Now I really know why USCIS [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] sent me, together with a note that they had received my application for the removal of the conditions of my permanent resident status [form I-751], a note that my Green Card has been (temporarily) extended for one more year. After I had checked again and again at their website how far my application had been processed [I think it's a great idea that you can check that online] and kept getting the answer “initial review”, I used another one of their services offered, i.e. to check the average processing time for any kind of form/application with USCIS [something I'd like in Germany, too], and found out that for the Vermont Service Center, with which I had to file for my application, this is 7.1 months! Which means I have to be quite patient as not even half of that time has passed.
What I’m asking myself now is – not that I am planning to travel abroad – what would happen now if I did, as my Green Crad expired on January 28th. I’m wondering if that chit they sent me would really allow me to re-enter the US without difficulties. Well, I hope it would, should travelling abroad become a necessity before I get me renewed Green Card.
Anyway, I can be happy that I had to file with the Vermont Service Center, as the US average [that can also be found on the USCIS website] to process an I-751 application is 18.1 months! Keeps you wondering what they’re doing there. Must be very thorough background checks. Well, at least their goal is to achieve a US average of 6 months.
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