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  1. I enlisted in August 2017 and it has been a real mess so far. I have been given so many ship dates that were all cancelled because my background investigation wasn't complete. I received a call from my recruiter about 10 days ago telling me that my background investigation was adjudicated and I was good to go this March 20th, then called me back literally a couple minutes later informing that I am not shipping and that there are about 20 other GC holders in the region who are also on hold. I understand that the country is being extra cautious with people joining the military, but my husband and I are getting aggravated with the poor communication. Here's my timeline: August 2017: Got sworn in November 7th 2017: 1st ship date November 13th: 2nd ship date given (no explanation) December 20th: 3rd ship date (reason: clearance not completed) March 20th: 4th ship date (clearance completed, reason: unknown) Here's is the link to the DoD policy change: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1342430/dod-announces-policies-affecting-foreign-nationals-entering-military/ If you were also affected or know more about this, please let us know.
  2. Hello everyone, I got a text notification that my i-751 application has been received by USCIS on Jan 8 and I just received an I-797C notice for the biometric appointment on Feb 13. I'm currently abroad and my green card has expired. Can I re-enter the US with the I-979C notice for the biometric appointment? I've been reading that I should receive an I-797 notice to extend my green card while my application is being processed but I'm not sure if there are 2 I-797 notices (one for the extensions and one for the appointment) or only one that serves both purposes. In case I need another I-797 notice to re-enter the US, should I be worried that my biometric appointment came first? Thank you very much! J
  3. My husband was denied entry on his plane last night by Air Canada in the Lima, Peru airport. He had his passport, expired green card, and his I-797 notice of action showing that his green card is extended a year and he is authorized for travel while we wait for the removal of conditions on his green card. He also had an ETA (electronic travel authorization), which as far as I can tell, is all that is needed for a US permanent resident to travel to/through Canada. His flight goes through Toronto before entering the US. He was told that the I-797 was not a valid travel document. Has anyone else had similar problems? Any suggestions about what we can do to get him home? All Air Canada agents on the phone are very unhelpful, and they no agents arrive in the airport until 10pm, so he wasn't able to speak with anyone this afternoon. We're looking at other airlines, but don't want to pay an outrageous cost for a new ticket when there's no valid reason he's being denied entry.
  4. Hi all, I submitted my petition to remove conditions on my Green Card back in October. I received notice to attend Biometric's and attended etc. I received my I-797 Notice of Action confirming my Green card had been extended by 18 months on 11/10/18 . The issue is, the Receipt number (top left of I-797, beginning EAC) when I try to track the case status gives me a Validation Error. I assumed that this document would allow me to track my case but maybe I'm missing something? Is this how people have historically tracked the progress of their I-751 and I should call USCIS, any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks, Andy
  5. I received my NOA 2 yesterday and I have some questions about the NOA expiration date. My NOA 2 will expire on January 4th, 2019; however, due to some work related situations I am required to enter the US for a couple of days in January so I cannot have the K1 visa in January as I need to come back to Canada after my work trip. So I cannot send in my packet 3 info to the consulate too soon. I could choose to fill out my DS-160 and send all the required packet 3 info to the consulate in late December but then my DS-160 will not be correct as it askes the last US entry date. I am thinking of filling out my DS-160 when I come back from the work trip in January but then my NOA 2 will expire by then. Does anyone know how to extend the NOA2 or has experiences of doing that? Thank you so much
  6. Jeff & Laila

