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  • Quick Status Update on my I-751...

    I called the '800' number two weeks ago to inquire about the status of my I-751 application. (Filed VSC Oct 2002 - Current VSC dates are Jan 2003 with some folks filing much later than that already being processed).

    They asked me if I had moved, which I said yes. They asked me if I had filed a change of address, which I said yes - filed it 4 times (1 - KY, 1 - Newark, 1 - VSC, and in person again in Newark to be sent to VSC as none of the address changes had actually been done at all even though 10 months had elapsed since I filed those changes).

    I received the reply yesterday in an envelope from the Department of Homeland Security. The form letter was sent from NSC. Included in the generic form (which is totally useless to me) was the following sentence:

    "... It is at the Eastern Adjudication Center for processing. They will contact you if more information is needed or when a decision has been made."

    The form ended with a paragraph that stated: "One final note: You asked that we update your address for the purpose of your pending case. Please rememeber that every person, over the age of 14, who is not a U.S. Citizen... ...must also notify the Department of Homeland Security within 10 day of when they move..."

    They then attached a 4th generation photocopy (totally un-readable) of an AR-11 form for me to send in...

    I should point out that I never asked them any such thing and actually had stressed to them my frustration at their inability to process a simple change of address...

    So, once again, here I sit totally in limbo. My son wants to return to Canada for the summer and I am unable to ascertain my status to see if I can even get back if I cross the border.

    Talk about a total waste of my time - they simply returned a form letter and I doubt they even made a formal inquiry into the status of me and/or my case.

    Considering I filed for my AOS 5 yrs ago and my I-751 20 months ago - this is nothing short of total incompetence on the part of the INS!

    P-I-S-S-E-S me of!

    ARQU

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    I called the '800' number two weeks ago to inquire about the status of my I-751 application. (Filed VSC Oct 2002 - Current VSC dates are Jan 2003 with some folks filing much later than that already being processed).

    They asked me if I had moved, which I said yes. They asked me if I had filed a change of address, which I said yes - filed it 4 times (1 - KY, 1 - Newark, 1 - VSC, and in person again in Newark to be sent to VSC as none of the address changes had actually been done at all even though 10 months had elapsed since I filed those changes).

    I received the reply yesterday in an envelope from the Department of Homeland Security. The form letter was sent from NSC. Included in the generic form (which is totally useless to me) was the following sentence:

    "... It is at the Eastern Adjudication Center for processing. They will contact you if more information is needed or when a decision has been made."

    The form ended with a paragraph that stated: "One final note: You asked that we update your address for the purpose of your pending case. Please rememeber that every person, over the age of 14, who is not a U.S. Citizen... ...must also notify the Department of Homeland Security within 10 day of when they move..."

    They then attached a 4th generation photocopy (totally un-readable) of an AR-11 form for me to send in...

    I should point out that I never asked them any such thing and actually had stressed to them my frustration at their inability to process a simple change of address...

    So, once again, here I sit totally in limbo. My son wants to return to Canada for the summer and I am unable to ascertain my status to see if I can even get back if I cross the border.

    Talk about a total waste of my time - they simply returned a form letter and I doubt they even made a formal inquiry into the status of me and/or my case.

    Considering I filed for my AOS 5 yrs ago and my I-751 20 months ago - this is nothing short of total incompetence on the part of the INS!

    P-I-S-S-E-S me of!

    ARQU

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    • #3
      On the bright side, if it wasn't for their incompetence, you and many other I-751ers would have been arrested and deported by now.

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      • #4
        Well, Mick-hole...

        If they could simply process applications in a timely manner then this wouldn't be an issue.

        Read the immigration laws - it is all based on time. They cannot even meet the requirements of our own federal laws.

        BTW - How much do you contribute to the economy and growth of this country? I promise you that it is nothing close to what I do.

        So F-U-C-K Y-O-U A-S-S-H-O-L-E, I mean Mike-hole...

        ARQU

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        • #5
          Thanks for the Update!

          Have you tried to update your address through the 1-800 number !? Adittionally contact the mailperson of your old address as I already have suggested you, just to be safe.

          I moved this past Sunday, and I am now submitting again AR-11, and letters to VSC and Newark, hopefully they will take another 10 months to update this one ha ha ha :-(

          In any event, I moved in the same block, which is handled by the same mailman, so I doubt that my mail will ever get delivered to my old address, and if it ever happens my ex landlord is really cool and will call me to go get it.

          I was thinking of putting an inquiry in regards to my I-751's status once the next processing times come around in which I expect to see a big progress on processing times, but I have now decided to just let them do their job, I don't want to piss anybody off taking into account that I have a complex case which could be easily be jeopardized.

