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Hey Everyone!

I am new here, so please bare with me as I have a few questions.

First of all, I am the US citizen and my fiance is a Canadian citizen. We have been engaged for a little over a month now, but have known each other for 10 years.

My main question is: Are the current processing times listed on the USCIS under the CSC for I-129F visas for the entire process? Or just from NOA1 to NOA2?

I am trying to plan a wedding for October 27th and not sure if this is even realistic considering I just got a text on May 7th stating they had gotten my petition and were forwarding it to CSC?

Any advice about this process would be amazingly helpful! I'm so stressed and scatter brained about all this I need all the help I can get!

Thank you!!

-Amberlynn


K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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USCIS lists the timeframe for NOA1 to NOA2.

It is nearly impossible for you to have your visa by October. After USCIS deals with it, there's still an embassy/interview stage. And if you're going through Montreal, be prepared to wait for an interview. I got my NOA2 in January of last year and didn't get my interview until May.

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Processing times are only from NOA1 to NOA2 they do not list the rest of the process.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Hey Everyone!

I am new here, so please bare with me as I have a few questions.

First of all, I am the US citizen and my fiance is a Canadian citizen. We have been engaged for a little over a month now, but have known each other for 10 years.

My main question is: Are the current processing times listed on the USCIS under the CSC for I-129F visas for the entire process? Or just from NOA1 to NOA2?

I am trying to plan a wedding for October 27th and not sure if this is even realistic considering I just got a text on May 7th stating they had gotten my petition and were forwarding it to CSC?

Any advice about this process would be amazingly helpful! I'm so stressed and scatter brained about all this I need all the help I can get!

Thank you!!

-Amberlynn

Welcome to the forum.

It is generally recommended that NO wedding plans, deposits given, venue reservations be made until you are in actual possession of the visa. :thumbs:

:guides: for more information about the visa journey have embarked upon.

Good luck on your visa journey.


Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

> Almost 2 years of our lives involved with the USCIS/DOS "shuffle" & worth every second of it ! <

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca

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:idea: Read more, post less.... Google can be your friend ! :idea:

Prior apologies if I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.

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Processing times are from NOA1 - NOA2. It is very unlikely that you would be able to have your wedding on said date. Consider 5 months for NOA1-NOA2 and then around 1-3 months+ for the process thereafter.

People on VJ always advise to never make wedding plans are you never truly know when your petition will be approved; you could get an RFE, your case could get lost, you could be lucky and someone dropped your petition in with some December 11' petitions and you get your NOA1 sooner.

Good luck, settle in for the wait and enjoy the ride :star:

Edited by BrittandDan

We became a couple : 2011-05-29
I visited him : 2011-10-28 - 2011-11-17
He visited me (and my crazy family) : 2012-02-05 - 2012-02-17
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-14
I entered on VWP to stay 3 months: 2012-04-11 - 2012-07-03
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Went to get my medical done for interview in Australia (much cheaper in the US and I was already here):2012-05-20
Medical issue diagnosed
K-1 petition cancellation request sent to CSC : 2012-06-01
Married: 2012-06-21
Filed for AOS : 2012-08-08
NOA1 : 2012-08-10
Biometrics : 2012-09-14
EAD approved : 2012-10-16
Applied for SSN : 2012-11-01
Received SSN : 2012-11-13
Received interview notice :2012-12-27
Interview- APPROVED :2013-01-28
Green card received :2013-02-04
Baby girl born :2013-03-09

Filed for ROC :2014-12-05
NOA :2014-12-11
Biometrics : 2015-01-15

ROC Approval : 2015-05-14

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Sigh. That's what I was afraid of. Well, I got my physical NOA1 yesterday. That made me feel a little better knowing someone has it and is working on it somewhere.

Any advice to consider while waiting? Does anyone know if I will have any problems getting over into Canada to visit my fiance now that the paperwork has been filed? I know he can't come here, but am I able to go there?


K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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Sigh. That's what I was afraid of. Well, I got my physical NOA1 yesterday. That made me feel a little better knowing someone has it and is working on it somewhere.

Any advice to consider while waiting? Does anyone know if I will have any problems getting over into Canada to visit my fiance now that the paperwork has been filed? I know he can't come here, but am I able to go there?

