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We currently live in NC which directs applications to Vermont but will soon be moving to California leaving me time to apply to that service center well within the time frame for filing.

From experience, which service center is faster? Should I just wait until we've moved to file at California?

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When we first filed our case was sent to Vermont after 7 months of no movements it got transferred to California and within to months after that we got our NOA1


USCIS

24 July 2014 - Marriage :wub:

18 August 2014 - I130 sent
19 August 2014- PRIORITY DATE
20 August 2014 - I130 NOA1
:clock:
24 March 2015 - Case was transferred from VSC to CSC :huh:
18 May 2015 - I130 approved NOA2 (271 days )

NVC

17 June 2015- NVC received

17 June 2015- DS261, AOS BILL, IV BILL received

Website down :ranting::protest:
22 June 2015 - AOS BILL, IV BILL paid by mail
22 June 2015 - DS261 submitted by mail
05 July 2015 - WEBSITE BACK ON :dance:
05 July 2015 - DS260 completed
11 July 2015 - AOS & IV package sent
13 July 2015- AOS & IV package received
28 July 2015- Case Complete :D:dance:

19 August 2015 - Mailed & emailed upgrade from F2A to CR1 :thumbs:
27 August 2015- Received email stating that our embassy does not participate in NVC'S electronic processing program therefore we should submit forms through mail (which we had already) :cry:
02 September 2015 - Spoke to supervisor Silvia about our upgrade, found out whoever reply to our email was wrong and she was going to take a look at our case :rolleyes:

09 September 2015 - Confirmed upgrade F2a to CR1 through the phone with Supervisor Silvia (she's an angel) :D
Waiting for Interview date for Naples, Italy :clock:

11 September 2015 - Interview date scheduled for 28th October 2015 :D
14 September 2015 - Received P4 letter email ( interview letter) :dancing:

20 September 2015 - CEAC status changed to IN TRANSIT :thumbs:

21 September 2015 - CEAC status change to READY

NAPLES EMBASSY

27th October 2015 - Medical exam

28th October 2015 - interview (approved!!!) :D :dance:

waiting for news about passport and visa :clock:

4th November - CEAC status changed to ISSUED

5th November - VISA in hand ... yesssss finally! #blessed

8th November - POE MIAMI (the whole process took about 45mn)

19th November - Received SSN by mail ( I had applied for it when asked if i wanted to be issued a SSN in the DS260)

23rd December- Received GC by mail (it took about 45 days from POE) finally :dancing:

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you can get a feel for this by going to the various monthly filer threads (i.e. I751 January 2015 filers). It seems to me that California is far more efficient if you look at the number of approvals and the dates. I would get everything together but wait until you move to file as long as you still have enough time and it wouldn't otherwise be hectic with the move.

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We currently live in NC which directs applications to Vermont but will soon be moving to California leaving me time to apply to that service center well within the time frame for filing.

From experience, which service center is faster? Should I just wait until we've moved to file at California?

I always think it is better to avoid a move during an active process if possible. Then you don't have to worry that a NOA or biometric appointment will go to the old address, etc. And you have an opportunity to get both names on yet another lease, utilities, and driver licenses.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Thanks all - that's pretty much what I was thinking - wait and file when we move.

Nick - just a thought on what you said - will need an extension letter to get a new drivers license so will have to file ASAP and as such the new DL wouldn't be a part of any evidence we submitted.

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