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Why is it so much faster for K1 Visas from the philipines??

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Venezuela
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I'm sure it's been asked before, I am just curious.

TIA


K1 Visa Event Date Service Center : California Service Center Transferred? No Consulate : Caracas, Venezuela I-129F Sent : 2014-09-15 I-129F NOA1 : 2014-09-19

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the USCIS Service Centers forum -- topic involves overall policy. ***


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hank, you're exactly right. This really can put it into perspective for some people. It's not like they got some heavy rain/wind and rebuilt everything back together. It completely devastated an already poor country. I hope people will try to remember this and try to be more sensitive/patient.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia
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thanks for the pic! put things in perspective! much needed! their process should takes days not months looking at those pics

Edited by ItsGonnaBeWorthIt

USCIS : 7 months
Marriage : March 21, 2014
I-130 Sent : April 18, 2014
I-130 NOA1 : April 22, 2014
I-130 Approved: November 14, 2014 
after two service request

NVC6 months
Received : December 1, 2014
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : January 1, 2015
Pay AOS Bill : January 9, 2015
Submit DS-261 : January 7, 2015
Receive IV Bill : January 15, 2015 
called after AOS showed paid, they released it overnight)
Pay IV Bill : January 23, 2015
Send IV and AOS: January 29, 2015
Scan date: February 3, 2015
Checklist: March 19, 2015
 (only need to send south Africa police report)
Case Complete: June 3, 2015 

EMBASSY: 10 months
Interview appointment letter : December 4, 2015
Interview Date : January 21, 2016 
medical wasn't complete
Second interview date: April 4th 2016
Interview Result :APPROVED!!!

Visa Received : 4/13/2016 ( they sent us a email stating our visa was ready for pick up)

USA LIFE
US Entry :4/29/2016 
Social Security : 5/10/2016 (filed from the actual office)
State ID: 5/14/2016
Started working!!: 5/25/2016
Finally paid green card fee: 6/24/2016 ( note said we will receive it within 60 days)
Green card in hand: 7/5/2016 10 year green card we done!! 

1st king born: 6/30/2016

April 2017 update: Marriage still going strong, baby boy getting bigger. Life is good 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Mexico
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I'm sure it's been asked before, I am just curious.

TIA

It is my understanding that their expedites are over. Try not to worry about how fast others get approved, your time will come :wub:


Philippians 4: 6-7. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

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It still seems that visas are moving fast through the process for ones coming out of the Philippines. Incuding ours as we were surprised how quickly it has moved on. Please do not forget that they also had a major earthquake as well there. While maybe officially they may say they are not expediting anymore. It sure seems as they are.

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Don't care why the reason, but happy that is it happening, if it really is, haha,


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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Filed: IR-2 Country: Philippines
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Don't care why the reason, but happy that is it happening, if it really is, haha,

That's pretty cold.....

You say Katrina in America and everybody knows what you are talking about. (a 10 year old storm). The Philippines sees a Katrina every year IF only 1.

Yolanda was no Katrina it was a Super Typhoon, the strongest ever recorded on the face of our beautiful planet. Sustained wind speeds greater than 230 MPH.

That is 25% stronger than a cat 5 cyclone (max on the Saffir-Simpson scale).

Loss of life 5 times greater than Katrina (nobody will ever know the true count).

However, that being said, Yolanda by far is not the most devastating storm to hit the Philippine area of responsibility.

The Republic of the Philippines sees more natural disasters than any of the other 196 countries, and have seen many more storms with death tolls much higher than Yolanda.

Yes, I am a humanitarian and a huge weather geek.......

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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Philippines has always been fast. I filed in 2008 it took 60 days, I did another K1 this year and it took 52 days.

Maybe be based upon Philippines being a former US Territory, or due to way the Philippines government is based upon the US Government, I believe English is the business language in the Philippines.

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That's pretty cold.....

You say Katrina in America and everybody knows what you are talking about. (a 10 year old storm). The Philippines sees a Katrina every year IF only 1.

Yolanda was no Katrina it was a Super Typhoon, the strongest ever recorded on the face of our beautiful planet. Sustained wind speeds greater than 230 MPH.

That is 25% stronger than a cat 5 cyclone (max on the Saffir-Simpson scale).

Loss of life 5 times greater than Katrina (nobody will ever know the true count).

However, that being said, Yolanda by far is not the most devastating storm to hit the Philippine area of responsibility.

The Republic of the Philippines sees more natural disasters than any of the other 196 countries, and have seen many more storms with death tolls much higher than Yolanda.

Yes, I am a humanitarian and a huge weather geek.......

Not meant to be cold in any way, shape or form. FWIW I've contributed $100's to Yolanda relief through US Catholic Charities. And they will be the beneficiary of monetary gifts in lieu of presents at our wedding. I'm truly sorry that you misconstrued my comment. It does seem somewhat illogical, well the whole visa application process does, that a relatively localized natural disaster, as tragic as it was, would in any way have a bearing on the rapidity of a visa application for a beneficiary that resides 1000+ miles away from the disaster. That was the intent of my my reply not to belittle the extent of the Yolanda devastation.

And to add a closing FWIW, my wife's home was entirely washed away by Typhoon Pedring in Sept 2011, just 2 weeks before giving birth to my step-daughter. Her and her family's sole possessions were literally the clothes on their back and sandals on their feet. So I have relatively close knowledge of the annual destruction that natural disasters cause in the Philippines. And this year her grandmother's roof in Camarines Norte was removed by the typhoon that came across Bicol and Manila 2 months ago.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-17
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-25
I-130 RFE : 2014-08-11 (Wanted NSO Marriage Certificate, not LCR)
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-08-14
I-130 Approved : 2014-08-27
NVC Received : 2014-09-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-09-17
Send AOS Package : 2014-09-19
Receive IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Pay IV Bill : 2014-10-03
Received Interview Letter by E-mail: 2015-03-20 (May 5, 2015)
SLEC completed: 2015-04-22
Visa Approved: 2015-05-05
Visa Issued: 2015-05-15 (221g for no CENOMAR!)

Visa Received: 2015-05-21

POE: Chicago 2015-09-14

GC Received: 2015-11-17

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