Interview 7 months ago - no GC

Old Sep 29th 2004, 1:38 am
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I had my AOS interview (marriage to a US citizen) in 1st week of Feb
at the Baltimore center. The officer told us that we have been
approved and should expect the GC in mail in a few weeks. However, he
did not stamp my passport. I have no proof really that I got approved.
It's been almost 7 months since then. When should I be expecting the
actual
Green Card in mail. My friends keep telling me something is wrong as
my passport should have been stamped. But the counselor never did. I
called the INS 800 number almost 2 months ago and the lady told me
they couldn't tell me where my file is over the phone. They could not
even confirm my address on file (as I had changed that). She said she
will put in a request for case status inquiry and I will hear back
from them in mail. Guess what, 2 months since the phone call and no
mail. Why have a number to call when they can't give me the status
over the phoen.

What should I do? Am I going to get the Green card in mail or is there
something wrong here? I am getting frustrated with the whole thing. Is
it worth contacting the local congressman. Please help!
 
Old Sep 29th 2004, 4:51 am
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someone may have some better advice based on experience, but personally i think i'd send a letter to my congressman (i phoned my congressman's office the other week and they told me that they have an immigration specialist in their office), cc'ing the central cis office (wherever that might be) and the office you had your interview at.
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Old Sep 29th 2004, 5:43 am
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someone may have some better advice based on experience, but personally i think i'd send a letter to my congressman (i phoned my congressman's office the other week and they told me that they have an immigration specialist in their office), cc'ing the central cis office (wherever that might be) and the office you had your interview at.
I would advise you to contact your congressman as soon as possible. In order to find who He/She is go to www.house.gov then call His/Her office and get an appointment by explaining your situation. Also in case you were not approved that day due to security background check, you can call the FBI to check if they received and sent your fingerprints at 304-625-5590 and in order to check if your FBI name check was done, you can send an email to [email protected] include your name, date of birth, country of birth, alien number and email address.

I am in the same situation in NYC, and it is only when I went to my congressman office that I found about the fact that my name check was never requested to the FBI!!!

So contact your congressman IN PERSON !

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The I-551 stamp in your passport would be your proof of residency. Since you didn't get the stamp, then you weren't approved that same day. Was there a delay in your security clearance? I would make an Infopass appointment with the Baltimore office and go in person with my passport and ask for a stamp if you are sure you were approved on the day of the interview and while there ask in person why you have not received the plastic green card in the mail.

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I had my AOS interview (marriage to a US citizen) in 1st week of Feb
at the Baltimore center. The officer told us that we have been
approved and should expect the GC in mail in a few weeks. However, he
did not stamp my passport. I have no proof really that I got approved.
It's been almost 7 months since then. When should I be expecting the
actual
Green Card in mail. My friends keep telling me something is wrong as
my passport should have been stamped. But the counselor never did. I
called the INS 800 number almost 2 months ago and the lady told me
they couldn't tell me where my file is over the phone. They could not
even confirm my address on file (as I had changed that). She said she
will put in a request for case status inquiry and I will hear back
from them in mail. Guess what, 2 months since the phone call and no
mail. Why have a number to call when they can't give me the status
over the phoen.

What should I do? Am I going to get the Green card in mail or is there
something wrong here? I am getting frustrated with the whole thing. Is
it worth contacting the local congressman. Please help!
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Old Sep 29th 2004, 8:16 am
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There are many people in the same boat as you, in all parts of the
country. I know of at least two reasons your card could be late in
coming: 1) your permanent file had been sent to the archives and
needed to be retrieved, and 2) a security check was still outstanding.
Both those issues affected my wife in August, 2003, when we had our
AOS interview in Houston. Like you, we were told it was 'successful',
but we received no passport stamp at that interview, and we had no
'proof' that it was successful. We were just told to go home and wait
to be contacted. Well, finally 14 MONTHS later we did get the letter
to come back in for the I-551 stamp (that letter came just this
week!), and it says the green card should arrive within 12 months. I
will report more about this when we go to get the stamp (in 2 weeks).
Bottom line is this: I feel your pain, but many people have been
waiting longer than you, and what you are experiencing is not
necessarily abnormal for the way AOS interviews are turning out at the
USBCIS centers these days. Sorry!

You could always try setting up an INFOPASS appointment to inquire
about the status of your case. Just a thought. Good luck!
 
Old Sep 29th 2004, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by Tim
There are many people in the same boat as you, in all parts of the
country. I know of at least two reasons your card could be late in
coming: 1) your permanent file had been sent to the archives and
needed to be retrieved, and 2) a security check was still outstanding.
Both those issues affected my wife in August, 2003, when we had our
AOS interview in Houston. Like you, we were told it was 'successful',
but we received no passport stamp at that interview, and we had no
'proof' that it was successful. We were just told to go home and wait
to be contacted. Well, finally 14 MONTHS later we did get the letter
to come back in for the I-551 stamp (that letter came just this
week!), and it says the green card should arrive within 12 months. I
will report more about this when we go to get the stamp (in 2 weeks).
Bottom line is this: I feel your pain, but many people have been
waiting longer than you, and what you are experiencing is not
necessarily abnormal for the way AOS interviews are turning out at the
USBCIS centers these days. Sorry!

