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  1. Hi, My fiance received an RFE letter in the mail after 5 months. Before the letter was delivered we were speculating that the RFE might be about the case of my fiance that happened 20 years ago where he plead guilty to a case of groping a minor. Luckily, it was that (the USCIS had asked for me to submit my letter of intent to marry my fiance), my fiance gladly complied and mailed the letter the next day. My question is, does the USCIS normally sent all RFEs at once and if they are satisfied with the letter of intent to marry that we mailed thats it? That we only need to wait for their confirmation? Or will there be another RFE that might be mailed later on which might be related to my fiance case history 20 years ago? It wasn't a rape or physical abuse but groping and all his records were deleted. Please enlighten me as everyday that we are waiting for the update from the USCIS is putting a lot of stress on me and my fiance. Thank you.
  2. Hi so finally my case is documentairly qualified...the email I received today stated they will contact me and my husband once they’ve scheduled an interview in Islamabad. I would love to hear from others their experiences and advice etc 😊🤞🏽So excited to finally going forward in our journey!!!!
  3. We are getting pretty frustrated. My wife really wants to work, we have a 3 year old that goes to preschool and she wants to help support her family back home. I looked into getting her EAD expedited and since she is unskilled worker chances look slim. Can anybody give me an idea what to expect or some advice to get things moving? We got the receipts and never had any RFA (which is good) but our time is taking much longer than some of our other friends.
  4. Hi guys. I’m really confused. My fiancé submitted the I29 for the K1 visa the first week of September. We still have yet to hear ANYTHING or receive any mail notifying us that it has been received. The money has been taken from his account for the application- and that is the only reason we know that it’s gotten to Texas. Is this normal? It’s February 3rd!!
  5. Hi, I just received an interview notice for my 2 years Green card that will be occurred in January, 2019. Please share your experiences and advises for me on the interview, it would be very appreciate I will list below the list of what I bring to the interview day, please comment if I'm missing anything, and what should I fulfill to my package. I live in Virginia, VA, get married to a US citizenship, my husband born in US. I was under OPT of F1- student visa and my OPT expired 07/12/2018. Here is my brief timeline on the process 05/20/18: Getting Married I did not celebrate my wedding party yet because i wait for the green card to go back to my country so my parents can attend my wedding. Only married at court with my husband family. 06/20/18: Submit my package to USCIS 07/24/2018: Biometrics done 08/16/2018: my expedite working permit request approved because I have job offer. I have working permit and go to work on September. 12/12/2018: Interview is scheduled 01/16/2018: Interview day Here is what I prepared to bring to the interview: Passport, driver license, birthcertificate, ssn for both of us Marriage license My Medical form I-693 Letter schedule interview from USCIS Tax return for previous 3 years 2015, 2016, 2017 of my husband. 3 pay subs before interview of my husband Bank statement showing our saving ( both are currently working and both deposit money into the account) A car Registration showing both of us ownership. Car Insurance (showing both name) credit card statement (showing both name) Life insurance (we both buy it and put each other name as beneficiaries) 401k beneficiaries information for both ( I and Him both have) Front page at personal info at Work's profile.. my husband is my emergency contact Airplane tickets to other states of US (5 trips together so far) Lots of pictures together ( pictures with friends, family, pictures that we are going on trips with friends and family) Moviepass membership for two in one year (sign up same time) One month (AUG18) we are in the same health insurance (since I got a job, i choose to split out from him to go with my company insurance because of it its more cheaper than go with him) ONE Affidavit of friend who verify the authenticity of our relationship (did not submit that in the package) Outline of our relationship (did not submit that We DO NOT have: Utility bills - because we still live with his parents, and his parents are paying bills House rent/ mortgage: same reason above Wedding ceremony & pictures on the wedding day: my parents can not come to US so we are waiting to go back to my country, and we are saving money to buy house. Because we do not have a wedding together, that is not normal to all the couple who apply for adjustment of status and that makes me very worry. Please drop some comments to give me advise . Also, advise me on what will they ask on the interview because we are very worry for the upcoming interview. Thank you and I really appreciate it Jacklyn.
  6. Got the news of approval today, 7 days after our Status adjustment interview. Will answer any questions to try and help.
