EAD - Atlanta style!

Old Jan 29th 2001, 3:11 pm
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Melvyn
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We filed my AOS and EAD on October 18th 2000. The receipt we received in the mail quoted
us 90 days for the EAD appointment and 36 months for AOS. The appointment letter arrived
on the 21st January, for my appointment today
(1/29).

We arrived at the office this morning at 10:30 for my 11:00 appointment. Buoyed up with
reports of other easy EAD appointments, we expected to be out by 11:30...

We were informed that they were still processing 9:00am appointments, so we would have to
wait. At about 11:45 I went through to room 104 to receive my card. There were many people
present who did not speak good English, yet these people weren't allowed to keep their
interpreters with them. I sat and waited, and waited, while chaos reigned around.
Eventually, at almost 2:00pm I was called for my fingerprint, signature and photograph. By
2:30, and with card in hand, I thankfully escaped.

Now, what really annoyed me was the attitude of the official in charge. First off, she
would not allow anyone to bring an interpreter into the room. And then, when these
applicants are dazed and confused, she resorted to shouting at them IN ENGLISH, as if
being louder would miraculously make them understand her. Secondly, while giving out
verbal instructions she was talking over the background musak. I was sat in the front row,
barely six feet away and had difficulty hearing her - people at the back of the room had
no chance. And then she got annoyed with people who didn't know what to
do.

After this experience, I can see why the AOS takes three years at Atlanta. I'll be glad
when we're in another INS juristiction (probably Tampa) as the Atlanta staff do not fill
me with any confidence. That is, unless my file is lost en route...

And Tess thought I was crazy when I suggested moving to Philly for a few months...
According to the times posted on M.Udall's site, I'd be a CPR now.

Incidentally, if coming from south Georgia on I-75,you should leave I-75 on exit 246.
Georgia has renumbered all the exits, but the INS website does not reflect this. If you
exit at 91 (as instructed) you'll be at Cordelle, many miles south!

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Melvyn
 
Old Jan 29th 2001, 11:49 pm
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mjones
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"ebw, barely six feet away and had difficulty hearing her - people at the bacx"

You were testing us, right? Good post. MIke
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 12:23 am
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We file the AOS and EAD with ATL on 5 Oct and got the EAD letter in the mail on the same
day as the appointment was scheduled on. Needless to say we did not make the appointment.

You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if you get your AOS
appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last week, the interview is 1 Mar 01.
There was a post several months ago about Atlanta starting to try to get the AOS's done
within 6 months of filing so maybe the rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got
the interview date already.

Good luck to you.

> We filed my AOS and EAD on October 18th 2000. The receipt we received in
the
> mail quoted us 90 days for the EAD appointment and 36 months for AOS. The appointment
> letter arrived on the 21st January, for my appointment today
> (1/29).
>
> We arrived at the office this morning at 10:30 for my 11:00 appointment. Buoyed up with
> reports of other easy EAD appointments, we expected to be
out
> by 11:30...
>
> We were informed that they were still processing 9:00am appointments, so
we
> would have to wait. At about 11:45 I went through to room 104 to receive
my
> card. There were many people present who did not speak good English, yet these people
> weren't allowed to keep their interpreters with them. I sat
and
> waited, and waited, while chaos reigned around. Eventually, at almost
2:00pm
> I was called for my fingerprint, signature and photograph. By 2:30, and
with
> card in hand, I thankfully escaped.
>
> Now, what really annoyed me was the attitude of the official in charge. First off, she
> would not allow anyone to bring an interpreter into the
room.
> And then, when these applicants are dazed and confused, she resorted to shouting at them
> IN ENGLISH, as if being louder would miraculously make
them
> understand her. Secondly, while giving out verbal instructions she was talking over the
> background musak. I was sat in the front row, barely six feet away and had difficulty
> hearing her - people at the back of the room had no chance. And then she got annoyed
> with people who didn't know what
to
> do.
>
> After this experience, I can see why the AOS takes three years at Atlanta. I'll be glad
> when we're in another INS juristiction (probably Tampa) as
the
> Atlanta staff do not fill me with any confidence. That is, unless my file
is
> lost en route...
>
> And Tess thought I was crazy when I suggested moving to Philly for a few months...
> According to the times posted on M.Udall's site, I'd be a CPR now.
>
> Incidentally, if coming from south Georgia on I-75,you should leave I-75
on
> exit 246. Georgia has renumbered all the exits, but the INS website does
not
> reflect this. If you exit at 91 (as instructed) you'll be at Cordelle,
many
> miles south!
>
> --
> Melvyn
>
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 1:14 am
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RJLiles
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Also forgot to add that the best way to get to the Atlanta INS office is to take MARTA
(it'smarta) You can access a train station from just about ever major Interstate running
into Atlanta (Just look for the MARTA Station signs once you get inside the Perimeter,
I-285) and it is cheaper then paying parking fees downtown, $1.75 one-way. You get off at
5 Points, which all trains, East, West, North, and South stop at. You exit the station at
Forsyth St and it is a short walk West from there, about 2 blocks.