You could always try setting up an INFOPASS appointment to inquire
about the status of your case. Just a thought. Good luck!
Tim,
During those 14 months did you ever try to contact your congressman or you just choose to wait?
That is a very very long wait!
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Old Sep 29th 2004, 3:52 pm
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Yes, over those 14 months I contacted both my senators and also wrote
letters to my wife's case officer at the USBCIS. I never heard from
one of my senators, but the other one sent me two letters to tell me
he was trying to help (never got a confirmation that he DID help,
though).

The letter my wife just got shows an approval date of Sept 23rd, and
it only shows the IBIS security check was completed on Sept. 22nd.
Whether this means someone forgot to submit the security check and was
only prompted to do so recently by either my letter or my senator's
intervention, I don't know. I'm just happy the long waiting is almost
over.

Also, you might want to search for some other threads here, I remember
at least two other people who were in a similar situation as my wife
and both of them took about a year to finally get the I-551 after
their 'successful' AOS interview. That's why I say waiting times like
my wife's are not uncommon.

Good luck to all!


Ndori <member29420@british_expats.com> wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    > Tim,
    > During those 14 months did you ever try to contact your congressman or
    > you just choose to wait?
    > That is a very very long wait!
 
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It took us 11 and a half months post "successful" AOS interview to get approved. I did finally contact my congressional district representative, and my husband was approved 3 weeks later.

That's not necessarily a causal relationship, but the timing is mighty coincidental!
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Do you recommend writing a letter or an email to the Senator? Would
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Do you recommend writing a letter or an email to the Senator? Would
someone have a sample letter to share with. Thanks everyone!
A,
Go to www.house.gov find your Rep. give a call to his/her office and explain your situation. and they will advise you on whether a letter or an appointment with a staff member is the next step.
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Originally Posted by Ndori
A,
Go to www.house.gov find your Rep. give a call to his/her office and explain your situation. and they will advise you on whether a letter or an appointment with a staff member is the next step.
I second that motion - I think it's better to call and talk to the immigration liaison at your political representative's office. Most senators and district representatives seem to have one or more staffers who just handles immigration.

Another thing to consider is that, in addition to your state's two senators, you also have a district representative in the "lower house" of Congress. Depending on which state you are in, you may want to think about contacting your district representative instead of, or in addition to, your senator(s). For example, I am in California - the state with the highest population, many of whom are immigrants. California only has two senators, like every other state. Therefore, our senators probably get a lot of requests. On the other hand, my district representative only represents my district - he has a lot fewer constituents. I chose to contact him first because I thought he might have more resources per capita.
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I second that motion - I think it's better to call and talk to the immigration liaison at your political representative's office. Most senators and district representatives seem to have one or more staffers who just handles immigration.

Another thing to consider is that, in addition to your state's two senators, you also have a district representative in the "lower house" of Congress. Depending on which state you are in, you may want to think about contacting your district representative instead of, or in addition to, your senator(s). For example, I am in California - the state with the highest population, many of whom are immigrants. California only has two senators, like every other state. Therefore, our senators probably get a lot of requests. On the other hand, my district representative only represents my district - he has a lot fewer constituents. I chose to contact him first because I thought he might have more resources per capita.
I did the same here in NYC, I figured that contacting the Senator was going to be useless as they are really busy with higher matters. But when I contacted my local congressman office, I was well served by a lady who immediately called BCIS and they recogniized over the phone that my wait was due to a mistake on their end and promiss to correct it within 4 to 6 weeks.
The BCIS gentleman on the phone even said that had I not being to my congressman my case would have been pending indefinitely!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Ndori
I would advise you to contact your congressman as soon as possible. In order to find who He/She is go to www.house.gov then call His/Her office and get an appointment by explaining your situation. Also in case you were not approved that day due to security background check, you can call the FBI to check if they received and sent your fingerprints at 304-625-5590 and in order to check if your FBI name check was done, you can send an email to [email protected] include your name, date of birth, country of birth, alien number and email address.

I am in the same situation in NYC, and it is only when I went to my congressman office that I found about the fact that my name check was never requested to the FBI!!!

So contact your congressman IN PERSON !

Good luck!

Ndori

What should happen and when after emailing regarding the FBI name check as you described above. Having read your post I emailed with all the required info - but have not heard back. How long do they take?
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What should happen and when after emailing regarding the FBI name check as you described above. Having read your post I emailed with all the required info - but have not heard back. How long do they take?
Well I used the service myself on the 26th of September, and I haven't heard from them either...I believe it takes around 2 weeks.
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What should happen and when after emailing regarding the FBI name check as you described above. Having read your post I emailed with all the required info - but have not heard back. How long do they take?

Just curious why you are calling it a FBI name check for the AOS. It is not the name the FBI is running but your fingerprints. The name check is done by the IBIS and the CIA. There are three security checks on your person....FBI, CIA and IBIS. At the US Consulate they will do a "name" check with the FBI and sometimes if there is a hit they will require a set of fingerprints that will be run through the FBI. However, if you are AOSing in the US the FBI security check is fingerprints.

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