          Once again, thanks for the update and good luck!

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          • #6
            Aguila,

            I did contact the USPS office where I lived and they refused to let me communicate with the mail-carrier in any way, shape, or form. When I explained my situation, the lady said it would not matter anyway as it is against federal postal regulations to forward "Do Not Forward" mail...

            I would just let this lie but I need to find out if I am in status or not. My son wants to see his mom, and my other kids want to see their dad. Up until now this has not been an issue as I have crossed the border literally dozens and dozens of times... But now I have no idea if I may be out of status or not. I really don't want to go to Newark - after all, who wants to get up at 4:00 in the morning, go stand in line, find out they are out of status and then be escorted to 'holding'... Besides, I have a minor child who would then end up in the hands of DYFS - and that would be a fate worse than death itself.

            ARQU

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            • #7
              Hi ARQU,

              Thanks for update... I know there is no meaning of NOA or those dates online.... all we got to do is wait....wish u all the best....

              there is nothing left but wait...what else can I say ? Good luck to you and Aguila....

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              • #8
                ARQU:

                You have to find your way to get to talk to the mail person. If you explain to the clerks they will never transfer you over. Anyway they always foward all the mail I believe...regardless of what the regulations are.

                To check your status, the same thing, you must find a way to get to talk to an immigration officer when you call the 1-800 number, because they have access to the immigration computer systems wherein they could check if an application is pending. You could make up an excuse about a complex thing, and they will transfer you over, if not keep calling and trying, I have had a hard time lately, I wanted to check if my file was still at VSC, but I rather just wait now...

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                • #9
                  As long as something is being processed and you stamp (I-551?) is still in your passport you are in status and can travel to and from Canada. So I would not worry about the status part and leaving, as for the mail...same thing here. They USCIS sent me a AR-11 for my husband after we had faxed all sorts of information to them. We then expressed mail it to them with return receipt requested and three days before the interview we got the interview letter. They still hadn't processed our AR-11 by then, however we told the Officer that we had sent in change of address forms numerous times and he made sure that it was updated. He did it right there and the GC came about 3 weeks later to our correct address.

                  As an aside...we had moved a couple of times and did not send in AR-11's for each, but there were no problems.

                  Good luck!

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                  • #10
                    ARQU,
                    I am just feeling the shortcomings of the system, maybe Mic-Hole should give Bush some tips about a Pre-emtive action on how to restore efficiency at BCIS since this administration is fond of pre-emtive strikes based on shock and haw. Then the same technique could be applied in....Iraq!!!!! how do you expect to fix stuff abroad if your own bureaucracy is a perfect copy of Michael's (Mick-hole ) brain, meaning a failure.

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                    • #11
                      Pasha: And wait and wait... Thanks man...

                      Aguila: I need to try again anyway as the last info they sent was 'real helpful'. At least now I have yet more proof that they know where I live.

                      Ardainia: I only worry because of the change of address and the chance that notices could be missed... If they don't manage to get the correct address attached to the file in VSC, then any letter for yet more fingerprints or an interview or whatever could (and will) go to the wrong address. Then when you are a 'no-show' and your case is considered abandoned... You then are out of status. If you leave the US and then attempt to return, you will be denied re-entry inspite of the I-551 stamp. I have entered into the US dozens (and dozens) of times from many different points of entry (ie: Canada, Mexico, South America, Carribean, Europe, Japan, etc, etc..) and have never had any significant problems. It is just now that I wonder as my 'Processing Date' has long come and gone for my I-751 at VSC. So perhaps I am in status / perhaps I am not... I have no idea.

                      Kalla: People dealing with the INS (BCIS, DOHS, or whatever acronym you want to use) have no vote in politics. Immigration is not popular with most USC's (ie: Mike-Hole) as they don't understand the macro-economic benefits (or should I say necessity) of immigration and the growth of population. Therefore, most USC's do not push for immigration reform - they prefer it to be as archaic and complex as possible. Hence, a significant lack of political will and or mandate to improve the system.

                      I mean, how hard would it be to simply delay the initial AOS interview until 24 mos after the date of the marriage (it took Newark 15 mos to get to mine anyway) and just plain get rid of the whole I-751 process in the first place? You would save millions and millions of dollars, free up many immigration officers to work on other type of applciations and security matters. The whole process, as designed, is inefficient, cumbersome, and just plain ridiculous.

                      But then again - that is only my opinion. So until there are folks who have political representation and a will to reform the process - it will never get any better.

                      TGIF.

                      ARQU

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