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My wife (US Citizen) applied for my permanent residence (change of status) on July 13, 2015. We submitted i-130 and i-485 to the USCIS at the same time. I had my biometrics fingerprint taken 2 months later. But since then USCIS has been reporting Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview and its already been 7 months now.

Can someone please give me a hint on when should I expect to be called for an interview? I think the visa bulletin does not apply to me because my wife and I are both in the United States and me being an immediate relative (of my wife's) don't have to wait for a visa to be available.

  • Have you tried to get an answer from USCIS? – phoog Mar 11 '16 at 17:06
  • Are you saying that I can call them and find out when I am going to have an interview? I am checking case.uscis.gov every single day expecting that they will update it as soon as they find out. – summerNight Mar 11 '16 at 17:11
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    I don't know if you can call them, but if I were you I'd look for a number and call it. Even if they don't know when they will interview, they will either be able to estimate how long you can expect to wait for an appointment to be scheduled, or that they are unable to give you an estimate. – phoog Mar 11 '16 at 17:30
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    You can most definitely call them (1-800-375-5283), and also walk in to the local USCIS office for an infopass appointment (infopass.uscis.gov). – littleadv Mar 15 '16 at 7:50
  • @summerNight Let us know when you received this, this would help in knowing the time period. Also what office have you filed this with? Thanks – pal4life Mar 16 '16 at 20:28
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It varies for everybody. It can take as long as a year (or in rare cases more) for some people in some cases.

Did you check the USCIS processing times for your local office? (Select your local office under "Field Office" and look at the processing time for I-485. Remember that the times are not constantly updated so the date you see is the filing dates they were processing at the time the processing times were last reported.) Is your application beyond the timeframe for the office? Even if it is beyond the timeframe for that office, your particular case could be slower than the average because they are doing extra security checks or something.

If your case becomes really behind, you can contact your congressman or senator and/or the CIS Ombudsman to see if they can help move it along. But if it's within normal processing times, they're not likely going to do anything.

Hopefully, you applied for an EAD (with I-765) and Advance Parole (with I-131) with your Adjustment of Status application. They are free to apply for and with them you can work and travel and has most of the benefits of permanent residency, so it doesn't matter as much how long it takes for your AOS to be approved. If you haven't applied for them yet, you can still apply for them for free; but it takes about 90 days from applying to get them.

  • @user102008: Thank you for taking time to answer my question. I do have an EAD (with I-765) and Advance Parole (with I-131). So does this mean I can travel anywhere and can return back to the US before the card expires without any hassles at all? Will they ask for any specific documents when I return back to the US? – summerNight Mar 15 '16 at 14:08
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    @summerNight: That's right. Just the AP and a passport, and maybe the I-485 receipt just in case. – user102008 Mar 15 '16 at 17:45

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