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Received NOA1: now CR-1/IR-1 or submit 1-129F

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Filed: Timeline


I filed an I-130 on November 8th and received NOA1 today in the mail.

Two questions:

1. Should I file a 1-129F or stick with the CR-1/IR-1? I understand the extra fee involved. I am wondering speed wise what might be better.

2. My NOA-1 reads that I-130 applicants must wait for a visa number after the visa is approved and this could take years. I seem to remember the this doesn't apply for an immediate reletive. In my case this visa is for my wife and daughter (both from Germany). Am I right.

Many thanks!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia

You should search for other VJ members going through Germany for K3 and CR1 visas to see what is the time difference between the two. It all depends on the embassy. If they are only a couple of months apart, then a CR1 would be the best choice, but only if you don't mind waiting that long.



02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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Filed: Timeline

Thanks for the reply Diana but I understood that it will be quite some time before the folks at the embassy in Germany are involved. Maybe I am wrong but wouldn't it depend on the service center (vermont in my case) and then the National Visa Center?

I'm new to this so I appreciate and value any insights you or anyone else might have. :)

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Brazil

well, looks like they are canceling I-129Fs

the made that choice for you :)


05/jun/2007 - Got married


08/aug/2007 - I-130 Packet sent to NSC

09/aug/2007 - I-130 Packet received

19/sep/2007 - NOA1 receipt date

25/sep/2007 - NOA1 arrived

23/apr/2008 - APPROVED

Timeline estimated adjudication on March 4, 2008. It was adjudicated on April 23.

Our I-130 was approved in 258 days.


09/oct/2007 - I-129F Packet sent to CSC

10/oct/2007 - I-129F Packet received

12/oct/2007 - NOA1 receipt date

20/oct/2007 - NOA1 received

23/apr/2008 - APPROVED

Timeline estimated adjudication on April 4, 2008. It was adjudicated on April 23.

Our I-129f was approved in 197 days.


08/may/2008 - replied to my e-mail sent on april 30, saying that our petition has been sent to the consulate.


20/JUN/2008 - Interview - APPROVED!!!


18/mar/2009 - Packet delivered

24/mar/2009 - NOA for AOS and EAD date

25/mar/2009 - Check cashed

15/apr/2009 - Biometrics done

22/may/2009 - EAD approved

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I did a search for you using the last 30 days through the timelines link above. The average time from NOA2 to interview at Germany is 137 days for the CR1/IR1 visa. Using James' shortcuts at the NVC will help reduce the time for the CR1/IR1. You have two months of wait time in for the I-130. The average days between NOA1 and NOA2 at VSC is 99 days.

The average for the K3 from NOA1 to NOA2 at VSC is 131. The average from NOA2 to the interview is 67 days. Basically your timeline will begin again when you submit the I-129f. Remember these are only estimates as your actual timeline will be unique.


3/23/14 - N400 package sent to Phoenix

3/27/14 - N400 package delivered

4/3/14 - NOA1 receipt date

4/4/14 - check cashed

04/29/14 - biometrics date

07/01/14 - interview date

xx/xx/xx - Oath Ceremony

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