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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ireland

Hi all-

I was just wondering if anyone knew how the Chicago lockbox decided which Service Center to send one's I-130 petition? I am from Chicago, sent my I-130 app to the Chicago lockbox, and my case was sent to the California Service Center which seems to be the slowest of the Service Centers.

It seems like those lucky few whose I-130 apps were sent to the Texas Service Center are getting approved in a month's time! Is it just luck of the draw, or what?

Patiently waiting for California to hurry up!

1/22/08- Mailed I-130 to Chicago lockbox

2/13/08- NOA1

5/29/08- Touched (changed address online)

5/30/08- Touched

6/04/08- Touched

6/08/08- APPROVED! NOA2 by mail (never showed up online!)

6/16/08- NVC Recieved, Case Number Assigned

6/24/08- Called NVC to get IIN, paid AOS fee online

6/24/08- Emailed DS3032 to NVC

6/30/08- NVC received AOS I-864EZ form

7/13/08- Paid IV fee online

7/15/08- Mailed DS-230


8/14/08- Mailed to US Embassy in Dublin

8/19/08- Received Interview Date and Time

9/5/08- Ciaran's Interview!!!

9/9/08- CIARAN IS HERE!!! We will never have to be apart again :)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China

Depends in part on where the petitioner lives, and sometimes changes depending on case load at the service centers.

OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.



Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Chile

TSC doesn't process I-130s, only VSC and CSC do. I think the states are pretty much divided up east/west and assigned to either of those Service Centers appropriately.

My blog

10/01/2005: Married in Toronto

02/15/2006: Began Canadian Immigration

09/19/2007: Withdrew CIC application (they still hadn't processed anything)

10/01/2007: Moved back to U.S.


IR-1 application through Montreal Consulate

10/26/2007: I-130 mailed to CA Service Center

10/29/2007: USPS confirmation of receipt of I-130

02/13/2008: NOA-1 received (107 days)

07/02/2008: I-130 approved

07/22/2008: AOS filed including EAD and AP

07/25/2008: NOA-1s for all 3 received

08/20/2008: Biometrics appointment

08/22/2008: Received RFE for Affadivit of Support and Medical

10/21/2008: Submitted I-865W in lieu of co-sponsor and medical info to NSC

11/14/2008: online case status not updated since filing of AOS in July 2008

01/20/2009: Received another RFE for Affadavit of Support Info

02/02/2009: Responded to RFE with brand new AOS based on 2008 tax return (if that doesn't shut them up, dunno what will)

02/19/2009: EAD card received in mail (no updates on Online Case Status ever made)

02/23/2009: AP received (again, no online updates)

02/26/2009: Received interview appointment letter for 4/6/09

04/06/2009: AOS approved for unconditional GC

04/21/2009: GC received

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Ukraine

All of Illinois is serviced by the Nebraska office. Click here.

Read this immediately below the Directors' names:

Service Area:

The Nebraska Service Center accepts and processes the applications and petitions from people residing in the following states:

Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Edited by alexcooper

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Sweden

Why the "F" did my Lawyer send my 129f to CSC when they could have sent it Nebraska? I live in Chicago too!

01/06/2006 - Met In Crystal Lake, IL

03/25/2008 - He was denied re-entry to the U.S. for using the tourist visa too many times.

03/28/2008 - My first visit to Sweden

04/23/2008 - NOA1

05/26/2008 - Touched

05/28/2008 - Met in Canada

06/20/2008 - 2nd trip to Sweden

10/23/2008 - Contacted Congressman

10/28/2008 - Touched

10/29/2008 - Touched

11/25/2008 - 3rd trip to Sweden

12/17/2008 - Contacted Congressman

01/31/2009 - Lawyer sent Service Request

02/04/2009 - Touched

02/05/2009 - Touched

02/11/2009 - 4th trip to Sweden

02/25/2008 - Contacted Congressman

02/27/2009 - Was told by Congressman I will be in Security Checks for a "LONG TIME"

03/03/2009 - Info Pass Apointment - They said they couldn't help me

03/02/2009 - NOA2

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
Why the "F" did my Lawyer send my 129f to CSC when they could have sent it Nebraska? I live in Chicago too!

Nebraska haven't dealt with I-129F petitions since last year, they all go to either California or Vermont.

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