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  1. Hi there. what apps do you use to call uscis from overseas?
  2. Hello everyone, We filed a I130 also I485 for CR1 spouse petition for me a week ago , i know it’s early and I should be patient lol but im excited about this process also stressed a little wondering how long will it take? I also know there are backlogs in USCIS offices. Im looking for someone who is/was filing from the same area or around here in Jacksonville Florida to share her/his experience as far as timeline and any advice would be greatly appreciated too about the greencard interview later on as well. Support and encourage each other in this stressful waiting time ! Have a great day😊
  3. It being late October, and no October filers for 2018 found on the site, so I started this one. I am a USC living in Brazil and petitioning for my Brazilian wife of 30 years. It's complicated, but the basics are that I am are applying for a resident visa for my wife for the second time, the first being granted in 1989 after our marriage in Texas in 1988. We lost the visa in 2014 in part because of my ignorance of immigration rules and because of family medical situations in Brazil that prevented my wife from traveling. In 1989 the procedure was very simple. Today it's become 10x more complicated due to 9/11. Since we both live outside the USA we are using a state-side lawyer to be sure all paperwork is as correct as possible. Turns out I would have submitted my I-130 in March, but due to using a lawyer, it was only submitted in October. I hope that at least it goes through without a hitch. On one hand she already has a SSN and it was necessary to include her old Resident Visa ID# on the application. Don't know if this will delay or speed up the process. Based on Oct 2017 filers, we might be looking at a long year ahead of us. 10/05/2018 I-130 sent 10/08/2018 I-130 received Chicago Lockbox
  4. Hi, I have my green card interview in 2 weeks (5 months after filing!) and in the letter they asked for some documents like passport, marriage license... They also asked for my birth certificate. Since it's in French, I need to a certified translation again. (I sent both an original birth certificate and original English certified translation with the original filing package). My question is, since I'm in the US, can I translate at any translation company here? The original translation I sent was from my home country. Is it ok if the one I sent originally is different than the translation I get here? Also, I haven't received my EAD yet, do I ask for it during the interview? Thanks.
  5. My Priority date November 19th 2018 and it shows Receipt date for case inquiry what I can do now ? How I know current status ? My
  6. After about more than 20 attempts on updating my address, I keep getting the following error: New address ZIP Code is invalid. Please try again. After putting all of my info of my new address, i get a pop up message saying: USPS found an address matching your entry. When i select it to confirm it is accurate it then says: The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has updated your address using the USPS format to ensure that your mail is delivered correctly. We are stationed overseas and to receive and send mail we have USPS on base. I'm just frustrated to not be able to keep going forward! Does anyone know any shortcuts or suggestions on what to do besides calling? It's a bit tricky with a 16 hours difference
  7. My I-751 has been deemed abandoned and denied because I failed to submit the requested additional evidence (I had already sent these requested documents for my N-400, and mistakenly disregarded what I thought was a duplicate request for the I-751). There even have been two naturalization interviews that USCIS de-scheduled onsite due to this matter. Following this, I submitted my I-290B (within the requested timeline), as a request for a motion to reopen and a motion to reconsider. As of today it has been over four months since USCIS received my application and cashed the check. Would you reapply with a new I-751 application because USCIS cannot provide a timeframe for the processing of the I-290B we previously sent? My green card extension stamp, which is in my passport, expires May 2020.
  8. Hey!! Hope all is good with everyone. So my form I130 got approved in February and they initiate the processing and now I just received a letter from USCIS asking me for a request for initial evidence of BONA FIDE MARRIAGE. So the thing is I have never been to USA and the USCIS is asking for the evidences like property leases, mortgages, or registrations. Now I want to know what kind of evidences should I send them to prove that our marriage is bona fide? I am already sending them the evidences like the conversation between me and my wife, money transfer transaction, emails, pictures, and affidavits. Would anyone please let me know if I have to send the USCIS a notarised/attested affidavits or it’s other way round? I’d be so grateful for any kind of help. Thank you!!
