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What is an I-797?

#1 Tumbleweed

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:41 AM

Mornin' all :)

I looked around for an answer, but I'm still not clear. I am going through a lawyer to do the CR1 for my husband, and he said once he receives the I-797, he will forward me the receipt so I can track everything online. Is this just an official name for NOA1? :unsure:
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#2 Samoray

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:45 AM

Mornin' all :)

I looked around for an answer, but I'm still not clear. I am going through a lawyer to do the CR1 for my husband, and he said once he receives the I-797, he will forward me the receipt so I can track everything online. Is this just an official name for NOA1? :unsure:

Thats Correct :thumbs:
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#3 Casprd

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:47 AM

Yes it is the Notice of Action form.

I-797
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Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Guangzhou, China
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-04-26
I-130 Sent : 2010-06-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-08
I-130 RFE : 2010-11-05
I-130 RFE Sent : 2010-11-06
I-130 Approved : 2010-11-10
NVC Received CaseFile: 2010-11-16
NVC Casefile Number Issued: 2010-11-22
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-11-23
OPTIN EMAIL SENT TO NVC: 2010-11-23
OPTIN ACCEPTED by NVC: 2010-12-14
Pay I-864 Bill 2010-11-23
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-23
Return Completed I-864 : 2011-03-30
Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-11-23
Receive IV Bill : 2010-12-17
Pay IV Bill : 2011-03-16
AOS CoverSheets Generated: 2010-11-27
IV Fee Bill marked as PAID: 2011-03-18
IV CoverSheets Generated: 2011-03-18
IV email packet sent: 2011-04-4
NVC reports 'Case Completed': 2011-5-2
'Sign in Fail' at the Online Payment Portal: 2011-5-2
Final Review Started at NVC: 2011-5-2
Final Review Completed at NVC: ????
Interview Date Set: 2011-5-5
Appointment Letter Received via Email: 2011-5-6
Interview Date: 2011-6-1
Approved!!!!!

I-751 Sent : 2013-07-02

I-751 Bio Appointment Date 2013-08-02

10 Year Green Card Approved!!!!!


#4 Tumbleweed

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 09:51 AM

Whew, OK, thank you :star:
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#5 IndigoSkies

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:12 AM

You will come to learn that lawyers are totally unnecessary for this process.


And yes to your question FORM I797 is NOA1.
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REMOVAL OF CONDITION STAGE
14-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 packet mailed to USCIS VT SC (USPS EXPRESS)
16-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 packet delivered to USCIS VT SC
17-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 NOA1 receipt date
22-JAN-2013 -:- USPS return receipt received
24-JAN-2013 -:- Check cashed through ACH
26-JAN-2013 -:- NOA1 received on hand
30-JAN-2013 -:- Bio-metrics appointment notice date
02-FEB-2013 -:- Bio-metrics appointment notice received on hand
19-FEB-2013 -:- Bio-metrics taken

31-MAY-2013 -:- I-751 approved.

06-JUN-2013 -:- I-751 approval letter on hand.

27-JUN-2013 -:- 10-Year Green Card  on hand.


#6 IndigoSkies

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:12 AM

You will come to learn that lawyers are totally unnecessary for this process.


And yes to your question FORM I797 is NOA1.
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REMOVAL OF CONDITION STAGE
14-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 packet mailed to USCIS VT SC (USPS EXPRESS)
16-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 packet delivered to USCIS VT SC
17-JAN-2013 -:- I-751 NOA1 receipt date
22-JAN-2013 -:- USPS return receipt received
24-JAN-2013 -:- Check cashed through ACH
26-JAN-2013 -:- NOA1 received on hand
30-JAN-2013 -:- Bio-metrics appointment notice date
02-FEB-2013 -:- Bio-metrics appointment notice received on hand
19-FEB-2013 -:- Bio-metrics taken

31-MAY-2013 -:- I-751 approved.

06-JUN-2013 -:- I-751 approval letter on hand.

27-JUN-2013 -:- 10-Year Green Card  on hand.


