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Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hey folks who already attended the interview at the Cleveland OH FO - is the name of the FO director listed on your IL? If yes, what is the name?
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello mom,
I read somewhere that USCIS usually replies to congressional inquiry within 30 days. Is that still the case? I talked to a lawyer today who suggested threatening a mandamus but since I have less than 60 days they might never act on time on a mandamus. I am waiting on tier 2 call request placed last month and the congressional inquiry which USCIS replied back that they received on 7/30 that is about 25 days passed. I submitted a request to one of the senators in my state by filling the forms and sending via email and they have not even opened the email (included the read notice reply so I can tell when they read the email).
NOA 05/02
BIO 08/02
Per the linked USCIS Congressional Inquiry Refresher, yes USCIS strive to respond to written enquiries within 30 calendar days. It is possible the senator's office already read your email but decided against sending the read notice reply (personally, I tend to ignore a read receipt request when I get emails with such requests).
 

Gnignia

New Member
Hello mom,
I read somewhere that USCIS usually replies to congressional inquiry within 30 days. Is that still the case? I talked to a lawyer today who suggested threatening a mandamus but since I have less than 60 days they might never act on time on a mandamus. I am waiting on tier 2 call request placed last month and the congressional inquiry which USCIS replied back that they received on 7/30 that is about 25 days passed. I submitted a request to one of the senators in my state by filling the forms and sending via email and they have not even opened the email (included the read notice reply so I can tell when they read the email).
NOA 05/02
BIO 08/02
Hi Jeylohnen. I see you are in Ohio as well. Which senator did you send your request to? I've sent mine a week ago and haven't heard anything. I filed the electronic one. NOA 06/08 no bio or interview yet.
 

jeylohnen

Active Member
Hi Jeylohnen. I see you are in Ohio as well. Which senator did you send your request to? I've sent mine a week ago and haven't heard anything. I filed the electronic one. NOA 06/08 no bio or interview yet.
I sent the electronic one to senator Sherrod Brown. I went to his Cleveland office last week and it was closed. Which field office is working on your case? let me DM you.
 

DD2021

Member
Hi @DD2021
I see you went for bio walk-ing right after your interview on the same day (we also had our interview on Aug 2nd). But your (and ours) scheduled bio-appointment is somewhere on August 30th. Are there any updates after your bio has been taken? @coffeemonster did the bio-walk-ing but has no update yet. I am wondering about your situation.
No update on my side yet. Still says " Interview was completed and my case must be reviewed". During the interview, my IO told me that he will approve my case as soon as my background check is cleared which would take no more than 48 hours he said. He also said that he is aware of the time sensitivity of the DV cases and he will keep my documents in his cabinet and on September 1st he will look at it, which is 48 hours after the planned bio date. So I am patiently waiting until the end of September for an update, if not I will initiate a congressional inquiry. I wish all of us good luck in this nerve-racking process.
 

ssdew

Member
No update on my side yet. Still says " Interview was completed and my case must be reviewed". During the interview, my IO told me that he will approve my case as soon as my background check is cleared which would take no more than 48 hours he said. He also said that he is aware of the time sensitivity of the DV cases and he will keep my documents in his cabinet and on September 1st he will look at it, which is 48 hours after the planned bio date. So I am patiently waiting until the end of September for an update, if not I will initiate a congressional inquiry. I wish all of us good luck in this nerve-racking process.
Thanks for the update. This is exactly what he told me!! We might have had the same officer. Let's hope he will be taking care of this on Sep 1st. Good luck !!!
 

Youn

Active Member
Hello,
Do we need to take our US Citizen kids to the FO during Biometric and Interview? They do not have I-485 but are listed as our kids in my and their mother's I-485.
Thank you,
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello,
Do we need to take our US Citizen kids to the FO during Biometric and Interview? They do not have I-485 but are listed as our kids in my and their mother's I-485.
Thank you,
No. Be sure to take their birth certificates (original and copy) with you to the interview.
 
Interview Update

Field Office: Reno, NV
Interview date: 08/24/2021
Interview time: 7:30am

Interview was quick and easy overall.

