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Old Oct 6th 2004, 1:21 pm
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Our contact with the immigration liaison for Nita Lowey here in NYS was instrumental in getting another I-551 stamp in my husband's passport as well as getting the then INS to admit they hadn't sent in the I-89 for processing a year earlier after his AOS approval. You have to understand my husband was told to leave the INS office when he went on his own for the stamp and told he was not entitled to it by a very rude and obnoxious clerk who threw his papers at him and told him next time hire a NYC attorney. The liaison got Jim a special appointment letter for the Congressional Unit at 26 Fed Plaza in NYC who gave him the stamp and explained what happened and what was done to correct the problem. My husband also filed a formal complaint against the employee with the Internal Unit in DC and spoke with them personally on the phone. So in our case, although it was not a petition, per se, that required nudging, we were very pleased with the care and attention and assistance we received.




Originally Posted by Capt. Tuttle
Rukhie wrote:

    >>I guess it depends on the congressman-I haven't had any luck with my
    >>EAD issue. Wrote the Director of NBC a certified letter, no response.
    >>Wrote both the representative and senator. The senator acknowledged
    >>the email-period. The representative sent a letter that gave me a
    >>local POC. I have had several conversations with the POC and she says
    >>that she can not get any response from the liasion. Not impressed!
    >>
    >Thanks Cindy! Gosh that's awful! and I thought the other
    >governments were bad!
    >I hope you hear from them soon! Good luck! so has you interim
    >EAd expired?
    >Rukhie!
    >
I have seen a lot of messages here where people have contacted a person
in congress. Some have said they got approved shortly thereafter. Others
don't indicate what if anything happened.
My question is: Has anyone heard *directly* that any application was
approved or helped in any way?
From what I read when you contact someone in congress you are passed to
a liasion person, a POC (whatever that is) , or you hear nothing at all.
The bottom line seems to be that no one knows for sure if the contact
helped at all.
We are always being told to contact someone in congress for help. I just
have to wonder if in fact it does any good at all.
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Old Oct 6th 2004, 1:24 pm
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I believe it helps if only to jog a memory on a particular case so that if things were forgotten they are suddenly remembered. Do they make a case go faster? Some believe so. I guess the only thing that matters is that there are results.


Originally Posted by Capt. Tuttle
hcj1440 wrote:

    >>hcj1440 wrote:
    >>
    >>>>Rukhie wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>>>I guess it depends on the congressman-I haven't had any luck with
    >>>>>>my
    >>>>>>EAD issue. Wrote the Director of NBC a certified letter, no
    >>>>>>response.
    >>>>>>Wrote both the representative and senator. The senator
    >>>>>>acknowledged
    >>>>>>the email-period. The representative sent a letter that gave me a
    >>>>>>local POC. I have had several conversations with the POC and she
    >>>>>>says
    >>>>>>that she can not get any response from the liasion. Not impressed!
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>Thanks Cindy! Gosh that's awful! and I thought the other
    >>>>>governments were bad!
    >>>>>I hope you hear from them soon! Good luck! so has you interim
    >>>>>EAd expired?
    >>>>>Rukhie!
    >>>>>
    >>>>I have seen a lot of messages here where people have contacted a
    >>>>person
    >>>>in congress. Some have said they got approved shortly thereafter.
    >>>>Others
    >>>>don't indicate what if anything happened.
    >>>>My question is: Has anyone heard *directly* that any application
    >>>>was
    >>>>approved or helped in any way?
    >>>>
    >>>>From what I read when you contact someone in congress you are passed
    >>>
    >>>>to
    >>>>a liasion person, a POC (whatever that is) , or you hear nothing at
    >>>>all.
    >>>>The bottom line seems to be that no one knows for sure if the
    >>>>contact
    >>>>helped at all.
    >>>>We are always being told to contact someone in congress for help. I
    >>>>just
    >>>>have to wonder if in fact it does any good at all.
    >>>>
    >>>IMO the "value-add" a political representative provides is that they
    >>>are
    >>>usually able to get a response to a status inquiry when you yourself
    >>>are
    >>>being ignored. I don't think they "help" by pressuring the CIS to
    >>>all
    >>>of a sudden expedite your case over other people's cases. If your
    >>>case
    >>>is tremendously overdue due to a fault on CIS's part, a congressman
    >>>should be able to point that out to them and thereby get things
    >>>moving
    >>>as they should be. But if a case is considered to be on a normal
    >>>timeline, congressmen cannot get it expedited unless there are very
    >>>extenuating circumstances.
    >>>In my personal experience, we did ask for my representative's help
    >>>and
    >>>we did get approved soon after that. We had been waiting for over
    >>>ten
    >>>months after a "successful" AOS interview with no approval,
    >>>supposedly
    >>>due to an incomplete background check. We made status inquiries
    >>>twice
    >>>on our own without any response from our local CIS office. All my
    >>>congressman's immigration liaison did was make a standard inquiry to
    >>>the
    >>>CIS, but the difference between her making the inquiry and me making
    >>>an
    >>>inquiry was that she actually got a response. The response was still
    >>>that we were pending the results of the background check, but 3 weeks
    >>>later we were approved.
    >>>The timing seems a bit coincidental to me, but I'll never know if we
    >>>were up for approval then anyway or if the congressman's inquiry was
    >>>what made our case move forward.
    >>>
    >>That is the reason for my question. Was it coincidental or not?
    >>If I were a memeber of congress (fast chance) I would want the person
    >>I
    >>helped to KNOW that I helped. I would make sure they knew by a card,
    >>letter, email, phone call, or any way I could. People do vote (well,
    >>some people vote), and if people (us) knew that a member of congress
    >>had
    >>helps us I think the least we would do is mark our ballot for someone
    >>who had done us a favor.
    >>My wife got a form postcard (not even a letter) from Senator Bill
    >>Nelson. It more or less just said thanks for contacting my office. I
    >>expected a little more from a man I have admired for a very long time.
    >>
    >I don't know about other people, but in our case I don't think my
    >congressman's staff knew if they helped or not. I mean, unless the CIS
    >admits that they eff'ed up and your file's been sitting in a crack
    >between two desks and that's why you haven't been approved, how would
    >your congressman know for sure that it was their efforts that got it
    >moving again? They might suspect they helped, but if I were them, I too
    >would be wary about making such a claim.
    >
Fair enough. But, if the liason person simply calls and requests a
status inquiry, have they done anything more than we have done? Are they
told to call back in 30 days? Do they? I doubt it.
I guess what I'm saying is - why do people recommend that you contact a
member of congress if it does no good? Why waste the time? Sure, it
doesn't hurt, but does it help? Maybe it makes some feel better. Well, I
don't need to feel better. I need to see some results!
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Old Oct 6th 2004, 1:27 pm
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Default Re: Contacted Congress person for delayed I-765 - how soon do they

Originally Posted by Rete
I believe it helps if only to jog a memory on a particular case so that if things were forgotten they are suddenly remembered. Do they make a case go faster? Some believe so. I guess the only thing that matters is that there are results.

In our case I simply can't accept that the POC from the Rep's office can't get a response from the liason. She said they won't give her a phone number, she's tried emailing and faxing and nothing........... As for the Senator I contacted, he's the head of that new Immigration Commitee, and I've not heard word one from him.........
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I have contacted my Congresswoman and she is helping me. Initially, Iwrote to both, my senator and congresswoman. The senator replied in about two weeks stating that he only deal with state issues, not federal, but he took liberty to forward my letter to my congresswoman since she can help with federal agencies.

About a week after that, casework director from my congresswoman's office called me and said that she had inquired about the status of my case and the response was that it is in MSC. She also made sure that they had my correct address. Needless to say, inspite of certified letters to NYC office and KY, nobody bothered to change address in my file. She said at that time, processing of AOS in NYC took 25 months from the date of filing to interview.

Two days letter I recevied a NOA for biometrics saying it's a duplicate one. By the NOA number I checked online my case - it said that original NOA was returned as undeliverable back in April'04. That's how I lost much needed time for security check to clear

Anyway, I had biometrics and fingerprints done and sat tight untill September when my 25th month ended. Nothing from BCIS, but a letter from casework director with enclosed official responses from BCIS regarding my case.

I contacted the congresswoman's office again, told them about what's happening and about "pilot program" NYC office launched. They were outraged that such an unfair thing was done to those who filed in 2002-2003. Right now she's pushing very hard to have my case transferred back to NYC and interview scheduled. We touch bases every week and I feel like I am somewhat in control of the situation.

