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Houston USCIS: 4-yr AOS Odyssey Completed

Old Oct 14th 2004, 12:30 am
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Some of you may remember my postings from time to time here, to share
my experiences for my wife's dealings with the Houston USCIS office.
Yesterday my wife attended her I-551 passport-stamping appointment at
the Houston office, and she now holds IF1 status. This marked the end
of a long and tiresome road for us, and I thought I would make a final
post to share some ancedotes from our timeline. So here goes.

April 20, 2000 - I mailed the packet for the I-129f fiancee visa to
TSC.
May 31, 2000 - I-129f was approved at TSC, and forwarded to the Hong
Kong consulate.
July 21, 2000 - My fiancee had her interview at the Hong Kong
Consulate. K-1 visa was approved. (Things were zipping right along up
to this point.)
Sept 13, 2000 - She arrived in USA using the K-1.
Sept 21, 2000 - We got married.
Sept 28, 2000 - We filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status package by
walk-in at the Houston office.
Aug 31, 2001 - Had fingerprints done at the Houston ASC Unit.
June 28, 2002 - Received an I-485 DENIAL letter in the mail. Reason
for denial: failure to attend fingerprint appointment.
June 29, 2002 - Visited the Houston office to straighten out this
mess. I showed them the fingerprinting receipt from 10 months earlier.
Officer said fingerprints must have gotten lost. Officer reopened my
wife's AOS case. We walked out with a reopened case and a new
appointment for fingerprints. (Little did we realize at this point how
badly this would set back our timeline, and through no fault of ours.)
July 5, 2002 - Had new fingerprints retaken at the Houston ASC Unit.
Oct 5, 2002 - Visited Houston office to do a status inquiry.
Supposedly, fingerprints had cleared first security check. Waiting for
AOS interview to be scheduled.
July 7, 2003 - Received letter for AOS interview appointment in mail.
(Yippeee! We thought...)
Aug 8, 2003 - Attended AOS interview. Officer told us it was
successful, but refused to issue I-551 stamp. Reasons given:
'permanent file in storage, must be recalled', and 'FBI security check
still not done'. I'm miffed because this means we have to buy our 4th
Advance Parole. :(
Jan 7, 2004 - I write Senator Hutchison for help. (I never heard
anything back from her...)
June 4, 2004 - I write Senator Cornyn for help. (He replied twice and
probably helped, although I have not been able to confirm this.)
June 8, 2004 - Received ANOTHER appointment letter for fingerprints to
be done.
June 23, 2004 - Had new fingerprints taken at Houston ASC Unit. They
used digital technology this time, so we're thinking this was why they
wanted new fingerprints taken.
Aug 10, 2004 - Write letter to our case officer (care of the Houston
USCIS office) to plead for help in expediting our long case.
Sept 27, 2004 - Recieved letter from Houston office stating the AOS
was APPROVED, and was given an appointment date to get the I-551
stamp.
Oct 9, 2004 - Received the I-797 'Welcome to the United States'
letter, confirming the approval of the AOS.
Oct 13, 2004 - Attended appointment at Houston office. Received I-551
stamp in passport with IF1 status.

Note: during the timeline listed above, we also applied for and
received one EAD and four Advance Paroles, but I omitted those dates.

So now we are finally adjusted and just waiting on the actual card to
arrive. The only bright side to this mess was that we were married
over two years before AOS approval, so my wife received IF1 status
immediately and we don't have to deal with the I-751 to remove
conditions.

Looking back, I would not have done anything differently. The delays
in our case were not due to our own mistakes. I did not use an
attorney for any portion of my wife's immigration and adjustment.

I will try to post again when the card does arrive. Good luck to those
of you laboring through the Houston USCIS office. I will say this
about it: over the 5 years I've been dealing with them, I have seen
improvement in their procedures, even with all the added security
checks after 9/11. So try to stay positive and hang in there.

Regards, Tim
 
Old Oct 14th 2004, 1:10 am
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Tim, wow, what an ordeal! What strikes me though is the positive attitude you seem to have kept through all of this. Made me smile . It only seems fair now that you guys won't have to deal with removal of conditions!

