I am US citizen & filed to sponsor my brother & sister from Jordan on July 6, 94 while working Oversees. I wrote to USCIS on May 19, 95 providing US address & requesting status update. USCIS responded on June 14, 95 stating “petitions approved & forwarded to NVC" but I heard NOTHING since then. I contacted NVC last week and they stated "petitions were sent to US embassy in Jordan in 2005"& asked me to contact them. Embassy stated two days ago: "two notices were sent to my overseas address on Nov. 29, 2007 and Dec. 3, 2008 & files were terminated then destroyed in February 2013 for lack of response. Since USCIS FAILED to use our US address when sending notices, used US address ONLY once in 1995 but FAILED to update our file for future correspondence, we received no notices due to USCIS failing to use our current address, we could not respond because we did not receive notices, this is not our fault & is beyond our control, can I: reinstate these petitions? Where do I file?
If new 1-130 is needed, can I have the old priority date?
Hello. I would not let this go just yet and try to get the DOS to reinstate the visa registrations due to government error. It would be a severe loss if you had to restart the process since the siblings category is over 12 years behind. Regards.
You can try to reinstate but it is not likely. The notices as is the normal practice were sent to the address(es) of your brother and sister abroad. The notices from the consulate are not sent to the petitioner's US address.
If you are unable to reinstate the old petition you would lose the priority date so you take action to maintain the existing petition. DOS can only terminate a petition under limited circumstances and we don't know all the facts in detail. Consult with an immigration attorney experienced in consular issues who can review the case in detail and recommend an appropriate course of action.
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