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Hi everyone!

I recently married a US citizen and did concurrent filing of I-130 and I-485. I mailed the package out yesterday using USPS express mail but to the Chicago PO BOX address, which might be a huge mistake!

I've seen threads of peers talking about the same mistake years ago when express mail required a signature from the recipient. USCIS had to send someone to pick up the mail.

In my case, I WAIVED the signature for my package, so the deliverer would just leave it there. Does it mean my package would just be treated and processed like other regular mail package? Is there anything to worry about?

Thanks in advance!


2/25/2015 I-130 and I-485 sent out using express mail to Chicago Lockbox (Day 0)

2/26/2015 Package delivered to Chicago (Day 1)

3/3/2015 Check cashed (Day 6)

3/3/2015 Text/email notification received; case routed to USCIS National Benefits Center (Day 6)

3/9/2015 Hardcopy NOA for I-130, I-485 and I-765 received, dated 3/2/2015 (Day 12)

3/13/2015 Biometrics appointment received. Dated on 3/25/2015 (Day 16)

3/17/2015 Early walk-in biometrics successful at Jacksonville ASC office (Day 20)

3/17/2015 Email/text notification of RFE for I-485 received (Day 20)

3/23/2015 Hard copy RFE received (Day 26)

3/23/2015 RFE response mailed out (Day 26)

3/25/2015 Case status changed to RFE review (Day 28)

5/12/2015 EAD card ordered (Day 76)

5/18/2015 EAD card mailed (Day 82)

5/19/2015 EAD card received in mail (Day 83)

6/4/2015 Local office changed to Newark, NJ (Day 99)

10/20/2015 Interview scheduled on Nov. 24 (Day 237)

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I would not worry about it. If you track your package on USPS.com and it says it has been delivered then it is in the PO Box. Your package will not receive any special processing because it was sent Express Mail. It will be processed with all the other packages that arrived today no matter what type of mailing was used.

If you included a G-1145 with your package then you should get a email and/or text message in about a week once the lockbox has accepted your application. You should be getting the official paper receipts in the mail in about two weeks. Shortly after you receive the paper receipts in the mail, you should receive an appointment notice to have your biometrics taken at a ASC location. The ASC location is determined based on the zip code you put down on your application. USCIS says if you haven't received your receipts after 30 days from when you mailed the package to call them.

What happens at the lockbox is they enter (or scan) information from your forms into their system, process the check for payment into a treasury account, and create a file of everything that you sent in. It is then sent overnight to the service center or the National Benefits Center that is responsible for adjudicating your forms.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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Just a quick update.

The latest status of the package is "Your item arrived at the CHICAGO, IL 60680 post office and is ready for pickup"

However, the overall tracking status is still "IN TRANSIT", not "delivered"...

Can I assume that the package made it into the PO box??


2/25/2015 I-130 and I-485 sent out using express mail to Chicago Lockbox (Day 0)

2/26/2015 Package delivered to Chicago (Day 1)

3/3/2015 Check cashed (Day 6)

3/3/2015 Text/email notification received; case routed to USCIS National Benefits Center (Day 6)

3/9/2015 Hardcopy NOA for I-130, I-485 and I-765 received, dated 3/2/2015 (Day 12)

3/13/2015 Biometrics appointment received. Dated on 3/25/2015 (Day 16)

3/17/2015 Early walk-in biometrics successful at Jacksonville ASC office (Day 20)

3/17/2015 Email/text notification of RFE for I-485 received (Day 20)

3/23/2015 Hard copy RFE received (Day 26)

3/23/2015 RFE response mailed out (Day 26)

3/25/2015 Case status changed to RFE review (Day 28)

5/12/2015 EAD card ordered (Day 76)

5/18/2015 EAD card mailed (Day 82)

5/19/2015 EAD card received in mail (Day 83)

6/4/2015 Local office changed to Newark, NJ (Day 99)

10/20/2015 Interview scheduled on Nov. 24 (Day 237)

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Just a quick update.

The latest status of the package is "Your item arrived at the CHICAGO, IL 60680 post office and is ready for pickup"

However, the overall tracking status is still "IN TRANSIT", not "delivered"...

Can I assume that the package made it into the PO box??

just be patient, it will indicate status "DELIVERED" in just about 48 to 60 hours after you have mailed your package. Ours was sent feb 23 @ 4pm and status "DELIVERED" @ 10pm of feb 25..... we used USPS priority mail, flat rate, around 5.45 us dollar, if i am not mistaken...

