Hello Anna is the story of two people that are from opposite sides of the world and do not speak the same language. They met online and found true love. Anna is from Russia and Bryan Lives in America. They met online and fell in love through the use of Google Translator and Skype. They are now living happily ever after together in America
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A letter to my congressman and senator.
Both Anna and I have been very frustrated with this process that seems to go on indefinitely for us while many other people who filed after us are getting approved. I tried calling the USCIS and was unable to get anywhere with them. So tonight, I decided to write letters to one of my state congressman and my state senator.
Here is the letter I sent to them.
I am writing you today because I am among thousands of other
frustrated U.S. Citizens who are customers of The United States Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
Among the many other U.S. Citizens, I submitted a petition
I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé) along with the $340.00 fee they charge for
this "service". My petition
was received by the USCIS on October 22, 2012 and was subsequently transferred
to the California Service Center (CSC). At
that time the USCIS advertised a 5 month average decision on petitions of this
After waiting for a period of 5 months, I decided to call
the USCIS to determine the status of our petition. They were unable or unwilling
to give me any information on the status of our specific case and I was
informed that the expected processing time had increased to 7.5 months. Meanwhile the CSC has advertised on its website for over
four months that it has been processing petitions that it received on July 18,
2012(It is still the date they advertise today).
At the same time the Vermont Service Center (VSC) is
processing these applications within 5 months. In fact many people are
indicating that their petition that was filed after ours has already been
approved. This is frustrating to say the least. We had no choice as to which
center processed our petition.
Today I checked the average processing time for the I-821D
(DACA) petition and it appears to be 6 months for CSC to reach a decision on
this petition. Keep in mind this petition has existed for less than a year.
This could explain why the California Service Center has
slowed down, if not ceased processing the I-129F petitions. While I have no
problems with the DACA program in particular, I do have a problem with it
taking precedence over other petitions. It appears that the CSC has been
overwhelmed with these new applications for the I-821D petition (Consideration
of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and has been unable to process the
While that may be a problem, it appears the agency has
another problem. Today my Fiancé showed me a forum entry that was posted
yesterday by someone that claimed their I-129F petition that was submitted in
December was approved yesterday by the CSC after only 4 months and 1 day. Here
is a link to the forum topic she showed me http://www.zaokeanom.com/forum/topic7887-180.html.
The forum is written in Russian, but the message was translated as “We received our NOA2 yesterday! I cannot
believe we ended up waiting for only 4 months and 1 day!” “Be patient everyone
and GOOD LUCK!! California worked well last week”
Today, I decided to contact the USCIS to ask them why
someone who filed in December was approved before someone who filed in October.
They could not answer the question and told me the average time has increased
to 9 months for the CSC. So, it seems the CSC of the USCIS is not only favoring
the I-821D petition. It may also be favoring people that may have deeper
pockets than me or I need to find someone out there that can expedite the
process, which I believe is a crime. Honestly, I don't know what is causing
this delay but I am afraid I will call in 30 days and learn the average time
has increased to 12 months.