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What defines which states are assigned to which service centers? Is there a list or a map, like there is for the K1's?


Lee & William

8/2/2014 - Sent I-129F Petition with USPS by Express Mail
8/4/2014 - I-129F delivered to dropbox
8/6/2014 - NOA1 Text/E-Mail received
8/11/2014 - Alien Registration Number Changed (Text/E-Mail) / NOA1 Letter received by Mail
3/16/2015 - NOA2 Text/E-Mail received (224 days)
3/20/2015 - Sent to NVC
3/31/2015 - NVC Received
4/1/2015 - Case Number Assigned
4/7/2015 - NVC Sent to Embassy
4/10/2015 - London Embassy Received
4/11/2015 - Medical
4/15/2015 - Packet 3 Received
4/12/2015 - Packet 3 Sent
4/23/2015 - Packet 4 Received
5/18/2015 - Interview - APPROVED
5/30/2015 - Visa collected from courier
6/1/2015 - POE
6/14/2015 - Wedding

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What defines which states are assigned to which service centers? Is there a list or a map, like there is for the K1's?

No only for the Lockbox. Service center workloads change all the time. So you never know where it may go. Long as its not Texas and Nebraska you are okay. (slowest ever).


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Will let you know when mine is processed in the next few business days and I get an NOA1! I'm a Washington resident and just sent my 1-130 petitions for wife and stepson to the Phoenix lockbox. File SHOULD go to the California Service Center, but I'm guessing that won't be the case. They seem to only do Expedites and Filings from Abroad, with a very few exceptions these days. I've looked through tons of timelines on here that were processed through California and that seems to be the case.

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Thank you, everyone, for all the information. So it's a bit of a lottery then? I was curious as to how they divide up the workload.

Redbeard, I hope your approval comes quickly. The way USCIS 'manages' (I use that term very loosely!) it's workload remains a mystery.

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Lee & William

8/2/2014 - Sent I-129F Petition with USPS by Express Mail
8/4/2014 - I-129F delivered to dropbox
8/6/2014 - NOA1 Text/E-Mail received
8/11/2014 - Alien Registration Number Changed (Text/E-Mail) / NOA1 Letter received by Mail
3/16/2015 - NOA2 Text/E-Mail received (224 days)
3/20/2015 - Sent to NVC
3/31/2015 - NVC Received
4/1/2015 - Case Number Assigned
4/7/2015 - NVC Sent to Embassy
4/10/2015 - London Embassy Received
4/11/2015 - Medical
4/15/2015 - Packet 3 Received
4/12/2015 - Packet 3 Sent
4/23/2015 - Packet 4 Received
5/18/2015 - Interview - APPROVED
5/30/2015 - Visa collected from courier
6/1/2015 - POE
6/14/2015 - Wedding

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We used to know which service center... Certain states when to California and the rest went to Vermont. Then both of those stopped processing I-130s and they started the NBC processing. But the NBC was overwhelmed so they sent the I-130s out to local offices. The USCIS decided at some point in time that local offices weren't efficient (Atlanta for instance didn't even bother trying to adjudicate any I-130s, so while some people had approval in a month, people from the Georgia area were stuck for 10 months+ with no news and nothing they could do). So they decided to send the I-130s back to regular service centers. Eventually California and Vermont had a slow down in the DACA petitions and started taking on a few I-130 case as well, but mostly those from abroad (which tells me Chicago lockbox is the one that decided to send them the I-130s.)

Now they send them to a service center, but you might as well roll a dice as to which one. I wish the days of knowing before you sent the petition were back. The system is opaque as it is without having an idea of where your petition even is until it gets to a service center.


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We used to know which service center... Certain states when to California and the rest went to Vermont. Then both of those stopped processing I-130s and they started the NBC processing. But the NBC was overwhelmed so they sent the I-130s out to local offices. The USCIS decided at some point in time that local offices weren't efficient (Atlanta for instance didn't even bother trying to adjudicate any I-130s, so while some people had approval in a month, people from the Georgia area were stuck for 10 months+ with no news and nothing they could do). So they decided to send the I-130s back to regular service centers. Eventually California and Vermont had a slow down in the DACA petitions and started taking on a few I-130 case as well, but mostly those from abroad (which tells me Chicago lockbox is the one that decided to send them the I-130s.)

Now they send them to a service center, but you might as well roll a dice as to which one. I wish the days of knowing before you sent the petition were back. The system is opaque as it is without having an idea of where your petition even is until it gets to a service center.

Oh NLR ohhhhh the mempries. Way to break it down these last what 3 years. That's it right there people. :goofy:


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No only for the Lockbox. Service center workloads change all the time. So you never know where it may go. Long as its not Texas and Nebraska you are okay. (slowest ever).

NOT TRUE.... My petetion went to Texas and I was approved in 74 days...

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NOT TRUE.... My petetion went to Texas and I was approved in 74 days...

You were blessed I guarantee you. 74 days isn't even close to the norm. And yes it is true that Nebraska and Texas are the slowest Service centers. Just follow the threads and ask all the people waiting. I believe Nebraska is processing August now. 74 days count your blessings.


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*** Thread moved from CR-1 Process forum to the USCIS Service Centers forum -- topic is the assignment of petitions for processing. ***


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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