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My immigration visa will expire on Dec. 12, 2017. I filed…

My immigration visa will...

My immigration visa will expire on Dec. 12, 2017

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I filed I-90 since March 2017 biometrics done in april but till now news from USCIS

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Guillermo Senmartin
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Hello! My name is***** and I am a licensed attorney with more than 15 years of experience. I am here to assist you with your questions. Please understand that if I ask you for additional information, you are NOT charged again and our communications are NOT timed. So please see this as a relaxed conversation between friends. I am here to help. Also, please do NOT click on the Opt Out button because if you do, it would prevent me from communicating with you and then it could take a long time before another expert responds to you.

Please give me a few minutes to review your question and I will be right with you with an answer. Sorry for any delay. I may have to do some research and at the same time I read and type fast, but not that fast! Thank you for your patience.

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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if it is bad news that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

So do you mean to say that your green card expires December 12? Is it a 2 year green card or 10 year green card?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I never receive my card sent in Junuary
When I asked USCIS they advise me to file a I-90
I did it on 30 March and biometrics done also on 26 April

What is the basis of your green card? In other words, how did you get it?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
what will happen and what should I do to extend my visa?

You don't need to extend the visa. The visa is only to get in. Now that you are in, you don't need it anymore. How did you obtain your green card? Who applied for you?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
person with exceptional ability in the interest of USA
E21 visa
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
the problem I am working outside US and need to re enter time to time
application was done by a lawyer

Ok. And you had an immigrant visa to enter the U.S. and you used that visa to enter the U.S.? Or you were on some other status in the U.S. and filed an I-485 to Adjust Status? If so, when was the I-485 approved?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I used this visa to enter on 12 Dec. 2016, Feb 2017 and April 2017

What is the designation of the visa? Are you currently in the U.S.?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
all my family member received their green card
only mine got lost

Ok. But what is the designation of your visa?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
designation is immigrant visa
category E21

And which city and country are you currently living in?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
THE designation is immigrant visa category E21
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
BUJUMBURA IN BURUNDI
AFRICA
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ARE YOU THERE?

Yes, please be patient. I attend other customers at the same time and sometimes it gets busy. I will be right with you. Thank you for your patience.

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Sorry for the delay. There are a few things you can do to push your case along:

1) Call the USCIS Customer Service number at 1-***-***-****.

2) Go to http://infopass.uscis.gov/ and make an appointment to speak in person with an immigration officer to find out the status.

3) If the case is very delayed, you may contact your U.S. Congressmen to get them involved and have their staff push the case along. Here is a helpful link to help you with this: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml.

4) And finally, you could hire an attorney to find out the status and also push the case along. You can try to find one at http://www.ailalawyer.com/.

As far as your visa goes, you cannot extend that in the U.S. You can contact the U.S. Embassy in Burundi and make an appointment to have them give you a new visa or what is called a Boarding Foil or Transportation Letter. But I do warn you that you need to start living in the U.S. soon. They call it Lawful Permanent Residency because you are supposed to be residing in the U.S. to maintain it.

Anyone that is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and is outside of the U.S. for 180 days or more within any 12 month period (not necessarily calendar year) creates a rebuttable presumption of abandonment of residency. That presumption can be rebutted by evidence to the contrary such as filing U.S. taxes, maintaining a home in the U.S. and paying that mortgage or rent, maintaining a U.S. drivers license, U.S. bank accounts with significant movement, etc.

Someone that has been outside of the U.S. for more than 1 year without first having an approved re-entry permit has abandoned their residency and only in very few exceptions (such as serious illness) can they get it back.

Here is an official link:

https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/maintaining-permanent-residence

So to avoid problems, start living in the U.S. soon.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thank you

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Thank you for the positive rating. If you would like to request me in the future for a different topic, please remember to put FOR GUILLERMO in the subject line and message box. Good luck to you!

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
thank you for your assistance

My pleasure!

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