> We file the AOS and EAD with ATL on 5 Oct and got the EAD letter in the
mail
> on the same day as the appointment was scheduled on. Needless to say we
did
> not make the appointment.
>
> You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if you
get
> your AOS appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last week,
the
> interview is 1 Mar 01. There was a post several months ago about Atlanta starting to try
> to get the AOS's done within 6 months of filing so maybe
the
> rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got the interview date already.
>
> Good luck to you.
>

> > We filed my AOS and EAD on October 18th 2000. The receipt we received in
> the
> > mail quoted us 90 days for the EAD appointment and 36 months for AOS.
The
> > appointment letter arrived on the 21st January, for my appointment today
> > (1/29).
> >
> > We arrived at the office this morning at 10:30 for my 11:00 appointment. Buoyed up
> > with reports of other easy EAD appointments, we expected to be
> out
> > by 11:30...
> >
> > We were informed that they were still processing 9:00am appointments, so
> we
> > would have to wait. At about 11:45 I went through to room 104 to receive
> my
> > card. There were many people present who did not speak good English, yet these people
> > weren't allowed to keep their interpreters with them. I sat
> and
> > waited, and waited, while chaos reigned around. Eventually, at almost
> 2:00pm
> > I was called for my fingerprint, signature and photograph. By 2:30, and
> with
> > card in hand, I thankfully escaped.
> >
> > Now, what really annoyed me was the attitude of the official in charge. First off, she
> > would not allow anyone to bring an interpreter into the
> room.
> > And then, when these applicants are dazed and confused, she resorted to shouting at
> > them IN ENGLISH, as if being louder would miraculously make
> them
> > understand her. Secondly, while giving out verbal instructions she was talking over
> > the background musak. I was sat in the front row, barely
six
> > feet away and had difficulty hearing her - people at the back of the
room
> > had no chance. And then she got annoyed with people who didn't know what
> to
> > do.
> >
> > After this experience, I can see why the AOS takes three years at
Atlanta.
> > I'll be glad when we're in another INS juristiction (probably Tampa) as
> the
> > Atlanta staff do not fill me with any confidence. That is, unless my
file
> is
> > lost en route...
> >
> > And Tess thought I was crazy when I suggested moving to Philly for a few months...
> > According to the times posted on M.Udall's site, I'd be a CPR now.
> >
> > Incidentally, if coming from south Georgia on I-75,you should leave I-75
> on
> > exit 246. Georgia has renumbered all the exits, but the INS website does
> not
> > reflect this. If you exit at 91 (as instructed) you'll be at Cordelle,
> many
> > miles south!
> >
> > --
> > Melvyn
> >
> >
> >
>
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 3:06 am
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Melvyn
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RJLiles wrote in message ...
>You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if you
get
>your AOS appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last week,
the
>interview is 1 Mar 01. There was a post several months ago about Atlanta starting to try
>to get the AOS's done within 6 months of filing so maybe
the
>rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got the interview date already.

Thanks for the heads-up RJ. We still don't know exactly when and where we are moving too -
we haven't gound the right apartment yet. Fingers crossed Atlanta *is* getting a move on.

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Old Jan 30th 2001, 8:26 am
  #6  
kiwi
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I posted one of the comments about Atlanta speeding things up. However, it seems that if
you have been in the system a while you are still screwed. I have been waiting 18 months
now and my lawyer tells me I have at least another 18 to go.

Sux being in Atlanta.

