Sunday, May 06, 2007

Best. Email. Ever.

*** DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS E-MAIL ***

The last processing action taken on your case

Receipt Number: WACxxxxxxxxxx

Application Type: I129F , PETITION FOR FIANCE(E)

Current Status: Approval notice sent.

On May 3, 2007, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129F PETITION FOR FIANCE(E). Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service.

If you have questions or concerns about your application or the case status results listed above, or if you have not received a decision from USCIS within the current processing time listed*, please contact USCIS Customer Service at (800) 375-5283.

*Current processing times can be found on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov under Case Status & Processing Dates.

*** Please do not respond to this e-mail message.

Sincerely,

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


This arrived on Friday. Two emails, actually, simultaneously delivered, each taking my breath away. I'd have posted the good news sooner, but, well, I had to, like, drink and stuff.

Thanks for the kind words of support offered in response to some of my more despairing posts. This is only the midway point of the process, but it was the longest, most frustrating part as well. We move now to the State Department. So long, Department of Homeland Security. I always knew you were a bad idea whose time had passed.

So anyway - for those curious, the brief overview of what remains is as follows:
1.) The petition needs to move from USCIS CSC to the National Visa Center - that's its first stop in magical State Departmentland. This is the remaining uncertain-duration part, assuming London remains its lately speedy self for a bit longer. It can take a few weeks. Lately its been taking around 20 days. We'll see.
2.) NVC has to send it to the London Embassy. This takes a few days. DHL delivers it. We can track it. Sometimes there are bizarre short delays getting London to check its mailbox.
3.) London gets the materials, gets them into the computer system, and get the actual visa application forms out to Rob. Being the superprepared genius that he is, he will return them nearly immediately.
4.) Rob will need to have a medical exam from a specified practitioner. No really. People always seem surprised by this requirement.
5.) London, having received the forms back from Rob, schedules an interview. He goes to the interview, hauling our mountain of accumulated evidence. They interivew, they, I hope, approve, and he leaves his passport there to have a shiny new visa pasted into it, and goes home to wait for the courier to bring it back to him.

On average, all of these steps have taken most people between 70 and 80 days. Of course, on average, most people lately have processed through CSC in 85 days. So, you know, take from all this guessing what you will.

(p.s. Remember in that last post where I said those saying "hang in there" would bear my wrath? Well, the same threat applies to anyone who offers a "see, not so bad" or a "see, now you're moving along," or a "bet it seems like no time now that it is passed." There are still thousands of couples who are currently or who will become stuck in DHS's inefficient web of soul-crushing frustration - most of them residents of the 37 states and one territory condemned to wallow at the California Service Center. It remains very much un-okay for a majority of Americans to received lesser services for their fee money. It remains fundamentally unfair and unAmerican. Do not for get these people. Do not forget my 111 days of nothingness. If you ever have the opportunity to change the situation, please take it.)

3 comments:

CP said...

Whooooohooooo!!!!1!!!1!!

Congrats. Those extra 1's are to show how excited I am for you.

I'm also looking forward to your membership in Congress where you'll doubtlessly solve all of these problems and prevent further hardships going forward.

"My fellow congresspersons, we do this today not for nationalism, or for our own interests, but for love!"

Right? Right.

Doug @ Rose said...

What I love is that some bureaucrat somewhere is thinking that the solution to uneven response times between centers is to slow down responses out of the non-CA center!

cd said...

Yes, that is true - but then again, if the reapportioned the petitions, vermont would slow down, but the rest would speed up a bit.

Hey - reapportionment, that's your thing, isn't it?

Ah no, it's redistricting. Oh well . . . .