I am the DV selectee and my wife and daughter are the derivatives. We have two other young kids (2yrs and 5 months olds) who are USC’s. It’s a 4hr drive from where we live to the field office and so we arrived in Reno on the evening of the 23rd. We took along our two USC kids as we did not have anyone to leave them with. On the morning of the 24th, we arrived at the Field Office at approximately 7:20 and were met at the entrance by a security officer. He asked to check our interview letters. He spotted that my wife’s interview and that of my daughter’s were scheduled for later times (8:30 and 10:30 respectively) in the day but I explained to him we were a family and so he was okay with that and wondered why they gave us different times. He took our IDs (passports), went inside and then returned. He said we were good to come inside and had no problems with us coming in with our two USCs. He had me read some covid questions that had been pasted on the entrance door to make sure my answers were “no” for everyone in the family. They were the usual questions about experiencing cough and what not symptoms. The security officer then led us through the entrance door to the security check point where checking mimicked airport security checks. After completing that, we were asked to be seated in a waiting room. I left our interview letters at a window in the waiting room as was instructed by the security and the letter was picked up by the interview officer a couple of minutes after. He then called us to his office to begin the interview.

Before diving into questions, he mentioned that he didn’t have a whole lot of questions. He said they had not handled many DV cases historically but knew DV gets prioritized quickly. He mentioned that he knew that visas were available and so that was not a problem. He had us stand to do the oath and then he went through questions about our physical address, whether I was still working with the company I had on the form, which organizations we were part of and then the yes/no questions. He said all was good and that he would go into the system and update. I mentioned that my last name had been misspelled and he noted that. I also gave him recent paystubs, bank account statements and a copy of my daughter’s new birth certificate which had a correction. I also mentioned we had not done biometrics yet and then he said that’s the most important one and so he quickly arranged for us to do our biometrics. The Reno ASC is in the same building and so he took us over to get that done. The IO didn’t ask to see any originals; he just had us append our signatures on the forms after the questions.

All in all, we were in and out in about an hour between the interview and the biometrics. Biometrics went fine with no issues and was quick too. Just before we left the office, I asked the IO when to expect feedback and he said biometrics usually clears in 48hr; he had everything he needed but will send an RFE if he needed anything more. Everyone there was so nice and polite. Our statuses have not changed yet (still finger fee received) but we wait patiently and are confident we’ll see approval soon. Will update the group as soon as our statuses change.

Apologies for making this long but I hope the details may be useful to someone as other experiences shared on here have been useful to us. Thanks to everyone on this forum and thanks to @Sm1smom and @SusieQQQ for their great efforts. Also thanks to @yaw199 … we live in the same area and luckily from the same country and so we have been in constant touch monitoring progresses of each other.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Interview Update

Field Office: Reno, NV
Interview date: 08/24/2021
Interview time: 7:30am

Interview was quick and easy overall.

I am the DV selectee and my wife and daughter are the derivatives. We have two other young kids (2yrs and 5 months olds) who are USC’s. It’s a 4hr drive from where we live to the field office and so we arrived in Reno on the evening of the 23rd. We took along our two USC kids as we did not have anyone to leave them with. On the morning of the 24th, we arrived at the Field Office at approximately 7:20 and were met at the entrance by a security officer. He asked to check our interview letters. He spotted that my wife’s interview and that of my daughter’s were scheduled for later times (8:30 and 10:30 respectively) in the day but I explained to him we were a family and so he was okay with that and wondered why they gave us different times. He took our IDs (passports), went inside and then returned. He said we were good to come inside and had no problems with us coming in with our two USCs. He had me read some covid questions that had been pasted on the entrance door to make sure my answers were “no” for everyone in the family. They were the usual questions about experiencing cough and what not symptoms. The security officer then led us through the entrance door to the security check point where checking mimicked airport security checks. After completing that, we were asked to be seated in a waiting room. I left our interview letters at a window in the waiting room as was instructed by the security and the letter was picked up by the interview officer a couple of minutes after. He then called us to his office to begin the interview.

