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Unexpected antirant: US Citizenship and Immigration Services - Nothing to See Here

Feb. 9th, 2007

03:03 pm - Unexpected antirant: US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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Having vented frustrations in the past about the INS and the various incarnations since (INS was renamed BCIS [B=bureau (of)] and then re-renamed USCIS), I feel like I should perhaps provide some balance and do something I never really expected to be doing: Raving about them!

Specifically, my early INS experiences involved extremely slow processing, with delivery generally being some significant amount of time beyond the maximum time allowed by law (go figure) ... but right now USCIS seems to be consistently delivering early on many things. It's possible that they're just efficient in the limited scope of my type of application, but since it's all I know I can only assume that they've generally improved.

Significantly less than 3 months after our initial application for a greencard based on marriage was submitted, I have already got greencard status, and am only waiting for the physical card (but have a stamp in my passport which provides me the same status, including right to work and re-enter the country, already). That's pretty staggeringly good in my book.

They're delivering so fast on their greencard processing that they gave me greencard status without my needing the EAD (Employment Authorization Document) or Advance Parole (sinister-sounding, but what it means is the right to travel and come back in to the country) to tide me over.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished, and respectful

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From:frysco
Date:February 10th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
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(INS was renamed BCIS [B=bureau (of)] and then re-renamed USCIS)

Because putting US in front of anything makes it more patriotic, of course!
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From:mavjop
Date:February 10th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
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Well, of course. ;)
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From:wy
Date:February 10th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
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Heh. We work with ICE all the time.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 10th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
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ICE == Immigration and Customs Enforcement?
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From:wy
Date:February 10th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
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Yeah.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 10th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
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Ok, thought so. :) Kind of a different branch of USCIS than I've dealt with other than when going through customs/immigration at airports. :)
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From:targaff
Date:February 10th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
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They were pretty good for us, too, since we were lucky enough to be going through TSC at a time they were working on AoS stuff. Frankly with the amount of money they screw you out of throughout the process, though, I don't think they really deserve a rave just for managing to do the job when they usually don't.
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From:mavjop
Date:February 10th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
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You're probably right, but I'm so relieved to have this done, and so surprised at how things worked according to or better than what was promised that it's hard not to be happy with them.
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