Short AOS timeline:
2006-06-10 - mailed I485 and I130 to Chicago Lockbox
2006-06-12 - USPS showed delivery at 4:40am
2006-06-19 - NOA for both I130 and I485 ( date - 2006-06-17)
2006-06-20 - internal update
2006-06-21 - NOAs in the mail, added both cases to my portfolio
2006-06-22 - both checks showed up.
2006-06-24 - internal update
2006-06-26 - biometrics appointment for 2006-07-03 showed up in the mail. Dated 2006-06-22, post marked 2006-06-23. Does not correlate to website activity.
2006-07-03 - fingerprints submitted
2006-07-04 - internal update for I-485
2006-07-05 - internal update for I-485
2006-07-11 - NOA date for the interview on 2006-09-11. Post marked 2006-07-12 from Missouri
2006-09-11 - Interview. Officer "recommended aproval", said there was additional security check after interview. Also said , "long checks" had been completed. J1s and associated docs peaked officers curiosity.
2006-09-14 - I-130 approved, I-485 welcome notice sent.
2006-09-15 - internal update for both I-130 and I-485. Messages remain the same - "approved" and "welcome sent".
2006-09-18 - both I-130 and I-485 approvals arrive. Post marked 2006-09-15, NOA dates 2006-09-14.
2006-09-25 - I-485 "the case has been approved, notice mailed" (same as on 2006-09-14 )
2006-09-26 - I-485 internal update.
2006-09-26 - I551 arrives in the mail. Date 2006-09-20, postmarked 2006-09-23. Envelope was not marked in any way, i.g. no "Do not forward" stamp on it.
The century that ended, J1 with 2yHRR, courtesy of Fulbright
2006-03-23, applied for waiver at DoS based on "no objection"
2006-03-30, "no objection" from home country
2006-04-05, "Request for Sponsor Views" sent by DoS
2006-04-26, Sponsor views received by DoS
2006-04-27, DoS sent recommendation to USCIS
2006-05-31, USCIS received DoS recommendation
InfoPass to Cleveland CIS to inquire re waiver. Got my A# and case#
2006-06-05, I-612 NOA from USCIS, ( fee waived )
2006-06-07, I-612 approved
2006-06-13, I-612 in the mailbox.