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    Hello everyone,

    I am a USC who filled an I130 for my spouse in 9/2008. The case was transferred to the local detroit office in 6/2009 pending an interview. My spouse lives in her home country. I contacted my senator in 10/2009 and was told I should have an interview by 1/2010. It is now 2/2010 and Im being told that they are so behind they don't even know when they will schedule my interview. Can anyone tell me why I need an interview? Shouldnt my spouse have the interview in her home country? Should I scrap the case and start from scratch? Thank you in advance for all your help.

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    Hello everyone,

    I am a USC who filled an I130 for my spouse in 9/2008. The case was transferred to the local detroit office in 6/2009 pending an interview. My spouse lives in her home country. I contacted my senator in 10/2009 and was told I should have an interview by 1/2010. It is now 2/2010 and Im being told that they are so behind they don't even know when they will schedule my interview. Can anyone tell me why I need an interview? Shouldnt my spouse have the interview in her home country? Should I scrap the case and start from scratch? Thank you in advance for all your help.

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    • #3
      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Can anyone tell me why I need an interview? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

      Most likely there is something in your case that USCIS wants to double/triple check.

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      • #4
        You will not be interviewed as that is not the proceedure. Your spouse will be interviewed at the U.S. diplomatic post where she applys for the visa, but she cannot apply until the I-130 is approved.

        It is very strange that this is taking so long. Contact the USCIS Ombudsmans Office.

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        • #5
          I found this on a website and thought you'd like to know. "The right to maintain the unity of the family is one of thr most fundamental human rights. Although, the methods for reuniting families are still inefficient. A strict quota system combined with understaffing and a slow adjudication process has lead to a backlog of millioms of visa applications. The wait for reunification can take decades". Write your congressman and senators, ask them to speed up the process. Families are waiting and it is not fair.

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          • #6
            Thank you for your post. I have already written my state representatives. It is hard being asked to wait to an unknown date, but hopefully all my recent activity will get me closer to an approval.

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            • #7
              Is your I-130 appoved. It should have been forwarded to National Visa Center for processing and onward action by overseas Post. Your local office should have not gotten it. Write then to forward the case to National Visa Center as your spouse in her home country. Sending to local office is not right.

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              • #8
                it is normal in the united states of israel .
                they usually interview people if ...
                1- messing documents
                2- if you did not send good evidence
                3- age difference
                4- if you were previously married
                5- your wife had previous visits to this country
                and no it is not only an interview for your spouse overseas , this is normal and they always interview the u.s citizens at the local offices and lately they been sending all the cases to the national benefits center in missouri for processing ( not NVC ) just hang in there but my advice to you is to file lawsuit against uscis , if you have a good case and good evidence and no security issues , you will secure the i-130 approval within 30-60 days

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                • #9
                  the boss is back

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                  • #10
                    Most probably.. i am gussing) you may have been wrote that your wife live in USA I local address in wrong column.) please check.
                    IF not then its USCIS mistake to transfer Petition to local office. It should be approved and transfer to NVC at Portsmouth NH. for further transfer to consulate, and if the priority date is current , ( in your case it is as USC spouse) interview will be conducted at consulate. Consulate will ask for DS230 packet etc.
                    thats the normal procedure.
                    now yu have a task to connect the dots.
                    Its a discussion, not a legal advise..

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                    • #11
                      Last month one of my friends approved I-130 was sent to local office for interview even though on the I-130 he has mentioned that beneficiary has never been in the US.

                      USCIS is making frequent mistakes these days. I do not think that a qualified officer is working on such application. My best guess is USCIS is using their janitorial staff to work on the pending application when they do not have enough cleaning work of mop the floors. USCIS cannot pay them for sitting and doing nothing rather let them work to clear the backlog.

                      Therefore, these janitorial staff pick-up the file, approve or deny the petition and send it to wherever they think should be sent.

                      USCIS is Department of Homeland Security. Such examples demonstrates that decision of USCIS can not be trusted and it is incompetent Agency.

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                      • #12
                        They sometimes blame their contractors for such lapses. But in the following absurd mistake, they blamed the "bureaucratic backlog."

                        http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/terrorvisa1.html

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                        • #13
                          i don't know why everyone is saying mistake,mistake,mistake ! no it's not a mistake . sending the i-130 to the local office (for standard interview ) is very normal and part of the process . you can read that on the form instruction and if you look at the i-130 application you can see on top where it say for uscis staff only there is few boxes to check ( transferred ,interview , etc..... it is normal to interview the u.s citizen bcoz uscis wont approve the i-130 if they think for some reason that the marriage is fake . why sending it to the NVC and then the embassy if they believe the marriage is fake ! usually if the applicant is much older then there is a big chance to send the file to the local office, or if the beneficiary had previous visits to the u.s or messing documents or if the beneficiary had deportation on his/her record or if the background checks r still open etc.... it's very normal to send it to the local office and 1000s of ppl been through this before . one bad thing about this that once the case is at the local office then you can't rely on the processing times , they can take forever a

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                          • #14
                            Mike, it could be either way: a procedural mistake or a USC petitioner's I-130 interview. Inversely, there are also cases when the I-130 package is being sent by the USCIS to the NVC when the alien spouse is in the US and should be interviewed on US soil. Hard to tell from what little info given.

                            We, on a discussion board, are doing just that - discussing. It may not always be case-specific but more about generalities; about opinions not legal advice. Given that no two cases out there are identical due to several variables along the way.

                            Opinions can't be wrong. It may be so for others but couldn't be for the giver because opinions are abstract and not factual. Hence when I gave one, I take pleasure in having it taken or left alone. Cheers!

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                            • #15
                              I agree with Mohan...
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