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Old 03-02-2013, 09:19 PM
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Default Combo card not issued for 2 yrs - Please REPORT here.

Hello Folks,
Per my search in this forum and others, I see many (including me) duped in the Ead-Ap COMBO Card validity period. Our priority dates aren't current and when we renew our EAD/AP/Combo card, we hope to get a 2 year Combo card, but more often than not we end up with a 1 yr card. When we raise an SR, we get a vague/generic response that makes no sense.

May of us 2007 filers pay for our ead/ap renewals, regardless it's extremely frustrating to USCIS shortchanging us with a 1 yr combo card. This is not in accordance with their own memo on the combo card found here. http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Laws/Memo...nce-parole.pdf

The combo card's intent was to help folks suffering from retrogression and reduce applying for renewal every 9 months, but that is clearly being defeated by USCIS inconsistencies.

Per Pappu's response here,
http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/fo...ml#post3568886.

IF folks like us get together, collect & provide proof of this inconsistent practice, IV may be able to report this and help us.

So for starters, those who are suffering from combo cards with incorrect 1 year validity period, please respond to this thread so we can generate some momentum then decide on next steps in consultation with IV.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:28 AM
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I am one of the sufferers who did not get the combo for 2 years. So I stopped doing the renewals in sync and apply for AP in the year when we plan to go out of US. Applying for EAD by itself guarantees 2 year validity. The fact that we have paid thousands in renewal fees b'cos we filed 485 in July 07, still remains. Don't know how many more thousands. Hope to see some light in the form of legislation this year. I would like to join any effort in this regards.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:54 PM
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Default Did not get the 2year card

Please add me to this list, Applied for 2 year combo formyself and spouse..... Specificaly requesting for 2 year, in big bold letters ,etc, sending by mail to the same PO box number....following all therules.....

Ala they did not send the combo.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:20 AM
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Default Same here

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I am one of the sufferers who did not get the combo for 2 years. So I stopped doing the renewals in sync and apply for AP in the year when we plan to go out of US. Applying for EAD by itself guarantees 2 year validity. The fact that we have paid thousands in renewal fees b'cos we filed 485 in July 07, still remains. Don't know how many more thousands. Hope to see some light in the form of legislation this year. I would like to join any effort in this regards.
I had the same experience. Basically got a 9 month EAD card. Called USCIS, Lawyer, etc .. no one even cared to look into the issue. I don't care anymore. I am not going to renew them together .. that should take care of it...
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Default me too

When I applied last year for combo card, I got validity only for less than a year, opened a service request and they said it's purely based on their decision. I can provide more details if you need and contact me @ osrinivas@gmail.com

Also, I have miles to donate if anybody is willing to travel to DC and need help.

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When I applied last year for combo card, I got validity only for less than a year, opened a service request and they said it's purely based on their decision. I can provide more details if you need and contact me @ osrinivas@gmail.com

Also, I have miles to donate if anybody is willing to travel to DC and need help.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:05 AM
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Thumbs down I got 1-year, wife got 2-years

I filed 485 in 2012 Feb. The first set of EAD's(combo cards) we received were both for 1 year. But when I applied recently for both of our renewals together, my wife received the combo card for 2 years whereas I received for only 1 year. Upon calling USCIS they couldn't give me any specific reason and asked me to get an INFOPASS appointment for which I have to drive 90+ miles which I was not ready to do as I'm still using my H1-B.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:21 AM
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Thumbs down I got 1-year, wife got 2-years

I filed 485 in 2012 Feb. The first set of EAD's(combo cards) we received were both for 1 year. But when I applied recently for both of our renewals together, my wife received the combo card for 2 years whereas I received for only 1 year. Upon calling USCIS they couldn't give me any specific reason and asked me to get an INFOPASS appointment for which I have to drive 90+ miles which I was not ready to do as I'm still using my H1-B.
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Perfect. Thx all for responding to this thread and gathering here on Combo Card issues.

I had asked Pappu in the other thread as to what format we provide the details.
http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/fo...ml#post3569058

His response was:

"For this small issue if we can get at least 10 people in the recent months who have faced this issue, you can collect all their information with application number details, name, address, dates etc in an excel file. All these 10 people should be genuine error of USCIS and not error of lawyer or applicant.
In a word doc explain the problem to uscis director . Use bullet points, bold text etc to make it easy to read".


So I will before this weekend, define like an excel to capture those details and a word document summarizing what we expect. And post it here for Review from all of you. Any better ideas, let me know.

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Default I'm one of you

I applied for EAD & AP in June last year asking for combo card (E-filing) and sent all the supporting documents to TSC. Got 2 year EAD & 1 year AP seperately. This is my 5th filing so far.

Applied for wife in August for EAD & AP (E-file) at TSC. Sent same set of supporting documents and requesting combo card. Got 1 year EAD and 1 year AP seperately.

Let me know where to send the details.

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Same issue- poor response from USICS.
PD sept 2008 (EB 2)
First combo card issued - Feb 2012
Renwed for one year

Collective effort can help to seek a positive response from USCIS.
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Default Same Here

I electronically filed our EAD & AP renewal in June/July last year and sent all the supporting documents together in one packet to TSC. Received EAD for 2 year & AP for 1 year separately. It was my 3rd filing. Same to my wife.

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Hello Folks,

Here is an excel sheet in Google docs. Please enter your details.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...Hc&usp=sharing

The formatting is not that great, but this will become an excel doc and I'll format it then. if you have objective suggestions, let me know. Disclaimer: This document is not public, however anyone with this link can access it. I don't think the data in here should raise any security concerns, if you feel there is, suggest an better mechanism to collaborate on this or only fill up what you are comfortable with.

Pappu,
1. Please review and let me know if anything needs to change or any suggestions.
2. I am also typing up a word document that will be objective and easier to read since the issue is straight forward. This excel is an adjunct / proof to that.
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You can make a google form to fill out and it will fill your excel automatically. Or you can have everyone email you.

In the fields you need to also have description of the problem, steps taken to resolve, confirm it is USCIS fault etc fields. Make sure you have the application number for EAD AP combo card. If someone filed for just AP he will only get AP and not a combo card. so you will need to talk to each and ensure that data is accurate and the problem is genuine USCIS mistake. We cannot blame USCIS if the fault is of the applicant or lawyer. All fields will be mandatory. It is difficult to go back and forth with incomplete information if USCIS asks for more info.
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You can make a google form to fill out and it will fill your excel automatically. Or you can have everyone email you.

In the fields you need to also have description of the problem, steps taken to resolve, confirm it is USCIS fault etc fields. Make sure you have the application number for EAD AP combo card. If someone filed for just AP he will only get AP and not a combo card. so you will need to talk to each and ensure that data is accurate and the problem is genuine USCIS mistake. We cannot blame USCIS if the fault is of the applicant or lawyer. All fields will be mandatory. It is difficult to go back and forth with incomplete information if USCIS asks for more info.
Thanks Pappu. I'll research the form or have folks send me the details.

The scope here is limited to folks who concurrently applied for renewal for either previous combo card renewal OR previous EAD & AP. (EAD & AP expiring within 120 days window).
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