  9. In 2017, I got married to a USC after graduating college on an F-1, on OPT status. We wanted to stay together, and had long-term plans together, and had been living together for about a year. I’m from the UK, she’s a US citizen. The relationship did become toxic after some time, with my partner moving into her friends apartment at different points, and threatening to break it off and stop petitioning; and then reaffirming that she did want to be together and loved me. During one of these long arguments , I postponed our upcoming interview because we weren’t ready . We didn’t hear back from USCIS, and got a denial notice in early 2018. We appealed, said we had called to postpone, and got the case re-opened. Time went by, we were together again, and got another interview scheduled later that year. I never received a notice of that interview though, only an email from our lawyer, because he’d received the notice after the appeal. I accidentally read the date wrong on the email, and we missed the appointment. I felt so stupid, and we filed everything again. After sending it back a second time with all the full fees, we had filed by early 2019. The relationship began to go very sour again, even when we were living together, and when the different forms were approved in mid-late 2019 and we got our interview date, we agreed to break up, since the relationship couldn’t continue, and I made plans to move home since I wouldn’t be in status after that. I have to make plans now for a divorce and to definitely spend some years back at home, away from my friends and community I made. I know now it will be hard to get another student visa, since I showed immigrant intent the last time I studied in the US. In the last couple months when the marriage broke down, I started a platonic relationship with a new person, whom I came to really care for a lot. She said one day, not soon, but one day we should get married. How possible is this? Would USCIS scrutinize my first, failed marriage? With most of the documents back in the US, and not in touch with my ex spouse, I would have to spend a lot of time gathering evidence. But, I could provide: - Lease agreements from the three years we co-habited. - Affidavits from landlords that we lived together. - affidavits from friends and family - affidávits from the job I had during my work permit - Photographs of us together on holiday, different places, going back to 2016. - shared bank account statements - shared dental insurance We were fairly low income and as of such didn’t have shared property, I didn’t file tax returns, didn’t have health insurance, etc. Can I come back here, one day, and reasonably expect I can marry and stay with the person I want to be with? I don’t want this unfortunate situation to cancel out that possibility.
  10. Hello all :) So, I sent in my RFE and am now waiting for the decision and or to be notified. I have one question! When they say that USCIS will be mailing their decision, does it get mailed to my husband (aka my petitioner in the States where the RFE and NOA were sent to) or does it get sent to me? (aka the beneficiary living in Korea) It also states that they have received our response to the RFE on August 28, 2019. Does anyone have an estimate of when the process will be over? Hopefully we will be able to FINALLY escape from USCIS and move on to NVC processing. Also, who else has dealt with RFEs? Please let me know how it went for you guys :) Thank you :D
  11. Hello, I moved to the US on a K1 in October and applied for AOS, EAD/AP in November. I received an RFIE today for AOS/i-485 and it's in regards to my Birth Certificate. I am completely confused why I got an RFIE, as the document I submitted is a CERTIFIED copy issued by my government in the UK. It's a full birth certificate, written in ENGLISH. This birth certificate has been used for years and accepted at every point it has been used, by the UK government AND during my K1 application. I don't understand why now it's suddenly an issue. I have included the relevant pictures below with personal information blanked out, if anyone has any advise please let me know. Thanks!
  12. Let me preface by saying that I have a fair amount of experience dealing with the USCIS in my own past journeys and am currently managing several outstanding petitions including five I-130's cases (2 for my parents, 2 my parents in law, 1 my brother) and two I-485's. In all my time, I have never found the online USCIS case status to be incorrect in anyway and my experience has been that the online information always matches up with the information the L1 call center USCIS reps have. However oddly as of late, I have seen 3 cases as of late that have proven that the USCIS online case status to be inaccurate and is inconsistent with the status which L1 and L2 reps have. This seems to be only affecting I-130's and not for cases like I-765, I-131, N-400, or I-485 from my experience. For both of the I-130 cases for my in-laws, we received Notice of Action of approval by mail stating both petitions were Approved on August 9. I have also verified with an L1 and L2 call center rep that the cases were indeed approved. However the USCIS online case tracker status today still shows it is still pending adjudication and the status has not been changed since January after the NOA1 receipt date. The same thing is also true of one of my other parent's case I-130 case status. We received the Notice of Action of approval by mail on August 26 and the approval has also been validated by an L1 and L2 call center rep. What's odd is that I had re-sent the service center (Texas service center thru email) evidence supporting an expedite service request I opened on August 26 not knowing it was already approved behind the scenes. The online status changed on August 28- two days after receiving the paper NOA2 approval letters- that they have accepted my expedite documentation and are working on processing the adjudication. I mean how in the world can one start processing an adjudication when the case was already approved 2 days ago??? Anyone want to share similar discrepancies they have seen as well?
