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I received my NOA1 on 9 Nov 2011. I am an active duty naval officer. I just found out that active duty service members may be elligible for an expedite for deployment reasons. I wish someone had told me this 2 months ago. I called the USCIS military help line and they helped me submit my request to expedite. The same day, I received an email from the VSC asking me to submit a copy of my orders and a letter from me explaining my circumstances. I did so on 7 Feb 2011. I still have not heard anything back regarding the expedite request.

I just wanted to put that out there for any possible active duty service members in the forum. Feel free to contact me.

Juan


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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Yeah, I am in the navy as well and the expedite can be done once you get to the NVC as well. I have used that expedite option many times as my wife was denied her visa the first time at the consulate so I had to wait until it was sent back to Homeland Security and work it all over again, but I am finally at the end of the road a year and 1/2 later. There are many benefits out there for military even attorneys that do pro bono work for military.

I received my NOA1 on 9 Nov 2011. I am an active duty naval officer. I just found out that active duty service members may be elligible for an expedite for deployment reasons. I wish someone had told me this 2 months ago. I called the USCIS military help line and they helped me submit my request to expedite. The same day, I received an email from the VSC asking me to submit a copy of my orders and a letter from me explaining my circumstances. I did so on 7 Feb 2011. I still have not heard anything back regarding the expedite request.

I just wanted to put that out there for any possible active duty service members in the forum. Feel free to contact me.

Juan

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Thanks

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K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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I am sure it will be given approval. We availed of it too (sort of) It's for any military not just active duty (we are national guard) :)


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

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The thing is though, my fiance is not allowed to give his military orders for deployment due to security reasons, so for the AOS stage, we are hoping a letter from someone higher in his chain of command will suffice. :) He is deploying sometime this year..

And for k1, we showed ranger school orders (hoping they would expedite because he would be unavailable to receive mail or calls for a long time).


My Journey:

We met through a study-abroad program in Shanghai, China in August of 2009

We got engaged March of 2010

I received my K1 VISA in 6 months (June-December 2010)

We were married 04/02/2011
I received my conditional 2-year greencard (AOS) in 2.5 months with no interview (April-June 2011)

Our son was born 02/03/2013

I received my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology 04/17/2013

I received my 10-year greencard (ROC) in 3 months with no interview (March-June 2013)

My husband returned from deployment 06/20/2013

My naturalization journey took 4 months (April-August 2014)

I became a US citizen on 08/01/2014

Received passport in 3 weeks (regular processing)

Thank you, VJ! smile.png

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my fiance is in the air force and has to go to the Emirates this dec.

is there any chance we can make use of the expedite as well? I got my noa1 on nov.22 2010.

the USCIS helpline told us no hurry, cuz we will be approved by dec. on the other hand, USCIS told us many ####### before. we used to live in Japan and could have gotten married there and filled the directly through the embassy.

but of course, no one told us...

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my fiance is in the air force and has to go to the Emirates this dec.

is there any chance we can make use of the expedite as well? I got my noa1 on nov.22 2010.

the USCIS helpline told us no hurry, cuz we will be approved by dec. on the other hand, USCIS told us many ####### before. we used to live in Japan and could have gotten married there and filled the directly through the embassy.

but of course, no one told us...

Yes, he has to call the military help line number in USCIS, talk to a rep and ask to initiate an expedite request due to military deployment. Then USCIS will foward that request to the Service Center. The service center will contact your fiancee via email (in my case the same day). The email will ask him to fax a copy of orders (or a letter from his Commanding Officer), and a letter from him explaining his reason for his request. What I cannot tell you is how long it takes to get a response? I haven't gotten mine yet. I submitted my request on 4 Feb and faxed my documents on 7 Feb. I am still holding my breath. I hope this helps. Please let us know your progress to give us an idea on a time fram. Thanks and good luck!

Juan


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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really?!

this seems like a joke! first they didn't tell us that we could have gotten married in Japan and file directly through the embassy(that's way faster!), and now they tell us ###### on the help line...

what a bunch of jokers down there at VSC!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will talk to my fiance as soon as possible to start things moving!

again, thank you so much! first time after weeks that I got hope again. according to IGORs list, right now VSC has a standstill. the expedite would be a blessing!

