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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom


I mailed our i-129f packet off last saturday via USPS and according to our packet tracking they recieved it at the Texas lockbox on 26th Oct, I included a notification request for an email or text message but so far we have nothing the cheque has not been cashed either. should i be concerned at this point? how long does it usually take for the NOA1?


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There's no need to be worried. It can sometimes take a week to 10 days (working days) to get the NOA1. And, from my own experience, the online/text notification isn't reliable. I didn't get a notification of our NOA2 until after my fiance had already received his visa. You will likely get something soon.


I-129F NOA1 : June 1, 2010

I-129F NOA2 : June 28, 2010

Interview Date : Sept 28, 2010

Wedding: Apr 16, 2011


Approved : July 25, 2011

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Scotland

Hon...you have a long wait in store for you. Don't get stressed yet! You can look at other time lines on this site to get a general idea of how long it takes. You also CANNOT look individually at one person or another and think that THEY have THEIRS so you should have yours! Dodi and I are perfect examples. Look at our timelines and see how it went. Sundrop and I are also perfect examples.

Take a deep breath and get ready for the long haul.

"You don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person you can't live without."

Mailed K-1 on 2-6-10

USCIS received packet on 2-8-10

NOA 1: Received 2-16-10

NOA 2: Approved 4-29-10 (72 Days)

NVC Forwarded Petition to London- 5-6-10

NVC Letter Received: 5-7-1010

London Received Packet: 5-14-10

London Mailed Packet to Rob: 5-18-10

Packet 3 Received by Rob: 5-22-2010

Packet 3 paperwork mailed to Rob 6-12-10

Medical- July 8, 2010

Everything mailed to Embassy 7-19-10

Interview Date: 9-14-10- Approved pending non-machine washed replacement passport.

Entry to US- 10-6-10 POE- Newark

Wedding- 10-23-10


Mailed AOS paperwork to the Chicago lockbox 1-7-11

Delivery Notification 1-10-11

Text stating application was received 1-20-11

Check Cashed 1-21-11

NOA 1 received 1-22-11

Biometrics letter received 1-29--11

Biometrics appointment 2-24-11

Received notice- I-485 has been transferred to the California Service Center 2-9-11.

3-11-11 - EAD production ordered

3-19-11- EAD Received

3-31-2011- AOS approved without interview

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Made my own experience just yesterday - I mailed my application 10/13 and got my "paper receipts" aka NOAs yesterday 10/28 with the acknowledgment of them having it received on 10/17. I added the e-mail notification to my package but haven't received any email yet (and don't need it anymore, got the casenumbers now). Prior to this package I had to apply for a replacement I-94 number, for this application I had received an e-mail that I will receive a letter in the mail and it took about another 1 1/2 weeks before I had that envelope in my hands.

So yes, don't worry as of yet, if you don't receiver neither e-mail nor paper receipts within the next week or two - and don't count on the e-mail or text message to arrive first. Good luck with your application !! :)

10/13/2010 - Mailed in The Package (AOS, I-765, I-130)

10/17/2010 - USPS confirms delivery to USCIS

10/25/2010 - Check cashed

10/26/2010 - All applications been worked on aka touched

10/28/2010 - NOA1 Receipts for applications received

11/24/2010 - Received appointment for biometrics in the mail for 12/17 *yay*

12/17/2010 - 9.25 a.m. - 9.45 a.m. Biometrics done !!

12/23/2010 - EAD Approved and Card on its way - Email notification received *yay*

01/03/2011 - WOOOHOOO ...EAD Card in Hand!

01/04/2011 - Oh boy....Received Interview Letter today - February 3rd is the day! :)

02/03/2011 - Interview scheduled 12:45 p.m. - out of there before 1:30 p.m. - further review

Coming home, checking for touches at 5:30 p.m. - CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED !!!!

Thank you All on Visajourney for your inputs, experiences and thoughts!!!

02/09/2011 - Yup another e-mail saying that my card production was ordered.

02/10/2011 - E-mail notification "Approval letter was sent today"

02/14/2011 - Welcome Letter / Approval NOA and Card (separate envelope) received!!! :D

Late November 2012 (have to look up my receipts ;) - mailed in ROC I-751

12/12/2012 - NOA 1, status extension received

12/18/2012 - Biometrics appointment letter received

01/08/2013 - Biometrics done

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada

also, don't hold your breath for any email/text updates or even website updates. they're not very efficient when it comes to these services. but just because the website doesn't update or you don't get notification doesn't mean your case is lost.

truth be told, my K1 app still says awaiting decision and i've had my green card for months.

..The time line ..

04/04/2007 met in person

22/10 2008 engaged

29/03/2009 I-129F Sent

06/04/2009 money order cashed

13/04/2009 I-129F NOA1

20/07/2009 NOA2 petition approved

08/12/2009 Packet 3 Received

08/13/2009 Packet 3 Sent

09/14/2009 Medical Toronto

06/11/2009 interview PASSED!

15/11/2009 Visa Rcvd

14/02/2010 POE Sault Ste Marie ON

26/03/2010 Married


05/10/2010 mailed

05/17/2010 check cashed

05/21/2010 NOA1 rcvd

06/15/2010 Biometrics(Grand Rapids MI)

08/20/2010 interview (approved)



10/13/2012 biometric


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Brazil

I honestly think it depends on the person who gets the petition on their desk and workload for the week/day/time of month.

As many said here they haven't gotten their NOA until X days after or a text etc. Some have right after etc.

For me, I got the text 4 days after, and the email at the same time and the NOA1 was done 2/3 days after received it (Received Oct 1 in texas, NOA1 dated Oct. 6, Texted/emailed Oct 7 at 1:31am)

So don't worry if you don't get it right away, you will soon :).

Edited by Blob18

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Filed: Country: China

Best bet is to watch your bank account for the check to clear. As soon as it does, take a look at the scanned check image. On the back will be the case number and you can use this on the USCIS to check on the status. It took us about 10 days to get the letter with the case number, but only about 6 or 7 days for the check to post.

Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Guangzhou, China
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-04-26
I-130 Sent : 2010-06-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-08
I-130 RFE : 2010-11-05
I-130 RFE Sent : 2010-11-06
I-130 Approved : 2010-11-10
NVC Received CaseFile: 2010-11-16
NVC Casefile Number Issued: 2010-11-22
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 2010-11-23
OPTIN ACCEPTED by NVC: 2010-12-14
Pay I-864 Bill 2010-11-23
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-23
Return Completed I-864 : 2011-03-30
Return Completed DS-3032 : 2010-11-23
Receive IV Bill : 2010-12-17
Pay IV Bill : 2011-03-16
AOS CoverSheets Generated: 2010-11-27
IV Fee Bill marked as PAID: 2011-03-18
IV CoverSheets Generated: 2011-03-18
IV email packet sent: 2011-04-4
NVC reports 'Case Completed': 2011-5-2
'Sign in Fail' at the Online Payment Portal: 2011-5-2
Final Review Started at NVC: 2011-5-2
Final Review Completed at NVC: ????
Interview Date Set: 2011-5-5
Appointment Letter Received via Email: 2011-5-6
Interview Date: 2011-6-1

I-751 Sent : 2013-07-02

I-751 Bio Appointment Date 2013-08-02

10 Year Green Card Approved!!!!!

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