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alves.sebastiao

Active Member
My guess is if there’s a typographical error on your GC and you use the above online tool to request a correction in place of submitting an I90 (which you can also do electronically), you will get a response asking you to fill out the I90 form.
we just got our GC. my wifes has an error on her first name (Debrora should be Debora), we submitted I90 and it updated that she will wait 7 months to get decision. We need to work and think it is very long time to stay unemployed. I thought it would take only weeks.
 

2021Ma

Member
Hello mom
I want to give you an update

our second package ( for both) was received to Chicago lockbox on 19th Aug, we have received our receipt number by text yesterday, and our checks have been cashed today (25th). we went to our biometric appointment on 23rd Aug, it was for the first package.

my question is:
1. does this bio work for the second package? for connecting this bio to the second package, should we call them?
2. can we try to expedite? when is it possible?

thank you so much for your help and support dear mom
 

CYNBLJ

Active 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.
Congrats, sounds like it all went well! :)

Appreciate the detailed update too, it's always interesting to read about each ASC/FO's processes.

Hope your background check clears soon!
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
we just got our GC. my wifes has an error on her first name (Debrora should be Debora), we submitted I90 and it updated that she will wait 7 months to get decision. We need to work and think it is very long time to stay unemployed. I thought it would take only weeks.
Unfortunately, replacement card takes several months. I know 7 months is a long time to stay unemployed, but if you guys were still on OPT, she wouldn't be eligible to work for the next 7 months, right? So instead of seeing the glass as half empty, how about seeing it as half full?
1. Does your wife already have a SSN?
2. Did you guys apply for an EAD?
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Hello mom
I want to give you an update

our second package ( for both) was received to Chicago lockbox on 19th Aug, we have received our receipt number by text yesterday, and our checks have been cashed today (25th). we went to our biometric appointment on 23rd Aug, it was for the first package.

my question is:
1. does this bio work for the second package? for connecting this bio to the second package, should we call them?
2. can we try to expedite? when is it possible?

thank you so much for your help and support dear mom
1. USCIS may decide there is no need for a new bio since you recently completed one.
2. You can try to expedite at any time you feel like. You can also simply be exercise some patience and allow the process to work considering your first package is still very well going through the system.
 

alves.sebastiao

Active Member
Unfortunately, replacement card takes several months. I know 7 months is a long time to stay unemployed, but if you guys were still on OPT, she wouldn't be eligible to work for the next 7 months, right? So instead of seeing the glass as half empty, how about seeing it as half full?
1. Does your wife already have a SSN?
2. Did you guys apply for an EAD?
Thanks, you are right we have to thanks God that at least one of us can continue to work.
1. No
2. No
IDK if we apply it may take longer than 7 months. Plus do we have to send the card with typo? when we field the I90 they just asked us to upload photos but it did not say that we should send the it. TIA
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Thanks, you are right we have to thanks God that at least one of us can continue to work.
1. No
2. No
IDK if we apply it may take longer than 7 months. Plus do we have to send the card with typo? when we field the I90 they just asked us to upload photos but it did not say that we should send the it. TIA
Yeah, it may indeed take longer than the quoted 7 months. Is this a USCIS error or can the error be traced back to the I-485 you guys submitted? They will let you know if you need to send in the current card.
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
Will she be able to get employment by showing the I551 stamp on her passport? TIA
She is authorized to work with the I-551. However, some employers may refuse to accept the I-551 stamp simply because they are limited in their knowledge of immigration matters. She will need to apply for a SSN first before she can undertake authorized employment. She should be able to apply for the SSN with the I-551, however some SSN offices/personnel have also been reported to have refused to acknowledge or recognize the I-551 stamp in place of the GC itself.
Nonetheless, I agree with Susie's above recommendation to get the I-551 stamp pending the replacement GC. Contact USCIS to schedule an INFOPASS to enable her get the I-551 stamp.
 

Dejavu9334

Member
My interview experience:
This forum helped me a lot and I think sharing my experience may help other ppl. Thanks to everyone, especially Simon.


My case has been approved today. Right after my interview, and my status changed to "new card is being produced". I had no bio appointment and they recorded everything right before the interview, do not worry if you have no bio appointment.

My interview was at 7;15 AM. They opened the door right at 7 AM and everyone went to a security check, just like airports. Then my officer called me and started talking. There was a little document shortage, I am currently on an F1 visa and the officer hadn't my I20, I am sure that I put it into my package though. It is better to have a copy of everything with you while you go to the interview.

