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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ireland

Congratulations to all the recent approvals and a heartfelt thank you for updating your timeline!

I would find it so helpful in my effort to make some sense of USCIS process if you would indicate if you asked for expedited service/review for a hardship situation or if you have someone (member of Congress for example) helping with your petition. In a process with vagary these recent approvals are somewhat worrisome for my because it undermines the little insight we have - processed in the order they are received.

Again congrats and best wishes for continued happiness!




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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines

May I ask what troubles you Lorvin, do you feel you have a Hardship that would require such a thing.

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Filed for: Adjustment of Status (approved)

Local Office: San Diego CA

Country: Philippines

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 07:36 PM

Here's the USCIS Expedite Criteria:

All expedite requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and are granted at the discretion of the Director. The burden is on the applicant or petitioner to demonstrate that one or more of the expedite criteria have been met. The criteria are as follows:

Severe financial loss to company or individual

Extreme emergent situation

Humanitarian situation

Nonprofit status of requesting organization in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States

Department of Defense or National Interest Situation (Note: Request must come from official United States Government entity and state that delay will be detrimental to our Government)

USCIS error

Compelling interest of USCIS

Note: Discretionary expedite requests for petitions and applications that have Premium Processing Service available will not be considered for expedite processing. The only exception is when the petitioner is a not-for-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service. For information regarding premium processing, please refer to the premium processing webpage.

If you have already filed your application or petition:

You can make an expedite request by contacting the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. The NCSC will take a service request and forward your expedite request to the office with jurisdiction over the application or petition. You also have the options of 1). visiting your local office by scheduling an InfoPass appointment or 2). writing a letter to the local office or service center.

Unfortunately, USCIS does not process in the order received.

But, wow are they approving fast comparing to a year ago. We waited 6 months for the NOA2.

3/27/2007....We first met on myspace
1/30/10 ......My Honey proposed
8/15/10 ......He visit Philippines(2wks) & met my family
12/17/10 ....USCIS received the Filed I-129F for K1-visa
12/21/10 ....Received hard copy,NOA1
5/25/11.......Received RFE
6/09/11.......NOA2 approved
12/07/11.....Visa fee paid at BPI

6/11/13.......2nd visa fee payment
7/10-11/13.. Medical Exam completed@St.Lukes Clinic
1/15-16/14.. 2nd Medical exam updated
1/21/14...... k1 interview-Visa Approved
8/29/14...... Submitted AOS application
01/07/15.....Received my EAD card

01/31/15..... I got my SSN from the mail

04/20/15......AOS Interview - Approved :star:

4/24/15 .......Got the Driving Permit Card

4/30/15 .......Green Card Received :) (Exp.4/20/17)


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Argentina

I suggest that there be some way to add to the timeline an expedite request date, reason drop down (Medical, Humanitarian, Financial Loss, Emergent Situation, Military, Other), and the result (granted, denied) along with result date.

That way people can filter through the timelines which were expedites.

~ Don't forget to 'Vote Up' useful advice from others ~

K1 Visa Journey [April 11, 2013 - August 31, 2014]
[2014-09-20] !!! WEDDING !!!
[2014-09-22] Applied for SSN
[2014-09-26] Marriage License in Snail Mail
[2014-10-22] Notification of SSC in mail, will arrive "within 2 weeks"
[2014-10-27] SSC Arrived!

2015-04-30] Mailed AOS Package!
[2015-06-16] EAD Approved!
[2015-06-16] AP Approved!
[2015-06-23] EAD/AP Card Received!

[2015-10-02] AOS Approved (No Interview)!

[2015-10-07] Greencard Mailed

[2015-10-09] Approval Notice Recieved

[2015-10-09] Greencard Recieved!

I used RapidVisa for my petition; a paperwork service. A K1 is $375.00 to use their hassle-free online application system.

Useful Links:
Igor's List | Advanced Search Tool | Q&A With a Former USCIS Adjudicator
Visa Status Checker (Once you get a Case # from NVC) | Offical USCIS Reasons for a K1 Denial

The advice offered by this user is not legal advice. You should contact an attorney to obtain legal advice.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Ireland

^ That's what I am thinking d3adc0d3. For me it's about trying to manage expectations. I respect the USCIS process of petitions "generally" being processed in the order they are received. To me generally means give or take a couple of weeks to allow for individual case worker's speed and/or difficulty of cases. Recent approvals are well beyond "generally." So I would like to better understand why that may be - expedited reasons could provide that understanding.

That's all - I don't feel filing under one of the exceptions is right for us - thanks for the info though - I'm sure someone can benefit from it.

Unfortunately the 6 month timeframe seems quite common still for many people. We are 3+ months into it with lots of cases remain in front of ours.

Can't wait to share the happiness, elation, and joy approved petitioners must be feeling now that the unknowing is over the longest wait is behind them!

All the best.

Edited by Lorvin




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