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DCF I-130 in London - my timeline

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I'm posting because maybe my timeline will provide others with some information, as many have helped me, and that someone will be able to tell me how long I might have to wait for an interview letter/date. I'm a USC married to a Polish citizen, we both live in the UK.

after an insane amount of haggling with the London office whether or not I did have residency here, I finally was allowed to file my I-130 via DCF - but only after I sent a really angry letter about how they needed to honor my human rights (right to family and private life, holla!) and process that ###### tout de suite and a copy of like every single page of my passport. Of course this is only after I waited forever for the Home Office to process my EEA 5 yr family permit, but that's another story.

My USCIS petition was received on April 28, 2009, after I mailed it in on the 17th, received a letter about proof of residence and mailed that on the 24th.

Around the 22nd of May I got an RFE requesting proof of conmingling of assets (I sent joint bank statements, utility bills, and rental agreements), a personal affidavit about my relationship with my husband, and 3 additional sworn affidavits from people who knew of our relationship, i.e. could basically vouch for its validity.

On June 9 we received a letter (dated June 5) stating that our petition had been approved and sent to the immigrant visa unit at the US embassy in London. I think this is the NOA?

On June 12 we received Packet 3 (dated June 9).

We had requested our UK police certificate as soon as we got packet 3 and we assembled all relevant docs, his mom helped us get the polish docs + translations. My husband had his medical on the 25th of June (260 quid, for medical + 2 jabs - I recommend that you get all your vaccines at the GP for free beforehand, he had most of his and didn't have time). I sent in the DS 230 part 1 and 2 and the DS 2001 notification of readiness+checklist on June 29 and it was received on June 30.

Has anyone gone through the entire process? How long should we have to wait for the interview letter? I'm less concerned about when the interview date will be, but i'm so over not knowing a timeframe. so far everything has been pretty quick... but my husband has been denied non-immigrant visas 3 times before (when we were dating and he wanted to visit, and once when we were already married and wanted to go to the states for a family reunion - ridiculous) and we just really want to be together as I have to go back in the fall for a phd program.


June 2004 - Met in London, started dating, lots of trips, I lived in London on and off

Jan 2007 - Moved to London permanently

March 2008 - Got married

April 17, 2009 - sent I-130 to London, DCF

April 23, 2009 - letter from USCIS asking for additional proof of residence in London

April 24, 2009 - sent additional evidence

April 28 - petition filed at USCIS London field office, notice recieved by email

May 22 - RFE - affidavits and evidence of joint assets

May 29 - RFE sent in

June 8 - I-130 petition approved and forwarded to London embassy (NOA) - letter dated June 5

June 12 - Received Packet 3, letter dated June 9

June 25 - Had medical

June 29 - Returned Packet 3

June 30 - Embassy received Packet 3

July 20 - Called DOS to ask about interview date - Interview on 31 july.

July 31 - Interview at US Embassy

August 4 - DONE!!!!! passport and visa received!

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Firstly, you can see my timeline in my signature.

I sent off our packet 3 on June 15th and we got our Packet 4 (interview letter) on July 2nd, with a date for later this month. As you can see, our journey has been faster than lightening, but based on my dates, you might hear something within the next 2-3 weeks.

Another poster on here sent hers on the same day as me and got her Packet 4 a week earlier (special circumstances), so I doubt you'll have to wait very much longer.

GOOD LUCK!!


Met online ~ February 8th 2007

Met in person ~ March 1st 2007

Moved in together ~ September 20th 2007

Engaged ~ February 8th 2008

Married ~ March 1st 2009

Wedding Certificate received ~ May 6th 2009

Petition posted~ May 7th 2009

NOA1 received ~ May 13th 2009 (6 days)

Petition approved ~ June 2nd 2009 (20 days from NOA1, 26 days total)

NOA2 received ~ June 4th 2009 (22 days from NOA1, 28 days total)

Packet 3 received ~ June 12th 2009 (30 days from NOA1, 36 days total)

Packet 3 returned ~ June 15th 2009

Medical completed ~ 26th June 2009. All clear pending blood results.

