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Member Profile: dban (24 posts)

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Hello, I'm dban (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 12 Jan 2018
I have been a member since 23 Jul 2014
I have added 24 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 03 Jan 2018
dban's Immigration Cases
 
I-485 case: Approved in 298 days (366 days less than average)   (0 comments)
User: dban Nationality: India
Country of Chargeability:IndiaApplicant Type:primary
Service Center:NebraskaCategory:EB1A
Priority Date:10 Mar 2017Application Filed:10 Mar 2017
USCIS Received Date:10 Mar 2017USCIS Notice Date:17 Mar 2017
USCIS Receipt Number:I-140/485 Filing:non-concurrent
I-140 Processing Type:premiumI-140 Approval Date:
First Fingerprint Date:24 Apr 2017Second Fingerprint Date:
RFE Received?:RFE Received Date:
Reason for RFE:RFE Replied Date:
Case Transferred to:Transfer Date:
Name Check Status:Name Check Approval Date:
I-485 Status:approvedI-485 Approval/Denial Date:02 Jan 2018
Card Production Ordered:Card Received Date:
EAD Applied?:yesAP Applied?:
EAD Approval Date:11 Apr 2017AP Approval Date:
EAD Received:AP Received:
Time to Get EAD Approval:32 daysTime to Get AP Approval:
Time to Get Fingerprinting Done:45 daysTotal Time to Get GC:298 days
Most Recent LUD:Days Elapsed:
Experience:April 11,2017 : EAD approved April 24, 2017: Fingerprinting date Jan 2,2018: I485 interview for myself and dependent spouse Jan 9,2018: Receiver notice for approval of I485. Notice dated 01/02/2018
Case Added to Tracker: 30 Mar 2017 Last Updated: 09 Jan 2018
Notes: April 11,2017 : EAD approved April 24, 2017: Fingerprinting date Jan 2,2018: I485 interview for myself and dependent spouse Jan 9,2018: Receiver notice for approval of I485. Notice dated 01/02/2018

OPT case: Approved in 73 days (2 days more than average)   (5 comments)
User: dban Nationality: India
Job Offer in Hand While Applying?:yesService Center:Texas
Application Filed:10 Jun 2014Processing Type:regular
USCIS Received Date:10 Jun 2014RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:22 Aug 2014Card Ordered Date:22 Aug 2014
EAD Received:25 Aug 2014Total Processing Time:73 days
Days Elapsed:University:GaTech
Case Added to Tracker: 12 Aug 2014 Last Updated: 25 Aug 2014
Notes: 18 th Aug: Alien registration number changed 22nd Aug: Card/document production, card mailed 25th Aug:Card received

OPT case: Approved in 54 days (17 days less than average)   (1 comment)
User: dban Nationality: India
Job Offer in Hand While Applying?:Service Center:Texas
Application Filed:25 Sep 2014Processing Type:regular
USCIS Received Date:25 Sep 2014RFE Received?:no
RFE Received Date:Reason for RFE:
RFE Replied Date:Application Status:approved
Approval/Denial Date:18 Nov 2014Card Ordered Date:18 Nov 2014
EAD Received:Total Processing Time:54 days
Days Elapsed:University:Georgia Tech
Case Added to Tracker: 06 Nov 2014 Last Updated: 18 Nov 2014
Notes: 18th nov: Card in production
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 Jan 2018
Topic: Tracking Case status after interview

Hi

I had interview on Jan 2 and now I am awaiting further communication from USCIS . Is there any way to track the case other than through USCIS case status website (where I already have an account with email alerts set up)?

The USCIS website still says "Case Was Transferred And A New Office Has Jurisdiction". there is not even an indication that my interview is scheduled or done.

Does it even get updated? How long is it generally take for USCIS to get back?

Thanks in advance for any comments.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 Jan 2018
Topic: I-485 interviews for SF bay area

Here is my interview experience:

Background: My case is for EB1A . however currently I am taking a break because I had a baby last year. My spouse is working on H1B and I am on H4. We were worried that because I am not working (and earning a salary) there may be a case for public charge issue. My spouse had applied for dependent green card along with me.