  13. After becoming Naturalized citizen I have filed I130 for my dad, mom and brother and received I-797C along with code to access online account for each of them. I have an online account from my immigration journey but the system doesn't let me add their applications to my account. Do I need to create three accounts with three emails ?
  14. Hello, I am recent graduate of this year and I've applied for my EAD card to the USCIS office. I have waited until 75 days and on the 77th day my status was changed from "Case Received" to "Request for initial evidence was mailed". I have no idea why I'm getting this status. And if this is the case then why they took so long to acknowledge me about the same? I've called a couple of times to the USCIS center but they didn't tell me anything and I've to wait for their mail to come. Let's say If I get the mail and send them the documents that they need on the next day then, is it possible that they will expedite my process? or do I need wait again for again 70-75 days to get my EAD card? I have a job offer letter with me and I've already delayed my joining date twice and I've no idea if they will wait for me again. It is just so frustrating and looks like I'll lose everything that I've gained in last 2 years. Can you please advice me on this situation? Any help would be appreciable... Thank you!
  15. Have you had or heard of a case in which the processing time for an F3 I-130 to be FILED AND APPROVED IN UNDER 2 MONTHS ? That seems to be the case in our petition. The petition was filed on August 1996 (priority date) and was already at the NVC by October 1996 based on the NVC case number (MNL1996XXXXX). Could the process really be that quick? Asking this in regards to my CSPA eligibility. I need some significant amount of time to cut off from my age to qualify. Thanks
  16. My wife paid the USCIS immigrant fee for the permanent resident card on February 7th of this year, and she arrived in the country on the 10th of Feb. After waiting 120 days and still not receiving the green card from USCIS we contacted the customer care service who asked us to fill out a service request so that they can look into the delay. A couple of weeks after filling out the service request USCIS replied back and said 'USCIS has not received your Department of State issued IV Packet, which should have been submitted by the Port of Entry (POE) when you entered the United States. USCIS requires a completed Lost Visa Packet in order to process your Permanent Resident Card (PRC)'. So we took the Infopass appointment and filled out the lost visa packet form and re-submitted all the documents they asked for. A couple of weeks later, the case status changed to 'Card is being produced'. This was dated on July 21st, 2019. After checking multiple forums on VJ and other sites, we were hoping to receive the GC in a just few days after that status update. Since then, the status still hasn't updated. After speaking to a few USCIS reps (both tier 1 and tier 2), we have been continually told that the card is in production and it will be mailed out. When we asked how long it would take, we were told that it should arrive within 30 days. They didn't tell us anything about why the Green card production is taking this long. We confirmed the address was correct so it wouldn't get lost. Last week, I filled out another service request for non-delivery of permanent resident card, and we received a reply stating that they checked in to our status and that the card is being produced. But now they are saying that it will be mailed within 90 days!! We've already waited more than 6 months and now we have to wait another 3 months with no hopes of receiving the green card. Is this normal? Has anyone experienced similar issues with their green card production? What are our options here? We are beyond frustrated and are running out of patience. We even got in touch with the USCIS ombudsman office but they haven't been helpful besides confirming that the status is the same as what we see. Is there anyone else we can talk to who can give us an insight as to what's going on?
  17. When I check on the USCIS status check site it says his I-485 was accepted and is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a letter will arrive with instructions. That was a month ago. I'm checking the mail every day but no letter. Worried that it's gotten lost. Is this normal??? I expected to receive a letter with an interview date within a few days of that status update.
