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Hello All, We filed and received our NOA-1 on Feb-19, and I see people that filed in March in California are receiving their NOA-2's.... is there any rhyme or reason to this process?? Someone must know something as to why it seems like we are being passed over.... maybe I need to be more patient, but I have to tell you... I am really getting bummed. Just some support from anyone would be great.. John

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Hey John,

I didn't file until March, but now that I see March filers being approved, I'm becoming anxious. And then I see that there are still people from Jan and Feb waiting, and I don't get it either. It makes me wonder if we'll be one of the fortunate couples that gets approved without having to wait too long, or if everyone from March will get approved, and October will come and I'll still be waiting. (let's hope not...) Anyway, you filed a month before me, so I can imagine that it's kind of frustrating, since the government says they process the cases in the order they receive them. Who knows... Anyway, I feel for you.


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Hi John, welcome to VJ. :)

There is no rhyme or reason, sorry. Once your case is received and processed (noa1), your check is separated from your petition which is then put into a universal format and stored in a box with other files. Once an adjuticator is done working on a box they go get another box full of petitions. Some adjuticators work faster than others... some vacation... work different hours... etc. This is why we see the disparity in dates.

This post will explain the process to you a little better.

I'm sure your time is soon. Try to stay strong. :)


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A congressman will tell you what the uscis would tell you. 'they are processing dates from whatever date is posted on their website. '

There are many folks still waiting with that noa1 date... and many approved that filed after. Nature of the beast.

I don't think it's quite time to panic.


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