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Hi everyone. My wife Debbie is from Kenya. She found this website and encouraged me to join. I have read a lot of interesting articles here. It has helped us get important information about the process of her gaining a green card and immigrating to the US. 

 

We filed for her and her 10 year daughter on April 18, 2016. We have heard little information on the progress of our filing. So we contacted our State Representative about six months ago to see if he could be of any help. He found out that immigration was still going through the the vetting process. I didn't understand why it would take so long as she works from the UN in Kenya and has been there over six years. So I asked the wonderful people here could help me understand why. Come to find out, immigration does their own vetting. So back to the waiting process we went. 

 

I am sure many of you are as frustrated with this lengthy process as we are. I only get to see each other about twice a year, and only for 2 weeks each time. A few months ago, I was involved in a serious accident at work and spent a month in burn unit at the hospital. She was able to get extended leave from work and was there at the hospital with me till a few days from my release. It is so very hard to be a family living so far apart from each other. Being very much in love with each other and looking to the future when we will be together we have made it work. There has been many ups and downs, as I am positive many of you have been through, we have learned how to live this kind of life. 

 

My question is, will obtaining an immigration lawyer help speed up the process of her obtaining a green card and immigrating to the US? 

 

Please, if anyone has any kind of information to help this process move along a bit faster, it would be immensely appreciated. 

 

Thank you for your help, 

Matt 

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Hi everyone. My wife Debbie is from Kenya. She found this website and encouraged me to join. I have read a lot of interesting articles here. It has helped us get important information about the process of her gaining a green card and immigrating to the US. 

 

We filed for her and her 10 year daughter on April 18, 2016. We have heard little information on the progress of our filing. So we contacted our State Representative about six months ago to see if he could be of any help. He found out that immigration was still going through the the vetting process. I didn't understand why it would take so long as she works from the UN in Kenya and has been there over six years. So I asked the wonderful people here could help me understand why. Come to find out, immigration does their own vetting. So back to the waiting process we went. 

 

I am sure many of you are as frustrated with this lengthy process as we are. I only get to see each other about twice a year, and only for 2 weeks each time. A few months ago, I was involved in a serious accident at work and spent a month in burn unit at the hospital. She was able to get extended leave from work and was there at the hospital with me till a few days from my release. It is so very hard to be a family living so far apart from each other. Being very much in love with each other and looking to the future when we will be together we have made it work. There has been many ups and downs, as I am positive many of you have been through, we have learned how to live this kind of life. 

 

My question is, will obtaining an immigration lawyer help speed up the process of her obtaining a green card and immigrating to the US? If so, who in anyones  experience would be the best lawyer or firm to help. 

 

Please, if anyone has any kind of information to help this process move along a bit faster, it would be immensely appreciated. 

 

Thank you for your help, 

Matt 

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No. The lawyer will not make you help speed the process at all. The speed of the process is the same for everyone. You're not the only one wanting to be with your loved one fast, but it's a fair process and everyone have to wait.

 

Edited by Roel

K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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Welcome to the site.

 

A couple of things you should know. Immigration takes a long time. You can search here and see the average times for cases similar to yours. Currently, spousal visas take about a year to receive. You should not expect any immigrant visa to be fast. It has been like that for some time.

 

Having a lawyer does not speed up the process. This is a misconception that many have. Be cautious of any lawyer who claims to be able to do so. 

 

Best advice is to continue visiting each other, stay strong, and be sure you have all of your documents and evidence in order to reduce an RFE that could slow the process for you.

 

Good luck.

 


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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Hey Matt!

 

Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you're recovering nicely now :)

 

Honestly, it kinda doesn't matter if she's working for the UN. The US government agencies will run their own thorough background checks. No one can speed up the checks in order for you guys to move further along in the process. A senator, congressperson and immigration attorney won't be able to find out more details about the background checks because they are considered confidential. 

 

So unfortunately, all you guys can do now is to wait patiently while continuing to see each other every available opportunity. 

 

However, you can try to contact USCIS ombudsman I think. Refer to this link: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/scope-assistance.


For my I-129F and K-1 detailed timelines, please refer to my timeline page :)

 

AOS + EAD + AP

Spoiler

1 March 2018 (Thu): FedEx 2-Day 10.30 AM to Chicago, IL.
5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.

 

AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.

 

EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

** Approved in 158 days **

 

 

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My VJ inbox is always open too. I'm happy to share what I know or assist where I can.

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6 minutes ago, Sackeys_2016 said:

I will advice u contact rapidvisa.com if u haven't filed yet 

In the original post, it states they filed in 2016.


