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Just an interesting story for you. My fiancee and I filed our petition to CSC in March 06. Just recently we were wondering why it was taking so long. Then she told me that her friend was already in LA after supposedly going through the same fiancee visa process that we're going through only......her friend filed one month after we did. My fiancee also said that they went through a lawyer. But in both cases, we're very similar in that we are clean (no previous marriages, no prior kids, no criminal history, etc). The only thing I can think of is that the USC filed at Vermont but she's living in LA...hmmmm

My questions are:

How is that possible that her friend filed the same kind of petition after we did and she's already there?

Does a lawyer really make a difference if we're both "clean"

What you guys think?

??Jul 2005 - we met online

28 Jul 2005 - our relationship "officially" started (we chatted almost every single night!)

4 Feb 2006 - I flew over to see her for her birthday and Valentine's Day

7 Mar 2006 - I-129F sent

9 Mar 2006 - petition received

14 Mar 2006 - petition opened

16 Mar 2006 - NOA1 sent (nothing heard since)

23 Jun 2006 - IMBRA RFE sent

6 Jul 2006 - IMBRA RFE reply sent

18 Jul 2006 - RFE reply recieved

19 Jul 2006 - touched

24 Aug 2006 - finally got bloody touched!!! (they responded to my RFE)

31 Aug 2006 - touched

1 Sep 2006 - NOA2! nuf said!!! (178 days)

5 Sep 2006 - touched? after already getting NOA2?

7 Sep 2006 - touched yet again...must be the mailing process

22 Sep 2006 - Case left NVC

26 Sep 2006 - Case arrived in Manila Embassy

7 Dec 2006 - Appointment letter sent

13 Dec 2006 - received Appt letter

21 Dec 2006 - St Luke's Medical appointment

28 Dec 2006 - Visa interview appointment (APPROVED!!!)

11 Jan 2007 - VISA ON HAND!!!! YEA YEA!!!!

17 Mar 2007 - First step into US soil (SFO)

28 Mar 2007 - Civil wedding at SF City Hall!

Adjustment of Status

16 May 2007 - finally mailed off AOS/EAD package

18 May 2007 - AOS/EAD received

22 May 2007 - AOS/EAD notice sent

25 May 2007 - status update on USCIS website

19 Jun 2007 - Biometrics Appointment in Sacramento

20 Jun 2007 - touched

26 Jun 2007 - touched

25 Jul 2007 - AOS touched

1 Aug 2007 - EAD approved. USCIS ordered production of new card

13 Aug 2007 - AOS interview (APPROVED!!!)

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Lawyer makes no difference. :no: Don't worry.

Sent : 2005-12-14 (To Nebraska)

NOA1 : 2005-12-29 (From California)

NOA2 : 2006-03-13

Rec. NVC : 2006-03-24

Left NVC : 2006-03-27

Rec. Con. : 2006-03-29

Rec. Pkt 3 : 2006-04-10

Send Pkt 3: 2006-04-12

Rec. Pkt 4 : 2006-04-30 & 2006-07-02

Interview : 2006-07-27

Visa in Hand: 2006-08-01


POE: 2006-08-09

Send AOS & EAD: 2006-10-31

Rec. NOA1: 2006-11-08

Biometric: 2006-11-30

EAD Approved: 2007-01-17

EAD Received: 2007-01-24

AOS Interview: 2007-02-12

Approved: 2007-02-12



I-751 File: 2008-11-13 to 2009-02-11 [90 day window]

N-400 File: 2010-02-12

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There's no need in comparing your case with anyone else's case.

You'll drive yourself nuts if you do it. Each case has its own 'life', dependant on tons of different factors, which means one couple may very well get through faster than you.


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