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Old 12-01-2009, 08:28 PM
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Default Time it takes the receive the AP document on Hand?

Hello,

My case is unique. We applied for our AP(for both myself and my spouse) through our Attorney on October 21st and the online case status for our AP petitions changed to,
"Document Production or Oath Ceremony" on November 16th.

Our case notes also said,

"On November 16, 2009 we mailed the document to the address we have on file. You should receive the new document within 30 days. If you do not, or if you move before you get it, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283".

It has been 12 Postal business days since the document was mailed out and our Attorney is yet to receive it.

Today I called up USCIS customer service enquiring about my petition. I was told by the CSR that, the "Document Production" doesn't necessarily mean that the document was sent out. It merely means that the Petition was approved and they have moved on to the next step of "Producing" / "Printing" the actual document and once it is produced/printed, it would be mailed out. She also asked me to call them back, 30 days after November 16th, if I still didn't receive the documents.

Whatever the CSR said, contradicts the case notes which clearly says, the Document was mailed out.

Any advises on what I should do?

I have an upcoming Travel by last week of December and I would really like to have my AP document on hand before I exit out of the the country.

Any clues or advises would be highly appreciated.

Thanks,
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It sometimes take longer than few days. During my years of getting AP's every year there are times I had my AP in hand within 3 days to almost 20 days. I am confident you will get your AP document much before the end of the month. Good luck with your travel plans.
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It sometimes take longer than few days. During my years of getting AP's every year there are times I had my AP in hand within 3 days to almost 20 days. I am confident you will get your AP document much before the end of the month. Good luck with your travel plans.
Thanks SS777 !!!

I am optimistic as well !!! I am just hoping that I receive the documents by end of this week !

But at the same time, I wouldn't want to sit idle, just hoping !!!

I am going to try whatever options that might be available, to speed up the document receipt, if it is possible !!!

Probably, I can set up an appointment with InfoPass, sometime next week, and see what they have to say about this...

The scary part is, I have read several posts by other users who had reported the loss of document once it has been mailed out by USCIS. I hope I do not fall into that category and I want to be aware of the next course of action, if indeed, I fall into that category.

Cancelling my Tickets is the last option that I have in my mind !!!

The things that we have to go through to get a GC !!!!
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via regular mail. There is no tracking available. If it is lost, it is lost. That is what I hate about both the EAD and AP process.

In my experience, the AP has been received anywhere from 4 days to 7 days after "the document has been mailed" notice.
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via regular mail. There is no tracking available. If it is lost, it is lost. That is what I hate about both the EAD and AP process.

In my experience, the AP has been received anywhere from 4 days to 7 days after "the document has been mailed" notice.
4 days - 7 days after "document has been mailed" update?

Sounds discouraging BUT from my experience and from my RESEARCH on this forum, I also think that, 4 - 7 days is the normal receipt time. In my case, unfortunately, its been 12 days already.

But, SS777 states, he has experienced anywhere from 3 - 20 days. I will take that.

Can others please chime in with their experience in terms of how many days they had to wait once they noticed their case status was changed to, "Document has been mailed"?

Your response much appreciated.

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Same case with me. Its been 20 days in Texas Center.
Actually when i call 3 Agents say its been posted , 1 says , The documnet was never produced.
The postal office does not loose AP. Its USCIS people who dont send them , but just chage the status.........

I have no hope of receing it now.
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I had a similar issue six months ago.

I booked the tickets after seeing the approval notice online hoping that the documents will reach me in about a 3-4 days. It took more than 8 days by regular mail and I have to cancel my travel plans.

Since the documents are mailed already, they won't allow to take an Infopass to go to the local service center. USCIS said that I have to wait until 30 days to raise a request.

Hope you get the documents on time.
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Thanks SS777 !!!

I am optimistic as well !!! I am just hoping that I receive the documents by end of this week !

But at the same time, I wouldn't want to sit idle, just hoping !!!

I am going to try whatever options that might be available, to speed up the document receipt, if it is possible !!!

Probably, I can set up an appointment with InfoPass, sometime next week, and see what they have to say about this...

The scary part is, I have read several posts by other users who had reported the loss of document once it has been mailed out by USCIS. I hope I do not fall into that category and I want to be aware of the next course of action, if indeed, I fall into that category.

Cancelling my Tickets is the last option that I have in my mind !!!

The things that we have to go through to get a GC !!!!
My attorney finally received the AP documents on hand, 16 days after the online status had changed to "Document Production or Oath Ceremony".

At least, now I don't have to think about postponing my Tickets !!!

Hope it works out for all you folks !!!

Good Luck !!!

Thanks,
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My AP is approved on 27th, but I did not receive it so far. I already booked my tickets and have only one day left for my travel.

Would it be safe to travel now? Are there any risks involved in doing so?

Please advice.

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My AP is approved on 27th, but I did not receive it so far. I already booked my tickets and have only one day left for my travel.

Would it be safe to travel now? Are there any risks involved in doing so?

Please advice.

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Hey nrakkati !!!

congrats on your AP approval. I was in the same boat as you are now, a while back...Your situation is very dicey...You can travel now provided someone can mail you the approved AP when they receive the AP at the specified address...The only risk is, if it gets lost in the MAIL, YOU ARE SCREWED !!! USCIS, as a matter of policy, will not reissue a lost AP and would require you to start the AP process from the scratch...

Ofcourse there are alternatives when you get SCREWED that way...

If you already made the trip assuming that you would get the AP on hand and if the AP is lost in mail, You can go to the US Embassy in the country that you are visiting,( not US Consulate) and show them the proof of the AP approval and request temporary pass to return back to US...More details on this can be found on researching this forum...

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