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Sorry to vent out my frustrations but I don't understand how some people send in their applications and get a NOA2 so quickly!

I received my NOA1 on 8/16 and that's it, it hasn't been touched or anything. Then I come here and I see that there are people who get like a NOA2 a week or two after their NOA1!!! What's the deal? What am I doing wrong?

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Unfortunately, if you want to save yourself a lot of frustration through this whole process, the one thing you can't do is to compare your case to anyone else's.

All kinds of factors play into how fast you get approved, such as the Service Centre you go through, what country you are from, how complicated your case is, etc.

And then, even when you think you have a cut and dry case (as ours was), many others pass you by without any explanation.

I completely understand how frustrating it is to see approvals and waiting, waiting, waiting for your own approval, but just remember you will get your approval too and that every day is one day closer to being with your Sweetie.

Good luck for a speedy approval.


KURT & RAYMA (K-1 Visa)

Oct. 9/03... I-129F sent to NSC

June 10/04... K-1 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

July 31/04... Entered U.S.

Aug. 28/04... WEDDING DAY!!!!

Aug. 30/04... I-485, I-765 & I-131 sent to Seattle

Dec. 10/04... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport stamped)

Sept. 9/06... I-751 sent to NSC

May 15/07... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Sept. 13/07... N-400 sent to NSC

Aug. 21/08... Interview - PASSED!!!!

Sept. 2/08... Oath Ceremony

Sept. 5/08... Sent in Voter Registration Card

Sept. 9/08... SSA office to change status to "U.S. citizen"

Oct. 8/08... Applied in person for U.S. Passport

Oct. 22/08... U.S. Passport received


KAELY (K-2 Visa)

Apr. 6/05... DS-230, Part I faxed to Vancouver Consulate

May 26/05... K-2 Interview - APPROVED!!!!

Sept. 5/05... Entered U.S.

Sept. 7/05... I-485 & I-131 sent to CLB

Feb. 22/06... AOS Interview - APPROVED!!!!! (Passport NOT stamped)

Dec. 4/07... I-751 sent to NSC

May 23/08... 10-Yr. PR Card arrives in the mail

Mar. 22/11.... N-400 sent to AZ

June 27/11..... Interview - PASSED!!!

July 12/11..... Oath Ceremony

We're NOT lawyers.... just your average folks who had to find their own way!!!!! Anything we post here is simply our own opinions/suggestions/experiences and should not be taken as LAW!!!!

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If you look, you'll see they're probably going thru Vermont. Processing is faster there.

8-30-05 Met David at a restaurant in Germany

3-28-06 David 'officially' proposed

4-26-06 I-129F mailed

9-25-06 Interview: APPROVED!

10-16-06 Flt to US, POE Detroit

11-5-06 Married

7-2-07 Green card received

9-12-08 Filed for divorce

12-5-08 Court hearing - divorce final

A great marriage is not when the "perfect couple" comes together.

It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.

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As stated above, Vermont is fast. If you are going through Nebraska (to California), Texas (to California), or California itself. Be prepared for quite a wait on your hands.

Remember, try no to compare your case to anyone elses (they are all so different) and ESPECIALLY try not to compare your case to those at Vermont.

:star: Cass (bebop the great)

P.S. Have you gotten an NOA1 yet? It doesn't say in your timeline or your siggy.


Edited by bebop + rocksteady




Service Center: California (transferred from Nebraska)

Consulate: Vancouver, Canada (transferred from Montreal)

06.17.2006 — Engagement!

08.23.2006 — NOA1

11.01.2006 — NOA2

01.25.2007 — Interview—APPPROOOVVEEEDD!!

02.12.2007 — Entry date!

03.01.2007 — Applied for SSN.

03.08.2007 — Social Security Card arrives! :)

03.17.2007 — Wedding day! Happy St. Patty's Day! YAY! :D


04.30.2007 — AOS/EAD Mailed off (No AP)

05.02.2007 — Arrives in Chicago.

05.08.2007 — NOA1 for AOS/EAD

06.01.2007 — Biometrics (and EAD Touch)

06.14.2007 — AOS Touch

06.17.2007 — AOS Transferred to CSC

06.19.2007 — AOS Touch

06.20.2007 — AOS Touch

06.21.2007 — AOS Touch (They must be doing something!)

07.25.2007 — EA Card Arrives. YAY! :)

09.03.2007 — AOS Touch, something finally!

09.05.2007 — AOS Touch

09.07.2007 — AOS Touch

09.09.2007 — AOS Touch

09.10.2007 — AOS Touch

09.11.2007 — AOS Approval without interview

09.17.2007 — Welcome to America! Letter arrives

09.29.2007 — Green card arrives! WOOO! No more USCIS until 06/09.

