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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India
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Hi All,

Few weeks ago, my USC Wife and I went to the US Embassy in New Delhi, India to file I-130 through DCF. We unfortunately got rejected (I posted about it on the DCF thread). 1 week later, we sent our application to the Chicago Lockbox and braced ourselves for the long wait.

We got the USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via email on April 19 stating that the I-130 petition was accepted on April 16, 2012. I checked after a few days on the USCIS website, and my case was listed as 'Initial review'.

I checked the USCIS site today and found my case was in 'Post Decision Activity'. I'm pasting the message from the website, below:

On April 25, 2012, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please follow any instructions on the notice

Firstly, is this the I-130 approval? Or the NOA2 as referred to in this forum? I thought this was a 5 month process. And I'm unsure whether I should rejoice before checking with the experts on this forum. How the heck did it get approved in 9 days! It's too soon for the mailed notice to reach me in India. But damn! can someone fill me in and burst my bubble before I get carried away and start celebrating about how quickly we got approved? :)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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Hi All,

Few weeks ago, my USC Wife and I went to the US Embassy in New Delhi, India to file I-130 through DCF. We unfortunately got rejected (I posted about it on the DCF thread). 1 week later, we sent our application to the Chicago Lockbox and braced ourselves for the long wait.

We got the USCIS Acceptance Confirmation via email on April 19 stating that the I-130 petition was accepted on April 16, 2012. I checked after a few days on the USCIS website, and my case was listed as 'Initial review'.

I checked the USCIS site today and found my case was in 'Post Decision Activity'. I'm pasting the message from the website, below:

On April 25, 2012, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I130 IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN. Please follow any instructions on the notice

Firstly, is this the I-130 approval? Or the NOA2 as referred to in this forum? I thought this was a 5 month process. And I'm unsure whether I should rejoice before checking with the experts on this forum. How the heck did it get approved in 9 days! It's too soon for the mailed notice to reach me in India. But damn! can someone fill me in and burst my bubble before I get carried away and start celebrating about how quickly we got approved? :)

It indeed is an approval. Your case must have gotten expedited due to the fact that your USC wife lives with you. Congrats and get started with the documentation for NVC rightaway!!!


07/14/2011 Wedding

USCIS (187 days)

08/16/2011 I-130 filed

08/19/2011 NOA1
02/22/2012 NOA2

NVC (14 days)
03/08/2012 NVC case #, IIN, emailed DS-3032
03/13/2012 AOS invoiced & paid
03/14/2012 AOS package mailed
03/16/2012 DS-3032 acceptance
03/19/2012 IV bill invoiced and paid
03/20/2012 DS-230 package sent
03/22/2012 Case Complete
04/10/2012 Interview date assigned; packet IV received
MEDICALS/US CONSULATE/POE
05/02/2012 Medicals
05/09/2012 Interview APPROVED
05/11/2012 Visa in hand
05/24/2012 POE TORONTO
06/28/2012 Got SSN and Green Card

ROC

02/27/2014 Package sent

02/28/2014 NOA1

03/28/2014 Biometrics

06/20/2014 Approved

06/22/2014 Got the 10-yr GC
N-400

03/03/2015 Package sent

03/10/2015 Check encashed

03/13/2015 NOA

03/26/2015 Fingerprints

04/27/2015 In line

06/19/2015 Interview letter

07/23/2015 Interview

08/19/2015 Oath ceremony

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Egypt
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Congrats!! It is NOA2. The petition is approved!!

When you live together in the foreign country and file from the foreign country then the petition can get expedited because of DCF not being available

Good Luck on the rest

Read LingChe's shortcuts to NVC

Get your police cert and I-864 and DS-230 ready now!!

It will take 2-4 weeks for NVC to give you a case number

Be ready to pay some fees at NVC

88 dollars for the I-864 package

and about 305 (I think---they just changed the price) for the IV DS-230 fee

Good Luck


May 24, 2011 NOA1

Sept 11, 2011 NOA2-took 19 days to get case number

Sept 30, 2011 NVC number and IIN received Friday-gotta wait till Monday

Oct 13, 2011 Case Completed- 13 days from receiving case number Took 32 days from NOA2

Nov 30, 2011 Notified of Interview date

January 19, 2012 Interview- 240 days from NOA1

INTERVIEW RESULTS-APPROVED WITH 14 WEEKS AP--but he got his visa in 56 days!!!!!!

PLEASE EDIT YOUR TIMELINE IN YOUR PROFILE SO OTHERS CAN LEARN HOW LONG EACH STEP TAKES IN THIS PROCESS

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: India
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WOW! This is such good news. We were so disappointed that the DCF route got shot down. We mailed thinking it'll take a while, and I never knew there was an expedited queue for USC petitioners who live abroad. I think I'll buy me wife something nice :)

Thank you for the confirmation and support. I will keep you posted with my progress. Good luck to you all.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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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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Yes, when the petition is filed from abroad, they go into a special queue and don't have to wait the whole 5-6 months everyone else has to go through. Congrats!


USCIS

10/01/11 - Filed (2) I-130's

10/04/11 - NOA-1

04/05/12 - NOA-2

Your I-130 was approved in 184 days from your NOA1 date.

NVC

04/23/12 - NVC received both cases (18 days/12 business days from NOA-2)

05/07/12 - Case numbers and IIN's (14 days/10 business days since NVC received)

05/07/12 - Sent out DS-3032 by email; auto-response received

05/08/12 - AOS fee invoiced, paid - "IN PROCESS"

05/09/12 - AOS fee shows as "PAID"

05/10/12 - Spouse's DS-3032 accepted; minor child's rejected = had petitioner call NVC = received verbal acceptance from operator

05/11/12 - Spouse's IV fee invoiced

05/14/12 - Daughter's IV fee invoiced, paid both IV fees - "IN PROCESS"

05/15/12 - Both IV fees show as "PAID"

05/16/12 - Sent both AOS and both IV packages to NVC via USPS (expected delivery: 05/19/12)

05/21/12 - All 4 packages delivered

05/30/12 - Received checklist for daughter's AOS

05/31/12 - Sent response to checklist via USPS (expected delivery: 06/01/12); Spouse's case completed

06/07/12 - Daughter's case completed; waiting for interview date

06/14/12 - P4 received: interview date 07/11/12

Embassy

07/04-05/12 - Medical at SLEC

07/11/12 - Interview: APPROVED!

07/14/12 - Visas on hand

POE: 10/17/12

GC's on hand: 10/31/12

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