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AOS Timeline / Family-based

Feb 24, 2015 (day 0) - Sent Forms I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 via USPS to Chicago Lockbox
Feb 26, 2015 (day 2) - Package delivered and received.
Mar 03, 2015 (day 7) - Text / email messages from USCIS, receiving Forms I-130, I-485,
I-131 and I-765.
USD 420 and 1,070 Checks were cashed.
Mar 08, 2015 (day 12) - Paper receipts of I-797C for I-130, I-485, I-131 and I-765 from mail.

Mar 13, 2015 (day 17) - Mail notice received for Biometrics appointment on March 25, 2015.

Mar 25, 2015 (day 29) - Completed Biometrics, as scheduled.

May 12, 2015 (day 75) - AP/EAD approved and Card has been ordered.

May 27, 2015 (day 90) - AP/EAD Card received in the mailbox.

June 3, 2015 (day 97) - Received NPIW letter in the mailbox.

Sept 24, 2015 (day 212) - I-130/I-485 approved. No Interview.

Sept 28, 2015 (day 216) - GC mailed.

Sept 30, 2015 (day 218) - GC received.

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just be patient, it will indicate status "DELIVERED" in just about 48 to 60 hours after you have mailed your package. Ours was sent feb 23 @ 4pm and status "DELIVERED" @ 10pm of feb 25..... we used USPS priority mail, flat rate, around 5.45 us dollar, if i am not mistaken...

The package was successfully delivered!

Yeah, I got nervous a little bit about the express mail and recipient signature issue...

Now the long wait begins...

P.S. Express is such a waste money!!!!! :( I wish I found that out earlier ugh...

I would not worry about it. If you track your package on USPS.com and it says it has been delivered then it is in the PO Box. Your package will not receive any special processing because it was sent Express Mail. It will be processed with all the other packages that arrived today no matter what type of mailing was used.

If you included a G-1145 with your package then you should get a email and/or text message in about a week once the lockbox has accepted your application. You should be getting the official paper receipts in the mail in about two weeks. Shortly after you receive the paper receipts in the mail, you should receive an appointment notice to have your biometrics taken at a ASC location. The ASC location is determined based on the zip code you put down on your application. USCIS says if you haven't received your receipts after 30 days from when you mailed the package to call them.

What happens at the lockbox is they enter (or scan) information from your forms into their system, process the check for payment into a treasury account, and create a file of everything that you sent in. It is then sent overnight to the service center or the National Benefits Center that is responsible for adjudicating your forms.

Thank you for the detailed explanation on what's going to happen!

My package was delivered at 2pm today.


2/25/2015 I-130 and I-485 sent out using express mail to Chicago Lockbox (Day 0)

2/26/2015 Package delivered to Chicago (Day 1)

3/3/2015 Check cashed (Day 6)

3/3/2015 Text/email notification received; case routed to USCIS National Benefits Center (Day 6)

3/9/2015 Hardcopy NOA for I-130, I-485 and I-765 received, dated 3/2/2015 (Day 12)

3/13/2015 Biometrics appointment received. Dated on 3/25/2015 (Day 16)

3/17/2015 Early walk-in biometrics successful at Jacksonville ASC office (Day 20)

3/17/2015 Email/text notification of RFE for I-485 received (Day 20)

3/23/2015 Hard copy RFE received (Day 26)

3/23/2015 RFE response mailed out (Day 26)

3/25/2015 Case status changed to RFE review (Day 28)

5/12/2015 EAD card ordered (Day 76)

5/18/2015 EAD card mailed (Day 82)

5/19/2015 EAD card received in mail (Day 83)

6/4/2015 Local office changed to Newark, NJ (Day 99)

10/20/2015 Interview scheduled on Nov. 24 (Day 237)

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The package was successfully delivered!

Yeah, I got nervous a little bit about the express mail and recipient signature issue...

Now the long wait begins...

P.S. Express is such a waste money!!!!! :( I wish I found that out earlier ugh...

Thank you for the detailed explanation on what's going to happen!

My package was delivered at 2pm today.

The forum-recommended method of sending applications/petitions to USCIS is mentioned in many of the VJ Guides, easily accessible at the top of the forum page: http://www.visajourney.com/content/i130guide2

From that Guide:

Where to File Everything:

You should mail the completed form(s) to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox (Note the PO Box address for your filing type: Form I-130 with Form I-485). Mail the package with return receipt requested / delivery confirmation. Send via USPS.

(Note the recommendation absence regarding the use of express mail service.)

Hey, at least you know that USCIS does have your application packet, and hopefully you will experience prompt adjudication.

Good luck on your immigration journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

_______________________

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Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

Keep your timeline current: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/

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