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*** Thread moved from CR-1 Progress to USCIS Service Centers forum as perhaps a better place for the general question. ***

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Hey guys, I have a question about the charts you guys are talking about. It's just, I don't really know how to read them. If the green is completion, wouldn't we get approval notice right away? Or what does it mean?


USCIS STAGE (209 Days)
09/29/2012 - Mailed/Filed for I-130 via USPS Express Mail
10/02/2012 - I-130 Form received
10/03/2012 - E-Notification / Text Message Notification NOA1
10/04/2012 - USCIS Cashed Check ($420)
10/13/2012 - Received NOA1 in Mail
03/02/2013 - Case Status changed to RFE [exactly 5 months since received]
03/05/2013 - Paper RFE - Case at Field Office
03/13/2013 - Mailed out requested RFE

04/29/2013 - APPROVED!!!! Case Status Post-Decision Activity

NVC STAGE (81 Days)

05/03/2013 - Received NO2 in the Mail

05/06/2013 - NVC Received Case

05/22/2013 - NVC assigns case # and IIN

05/28/2013 - Gave NVC hubby's email address, Choice of agent email sent

06/04/2013 - AOS I-864 bill generated & paid ($88)

06/05/2013 - AOS bill shown as paid

06/10/2013 - Choice of agent email accepted

06/10/2013 - IV Bill generated & paid ($230)

06/16/2013 - IV Bill shown as paid

06/26/2013 - Sent AOS + IV packets

07/23/2013 - AOS Checklist sad.png

07/25/2013 - IV packet accepted

07/27/2013 - Sent AOS Checklist

08/26/2013 - CASE COMPLETE!!!!

Consulate / Interview

08/22/2013 - Blood Test & X-Rays Done

08/28/2013 - Medical + Retake Blood Test

10/24/2013 - Interview Date [APPROVED!!]

10/29/2013 - Passport/Visa Pickup

10/30/2013 - POE - Newark, NJ

Removing Conditions

11/08/2013 - Received ss card in mail

08/14/2015 - Sent out I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions

09/15 - Recv'd temporary green card paper extended for 1 year

03/24/2016 - Received biometrics appt in mail

03/25/2016 - Early walk-in for biometrics (NO LUCK FOR THAT DAY, approved for following Monday)

03/28/2016 - Biometrics & fingerprints taken

07/01/2016 - Received notification to receive green card within 90 days ; 07/07/2016 - Green card received!

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Hey guys, I have a question about the charts you guys are talking about. It's just, I don't really know how to read them. If the green is completion, wouldn't we get approval notice right away? Or what does it mean?



Green bar chart represents the number of applications completed that month.

Blue mountain chart represents the number of applications received that month.

Gray line chart represents number of applications which they are awaiting RFE completion on.

Yellow line chart represents the cumulative number of applications pending during that month.

These charts don't show completed months. They shows how many apps were completed on that month.

For instance, let's look at October, 2012.

The charts show the following:

1) 5,754 I-130 applications were completed in October.

2) 112 I-130 applications were received in October.

3) In October, VSC was waiting on 3,580 cases to respond to their RFEs.

4) In October, VSC had 43,428 I-130 applications pending (not completed yet).

Edited by bsd058



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You can look at the chart 2 ways... volume or trend. bsd058 is describing how to look at it as a trend chart. I prefer to look at it like a volume chart. It says there are X number applications, X number require more info, X are complete and X have receipts out. (or are received? I've never been sure how to read the blue bar.)

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