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As has been said here many times, it all depends on which pile or box your file goes into upon arrival, the speed of the officer that ends up with it, the pull of the tide and other things that seem to make no sense at all. Also Vermont (which is probably where you are seeing fast approvals) is much faster than CSC as they are only handling cases for a section of the USA, while CSC seems to be handling the rest of the country. I often wondered if something was wrong with mine, thus delying it, but then one day bammm!! approved. So just be patient. It's really all you can do, short of going crazy.


PS: No you can not refile your petition at VSC to get it approved faster, unless maybe you move there! But even then... :P

Edited by maggieNomar


08-07-06 I129 NOA1

02-05-07 Visa in Hand

02-13-07 POE JFK w/temp EAD

02-23-07 Civil Marriage

06-17-07 Wedding

08-13-07 Card received in mail

04-14-09 Trip to Maui for Anniversary

06-04-09 Filed to lift conditions

08-13-09 Perm Card received

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It would make it alot easier for me to speculate if you were to complte your profile, (so I could see where your beneficiary was from and what office you are working through), and helpful if you were to complete your timeline. :)


I-129f Journey:

2006-07-17 I-129F sent to CSC

2006-07-24 NOA1 (received)

2006-10-05 RFE (received)

2006-10-06 RFE (returned to CSC)

2006-10-23 NOA2

2007-01-29 Visa Approved!

2007-02-17 Ceremony in Thailand

2007-02-21 POE LAX - Fiance and her daughter enter the USA together, Easy-Peasy!

2007-03-05 Wedding in USA

AOS Journey:

2007-06-07 AOS for spouse and daughter sent

2007-06-16 NOA's arrive, (issued on the 13th)

2007-07-05 Biometrics

2007-07-13 Received RFE (Mailed on July 3rd)

2007-08-06 Returned RFE

2007-10-16 Interview date

2007-10-27 Green Cards Received!

ROC (I-751) Journey:

2009-07-24 Joint I-751 for spouse and daughter sent

2009-08-03 Received NOA1 dated 7/27/09

2009-08-03 Received Receipt and one year extension for wife

2009-08-03 Received "Verification Of Incusion Of A Dependent" for step-daughter

2009-08-27 Biometrics

2009-11-13 Green Cards Received

Citizenship Journey:

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Try to RELAX. There are still people on here waiting since MARCH!!! My NOA 1 date is June 12th and I'm still waiting for approval. My case is pretty cut and dry AND I even hired a visa attorney.

You can't let this portion of the waiting get you down. I know it completely sucks, BUT, in the bigger picture, you have to imagine that you (hopefully) found a person you will spend your life with which will be many years down the road. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but there will be a time later on that all of this waiting will seem like it never happened after you are together and moving on with your life. With that in mind, be patient and focus on what you will do then. It will make it easier to deal with the waiting you have to do now...

Good luck.

Adam & Yesenia

I-129 submitted on 5/26/06 (on OLD forms because the new ones weren't out!!)

NOA #1 with receipt number dated 6/12/2006

Nothing else has happened after that as far as I know... No RFE's, Nothing?

touched on 9/7/2006

Email notice on 9/11/2006 that my question would be answered.

Email notice on 9/12/2006 that the RFE is in the mail 3 months after my WAC number

Next trip to see her for a week on 9/23/06...

Went to Colombia on 9/23 returned on 10/1

I never received my RFE but my attorney sent me his copy which I filled out and overnighted on 10/3 RFE delivery confirmation on 10/4 but nothing from CSC yet...

CSC Email saying they have my RFE on 10/11/06, a full week after they got it.

Note that to this day, I've still NEVER received my copy of the RFE they said they mailed to me! I've seen lots of posts about lost RFE's and other documents from the CSC! This concerns me greatly!

NOA 2 on 10/18/2006 Woo Hoo! 129 days from NOA 1.

Yesenia arrived in the US on January 18th, 2007

We were married on 3/17/07

Filed for Green Card and Employment Authorization right away.

Green Card was issued (with EAD card) on 6/15/07

We'll be filing for AOS pretty soon.

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Ours was a very fast approval (21 days total) but as it has been said above it was porcessed by the VSC, we have been very lucky, but i do understand your frustration.

I guess the CSC has lots of petitions to process but i have no idea of their methods or order of processing, I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

This can be one very stressing and frustrating process even if things go smooth and fast.