  18. Hey guys! How is everyone? I am having problem getting social here in the US. I arrived here last Nov 11 and applied for ssn Nov 15. And then I got married Dec 22, 2018. And after more than a month of patiently waiting, today, January 4th, my husband and I decided to go to SSA office to ask for update since we havent received anything in the mail at all. And I read blogs about how ssa staff doesnt know what they are doing sometimes and I think the one we went to is one of them. 😔 They kept telling me they are having issues on the system and it kept saying “Alien Mismatch”. they said they've been trying to do it over and over since I applied and contact DHS but they havent gotten anything really. And then they also said that maybe the reason why is because I am on k1 visa and not allowed to work in the US that’s why SSA cannot issue me a number. (i didnt correct them here since I know I’m not gonna win.) but they said the bottom line is the “Alien Mismatch” they are getting. I am so confused right now cuz my i-94 is only valid until Feb 2. And we are just starting to file for aos. anyone has experience about this? any answer will be appreciated. Thank you!
  19. I am looking to move out of the USA by summer 2020 with my husband who is not a US citizen. However in the summer of 2016 I filled I-864 Affidavit of Support for my mom in order for her to get her residence. She was approved. Prior to me sponsoring her she had TPS. She began filling taxes in 2001. I currently have one sister that is a minor(13) and dependent on her. And another that is attending college. When I notify USCIS of a move change and they see it is no longer in the US could they launch some sort of inquiry? I am planning to attend school for a career change in the foreign country so my income for sponsorship will no longer meet the requirement. From my understanding even though I am in a foreign country I will have to file taxes every year for the US and with my income being severely reduced would this affect her status as a LPR? To my knowledge she hasn't used any public benefits after filing for LPR. She's used WIC in the past but has not really used any other services. She is planning to get her citizenship as soon as she can. Thank you for your help.
  20. I was wondering if anyone is experiencing this very unusual delay with the Department of State? So i read thoroughly before applying for the J1 waiver based on hardship (US Government Funding involved). My time line below; At USCIS; 1. Filled November 16, 2017 2. Request for more evidence and responded same month in July 2018 3. Prima facie case was established and hence docket forwarded to DOS for non-uscis advisory opinion. At DOS: Item Action Date Sponsor Views Received January, 28 2019 Request for Sponsor Views Sent October, 16 2018 Form I-612 Received September, 23 2018 Form I-613 Received September, 23 2018 Change of Address Received April, 12 2018 Fee Received February, 14 2018 Form DS-3035 Received February, 14 2018 Form DS-2019 Received February, 14 2018 Statement Of Reason Received February, 14 2018 so from my timeline and the new processing time for Hardship waivers (16weeks to 24 weeks after 612/613 is received), i am outside the normal processing time at DOS. My last 3 emails to DoS has gone unanswered. My sponsor views was received almost 2 months ago. I want to know if anyone has or have had such stupid prolonging after 613/612 and sponsor views have been received?
  21. Hello guys! I’m new here so I’m sorry if I messed this up. So today I technically just received a notice saying that my biometrics for my I-485 and I-765 were approved! I mean it says that they received the files and they are processing my case. Also, it mentioned that I have to wait for my biometrics appointment to arrive. I’m sorta confused because I thought as soon as I got a notice about the biometrics the date would be there already. I didn’t think that would receive a previous notice separated from the notice telling me the day for me to get the fingerprints done. Have this happened to anyone before? How long do you guys think I’m gonna get the notice with the date? Thank you.
