🏻 I need to travel outside the end of next month.
  5. Thanks for all your replies. I have no experience of getting a i-131. The trip back home next month means much to me and our family. I have been in the US for three years, really miss my family and We finally are able to throw out a small wedding banquet for them. I will call for an field office appointment, hoping they can understand. Do anybody have such experience? Pls share. I have booked ticket and almost get everything for my wedding banquet done. I m really worried n uncomfortable. Below is my last message: —————————————————————— Hi Can anyone suggest what I should do. I am on pending i-485 but I received my combo cards (work authorization & advance parole) last year. Since it is going to expired in coming March. I called the office and heard I could send applications for the renewal in 90days, so I got everything ready and finally the post reached the office in mid-Jan. I thought it’s not the first submission just requesting a renewal of card. And I have stated the expiration day also on the form. Assumed they will send a new card to me soon, I need to travel back home, so I booked my travel ticket.. Now I only got NOA letters saying they are processing the applications. Can anyone tell me how long the office usually sends the new card to you? Is it possible the government haven’t sent out a new valid card to us before the old card expired? I am worried to travel outside without a valid combo card. What should I do next ? Thanks 🙏🏻 I need to travel outside the end of next month.
  6. Hi all VJ'ers! I am needing your help again here. I am on the process of filling out the I-485, I-765 and I-131 for my children who are all minors. Just having a dilemma with regards to the Applicant's Signature part. My question are: 1. Should I just sign the applicant's signature part and print name and put mother next to it. 2. Should I still fill out the preparer's Part or just leave it blank. Would really Appreciate your answers on this one. Thank you all.
  7. Hi there, I am an AOS applicant (I-485) who recently got her EAD (I-765) and now I want to apply for an APD (I-131) as I really want to visit my family back home after not seeing them for nearly 2 years plus my grandmother who basically raised me passed away shortly after I arrived in the U.S. with a K-1 visa so I was not able to go to her funeral and I really want to be there for the second anniversary of her passing with my family. I've been reading multiple forums from different websites and I've found nothing but conflicting information on this topic. I've read the I-131 instructions multiple times and I just want to make sure everything is perfect in order to avoid an RFE. On the I-131 form clearly states on page 2 of 5 Part 3, "If you are applying for a non-DACA related Advance Parole Document, skip to Part 7; DACA recipients must complete Part 4 before skyping to Part 7." Therefore as instructed I skip to Part 7 where it says "On a separate sheet of paper, explain how you qualify for an Advance Parole Document, what circumstances warrant issuance of advance parole. Include copies of any documents you wish considered. (See instructions)" so I go to the I-131 instructions page 9 of 15, where plainly states "If you are applying for: c. Advance Parole Document for Individuals Who Are Currently in the United States: If you are in the United States, you must attach: (2) An explanation or other evidence showing the circumstances that warrant issuance of an Advance Parole Document; OR (3) If you are an applicant for adjustment of status, a copy of a USCIS receipt as evidence that you filed the adjustment application; " so from this I get that I do not need to add or attach any explanation or other evidence since I am an AOS applicant and I must only attach a copy of my receipt, form I-797C as evidence that I previously filed the AOS I-485 application. However when I asked on this immigration forum "Avvo", some lawyers replied that I still needed to complete these parts. I'm not sure if they misunderstood the information I provided them with and that's why I'm being so annoyingly specific on this one. I really want to hear from people who got their I-131 approved and make sure I got everything right. It seems pretty clear to me and I just want to get this mailed asap knowing everything is alright with my application. Also, on Part 3 when asked expected length of the trip, is "TBD" a valid answer? as I can't honestly state in days how long I'll be there for. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and any advice is greatly appreciated.
  8. Hi everyone, I hope you're all having a good Monday. I have a quick question regarding AP with an EAD. My husband rec'd his EAD card this past weekend. We did not file a I-131 with our package as there was no upcoming travel needs for him for the foreseeable future. In light of that, and some Google image searches I did in our downtime, I fully anticipated seeing language on the EAD card indicating that the card was not able to be used for advanced parole. However, his card as printed says that we can use it for advance parole. To me, this seems weird. Any thoughts? We wondered if there was a possibility that this occurred due to the fact that he's Canadian. We have no plans for him to travel any time soon (domestically or internationally), so it's not a big issue. However, if the event arose, it would be good to know if he COULD travel while the I-485 is still pending. Thanks for any input you all have!