There are no rules against visiting. You can go to Canada, he can come to the United States. If he does choose to visit the US, make sure he brings ties to Canada that prove he is going back. A letter from an employer stating when he's due to return, a letter from school, return ticket, a copy of a lease, etc. Of course it's up to the border patrol whether he gets in (as always) but people do it all the time. If he's denied at the border, it has no negative impact on the visa whatsoever.

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There are no rules against visiting. You can go to Canada, he can come to the United States. If he does choose to visit the US, make sure he brings ties to Canada that prove he is going back. A letter from an employer stating when he's due to return, a letter from school, return ticket, a copy of a lease, etc. Of course it's up to the border patrol whether he gets in (as always) but people do it all the time. If he's denied at the border, it has no negative impact on the visa whatsoever.

Oh he can come here? I was told he wasn't able to. Well, that makes things not seem as bad then! He just has to be able to prove that he's not staying. Thanks! That puts my mind at ease. Its only a 7 hour drive, but still.

Well, thank you. I'm so glad there is a place where other people are going through this too. Makes me feel like I'm not alone in this!


K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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Oh he can come here? I was told he wasn't able to. Well, that makes things not seem as bad then! He just has to be able to prove that he's not staying. Thanks! That puts my mind at ease. Its only a 7 hour drive, but still.

Well, thank you. I'm so glad there is a place where other people are going through this too. Makes me feel like I'm not alone in this!

Yep, he absolutely can. :) Bring lots of proof and he'll be good to go! Makes the waiting a little more tolerable.

Please visit the Canadian sub-forum. Lots of helpful people there with plenty of good information!

Edited by Coconuts

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Thanks Coconut! This website has been a life saver to me! Thank you for all your help everyone! Its nice to know I'm not alone in this!!


K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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Sigh. That's what I was afraid of. Well, I got my physical NOA1 yesterday. That made me feel a little better knowing someone has it and is working on it somewhere.

Any advice to consider while waiting? Does anyone know if I will have any problems getting over into Canada to visit my fiance now that the paperwork has been filed? I know he can't come here, but am I able to go there?

Hi ... I am a Canadian Fellow as well and my fiancee is in Westfield MA. She sent the package in back in January and she got the NOA 1 on Jan 28th, so we are still waiting probably another 30 days for them to look at it. I have travelled from Canada to Hartford in March and have another tip planned in June for 10 days. This is all while the process is underway. She has not come to canada yet. Its all a matter of patience. Yes a long process and it may take us another month for approval and then 2 - 3 months for interview and medical and prints. I Am still going to visit in August as well. Just BREATH as my fiancee says.... good luck

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I highly doubt you will get the visa by October. We are so shooting for an October wedding, but we filed in January. Don't book any vendors yet, but contact them! Explain the situation; see if they can accommodate short notices. Do some details for the wedding (ex. I just finished designing our invites and programs (only missing specific details to print them), got my dress, BMs dresses, favors, and other various things)! It makes me feel productive and I don't stress so much about the visa! Not having a solid date sucks, but being able to work on things seems to help me. :) and we are planning a bilingual ceremony so I have to do almost everything in English and then again in Spanish! Whew! Good luck!

Edited by kate&javi

El destino me ha unido a vos.


I-129F K1 Visa Process
[01.18.2012] Sent I-129F Petition
[01.20.2012] NOA1
[06.13.2012] NOA2 - no RFE's
[07.09.2012] Petition received at NVC; case number assigned
[07.11.2012] Petition sent to Honduras consulate
[07.13.2012] Consulate received petition package
[08.07.2012] Received interview date & Packet 4 in email
[10.10.2012] Interview smile.png - APPROVED!
[10.18.2012] POE Houston
[10.29.2012] Marriage <3

I-485 AOS Process
[12.14.2012] Sent I-485 Package with I-765
[12.19.2012] NOA1
[12.24.2012] Biometrics letter received
[01.02.2013] RFE notice
[01.05.2013] RFE hardcopy received
[01.07.2013] Biometrics appointment
[03.04.2013] RFE sent back to USCIS
[03.19.2013] EAD approved
[03.27.2013] EAD arrived in the mail

[09.21.2013] I-485 approved

[09.26.2013] Green card sent in mail

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Thank you. I appreciate it! Good luck to you and your fiancee on this journey!

