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Work/Travel options after 485 : H1 Versus EAD/AP Work/Travel options after 485 : H1 Versus EAD/AP. Comparison between keeping H1 versus forfeiting H1 and using EAD/AP after 485 filing.

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Old 12-17-2011, 12:56 PM
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Wink Advance Parole Renewal - why delay in processing even for renewal

I mailed Advance parole in november, its been almost a month , still have not received the Renewed Advance Parole. Why is there such a delay even for renewing this document at USCIS. Its so frustrating I will need to travel to India in January and current AP is expiring in February. How long does it take to get just RENEW THIS ADVANCE PAROLE at Texas center. Not even a first time processing. Members please clarify
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:30 PM
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I mailed Advance parole in november, its been almost a month , still have not received the Renewed Advance Parole. Why is there such a delay even for renewing this document at USCIS. Its so frustrating I will need to travel to India in January and current AP is expiring in February. How long does it take to get just RENEW THIS ADVANCE PAROLE at Texas center. Not even a first time processing. Members please clarify
Check the processing times at the service center. TSC's processing time for AP showed 3 months and mine took exactly 3 months to get it renewed. My AP was expiring on 16th December 2011 and I traveled back to US on 13th December 2011 as I did not receive my renewed AP on time. Hope this helps.
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I mailed Advance parole in november, its been almost a month , still have not received the Renewed Advance Parole. Why is there such a delay even for renewing this document at USCIS. Its so frustrating I will need to travel to India in January and current AP is expiring in February. How long does it take to get just RENEW THIS ADVANCE PAROLE at Texas center. Not even a first time processing. Members please clarify
I applied mine on Nov 19th. It is still in "Initial Review status". When I renewed it last year, they took even beyond 3 months and the reason given to me was my previous parole didn't expire then. My current parole expired on Nov 22. So, I waited for the expiration date to get closer to send it for this year renewal. But still no difference. What I said about the expiration date may sound weird and that is exactly how I felt when the second level rep told me last year. So, this completely screws up my travel plan every single year. So, my understanding is not only they take more than 3 months to renew the parole but they also don't renew it until the previous parole expired.
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Hi,

My last renewal took more than 3 months, can anyone share how much time is it taking for renewing EAD/AP these days?
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:58 AM
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I e-filed AP myself and it took 1 1/2 months. My old AP expired more than 3 months ago.
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I think the delay is not from USCIS, but at some contractors who is doing the actual printing and shipping of the AP document.

Our AP was approved by the end of October 2011, but we actually got the papers in mail by end of Dec and beginning of Jan. 2 months to just print the damn thing and mail it!
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I mailed Advance parole in november, its been almost a month , still have not received the Renewed Advance Parole. Why is there such a delay even for renewing this document at USCIS. Its so frustrating I will need to travel to India in January and current AP is expiring in February. How long does it take to get just RENEW THIS ADVANCE PAROLE at Texas center. Not even a first time processing. Members please clarify
The processing time is 80 to 100 days and this is going on for the past 1 year. This is not a surprise to most of us and me too.
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My RD for AP was 14 NOV 2011 at TSC.
Approved on 28 DEC 2011 & received mailed document last week.

Took around 45 days for Advance Parole Approval.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:21 PM
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Received by TSC Sep 26, 2011. No updates or progress even though it's been 3 1/2 months now. Called the service center since we need it by next week or our driver licenses expire... They said we would hear back in 15 days...
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So anyone who has paper filled it in November or December got their AP card.

I filled in December, for new AP not renewal and received notice, when do you I should be getting the card. I need to travel to Indian soon to see someone ill. Can I go to the senator with the receipt notice, will they help it to expedite?

Anyone with experience taking senators help and getting the card sooner.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:06 PM
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I'm not sure your situation is extremely urgent but if it is then you can try to get an infopass

Emergency Advance Parole Documents
If you are experiencing an extremely urgent situation, you may visit your local office to request an emergency advance parole document. When visiting a local office to request emergency advance parole, you should bring the following items:

A completed and signed Form I-131, Application for Travel Document
The correct I-131 filing fee
Evidence to support the emergency request (e.g. medical documentation, death certificate)
Two passport-style photos.
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Well, its urgent but not super urgent. So I was hoping if I can avoid the whole medical document and info pass, and go through the senator, but don't know if the senators office helps only after it has been more than 90 days.
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Just received an email notification today (Sunday) that it was approved on Friday. Hopefully will mean only one week without driver's license. Not sure what worked, but expedite request, senator, congressman, and infopass were all part of our efforts to get this before the license expired last week. Almost 4 months...

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Just received an email notification today (Sunday) that it was approved on Friday. Hopefully will mean only one week without driver's license. Not sure what worked, but expedite request, senator, congressman, and infopass were all part of our efforts to get this before the license expired last week. Almost 4 months...
So did you contact your senator? Which service center did you send your case to?
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First opened service request by calling the 1800# a week after the 3 month processing timeframe. Then contacted senator the following week, and faxed and email TSC (where our 485 is pending), and then the following week, contacted our congressman.

Again, not sure what worked, but that's behind us now.

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