Before diving into questions, he mentioned that he didn’t have a whole lot of questions. He said they had not handled many DV cases historically but knew DV gets prioritized quickly. He mentioned that he knew that visas were available and so that was not a problem. He had us stand to do the oath and then he went through questions about our physical address, whether I was still working with the company I had on the form, which organizations we were part of and then the yes/no questions. He said all was good and that he would go into the system and update. I mentioned that my last name had been misspelled and he noted that. I also gave him recent paystubs, bank account statements and a copy of my daughter’s new birth certificate which had a correction. I also mentioned we had not done biometrics yet and then he said that’s the most important one and so he quickly arranged for us to do our biometrics. The Reno ASC is in the same building and so he took us over to get that done. The IO didn’t ask to see any originals; he just had us append our signatures on the forms after the questions.

All in all, we were in and out in about an hour between the interview and the biometrics. Biometrics went fine with no issues and was quick too. Just before we left the office, I asked the IO when to expect feedback and he said biometrics usually clears in 48hr; he had everything he needed but will send an RFE if he needed anything more. Everyone there was so nice and polite. Our statuses have not changed yet (still finger fee received) but we wait patiently and are confident we’ll see approval soon. Will update the group as soon as our statuses change.

Apologies for making this long but I hope the details may be useful to someone as other experiences shared on here have been useful to us. Thanks to everyone on this forum and thanks to @Sm1smom and @SusieQQQ for their great efforts. Also thanks to @yaw199 … we live in the same area and luckily from the same country and so we have been in constant touch monitoring progresses of each other.
Great update. Nicely written.
 

yaw199

Member
Interview Update

Field Office: Reno, NV
Interview date: 08/24/2021
Interview time: 7:30am

Interview was quick and easy overall.

I am the DV selectee and my wife and daughter are the derivatives. We have two other young kids (2yrs and 5 months olds) who are USC’s. It’s a 4hr drive from where we live to the field office and so we arrived in Reno on the evening of the 23rd. We took along our two USC kids as we did not have anyone to leave them with. On the morning of the 24th, we arrived at the Field Office at approximately 7:20 and were met at the entrance by a security officer. He asked to check our interview letters. He spotted that my wife’s interview and that of my daughter’s were scheduled for later times (8:30 and 10:30 respectively) in the day but I explained to him we were a family and so he was okay with that and wondered why they gave us different times. He took our IDs (passports), went inside and then returned. He said we were good to come inside and had no problems with us coming in with our two USCs. He had me read some covid questions that had been pasted on the entrance door to make sure my answers were “no” for everyone in the family. They were the usual questions about experiencing cough and what not symptoms. The security officer then led us through the entrance door to the security check point where checking mimicked airport security checks. After completing that, we were asked to be seated in a waiting room. I left our interview letters at a window in the waiting room as was instructed by the security and the letter was picked up by the interview officer a couple of minutes after. He then called us to his office to begin the interview.

Before diving into questions, he mentioned that he didn’t have a whole lot of questions. He said they had not handled many DV cases historically but knew DV gets prioritized quickly. He mentioned that he knew that visas were available and so that was not a problem. He had us stand to do the oath and then he went through questions about our physical address, whether I was still working with the company I had on the form, which organizations we were part of and then the yes/no questions. He said all was good and that he would go into the system and update. I mentioned that my last name had been misspelled and he noted that. I also gave him recent paystubs, bank account statements and a copy of my daughter’s new birth certificate which had a correction. I also mentioned we had not done biometrics yet and then he said that’s the most important one and so he quickly arranged for us to do our biometrics. The Reno ASC is in the same building and so he took us over to get that done. The IO didn’t ask to see any originals; he just had us append our signatures on the forms after the questions.

All in all, we were in and out in about an hour between the interview and the biometrics. Biometrics went fine with no issues and was quick too. Just before we left the office, I asked the IO when to expect feedback and he said biometrics usually clears in 48hr; he had everything he needed but will send an RFE if he needed anything more. Everyone there was so nice and polite. Our statuses have not changed yet (still finger fee received) but we wait patiently and are confident we’ll see approval soon. Will update the group as soon as our statuses change.

Apologies for making this long but I hope the details may be useful to someone as other experiences shared on here have been useful to us. Thanks to everyone on this forum and thanks to @Sm1smom and @SusieQQQ for their great efforts. Also thanks to @yaw199 … we live in the same area and luckily from the same country and so we have been in constant touch monitoring progresses of each other.
Great to hear your interview went well. Congrats and you will receive approval notice soon.
 
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