  22. j1WAIVER BASED ON HARDSHIP This approach will only work for J1 Waiver based on Hardship only please. Please read this in addition to the official information provided on the USCIS and DOS website. Just incase anyone is applying for a Hardship waiver or have received RFE from USCIS or Have received a favorable recommendation from DOS but waiting for a final notice from USCIS and its taking more time , am sharing my experience maybe you can take a clue. I should say i am not an attorney and any suggestions i’m making shouldn’t be taken as a legal advise. I had a US Government funding (Fulbright/Department of State) of over $40000. I applied for the waiver without an attorney. Thanks to clues i picked from posts on here and other google searches. I am going to explain 3 areas that will determine the outcome of your application for which i believe an attorney cant help you change that. For a J1 recipient and subsequent waiver applicant, i presume you can read, understand and present your ideas clearly without the help of an attorney. I didn’t use an attorney not because i don’t trust them but because i felt they are profit oriented with other clients to attend to so your case wont get the maximum attention as you can give it yourself. I will rather invest the fees for attorney in professional evaluations like visiting the doctors office to access your case or taking trips to your sponsoring agency to explain your situation. The procedure as summarized on USCIS and department of state website; You first apply at USCIS and Department of State, if USCIS establishes that there is hardship as you claim, it will forward forms i-613/i-613 to department of state to concur with their findings. If USCIS doesn’t find any hardship claim, your application will be denied without making it to DOS. (Am not making this up.. you can read the USCIS’s policy manual on these waivers https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/AFM/HTML/AFM/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-19459/0-0-0-19610.html) If you manage to get uscis to send I-612/613 to DOS, they will evaluate your hardship claim with views from your sponsor to either concur with USCIS or issue an unfavorable recommendation. NOW FROM MY EXPERIENCE, WHAT I HAVE READ AND OTHER EXPERIENCE FROM USERS ON HERE, i am going to explain what you may do to boost your chances. Again, this is not a legal advise and i believe its easier to build your case on truth than lies. So make sure you have a genuine case to follow through. *****Before you apply read these 3 write ups; they were my guide.**** A) https://www.ilw.com/articles/2007,0906-hake.shtm B) https://cbkimmigration.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/j1-hardship-waiver-trends.pdf C) https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/AFM/HTML/AFM/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-19459/0-0-0-19610.html Now lets go into what you may do at each stage SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION AT USCIS STAGE Lets call this the first stage. To me, its the most important stage because you have control on the outcome for them to issue I-612/613. If you convince them enough they will issue 612/613 to DOS. So how do you convince them; the articles above lettered (A & B) have covered it broadly and im going to add to that. I am going to talk about medical and financial hardship to your US citizen spouse or child. Always remember when writing your statement that... *** no matter the hardship that you the applicant will go through, they don’t care about you the applicant but the USC. *** you should always attach a well written statement with reference to explain your situation more. *** it is always a good idea that your wife/US citizen if above 18 years write and notarize a statement to support your application in the form of highlighting why they need you here and also why they cant travel with you if you have to leave to your home country. *** What ever point you decide to raise, discuss it in two scenerios; i) how it will affect your USC if you leave them in USA to fulfill the 2 year rule. ii) How it will affect your USC if they go to your home country with you for the 2 year rule. *** try as much as possible to discuss your points in chronic rather than acute. (By chronic i mean that problem is long term rather than short term). *** Don’t underestimate any point or any situation. For example, If your wife is 4 weeks pregnant, you can build on that alone to make a medical and financial hardship case. HARDSHIP CLAIM ON MEDICAL BASIS If your USC has medical concerns, go to a doctor (if its disease related) or a chiropractor (if its accident related). The money that you will use for a lawyer, rather invest in these professionals for evaluation of your USC medical condition. Book a regular appointment with whichever applies to you. Let your USC narrate what his/her condition to the practitioner. Ask the practitioner to write a prognosis and diagnosis. How much it will cost if he was to treat that condition (remember you can make a whole financial case if you get such estimate). How long it will take to treat such a condition. Very importantly ask him to put in writing his personal views and experience if you will get the very best treatment for your USC if you decide to treat that condition in your home country. How easy or difficult will it be to get the drugs/machines for such treatment from your country. If there is a pregnancy involved, get the positive test results or if its at a later pregnancy stage obtain the visits and scheduled appointments from the obgyn office and let them craft a letter saying your spouse needs you. If there is a baby involved, get the letter from the hospital your baby was born. Depending on the baby’s age, you can make a point on travel vaccination (for example if your baby is weeks or a month old and your country is a yellow fever vaccine required, you can argue that yellow fever vaccines are given to babies after 9 months, hence you cant travel to your home country with him or her). On the medical side, if kids are involved, you can see a phycologist to give you a letter stating the impacts of your absence on the child. (NB: all the letters you get are just letters until you develop the points made by the practitioners to back your claim of hardship. Use those letters as if you are writing a research paper with references to those letters.). HARDSHIP CLAIM ON FINANCIAL BASIS You can craft a financial hardship from every medical point you made. Just