#7 Tumbleweed

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:17 AM

I am already pretty sure you're right about that...I am about *this* close to firing him....I feel like this all would go a lot faster if I did it on my own. I spend a good part of the day lurking here, and have learned a lot :) I haven't really jumped in too much because I was waiting until he filed the I-130 and we got NOA1, but in order to save my sanity, and to hopefully make a few friends that are going through the same thing, I'm starting to ask questions. But I do believe I agree with you...the lawyer might not have been the best idea...but we'll see. :unsure:
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#8 Utah_Bound

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:37 AM

I agree, I (From the UK) and my wife (US Citizen), did all our own paperwork, getting help from such great places as VisaJourney on anything we were unsure of. Lawyers will not speed up the process and could in fact hinder the whole thing for you. Now that you have your NOA1 things will just start falling into place.
Get rid of the lawyer unless you suspect there is something in yours or his past that may deny him a visa and would require a waiver? Otherwise you'll be better off just putting a match to the money your burning.
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#9 RichiJenny

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 11:00 AM

i think most can manage on their own for uncomplicated straight forward cases. good luck, with the help of this site its totally more than possible :thumbs:
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USCIS California Service Center - Expedited
09-SEP-2010 : Mailed I130 Petition to Chicago Lockbox.
16-SEP-2010 : Received NOA1.
24-SEP-2010 : Expedite: service request
05-OCT-2010 : Supporting documents sent to CSC.
16-OCT-2010 : RFE received.
19-OCT-2010 : RFE response received at CSC.
22-OCT-2010 : I130 Petition APPROVED.
30-OCT-2010 : NOA2 Received in Mail

NVC - Expedited
27-OCT-2010 : Case Number Assigned
02-NOV-2010 : Expedite request emailed to NVC
10-NOV-2010 : Expedite approved - Case forwarded to Consulate

12-NOV-2010 : Medical

US Embassy - Expedited
18-NOV-2010 : Packet 3 email received.
19-NOV-2010 : Emailed DS230, DS2001
30-NOV-2010 : Interview - 9am Denied: 3 year bar (overstay) - i601 Waiver filed with expedite request
01-DEC-2010 : MP requests assistance from US Ambassador
03-DEC-2010 : Waiver transferred from USCIS to DHS
11-DEC-2010 : Waiver Receipt notification dated 07-DEC-2010
20-DEC-2010 : VISA/Waiver Approved
22-DEC-2010 : Approval letter received
24-DEC-2010 : Passport collected by courier
10-JAN-2011 : CR1 Visa Issued by IVU London
11-JAN-2011 : Passport / Visa delivered.
18-JAN-2011 : POE: EWR (Newark, New Jersey)
17-FEB-2011 : Welcome Letter Arrived
19-FEB-2011 : Green Card I-551 Arrived


I-130 Mailing to Approval (incl. waiver): 102 Days



OCT 2012 : Applied for Removal of Conditions
DEC 2012 : Received NOA1 (GC extention letter)
18-JAN-2013 : Biometrics walk in approved and completed

#10 LotofPatience

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 12:14 PM

I am already pretty sure you're right about that...I am about *this* close to firing him....I feel like this all would go a lot faster if I did it on my own. I spend a good part of the day lurking here, and have learned a lot :) I haven't really jumped in too much because I was waiting until he filed the I-130 and we got NOA1, but in order to save my sanity, and to hopefully make a few friends that are going through the same thing, I'm starting to ask questions. But I do believe I agree with you...the lawyer might not have been the best idea...but we'll see. :unsure:


Tumbleweed,

If your case is a straightforward one, you "may" fire the lawyer and save some money now onwards. Entire process is here - http://www.visajourn...p/EZGuideSpouse

I would ask couple of flowers only :star:

Loto
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CSC - I-130 for Parents (IR5)
10/11/2011 - Sent to Chicago Lockbox
10/13/2011 - Delivered at Chicago Lockbox
10/17/2011 - Email received with Receipt#, Routed to CSC
10/18/2011 - Cleared the checks $420*2
10/21/2011 - Received NOA1
03/30/2012 - Received NOA2

NVC
04/19/2012 - NVC received
05/01/2012 - Case# generated
05/02/2012 - DS-3032 COA emailed
05/02/2012 - I-864 AOS Fee $88 paid
05/05/2012 - I-864 AOS package mailed to NVC
05/07/2012 - I-864 AOS package received by NVC
05/07/2012 - DS-3032 COA accepted
05/08/2012 - DS-230 IV Fee $230*2 paid
05/09/2012 - DS-230 IV package mailed to NVC
05/11/2012 - DS-230 IV package received by NVC
05/17/2012 - Case Completed

Consulate
07/02/2012 - VFS visit in Cochin
07/04/2012 - Medical in Chennai
07/12/2012 - Interview in Mumbai - Success!
09/08/2012 - POE at JFK, NY

#11 Markieboy

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 12:20 PM

Tumbleweed,

If your case is a straightforward one, you "may" fire the lawyer and save some money now onwards. Entire process is here - http://www.visajourn...p/EZGuideSpouse