Congratulations!

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Congratulations Mrs. Tim

As you said at least the sunny part is no need to remove conditions.

Could you post this experience on the kamya site for prosperity? Here's the URL.

http://www.kamya.com/interview/intro.html


Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Tim
Some of you may remember my postings from time to time here, to share
my experiences for my wife's dealings with the Houston USCIS office.
Yesterday my wife attended her I-551 passport-stamping appointment at
the Houston office, and she now holds IF1 status. This marked the end
of a long and tiresome road for us, and I thought I would make a final
post to share some ancedotes from our timeline. So here goes.

April 20, 2000 - I mailed the packet for the I-129f fiancee visa to
TSC.
May 31, 2000 - I-129f was approved at TSC, and forwarded to the Hong
Kong consulate.
July 21, 2000 - My fiancee had her interview at the Hong Kong
Consulate. K-1 visa was approved. (Things were zipping right along up
to this point.)
Sept 13, 2000 - She arrived in USA using the K-1.
Sept 21, 2000 - We got married.
Sept 28, 2000 - We filed the I-485 Adjustment of Status package by
walk-in at the Houston office.
Aug 31, 2001 - Had fingerprints done at the Houston ASC Unit.
June 28, 2002 - Received an I-485 DENIAL letter in the mail. Reason
for denial: failure to attend fingerprint appointment.
June 29, 2002 - Visited the Houston office to straighten out this
mess. I showed them the fingerprinting receipt from 10 months earlier.
Officer said fingerprints must have gotten lost. Officer reopened my
wife's AOS case. We walked out with a reopened case and a new
appointment for fingerprints. (Little did we realize at this point how
badly this would set back our timeline, and through no fault of ours.)
July 5, 2002 - Had new fingerprints retaken at the Houston ASC Unit.
Oct 5, 2002 - Visited Houston office to do a status inquiry.
Supposedly, fingerprints had cleared first security check. Waiting for
AOS interview to be scheduled.
July 7, 2003 - Received letter for AOS interview appointment in mail.
(Yippeee! We thought...)
Aug 8, 2003 - Attended AOS interview. Officer told us it was
successful, but refused to issue I-551 stamp. Reasons given:
'permanent file in storage, must be recalled', and 'FBI security check
still not done'. I'm miffed because this means we have to buy our 4th
Advance Parole.
Jan 7, 2004 - I write Senator Hutchison for help. (I never heard
anything back from her...)
June 4, 2004 - I write Senator Cornyn for help. (He replied twice and
probably helped, although I have not been able to confirm this.)
June 8, 2004 - Received ANOTHER appointment letter for fingerprints to
be done.
June 23, 2004 - Had new fingerprints taken at Houston ASC Unit. They
used digital technology this time, so we're thinking this was why they
wanted new fingerprints taken.
Aug 10, 2004 - Write letter to our case officer (care of the Houston
USCIS office) to plead for help in expediting our long case.
Sept 27, 2004 - Recieved letter from Houston office stating the AOS
was APPROVED, and was given an appointment date to get the I-551
stamp.
Oct 9, 2004 - Received the I-797 'Welcome to the United States'
letter, confirming the approval of the AOS.
Oct 13, 2004 - Attended appointment at Houston office. Received I-551
stamp in passport with IF1 status.

Note: during the timeline listed above, we also applied for and
received one EAD and four Advance Paroles, but I omitted those dates.

So now we are finally adjusted and just waiting on the actual card to
arrive. The only bright side to this mess was that we were married
over two years before AOS approval, so my wife received IF1 status
immediately and we don't have to deal with the I-751 to remove
conditions.

Looking back, I would not have done anything differently. The delays
in our case were not due to our own mistakes. I did not use an
attorney for any portion of my wife's immigration and adjustment.

I will try to post again when the card does arrive. Good luck to those
of you laboring through the Houston USCIS office. I will say this
about it: over the 5 years I've been dealing with them, I have seen
improvement in their procedures, even with all the added security
checks after 9/11. So try to stay positive and hang in there.

Regards, Tim
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