  9. Hello everyone, I'm a US citizen and my wife is a Canadian citizen, we filed the I-130 package for her including I-130, I-131, I-765, I-485, I-864. We are waiting now for her travel document. My question is, as a Canadian citizen, can she travel to Canada and come back to the US even without her travel document? Thank you
  10. Hi friends, Today, I got my I-765 and I-131 approval notice. But when I bring it out from the mail box, I found out both of them already been opened! I have no idea who did this. I check the envelopes, I-765 has 2 pages NOA in it and I-131 has 1 page NOA in it. Here come the questions : 1. Is there any other document come with I-765 or I-131 NOA in the same envelope? Does I-765 NOA come with Social Security Card in the same envelope? 2. NOA has sensitive information like A-number and my full name on it, should I call USCIS to notify them the envelope has been open by somebody else? Thanks!
  11. Hi all. I have 2 pending re-entry permits to collect at my local embassy (mine and my child's). I emailed the embassy after Christmas last year asking if they have any documents for me, but the answer is no. (i thought 1 month after Nov 27 is enough for them to be delivered to my embassy, apparently not so). 1. So how long does it usually take for the re-entry permit to be available for me to pick up? Just a bit worried that it will just go missing if I made the assumption that local embassy will call me for the collection (and then they never did). 2. Whats the usual procedure for the collection? The statuses when I check both cases online: Reentry Permit Was Produced On December 11, 2017, we produced your Reentry Permit for your Form I-131, Application For USCIS Travel Document, Receipt Number LINXXXXXXXXX. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address. Document Was Mailed To Me On November 27, 2017, we mailed your document for Receipt Number LINXXXXXXXX, directly to the address you gave us. If you do not receive your document by December 27, 2017, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request the document be sent to you. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.
  12. Hello, we submitted the I-131 for advanced parole and have receipt date April 24, 2018. Questions: 1/ Anyone else submit around that time or the months before that? I am curious to see who has gotten approvals. 2/ Our “USCIS Office” is the National Benefits Center (NBC) and we have filed a family-based Form I-485 and then it says we should check processing times for our local field office > we are in Boston. Does that mean we check the field office in Boston or the service center Vermont? I am guessing Boston but they don't list any processing times Main purpose of this question is to 'meet' others who have submitted I-131 and are waiting so that I can get an idea of how long it might be. Thank you!
  13. Hello, here is my situation. In March I have applied for AOS, in which I also applied for the I-131 travel parole. In April I completed the biometrics appointment. Back then the estimated wait time to receive the travel parole was 90 days, so I went ahead and booked a trip to my home country for early august. Now, unfortunately as some of you know, the wait time is up to 6 months and I have only 17 days left until my flight and it is unlikely that my travel parole visa will arrive in time. So I will try to expedite and/or get an emergency travel parole for humanitarian reasons. To have a chance of getting said emergency travel parole I have a letter from my mothers doctor saying that she is suffering from a rare disorder and that he thinks it would medically make sense if I was there for her. The disorder is rare but not life threatening. Also I have a letter from my mom saying that she needs me there to take care of my siblings, who are still minors, until she finds a long term solution. What do you guys think, will this be enough and should I mention that I got my flight booked already? Also, should I first call my congressman's office for help or should i straight up make the infopass appointment? Thanks for your help.
  14. Hi, I'm 27 years old Japanese living in MN from May 25th 2017. I came here with fiance, K-1 visa. I got married June 13th. We had our wedding ceremony in October. It was crazy stressful but the day was the best. We are taking things seriously and we were submitting papers ASAP with checking so many times. But so many troubles soooo stressful. The most recent issue is my insurance. I was kicked off because I don't have SSn and my fiance VISA expired and I changed my last name on my old passport. In this country, things are so different from Japan. People are not so kind than Japanese. I miss Japanese kindness and hospitality. Nobody tells what to do. We feel totally lost. I hope I can help others and others can help us here. Living in a different country is so tough. Language, no friends no family, inconvenience.
  15. Has anyone done/know if it's possible to obtain emergency advance parole from an office different to your local one? I'm currently on the other side of the US in the middle of a road trip and am looking for an immediate emergency AP due to a family medical emergency. Currently in San Francisco, and my local office is St Paul, MN. I phoned USCIS and they informed me I had to attend my local office where my application was. I'd like to hope that someone has succeeded in getting AP from a different office! Anyone?
