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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Egypt
Timeline

Hi VJ community,

I wanted to ask about filing an I-130 for a spouse, with the petitioner being a permanent resident (not a citizen). What are the approximate timelines? Are they similar to the timelines of IR1/CR1 petitions filed by US citizens? Can anyone shed some light on this and/or lead me in the right direction please? Thanks in advance. I'm trying to help a friend.


USCIS

Sept. 22, 2011 - NOA1

March 13, 2012 - NOA2 (via text/email)

NVC

March 19, 2012 - Case received at NVC (in building)

April 02, 2012 - Received case #, IIN, submitted email addresses

April 03, 2012 - AOS bill invoiced & paid; 'IN PROCESS'

April 03, 2012 - emailed DS-3032

April 04, 2012 - AOS fee cleared from bank account

April 06, 2012 - DS-3032 acceptance email received

April 10, 2012 - AOS payment 'PAID'; AOS package sent

April 16, 2012 - AOS accepted/completed

April 25, 2012 - IV bill invoiced & paid; 'IN PROCESS'

April 27, 2012 - IV payment 'PAID'; IV package sent

May 01, 2012 - NVC case complete!!!

May 09, 2012 - Received interview notification email

May 10, 2012 - Case was sent to embassy

May 16, 2012 - Medical Appointment

June 04, 2012 - Approved

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No, they have to wait for an available visa number to be available. The category for spouses of Permanent residents is F2A and currently people who filed in 2009 are getting available visa numbers. Read here. http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_5692.html


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
Timeline

Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to Bringing Family Members of Permanent Residents to America forum.


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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Finland
Timeline

The process for LPRs is the same as for US citizens, it just takes longer. Because a visa number is not immediately available, USCIS and the NVC are in no hurry to process the petition, and even when the case is complete, an LPR spouse will need to wait for their priority date to become current before they can be scheduled for an interview. As Harpa said, currently the wait in F2A category is about 2.5 years.

Your friend should file the petition as soon as possible to get a priority date. If he/she becomes a citizen before the priority date is current, your friend can upgrade the petition and the process will start moving faster.


My F2A/IR-1 journey:

USCIS:
4 August 2011: I-130 sent (while husband permanent resident)
8 August 2011: Priority date
16 April 2013: NOA2

NVC:

7 May 2013: Case number received, DS-3032 sent

15 May 2013: AOS bill received and paid

16 May 2013: AOS package sent

17 May 2013: DS-3032 accepted

20 May 2013: IV bill received and paid

21 May 2013: IV package sent

11 June 2013: response to IV checklist sent

13 June 2013: Case upgraded to CR1

2 July 2013: Case completed

28 August 2013: Interview - approved!

21 September 2013: POE

18 November 2013: Green card received

My husband's citizenship journey:

8 February 2013: N-400 sent
4 March 2013: Biometrics
24 April 2013: Interview
12 June 2013: Oath ceremony

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Filed: Country: Nepal
Timeline

After F2A (spouse of LPR) get the approval from USCIS, they will automatically move to IR1/CR1 category same as the spouse of citizen??

Thank you


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03/22/2011: NOA 1

03/20/2013: NOA 2

04/15/2013: Case number

04/15/2013: DS3032 emailed

04/19/2013: AOS paid

04/26/2013: DS3032 accepted

04/29/2013: IV paid

04/29/2013: AOS package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/13/2013)

05/02/2013: IV package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/16/2013)

05/24/2013: AOS accepted

05/28/2013: IV accepted

05/28/2013: Case complete

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08/22/2013: Visa Approved

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

After F2A (spouse of LPR) get the approval from USCIS, they will automatically move to IR1/CR1 category same as the spouse of citizen??

Thank you

No, unless the petitioner naturalized and become a USC, otherwise the petition stays as F2A. Total waiting time for F2A is 2 years and 5 months.

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Filed: Country: Nepal
Timeline

No, unless the petitioner naturalized and become a USC, otherwise the petition stays as F2A. Total waiting time for F2A is 2 years and 5 months.

Thanks for a reply. I waited 2 years to get my petition approved from uscis. My priority date is march 2011 which I think will be current after 4 months so I'm hoping to get a visa within 4/5 months. Then when they issue the visa after interview, it will be of F2A category?? ?


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03/22/2011: NOA 1

03/20/2013: NOA 2

04/15/2013: Case number

04/15/2013: DS3032 emailed

04/19/2013: AOS paid

04/26/2013: DS3032 accepted

04/29/2013: IV paid

04/29/2013: AOS package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/13/2013)

05/02/2013: IV package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/16/2013)

05/24/2013: AOS accepted

05/28/2013: IV accepted

05/28/2013: Case complete

*****************************************

08/22/2013: Visa Approved

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: South Africa
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Yes, it will be F2A, unless you become a citizen and decide to upgrade it for some reason.

By the way, take a look at the May 2013 visa bulletin prediction thread. A person with a PD of Feb 28, 2011 has received an interview letter. I think you might be current in the June 2013 bulletin. Sooner than you think.

Anil

Thanks for a reply. I waited 2 years to get my petition approved from uscis. My priority date is march 2011 which I think will be current after 4 months so I'm hoping to get a visa within 4/5 months. Then when they issue the visa after interview, it will be of F2A category?? ?

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Filed: Country: Nepal
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Thanks Anil. If that happen that will be awesome.

But one thing that is bothering me now is my sponsorship cause I don't have current income. Hoping to short this out soon.

Thanks


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03/22/2011: NOA 1

03/20/2013: NOA 2

04/15/2013: Case number

04/15/2013: DS3032 emailed

04/19/2013: AOS paid

04/26/2013: DS3032 accepted

04/29/2013: IV paid

04/29/2013: AOS package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/13/2013)

05/02/2013: IV package submitted (Resubmitted: 05/16/2013)

05/24/2013: AOS accepted

05/28/2013: IV accepted

05/28/2013: Case complete

*****************************************

08/22/2013: Visa Approved

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