  7. sooo here we are again waiting yet again lol received approval 10/24/18, got case number 12/17/18, submitted documents and paid fees 12/21/18. NVC received everything 1/10/19, they emailed me stating I need to submit my 2017 tax and make sure it is with every page I guess soething was missing also I added my father as a household member to combine income so they needed me to submit 2017 w2 also and so I did they also need tax transcript but it seems IRS website has been down for sometime now and that's the only thing missing at this point. when I submitted my dads 2017 w2 I added a comment and wrote about the transcript and stated IRS website down etc. anyone have a similar issue where something was missing? or did anyone have something missing but they still scheudked interview? also how long after do they schedule interview? need some positive vibes please!!!!!!!!! 🙏
  8. I’m US citizen Filed i130 for spouse in May, finally got Noa2 10/26/2018 now just waiting to see what happens next. Called NVC and they received petition but will not hear until 4-8 weeks just hoping others can share their timeline with dates and how long their process went and what to expect Thanks 😊😊😊
  9. Hello! I recently filed I-90 because my 2 year conditional green card had an error (wrong resident since date). I sent the application on December 3rd, 2018. According to the proof of delivery from FedEx, It was delivered and signed for on December 4th, 2018. It’s been 2 weeks or 14 days now and I still haven’t heard back from them even though I did send G-1445. My question is how long do I have to wait for NOA1 (receipt notice)? It’s been 14 days now and I’m getting kinda worried. Especially considering that I sent my original green card with that application. I thought I would at least get a text message by now saying they received it but so far nothing. I’d really appreciate any help I can get! Thank you!
  10. Hello all... especially those from high fraud countries.... could you please fill out your timeline?? It would help those coming behind you to clearer understand this cumbersome process. It's beneficial for the community at large. Please consider. Thank you
  11. Hello! Read a lot of the AOS forums are mostly K1 and wanted to know and share any news/updates to any fellow F1s doing AOS. Please share yours and help me calm down as I low-key panic during the wait. I'm doing F1 - AOS based on marriage. 05/07/18 – Mailed package 05/09/18 – Case received date. USPS delivery 05/16/18 – Text and emails of Receipt of Application 05/16/18 – Cashed checks 05/21/18 – Receipt of Application by mail 05/26/18 – Appointment Notice for Biometrics 06/04/18 – Biometrics Appointment 06/25/18 – Online update: Fingerprint taken on the system 07/02/18 – Online update: Fingerprint review completed I read online an approximate timeline adjusted to 2018 that said : NOA 2-3 weeks. Notice Biometrics 3-5 weeks. Biometrics 5-8 weeks. Receive EAD card 12-16 weeks. Notice of Interview 4-10months. AOS interview 6-12months. Green Card 8-14 months. Now, I was looking good on my timeline right until the biometrics and according to this one I'm already behind on times. And yes, I'm freaking out about it.
  12. I filed my I-130 petition to the Beijing embassy on July 10, 2014. When I did research on DCF timelines, it looked like it wouldn't take more than 3-4 months max. However, the person I submitted the paperwork to said it would take a total of 6-8 months for my husband to obtain a visa. He also said it would take the Beijing embassy 1-2 months to review the submission and then send it on to Guangzhou (if there were no problems). That still doesn't really explain the added time, though. I told him my husband has a current visitors visa that expires in December and asked if it was possible for him to visit while his CR-1 was being processed. He said that as long as the visa was valid then yes, that was ok. So my question is twofold. One, has anyone filed with Beijing lately? (Guangzhou info would also be helpful) If so, about how long did it take for the visa to come through? My second question is whether or not it's a good idea for my husband to come to the US on his visitors visa during the application process. We were thinking that if it is going to take 6-8 months, maybe he can come in September (I leave for the US in August) and stay until December when his visitor visa ends. But if it is possible that the visa will come faster and he needs to be here for medical checks and interviews then that doesn't seem like such a good idea. Any opinions would be helpful. Thanks!
  13. What is the next step after NVC receives petition? I called and they received my I-130 on 11/2/18 And how long does it usually take for them to send your packet in the mail? Also, does anyone have an experience with Islamabad consulate and how long they usually take with their process once NVC sends everything over to them?
