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Ok, I finally have my I-130 package ready to mail to the lock box. According to the USCIS site, my location is Phoenix AZ. I was looking at some timelines here and I see a lot of cervice centers from many places, but on the USCIS site there are only two in the US, Phoenix and Chicago. Could you all explain what the differance is in where you send your package to, Phoenix or Chicago, as to the service centers? And also, the acronyms you are using, NOA1 and NOA2? There are a lot more that I don't know what you are talking about and I would guess other new people here don't either. Is there a page we can go to that explains all of these? I'll try to ask other questions as they come up, and thanks for the help in advance, I read a lot of the forms here and a lot of you are very helpful to other folks here.

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There are 2 lockboxes to where all applications go. Once there, they get shuffled around to centers and local offices. You will know what center it first goes to by the first three letters of your case number. After that, they can move around without notice.

NOA1= Notification receipt that they have received your case and assigned a case number etc.

NOA2= Notification that you case has completed for USCIS portion of your processing.

For acronyms, check here: http://www.visajourney.com/content/us-immigration-abbreviations

Edited by ppihtr123


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