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  • I am very happy to report that my I485 application was approved on 4/12/19.
    Asylum granted by IJ in 10/2006.
    App for adjustment of status was received on 10/17/18 in NSC.
    Fingerprint 11/20/18.

    Good luck to all.

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    • Originally posted by fierce View Post
      I am very happy to report that my I485 application was approved on 4/12/19.
      Asylum granted by IJ in 10/2006.
      App for adjustment of status was received on 10/17/18 in NSC.
      Fingerprint 11/20/18.

      Good luck to all.
      What date was your "Fingerprint review completed?"

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      • Originally posted by boeing767 View Post
        I did my fingerprints on 3/19/19. My case status now shows "fingerprints were taken." How long should it take to become "fingerprint review completed?" Anyone with experience here?
        Fingerprints review all depends on the individual. For example, When I do fingerprints they always come back the same day or next day cleared as I don't have a criminal record. Every case filed with immigration is unique.

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        • Originally posted by gunmeikaz View Post

          I would say don't worry about address change, taxes, etc.
          I heard a lot of similar stories and address change never was causing any problems
          Thanks. But I also heard cases where address change was an issue, especially if you made multiple changes in short time. Unfortunately this was the case for people like me who had rough time finding a shelter. Anyway, I would only know the real reason when I am called for interview. Good luck to us all!

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          • I got my green card yesterday in mail. Took about 6 months all together

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            • Originally posted by Asylee Expert View Post

              Fingerprints review all depends on the individual. For example, When I do fingerprints they always come back the same day or next day cleared as I don't have a criminal record. Every case filed with immigration is unique.
              lol. This's bias. Especially "criminal record". No way to get fingerprint results in one day. Fingerprints are done by a separate department in USCIS. It's pretty much random.
              If you have criminal history it's not up to guys who review fingerprints to make a decision.
              My fingerprints were done in 5 days cause somebody was really fast. But that's just 10-15% of all AOS asylum applicants.

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              • Originally posted by Hopefulandgreatful View Post
                I got my green card yesterday in mail. Took about 6 months all together
                Congrats! Did you apply in California?

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                • Originally posted by Hopefulandgreatful View Post
                  I got my green card yesterday in mail. Took about 6 months all together
                  Would you mind sharing your timeline and which service center you applied at?

                  Thanks in advance

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                  • Originally posted by chiccat View Post

                    lol. This's bias. Especially "criminal record". No way to get fingerprint results in one day. Fingerprints are done by a separate department in USCIS. It's pretty much random.
                    If you have criminal history it's not up to guys who review fingerprints to make a decision.
                    My fingerprints were done in 5 days cause somebody was really fast. But that's just 10-15% of all AOS asylum applicants.
                    Well I have no criminal record whatsoever, the worst is probably some parking ticket for forgetting to turn my lights on in a brightly-lit area.

                    However I was once detained at the US-Mexico border (for the purpose of seeking asylum), I was also placed in ICE custody, and subsequently won my asylum at immigration court.

                    Would that slow things down? Does anyone have any experience with that?

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                    • Originally posted by boeing767 View Post

                      Well I have no criminal record whatsoever, the worst is probably some parking ticket for forgetting to turn my lights on in a brightly-lit area.

                      However I was once detained at the US-Mexico border (for the purpose of seeking asylum), I was also placed in ICE custody, and subsequently won my asylum at immigration court.

                      Would that slow things down? Does anyone have any experience with that?
                      You wont get any issue since you did everything the right way
                      Last edited by chiccat; 04-18-2019, 01:09 AM.

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                      • Shipped i485 to Phoenix on 04/10/2019. Delivered on 04/12/2019. Still waiting for the GC. No status yet.

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                        • Hey guys, this thread is very helpful and it makes me less anxious knowing I'm not the only one with a 15 months pending application. I want to share my timeline:

                          Asylum approved - Dec 2016
                          I-458 application - Jan 2018
                          Biometrics appointment - April 2019 (Today) which is unusual from what I read so far.
                          Now wait wait and wait some more

                          I'll share updates whenever I have any. Good luck all

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                          • Originally posted by chiccat View Post

                            Congrats! Did you apply in California?
                            Timeline for green card




                            Applied for GC 10/19/18

                            Received 10/21

                            Biometrics 1/2/19


                            2/21- fingerprints are in process.

                            4/10- card being produced

                            4/12- card mailed

                            4/15-card arrived.

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                            • Since most people on this thread are going through the painful process of asylum, I'd like to share my experience travelling as an asylee as it might be helpful.

                              I filed for asylum in 2013 and it took about 3 years and a half to get the interview and a month for processing and approval (granted in Dec 2016). I filed for a travel document (I-131) in January 2017 and received the document (I-571) in June 2017.

                              As an asylee your travel document is the same as a refugee travel document and it's valid for one year only. The fee for the document is around $500.
                              I traveled for work purposes to South Korea and Mexico and I needed a visa for both countries.
                              The Korean visa process was easy and I had no issues going in and out of Korea. They would just pause for a second or ask someone and then send me on my way in less than 5 mins.
                              The Mexican visa was easy, however, I've been to Mexico twice on the same visa and I was held at a room for 3 hours in each of Guadalajara and Cancun airports. I was interviewed and they had to write a 3 pages report each times, after signing the document I was cleared to go in.
                              Coming back to the U.S. was very smooth. I had to go to a secondary room twice until the officers confirmed some info, never asked anything, and I was cleared in 10-15 minutes. The third time I was cleared right away. I was told once by an officer that I should carry my original passport even if it's expired, but never gave me any trouble getting back in on the travel document alone.

                              After the first travel document expired, I applied for another in January 2019 as there is no renewal process, however, if you have a pending I-485 the fees for the travel document and biometrics are waved. I received the document early April 2019.

                              I'm trying to travel to Europe this summer, however, Spain does not recognize the U.S. travel document and would not accept it for a visa application. France and Italy both recognize the document and will process the Schengen visa. Germany and the Netherlands do not require a visa for a U.S. travel document holder. It's difficult to find information online about which countries do recognize the U.S. travel document, so I'd check with the country's consulate before going.

                              After receiving becoming a permanent resident you can get the travel document valid for 2 years and can go to Mexico and Canada visa free.

                              I hope this helps

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                              • How did you travel with the travel document when your GC application was pending?

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