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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Taiwan

I recently married a Taiwanese woman and she entered the US a few times before on visitor visa - always within the allowed timeframe.

I'm trying to get her PR status, so I followed the instructions on the USCIS website:




And filed I-130 using the step-by-step instruction here (thanks!). She lives in Taiwan currently and I wish to have her adjustment request processed at the AIT (American Institute in Taiwan), and noted as such on the I-130 request.

I received my I-797C last week with a receive date of 11/20 and priority date of 11/20. Preference Classification states "201 B INA SPOUSE OF USC"

Should I file I-485 now at the Chicago lockbox or should I prepare the documents related to I-485 and wait for either USCIS to contact me or AIT to contact my wife in Taiwan to submit the forms? What other steps do I need?

Appreciate your time and responses.

Thank you!

CR-1 for my wife
11/19/2013: I-130 Sent
11/20/2013: I-130 Received
11/20/2013: I-130 NOA1
11/22/2013: I-130 NOA1 Hard copy
04/22/2014: I-130 Expedite Request
04/23/2014: I-130 Expedite Response: Denied
05/09/2014: I-130 Status Update "your Alien Registration Number was changed relating to your I130" at 9:15am
05/09/2014: I-130 NOA2 (approved) at 3pm
05/14/2014: Case sent to NVC
NVC Stage
06/17/14: Case number and IIN assigned
06/17/14: AOS fee invoiced
06/17/14: Notice from NVC containing case number and IIN
06/17/14: DS-261 available and completed
06/18/14: AOS fee paid
06/19/14: AOS fee withdrawn from my bank account
06/20/14: AOS fee shows paid
06/20/14: AOS package sent to NVC
06/23/14: AOS package arrived at NVC
07/01/14: Sent expedite request to NVCExpedite@state.gov
07/17/14: Expedite request approved, file "immediately forwarded"
07/24/14: Received Expedite Request approval letter in mail
07/28/14: DS-260 available and completed
07/28/14: DS-2001 completed
07/28/14: Emailed AIT with both DS-260 confirmation and DS-2001
07/30/14: Interview scheduled
08/11/14: Schedule medical exam
08/19/14: Medical exam complete
08/21/14: Interview at AIT & approval
08/28/14: Received visa
09/21/14: POE

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An I-485 is for someone already present in the US. Your wife is in Taiwan, so cannot file an I-485.

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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card



Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Argentina


the i485 is to adjust status in the US when the person is here. since she lives in Taiwan, she will go through consular processing, so no need to file that form

you will need to wait until the NVC or National Visa Center contacts you. check the guides and the forum for spouses abroad.

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Right now,all you have to do is wait for the approval notice from USCIS. You can check the status of your case here https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard.do

After approval,your case will be forwarded to the National Visa Center for further processing.

Research/Study the guides here on what to do when your case reach NVC.

Good Luck!

F2a Son of LPR (brother)

1-20-12-- Priority Date

6-11-13-Approval Date

09-06-13-Case Complete

09-07-13- Expedite Request @ NVC (approved)

09-30-13-Case left NVC building (per CSR)

10-02-13- Case "In Transit" (CEAC)

10-08-13-Case " Ready"-Embassy received files

10-14-13- Called Embassy to set-up Interview. email confirmation same day

10-16-13-Medical Done (1day)

10-29-13- Interview Date -APPROVED

10-29-13- VISA ISSUED( CEAC)

11-04-03- VISA ON HAND

xx-xx-xx- POE

Im the USC. Petioned Mom on 10/2010

Mom's POE- 11/2011

Mom petitioned my brother (F2a) and sister (F2b)-Jan2012
Next is Dad (IR5).~ Journey Never Ends~






F2a-(brother) 2012-2013

F2b-(sister) PD 1/2012

F4- (sister)

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