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My husband filed his I-485 on July 20, 2017. As of mid-October, our status has said, “Your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview.” NO change since then. I looked at the processing times both on this website and on the USCIS and both have Houston taking longer than anywhere in the country. Why?? 

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5 minutes ago, Track13 said:

My husband filed his I-485 on July 20, 2017. As of mid-October, our status has said, “Your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview.” NO change since then. I looked at the processing times both on this website and on the USCIS and both have Houston taking longer than anywhere in the country. Why?? 

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I know! We filed 06/17/2017 and still nothing :(

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Just now, Selma and Nermin said:

I know! We filed 06/17/2017 and still nothing :(

Oh my goodness! I’m glad to know it’s not just us. I wonder if being closed during Hurricane Harvey really set them back. Also, there are just a ton of immigrants who live here so I’m sure it’s a big backlog. We are probably going to re-apply for his work and travel card soon. 

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1 minute ago, Track13 said:

Oh my goodness! I’m glad to know it’s not just us. I wonder if being closed during Hurricane Harvey really set them back. Also, there are just a ton of immigrants who live here so I’m sure it’s a big backlog. We are probably going to re-apply for his work and travel card soon. 

I am sure Harvey is one of the few factors, how can it not be :(

I need some people to start getting their interviews scheduled for Houston to get some hope in the process at least.

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Posted (edited)

Philadelphia AOS filer here. Estimate: 11-32 months.

 

The reasons aren't exactly known, but usually it's primary due to the number of applicants in an area. Large immigrant-heavy city centers (and those who fall under the jurisdiction of those) got hit really hard. While the hurricane likely had some role, that's on a scale of days to weeks of a backup IMO.

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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

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

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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On 6/11/2018 at 3:28 PM, Selma and Nermin said:

I am sure Harvey is one of the few factors, how can it not be :(

I need some people to start getting their interviews scheduled for Houston to get some hope in the process at least.

Check out this video! It explained a lot about why marriage cases in Houston are so slow!

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No hurricanes in Arizona and they say 14-22 months here!!

 

So if it takes 14-22 months for normally a 3 month process can we expect that the 3 year process of citizenship will take 14-22 years?!!!

 

Back in January I called USCIS info line and was directed to an automated system. I went through the procedures and selected more info for "outside normal processing times". On June 6 (more than 6 months later) we got an automated email response that said "Due to work load factors not related to your case, USCIS anticipates a delay in completing your case....." LOL No chit!

 

This is what happens when there is no accountability, no one can get fired and all is done in secrecy!

 

I have asked my Congressman why this is happening and am waiting for answers and let you know if I get any. I'm not holding my breath.

 

As an American citizen I find this unacceptable!

 

 

   

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1 hour ago, Selma and Nermin said:

Hey Houston, anything new?! We have been waiting for 13 months now since filing :( 

The processing times for family based apps out of Houston currently say 16.5 to 30.5 months, so we are in for a long wait. I’ve heard that employment based applicants are now being called in to interviews (where previously they did not) and that has caused a huge backlog in family based visas. We are at 12 months and my husband just applied to renew his work card that expires in October. 

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21 hours ago, Track13 said:

The processing times for family based apps out of Houston currently say 16.5 to 30.5 months, so we are in for a long wait. I’ve heard that employment based applicants are now being called in to interviews (where previously they did not) and that has caused a huge backlog in family based visas. We are at 12 months and my husband just applied to renew his work card that expires in October. 

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Thanks for the info.

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1 hour ago, Visitor User said:

My RD is 10/4/17. I have not received my EAD

 

7/31/18: Case Tracker: Case is ready to be scheduled for interview. 

 

When should I expect an interview letter in the mail? 

A LONG TIME FROM NOW.

 

We filed on July 21, 2017 and our case has been “ready to be scheduled for an interview” since 10/17/17 and still nothing. 🙃 Get ready for a long wait.

 

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17 hours ago, Track13 said:

A LONG TIME FROM NOW.

 

We filed on July 21, 2017 and our case has been “ready to be scheduled for an interview” since 10/17/17 and still nothing. 🙃 Get ready for a long wait.

 

Will I be in the queue for RD date 10/4/17 or the 7/31/18 Case ready for interview date?

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Posted (edited)
Houston FO as of 8/4/18
 
18.5 Months to 26 Months.
 
Family-based adjustment applications
 
June 21, 2016
On 7/13/2018 at 10:33 AM, Selma and Nermin said:

Thanks for the info.

It moved up 6 months as of today which is great. Let's see how this pace continues.

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Thread is moved from the "AOS from K Visas" main forum to the Case Progress subforum.


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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