My first OPT expired on Jan 31, 2013. I have sent all the necessary documents on Jan 19,2013 to an USCIS NE PO Box address which was closed. So I got the package back on Jan 27th and I resent the package on Jan 28th to the NE service center. But I am technically supposed to send the application to Phoenix Service center. Also my check was cashed at Phoenix. So I suppose they internally transferred it to the Phoenix center. During this entire process, the application reached them on Feb 6th and so they have denied my OPT extension.
The old addresses are still shown in the USCIS website.
I have applied for the MTR. Can anyone tell me if my case would be an acceptable situation by the officer?
Thanks in advance.
USCIS is proud to live up to the phrase "ignorance of the law is no excuse." It should really be "ignorance of the administrative procedures is no excuse." You can certainly try motion to reconsider and express your frustrations. It may change its decision. However, read the decision. If it indicates that you are now an overstay, then you have a serious situation. I strongly recommend an appointment or teleconference with a competent and experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. Good luck.
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