I’m currently sponsoring my parents for permanent residency and the process has been very slow. We filed I-130 and I-485 concurrently back in February, 2013. Seven months later it appears that we have to wait a few more months to get the green cards. Since parents of a U.S. citizen don’t need visa numbers, this used to be a quick process – not any more.
Today I received a Notice of Potential Interview Waiver from USCIS with the good news first:
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has identified your application as a potential interview waiver case. This means that we may not need to interview you to complete your application. However, if we later determine that an interview is required, we will schedule an interview appointment and notify you.”
Before we had time to celebrate, here came the bad news:
“Due to workload factors not related to your case, USCIS anticipates a delay in completing your case. Presently, we anticipate that delay to be approximately 6 months from the date of this letter. If you do not receive a decision or other notices of action from USCIS by that date, please contact our National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at the number below.”
Essentially USCIS is saying that your case looks good, but we’re so busy working on other stuff that you have to wait longer than we originally told you.
This letter brought back memories, or nightmares, of my own experience waiting 5 years in the dreaded EB queue, wondering what else was going to come up.