Thanks to all who have post in this forum. Your posts have been really helpful to dissipate my frustrations and stress due to the delays of this process.
My case is an EB2 class (employer filed). I was under a H1b visa applying with my family (wife and son) with H4 visas.
H1b visa expiration date was Feb-4-2016
We are from Mexico.
Service Center: Nebraska (NSC)
Application Forms: I-131(AP), I-765(EAD) & I-485(GC)
USCIS Received Date: Sep-30-2015
USCIS Notice Date: I-131 & I-765(Oct-5-2015), I-485(Oct-17-2015)
Biometrics Date: Nov-3-2015 (Seattle)
Approved Date: I-131 & I-765 (Jan-26-2016). Thankfully it was approved 9 days prior my H1b visa expired.
EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail: Feb-3-2016
Green Card Approval: Feb-19-2016
Green Card Received in mail:Feb-25-2016
I hope you find this helpful. Patience, politeness and being optimistic is the key to reach the goal.
All – a quick question (hopefully). If my green card were to get approved tomorrow and I were to get my green card in the mail a week later, how quickly would I be able to switch to a new job? Is there a legal requirement (i.e. by the US government) for me to stay at my current job for a certain period of time once I receive my green card? Or is it as simple as, once I receive the physical green card I can switch jobs. Also, once you get your green card, do you have to get a stamp of some sort on your passport?
My wife and I are Canadian citizens living in Michigan on H1-B visas (both of us) and have applied for Green Card through the EB2 process. Our case is being handled in Nebraska. We have a 2 year old son who is on a H4 visa. We both hold PhDs and are hired as full-time tenure track professors in two different universities. My wife is the main applicant and our son and I are both dependents on her application. Below is our timeline up to this point:
12/2/14: Wage determination filed
2/12/15: Wage determination complete
3/20/15: PERM filed
10/5/15: PERM approved
10/23/15: Medical examination completed
11/13/15: I-131, I-765, I-140 (premium processing) and I-485 filed (concurrent)
11/17/15: I-485 application received at USCIS office
12/1/15: I-140 approved
12/10/15: Biometrics notice received. Appointment set for 12/16/15
12/15/15: Biometrics completed ahead of schedule as walk-in (proof of travel provided at office)
12/16/15: Advance Parole for our son was approved/received
1/6/16: I-512 for myself and my wife approved
1/14/16: EAD combo card received
Since then, there has been no other activity. Since November 2015, it has been over 3 months that our application is being processed and its nearing four months. Any thoughts?
I am a Canadian applying for a Green Card through the EB2 Category (Employment Based). I am still waiting for my Green Card and have been quite frustrated with the process so far. It is taking much longer than anticipated. My husband is also applying of the same based on being married to me. I have had to log many customer service requests and only had success with one.
As you will see below, my case was transferred right before the USCIS were about to hit their 60 day window to respond to my RFE which essentially delays my entire case again.
Please share your timeline if you have had something similar happen to you in the application process.
09/01/2015 - Filed I-485 / 1-765 / I-131
09/04/2015 - USCIS Received Documents (Day 1)
09/08/2015 - Finger Print Fee accepted (Day 5)
10/13/2015 - Biometrics Appointment Notice (Day 45)
10/22/2015 - Biometrics Appointment (Day 54)
11/06/2015 - RFE (Day 64)
11/24/2015 - Response to RFE Received. USCIS said to contact them if they do not respond in 60 days. (Day 65 - Clock resumes from when they received RFE)
12/10/2015 - Logged Customer Service Case on I-765 being outside normal processing time. (Day 81)
12/14/2015 - Email / Text Notification that records indicate I-765 was approved on Nov. 11, 2015. (Day 85)
12/17/2015 - Email / Text Notification EAD mailed (Day 88)
12/21/2105 - Cobo Card EAD / Advance Parole Received (Day 92)
01/12/2016 - Case Transferred to another USCIS Office (NBC) in Lee's Summit. (Day 114)
Have not heard anything since 01/12/2015 on my I-485. We are now on day 141. Why are case got transferred... I don't know. Employment based Green Cards don't usually have interviews. My husband still has not received his EAD or Advanced Parole combo card. He is going crazy not working.
During my application for green card, this site was immensely helpful for me. As I was going through separate websites on internet on the topic of how long does the entire process take, I realized that most of the experiences posted were not very good, and can cause a lot of anxiety. I am writing to contribute my positive experience with USCIS in our application. Hopefully new applicants will find some peace by reading about a positive experience.
08/02/2015 - I-140 filed with premium processing received by USCIS
08/04/2015 - USCIS receipt notice
08/17/2015 - RFE received
09/04/2015 - Response to RFE received
09/10/2015 - Approved I-140
09/14/2015 - Received I-140 approval
09/29/2015 - I-485/I-765/I-131 filed
10/05/2015 - Finger printing fees was approved
10/17/2015 - Received notice for Biometrics
11/15/2015 - Biometrics done
12/16/2015 - Filed I-765 service request (for approaching regulatory time frame)
12/18/2015 - I-765 approved
12/27/2015 - Received EAD/parole combo card
01/07/2016 - I-485 approved
01/14/2016 - Received GC and I-485 approval.
Hopefully people will find this experience helpful. As a way of appeal, I would encourage people to post their positive experiences on the forum as well, so that people looking for information on timelines of processing can get more balanced information.
I got lot of help from this website for my interview so i want to share my experience.
Rather than telling you about how to enter and process i come straight to the point. The window where you will get all your filed document is the most important part of interview because that is the person who gonna ask you a lot of question about the whole information you provide about your history, study , previous and new employment. while she checking your file she will make notes and officer will ask you the question regarding those notes. all question will be related the information you provide in application. So make sure you go through you application and you must give a quick and short answer.
you should know about your employer, pay scale and benifits who will receive you, where you will stay, wts the traveling plans?
most of the question will be asked to the main applicant. If you have any bad history in any other country, you don't need to wary until unless you have the police clearance. Officer will not ask you anything about that bcoz you didn't mention . But if they ask better be prepared to answer and be honest. Don't give any false or misleading information. Only answer the question you been asked.
At the end officer will ask you very basic question to make sure you the real person who applied for example when you pass out your college, date of birth your child or spouse, about you job and responsibility.
If you pass they will keep your passport or if they request any document they may give your passport back and ask you to come back with requested document.
Thanks to immihelp and good luck for your interview.
I was just contacted regarding the approval of my self-petition for permanent residence in the NIW category.
Here is some of my background information: Degree: Ph.D. from a research University in the USA Field: Microbiology/ Biomedical engineering Job during petition: Post-doc (on H-1B VISA) Publication: 11 research articles, 1 review article Total citation numbers: 441 (October 2015) Home country: TAIWAN USCIS processing time: 147 days
When I began the application, I knew my case was strong but didn't know how to start. I contacted several immigration lawyers, but Associates said that they have a total refund policy (for people like me who have a strong case) if the application is unfortunately rejected. So I decided to retain the firm.
Although I never met them in person, they were prompt in replying my questions and concerns within 24 hours. They are extremely professional; they wrote an excellent cover letter and four beautiful recommendation letters for me that were tailored to my background. Because of all their help, the only thing that I suffered from the process was the time awaiting for the USCIS to make the decision.
If you need to work like a real person does and don't have much time dealing with all the law and regulations, save some money to hire an immigration attorney to help you.
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