After the oath, he asked about my job, I am a research assistant as a Ph.D. student and the officer did not know what does that mean, I explained and he got cleared. Then he read the I-485 questions one after the other, but not all of the questions, and I answered in the shortest and the most direct way. Then he said I'm gonna approve your case today and you will receive your GC in a week.

Note: My officer thought I am on an OPT, make sure your officer knows the nature of your job if you are a research assistant during your Ph.D. study. I needed to explain that it is an on-campus job and you cannot work outside of the University, and also you obtain credit by working in the lab just like the way you obtain credit in coursework.

The interview is really easy, do not worry! they are nice and understanding.

Wish you all the best.
 

Milz

Well-Known Member
My interview experience:
This forum helped me a lot and I think sharing my experience may help other ppl. Thanks to everyone, especially Simon.


My case has been approved today. Right after my interview, and my status changed to "new card is being produced". I had no bio appointment and they recorded everything right before the interview, do not worry if you have no bio appointment.

My interview was at 7;15 AM. They opened the door right at 7 AM and everyone went to a security check, just like airports. Then my officer called me and started talking. There was a little document shortage, I am currently on an F1 visa and the officer hadn't my I20, I am sure that I put it into my package though. It is better to have a copy of everything with you while you go to the interview.

After the oath, he asked about my job, I am a research assistant as a Ph.D. student and the officer did not know what does that mean, I explained and he got cleared. Then he read the I-485 questions one after the other, but not all of the questions, and I answered in the shortest and the most direct way. Then he said I'm gonna approve your case today and you will receive your GC in a week.

Note: My officer thought I am on an OPT, make sure your officer knows the nature of your job if you are a research assistant during your Ph.D. study. I needed to explain that it is an on-campus job and you cannot work outside of the University, and also you obtain credit by working in the lab just like the way you obtain credit in coursework.

The interview is really easy, do not worry! they are nice and understanding.

Wish you all the best.
Congrats!

So you did your bio before the interview, then attended the interview and got approved on spot? (I'm assuming you've had another biometrics for your OPT sometime in the past; right?)
 

Sm1smom

Super Moderator
My interview experience:
This forum helped me a lot and I think sharing my experience may help other ppl. Thanks to everyone, especially Simon.


My case has been approved today. Right after my interview, and my status changed to "new card is being produced". I had no bio appointment and they recorded everything right before the interview, do not worry if you have no bio appointment.

My interview was at 7;15 AM. They opened the door right at 7 AM and everyone went to a security check, just like airports. Then my officer called me and started talking. There was a little document shortage, I am currently on an F1 visa and the officer hadn't my I20, I am sure that I put it into my package though. It is better to have a copy of everything with you while you go to the interview.

After the oath, he asked about my job, I am a research assistant as a Ph.D. student and the officer did not know what does that mean, I explained and he got cleared. Then he read the I-485 questions one after the other, but not all of the questions, and I answered in the shortest and the most direct way. Then he said I'm gonna approve your case today and you will receive your GC in a week.

Note: My officer thought I am on an OPT, make sure your officer knows the nature of your job if you are a research assistant during your Ph.D. study. I needed to explain that it is an on-campus job and you cannot work outside of the University, and also you obtain credit by working in the lab just like the way you obtain credit in coursework.

The interview is really easy, do not worry! they are nice and understanding.

Wish you all the best.
Seeing how you have benefited from this forum, can you add your case to the timeline spreadsheet to enable others benefit from you also?
 

alves.sebastiao

Active Member
She is authorized to work with the I-551. However, some employers may refuse to accept the I-551 stamp simply because they are limited in their knowledge of immigration matters. She will need to apply for a SSN first before she can undertake authorized employment. She should be able to apply for the SSN with the I-551, however some SSN offices/personnel have also been reported to have refused to acknowledge or recognize the I-551 stamp in place of the GC itself.
Nonetheless, I agree with Susie's above recommendation to get the I-551 stamp pending the replacement GC. Contact USCIS to schedule an INFOPASS to enable her get the I-551 stamp.
Thank you
 

Dejavu9334

Member
Congrats!

So you did your bio before the interview, then attended the interview and got approved on spot? (I'm assuming you've had another biometrics for your OPT sometime in the past; right?)
yes, they did the bio right before the interview. Plus, I am on an F1 visa, not an OPT.
 
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