  14. NOA2: October 13, 2018 K1 Visa We're still waiting for our case to get into the NVC. My question for those who just finished the embassy phase, especially those beneficiary from the Philippines, do I really need to wait for the letter from the NVC before I can do or process anything?
  15. I'm a UK citizen and am a software developer and my fiancee is studying forensic science to masters in the UK and living with myself, she will finish in 2020 and we plan to move to the USA ASAP and we're not the biggest fans of the UK culture. We are planning on starting the process of the K1 in Januarary 2020 so by the time graduation comes round hopefully the visa will be granted by the time of graduation approx september to october. Can we apply whilst we're both in the UK? To give reference we're both 20 years old at the time of writing. We obviously want to spend a minimal amount of time away from other and ideally both enter the USA on the same flight. Her parents have agreed to be sponsors for the visa. We have also been considering getting married and going down the marriage visa route (CR1) but this takes considerably longer than the K1 based on what I read. That is not ideal but with the K1 I am worried about how long the adjustment of status will take till I can work. Based on experience what's the best route for us to take? Many thanks in advance
  16. Hi. I would like to ask you about RFE timeline. We got RFE on September 4th after 215 days of waiting ... (NOA1 recieved on February 1st). USCIS requires ADDITIONAL evidence to process our form. And today we have sent the necessary documents back to the California Service Center. Any experience with the current processing time and when we could get NOA2? The waiting is endless.....🙏 Thank you very much and good luck to everyone.💛
  17. Hello friendly mods, Is there someone that can update the timeline to reflect that I-751 filers will be filing in Texas and Arizona from today on? USCIS has updated their system as of today. Thanks!
  18. All, Does anyone have an idea whether the resubmission of documents and the subsequent review takes as long as the first review, or do they look at the application again fairly quickly? We were asked to resubmit a police certificate because we submitted the wrong one. Now that it is done, I'm trying to figure out if we have to wait the same length of time before they review it or if they will get to it in an expedited fashion. Thanks for reading.
  19. I went through the process almost a decade ago and it was different then. I have logged back in as I now have a sister--in-law who has a guy. They have received the NVC notice to start the DS-160 process. I was curious as to the timeline from submitting the DS-160 until the Interview date but I don't see that in the timelines. What am I missing?
  20. My priority date is july052016. I received a letter from NVC on June052017 saying that Theyve received all the requested documents for this immigrant visa case and is now in a queue awaiting an interview appointment overseas and that it takes within 3 months to schedule the interview. Now today its September062017 3 months exactly since receiving that letter and nothing from Abu Dhabi embassy or NVC and still waiting for an interview date! Please share your own experience & timeline. Thanks & Good luck for all.
  21. I wanted to document my N-400 journey in detail. Many members find reassurance in reading the experiences of others, and I hope this helps. I got my green card through my employer and applied based on 5 years of permanent residency. Some of this information is specific to Houston, but most of it will be of use to all applicants. I hope this serves as a useful "sample timeline" for others. So here you go; everything that happened from the moment I sent the application to the moment I picked up my naturalization certificate. ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Timeline ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 16-Dec-2015 Early-filing eligibility date 17-Dec-2015 Day 1 N-400 mailed to Lewisville, TX 18-Dec-2015 Day 2 Application delivered (FedEx confirmation) 23-Dec-2015 Day 7 Check cashed 23-Dec-2015 Day 7 Application received (e-notification) 28-Dec-2015 Day 12 Receipt notice (NOA) received 04-Jan-2016 Day 19 Biometrics notice received (for 13-Jan-2016) 13-Jan-2016 Day 28 Biometrics completed 26-Apr-2016 Day 132 In-line for interview (e-notification) 03-May-2016 Day 139 Interview scheduled (e-notification) 06-May-2016 Day 142 Interview letter received (for 07-Jun-2016) 07-Jun-2016 Day 174 Interview completed (recommended for approval) 09-Jun-2016 Day 176 In-line for oath (e-notification) 10-Jun-2016 Day 177 Oath scheduled (e-notification) 13-Jun-2016 Day 180 Oath letter received (for 22-Jun-2016) 22-Jun-2016 Day 189 Oath ceremony ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Application ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 16-Dec-2015 I became eligible to file my application; 90 days before the 5th anniversary of the "resident since" date on my green card. Note: the early filing calculator on the USCIS website took into consideration that 2016 is a leap year. 17-Dec-2015 - Day 1 I mailed my application to the Lewisville, TX lockbox (sent to the street address, not the P. O. Box). I included the N-400 form, the G-1145 form, two passport photos with my name and A-number written on the back, a copy of the front and back of my green card, and a personal check for $680 with my A-number written on it. I used FedEx; for $7.50, they guaranteed next-day delivery, although I'm sure it was only that cheap because it's only a 3 hour drive. 