Ok, ok. I might not have been able to update the “blog” side of this website but most of you who are following my timeline found here, would know that I didn’t completely forget about updating my I-751 Removing of Conditions Process. My complete checklist and walkthrough are also found here.
Why wasn’t on top of writing blogs? Well, life happened. We moved to a new state, looked for a new job, all in the middle of the I-751 ROC Process. Life got pretty hectic. This is also why I was more active on my Facebook Page and Facebook Group, since these are the easiest tools to update.
Anyway, let’s rewind and I’ll walk you through my experience with the I-751 Removing of Conditions Process.
On January 3rd, 2016, as previously posted, USCIS sent me a notice to file our Joint I-751 Removing of Conditions Application. I didn’t have to hurry sending in our I-751 ROC Packet since we were in the middle of moving to another state. Just a week later, on January 12th, I filed for a Change of Address Online – Form AR-11. We also filed for I-865 Sponsor’s Change of Address, since my husband was my primary sponsor for my AOS.
REMEMBER: Every time you/your sponsor move residences, you will have to file both AR-11 (this can be done online) for you, the applicant, and I-865 for your sponsor. Your husband/spouse or whoever your sponsor for AOS is, would have to file and send in the actual I-865 form when they move. You can get this form directly from the USCIS website. This is required any time you move, whether you’re in between your AOS process to getting your 10-year Green Card after ROC / as long as you’re a permanent resident.
That weekend, I started to compile everything we needed, just so everything’s already in order and ready to be sent to USCIS right after we moved and filed for taxes.
Home on a Saturday, preparing for another USCIS process. 1. Documents in Fireproof safe No. 1 – CHECK 2. Documents in Fireproof safe No. 2 – CHECK 3. More Documents – CHECK 4. Passports – CHECK 5. Folders and Tabs for Labelling – CHECK 6. Scanner / Copier – CHECK BB-8 and Groot says hello! Well, “Beep” and “I am Groot”. :P
A month later, we moved to a new state, Minnesota. Boy, that was EXTREMELY TIRING. We packed all our belongings ourselves, loaded them onto the truck, drove 6 hours to our new place, and THEN we unloaded everything… ourselves, for 2 days! My only consolation was I got to work with this cutie.
We sent it out on February 17th, and waited for it to be delivered. We had USPS Signature Confirmation on our I-751 Package since this process with the USCIS didn’t require a G-1145 Form – the form that you fill out and send to USCIS so they can email and/or send you a text message confirming that they have indeed received your package. I got confirmation from USPS and it was delivered and received overnight. YAY!
I got my I-797 Notice of Action (NOA1) in the mail and my Work Authorization was extended for a year. (This NOA1 will be used in conjunction with your expired I-551 Conditional Permanent Resident Card to allow you to travel and work for a year, while your I-751 ROC Case is being reviewed and adjudicated by USCIS.) And that’s what I used while I was looking for a new job in the Twin Cities.
I showed up for my Biometrics Appointment at the St. Paul USCIS Application Support Center at the given date and time. (You’re supposed to be there 15 minutes before the given time.) There were only 5 applicants in the room, including myself! It was a smooth process, it only took me 15 minutes total from walking in to walking out of the USCIS ASC Facility.
Oh and before I forget, on the biometrics letter, you will get 2 Case Numbers. One for I-751, and the other for CRI89. They are essentially the same case BUT the one you’re going to track on the USCIS website will be the CRI89 Case Number for updates on your case. Why 2 Case Numbers? That, I do not know.
After that USCIS ASC biometrics appointment, it was RADIO SILENCE…. from March till the last DAY of August. I heard nothing about my application. No updates from USCIS. I constantly checked processing times for I-751. Everything seemed to move along, it said 6 months. So, I expected movement on my case in August or September at the very least.
My 10-year I-551 Permanent Resident Card was mailed to me on September, 2016. The entire process took me about 6 months and 14 days. :)
There you go! If you’re going through ROC, just know that this might be a long process, so check your local USCIS office processing times on the USCIS Website.
On the up side, only a few months after I-751 / CRI89 / ROC approval, you should be eligible for applying for N-400, U.S. Naturalization / Citizenship. (That’s what I’m currently going through right now.) Make sure to read the eligibility requirements on the USCIS Website! I will be posting more about that this week.