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

The shorter version: How often are expedite requests approved when they come from a member of Congress (Senator in this case)? Do they care as much about the reason for the expedite when the request comes from a Senator?

The longer version: I emailed my Senators last week asking them to intervene at the NVC because I've been checklisted for things that I am sure that I submitted in my packets (and was told it would take 42 days for a supervisor to review and then, of course, another 60 days for them to review it if it had to resubmit). Anyway, I heard back shortly from my Senator's office that they would look into it. Three days later when I was speaking to an NVC operator, she said that my expedite request was sent to the Panamanian Embassy last week, which I found crazy (and exciting) because I did not ask for an expedite request--just that they look at my file again to see that I filled out the form correctly.

This has me curious about whether the embassy will actually expedite my case because I didn't have a reason to expedite that is traditionally listed (rather, I thought I was just a good candidate for Supervisor Review). Anyway, my questions are these: How often are expedite requests approved when they come from a member of Congress (Senator in this case)? Do they care as much about the reason for the expedite when the request comes from a Senator?

01-25-2014: Filed I-130
01-30-2014: NOA1, Sent to Vermont Service Center
06-11-2014: NOA2, I-130 Approved!

06-26-2014: Arrived at NVC
07-10-2014: Case # and IIN assigned
07-28-2014: D-261 available & submitted/AOS fee invoiced
07-29-2014: AOS fee paid
07-31-2014: AOS package sent
08-04-2014: AOS package scanned by NVC
08-08-2014: Amended I-864EZ re-sent (I stupidly put AGI instead of Total Income on the form)
08-13-2014: AOS package scanned by NVC
09-06-2014: DS-261 accepted
09-10-2014: IV fee invoiced/paid
09-13-2014: DS-260 completed
10-02-2014: BOTH AOS packages reviewed and accepted together (no checklist! woohoo!) NEVERMIND. HE LIED. SEE BELOW.
10-02-2014: IV package sent (it took an extra month because DHL/Customs lost my husband's birth certificate and police records in September)
10-06-2014: IV package arrived at NVC (you know, because overnight with USPS means four days later)
10-08-2014: IV package scanned by NVC
10-09-2014: Received checklist for AOS packet saying I put the wrong income number. They are wrong. Awaiting review from Supervisor Mari.
10-16-2014: My Senator's office requested an expedite review of our case. This request was submitted by the NVC to the U.S. Embassy on this date.
10-22-2014: U.S. Embassy in Panama approves expedite request!
10-24-2014: All documents at NVC mailed to U.S. Embassy in Panama
10-27-2014: All documents at NVC delivered to U.S. Embassy in Panama

U.S. Embassy in Panama

10-28-2014: Interview scheduled by Embassy for 11-13-2014
10-30-2014: Medical
11-13-2014: Interview -- APPROVED!
11-19-2014: Visa Received
12-12-2014: Point of Entry!

12-20-2014: Social Security Number arrived by mail

USCIS - Petition to Remove Conditions
09-26-2016: Filed I-751

09-30-2016: NOA Date (Received in mail on 10-06-2016)

10-03-2016: Checks cashed

10-31-2016: Biometrics (Received appointment in mail on 10/21/2016)

08-23-2017: Date of Decision: Approval (Received in mail on 8/28/2017, but not updated online)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales

If it was that easy then everybody would ask for one. They seem to have tightened up, or it could just be the numbers being asked.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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