    Notification from USCIS

    Could someone tell me how it is that USCIS first notifies you of action on your case? I am desperately waiting to hear on the progress of the I-130 I submitted for my wife. I feel we are past the point at which action should have been taken. I keep checking the USCIS website looking for something other than "My Case Was Received," however, I'm wondering if that is a waste of time. Will I received a new I-797 in the mail prior to the website being updated? Just curious. My thought is that they probably don't update the website immediately so maybe I should stop checking until I have received the I-797 in the mail. Any insight would be appreciated.
  7. Ok my Fiance has received her passport with her K-1 Visa stamp. I have bought her ticket for the 18th of December 2018. Her I-797 Petition extension expires on 7 December 2018. Do I still need to file for another extension? I emailed the Embassy/Consular but only got the response that her K-1 Visa was issued. Thank You!!
  8. Hi all, We just received the letter from the embassy saying that "the IV Unit received the Immigrant visa petition filed on your behalf. " Now we need to make the apt with the doctor and then subsequently with the embassy. We would ideally like to delay the interview with the embassy for a few more months to give us a little bit more time to prepare our exit. Our I-797 NOA has a valid date that expires on 1/13/2018. Does this mean we need to have everything done before this? Can we get some sort of extension so we could ideally plan for the interview in March or April? Has anyone done this? Thanks.
  9. Hi All, Thank you for all that you do, I have applied to remove conditions on my 2 year spousal CR-1 Green card. I have done my biometrics already and received my I-797 Notice of Action. My question is this: Am i allowed to leave the country for a vacation or do I have to wait until I get a response from USCIS concerning my status? I have received no documentation stating that i cannot but however I have heard from people that we are not supposed to leave the country. Can anyone please share your advice and knowledge on the matter, it will be greatly appreciated! Thank you very much!
  10. Hi, my fiance sent the petition on the 2nd of July this year and we received a text message from the USCIS with our case number on the 10th of July. Now we are waiting for our NOA2 (which they say would take up to 6mos to arrive) My passport's expiration is due in October next year, so just to make sure I went and renewed my passport because what I know is that your passport has to have at least 6 months validity and I got kinda nervous it might take long. Also it's so hard to get an appointment at the DFA. My question is, will having a new passport affect the process? I appreciate your help, thank you in advance.
  11. I never recieved an original copy of my i- 797 for my wifes visa. I called them and they said they would put in a ticket but said its doubtful they will replace it for free. What are some things that can help bolster my case? I cant another 465 on top of the AOS fees for a copy.... death by razor blade cuts it seems... sheesh
  12. Has anyone received an updated I-797 yet? It would definitely help us re-enter US easier, on top of the stamp. Update to Form I-797 Receipt Notices for Form I-751 and Form I-829 Versión en español As of June 11, 2018, petitioners who file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, will receive a Form I-797 receipt notice that can be presented with their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the expiration date on their Permanent Resident Card. We are making the change from 12 to 18 months because current processing times for Form I-751 and Form I-829 have increased over the past year. Additionally, we will issue new Form I-797 receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents whose Form I-751 or I-829 was still pending as of June 11, 2018. Those Form I-797 receipt notices will also serve as evidence of continued status for 18 months past the expiration date on petitioner’s Permanent Resident Card. As a reminder, conditional permanent residents who plan to be outside of the United States for a year or more should apply for a reentry permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving the country. Read more information on our Green Card webpage.
  13. My husband is an LPR and he filed i-130 for me. FILING DATE: January 18, 2018 PRIORITY DATE: January 19, 2018 I-797c RECEIPT (NOA1): January 23, 2018 I am quite worried since we haven’t gotten the approval notice (NOA2) yet and the priority date for July 2018 for my country is already 01-Dec-2017. My question is, if my priority date is current but the i-130 is not yet approved. Can concurrent Filing be an option for us? Please advise. Thank you! https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/concurrent-filing-form-i-485
  14. We have the i-797, and the USCIS shows our status is that our application is at our local office. But I noticed my son's name is on on the I-797 and he's supposed to travel from the US to Europe to visit his real Dad. What should I do?
  15. So it took 3 months from the date my I-129 was sent until I received the NOA1. This is such an outlier that I can't even create my VJ timeline because the the web form thinks I must've entered incorrect dates. I thought the whole point of this thing was to track true wait times no matter how long USCIS is taking to process forms. It gives me this error message: Time between when a petition (ex: I-129F) was mailed to the USCIS and the NOA1 (Notice of Receipt) may be too long. NOA1s (the date on the form itself) should be within four weeks (max) of the date you originally sent the form to the USCI What's even funnier is, I'm prerry sure the same date I called the customer service line, was the date of acceptance printed on the I-797. The representative told me I should write a letter. In addition, he said my case was transferred to a different service center than was printed on the NOA1. I had even hired an experienced legal representative to prepare my application. They made a phone call and wrote a letter on my behalf. So I guess we'll be waiting at least 7 more months, when it's the middle of winter. My fiancée has never experienced weather below 50°F. It will be an interesting transition for her.
  16. Hi guy! I submit my paperwork’s for i751 and apply for 10 year green card in the beginning of October 2017. I received a I-797 within 2 weeks, however, I have not received any notices for biometric appointment. Now it has almost been 3 months and still nothing, and that worries me. Normally I see most of the people have their biometric appointment booked after 1 month or so after they received 1-797. Can you share your experience? What should I do to make sure I didn’t miss my appointment?(if they do send a mail and I miss it) Thank you guys in advance!
  17. My i-129f was approved April 2nd. The NVC received the case a couple weeks after. I called the NVC to see if we had a case number, we did. It was established on April 19th. Today, they have still not sent our information to the consulate in Rio. My fiance is getting all worked up over this because other Brazilian women have done the same thing that I have done and their file got sent immediately after (or close to the date). I can't really do anything at this point because on the approved i-797 form it specifically says to wait 30 days before contacting them...it's been 12 days. If they already have a case number ready, why will they not send the file? Is anyone else having similar problems? Any words help at this point.
  18. Hi Guys, Hope you all are good and doing fine. Last week I've applied for lifting conditions on my green card (I-751 application). My current green card will expire on next Month, 24 March, 2018 and on the same date my VA drivers license also getting expired. I've read upon receiving application, USCIS send a notice of action letter which states the acknowledgment of application received and one year extension of current green card. My question is, Am I able to extend/renew my VA drivers license on this notice of action letter ? Please guide me through, though I tried to look this information on DMV Virginia website but I'm not able to dig any information. Thanks
  19. Jeff Padilla