think about how it will affect your USC if you are away or she leaves with you. Apart from that, you may also want to document monthly bills (eg car and home loans, credit cards) and contractual monthly payments (eg insurance, 24 month phone and home plans) to demonstrate why it will be a financial burden should she move with you. Another important part of the finances is using the U.S treasury department website to estimate how much you will earn depending on your experience and qualifications. Do the same estimation with backing statistics from your country’s labour or statistics office showing how much you will earn even if you are employed there. Now use those 2 data to show how impossible it is to support your family over there. Gather data from your home country government institution about unemployment rate and minimum wage. Use the data to show the probability of you not getting employed or even if you are employed, the minimum wage converted to US$. This will help you make a point that you cant support your family from your home country. And even if you travel there with them, you wont be able to pay bills left behind as well as financially stable to take care of them there. HARDSHIP CLAIM ON SOCIAL AND SECURITY BASIS You can include this kind of basis to talk about language barrier and cultural differences that can be a burden especially to USC born in USA. With security, you can log on DOS website to see the security alerts issued for your country. You can use this to make a case of safety for your USC. SUBMITTING Application at Department of State. The main aim of this department is to weigh the assistance you received from the USG source to your statement. USCIS absolutely rely on DOS opinion for hardship waivers. DOS also rely on your sponsors opinion for their decision. So there is very little you can do here apart from a strong statement. You can paraphrase and use the same statement that you submitted to USCIS but here you add what you have done for your home country or will do to help your home country even when you are granted a favorable recommendation and you remain in USA. Also the DOS wont issue a request for Further evidence (RFE) as USCIS does. So when anything about your situation changes that you feel is substantial enough to help your case, log on to the J1waiver website and update your statement and mail the updated statement. You can update your statement as much as possible, there will be instructions to follow on where to send them. Recommendation from Sponsoring Departments Thats probably the silent decider in the application process in terms of denial or delays. There is little to nothing you can do about this stage but this tip could help. (NB: this is not part of the official application process so please don’t ask me where you can find this). Before you pay for the application fees and submit your application to the DOS and USCIS, Go to or call your university or the office that processed your DS2019 or J1 packets. Ask them for the contact of your sponsors. Take both the email and number. Call/email them and explain your situation and tell them that you wish to apply for a waiver and that you are seeking their opinion first. They are humans and if your situation is genuine they will understand your case. Dont forget to tell them about your plans of giving back to your home country. If they ask you to go ahead and apply for a waiver thats great all you need to do is make a good case with DOS and USCIS. If they say no, candidly, you should be looking at other options like Canada’s express entry rather than waste 17-22 months waiting in vain (but hey thats entirely your decision, you can still try your luck). Ive read from some government agency documents that states that, if the waiver review division issues a favorable recommendation contrary to the USG funding source views, you will be asked to pay the amount they spent on you with interest. (https://trainethelp.usaid.gov/Documents/rawmedia_repository/ads252reissued.pdf). So practically even if DOS and USCIS thinks you deserve that waiver and your funding source says ‘no’ to them giving you the waiver, you will be denied. With that said, i presume even if you call them before applying and they say no, and you have what it takes to pay off the amount that was spent on you, You can politely negotiate with them to bill you to pay the amount they spent on you so you can get a waiver from them. Bear in mind it will be calculated with interest. THE FINAL NOTICE FROM USCIS After DoS forward a favorable recommendation to USCIS some experience long wait times before USCIS issue a final notice of approval. Unlike ‘no objection’ applicants, hardship waiver applicants dont receive a copy of DoS recommendation, hence can only rely on the final from USCIS. After DoS sent a favorable recommendation to USCIS, i saw nothing on my case at USCIS. So after waiting 10 days, i called USCIS several times but they kept telling me they had not received my recommendation from DoS. If you have a similar situation or you have received a favorable recommendation from DOS but no activity at USCIS, you wait for at-least 15 days and follow these steps. *check out your zip code to find the congressman that represent your area. *go their website to download or call their office for a ‘USCIS PRIVACY WAIVER FORM’. It is a form that you sign to request the congressman to make enquiries on your behalf. *fill that form and attach your uscis receipt and also print out your status on the DOS website. *send those back to the congressman’s office and allow them work on it for you. There is no need asking the office to expedite your case, just tell them to inquire about your case. (From my experience and what i have read, let me explain how the congressional office works. This approach works only after you have seen that your favorable recommendation is sent by DoS but nothing is happening at USCIS. If its still pending at DoS, i doubt there is anything the congressional office can do. According to USCIS, Each USCIS service center has a Congressional Inquiry Unit (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/archive/delete/USCIS_Immigration_101_Guide_for_Congress.ppt). So if a congressional staffer makes an inquiry on your case, your case file will be transferred to these unit which facilitates a faster decision than the main service centers. In my case, my application is still pending, meanwhile I’ve received my final waiver. I went this route. My whole application took 18 months...All the best.
