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If you sent to the Chicago Lockbox...

#1 Leedah

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 04:21 PM

Hi all. I did some reasearch and...:

If you sent an I-130 or I-129f petition to the Chicago lockbox anytime in the recent past, your petition is most likely at the California or Vermont service center.

I could be wrong (and if I am, put me straight), but here is my formula...

I went to the uscis page here: www.uscis.gov and registered an account.

I then went to the "Processing Times" link.

This page shows the general processing times and forms that are being processed at any given service center.

Since I live in Georgia, my form should go to Texas. But,....it appears that Texas is not processing I-130's or fiance visa's at this time (atleast from what the page says). Again I could be wrong on this and I'm sure someone will correct me.

Anyway, I also checked Nebraska and the same thing appeared. Not processing those same forms.

Soooo,....that only leaves California and Vermont.

I checked those service center processing times and it showed they were processing the I-130 and the I-129f.

So, there you have it. A very crude way of getting info. I called the immigration officer and social engineered her and she confirmed it also. Was also told that some forms were going back and forth between the centers in order to speed up the process. That was the reason for some people getting alot of "touches". The officer would get a file, look at the date, determine by it's contents if he/she could get it approved quickly (based on the other files he/she were already working). If not, he/she might pass it to another co-worker based on their experience level (another touch).

If that person is already piled high with files, they would log off it (touch) and get approval to mail it to yet another service center with a low caseload. The super reviews it to determine if it should be mailed (touch) to another center. (the directors don't like to look incompentant). He then logs off it (touch) and mails it with others like it.

Hope this sheds some light on what is going on.

If anyone has any questions, let me know.
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12/25/2004 - Met my future hubby while on trip to Gambia
12/13/2006 - Married my hubby in Gambia (West Africa)
12/08/2007 - Sent I-130 to Chicago Lock box. USPS Express Mail December 08,'07, 7:44 pm
02/05/2008 - I-130 NOA1 Hardcopy Received in mailbox
05/27/2008 - Filed Expedite Request by phone with CSR
06/01/2008 - Received Denial Email
06/05/2008 - Filed 2nd request
06/23/2008 - Expedite Approved
07/27/2008 - NOA2
10/21/2008 - Case complete at NVC (Technically was expedited to embassy)
11/06/2008 - Interview at Dakar Embassy
11/06/2008 - Notice (show more income evidence from petitioner)
11/07/2008 - Case on hold
11/18/2008 - 2nd Interview Date
11/18/2008 - Notice (Show even more income and ORIGINAL docs now from 1st cosponsor
12/23/2008 - Received email for 3rd Interview scheduled for March 25th, 2009. Bring Pics
01/23/2009- In Gambia with hubby
03/25/2009- Interview
04/09/2009- POE Atlanta (CR-1 Status until 2011)
04/13/2009- husband arrested for domestic violence (Aggravated Assault-Felony)
05/19/2009- Filed for divorce
06/02/2009- Letter sent to immigration detailing abuse & fraud
09/08/2009- Divorce Hearing
09/10/2009- Divorce Trial (Continued)
03/11/2010- Notice To Appear issued
03/22/2010- Divorced
05/18/2010- Deportation Master Hearing
05/18/2010- Deportation Ordered
06/17/2010- Appeal Time Over. ICE picked him up. In Jail
08/10/2010- Another Master Hearing Scheduled. Out of jail.
05/31/2012- Individual Hearing Scheduled

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 05:22 PM

QUOTE (Leedah @ Dec 14 2007, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all. I did some reasearch and...:

If you sent an I-130 or I-129f petition to the Chicago lockbox anytime in the recent past, your petition is most likely at the California or Vermont service center.

I could be wrong (and if I am, put me straight), but here is my formula...

I went to the uscis page here: www.uscis.gov and registered an account.

I then went to the "Processing Times" link.

This page shows the general processing times and forms that are being processed at any given service center.

Since I live in Georgia, my form should go to Texas. But,....it appears that Texas is not processing I-130's or fiance visa's at this time (atleast from what the page says). Again I could be wrong on this and I'm sure someone will correct me.

Anyway, I also checked Nebraska and the same thing appeared. Not processing those same forms.

Soooo,....that only leaves California and Vermont.

I checked those service center processing times and it showed they were processing the I-130 and the I-129f.

So, there you have it. A very crude way of getting info. I called the immigration officer and social engineered her and she confirmed it also. Was also told that some forms were going back and forth between the centers in order to speed up the process. That was the reason for some people getting alot of "touches". The officer would get a file, look at the date, determine by it's contents if he/she could get it approved quickly (based on the other files he/she were already working). If not, he/she might pass it to another co-worker based on their experience level (another touch).

If that person is already piled high with files, they would log off it (touch) and get approval to mail it to yet another service center with a low caseload. The super reviews it to determine if it should be mailed (touch) to another center. (the directors don't like to look incompentant). He then logs off it (touch) and mails it with others like it.

Hope this sheds some light on what is going on.

If anyone has any questions, let me know.


Ours is kinda the same way. I-130 we send to Texas but seems winds
up in CA. Our I-129f wound up in Chicago but at the time they didn't
do I-129f's. I called Chicago and they told me to all CA.Go figure blink.gif
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 05:25 PM

If you had done more research you would have saved you and your case a lot of time by filling out your I130 and I129F together, stuck the photos and background documents in for each petition, written one check, and filed them together directly to the California Service Center.
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 05:34 PM

QUOTE (D&N @ Dec 14 2007, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you had done more research you would have saved you and your case a lot of time by filling out your I130 and I129F together, stuck the photos and background documents in for each petition, written one check, and filed them together directly to the California Service Center.


Thats what we did, some reason each from what we found
out still wound up at another center. Which one for I-129 no idea.
Had two diferent transfer notices, one said Chicago the other
said Ca. for I-129, I-130 did go to Ca though, not Texas.

Edited by little white guy, 14 December 2007 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 09:32 PM

It saves the wait time for the NOA1 for the I130, even if it gets transferred around

QUOTE (little white guy @ Dec 14 2007, 06:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (D&N @ Dec 14 2007, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you had done more research you would have saved you and your case a lot of time by filling out your I130 and I129F together, stuck the photos and background documents in for each petition, written one check, and filed them together directly to the California Service Center.


Thats what we did, some reason each from what we found
out still wound up at another center. Which one for I-129 no idea.
Had two diferent transfer notices, one said Chicago the other
said Ca. for I-129, I-130 did go to Ca though, not Texas.

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