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The following letter refers to a letter from AK in the March 16, 2001, issue of Immigration Daily

Dear Editor:

I have a similar problem. I've been attempting to get my wife into the country for several months. I was told it would take between 815 and 825 days. I submitted my I-130 petition on Dec. 12, 2000. What I have just recently learned sickened me and upset me to no end.

Apparently, due to the "Walters vs Reno" class-action case the Immigration Service Centers around the country were ordered to process the Walters type immigration petitions immediately. To accomplish this the California Service Center pulled all of their Immigration Adjudicators off of I-130 petitions to accommodate the Walters type petition. According to my honorable Senator from Arizona, it will be another 30 to 60 days before processing of the I-130 petitions begin again. They are currently holding at the Sept. 7, 2000, petitions.

While spousal and family member petitions get shelved, apparently there has been no effect on fiancÚ or direct consular filed petitions. They are processing at a normal speed. (3-5 months for fiancÚ petitions, I'm told, and 6-8 weeks for direct consular filings.)

Every step of the way INS has misinformed, misguided, ignored or insulted me. (One employee in Phoenix had the nerve to suggest that if I wanted my wife with me I shouldn't have married a foreigner!!!) Before I filed I specifically asked INS about the direct consular filings. They said, "Absolutely, do not do it!" They were wrong. My wife would be here now if I had. INS told me it was taking them just around 88 days to process I-130 petitions in December 2000. I heard this from the national hotline and the Phoenix local office. Boy, were they wrong. Worst yet, three different immigration attorneys I contacted prior to submitting my petition steered me away from the consular filing and to the California Service Center. They told me 3-4 months tops. They didn't know what they were taking about.

Does anybody have a suggestion on what to do about this I-130 petition holdup?

Thinking of moving to another country to be with my wife.

BP

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