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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Russia
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We just began the visa process a month ago and are discouraged by how long it takes! I've read that calling or getting a congressman involved can help speed up the green card process. Does anyone know if this helps with the k-1 visa too?

Nope, you wait like all the others have and do.


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It takes as long as it takes.

Asking your congressional representatives to get involved is usually only of use when your case is either outside of normal processing times or has been mishandled in some way (misapplication of the law, sent to the wrong processing centre, etc.).


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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There are certain reason that qualify for expediated processing but everyone else must wait in line, NO your congressman can't make it go faster. If that worked we would all call and the whole line would still be in front of you.


This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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We just began the visa process a month ago and are discouraged by how long it takes! I've read that calling or getting a congressman involved can help speed up the green card process. Does anyone know if this helps with the k-1 visa too?

Not really. They can make inquiries, but no effect until after the petition is outside of normal processing time guidelines. Even then, the effect is negligible in most cases. But it does make one feel like they are doing something by "shaking the tree."

For what it's worth, the process coming from France is a cake walk compared to that of many other countries. The wait is still frustrating.

Best of luck.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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We had to wait almost 8 months for our NOA2 from Vermont. Might as well settle in and wait like everyone else. We got our congressman's office involved only after they were outside "normal processing times". It did not speed up our process in any way. I am in Canada, also a relatively easy Country... and it looks like it will be about a year before I can POE.

Good Luck to you. Hang in there. Love is worth it! :thumbs:


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2012-01-25 : I-129F Sent
2012-01-27 : VSC Received
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2012-02-01 : Touch
2012-07-05 : RFE Email (after 161 days)
2012-07-11 : RFE Received in Mail
2012-07-12 : RFE Reply Sent via USPS Overnight
2012-07-13 : RFE Reply Received at VSC at 12:16 PM
2012-07-18 : Case status updated to: "Request for Evidence Response Review"
2012-09-20 : Service Request Submitted with Tier 2 ISO
2012-09-25 : NOA2 Approved after 242 days!!
2013-01-07: Medical
2013-01-22: Interview - Approved! smile.png

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We just began the visa process a month ago and are discouraged by how long it takes! I've read that calling or getting a congressman involved can help speed up the green card process. Does anyone know if this helps with the k-1 visa too?

We filed at the end of February 2012, I had my interview in London yesterday and was approved for K-1 visa. We received our NOA2 on September 6th, that's the part that takes forever... dragged on and on and very hard to cope with. Since then, it's been pretty quick, 24 hours at NVC, 3 days to get packet 3, medical a couple weeks later, interview scheduled a week after that, 8 days' notice...

It varies from case to case - since we went over the 5 months processing time, we did contact our congressman and got the NOA2 a week later but you know? It may just have been our turn anyway - we'll never know.

A congressman won't look at it though until you are past the 5 months process time from NOA1. If you are discouraged after only a month, you won't fare so well in this process. My advice would be to dig deep into your own resources and try to find ways of distracting yourselves. Nothing is likely to happen for you until at least Feb-March

Good luck


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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It does not hurt to try. This is the response I got back by USICS through my Senator.

They actually got a different reply back than I got:

Good Afternoon,

Our records reflect that the 1-129f/K1 petition, Receipt Number, EAC-xx-xxx-xxxxx, filed by XXXXX XXXXXXX

was received February 21,2012, and is currently pending active review with an Immigrtion Services Officer (ISO) per the request of the Division Director.

Accordingly, the petitioner should hear from us within 15 days

Sincerely,

Immigration Service Officer/Congressional Unit

USCIS/ Vermont Service Center (802) 527-4972

Then the letter from my Senator asks me to contact them if I do not here anything come Nov 1st.

So I guess it does help to write occasionally..

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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It does not hurt to try. This is the response I got back by USICS through my Senator.

They actually got a different reply back than I got:

Good Afternoon,

Our records reflect that the 1-129f/K1 petition, Receipt Number, EAC-xx-xxx-xxxxx, filed by XXXXX XXXXXXX

was received February 21,2012, and is currently pending active review with an Immigrtion Services Officer (ISO) per the request of the Division Director.

Accordingly, the petitioner should hear from us within 15 days

Sincerely,

Immigration Service Officer/Congressional Unit

USCIS/ Vermont Service Center (802) 527-4972

Then the letter from my Senator asks me to contact them if I do not here anything come Nov 1st.

So I guess it does help to write occasionally..

It is because you are at 7 months... which is outside of processing times. Nothing can be done one month into the process.