~ AOS Journey ~

03/08/2007: AOS/EAD sent

03/16/2007: NOA AOS/EAD

03/21/2007: Touched

04/05/2007: Biometrics

04/09/2007: Touched

04/11/2007: Case transferred to CSC

05/16/2007: Case pending at CSC

05/17/2007: AOS Touched

05/24/2007: EAD Touched

05/29/2007: EAD Approved (82 days)

06/19/2007: AOS Approved (93 days)

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Don't worry, (too much). CSC received my I-129F on July 18th, 2006, and it was approved on September 18th, 2006. I never received any touches or anything. I registered with the USCIS for emails and on the 19th of September, I received an email telling me my petition was approved on the 18th. It can happen for you too. Just be patient. That is easy for me to say now, but not while I was waiting for the approval.

Good luck!

07/13/06 Mailed I-129F Petition

07/18/06 I-129F NOA1 (Receipt)

09/18/06 I-129F Approved

09/22/06 Sent To NVC

10/11/06 Received by Manila Consulate

12/27/06 Received appointment Letter (packet 4)

02/13/07 Interview Date

02/19/07 Visa Received

04/22/07 Fiancee arrived in the US

05/06/07 Married In Las Vegas

05/14/07 AOS Filed

05/22/07 NOA1 received

05/31/07 Received Biometrics notice

06/13/07 Received email of case sent to CSC

06/14/07 Biometrics Appointment (3:00pm) at Naperville, Illinois

06/20/07 Received notice that case was still pending at CSC

06/21/07 Touched

07/18/07 Touched

07/24/07 Card Production Ordered

07/31/07 Green Card Received

04/22/09 I-751 Filed

04/23/09 CSC received the package

05/07/09 Check Cashed

05/11/09 NOA Received

06/05/09 Biometrics notice received

06/16/09 Biometrics schedule

07/10/09 Got approval notice

07/20/09 10 year green card received

05/27/10 N-400 packet sent

05/28/10 Arizona office received the package

06/09/10 Check Cashed

06/14/10 NOA received (receipt date 06/08/10)

07/16/10 Biometrics schedule

08/16/10 Yellow letter received (receipt date 8/10/10)

10/26/10 Interview (Approved)

03/04/11 Oathtaking

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Instead of comparing your timeline with those fortunate few that get approved faster than normal processing time, just hang in there and hope you're not with the poor souls waiting since March.

(Puerto Rico) Luis & Laura (Brazil) K1 JOURNEY
04/11/2006 - Filed I-129F.
09/29/2006 - Visa in hand!

10/15/2006 - POE San Juan
11/15/2006 - MARRIAGE

01/05/2007 - AOS sent to Chicago.
03/26/2007 - Green Card in hand!

01/26/2009 - Filed I-751.
06/22/2009 - Green Card in hand!

06/26/2014 - N-400 sent to Nebraska
07/02/2014 - NOA
07/24/2014 - Biometrics
10/24/2014 - Interview (approved)

01/16/2015 - Oath Ceremony

*View Complete Timeline

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You don't live in the Vermont area, that's what you're doing wrong.

IANAL, but I cannot understand how such a geographic discrepancy can be permitted by the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Look, the Supreme court held in Loving v. Virginia that marriage is a basic civil right of man, and, Rev. King had beforehand pointed out that rights delayed are rights denied.

Of course, there are huge standing, damages, and sovereign immunity issues to bringing a suit, and even if successful the likely governmental response would be to slow VSC down... :angry:

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Sorry to vent out my frustrations but I don't understand how some people send in their applications and get a NOA2 so quickly!

I received my NOA1 on 8/16 and that's it, it hasn't been touched or anything. Then I come here and I see that there are people who get like a NOA2 a week or two after their NOA1!!! What's the deal? What am I doing wrong?

Don't feel bad, you're probably not doing anything wrong. CSC usually takes awhile to get things done (and calling them doesnt seem to do anything but make you upset). We got our NOA1 on March 22 and NOA2 didn't come until September 6. We didn't even get touched until June or July. You're now a member of the CSC waiting club. Enjoy the forums, bounce off the walls :) I used alot of the waiting time to read up on the next steps of the visa process so we would be prepared when NOA2 arrived.

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In my opinion, it also matters which race you belong to as well.

GENERALLY, white people countries like Canada and European countries are given priority. This is an unwritten rule, though one person hinted so when they said they are from Canada and need faster treatment. USCIS also knows that WHITE always comes first, as those who are familiar with the Visa waiver program know:only predominantly white people countries are on the list!

Race is always a hidden criteria, so many people wont agree with this, but its true. Its the big elephant in the room no one wants to talk about in America, until there is a next police beating of blacks!

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I've also heard that the USCIS doesn't process the applications of attention-seeking trolls, but unfortunately, that's just a rumor.



Filed: 8/1/07


Biometrics: 9/28/07

EAD/AP: 10/17/07

EAD card ordered again (who knows, maybe we got the two-fer deal): 10/23/-7

Transferred to CSC: 10/26/07

Approved: 11/21/07

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