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Does $355 credit card charge = NOA?

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Hello, I'm new to this forum. I've came across it via UK Yankee and Dive Into America. I'm a USC married to a British Citizen living in the UK (been here four years next month). We've now decided that the best place to raise our family is in the USA, and so I've started the DCF process in London.

However, I'm now getting a bit worried. I sent in my I-130 petition at the end of May. On June 4, I received an email telling me my petition had been received and had "entered processing". My credit card was also charged $355 on the same day. Since then though, I've heard absolutely nothing. No Request for Further Evidence, no Notice of Approval letter, no SASE returned. Nothing. I'm now starting to worry they've charged my credit card even though an RFE is on the way, or worse, a denial letter. I noticed on the US Embassy website that they're only now processing applications received on June 1. Does that mean I-130s or DS-230s? I'm so confused!

I've noticed a couple of people on here mention that you shouldn't worry if your credit card has been charged. I was under the impression that they charged the fee regardless. Is that correct? Or should I take it as a good sign my card was charged right away? Any advice that could put my mind at ease would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!


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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Thank you! That's what I needed to know.


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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Hi gatsbygirl8. Our timeline in my signature - we only filed a few weeks before you :)

We didn't get a notice, letter or otherwise stating "NOA1" but we did get this document. Does it look like the email you received? If so, the date shown is your filing date.

The processing information on the website tells us which I-130 cases they're dealing with according to the filing dates. It is at this stage that they'll issue RFEs or NOA2s (seemingly this depends on what mood they're in), so you don't have anything to worry about yet. As soon as those dates cover June 4th it means that they'll be dealing with your case and you should hear from them shortly :)

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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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Yes, that's the email I received. Thanks for replying. I guess things have really slowed down since May. The waiting is just so frustrating. Sigh. I just wish the embassy would update its website. At least then I'd know whether or not to keep rushing down the stairs every time the post arrives!


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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Yes, that's the email I received. Thanks for replying. I guess things have really slowed down since May. The waiting is just so frustrating. Sigh. I just wish the embassy would update its website. At least then I'd know whether or not to keep rushing down the stairs every time the post arrives!

When I was waiting for NOA2 I checked that damned page at least once a day, lol. As it was, we received our NOA2 before the website even showed our dates. They only update that page once every couple of weeks, so they're probably already processing yours and you should hear from them soon.

At least you know you're waiting and what those dates are, it makes it easier when you at least know you haven't fallen down the back of a filing cabinet somewhere :)


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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At least you know you're waiting and what those dates are, it makes it easier when you at least know you haven't fallen down the back of a filing cabinet somewhere :)

Very true! Fingers crossed.

BTW, your interview day is the same as our wedding anniversary. It's bound to bring good luck! :)


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 filed over 3 weeks ago and just got the NOA1 email today. I was beginning to get worried. They filed it just four days after I posted it, but took all this time to email me.

gatsbygirl8 - the waiting is so frustrating. I just keep wondering if they are going to send us a RFE. I hope not! Good luck with the whole process!


Married in USA - 24 April 2009

I-130 Sent - 22 June 2009

Petition received and payment taken - 26 June 2009

NOA1 received - 13 July 2009

NOA2 received - 28 July 2009

Packet 3 received - 3 August 2009

Medical booked - 20 August 2009

Packet 3 returned - 6 August 2009

Medical booked for 20 August 2009 - complete pending blood test results

Interview - 14 September - We've been approved!! We've got the visa!!

Tickets booked! Moving on 26 December! Can't wait!!

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