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[Long] Getting an Employment Authorisation card

Old Apr 3rd 2001, 10:31 pm
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Mark Duddridge
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If you want to skip my little tale, here's my advice, based on my experience today.

1) Make sure you get to the INS office as early as possible.
2) Make sure you get a number.
3) Don't worry if they have an early deadline, (i.e. 1pm in the case of the
Cincinnati office). If you're there before this time you will be seen.
4) Have a drink &/or something to eat with you, (especially if you get to the office
around lunchtime!).

Okay... here's my little tale!

We were told by out attorney that the Cincinnati INS office only issue EA cards on a
Tuesday, so, (living only an hour or so away from Cincinnati), we decided to leave
after the rush hour traffic had eased. We left at around 10 and eventually found
ourselves in the lobby of the Federal building at around 11:50am.

We got to the INS office & took a number. 18. I looked to see what number they were
currently seeing... 78!

"Well... that's not so bad", I thought, "They'll get to me by 4pm, I'm sure.".

And then I saw _the_ sign. It said something like: "Employment Authorisation cards
are issued on Tuesdays between 8am & 1pm."

Uh-oh...

At that moment I had visions of me having to go back next week. I chatted with my
wife as we sat there and we decided that we would go up to the window when my number
was called, no matter the time.

At, (I assume), 1pm one of the guys who was issuing the cards came out and took a
number. I smiled, realising that what he had done was taken a number in order to form
a cut off point. If anyone came in now looking for an EA card, I felt sorry for them.

I hope it was just because it was lunchtime, but nothing much seemed to happen for
over an hour. Most of the time the one open window was empty of INS personnel. I
guess being in an almost full, warm room of strangers with your stomach aching for
food or drink doesn't help matters. Next time we have to go to the INS we plan on
taking a rug & picnic basket! *l*

I guess lunchtime ended not long before the second window opened and people started
to be seen and/or processed a little quicker.

By the time my number was called and I had been seen, they had called up all the
people there for EA cards who had a ticket earlier than the INS guy's, (thankfully
that was everyone!).

Within 10 minutes of handing over the completed, signed and dated form & cheque, I
was in the room with 3 others, waiting to sign and fingerprint my bit of card and
have my photo taken. After another 10 minutes or so I was sat, hugging my wife with
one arm, holding my EA card in the other hand and beaming from ear to ear.

We got back down into the lobby at 3:15pm. Over 3 hours waiting for something that
takes 15-20 minutes to sort out. : S Well... it was worth the wait, as now I can go
and get a job! *ews*

Whatever stage your immigration process is in, keep smiling & keep positive! *s*

Cheers, Mark.
 
Old Apr 5th 2001, 1:17 am
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Jonathan_ATC
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Good luck bringing food. They won't even allow you to bring your own water bottles at
our INS office.

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Old Apr 5th 2001, 3:42 am
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Mark Duddridge
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Y'know... I didn't think of that.

The only reason I put that down was because we got to the office at lunchtime,
missing out on lunch and waiting to be seen with empty, growling stomachs!

Mark.
 
Old Apr 5th 2001, 12:24 pm
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Rete
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At least NYC INS has a cafeteria for you to have a snack in while you wait.

Rita .... a clean restrooms

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