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Sending I-130 packet tomorrow!!

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Hello fellow VJers!

I got married to my UK citizen fiancé last Saturday, April 14! Sadly though, he had to fly back to London tonight to go back to work and start tying up loose ends in preparation to move to LA hopefully soon. Since we are now husband and wife :D our I-130 packet is now ready to go! Here's what I have enclosed:

E-notification form

Cover letter

I-130 petition

Check for $420

My G-325A form with photo attached (labeled in a baggie attached to piece of paper)

His G-325A form with photo attached

Copy of my birth certificate

Copy of his birth certificate (I know it's no longer required but didn't think it'd hurt)

Copy of my divorce judgement

Copy of his divorce decree

Copy of our marriage certificate

Copy of my passport bio page and pages showing trips to UK

Copy of his passport same as above

Letter from Chase bank to show that we are joint users on my checking acct

Photos of us over the course of our relationship including wedding photos in a Baggie attached to a sheet of paper with short descriptions of each photo. Also on the back of each photo I labeled who is in the photo and where/when the photo was taken.

Copies of boarding passes as further proof of multiple visits.

As a California resident, I am sending my packet to the Phoenix lockbox. Any idea what service center it will be sent to? I think I was told before that it would be sent to California or Vermont? Any idea how long the processing times are for these service centers? Is there anything else I should include in our packet? I'm so excited but also nervous that we ate finally getting this thing started! Advice is appreciated!! Thanks everyone :)


07/10: Met online, began exchanging emails, texts, and Skype
10/22/10: First time meeting in person!

03/17/12: Officially engaged in London!!

I-130 (IR-1/CR-1 Visa) Journey:

04/14/12: Married in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
04/23/12: Mailed I-130 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
04/25/12: NOA 1, Priority Date, Routed to CSC
04/28/12: Check for petition cleared bank account
07/23/12: NOA 2
07/27/12: Petition arrived at NVC
08/15/12: NVC Case Number received over the phone, DS3032 email sent
08/16/12: IIN assigned
08/22/12: AOS Bill Invoiced and Paid, Sent DS-3032 email again
08/24/12: DS-3032 Accepted (email received from NVC)
08/27/12: IV Bill Invoiced and Paid
08/28/12: AOS Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed AOS Packet
08/28/12: IV Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed IV Packet
09/07/12: AOS Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/05/12: IV Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/07/12: Case Complete
10/09/12: Medical
10/15/12: Interview! APPROVED!!
10/19/12: Visa in Hand, Delivered at 2:55pm GMT
10/20/12: POE at LAX, Flight arrives at 7:15pm
10/23/12: Went to local SSA office, applied for SSN
10/27/12: Social Security card arrived by mail
11/6/12: Green Card arrived in the mail!

I-751 Journey (Removal of Conditions)

07/23/14: Sent ROC Paperwork to CSC

07/25/14: NOA Received

07/29/14: Check for application & biometrics cleared bank

08/18/14: Biometrics Completed

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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How about letters/affidavits from relative/friend? You don't have to but if you can have someone type up a quick letter. It should be someone who has spent time with both of you before, during and after the wedding if possible. You really don't need of the photocopies of your husband's stuff as the NVC will be wanting that later...just extra paper. Good Luck!


Married Sept.3,2010

02/11/2011: I130 Sent

02/21/2011: NOA1

06/22/2011: NOA2

06/30/2011: NVC

07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received

07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed

07/06/2011: AOS Bill received

07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid

07/09/2011: I864 Sent

07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received

08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid

09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent

10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)

(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)

03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!

04/05/2012: Received interview appt email

06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge

06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending

??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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How about letters/affidavits from relative/friend? You don't have to but if you can have someone type up a quick letter. It should be someone who has spent time with both of you before, during and after the wedding if possible. You really don't need of the photocopies of your husband's stuff as the NVC will be wanting that later...just extra paper. Good Luck!

Actually, 2 affidavits are preferable from what I can recall reading in the I-130 instructions.


Married Sept.3,2010

02/11/2011: I130 Sent

02/21/2011: NOA1

06/22/2011: NOA2

06/30/2011: NVC

07/05/2011: DS-3032 email received

07/05/2011: DS-3032 emailed

07/06/2011: AOS Bill received

07/06/2011: AOS Fee Paid

07/09/2011: I864 Sent

07/11/2011: IV Fee Bill received

08/30/2011: IV Fee Paid

09/30/2011: IV Pkg Sent

10/24/2011: RFE (we dragged our feet from here on)

(forget all this for now, let's go on holiday!)

03/13/2012: NVC CASE COMPLETE!!

04/05/2012: Received interview appt email

06/22/2012: Medical @ Knightsbridge

06/29/2012: Interview 8am-Result: Pending

??/??/????: I601 Filed at Lock-Box

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Copy of his birth certificate (I know it's no longer required but didn't think it'd hurt)

I'm all for sending good evidence with a petition. However, there is no reason to include fluff pieces. As you correctly state, his birth certificate is not required and there is no reason to needlessly put fluff pieces with your file.

As a California resident, I am sending my packet to the Phoenix lockbox. Any idea what service center it will be sent to? I think I was told before that it would be sent to California or Vermont? Any idea how long the processing times are for these service centers?

It will be California or Vermont, you will not know which one until it has already been forwarded from the lockbox facility. You should plan on waiting at least 5 months before hearing anything. You may hear sooner than that time, you may hear later than that time.


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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