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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
Timeline

I have been married to a lovely Colombian lady for 15 months. We have lived in Medellin since the marriage. I submitted the I-130 for my wife and two children on Sept. 15, thinking that with the normal processing times, we might hit the two year mark around the time she came to the states (thus being an IR-1). Surprise, surprise!! After exactly one month, I received notice that the two children have been approved and more info is needed for my wife. I will address this as soon as I receive a copy of the 797 (it's in the US, still).

Question right now is this: Anyone have experience with cases being processed this quickly? Possibly for direct embassy processing in Bogota, in the sense of largely bypassing the NVC wait? Never heard of a one month turn around and just curious what it might mean.

Copying this from the Colombian forum to see if there are any responses here.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
Timeline

A lot of USCs filing from outside the US have been getting approved. I was 2 weeks at USCIS for my I-130 to be approved. Apparently USCIS was processing these applications quickly in order to spend more time processing other applications. Unfortunately, the sudden influx of petitions being approved and sent to NVC meant a big backlog was created there which increased waiting times to beyond 60 days just to review the file. It looks like NVC is getting better with their times, but it is still quite a wait.

I'm not sure if Colombia is still doing DCF - not many countries are. Chile isn't but we were still approved quickly. I will try to find a link where "fast approvals" have been keeping a list.

In any case, get started with all the documentation! As you can see from my timeline below, we also weren't expecting to be approved in less than 6 months so we didn't have anything prepared for the NVC process. Time to get moving!

Good luck!


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19 Jan 2014 Married

USCIS

11 Apr 2014 I-130 Sent

17 Apr 2014 NOA1

02 May 2014 NOA2

NVC

21 May 2014 NVC Received

06 June 2014 Case Number, INI, and BIN generated

06 June 2014 AOS bill / DS-261 generated

03 July 2014 Paid AOS bill

03 July 2014 DS-261 completed and sent electronically

07 Aug 2014 AOS package sent

12 Aug 2014 AOS Package received by NVC (scan)

20 Aug 2014 DS-261 accepted

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice generated

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice paid/printed cover sheet

21 Aug 2014 DS-260 completed and sent electronically

22 Aug 2014 IV package of supporting documents sent

27 Aug 2014 IV package received by NVC (scan)

07 Sep 2014 Realize error on AOS (AGI vs. Total Income)

09 Sep 2014 AOS I-864s (joint sponsors) resubmitted

11 Sep 2014 AOS Re-submit received by NVC (scan)

16 Sep 2014 60-day notice received (note: this is the first 60-day notice I have ever received)

20 Oct 2014 CASE COMPLETE! (AOS and IV)

Embassy

08 Dec 2014 Medical Appointment

22 Dec 2014 Interview and APPROVAL!

27 Dec 2014 Receive passport and paperwork from the embassy

POE/Post Entry

23 Feb 2015 POE at Houston - No problems on entry

01 Mar 2015 Received SSN via USPS

02 Apr 2015 Received physical green card

ROC

19 Dec 2016 Sent I-751 Packet

26 Dec 2016 NOA1 Received

12 Jan 2017 Biometrics Appointment

14 Feb 2018 Infopass Appointment (LA) for ADIT Stamp

15 May 2018 ROC APPROVED! (I-797 NOA received 5/21/18 - GC in production!)

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
Timeline

Thanks for the rapid response! Yes, I have been gathering stuff for the NVC stage all along. Were you able to use the online payment and filing or was all by mail?

No, Colombia doesn't do DCF.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
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We made the payments online and the DS-261 and DS-260 are electronic forms completed on the ceac.state.gov website. For both the AOS and IV packets, original documentation needs to be submitted by mail. Only a few countries do EP (electronic processing) and Chile isn't one. So it's a combination of both. Paying online requires a US bank account but it doesn't matter if the AOS and IV docs are mailed from the US or abroad.


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19 Jan 2014 Married

USCIS

11 Apr 2014 I-130 Sent

17 Apr 2014 NOA1

02 May 2014 NOA2

NVC

21 May 2014 NVC Received

06 June 2014 Case Number, INI, and BIN generated

06 June 2014 AOS bill / DS-261 generated

03 July 2014 Paid AOS bill

03 July 2014 DS-261 completed and sent electronically

07 Aug 2014 AOS package sent

12 Aug 2014 AOS Package received by NVC (scan)

20 Aug 2014 DS-261 accepted

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice generated

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice paid/printed cover sheet

21 Aug 2014 DS-260 completed and sent electronically

22 Aug 2014 IV package of supporting documents sent

27 Aug 2014 IV package received by NVC (scan)

07 Sep 2014 Realize error on AOS (AGI vs. Total Income)

09 Sep 2014 AOS I-864s (joint sponsors) resubmitted

11 Sep 2014 AOS Re-submit received by NVC (scan)

16 Sep 2014 60-day notice received (note: this is the first 60-day notice I have ever received)

20 Oct 2014 CASE COMPLETE! (AOS and IV)

Embassy

08 Dec 2014 Medical Appointment

22 Dec 2014 Interview and APPROVAL!

27 Dec 2014 Receive passport and paperwork from the embassy

POE/Post Entry

23 Feb 2015 POE at Houston - No problems on entry

01 Mar 2015 Received SSN via USPS

02 Apr 2015 Received physical green card

ROC

19 Dec 2016 Sent I-751 Packet

26 Dec 2016 NOA1 Received

12 Jan 2017 Biometrics Appointment

14 Feb 2018 Infopass Appointment (LA) for ADIT Stamp

15 May 2018 ROC APPROVED! (I-797 NOA received 5/21/18 - GC in production!)

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: Chile
Timeline

Here is the link with other USCs who have had fast expedites. Please complete it with your information.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/357465-usc-petitioner-living-abroad/page-42


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19 Jan 2014 Married

USCIS

11 Apr 2014 I-130 Sent

17 Apr 2014 NOA1

02 May 2014 NOA2

NVC

21 May 2014 NVC Received

06 June 2014 Case Number, INI, and BIN generated

06 June 2014 AOS bill / DS-261 generated

03 July 2014 Paid AOS bill

03 July 2014 DS-261 completed and sent electronically

07 Aug 2014 AOS package sent

12 Aug 2014 AOS Package received by NVC (scan)

20 Aug 2014 DS-261 accepted

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice generated

20 Aug 2014 IV invoice paid/printed cover sheet

21 Aug 2014 DS-260 completed and sent electronically

22 Aug 2014 IV package of supporting documents sent

27 Aug 2014 IV package received by NVC (scan)

07 Sep 2014 Realize error on AOS (AGI vs. Total Income)

09 Sep 2014 AOS I-864s (joint sponsors) resubmitted

11 Sep 2014 AOS Re-submit received by NVC (scan)

16 Sep 2014 60-day notice received (note: this is the first 60-day notice I have ever received)

20 Oct 2014 CASE COMPLETE! (AOS and IV)

Embassy

08 Dec 2014 Medical Appointment

22 Dec 2014 Interview and APPROVAL!

27 Dec 2014 Receive passport and paperwork from the embassy

POE/Post Entry

23 Feb 2015 POE at Houston - No problems on entry

01 Mar 2015 Received SSN via USPS

02 Apr 2015 Received physical green card

ROC

19 Dec 2016 Sent I-751 Packet

26 Dec 2016 NOA1 Received

12 Jan 2017 Biometrics Appointment

14 Feb 2018 Infopass Appointment (LA) for ADIT Stamp

15 May 2018 ROC APPROVED! (I-797 NOA received 5/21/18 - GC in production!)

 

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