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Just wanted to express my thanks to everyone here who provided all the advice & experience that helped us make it through this process on our own. It was really painful & difficult at times, and a real test of our patience, but we hung in there and kept our determination to survive it all.

My husband's interview was in Ankara, Turkey in late November, and after a relatively short interview, he was put on AP. We decided to stay in Turkey until that was finished - turned out to be another two months for that, and finally after all was done, his visa was ready at the end of January. We arrived in New York a few weeks ago and are trying to get settled in now. So much to do, but I'm grateful that the biggest problem has been solved - HE IS HERE!

All of the guidance here has made it possible for us to do everything on our own without the need to hire an attorney or destroy our hope.. for anyone who is new to this process who may be reading - YOU CAN DO THIS! Trust in the competence of all the contributors here and you will have the support & confidence you need to do things the right way.

Best wishes to all of you!

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Congratulations! :thumbs:


Met online : 2009
Married : 07/28/2010


USCIS
Send I-130 : 06/08/2011
Touched : 06/13/2011
got a NOA1 by e-mail and SMS : 06/15/2011
got "I-797C" hard copy of NOA1 : 06/20/2011
got RFE "I-797E" : 10/15/2011
RFE Reply : 12/15/2011
Touched : 12/16/2011
I-130 Approved : 12/20/2011
got "I-797" hard copy of NOA2 : 12/24/2011
Your I-130 was approved in 183 days from your NOA1 date.


NVC
NVC Case Number : 01/13/2012
Pay "$88" AOS Bill and e-mailed DS-3032 : 02/08/2012
Email from NVC, DS-3032 Accepted : 02/09/2012
AOS Fee Shows PAID : 02/09/2012
IV fee invoiced "$404" : 02/10/2012
IV fee invoiced "$230" : 04/18/2012
Pay "$230" IV Bill : 04/30/2012
IV Fee Shows PAID : 05/02/2012
Send AOS and IV packet : 06/09/2012
AOS and IV packet Received : 06/22/2012
Case completed at NVC : 06/29/2012

Interview Date : 08/28/2012 "Denied"

Case Reaffirmed : 07/16/2013

Second interview - Approved : 10/24/2013

Visa Issued : 10/29/2013

Visa in hand : 10/31/2013

For more details please visit my timeline

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yay, congrats! I hope to be posting this as well sometime soon, I hope! hehe


First met:...............................07/15/08

Married:.................................01/27/12

USCIS

I-130 Sent:.............................03/02/12

I-130 NOA1:...........................03/07/12

I-130 NOA2:...........................06/20/12

NVC

NVC Case #:...........................07/24/12

DS-3032 emailed:....................07/31/12

AOS Fee Rec'd/Paid for:..........07/31/12

AOS shows as PAID:..............08/02/12

IV Fee Rec'd/Paid for:..............08/08/12

IV shows as PAID:..................08/10/12

AOS/IV Package Sent:............08/24/12

AOS/IV Package Delivered:......08/27/12

Case Completed:.....................08/31/12

Interview!!................................10/24/12

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Congratulations!


"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" - Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945.

"Retreat hell! We just got here!"

CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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