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I am about to submit I-130's to petition for my Canadian wife and stepson. My question is whether having recent Department of Homeland Security background checks will make processing more expeditious?

Due to my line of work I have had FBI and DHS background checks run on me within the past six months. I am also a NEXUS card holder, and hold a current DHS TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card).

Anybody have any knowledge or experience with this?

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No, I had recent background checks when I had applied due to my job. In fact, they had to be updated by the time the interview rolled around.

So not only does it not help, the background checks will likely need to be updated later on during this journey

good luck


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Darn...I would have thought being run through the Federal wringer multiple times in the past year would have helped. Oh well...onward and upward!

I cannot complain too much even if this process takes a year or so. We are a among the "lucky" ones who, because we both live within 20 minutes of the border, get to spend every weekend together. My heart goes out to those of you who are so far from your loved ones. ;(

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Good luck on your journey!


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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Good luck on your journey!

Thanks so much. I keep telling my wife that the hard part is over...that was finding each other :).

Just took a look at your timeline. That's great that you guys went through the entire process in about 5 months. Seems like from everything I am reading that files routed through the CSC are being handled quite quickly. I am a very big planner and believe we have most of the documents and paperwork ready to go that will be needed throughout the process. Shouldn't be many delays from our end.

Here's to hoping we get assigned to the California Service Center!! I'm a resident of Washington, so fingers crossed! If not...you can't stress about things you can't control in life.

Cheers!

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Thanks so much. I keep telling my wife that the hard part is over...that was finding each other :).

Just took a look at your timeline. That's great that you guys went through the entire process in about 5 months. Seems like from everything I am reading that files routed through the CSC are being handled quite quickly. I am a very big planner and believe we have most of the documents and paperwork ready to go that will be needed throughout the process. Shouldn't be many delays from our end.

Here's to hoping we get assigned to the California Service Center!! I'm a resident of Washington, so fingers crossed! If not...you can't stress about things you can't control in life.

Cheers!

Yep, we were actually pretty much through from filing to approval in 4 months. But I was fast compared to most of what was going on around me at the time. It wasn't the norm at all. There were actually some people here on the boards who didn't believe me. It was a little sad but understandable as a lot of people had been waiting a long time. We had some good luck along the way and I was very prepared and very accurate in my filing. We landed on the right desk on the right day though!

Things continue to change since I filed. But they best part of what you wrote is about being a big planner. I am the same way. The best advice I can give is to be a step ahead at all times and pay attention to everything along the way. Be ready for next steps before you get to them. That way when they say GO you are already standing by. I was prepared for each step before it happened and did not dilly dally on a single item. I definitely had some good luck thrown in there but I made sure I was prepared and ready to go for each step. There are a lot of things you cannot control in this process and it is very frustrating and takes a lot of patience BUT the things you CAN control are being ready and not making errors along the way! You'll be fine. Control the things you can, and like you said, you can't stress about the things you can't control in life. Roll with it... but be prepared!!

Edited by Ms Hogan

USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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