Interview day: Went through security check and checkin. Our attorney (provided by my spouse's company which was applying I485 for both of us) was there with us. We both went in (along with baby and attorney) into the interview room. We were called roughly 20 mins after the time on our notices. The gentleman taking the interview seemed polite and friendly. He was not perturbed even though my baby created a lot of noise. He administered oath to us. Thereafter he proceeded to check passport/DL/birth certificate/Marriage certificate/I94/last date of entry/address change (we had moved since our I485 petition). Asked me dates when I first entered US, where I had worked. also asked about future employment plans but did not ask about sponsorship (which we were worried about). We were not asked for I864 or Supp J . He seemed to be extremely well versed with my I140 petition and seemed to accept my answers well. Went through some I485 Yes/No questions.

then he moved on to my spouse and asked him same questions. Asked about employer,arrival in US, visa status, current designation, asked for original of H1B 797, i485 Yes/No questions and so on.My spouse had previous expired EAD cards (OPT from his time in college) which he took away permanently. Asked my spouse about his education and work during PhD, (off campus/on campus).

Finally he said that our documents looked okay and said our case would be reviewed and we could expect response by 120 days (added that "although I expect well before that").

We were given some printouts saying the same.
Our interview took roughly 30-35 mins. But could have been shorter because we were multi-tasking by answering the interviewer and also trying to keep the baby calm.
Our attorney( Fragomen) said later that the interview went well but we have our fingers crossed.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 27 Oct 2017
Topic: September 2017 transfer from TSC to NBC

One more observation, no EB1A have got interview yet. Maybe thats because we dont have enough data points.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 27 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

The email notification I got says:
On October 26, 2017, we transferred your Form I485, APPLICATION TO REGISTER PERMANENT RESIDENCE OR TO ADJUST STATUS, Receipt Number LIN179XXXXXXXX, to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case.

It goes on to say:

During this step, USCIS initiates the background checks of the applicant/petitioner and identifies issues that may need to be addressed either during an interview or by asking the applicant/petitioner to submit additional information or documentation. USCIS reviews the applicant's/petitioner's criminal history, determines if there are national security concerns that need to be addressed, and reviews the application/petition for fraud indicators. If you have filed an I-485, I-589, I-751, N-400, I-90, I-821, I-131 or I-765, you can expect to receive an appointment notice to appear at an Application Support Center to have your fingerprints and/or photographs taken. The timing of your appointment is determined by the number of applicants ahead of you that also need a biometric appointment. We try to schedule biometric appointments as quickly as possible and in most cases you will receive your appointment notice within 30 days of submitting your application. We will send your appointment notice approximately 14 days ahead of your scheduled appointment. It is important that you keep this appointment. If absolutely necessary, you can request that your appointment be rescheduled however, please be aware that rescheduling may delay the processing of your application. Please follow the instructions on your appointment notice if you need to reschedule. Occasionally, you may receive an appointment notice to appear at an Application Support Center to have your fingerprints taken when you have filed a form other than those listed above. In these situations, you may receive your appointment notice more than 30 days after submitting your application or petition.



However I already had my biometrics a few months ago. Do they reschedule biometrics? Or is it just a general mail which has the statement on biometrics by default?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 26 Oct 2017
Topic: September 2017 transfer from TSC to NBC

username/ Date of transfer/ Interview notice date/ Interview Scheduled for / Field office / EB category

dban/Oct-25/TBD/TBD/San Jose/EB1A
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 25 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

I got the same message. My RD is 03/10/2017
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 17 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

Even I am reluctant to believe the statement made by Fragomen attorney. I feel that does not make too much sense.

However just your case does not disprove the attorney's statement. You could have interview regardless of the new rule. We need more data points.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 17 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

Had a meeting with Fragomen immigration attorney and the attorney said the following:

1) Interview is for I140 receipt dates on or after March 6th. I double checked to ask the attorney if the date was for I485 receipt date. She insisted it is I140 RD.