Kimberley and Richard
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
2012-01-25 : I-129F Sent
2012-01-27 : VSC Received
2012-01-31 : I-129F NOA1 Notice Date
2012-02-01 : Touch
2012-07-05 : RFE Email (after 161 days)
2012-07-11 : RFE Received in Mail
2012-07-12 : RFE Reply Sent via USPS Overnight
2012-07-13 : RFE Reply Received at VSC at 12:16 PM
2012-07-18 : Case status updated to: "Request for Evidence Response Review"
2012-09-20 : Service Request Submitted with Tier 2 ISO
2012-09-25 : NOA2 Approved after 242 days!!
2013-01-07: Medical
2013-01-22: Interview - Approved! smile.png

My blog and video review of the Montreal Hotel that we stayed in: http://fanatictourist.com/blog/travel-tales/review-le-square-phillips-hotel-and-suites-montreal-canada/

2013-04-30: POE - Sarnia / Pt. Huron

2013-05-06: Made it legal.

2013-06-10: Apply for AOS, EAD and AP

2013-08-27: EAD / AP Received
2013-09-17: Greencard Received

2013-09-28: Wedding! smile.png

2015-06-15: Sent I-751 Application - Removal of Conditions.
2015-11-23: Approved
2015-12-02: 10 yr Green Card Rec'd.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: France
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Thank you for all the answers! We know it's going to be a long and hard process. It helps having forum to hear everyone's stories and know we are not alone. Just to clarify, we were more curious as to effects of getting a congressman involved if it takes too long. We've seen there are a lot delays right now.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Thank you for all the answers! We know it's going to be a long and hard process. It helps having forum to hear everyone's stories and know we are not alone. Just to clarify, we were more curious as to effects of getting a congressman involved if it takes too long. We've seen there are a lot delays right now.

The Vermont Center is showing avg processing time of 6 months now. Honestly, I would wait and if they get past that time with your case, then call and ask for a service request. When my fiance called and asked for a service request (after our RFE), they processed our NOA2 within 5 days.


Kimberley and Richard
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Montreal, Canada
2012-01-25 : I-129F Sent
2012-01-27 : VSC Received
2012-01-31 : I-129F NOA1 Notice Date
2012-02-01 : Touch
2012-07-05 : RFE Email (after 161 days)
2012-07-11 : RFE Received in Mail
2012-07-12 : RFE Reply Sent via USPS Overnight
2012-07-13 : RFE Reply Received at VSC at 12:16 PM
2012-07-18 : Case status updated to: "Request for Evidence Response Review"
2012-09-20 : Service Request Submitted with Tier 2 ISO
2012-09-25 : NOA2 Approved after 242 days!!
2013-01-07: Medical
2013-01-22: Interview - Approved! smile.png

My blog and video review of the Montreal Hotel that we stayed in: http://fanatictourist.com/blog/travel-tales/review-le-square-phillips-hotel-and-suites-montreal-canada/

2013-04-30: POE - Sarnia / Pt. Huron

2013-05-06: Made it legal.

2013-06-10: Apply for AOS, EAD and AP

2013-08-27: EAD / AP Received
2013-09-17: Greencard Received

2013-09-28: Wedding! smile.png

2015-06-15: Sent I-751 Application - Removal of Conditions.
2015-11-23: Approved
2015-12-02: 10 yr Green Card Rec'd.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Try to find activities to keep from thinking too much about the process...the wait is brutal enough without pondering it. Who knows...by the time you hit 4 or 5 months, VSC might be processing in normal time frame again.


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07/03/2011: Met in Manila for the first time

01/29/2012: Met in Manila for the second time

03/09/2012: Mailed I-129F

03/12/2012: I-129F Delivered

03/15/2012: NOA1

09/28/2012: NOA2

10/15/2012-10/16/2012: Medical at St. Luke's-PASSED!

10/25/2012: Interview-APPROVED!

10/31/2012: Visa received

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Good luck to you..

Try to find activities to keep from thinking too much about the process...the wait is brutal enough without pondering it. Who knows...by the time you hit 4 or 5 months, VSC might be processing in normal time frame again.

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Filed: Country: Vietnam (no flag)
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We just began the visa process a month ago and are discouraged by how long it takes! I've read that calling or getting a congressman involved can help speed up the green card process. Does anyone know if this helps with the k-1 visa too?

A Congressman cannot help with only a month of waiting.

USCIS has many K-1 petitions ahead of yours. USCIS tries to process them in 5 months but that is no always possible. After 5 months, a Congressman may be able to help. A Congressman can make an inquiry that gets someone to look at your case, but a Congressman cannot make USCIS expedite or do things faster.

There are lots of people who have been waiting more than 5+ months. Read their posts to learn how to handle the separation.

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