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I-130 initial review wait

#1 D. Ahmad

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:51 PM

i filled out an I-130 for my husband in pakistan and got the NOA1 on February 18, 2011. when i checked the uscis website it says the case is in its initial review. how long does the initial review usually take? and what is the process after the initial review is complete? thanks in advance
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#2 bestofboston

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 12:54 PM

Initial review last until it is either approved or disapproved or you receive a RFE (Request for Evidence). The period is usually 5 to 6 months. Consider yourself lucky if it happens sooner.
Good luck

Edited by bestofboston, 04 April 2011 - 12:55 PM.

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#3 bestofboston

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 01:04 PM

K3 visas are no longer being approved. IR1/CR1 is the only process being done for married couples. The USCIS process takes typically 5 months.
The NVC to Interview typically takes 5 months for IR1/CR1. Go to timelines and see how long it takes for your country after receiving NOA2 approval from the USCIS.
Plan on 10 months to 12 months from NOA1 to interview. That way you won't be disappointed if it takes a year.

Visa Journey trend data shows 174 days from NOA2 to interview
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#4 D. Ahmad

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Posted 05 April 2011 - 04:01 PM

K3 visas are no longer being approved. IR1/CR1 is the only process being done for married couples. The USCIS process takes typically 5 months.
The NVC to Interview typically takes 5 months for IR1/CR1. Go to timelines and see how long it takes for your country after receiving NOA2 approval from the USCIS.
Plan on 10 months to 12 months from NOA1 to interview. That way you won't be disappointed if it takes a year.

Visa Journey trend data shows 174 days from NOA2 to interview




i applied using a lawyer and he said he was applying using the k3 visa. does this mean if i applied for a k3 visa it automatically transfers to a ir1/cr1 process? thanks!!
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#5 Darnell

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:19 AM

automatically? no.
The two casefile types run in parallel, regardless of lawyer involvement.

Your lawyer not read often, or much - see http://www.visajourn...eived-together/

Since it's 'more work for him' perhaps he wanted the fees for filing the additional petition?
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#6 Dumb/Dumber

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:33 PM

Thank you Darnell, Great Information.

I filed a K-3 Visa to bring my spouse from Turkey in November. We are still in initial review. 5 months is upon us. This is the most painful thing I have ever been through including the loss of my mother and brother. It is hard to stay positive because of the fear of how long this will take, but I believe we just count ourselves lucky if we get approved in 5 months. I know many people are getting approved in 5 months so the government is trying to keep on schedule, but I think 5 months is cruel. They should add more processors and cut this wait time way down because it very very very stressful and painful. Just my two cents.

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#7 justfriendss2002

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 02:18 AM

i filled out an I-130 for my husband in pakistan and got the NOA1 on February 18, 2011. when i checked the uscis website it says the case is in its initial review. how long does the initial review usually take? and what is the process after the initial review is complete? thanks in advance






i also filled out an I-130 for my wife in pakistan and got the NOA1 saying they received on jan 24th, 2011. and also when i checked the uscis website it says the case is in its initial review. i dont know how long it will take be we filled almost at the same time so i think we should let us know each other abt case...
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#8 pushbrk

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 05:56 AM

i applied using a lawyer and he said he was applying using the k3 visa. does this mean if i applied for a k3 visa it automatically transfers to a ir1/cr1 process? thanks!!


You didn't apply for anything. You filed a petition. When it is approved, your spouse will apply for a visa, a CR1 or IR1 visa, depending on how long you've been married. Your lawyer may intend to file a second petition designed to provide the option of later applying for the K3 visa, but that position will die a quiet death upon arrival at the National Visa Center. Any extra money paid to the lawyer to assist in filing that second petition was wasted and potentially, unethical. At the very least it indicates the lawyer is way out of date on his continuing education about the spouse immigration process.



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#9 D. Ahmad

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:13 PM

You didn't apply for anything. You filed a petition. When it is approved, your spouse will apply for a visa, a CR1 or IR1 visa, depending on how long you've been married. Your lawyer may intend to file a second petition designed to provide the option of later applying for the K3 visa, but that position will die a quiet death upon arrival at the National Visa Center. Any extra money paid to the lawyer to assist in filing that second petition was wasted and potentially, unethical. At the very least it indicates the lawyer is way out of date on his continuing education about the spouse immigration process.



thank you!!

i also filled out an I-130 for my wife in pakistan and got the NOA1 saying they received on jan 24th, 2011. and also when i checked the uscis website it says the case is in its initial review. i dont know how long it will take be we filled almost at the same time so i think we should let us know each other abt case...



no problem! ill keep you updated
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#10 lokidew

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 06:02 PM

I filed my I-130 and I-129f at same time within same packet on 29th of MARCH 2011 and recieved NOA on 31 MARCH 2011
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#11 pushbrk

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 04:22 AM

I filed my I-130 and I-129f at same time within same packet on 29th of MARCH 2011 and recieved NOA on 31 MARCH 2011



NVC will then say "goodie goodie" when the have an opportunity to "kill" another I-129F upon arrival there. Hint: USCIS has never once issued a visa of any kind.


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#12 tboxcar

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:17 PM

I received I-797C saying my I-130 was received on Nov. 30th 2010, so I'm guessing from what I read here, it will be 5 months for around May 1st until the next move is made? My wife is from Thailand and I'm using the Southern Cal. office of Laguna Niguel if it matters?
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#13 Ryan H

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:38 AM

I'm using the Southern Cal. office of Laguna Niguel if it matters?


That's the CSC (California Service Center). You would have sent your I-130 to the lockbox facility in Chicago and from there it was sent to the CSC.
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June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
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May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
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#14 adeelkhan

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:46 AM

my question is we just fill the I-130 and other forms who decided that is it k3 or what visa ?

thanks 4 replying
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#15 Ryan H

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:51 AM

my question is we just fill the I-130 and other forms who decided that is it k3 or what visa ?

thanks 4 replying


You would file the I-130 for a CR-1 (IR-1 if you have been married 2 or more years). All you need to file is the I-130 and let it run its course.
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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013:  Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014:  Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014:  New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*




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