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It's been about 2 weeks over 5 months since our NOA1 date and I'm beginning to get frustrated now. Especially seeing that a lot of cases from the same NOA1 date have been approved. I keep track of receipt numbers behind and ahead of ours. And yet a lot are still pending from the same NOA1 date. I called USCIS a week before Memorial day to get an update and was told that we are still within normal processing times. How can that be? it's over 5 months and others have received their NOA2 who have had their cases received on the same day as us. About half, I'd say. This is what bothers me esp since we are being processed by Nebraska and though I know Texas is behind in processing, my understanding is that Nebraska was processing November filers last month (April) now it only makes sense that they should be working on december now that May is almost over.

So should I contact my congressman or senator right about now? And can someone provide me a sample letter that they wrote to their representives? What exactly should I ask them? Should I request that they expedite my case as it is outside the given processing times?


IR-1/CR-1

NOA-1 December 16, 2014

REF- June 24, 2015 ---------------190 days since NOA 1

RFE Respond- July 5, 2015 ----

NOA- 2 July 24, 2015 ------------- 220 days since NOA 1

NVC Sent- August 04, 2015 ----- 11 days since NOA 2

NVC Rcvd- August 18, 2015 ---- 14 days later
Case ID & IIN obtained- August 21, 2015 (over phone)

DS 261 completed- August 25, 2015

AOS Paid- August 25, 2015

Documents Sent- September 28

IV Paid- September 28, 2015

Document Scan- October 2, 2015

DS 260 Completed- October 5, 2015

Case Complete- October 29, 2015 --------- 27 days since Case Complete

Interview Scheduled- November 14, 2015 (Interview date- December 15, 2015)

Medical Done- November 23, 2015

Interview- December 15, 2015

Result- Need joint sponsor. Liquid assets not accepted.

... Looking for joint sponsor now.

Visa In Hand- .....

POE- .....

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It won't do anything this early as hard as it is to believe you are technically in the normal processing times, it took me 6 months at Nebraska . Wait it out a couple more weeks (something you don't want to hear I know) they are just estimates remember . A congressman won't help till your at 7+ months in my opinion . And they will not expedite you because you are outside the normal otherwise everyone would get expedited including myself back then .

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It's been about 2 weeks over 5 months since our NOA1 date and I'm beginning to get frustrated now. Especially seeing that a lot of cases from the same NOA1 date have been approved. I keep track of receipt numbers behind and ahead of ours. And yet a lot are still pending from the same NOA1 date. I called USCIS a week before Memorial day to get an update and was told that we are still within normal processing times. How can that be? it's over 5 months and others have received their NOA2 who have had their cases received on the same day as us. About half, I'd say. This is what bothers me esp since we are being processed by Nebraska and though I know Texas is behind in processing, my understanding is that Nebraska was processing November filers last month (April) now it only makes sense that they should be working on december now that May is almost over.

So should I contact my congressman or senator right about now? And can someone provide me a sample letter that they wrote to their representives? What exactly should I ask them? Should I request that they expedite my case as it is outside the given processing times?

El_Killer47 our case got approved at 6 months and 2 weeks, so hang in there, Nebraska is not as slow as TSC. By any chance did you also submitted the k3? I am asking you this because we contacted our congressman when we hit the 5 months, when our congressman contacted the USCIS they told him submitting the k3 along witht the i-130 will add 6 weeks to your case. Anyway, contact your congressman, submit online inquires, you won't anybody by trying. Time is too precious & hang in there your approval is coming soon.

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You can read all about my frustration in the posts I have made along this road. You are past the 5 months but unfortunately that means nothing even if they post their processing time as 5 months. Not all cases are the same, they say. Ours took over 9 months to be approved because we fell on the "pending background and security checks" limbo.

I suggest you file an eRequest directly on the USCIS site. That should give you an idea of where they are with your process.

We did:

- countless checks via USCIS case status online tool (it NEVER seemed to change, up until 289 days waiting it said "case received" GRRR)

- countless calls to the USCIS conact line (terrible service, wide variety of canned responses, no useful info)

- eRequest (at 6 months - learned about the background checks pending)

- eRequest (at 7 months - same canned response)

- eRequest (at 8 months - same canned response)

- InfoPass appointment (only after 8 months)

- SCOPSSDATA email inquiry (only after 9 months)

Only after this our case was looked at and assigned to an officer for review. I believe our efforts had nothing to do with this. It just happened when it was supposed to happen... as frustrating as it seems.

Sending you strong vibes and wishing you get approved sooner than us.