I would ask couple of flowers only :star:

Loto

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NATURALIZATION
02/15/13 - Mailed N-400
02/19/13 - Received by Phoenix Lockbox (day 01)
02/21/13 - NOA1 issued (day 03)


REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS (WIFE)
02/18/12 - Eligible for Removal of Conditions on Residence
03/23/12 - Mailed I-751 to CSC
03/26/12 - Received by CSC (day 01)
03/31/12 - Received NOA1 (day 06)
05/02/12 - Biometrics done (day 38)
10/23/12 - Received approval email (day 212)
11/01/12 - Received green card (day 221)


IR-2 (STEPDAUGHTER)
06/01/10 - Mailed I-130 petition
06/03/10 - Package delivered to USCIS (day 01)
06/08/10 - NOA1 issued (day 06)
11/03/10 - Received approval email (day 154)
11/08/10 - Received approval notice in mail (day 159)


NATIONAL VISA CENTER (STEPDAUGHTER)
11/08/10 - NVC received case from USCIS
11/09/10 - NVC case # & IIN generated, email addresses given, DS-3032 sent via email & USPS (day 01)
11/16/10 - Received and paid AOS bill (day 08)
11/17/10 - AOS bill marked as PAID; AOS packet express mailed (day 09)
11/19/10 - Received and paid IV bill; DS-3032 accepted (day 11)
11/22/10 - IV bill marked as PAID; IV packet express mailed (day 14)
12/03/10 - Sign-in failed (day 25)
12/09/10 - INTERVIEW SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 10, 2011 @ 6:45AM
12/28/10 - Medical exam done at SLEC Manila - PASSED! (day 40)
01/10/11 - Interview at USEM Manila - APPROVED! (day 53)
01/21/11 - Stepdaughter received passport with IR-2 visa! (day 64)


#12 Tumbleweed

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 01:07 PM

Thanks, everyone. I haven't even received the NOA1 yet...my lawyer was trying to track down a divorce decree of mine from over 11 years ago...(I now know to never ever ever throw stuff like that away again) and supposedly that was the last thing he needed to complete the I-130 package. So its on its way finally :)

The main reason we decided to go the lawyer route is that a) I didn't even know about this site at the time, b) up until last month, I've been a single mom working full time and didn't think I had it in me to "do everything on my own" (I know, I was wrong ;)) and c) both my husband and myself were very much wanting to make certain everything was done correctly (which goes back to a) again...now I know)

We'll see how long it takes to get the NOA1. We first met with the lawyer about 5 weeks ago, when my husband was here visiting (and becoming my husband, heh (L)) But in all fairness, since I couldn't even remember WHEN I was divorced all those years ago, it was really hard for the lawyer to even track down a decree for me. I appreciated him doing that, and I guess now everything is ready to begin.

Now its all going to be a matter of trying to stay sane and hope he moves along at a pace thats OK with me. I email him every day. He's great about responding quickly. I've made it pretty clear that I expect to be informed each step of the way.

He loathes the fact that I lurk on this site :devil:
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#13 RichiJenny

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 01:59 PM

Im sure many lawyers hate this site cos the advice - although not legal as such, is free, and extremely helpful and invaluable. You cant call a lawyer at 3am, but there is always a strong chance that you will have an answer to a worrying question in a very short period of time if not immediately.

I did the K1 originally on my own, and also now doing the CR1 on my (with my wife) own. I will probably need a waiver for an overstay, but Im confident we can do that on our own, with the aid of this site too.

Looking back, Ive no idea if we'd have got to where we are now in 8 weeks or so, give or take, with a lawyers assistance.

If you have any questions you want answering, the immigration lawyer Laurel Scott does a free chat on a Wednesday lunchtime - and you can place a question in there. its free and is a great help. Here's the link-

http://immigrate2us....Scott-Chat-Logs

The website is an excellent resource too, its a little more formal in certain areas, but coupled with here its without doubt a far better replacement than paying for a lawyer.