  23. Hello... I am new here.... Currently on F-1 OPT. OPT expires October 13, 2017. On March, I married my U.S. citizen boyfriend. We filed AOS and Travel documents on June 30, 2017. A month ago, I have been notified by my HR to present a new unexpired work permit to keep my employment. I am anxiously waiting for news from USCIS regarding my EAD…..In 20 days I need to get my EAD card in hand. Otherwise, I might be jobless :(( Also, I have made flight reservation and plan to go back to my county to have a wedding at the end of December!! I am super worried if I do not get my combo card soon. My job…my wedding… ARGHH Does anyone here have the same job situation as mine? What should I do/ my employer does in this situation? Can I still be working WITHOUT PAY (more like a volunteer job) after my OPT expires if my employer let me does that until I get my EAD? What’s y’all recommendation? I just feel bad to my employer because I have not worked for a year yet, and will be taking leave for wedding.. and plus I might need to take unpaid leaves for indefinite time until I get my EAD… Here’s my timeline 30-Jun-2017 Filed AOS package 5-Jul-2017 USCIS received fingerprint fee for I-485 6-Jul-2017 Received I-797 Receipt Notices 15-Jul-2017 Received Appointment for Biometrics Notice 26-Jul-2017 Received RFE Notice (I-131A. Somehow lawyer forgot to send it together with I-485). Sent the I-131A on Sept 28. 3-Aug-2017 Did Biometrics 8-Aug-2017 RFE was received by USCIS 11-Sep-2017 Called USICS to expedite EAD/AP 12-Sep-2017 USCIS: Expedite request was assigned to an officer. Referral ID: T1*****. We sent a response to your request to have your case expedited. Another update: your request to have your case expedited was completed 18-Sep-2017 Called USCIS regarding the expedited case status. Told me they sent an email requesting proof of severe financial loss on September 13. But I did not get the email. So turned out there was a misunderstanding in communication. Officer whom I spoke with on Sept 11 misspelled my email address. 20-Sep-2017 Sent a fax to congressman regarding EAD case
  24. Dears, I am a green card holder (PERMANENT RESIDENCE) and filled a petition I-130 form for my husband, F2A category, on Aug,3rd,2017, which is his priority date. On last May 15th, I've received the USCIS Approval Letter for his I-130 Petition, stating that his Approval Notice would be sent from USCIS to NVC, and within 30 days, I would receive a mail by NVC, with the next steps. The point is that I didn't receive any letter so far, and today is July 15th. I wish to highlight that August's Visa Bulletin's F2A category is already C (CURRENT). Hence, I'd like to know: 1- Can F2A final action date takes more time for us (getting backdated 'cause it's current and I haven't received NVC mail yet), delaying the process? 2- I've already e-mailed NVC last week, and they replied to me saying that they hadn't received his Approval Notice at that point, but they'd contact USCIS and check it out. Is that normal? Should I wait more or contact NVC again? Should I take any further action? Thank you so much, in advance! Appreciate your goodwill!
  25. Hey All I just read in a K-1 group on Facebook that a petitioner had a surprise visit by USCIS agents while she is still waiting for her NOA2. She said they basically checked everything from photos to chatlogs, to parts of her home even her car. Anyone ever heard of this happening during the K1 process? I understand they can basically do as they want but this is the first I’ve heard.
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