18-Dec-2015 - Day 2 My application was delivered to USCIS in Lewisville, TX according to the tracking tool on the FedEx website. 23-Dec-2015 - Day 7 Morning: my bank account showed that USCIS cashed my check. Afternoon: I received a text message and e-mail notifying me that my application had been accepted. The text message said that my case had been received and it provided me with my case number (starting with NBC*). The email contained the same information, but also informed me that the application had been routed to the National Benefits Center and said that I should expect my NOA in the mail within 7-10 days. I used my case number to set up an account on the USCIS website and to turn on text message and email alerts for the next stages of my application. 28-Dec-2015 - Day 12 I received my receipt notice (I-797C Notice of Action) with a notice date of 22-Dec-2015. The NOA states that I'll be scheduled to appear for an interview "upon receipt of all required Record Checks". ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Biometrics ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 04-Jan-2016 - Day 19 I received my biometrics letter with an appointment date of 13-Jan-2016. The letter was sent from the National Benefits Center in Lee's Summit, MO and is dated 26-Dec-2015. 13-Jan-2016 - Day 28 My biometrics appointment was scheduled for 2:00 pm at the Southwest Houston Application Support Center (11777 S State Highway 6), which is actually in the city of Sugar Land, just southwest of Houston. I arrived at 1:40 - note that parking is no concern at all since this ASC shares a parking lot with a Kroger and several other stores. I left my phone in the car, because I was asked to do so on every other visit. When I walked in, the security guard told me to turn off my cellphone if I had one (even though there was a sign that said no cellphones). They may have relaxed the rules, since on previous visits I was told to leave my phone in the car. He checked my letter, asked to see my green card, and gave me the "Learn About the United States" packet and a form to fill out. The form asked for my biographical information as well as any other names I have used in the past. When I was done, I handed the security guard the form and followed another gentleman to do my biometrics. There were two people ahead of me when I walked in and they were done by this time. He then asked me to sit down for the photo, which he had to retake because I didn't lean all the way up against the wall the first time. I then had to sign my name on an electronic reader and I could see my signature, photo, and fingerprints on the screen. I filled out an evaluation card and was given my biometrics letter (now stamped and dated). I walked out at 1:55. ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Interview ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 18-Apr-2016 - Day 124 I have not heard anything from USCIS since my biometrics appointment, which was 3 months ago. The status check page on the USCIS website won't let me submit an online "Case Status Inquiry" because my application is still within normal processing times. However, those are predicted times for the whole process, and not just for the stage I'm in. It's too early to bother calling or making an Infopass appointment. So on the recommendation of a fellow December 2015 filer who was in the same position, I filed an "Notice Not Received" online inquiry. Since I haven't received the Inline for Interview notice, I thought this made sense. 26-Apr-2016 - Day 132 I was placed inline for interview scheduling. I received an e-mail update and my online case status was updated around 11:00am. The text message arrived two days later. My status now says that USCIS "started the interview scheduling process." No idea if this is related to the online inquiry. 03-May-2016 - Day 139 My interview was scheduled. I got a text message and an email and my online status was updated to indicate that USCIS would send me an interview letter in the mail. 06-May-2016 - Day 142 I received the interview letter in the mail. My interview is scheduled for 07-Jun-2016 at the new USCIS office on Gears Road in north Houston. 07-Jun-2016 - Day 174 I had my interview this morning and I was recommended for approval. My appointment was for 8:30 at the new USCIS office at 810 Gears Road in north Houston. I walked into the building at 8:10, went through a security checkpoint, and turned in my interview letter at the front desk. There was no line at check-in, and I was asked to wait in one of two waiting areas in a large open room. One waiting area was for naturalization interviews and the other was for Infopass appointments. Every now and then, a number would be called, and someone in the Infopass area would be told to go to one of the windows around the room. The naturalization interviewees were called by name and told to go to a door where an officer was waiting. I waited for about an hour (so about 40 minutes after my appointment time) before my name was called. My interviewer met me at the door, introduced herself, and chatted while we walked back to her