Packet 4 received ~ 2nd July 2009 (50 days from NOA1, 56 days total)

Interview ~ 23rd July - APPROVED PENDING ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION (71 days from NOA1, 77 days total)

Documents sent to Embassy via SMS ~ 30th July 2009

VISA IN HAND! ~ 5th August (84 days from NOA1, 90 days total)

Current position - PACKING!!!!

Target date of The Big Move ~ October 8th 2009

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i hope it doesn't affect my processing time that I sent my packet 3 about 2-3 weeks after receiving it. (dated june 9, recd june 12, returned june 30). as it stands i have to move back to the US alone to start school and wait for my husband who will join me in a few months after wrapping up work here - he's been denied a tourist visa before and i just want him to be able to visit me in the meantime, but we need the visa for that... here's hoping i get an interview letter fast! it's been 13 days and i'm already impatient :)


June 2004 - Met in London, started dating, lots of trips, I lived in London on and off

Jan 2007 - Moved to London permanently

March 2008 - Got married

April 17, 2009 - sent I-130 to London, DCF

April 23, 2009 - letter from USCIS asking for additional proof of residence in London

April 24, 2009 - sent additional evidence

April 28 - petition filed at USCIS London field office, notice recieved by email

May 22 - RFE - affidavits and evidence of joint assets

May 29 - RFE sent in

June 8 - I-130 petition approved and forwarded to London embassy (NOA) - letter dated June 5

June 12 - Received Packet 3, letter dated June 9

June 25 - Had medical

June 29 - Returned Packet 3

June 30 - Embassy received Packet 3

July 20 - Called DOS to ask about interview date - Interview on 31 july.

July 31 - Interview at US Embassy

August 4 - DONE!!!!! passport and visa received!

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Wow, both of you seem to have gotten your NOAs back really quickly. It's been six weeks and I'm STILL waiting to find out whether or not our I-130 has been approved. :(


Met online - June 11, 1997 (at the tender age of 17!)

Met in person - June 25, 1999

Engaged - December 27, 2003

Married - July 23, 2005

Moved to the UK - August 14, 2005

Received ILR - August 9, 2007

Naturalised as UK Citizen! - February 17, 2009

Our DCF Timeline so far...

Posted I-130 - May 30, 2009

NOA1, I-130 received - June 4, 2009

NOA2, I-130 approved - July 16, 2009

Bring on Packet 3!

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i hope it doesn't affect my processing time that I sent my packet 3 about 2-3 weeks after receiving it. (dated june 9, recd june 12, returned june 30).

I wouldn't have thought so. Surely they'd deal with things in order of receipt. It does look like they've slowed down somewhat compared to a couple of months ago (I got my NOA2 within 3 weeks of NOA1, but now the dates suggest at least a month), so maybe that's true across the board and everything is taking a few weeks longer than before...?

You could always try calling the Info line, but I tried that a week before my P4 arrived and was told "you'll hear something in the next 5-7 weeks," which was hardly accurate :blink:

Wow, both of you seem to have gotten your NOAs back really quickly. It's been six weeks and I'm STILL waiting to find out whether or not our I-130 has been approved. :(

I saw your story in your own thread. It's disappointing to see that they've slowed down so much, they were really on the ball only a month or two ago :(


Met online ~ February 8th 2007

Met in person ~ March 1st 2007

Moved in together ~ September 20th 2007

Engaged ~ February 8th 2008

Married ~ March 1st 2009

Wedding Certificate received ~ May 6th 2009

Petition posted~ May 7th 2009

NOA1 received ~ May 13th 2009 (6 days)

Petition approved ~ June 2nd 2009 (20 days from NOA1, 26 days total)

NOA2 received ~ June 4th 2009 (22 days from NOA1, 28 days total)

Packet 3 received ~ June 12th 2009 (30 days from NOA1, 36 days total)

Packet 3 returned ~ June 15th 2009

Medical completed ~ 26th June 2009. All clear pending blood results.

