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Call me crazy, impatient, bored, what you will! I am all of it - I've been looking at the Processing Times on this site every day since receiving our NOA1, which we received on April 14th, saying that they had received it on April 10th. So I wasn't sure which would be the better date to use as my estimate according to the processing times...

Anyway, the current processing time is on April 17th - no, I know it's not THAT much of a difference, but I thought that this table was based off of people entering their data into the system - or is it just an estimate? I know I'm incredibly lucky to have been transferred to California, a blessing which I am thankful for every day, but when you get your hopes up for a date (which admittedly is something I shouldn't have done) it becomes a bit disappointing to fall behind in expectations.

So, have most people received their NOA2 email/text/mail after the "current processing" date?

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Visa Journey uses the NOA1 date. I think USCIS uses the receipt date. It is a matter of days and won't make much difference to the estimate. Some of it is just luck (or bad luck) as to who's petition gets processed first. They don't work strictly in order, although CSC seems to have more consistency than TSC from my observations.


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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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the USCIS Service Centers forum -- topic involves processing-times. ***


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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Call me crazy, impatient, bored, what you will! I am all of it - I've been looking at the Processing Times on this site every day since receiving our NOA1, which we received on April 14th, saying that they had received it on April 10th. So I wasn't sure which would be the better date to use as my estimate according to the processing times...

Anyway, the current processing time is on April 17th - no, I know it's not THAT much of a difference, but I thought that this table was based off of people entering their data into the system - or is it just an estimate? I know I'm incredibly lucky to have been transferred to California, a blessing which I am thankful for every day, but when you get your hopes up for a date (which admittedly is something I shouldn't have done) it becomes a bit disappointing to fall behind in expectations.

So, have most people received their NOA2 email/text/mail after the "current processing" date?

The Visajourney estimates are based on averages, so only a few will hit the actual date, and a little less than half will be longer and a little less than half will be quicker. Those estimates also fluctuate day-to-day (Mine went from NOA2 estimate between Aug 31, 2015- Sept 8, 2015 to Sept 4- Sept 16, to Aug 10- Sept 24 (!!!) and now from Sept 11- Sept 18).

In terms of Visajourney's "most recently processed"--- that I believe is the date of the most recently approved petition to go through that office. But they don't have an actual, one by one, first come first served line (if only they did....). They probably have each adjudicator pick up a group of files and take them to their desk to work on that day/week/whatever. And those files may not even be in perfect date order to begin with, and even if they were....some adjudicators will just plain work faster or slower than others, some cases will take an hour, some will take 20 minutes (which, repeated enough times will throw any resemblance of "perfect line order" out of whack). Some adjudicators will have dentist appointments this Wednesday and need to take the afternoon off, while others have a kid with pinkeye who's not allowed to go to school so she and needs to take two days of leave this week, while still others will be on an "Alternative Work Schedule" in which federal workers, can if they choose, work 9.5 hours every day for 2 weeks and then get every-other Friday off (getting theirs done quicker for 2 weeks and then catching back "down"). All of that is why, within a particular service center, you won't see people get NOA2s in *exact* date order. These are being handled by humans, not robots. If you're near-ish the "average" seen in the timelines, here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1historical, you'll probably hear something either 10 days before or 10 days after that average.

Edited to add: Haha, just looked at the timeline again. Yep, even that date-- April 17. That's based off of the average seen in the timelines, not the most recently passed through. Average means just that--average. About half over it and half under it. I still think a margin of error by 10 days is a conservative estimate, it's probably more accurate than that. The difference between 21 or 31 or 41 days is SO negligible there's really no other way to explain it other than the above--- these are people, with lives, families and work schedules and some are better/faster than others. ONE worker out for an afternoon is probably enough to hold back a whole day's worth of petitions, the rate that CSC goes.

Edited by CatherineA

Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:

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What VJ provides is an estimate, based on user data which could be at times incorrectly added to its database. That being said, since you are at California, I would not expect a wait longer than a few months, if that. The expectations you should go by is the USCIS's which claims to average 5 months in waiting time. This however is not true for California (faster) and certainly not true for Texas (black hole of death). So take a little comfort, that you should be up and out of there soon, provided your case has no issues.


K-1 - AOS & ROC Timeline  - Immigration and the Health Exchange Price of Love in the UK Thinking of Returning to UK?

 

First met: 12/31/04 - Engaged: 9/24/09
Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

Filed I-751: 5/2/18 - Packet received: 5/4/18

NOA 1:  5/29/18 (12 mo) 8/13/18 (18 mo)  - Bio: 6/27/18

 

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Some adjudicators will have dentist appointments this Wednesday and need to take the afternoon off, while others have a kid with pinkeye who's not allowed to go to school so she and needs to take two days of leave this week, while still others will be on an "Alternative Work Schedule" in which federal workers, can if they choose, work 9.5 hours every day for 2 weeks and then get every-other Friday off (getting theirs done quicker for 2 weeks and then catching back "down").

I like this! Even though I still get frustrated over the fact that I still cannot check the status of my application on the USCIS website ( :ranting: ), it's nice to read something that humanizes them. I know I'm an impatient person, and everyone on this forum likely knows how hard separation can be, so I won't go preaching to the choir! But alright, looks like I'm going to have to do exactly what I thought - which is wait like everyone else.

Thanks for everyone's responses - I hope things are going well in your visa journeys!

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I like this! Even though I still get frustrated over the fact that I still cannot check the status of my application on the USCIS website ( :ranting: ), it's nice to read something that humanizes them. I know I'm an impatient person, and everyone on this forum likely knows how hard separation can be, so I won't go preaching to the choir! But alright, looks like I'm going to have to do exactly what I thought - which is wait like everyone else.

Thanks for everyone's responses - I hope things are going well in your visa journeys!

I think it's super easy to get angry at the adjudicators directly, calling them incompetent or hamsters or other such names but we forget that those are people behind desks doing their job. Perhaps they aren't the most efficient nor are they overachievers but some of it could be work conditions and lack of staffing.


Filed I-129f petition---------------- 01.07.2015

Hardcopy NOA1 rec.----------------01.23.2015

K1 Visa Received---------------------10.09.2015

Married--------------------------------- 12.12.2015

Filed AOS/EAD-------------------------02.02.2016

AOS/EAD NOA1 rec.------------------02.08.2016

EAD Approved--------------------------04.11.2016

:reading:You can read more about my immigration journey on my blog as well as get tips and information about the process.

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