office. By any measure, she was friendly, but by USCIS standards, she was positively bubbly. When we got to her office, she asked me to sit down and give her my green card, passport, and drivers license. She then asked me to stand so she could place me under oath. We started with the testing portion of the interview. She asked me the following six questions: - What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves? - How many amendments does the Constitution have? - What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803? - What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now? - Why did the colonists fight the British? - What is the highest court in the United States? She then said, This is going to be very elementary for you and moved to the language test. She asked me to read: What country is north of the United States? She asked me to write: Canada is north of the United States We went through the application page by page. She went over my legal name and had some questions as to what my birth name was (I had a translated copy of my birth certificate with me and she took this). We went over all the biographic information and she double-checked my name change request. I told her at the start that I had another trip to add to my list (taken after the application was sent). I had printed this correction out for her and she took the new sheet and added it to my application. Going through the rest of the application, she specifically asked whether my parents were US citizens, whether I was currently a member of any organizations other than those listed, whether I had any citations within the last 5 years other than those listed (she didnt seem to care about the older ones), and whether I had ever been in the military. When we got to the question about selective service, she asked me how old I was (I'm over 31) and she said, "So this doesn't apply to you," and moved on. Other than those specific questions, she seemed to be picking yes/no questions at random (or maybe just the ones she was interested in asking); she didnt ask all of them. She did not ask me for any additional documentation and she didn't look at my passport beyond a quick glance at the name. She asked me if I understood the oath and then asked me to sign my application in two places. After that, she printed out three sheets of paper. The first two were for the name change and were identical. She asked me to sign both with my current name and reminded me that my name would not legally change until the ceremony. The third sheet of paper had my biographic information on it and was stapled to a small ziplock bag with my photos in it (thats how I had attached the photos to the application). She asked me to check the information, but I looked at it and said, My name is not Maria and Im not from El Salvador; she had attached the photos to the wrong piece of paper. She laughed, corrected this and gave me the right paper to check. She did not ask me to sign my photographs; this seems to be common for name change applicants. At this point she told me that everything looked good and she gave me the N-652 form stating that I had passed the English and civics tests and that my application was recommended for approval. She said that I should get an oath letter in the mail and that it was important to show up at the time indicated on the letter because it takes hours to get everyone checked in. She said that they were not having people wait for letters today (which I took to mean that they sometimes do on other days). She said that I would mostly likely be scheduled for the June 22nd ceremony, but that if not, then I would be scheduled for the July 27th ceremony. The interview took about 30 minutes. She walked me out to the waiting room and told me she would call me when she was done making copies of my passports (2), green card, and drivers license. I waited for about 5 minutes before she called me back to the door, handed me my documents, and told me to have a nice day. ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- Oath Ceremony ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- 09-Jun-2016 - Day 176 I was placed inline for oath ceremony scheduling. I got a text message and an email and my online status was updated. 10-Jun-2016 - Day 177 My oath ceremony was scheduled and the letter was mailed. I got a text message and an email and my online status was updated. 13-Jun-2016 - Day 180 I received my oath ceremony letter in the mail. It says to take my green card and oath letter to the ceremony and has a number of yes/no questions on the back that need to be filled out on the day of the ceremony. The questions are all related to whether or not anything has changed since the interview. The ceremony is scheduled for 7:00am on 22-Jun-2016. 