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I'm a US citizen who's been living in Shanghai for 10 years, and married to a Chinese citizen for the past three years. We've decided to start the immigration process, but I have a question about the first step (I-130): Is DCF always preferable to filing at the Chicago lockbox?

I've read on this forum that DCF can be faster by several months, and if that's really the case, the hassle of a one-day trip to Beijing seems worthwhile. However, I emailed the Beijing USCIS office yesterday to make sure I'm eligible for DCF, and this is the response I received:

Our earliest appointment is on Jun 06. Our office will typically complete an approvable case within 30-45 days. If additional evidence is needed it can take longer. A review of Service Center processing times indicates their overall processing times are less than this. If you choose to express mail your petition to the Chicago Lockbox, you may receive a quicker decision. Of course the choice is yours, and if you wish to file the petition with our office, please respond to confirm your appointment on Jun 06 at 2:15pm.

What do you think? Should I go with DCF or Chicago?

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

If you DCF, you will be able to skip the NVC steps.


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

Maybe DCF? We did K-1 what a pain, we would have gotten married then applied in retro.


In Arizona its hot hot hot.

http://www.uscis.gov/dateCalculator.html

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Thanks for the responses. I'd looked at several timelines before, but hadn't fully understood all of the steps -- or that DCF would allow me to skip the NVC steps. I've made an appointment with the Beijing office, and will be updating my own timeline as I go through the process.

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