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really?!

this seems like a joke! first they didn't tell us that we could have gotten married in Japan and file directly through the embassy(that's way faster!), and now they tell us ###### on the help line...

what a bunch of jokers down there at VSC!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will talk to my fiance as soon as possible to start things moving!

again, thank you so much! first time after weeks that I got hope again. according to IGORs list, right now VSC has a standstill. the expedite would be a blessing!

You are welcome. Here is the military help line: 1-877-247-4645. Good luck!


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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You are welcome. Here is the military help line: 1-877-247-4645. Good luck!

my fiance called them and started the process. they said they gonna let us know within the next 5 days. wow...I am so nervous checking my mails now. I don't want to get my hope to high tho, what if they deny us the expedite?

if they do, can we try to talk to a supervisor or something?

it would be more than needed to get noa2 soon. otherwise I have no idea how we can settle everything before my fiance deploys in dec.

again. thank you for your post. if we get noa2 soon, I will hang up ur picture and light up a candle for u every day for the rest of my life! :yes:

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my fiance called them and started the process. they said they gonna let us know within the next 5 days. wow...I am so nervous checking my mails now. I don't want to get my hope to high tho, what if they deny us the expedite?

if they do, can we try to talk to a supervisor or something?

it would be more than needed to get noa2 soon. otherwise I have no idea how we can settle everything before my fiance deploys in dec.

again. thank you for your post. if we get noa2 soon, I will hang up ur picture and light up a candle for u every day for the rest of my life! :yes:

:D. That picture and the candle comments is funny. :)

You are welcome. I am glad I could help someone. I still have not hear anything regarding my expedite. I am starting to think that means bad news. I wish you the best of luck with yours. I am not sure if you can talk to a supervisor.


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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:D. That picture and the candle comments is funny. :)

You are welcome. I am glad I could help someone. I still have not hear anything regarding my expedite. I am starting to think that means bad news. I wish you the best of luck with yours. I am not sure if you can talk to a supervisor.

please let me know when u get ur noa2. first I wasn't so happy about my fiance being in the military(I was so scared that he has to go to Afghanistan at some point!), but so far the Air Force was only from big help for us. In every single possible way. where is ur finace at? army, marines, navy or air force?

I pray for your noa2...

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please let me know when u get ur noa2. first I wasn't so happy about my fiance being in the military(I was so scared that he has to go to Afghanistan at some point!), but so far the Air Force was only from big help for us. In every single possible way. where is ur finace at? army, marines, navy or air force?

I pray for your noa2...

I will. I'll keep you posted, you do the same. I am the one in the military (Navy). Yes, the military has been very good to me this far. My fiancee is in Thailand.


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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yeah, I heard that the navy treats their people very good as well.

I will keep u posted, too. let's c who is faster. but I guess that would be you, as you r already waiting a bit longer than we do... (F)

we'll c... :yes:

Never know. stay in touch on your progress. good luck!


K-1 TIMELINE11/03/2010 Mailed I-129F Petition to USCIS VSC
11/15/2010 Received NOA1 in the mail
02/04/2011 Requested expediting of case for military deployment
02/11/2011 Expediting request approved
02/22/2011 Received expediting request approval letter in the mail
02/28/2011 NOA2 Document Received in the mail
02/28/2011 NVC received and case # assigned
03/01/2011 Case sent to Embassy
03/04/2011 Case received at the Embassy
03/09/2011 Embassy sent Packet 3 via mail (we did not wait for it, downloaded forms online)
03/15/2011 Sent Packet 3 to the Embassy
03/18/2011 Embassy received Packet 3 in the mail
03/28/2011 Received Packet 4 from Embassy
04/20/2011 Embassy Interview Date (APPROVED)
04/27/2011 POE JFK, NY
AOS/AE/AP TIMELINE
06/24/2011 Mailed the AOS/EA/AP
07/05/2011 Received NOA1's for the AP/AE/AOS dated 06/27/2011
07/08/2011 Received NOA for biometrics appointment
07/25/2011 Biometrics appointment
08/24/2011 Received AP/AE card in the mail
09/08/2011 AOS interview APPROVED
09/09/2011 Card in production
09/19/2011 Green card on hand!

I-130 TIMELINE - STEPDAUGHTER I-751 TIMELINE-WIFE

04/07/2013 Mailed I-130 petition 06/10/2013 Mailed I-751 petition

04/14/2013 Received NOA1 inthe mail 06/19/2013 Received NOA1 in mail

05/04/2013 Requested expediting due to military deployment %

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