In article <[email protected]>, "Melvyn" <.> wrote:
>
> RJLiles wrote in message ...
> >You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if
you
> get
> >your AOS appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last
week,
> the
> >interview is 1 Mar 01. There was a post several months ago about
Atlanta
> >starting to try to get the AOS's done within 6 months of filing so
maybe
> the
> >rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got the interview date already.
>
> Thanks for the heads-up RJ. We still don't know exactly when and
where we
> are moving too - we haven't gound the right apartment yet. Fingers
crossed
> Atlanta *is* getting a move on.
>
> --
> Melvyn
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 11:39 am
  #7  
Jason Woodward
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We filed the AOS with Atlanta in August 00. Our interview is on February 8.

It is in Birmingham, which is closer for us than Atlanta.

> We file the AOS and EAD with ATL on 5 Oct and got the EAD letter in the
mail
> on the same day as the appointment was scheduled on. Needless to say we
did
> not make the appointment.
>
> You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if you
get
> your AOS appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last week,
the
> interview is 1 Mar 01. There was a post several months ago about Atlanta starting to try
> to get the AOS's done within 6 months of filing so maybe
the
> rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got the interview date already.
>
> Good luck to you.
>

> > We filed my AOS and EAD on October 18th 2000. The receipt we received in
> the
> > mail quoted us 90 days for the EAD appointment and 36 months for AOS.
The
> > appointment letter arrived on the 21st January, for my appointment today
> > (1/29).
> >
> > We arrived at the office this morning at 10:30 for my 11:00 appointment. Buoyed up
> > with reports of other easy EAD appointments, we expected to be
> out
> > by 11:30...
> >
> > We were informed that they were still processing 9:00am appointments, so
> we
> > would have to wait. At about 11:45 I went through to room 104 to receive
> my
> > card. There were many people present who did not speak good English, yet these people
> > weren't allowed to keep their interpreters with them. I sat
> and
> > waited, and waited, while chaos reigned around. Eventually, at almost
> 2:00pm
> > I was called for my fingerprint, signature and photograph. By 2:30, and
> with
> > card in hand, I thankfully escaped.
> >
> > Now, what really annoyed me was the attitude of the official in charge. First off, she
> > would not allow anyone to bring an interpreter into the
> room.
> > And then, when these applicants are dazed and confused, she resorted to shouting at
> > them IN ENGLISH, as if being louder would miraculously make
> them
> > understand her. Secondly, while giving out verbal instructions she was talking over
> > the background musak. I was sat in the front row, barely
six
> > feet away and had difficulty hearing her - people at the back of the
room
> > had no chance. And then she got annoyed with people who didn't know what
> to
> > do.
> >
> > After this experience, I can see why the AOS takes three years at
Atlanta.
> > I'll be glad when we're in another INS juristiction (probably Tampa) as
> the
> > Atlanta staff do not fill me with any confidence. That is, unless my
file
> is
> > lost en route...
> >
> > And Tess thought I was crazy when I suggested moving to Philly for a few months...
> > According to the times posted on M.Udall's site, I'd be a CPR now.
> >
> > Incidentally, if coming from south Georgia on I-75,you should leave I-75
> on
> > exit 246. Georgia has renumbered all the exits, but the INS website does
> not
> > reflect this. If you exit at 91 (as instructed) you'll be at Cordelle,
> many
> > miles south!
> >
> > --
> > Melvyn
> >
> >
> >
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 2:25 pm
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Fadi Accaoui
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We filed for AOS in Atlanta june 98 still waiting for interview ,(other timelines would be
appreciated)

> We filed the AOS with Atlanta in August 00. Our interview is on February 8.
>
> It is in Birmingham, which is closer for us than Atlanta.
>
>

> > We file the AOS and EAD with ATL on 5 Oct and got the EAD letter in the
> mail
> > on the same day as the appointment was scheduled on. Needless to say we
> did
> > not make the appointment.
> >
> > You may wish to wait around a few more weeks before moving to see if you
> get
> > your AOS appointment. We just got our AOS appointment letter last week,
> the
> > interview is 1 Mar 01. There was a post several months ago about
Atlanta
> > starting to try to get the AOS's done within 6 months of filing so maybe
> the
> > rumor is true since we filed 4 months ago and got the interview date already.
> >
> > Good luck to you.
> >