22-Jun-2016 - Day 189 Today was the big day; my naturalization ceremony. A guest and I arrived at the M. O. Campbell Educational Center in north Houston at 7:15, a little later than indicated on the oath letter. It was raining heavily when we got there and some people were soaked by the time they made it across the large parking lot to the entrance; luckily I had two umbrellas. At the entrance guests were ushered inside so they could wait in the auditorium while applicants waited outside in a covered area. Our oath letters had numbers on them (from 0 to 9) and these corresponded to the check-in table that you were supposed to go to. After about 20 minutes I was inside the building and 10 minutes after that I was at the front of the line for my table. I turned in my oath letter and green card and was given my certificate to check. I was then given a purple piece of paper and told that we would be dismissed by color (colors corresponded to order of arrival, so those who get there earlier get to leave earlier). I met my guest and we sat together on the second tier of the auditorium (the lower tier was already mostly full). This was at around 8:00 am. As I walked in, I was given a packet containing an American flag, a welcome letter from President Obama, and a copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. There were a few announcements made about the colored pieces of paper, but mostly people just took photos and talked and waited. Around 9:00 am the doors were closed and ceremony began with a brief speech by the USCIS director. At this point she asked any applicants who had requested a modified oath to see her and shortly after that, she introduced the judge. The U.S. And Texas flags were brought in and a young lady sang the national anthem. The judge opened the formal court session and made some very kind remarks urging people to relax, take as many photos as they wanted, and not worry about their kids making noise; he said that it was a formal court session, it was a day to celebrate. He also said that he'd stick around afterwards and pose for photos with anyone who was interested. The USCIS director indicated that of the 2089 people scheduled for the oath, 2020 were present and asked the judge to "continue the applications" of those not present, whatever that means. The judge then introduced several members of the armed forces who were being naturalized and asked them to stand and be recognized. He then asked all applicants to stand and he read the entire oath of citizenship at once, after which he said, "If that is your oath, please say, 'I will'" and everyone said "I will." The judge then congratulated us as "his fellow Americans". Before we sat down, we recited the pledge of allegiance. The judge said a few more words about the importance of voting, but kept it brief. That was it; simple, but very enjoyable. There were no additional songs and no video from the president as I've read about at other ceremonies. The judge closed the session and dismissed us shortly before 10:00 am. USCIS officials called out the first color to be dismissed and I heard them call green, orange, pink, yellow, and red before they called purple about 30 minutes after the ceremony ended. When I left, the judge was still posing for photos with over 100 people still in line, so he was going to be there for a while. I went back to table 9 and gave them my purple paper (which they'd written my A-number on). They gave me my certificate and congratulated me. Attached to my certificate was a name change order signed by the judge. Also, unlike almost all the other applicants, the photo on my certificate was the one I had submitted with my application and not the one taken at biometrics. Based on what I've read this is common for those who change their names. The photo was glued on and embossed, not scanned and printed. We left the building at roughly 10:45 and walked out into a hot, humid, sunny Houston morning. ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- U.S. Citizen ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- And with that, 16 years after I moved to the U.S., I'm happy to call myself an Egyptian, an immigrant, and an American. People differ on what it means to be an immigrant; should one assimilate completely, or should one hold on to their heritage as tightly as possible? As with most things, the best answer is probably somewhere in the middle. Over 200 years ago, Thomas Paine, an immigrant, revolutionary, abolitionist, and founding father, said it better than I ever could, "Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
  22. San Fernando Valley / Chatsworth, CA filers! Can you please share your timeline? Mine is: PD: Sep 15, 2017 Biometrics: Oct 11, 2017 EAD: Dec 13, 2017 (Didn't apply for AP) EAD Renewal PD: June 19, 2018 EAD Renewal Fingerprint Review Completed: July 6, 2018 Interview Ready to be Scheduled: Jul 17, 2018 Interview: Waiting
  23. 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
  24. Hello, Does anybody have any experience or heard approximately how long it will take (I am in Taiwan) for NVC to receive (AOS and IV) and case complete, and then how long till the interview at AIT in Taipei, Taiwan? Thank you in advance, Brett
  25. Hi! I am trying to update my timeline as my ROC case is moving forward. I filed the petition on 04/20 and received NOA on 06/01. But when I try to put in those dates and submit changes the site takes me to an error page and says the dates are incorrect, as the time between filing and NOA couldn't be more than 4 weeks. But there is no mistake, it actually did take VSC well over a month to open my case, cash my check and send me the NOA. I am trying to put the correct dates in my timeline because I want to keep track of all my cases. For now I had to put the NOA date as 05/01 and type the correct date in the little comment window. But is there a way to fix it and make the correct date to show in my timeline? Thanks!
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