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NYC AOS pilot program still in place!

Old Dec 20th 2004, 1:17 pm
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Hi everybody,

I filed for AOS in NYC in the middle of November. I got the NOAs on
EAP+AP a couple of weeks later, but there was no NOA on the 485. Last
week I got my AOS appointment letter for the middle of March!

So, the pilot program is still running. I will ask about how long it
will stay in place when I go for my interview, and keep you posted.

While I am obviously very happy about this fortunate development (I
only learned about this possibility a couple of weeks on this group), I
feel very much for the other people in NYC who had filed before this
program was started and I hope that they receive their appointments
soon.

Good luck!

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Old Dec 20th 2004, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by timespent
Hi everybody,

I filed for AOS in NYC in the middle of November. I got the NOAs on
EAP+AP a couple of weeks later, but there was no NOA on the 485. Last
week I got my AOS appointment letter for the middle of March!

So, the pilot program is still running. I will ask about how long it
will stay in place when I go for my interview, and keep you posted.

While I am obviously very happy about this fortunate development (I
only learned about this possibility a couple of weeks on this group), I
feel very much for the other people in NYC who had filed before this
program was started and I hope that they receive their appointments
soon.

Good luck!

ts
Congratulations on the timely interview. Very nice to hear the program still exists.
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Old Dec 20th 2004, 1:54 pm
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Originally Posted by sphyrapicus
Congratulations on the timely interview. Very nice to hear the program still exists.

One user reported, believe it was Andrea, that she asked when she interviewed and they said until the end of December, 2004. Let's see what happens to those that file after that time.

Congratulations on your speedy response. Hope your security clearance is finished by the time you interview.

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Default Re: NYC AOS pilot program still in place!

It was me who said it. What she said exactly tho was that it would be in place until the end of 2004 and then it would be re-evaluted, and may stay in place longer Here's hopin for that - for the sake of everyone else in NYC that hasnt yet been approved!
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Old Dec 21st 2004, 4:21 am
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Stupid Question - Can a Boston resident apply in NYC pilot program..?
 
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Originally Posted by Akhil Jain
Stupid Question - Can a Boston resident apply in NYC pilot program..?

Smart Answer: NO

You have to apply at the district office that covers the area where you reside.
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Old Dec 21st 2004, 5:22 am
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What happens if the security clearance is not finished before the
interview?
 
Old Dec 21st 2004, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by timespent
What happens if the security clearance is not finished before the
interview?

If not completed and cleared, then your interview is not officially approved and you will be told that they will contact you at a future date. Either they will mail you a letter stating you have been approved or you will get the green card in the mail one day or you will have to hound them continually until your status is updated. Several people have waited almost two years for the security clearance and official approval from the DO.
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Old Dec 21st 2004, 11:21 am
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I personally am hoping that they shut this pilot program down. Maybe then they will have time for us, those who filed in 2002 and still haven't had an interview
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Old Dec 22nd 2004, 1:24 am
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I am one of those who filed in 2002 and I'm still waiting after 17
months. I'm happy for those who have been notified that they have an
interview scheduled after 3 or 4 months .. I think it's great that BCIS
is able to keep things pretty current but is this at the expense of the
thousands like me ? Is that why they can suddenly process so quickly
because they have just pushed aside tens of thousands of others ?
Have they really been able to complete the security clearances by the
time of these interviews or do they hold the interview and then
continue with your security clearance and if that takes 18 months you
simply will not receive your card until then? Another words is this
pilot program really just fast tracking you to the interview but the
receipt of a green card still depends on the completion of the
background investigation and one might still be left waiting for months
and months before receiving the green card in the mail?
 
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Although I have been there and done that and suffered under a wait of 21 months for NYC to adjudicate our AOS, your assumptions are incorrect. The newbie filers are not taking away your spot in line. In fact you are still well below your timeline which was applicable at the time of your filing. I believe in 2002 the timeline was from 18 to 24 months for adjudication.

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Originally Posted by loebster
I am one of those who filed in 2002 and I'm still waiting after 17
months. I'm happy for those who have been notified that they have an
interview scheduled after 3 or 4 months .. I think it's great that BCIS
is able to keep things pretty current but is this at the expense of the
thousands like me ? Is that why they can suddenly process so quickly
because they have just pushed aside tens of thousands of others ?
Have they really been able to complete the security clearances by the
time of these interviews or do they hold the interview and then
continue with your security clearance and if that takes 18 months you
simply will not receive your card until then? Another words is this
pilot program really just fast tracking you to the interview but the
receipt of a green card still depends on the completion of the
background investigation and one might still be left waiting for months
and months before receiving the green card in the mail?
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Old Dec 22nd 2004, 5:41 am
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Default Re: NYC AOS pilot program still in place!

Originally Posted by Rete
Although I have been there and done that and suffered under a wait of 21 months for NYC to adjudicate our AOS, your assumptions are incorrect. The newbie filers are not taking away your spot in line. In fact you are still well below your timeline which was applicable at the time of your filing. I believe in 2002 the timeline was from 18 to 24 months for adjudication.

Rete
You are wrong, Rete. In the official response that my congresswoman's representative received from BCIS, they state that my interview hasn't been scheduled because they "don't have time slots available". Holy Molly, BCIS ran out of eternity! The truth is.. the pilot program took all the spaces...

I am on my 28th month and still counting!
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loebster,

Because you are using usenet, you could not see Andrea's timeline. This should answer your question about the timeline on receiving the green card.

12/27/03 - Arrived in the US as a visitor from Canada
05/24/04 - Married to a US Citizen!
06/19/04 - AOS/EAD/AP sent to NYC
06/21/04 - NYC received package
07/01/04 - NOA's received from MSC
07/17/04 - Biometrics
08/03/04 - AOS Appointment letter received
09/20/04 - AOS appointment - approved
11/08/04 - Greencard received



Originally Posted by loebster
I am one of those who filed in 2002 and I'm still waiting after 17
months. I'm happy for those who have been notified that they have an
interview scheduled after 3 or 4 months .. I think it's great that BCIS
is able to keep things pretty current but is this at the expense of the
thousands like me ? Is that why they can suddenly process so quickly
because they have just pushed aside tens of thousands of others ?
Have they really been able to complete the security clearances by the
time of these interviews or do they hold the interview and then
continue with your security clearance and if that takes 18 months you
simply will not receive your card until then? Another words is this
pilot program really just fast tracking you to the interview but the
receipt of a green card still depends on the completion of the
background investigation and one might still be left waiting for months
and months before receiving the green card in the mail?
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Old Dec 22nd 2004, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by Amadeus
You are wrong, Rete. In the official response that my congresswoman's representative received from BCIS, they state that my interview hasn't been scheduled because they "don't have time slots available". Holy Molly, BCIS ran out of eternity! The truth is.. the pilot program took all the spaces...

I am on my 28th month and still counting!

I'm not discounting what your reps' immigration said but the fact is that NYC CIS is also utilizing the Garden City office for AOS interivews. This is something that was unheard of before.

I'm hoping that you get an interview appointment letter in the very near future.
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Old Dec 22nd 2004, 11:49 am
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I'm not sure I quite understand this timeline. Even if December had 35
days, how could the security clearance happen so fast?
 

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