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

Applied for US Passport - requested Routine/ Regular Service

Oct. 27, 2017 (Day 00) - Submitted Passport Application, filed in person at Post Office

Oct. 30, 2017 (Day 03) - Online tracker shows application has been received and is under processing

Nov. 08, 2017 (Day 12) - Online tracker shows "in final stages" and projected completion time of 11/13/2017

Nov. 09, 2017 (Day 13) - Passport received in the mail.

Nov. 10, 2017 (Day 14) - Naturalization Certificate received back in the mail.

 

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More like a lawyer will slow it down for you.


ROC Timeline

Service Center: Vermont

90 Day Window Opened....08/08/17

I-751 Packet Sent..............08/14/17

NO1 Dated.........................

NO1 Received....................

Check Cashed....................

Biometrics Received..........

Biometrics Appointment.....

Approved...........................

 

IR-1/CR-1 Visa

I-130 NOA1: 22 Dec 2014
I-130 NOA2: 25 Jan 2015
NVC Received: 06 Feb 2015
Pay AOS Bill: 07 Mar 2015
Pay IV Bill : 20 Mar 2015
Send IV/AOS Package: 23 Mar 2015
Submit DS-261: 26 Mar 2015
Case Completed at NVC: 24 Apr 2015
Interview Date: 22 Sep 2015
Visa Approved: 22 Sep 2015
Visa Received: 03 Oct 2015 

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I agree with above that a lawyer slows it down  / when we had an RFE i gave him all the documents and he sent them in 3 weeks later / just 4 days before the date required / even though i gave him 2 copies of all / 1 for his files and 1 to mail / i had them all labeled with case # and names and DOB in upper right hand corner

i found all a lawyer did was take my money

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Attorneys are most helpful when there is something unusual or otherwise difficult in your case. In a "simple" case (even if somebody is going through a difficult embassy), an attorney doesn't do anything other act as a man in the middle and is just one more place for a mistakes to occur.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

?/?/18: Interview

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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17 hours ago, Matt132154 said:

Hi everyone. My wife Debbie is from Kenya. She found this website and encouraged me to join. I have read a lot of interesting articles here. It has helped us get important information about the process of her gaining a green card and immigrating to the US. 

 

We filed for her and her 10 year daughter on April 18, 2016. We have heard little information on the progress of our filing. So we contacted our State Representative about six months ago to see if he could be of any help. He found out that immigration was still going through the the vetting process. I didn't understand why it would take so long as she works from the UN in Kenya and has been there over six years. So I asked the wonderful people here could help me understand why. Come to find out, immigration does their own vetting. So back to the waiting process we went. 

 

I am sure many of you are as frustrated with this lengthy process as we are. I only get to see each other about twice a year, and only for 2 weeks each time. A few months ago, I was involved in a serious accident at work and spent a month in burn unit at the hospital. She was able to get extended leave from work and was there at the hospital with me till a few days from my release. It is so very hard to be a family living so far apart from each other. Being very much in love with each other and looking to the future when we will be together we have made it work. There has been many ups and downs, as I am positive many of you have been through, we have learned how to live this kind of life. 

 

My question is, will obtaining an immigration lawyer help speed up the process of her obtaining a green card and immigrating to the US? If so, who in anyones  experience would be the best lawyer or firm to help. 

 

Please, if anyone has any kind of information to help this process move along a bit faster, it would be immensely appreciated. 

 

Thank you for your help, 

Matt 

Oh wow. Since April 2016 you have been waiting? What service center if I may ask? Did you only file 1-130?

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If you hire a crappy lawyer it will slow things down. A good one will prevent any RFEs and make sure everything is done right, keeping the process from taking any longer.


CR-1 Visa Timeline

 

USCIS

7/27/2016: I-130 mailed.

8/02/2016: NOA1.

2/17/2017: NOA2.

2/24/2017: I-130 sent to NVC.

 

NVC

3/03/2017:  I-130 received.

3/09/2017: Case # and invoice # received, AOS and IV fees paid.

3/16/2017: DS-260 submitted; AOS and IV packets sent with EP.

4/06/2017: Case complete.

 

Consulate

4/15/2017: Interview email (P4).

5/09/2017: Medical.

5/15/2017: Interview.

5/19/2017: Visa in hand.

 

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USA

5/20/2017: POE.

6/10/2017: Green card received.

7/05/2017: SSN card received (had to apply in person).  

2/20/2019: File I-751.

2/20/2020: File N-400.

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