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#16 Ryan H

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:52 AM

Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to K1 Process & Procedures; OP is inquiring about the K1 process.
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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*

#17 habibi11



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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:13 PM

In my case took me 6 month and 15 days since the moment we filled until I had my visa in hand. Took me 4 month to get the noa2 or aproval. Compare to cr1 (petition for a foreign spouse) up o 8 to 12 month. My processing time is the average, but depends on every case and if you got an RFE or not. But usually takes 5 to 11 month (rare cases). When I started my journey a year ago( exactly today), we talk to a lawyer and only the k1 proces was near 2,500dls (last year) and for the AoS another 3000. We decide to followed the guides ad we had and amazing journey without rfe or dlays. Now im waiting for my EAD nd my greencard interview. So far so good. No lawyers

i had an attorney do paperwork for me for the K1 process bc i was afraid i wasnt gonna do it correctly then i found this site... MY question is.... is the AOS application difficult does it require alot of paperwork we are not at that point yet i was just curious Thank You
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#18 QueenE


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:33 PM

Do you have enough proof to prove relationship? Remember when you send your application you have to include proof, so my advice is to finish your engagement then apply. Also Expect evrything to take up to 9 months. As you continue reading through these forms you will see its taking a lot of people 6 months just to get from Noa1 to Noa2. You could be one of the lucky ones that everything is complete in 6 months but its very disappointing when it doesnt work out that way. Attorneys in my opinion are a waste of a couple $1000 for this process.
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#19 afoyoswa


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:22 PM

Also Expect evrything to take up to 9 months.

Or longer. We're going to be at very close to 9 months by the time he has his interview. There are plenty of other people who filed the same month as I did and are still waiting.
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Joy (& Aaron, who doesn't read/post here yet)
Dec. 27, 2010: First met each other in Entebbe, Uganda while I was visiting my friend/his cousin (12/27/10-1/10/11)
Jul. 2-9, 2011: I visited again
Dec. 24, 2011- Jan. 9, 2012: I visited again (engaged 1/7/12)
Feb. 18, 2012: I-129F sent (delivered 2/21 per USPS & USCIS)
Feb. 23, 2012: NOA1 notice date (check cashed/email/text 2/24)
Aug. 9, 2012: NOA2!!! [NOA1 +168 days] (reached NVC 8/17, left NVC 8/20; @embassy 8/24; embassy confirmed receipt 9/5)
Oct. 24 - Nov. 8, 2012: I visited again (Nairobi: medical 10/31; interview 11/5 [NOA1 +256 days]; result--APPROVED!!!!!!!)
Nov. 15, 2012: Visa in hand (was ready for retrieval 11/12)
Nov. 20, 2012: POE, Boston!!!
Jan. 12, 2013: Married!
Feb. 4, 2013: AOS packet sent (delivered 2/6, NOA1 text/email & check cashed 2/11 midnight)
Feb. 11, 2013: NOA1 notice date for I-485, EAD, AP (I-485/EAD NOA1 hard copies & biometrics appt letter arrived 2/16, badly mangled AP NOA1 arrived 2/27)
Mar. 4, 2013: Biometrics: done

Apr. 3, 2013: EAD & AP approved (received card 4/11)

Aug. 16, 2013: I-485 approved & green card production ordered!!!! (card arrived 8/26/13) (193 days)

#20 TBoneTX


    Among the 99.44% HOSED at the Guayaquil consulate!

Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:19 AM

Amigo, I'm going to send you a PM (personal message). Check the far upper right corner of your screen and read what I say, please.

Amigo, did you read my PM and follow it to the letter?
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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.
06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).
07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?
09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).
09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).
10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."
12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.
12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.
12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.
01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.
01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.
04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").
05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.
05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).
06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."
07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.
08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).
08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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