Packet 4 received ~ 2nd July 2009 (50 days from NOA1, 56 days total)

Interview ~ 23rd July - APPROVED PENDING ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION (71 days from NOA1, 77 days total)

Documents sent to Embassy via SMS ~ 30th July 2009

VISA IN HAND! ~ 5th August (84 days from NOA1, 90 days total)

Current position - PACKING!!!!

Target date of The Big Move ~ October 8th 2009

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good luck! someone posted a US based number on another thread where you can call and ask about the status of your case giving them your case number, i might try that too. it took a month after i sent back our RFE that our I-130 petition was approved. i bet you will get a letter very soon.

we are still waiting for the interview letter. i'm getting more and more anxious!


June 2004 - Met in London, started dating, lots of trips, I lived in London on and off

Jan 2007 - Moved to London permanently

March 2008 - Got married

April 17, 2009 - sent I-130 to London, DCF

April 23, 2009 - letter from USCIS asking for additional proof of residence in London

April 24, 2009 - sent additional evidence

April 28 - petition filed at USCIS London field office, notice recieved by email

May 22 - RFE - affidavits and evidence of joint assets

May 29 - RFE sent in

June 8 - I-130 petition approved and forwarded to London embassy (NOA) - letter dated June 5

June 12 - Received Packet 3, letter dated June 9

June 25 - Had medical

June 29 - Returned Packet 3

June 30 - Embassy received Packet 3

July 20 - Called DOS to ask about interview date - Interview on 31 july.

July 31 - Interview at US Embassy

August 4 - DONE!!!!! passport and visa received!

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good luck! someone posted a US based number on another thread where you can call and ask about the status of your case giving them your case number, i might try that too. it took a month after i sent back our RFE that our I-130 petition was approved. i bet you will get a letter very soon.

we are still waiting for the interview letter. i'm getting more and more anxious!

My case has taken too long compared to you lot,

24 Apr 2009 - Send the application I130

1 May 2009 - received the NOA1

28 May 2009 - Request for additional documents recived from embassy.

20 Jun 2009 - document posted.

24 Jun 2009 - embassy received via the recoded delivery.

We are still waiting after that; Is this too long ? Do i need to do some thing?

thanks you

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good luck! someone posted a US based number on another thread where you can call and ask about the status of your case giving them your case number, i might try that too. it took a month after i sent back our RFE that our I-130 petition was approved. i bet you will get a letter very soon.

we are still waiting for the interview letter. i'm getting more and more anxious!

My case has taken too long compared to you lot,

24 Apr 2009 - Send the application I130

1 May 2009 - received the NOA1

28 May 2009 - Request for additional documents recived from embassy.

20 Jun 2009 - document posted.

24 Jun 2009 - embassy received via the recoded delivery.

We are still waiting after that; Is this too long ? Do i need to do some thing?

thanks you

K-3 is a looong process


12/07/2009 - I-130 and supporting documents sent to USCIS office in Rome

12/16/2009 - USCIS office received the form

02/16/2010 - NOA1

02/22/2010 - I-130 Approved

05/27/2010 - DS-230 sent

07/19/2010 - Medical exam in Napoli

07/20/2010 - Interview

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Your profile says K3 but you have posted in DCF forum. Can you confirm what application you have submitted?

good luck! someone posted a US based number on another thread where you can call and ask about the status of your case giving them your case number, i might try that too. it took a month after i sent back our RFE that our I-130 petition was approved. i bet you will get a letter very soon.

we are still waiting for the interview letter. i'm getting more and more anxious!

My case has taken too long compared to you lot,

24 Apr 2009 - Send the application I130

1 May 2009 - received the NOA1

28 May 2009 - Request for additional documents recived from embassy.

20 Jun 2009 - document posted.

24 Jun 2009 - embassy received via the recoded delivery.

We are still waiting after that; Is this too long ? Do i need to do some thing?

thanks you

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I am filing CR 1/IR 1, and finally today we got our package 3, one question do i need to get the police certificate from UK only or do need to get the visa for my last country which i left more than 5 years back?

Thanks for your help.

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