UnaMexicana


:yes:Intelligence trumps muscle... Imagination trumps both! :yes:

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Met: January, 2006 :D
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-10-26 (L)
I-130 Sent : 2014-08-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-08-04

I-130 NOA2 : 2015-05-14

Shipped to DoS: 2015-05-22

Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

AOS and IV Fee Invoiced: 2015-06-11
AOS and IV Fee Paid: Website down as of 06-15... Just waiting...
AOS and IV Fee Paid: 2015-07-05 CEAC site finally UP! :dancing:

AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
Submit updated i864: Did NOT wait for lawywer. Did it myself 2015-12-10
NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
NVC assigned interview date: 2016-01-23
Interview at CJS consulate: 2016-03-30

Visa "Issued": 2016-04-05
Entered the US: 2016-04-27

SSN Arrived: 2016-05-07 ... wow TEN days!

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It won't do anything this early as hard as it is to believe you are technically in the normal processing times, it took me 6 months at Nebraska . Wait it out a couple more weeks (something you don't want to hear I know) they are just estimates remember . A congressman won't help till your at 7+ months in my opinion . And they will not expedite you because you are outside the normal otherwise everyone would get expedited including myself back then .

I see. I believed the estimates.. I didn't realize the wait would be this difficult. It's just all the receipt numbers close to mine are already approved except one other and myself. The other receipt numbers that are also i-130 are about 300 receipt numbers before ours... there's about 14 cases pending. But the 12-14 or so cases that were close to my receipt number are all approved minus 2. For example....

these are all cases from the same NOA-1 date as mine.

Case XYZ1234321 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234322 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234323 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234324 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234325... AND ABOUT10 MORE

RECEIPT NUMBERS IN BETWEEN ARE FOR OTHER IMMIGRATION ISSUES

SUCH AS 1-131, I-140 etc..

My Case: XYZ1234567 CASE WAS REC'D

Case XYZ 1234569 CASE WAS REC'VD

Case XYZ 1234462 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234463 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234464 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234465 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234466 APPROVED and about 7 more..

(i made up the case numbers for illustration purposes, of course. these aren't someone or mine actual case numbers)

I feel like my case is in the cluster that it's in, it should have been approved by now. That's what's making me anxious.

El_Killer47 our case got approved at 6 months and 2 weeks, so hang in there, Nebraska is not as slow as TSC. By any chance did you also submitted the k3? I am asking you this because we contacted our congressman when we hit the 5 months, when our congressman contacted the USCIS they told him submitting the k3 along witht the i-130 will add 6 weeks to your case. Anyway, contact your congressman, submit online inquires, you won't anybody by trying. Time is too precious & hang in there your approval is coming soon.

No k-3, as I didn't want to have to do the adjustment of status separately after visa. Perhaps, I made a mistake. I had varying opinions from lawyers. Some said k3 is pointless now since it isn't really serving it's purpose of expediting the process like it was when it was first introduced... how are you finding the k3 process? is it going relatively fast for you?


IR-1/CR-1

NOA-1 December 16, 2014

REF- June 24, 2015 ---------------190 days since NOA 1

RFE Respond- July 5, 2015 ----

NOA- 2 July 24, 2015 ------------- 220 days since NOA 1

NVC Sent- August 04, 2015 ----- 11 days since NOA 2

NVC Rcvd- August 18, 2015 ---- 14 days later
Case ID & IIN obtained- August 21, 2015 (over phone)

DS 261 completed- August 25, 2015

AOS Paid- August 25, 2015

Documents Sent- September 28

IV Paid- September 28, 2015

Document Scan- October 2, 2015

DS 260 Completed- October 5, 2015

Case Complete- October 29, 2015 --------- 27 days since Case Complete

Interview Scheduled- November 14, 2015 (Interview date- December 15, 2015)

Medical Done- November 23, 2015

Interview- December 15, 2015

Result- Need joint sponsor. Liquid assets not accepted.

... Looking for joint sponsor now.

Visa In Hand- .....

POE- .....

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You can read all about my frustration in the posts I have made along this road. You are past the 5 months but unfortunately that means nothing even if they post their processing time as 5 months. Not all cases are the same, they say. Ours took over 9 months to be approved because we fell on the "pending background and security checks" limbo.

I suggest you file an eRequest directly on the USCIS site. That should give you an idea of where they are with your process.

We did:

- countless checks via USCIS case status online tool (it NEVER seemed to change, up until 289 days waiting it said "case received" GRRR)

- countless calls to the USCIS conact line (terrible service, wide variety of canned responses, no useful info)

- eRequest (at 6 months - learned about the background checks pending)

- eRequest (at 7 months - same canned response)

- eRequest (at 8 months - same canned response)

- InfoPass appointment (only after 8 months)

- SCOPSSDATA email inquiry (only after 9 months)

Only after this our case was looked at and assigned to an officer for review. I believe our efforts had nothing to do with this. It just happened when it was supposed to happen... as frustrating as it seems.

Sending you strong vibes and wishing you get approved sooner than us.

UnaMexicana

Thanks for the well wishes. It means a lot. Best wishes with your immigration journey as well. Hope the rest of the process goes smoothly for you. Best of luck.