By adding the emotional aspect to a petition for the CR1 and the follow on, I feel that you can achieve your goal quicker than a lawyer.
For example, if you want to speak to the USCIS or NVC - and there is something bugging you, you can get an answer as soon as you are connecting for the most part. A lawyer wont repeatedly try a call for a client until they have an answer, they have other clients, so your need forms a line with others.
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USCIS California Service Center - Expedited
09-SEP-2010 : Mailed I130 Petition to Chicago Lockbox.
16-SEP-2010 : Received NOA1.
24-SEP-2010 : Expedite: service request
05-OCT-2010 : Supporting documents sent to CSC.
16-OCT-2010 : RFE received.
19-OCT-2010 : RFE response received at CSC.
22-OCT-2010 : I130 Petition APPROVED.
30-OCT-2010 : NOA2 Received in Mail

NVC - Expedited
27-OCT-2010 : Case Number Assigned
02-NOV-2010 : Expedite request emailed to NVC
10-NOV-2010 : Expedite approved - Case forwarded to Consulate

12-NOV-2010 : Medical

US Embassy - Expedited
18-NOV-2010 : Packet 3 email received.
19-NOV-2010 : Emailed DS230, DS2001
30-NOV-2010 : Interview - 9am Denied: 3 year bar (overstay) - i601 Waiver filed with expedite request
01-DEC-2010 : MP requests assistance from US Ambassador
03-DEC-2010 : Waiver transferred from USCIS to DHS
11-DEC-2010 : Waiver Receipt notification dated 07-DEC-2010
20-DEC-2010 : VISA/Waiver Approved
22-DEC-2010 : Approval letter received
24-DEC-2010 : Passport collected by courier
10-JAN-2011 : CR1 Visa Issued by IVU London
11-JAN-2011 : Passport / Visa delivered.
18-JAN-2011 : POE: EWR (Newark, New Jersey)
17-FEB-2011 : Welcome Letter Arrived
19-FEB-2011 : Green Card I-551 Arrived


I-130 Mailing to Approval (incl. waiver): 102 Days



OCT 2012 : Applied for Removal of Conditions
DEC 2012 : Received NOA1 (GC extention letter)
18-JAN-2013 : Biometrics walk in approved and completed

#14 Tumbleweed

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:18 PM

Thanks for all that! I will have to check out that chat for certain...I really appreciate you telling me about that :)

That's what's worst for me about having the lawyer. The emotional aspect. I hate hate hate feeling like I am not in control of my own destiny. However, once I get the case number from him, I'll be all over it. I've already paid his non-refundable retainer, so I might as well use that up, I guess. But I've made it clear to him that I NEED to be kept in the know...I am waaaay to emotional and OCD to not know and "just trust."

I am babbling now....:blink:
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#15 RichiJenny

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:34 PM

I believe the actual chat is run from Laurel Scotts own website - however, you can put a question in at any time at immigrate2us and it will be answered by laurel. Shes helped me a few times. Her consultation is meant to be good, though I had confidence we could go it alone, and with the help of here, I2US.net and a couple of pieces of advice from lawyers, Im confident.

If you dont know your case number - you can always call the uscis - as the petitioner, and after going through personal / security details, they'll give it to you :thumbs:
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USCIS California Service Center - Expedited
09-SEP-2010 : Mailed I130 Petition to Chicago Lockbox.
16-SEP-2010 : Received NOA1.
24-SEP-2010 : Expedite: service request
05-OCT-2010 : Supporting documents sent to CSC.
16-OCT-2010 : RFE received.
19-OCT-2010 : RFE response received at CSC.
22-OCT-2010 : I130 Petition APPROVED.
30-OCT-2010 : NOA2 Received in Mail

NVC - Expedited
27-OCT-2010 : Case Number Assigned
02-NOV-2010 : Expedite request emailed to NVC
10-NOV-2010 : Expedite approved - Case forwarded to Consulate

12-NOV-2010 : Medical

US Embassy - Expedited
18-NOV-2010 : Packet 3 email received.
19-NOV-2010 : Emailed DS230, DS2001
30-NOV-2010 : Interview - 9am Denied: 3 year bar (overstay) - i601 Waiver filed with expedite request
01-DEC-2010 : MP requests assistance from US Ambassador
03-DEC-2010 : Waiver transferred from USCIS to DHS
11-DEC-2010 : Waiver Receipt notification dated 07-DEC-2010
20-DEC-2010 : VISA/Waiver Approved
22-DEC-2010 : Approval letter received
24-DEC-2010 : Passport collected by courier
10-JAN-2011 : CR1 Visa Issued by IVU London
11-JAN-2011 : Passport / Visa delivered.
18-JAN-2011 : POE: EWR (Newark, New Jersey)
17-FEB-2011 : Welcome Letter Arrived
19-FEB-2011 : Green Card I-551 Arrived


I-130 Mailing to Approval (incl. waiver): 102 Days



OCT 2012 : Applied for Removal of Conditions
DEC 2012 : Received NOA1 (GC extention letter)
18-JAN-2013 : Biometrics walk in approved and completed



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