I find that contacting my congresswoman was a big help.
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Old Oct 6th 2004, 2:01 pm
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It would probably depend on your congressional representative / senator and
the office handling your immigration benefit. We had I-765 and I-485 delay
at Newark, NJ and within a week of sending in the disclosure form, the I-765
was approved and we got the card another week thereafter. And another week
after that, we got the interview letter for I-485 AOS at Cherry Hill, NJ.
So it's either very good coincidence, or that the immigration liason from my
Senator's office helped. It doesn't hurt to go this route. While you can't
have two different senators or congressional reps working on one case, it
definitely is worth pursuing at least one rep first. Wait about 10 weeks
before you give up and try another rep, as I hear that some representatives
have more clout.

"Capt. Tuttle" <TuttleMD@M*A*S*H.4077> wrote in message
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    > I have seen a lot of messages here where people have contacted a person
    > in congress. Some have said they got approved shortly thereafter. Others
    > don't indicate what if anything happened.
    > My question is: Has anyone heard *directly* that any application was
    > approved or helped in any way?
    > From what I read when you contact someone in congress you are passed to
    > a liasion person, a POC (whatever that is) , or you hear nothing at all.
    > The bottom line seems to be that no one knows for sure if the contact
    > helped at all.
    > We are always being told to contact someone in congress for help. I just
    > have to wonder if in fact it does any good at all.
 
Old Oct 7th 2004, 12:32 am
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Thanks everyone for some great input! I will wait and see what the senator does...i'm sure it'll take a few weeks....but it's worth a try.

so i just checked the processing dates online and as of 06oct04 they're working on cases from 07jun04 for I-485 releated EADs....i just hope that they will approve applications from feb and march soon before they go to applciation in june of 2004.

will keep you updated....
my husband will call the misinformation line today and try to open an inquiry since our NOA is 23feb04.

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Old Oct 7th 2004, 8:26 am
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Rukhie <member15371@british_expats.com> wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    > HI all!
    >
    > I just faxed over my husband's I-765 information over to Senator Dodd in
    > CT because his application hasn't been approved yet and his interim is
    > expiring. USCIS 1-800 # told my husband to pay another $175 and apply
    > again...that's a lot of money!!!! Why should we have to pay when it's
    > their fault for not processing it on time or not giving us longer
    > extension?!
    >
    > Anyways, just needed to vent....Thanks for reading....hehehe
    >
    > Do any of you know how long it takes for the congress person to reply
    > back about our case? I know some people have seen wonders by contacting
    > their congress rep....they're been approved very fast....so a question
    > for them is...how soon after you've sent the letter have you seen your
    > approval online??
    >
    > please let me know!!!! we don't wanna pay the $175!!!

I know there was a discussion in this NG over whether it is more
effective to contact your Senator or Representative on immigration
matters. Of course there is no hard and fast rule, but I would think
your Representative will generally be more attuned to constituent
services than your Senator. I hope Sen. Dodd's staff gets right on
this, but as long as it won't cost you $175, you might want to contact
your congressman also.
    >
    > Rukhie:-)
 
Old Oct 7th 2004, 9:52 am
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First a comment on your question:

When I had petitioned for my husband to enter on a K-1 visa two years ago Texas Service Center decided to stop working on everything and I contacted my state senators. While they DID contact the TSC, and spouted back their "we are processing cases received on this date..." crap to me, they were not instrumental in getting anything approved. However, they were nice to call me back and tell me my petition had been approved....6 months after I was married.

Now a question for you and others with pending EADs:

Has EVERYONE's online case status been updated after getting their fingerprints done? The reason I ask, my husband's case status never updated after he got his fingerprints done. Now I am a bit worried that something fell through the cracks. Has anyone else NOT been updated, or has been updated for that matter.

P.S. We go get his interim EAD tomorrow
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Old Oct 8th 2004, 12:54 am
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I think I will contact my congressperson as well...but should i wait a week or so? maybe

Jana, that's funny that they got back to you AFTER you were married...but at least they did..hehe
about the EAD question....my husband got his biometrics done for the EAd and the fingerprinting and biometrics done for his I-485 at the same time....we did see and update online....the EAD case was updated the same day but did not say anything about receiving biometrics or anything like that...the I-485 was update a few days later and said that they had recieved the fingerprinting results and the case was being processed again.

Maybe you can call the misinformation line as ask them if they have any record of his biometrics in the EAD file.

Good luck!
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