Las Cruces, NM asked in Immigration Law for New Mexico

Q: I applied for a I-485 change of status, I didn't get my citation for biometrics via mail until 24 hours after

I got married to a USA citizen, applied for a change of status I-485, we moved to a new place and tried to do the change of address first thing, apparently it got rejected cause in the web site doesn't say about the new update, so we had to search in a different place to apply for that change of address, we got it done in between the 10 days since we moved (which is what they ask for) and didn't receive my citation for biometrics until Saturday the 16th/03/2024 and the appointment time was at Friday 15th/03/2024, so now I tried to call to re-schedule my appointment and the services are closed until Monday, I'm afraid to be marked as "abandonment", what would be a wise next step for me in this process?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In your situation, it's important to document every step you've taken so far, especially regarding the change of address and attempts to reschedule the biometrics appointment. Start by gathering evidence such as confirmation of address change, the late arrival of the biometrics notice, and records of your attempts to contact the USCIS. This documentation will be crucial in explaining your case.

Since the USCIS services are closed until Monday, prepare to contact them as soon as they open. Write down all relevant information, including your case number, the date you moved, the date you submitted your address change, and the date and time you received your biometrics notice. Being clear and concise in your communication can help to resolve your issue more efficiently.

Finally, if possible, consult with an immigration attorney or a legal aid organization experienced in immigration law. They can provide guidance specific to your case and may help in communicating with USCIS. Meanwhile, keep trying to reach out to USCIS customer service for rescheduling your biometrics appointment and explain the situation. Acting promptly and providing a clear account of the events can help prevent being marked for abandonment.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL

A: It may be wise to let counsel take over your file.

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