Hi ... I am a Canadian Fellow as well and my fiancee is in Westfield MA. She sent the package in back in January and she got the NOA 1 on Jan 28th, so we are still waiting probably another 30 days for them to look at it. I have travelled from Canada to Hartford in March and have another tip planned in June for 10 days. This is all while the process is underway. She has not come to canada yet. Its all a matter of patience. Yes a long process and it may take us another month for approval and then 2 - 3 months for interview and medical and prints. I Am still going to visit in August as well. Just BREATH as my fiancee says.... good luck


K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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There are no rules against visiting. You can go to Canada, he can come to the United States. If he does choose to visit the US, make sure he brings ties to Canada that prove he is going back. A letter from an employer stating when he's due to return, a letter from school, return ticket, a copy of a lease, etc. Of course it's up to the border patrol whether he gets in (as always) but people do it all the time. If he's denied at the border, it has no negative impact on the visa whatsoever.

I am wondering why it would be different than any other time they come to the US? So does the US boarder somehow know that they are involved in a Visa Process? Like are their names flagged? Just curious because my fiance will be visiting during the processing of our petition but I didn't really think is would matter... He didn't bring any of those pieces of information with him last time...


01.11.2011 | Met Online and an Amazing Friendship Began...

06.23.2011 | Met in Person and our Romantic Relationship was set Ablaze......

03.18.2012 | Engagement

05.10.2012 | I-129F SENT (USPS Overnight to Dallas Lockbox)

05.11.2012 | Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox Signed for at 11:30am

05.16.2012 | NOA1 Text and Email Received (11pm)

05.18.2012 | Cashed Check

05.21.2012 | NOA1 Letter in Mail

05.18.2012 | Cashed Check

08.06.2012 | NOA2 Text Received and Email Received (9pm)

08.09.2012 | NOA2 Letter in Mail

08.22.2012 | Packet 3 Recieved

08.25.2012 | NVC Letter Recieved

09.06.2012| Medical Exam

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I am wondering why it would be different than any other time they come to the US? So does the US boarder somehow know that they are involved in a Visa Process? Like are their names flagged? Just curious because my fiance will be visiting during the processing of our petition but I didn't really think is would matter... He didn't bring any of those pieces of information with him last time...

My attorney that I met with before I sent in my paperwork said its all about the "intent". I think their systems do show the names of people involved with immigration. Because K1 is an immigration process. The intent is for marriage and eventually permanent residency/citizenship. So I guess if they can prove that they are going to be going back to their countries after visiting, then they may or may not let them in. For me as the USC it doesn't make a difference on my trips to Canada and back because they know I don't want to move to Canada based on my filing of the K1.

Edited by amberlynnloves

K-1 VISA ADVENTURE:
04-01-2012: Engaged in Detroit, Michigan at Comerica Park!
USCIS
05-02-2012: Sent I-129F to Dallas Lockbox
05-14-2012: Received Physical NOA1
08-09-2012: Received Physical NOA2
Montreal Embassy
08-21-2012: Package 3
09-06-2012: Package 4
11-12-2012: Medical in Toronto, Ontario (Approved-Went Well! Tip: Make sure you have ALL of your vaccinations up to date when you go to your medical exam! It CAN delay things.
11-19-2012: Interview in Montreal (APPROVED!!)
11-21-2012: Received Passport and Visa Package Back From Montreal (DHL/LOOMIS OPENED OUR SEALED ENVELOPE! SENT BACK TO MONTREAL ON 11-23-2012 TO BE RESEALED)
12-04-2012: Recevied resealed Visa package from Montreal
12-23-2012: POE: Port Huron, Michigan (Everything Went Great!)
02-16-2013: Wedding Date! We're MARRIED!

AOS

06-18-2013: Sent AOS Package to Chicago Lockbox

06-20-2013: USPS Estimating Package Should Arrive in Chicago

06-24-2013: Received NOA Text and Emails for All Applications

06-27-2013: Received Physical NOAs for AOS, EAD and AP

07-16-2013: Biometrics Appointment

07-29-2013: I-485 Ready for Interview to Be Scheduled!!! YAY!!!! (No EXTREMELY Long Wait!)

08-02-2013: Received Mail with Interview Date!

09-03-2013: Interview in Detroit, Michigan (APPROVED!)

09-04-2013: EAD/AP Approved! (Even though it no longer matters because GC was approved the day before)

09-09-2013: Green Card mailed out via USPS 2-Day Air

09-11-2013: Received 2 Year Conditional Green Card in the Mail

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