IR-1/CR-1

NOA-1 December 16, 2014

REF- June 24, 2015 ---------------190 days since NOA 1

RFE Respond- July 5, 2015 ----

NOA- 2 July 24, 2015 ------------- 220 days since NOA 1

NVC Sent- August 04, 2015 ----- 11 days since NOA 2

NVC Rcvd- August 18, 2015 ---- 14 days later
Case ID & IIN obtained- August 21, 2015 (over phone)

DS 261 completed- August 25, 2015

AOS Paid- August 25, 2015

Documents Sent- September 28

IV Paid- September 28, 2015

Document Scan- October 2, 2015

DS 260 Completed- October 5, 2015

Case Complete- October 29, 2015 --------- 27 days since Case Complete

Interview Scheduled- November 14, 2015 (Interview date- December 15, 2015)

Medical Done- November 23, 2015

Interview- December 15, 2015

Result- Need joint sponsor. Liquid assets not accepted.

... Looking for joint sponsor now.

Visa In Hand- .....

POE- .....

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That's what we are here for... If it weren't for all my dear friends at VisaJourney I would have driven my husband CRAZY... hehe

All will be good in the end. Best wishes!

UnaMexicana


:yes:Intelligence trumps muscle... Imagination trumps both! :yes:

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Cd. Juarez, Mexico
Met: January, 2006 :D
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-10-26 (L)
I-130 Sent : 2014-08-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-08-04

I-130 NOA2 : 2015-05-14

Shipped to DoS: 2015-05-22

Received at NVC: 2015-06-01

Case Created at NVC: 2015-06-10 (from Julian Date calculation)

AOS and IV Fee Invoiced: 2015-06-11
AOS and IV Fee Paid: Website down as of 06-15... Just waiting...
AOS and IV Fee Paid: 2015-07-05 CEAC site finally UP! :dancing:

AOS and Civil Docs received at NVC: 2015-10-13

NVC checklist for obsolete i864: 2015-11-25

Submit updated i864: ?????? when my lawyer desires... :clock:
Submit updated i864: Did NOT wait for lawywer. Did it myself 2015-12-10
NVC received reply to checklist i864: 2015-12-10 (yes.. same day O.O)

NVC case completed: 2016-01-07
NVC assigned interview date: 2016-01-23
Interview at CJS consulate: 2016-03-30

Visa "Issued": 2016-04-05
Entered the US: 2016-04-27

SSN Arrived: 2016-05-07 ... wow TEN days!

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I see. I believed the estimates.. I didn't realize the wait would be this difficult. It's just all the receipt numbers close to mine are already approved except one other and myself. The other receipt numbers that are also i-130 are about 300 receipt numbers before ours... there's about 14 cases pending. But the 12-14 or so cases that were close to my receipt number are all approved minus 2. For example....

these are all cases from the same NOA-1 date as mine.

Case XYZ1234321 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234322 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234323 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234324 CASE WAS RECEIVED

Case XYZ1234325... AND ABOUT10 MORE

RECEIPT NUMBERS IN BETWEEN ARE FOR OTHER IMMIGRATION ISSUES

SUCH AS 1-131, I-140 etc..

My Case: XYZ1234567 CASE WAS REC'D

Case XYZ 1234569 CASE WAS REC'VD

Case XYZ 1234462 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234463 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234464 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234465 APPROVED

Case XYZ 1234466 APPROVED and about 7 more..

(i made up the case numbers for illustration purposes, of course. these aren't someone or mine actual case numbers)

I feel like my case is in the cluster that it's in, it should have been approved by now. That's what's making me anxious.

No k-3, as I didn't want to have to do the adjustment of status separately after visa. Perhaps, I made a mistake. I had varying opinions from lawyers. Some said k3 is pointless now since it isn't really serving it's purpose of expediting the process like it was when it was first introduced... how are you finding the k3 process? is it going relatively fast for you?

The k3 is no longer being processed is just a waste of time and added extra 6 more weeks to the wait, wish I would've known that back then thats why I was asking. Our Cr-1 got approved first so we are going along with that process. There was this time my hubby asked USCIS why some cases get approved faster than other ones and the guy told him that sometimes the background checks takes longer to get back for some people. I know exactly what it feels to be in your place and trust me it does not get any better with the NVC, so stay possitive and strong you just gotta hang in there your approval will come soon. Get your congressman involved, they are really helpful. Good luck.

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to USCIS Service Centers forum.


Our journey:

Spoiler

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*

 

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Trust me I swear I did the same exact thing with case numbers close to mine would see approvals or rfes and mine nothing it was making me angry heartbroken everything . It will come soon I went a day without checking once and that's when it came for me right on the dot of 6 months .

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Nebraska is slow.. same was ours.. we used to see people with dates later than us being approved and no news about our.. feels restless and heartbroken.

trust me no congressman will do anything if its within 6 months time and also you cannot generate e request at USCIS if within 6 months

Nebraska is slow but its take 6 months plus to clear out in general.

good luck with process

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