2) Scheduling interview might take upto 12 months but they dont have enough data points.

Dont know how much truth to point 1) . Will soon start finding out.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 13 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

Hi hnrp.

Congratulations!!! Could you please share your country of Chargeability?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 12 Oct 2017
Topic: March 2017 I-485 filers

Fragomen says that I140 receipt date is used to decide cutoff for interview process (and not I485). So from navas1 's experience there is at least 1 data point to support this claim.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 12 Oct 2017
Topic: October 2017 Approvals

Why are Fragomen saying interview cutoff date based on I140 filing date while others saying USCIS cutoff date based on I485 receipt date? Which one is correct? This is specially confusing since I did not file concurrently.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Oct 2017
Topic: Is job offer necessary at time of EB1A I485 adjudication?

Thanks for the input.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Oct 2017
Topic: Is job offer necessary at time of EB1A I485 adjudication?

Did you ultimately take a break? Were you on break when your GC got approved?Did you get any RFE?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Oct 2017
Topic: Is job offer necessary at time of EB1A I485 adjudication?

I have been carrying on research (without having an official paid position). I have several publications to show for this period and my original intention was to search for a job after getting a green card.

Also can I present evidence that my husband can support me financially while I look for a job?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 10 Oct 2017
Topic: Is job offer necessary at time of EB1A I485 adjudication?

Hi

My I-140 got approved in EB1A category (self petition). My I485 is pending. I am currently unemployed (we had a baby and I am taking some time off), was unemployed when we applied for AOS as well. I was initially planning to start looking for a job if and when I get GC. However now I am having doubts whether being unemployed has any effect on this AOS adjudication. In my field it takes some time to apply and get a job (post doc position) as they open up cyclically. I am not sure if I can get an offer before the I485 adjudication. I am currently on H4 and have got my EAD+AP.

Anyone has any advice or experience regarding this? Please help.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 04 May 2017
Topic: Career change after EB1A self-petition

The term related field is ambiguous. Is data science a related field to astrophysics? I would basically do the same job , applying system modeling skills on a different set of data. But how do I know if USCIS officer will see it the same way?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 May 2017
Topic: Career change after EB1A self-petition

Thanks for your feedback. I have no intention of changing immediately. But with careers in science getting increasingly harder it would be nice to have the option to switch to other fields.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 May 2017
Topic: Career change after EB1A self-petition

Thanks for the reply. However I think it is too late for that now as I already applied in 'astrophysics'. My I-140 is already approved and I have applied for AOS. Victoria Chen's team had suggested I stick to astrophysics. Any idea if I need to stick to astrphysics jobs only if I want to use my GC? Or is there possibility to change?
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 03 May 2017
Topic: Career change after EB1A self-petition

Hello,

I have self-petitioned for EB1A GC. If and when my GC is approved is there a requirement for me to continue working in the same area (Astrophysics) or can I switch to other industries like data science (which requires some skills I have but is more related to computer science). I am asking because the USCIS guideline says:
"The individual must plan to continue to work in their area of extraordinary ability and they must substantially benefit prospectively the United States."

I plan to only switch after my GC is approved and not during the process.
Does that mean I cannot switch ever? If I can switch what is the timeframe after which I can switch?
Does USCIS raise issues during GC renewal /citizenship process?

Any experience/feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 03 May 2017
Topic: Career change after EB1A self-petition

Hello,

I have self-petitioned for EB1A GC. If and when my GC is approved is there a requirement for me to continue working in the same area (Astrophysics) or can I switch to other industries like data science (which requires some skills I have but is more related to computer science). I am asking because the USCIS guideline says:
"The individual must plan to continue to work in their area of extraordinary ability and they must substantially benefit prospectively the United States."

I plan to only switch after my GC is approved and not during the process.
Does that mean I cannot switch ever? If I can switch what is the timeframe after which I can switch?
Does USCIS raise issues during GC renewal /citizenship process?

Any experience/feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks
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