    I-751/ I-797- Biometrics

    We sent out I-751 on February 5th. Received (I-797/ Noa1) on February 12th. Anyone know length of time for Biometrics letter/notification or when we will get date for Biometrics? Thank you.
  20. Kimjeff


    Wife from Philippines. Sent I-751 on Feb. 5th. Received I-797(Noa 1) on Feb. 12th. Anybody know when we might get Biometrics appointment or how long normally until actual Biometrics date?
  21. Hi everyone, I just want to ask if did anyone of you tried to get their driver's license for the first time using their I-797 extension letter? Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a DL during my 2-year stay here in the US since I did became busy at work and got pregnant. I'm wondering if I can still get a permit and DL using the extension letter. I've been reading some reviews and said that DMV officers are giving others a hard time even for just renewing their licenses. Any advice and sharing your experience would be really helpful. Thanks!
  22. Hi. I had some quick questions about a rejection notice. It was rejected for incorrect fees, but on the I-485 I have the correct amount on the check for 1225. Was it rejected because I did not have the entire "Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services," or maybe that I didn't have "and biometric services" along with what the check is for? Also, can I resend the same package that I was sent back from USCIS? They reorganized and stapled things together. Is it okay to resend the forms like that or would I have to reprint everything from scratch? Thank you so much! Jeff and Argelia Broadbelt
  23. So this is random ... After successfully getting my wife to the U.S. (she's had a green card for years now), we're working on my in-laws. They're actually being sponsored by my brother-in-law who is a U.S. Citizen so it's an I-130 we're after, a "Petition for Alien Relative." It's a bit complicated because my father-in-law received his I-797 notice of action in Feb. 2011 while staying in the U.S. for an extended period. But by the time the form arrived, he already returned to Taiwan, where's he's been living for the last 6.5 years. I'm just finding out about this and trying to help, but I'm not sure how to proceed because it's been so long. - Are cases closed if people don't follow up with the appropriate materials? - On his I-797, it states that he needs to submit an I-485. We'll get that together now, but if the case is still pending, will that prevent him from entering the U.S. in the meantime? - Also, since he returned to Taiwan (the case was started in Texas), does he need to submit an I-824? or can he come here and wait it out? - Making matters even more complicated, the paperwork was started in Texas, but my brother-in-law has since relocated to Montana. Is there some sort of change of address for that is needed in cases like this? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. I recall Visa Journey was extremely helpful when I was applying for my wife's visa, so hopefully there's someone out there with some insight. Thanks.
  24. Hello Everyone, I am currently so confused about the expiration date on the I-797 form and the packet 3 e-mail I received. I got the notification of the petition approval on 10/5/17, so my petition expires on 2/4/18. However, on the packet 3 e-mail, it says that my petition expires on 1/4/18. Is that normal? I've called the office in Seoul multiple times to get an answer, but it just seems like they're not sure. Thanks to anyone who can help.
  25. Hey Folks, I am just wondering if anyone has experience traveling from Colombia with expired GC and with I-797? I know now my wife will be legally accepted here with card and letter but just want to make sure Colombian Airlines recognize her ability to return to US with that letter. Thanks! mitchell