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When the estimated time for the California Service Center for the K1 process says "5 months", does that include appointment for the interview for my fiance in Brazil and the medical appointment as well? What does that time "5 months" mean?

5 months usually refers to the time between the filing of the petition and the approval date of said petition. It can be less or it can be over 5 months; but 5mo are considered standard processing times.

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Fill in your timeline and you will get estimates of the process.


Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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When the estimated time for the California Service Center for the K1 process says "5 months", does that include appointment for the interview for my fiance in Brazil and the medical appointment as well? What does that time "5 months" mean?

5 Months from the date they receive your application (upon which they send you the NoA1) until it is approved by USCIS (upon which they send you the NoA2).

After that the application still has to be forwarded to NVC and then to the consulate after, and then your fiance has to follow the procedures of THAT consulate as far as how to receive his package, what documents to acquire, how to send in his filled out forms, etc etc... and THEN there's the interview.

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In our case, it was slightly less than 5 months from the date I mailed the petition to the approval of the visa in Mexico. Seemed like a long time then, but thinking back it went very fast!


K-1 Visa
04-29-2011: I-129F Sent
05-05-2011: I-129F NOA1
07-18-2011: I-129F NOA2
08-08-2011: NVC Received
08-09-2011: NVC Left
08-10-2011: Consulate Received
08-26-2011: Consulate mailed Packet 3 (invitation letter)
09-01-2011: Packet 3 (invitation letter) Received in US
09-10-2011: Packet 3 (invitation letter) Received in Mexico
09-22-2011: Interview: APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10-04-2011: DHL Waybill number appears in the afternoon
10-05-2011: Picked up visa from DHL office
11-08-2011: POE Houston, Texas
11-19-2011: Married!

AOS
12-06-2011: Applied for Social Security Number
12-08-2011: AOS package sent (I-485, I-765, I-131, and supporting docs)
12-12-2011: Received Social Security Number and card in the mail
12-20-2011: Received NOA1 for I-485, I-765, and I-131
01-06-2012: Completed ASC appointment
02-02-2012: Received appointment notice for AOS interview on March 1, 2012
03-01-2012: Green card interview: APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
03-10-2012: Green card received

ROC

12-27-2013: I-751 Sent

01-02-2014: Received NOA1 for I-751

01-24-2014: Completed ASC appointment

04-01-2014: APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (no interview)

CITIZENSHIP

11-14-2016: N-400 Sent

05-19-2017: Naturalization interview:  APPROVED!!!!!!!

06-28-2017: Citizenship ceremony

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