  16. Hello I filed I-485, I-765 and I-131 together and just received the receipt notice. Now, I found out that I needed 2 photos for the I-131 which I haven’t included. (I only included the photographs for the I-485 and the I-765). Does anyone know from someone in a similar situation? One lawyer suggested to retract the I-131 and then re-file it. But I‘m a bit hesitant because I don‘t want my process to be messed up. Any suggestions are highly appreciated! Thank you very much!
  17. Hello all, this is my case: I am in the process of AOS (I-130, I-485, I-765) and I have been waiting for 81 days now. My wife is the only one working and she just got a job offer from her company to work from China. So we have decided that because the uscis is taking forever to process anything, I am staying in the US and she is going by herself and I am going to apply for a AP. The question now is: how long can I stay outside of the country? I saw on the form I-131 that it is possible to leave the country multiple times. So I would like to know what are all opinions about this?
  18. Hi. A couple of questions: 1. If one has a valid re-entry permit, no physical GC (the card itself) in hand, can that be used to enter USA via any PoE (without presenting the physical GC)? 2. If a GC has been produced, and is assumed to be in the possession of the person, can the person still use a valid I-551 stamp (if the stamp is not within 1 year yet) - without showing the GC - at PoE?
  19. I've applied for my temporary green card (adjustment of status, i-485 from K-1 visa) in December, last year. This week, I received my combo card (which both includes work permit and advance parole). I know that the card says that this card "does not guarantee re-entry to the United States" but I have also seen A LOT of people who have traveled outside the country with the same case as mine. I want to know if it is safe to travel outside of the country for a month as I am planning to visit my family. If you can share your experiences or know anything about the current situations regarding my case (relating to any new immigration news or drafts signed, etc), PLEASE share! Thanks in advance .
  20. Hi I'm filling out the AoS package papers with my wife. We want her to have a valid travel document while she waits for her green card in case she needs to leave the country for an emergency. From what I read on previous forums, is it acceptable to fill “Unknown” for “Dates of Intended Departure” and “Expected length of the trip”. However, since the forum I read was from 2013, I’d like to confirm that this is still valid. Thank you all for your help!
  21. Hi everyone, I received my EAD at the beginning of the year. I filed for a I-131, Travel document a while ago an. Yesterday, my case was updated and according to the uscis Hotline approved. According to the service employee, the physical approval letter was sent out yesterday as well. My problem is my flight to London leaves tomorrow and I'm afraid that I won't get the physical letter on time. Do you think I can leave without the physical letter and have my wife forward it to me? Thank you!
  22. Hello Everyone, I wanted to open this topic up for discussion and see if the VisaJourney community has had experience traveling with the Advanced Parole and Work Authorization combo card. My wife immigrated to the United States on a K1 visa. We have since gotten married and have filed the Adjustment of Status (AOS) documentation. Using the USCIS processing times as well as the VisaJourney processing time frame data it seems that my wife's green card could take a while before it gets processed and issued. At this point, my question is specifically regarding the Advance Parole. My wife and I love to travel and would like to be able to travel this coming winter to Canada. From what I understand, the Advanced Parole simply allows the applicant to leave the country without officially Abandoning the AOS application as well as allowing reentry in to the United States, however based on my research the the TSA officer at the port of entry has final say whether you are allowed to reenter the United States or not. Has anyone here traveled using the Advanced Parole prior to receiving their Green Card? What is the likelihood of someone not being admitted back in to the U.S and what are the main reasons why this happens? Do you believe my wife and I will be relatively safe Flying to Canada for about 4 to 5 days and then returning to the U.S?
  23. My renewal I-765 has been pending for over 120days and I am wonderign if I can file an adjustment to convert it to a combo card (travel document). Has anyone doen this before or do I need to file a nw applicatiion for the travel document?
  24. In more detail: I got approved for a re-entry permit and left the US shortly after without it I went to pick it up at a consulate abroad but discovered my name was misspelled (they messed it up) I returned the misspelled re-entry permit requesting a corrected one Have been waiting for 6 months (while still abroad) for any news about the new and corrected re-entry permit 2 years is approaching since I left the US 1. What are my options for extending my re-entry, so that I don't lose LPT (lawful permanent resident) status given the above information? 2. Can I apply for new re-entry permit without holding the first (corrected) re-entry permit? Can I re-apply through a family member in the US?
  25. Form 1-131: I have no concrete plans to travel while awaiting my green card. Should I add tentative travel dates just in case I need to travel to my country of origin unexpectedly. What if i spontaneously decide to go somewhere else in europe during the same trip but do not list it on this form - is that a problem?