> > > We filed my AOS and EAD on October 18th 2000. The receipt we received
in
> > the
> > > mail quoted us 90 days for the EAD appointment and 36 months for AOS.
> The
> > > appointment letter arrived on the 21st January, for my appointment
today
> > > (1/29).
> > >
> > > We arrived at the office this morning at 10:30 for my 11:00
appointment.
> > > Buoyed up with reports of other easy EAD appointments, we expected to
be
> > out
> > > by 11:30...
> > >
> > > We were informed that they were still processing 9:00am appointments,
so
> > we
> > > would have to wait. At about 11:45 I went through to room 104 to
receive
> > my
> > > card. There were many people present who did not speak good English,
yet
> > > these people weren't allowed to keep their interpreters with them. I
sat
> > and
> > > waited, and waited, while chaos reigned around. Eventually, at almost
> > 2:00pm
> > > I was called for my fingerprint, signature and photograph. By 2:30,
and
> > with
> > > card in hand, I thankfully escaped.
> > >
> > > Now, what really annoyed me was the attitude of the official in
charge.
> > > First off, she would not allow anyone to bring an interpreter into the
> > room.
> > > And then, when these applicants are dazed and confused, she resorted
to
> > > shouting at them IN ENGLISH, as if being louder would miraculously
make
> > them
> > > understand her. Secondly, while giving out verbal instructions she was talking over
> > > the background musak. I was sat in the front row, barely
> six
> > > feet away and had difficulty hearing her - people at the back of the
> room
> > > had no chance. And then she got annoyed with people who didn't know
what
> > to
> > > do.
> > >
> > > After this experience, I can see why the AOS takes three years at
> Atlanta.
> > > I'll be glad when we're in another INS juristiction (probably Tampa)
as
> > the
> > > Atlanta staff do not fill me with any confidence. That is, unless my
> file
> > is
> > > lost en route...
> > >
> > > And Tess thought I was crazy when I suggested moving to Philly for a
few
> > > months... According to the times posted on M.Udall's site, I'd be a
CPR
> > > now.
> > >
> > > Incidentally, if coming from south Georgia on I-75,you should leave
I-75
> > on
> > > exit 246. Georgia has renumbered all the exits, but the INS website
does
> > not
> > > reflect this. If you exit at 91 (as instructed) you'll be at Cordelle,
> > many
> > > miles south!
> > >
> > > --
> > > Melvyn
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
 
Old Feb 1st 2001, 2:59 pm
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Carole Barabashkin
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Jason Woodward wrote:
> We filed the AOS with Atlanta in August 00. Our interview is on February 8. It is in
> Birmingham, which is closer for us than Atlanta.

Wow, this is news to me! Somebody fill me in, since we're filing the I-751 at the end
of March. We live in Birmingham now. At the time of our AOS we lived in Gadsden,
which is MUCH closer to Birmingham than to Atlanta... and yet we were summoned (in
record time, I might add) to Atlanta for our AOS interview! We were unaware at the
time that there was an INS office here, but this is the first time I've ever heard of
anyone being summoned to the Birmingham office for an interview - I assumed it must
be just a small 'branch' office with a couple of officers, and that the larger office
in Atlanta handled big things like interviews. Is this something they've only
recently started doing? If not, why the devil did they make US drive all the way to
Atlanta? Do you have to request it or something? It should have been clear from our
mailing address that we were closer to this office than to Atlanta. Any info
appreciated!

Carole
 
Old Feb 2nd 2001, 11:59 am
  #10  
Jason Woodward
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We did not request the Birmingham interview. We were very surprised. We're in Huntsville
(north AL). So it's a 90 min drive, versus 4 hours.

We have not received anything about fingerprints.

> Jason Woodward wrote:
> > We filed the AOS with Atlanta in August 00. Our interview is on February 8. It is in
> > Birmingham, which is closer for us than Atlanta.
>
> Wow, this is news to me! Somebody fill me in, since we're filing the I-751 at the
> end of March. We live in Birmingham now. At the time of our AOS we lived in
> Gadsden, which is MUCH closer to Birmingham than to Atlanta... and yet we were
> summoned (in record time, I might add) to Atlanta for our AOS interview! We were
> unaware at the time that there was an INS office here, but this is the first time
> I've ever heard of anyone being summoned to the Birmingham office for an interview
> - I assumed it must be just a small 'branch' office with a couple of officers, and
> that the larger office in Atlanta handled big things like interviews. Is this
> something they've only recently started doing? If not, why the devil did they make
> US drive all the way to Atlanta? Do you have to request it or something? It should
> have been clear from our mailing address that we were closer to this office than to
> Atlanta. Any info appreciated!
>
> Carole
 

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