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Just Heard Back from Congresswoman about my TSC Petition

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Scotland
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I decided to contact my congresswoman about my petition because it has been 5 months (even though now they are telling us 6 months...) since filing.

Surprised by how quick it took - I went in this morning to sign a privacy release from and she just called me now saying that my background check has been completed and my petition is now "in transit to an examiner which can take up to 30 days"

Has this happened to anyone else? What is everyone else's experience with contacting their representative?

I am hoping that it will be a lot earlier than that and maybe her call flagged my petition in some way for a quicker approval. Wishful thinking but I just hate how I was one of the unlucky ones NOT transferred and am still waiting for USCIS to get their act together.


NOA1: May 27th, 2014 - TSC

ARN: August 8th, 2014

NO transfer....

NOA2: November 10th, 2014!!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Morocco
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30 days to an examiner is absurd. TSC is basically saying it will take us about 30 days to go through all these boxes looking for yours and 15 minutes or so to make a decision. TSC is full of ssshhhhh . . . . .


Service Center : Texas Service Center
Consulate : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2014-06-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2014-06-11
I-129F NOA2 : 2014-11-21

NVC Received : 2014-12-09

Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned: 2014-12-10

NVC Left: 2014-12-11

Consulate Received: 2014-12-17

Packet 3 Received: 2014-12-29

Interview Date: 2015-01-12

Refusal due to failed drug test, required one year of drug tests

Final Drug Test: 2016-01-21; PASSED

A few days later the embassy called:

PETITION EXPIRED - RETURNED TO USCIS

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Morocco

Married : May 7, 2016

I-130 Sent : 2016-05-20

I-130 NOA1 : 2016-05-23

Transferred : 2016-10-12

I-130 NOA2 : 2016-11-08

NVC Received : 2016-12-01

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-12-03

Pay AOS Bill : 2016-12-03

Send AOS Package : 2016-12-08

Submit Ds-261 : 2016-12-03

Receive IV Bill : 2016-12-03

Pay IV Bill : 2016-12-30

Send IV Package: 2016-12-08

Checklist: 2017-03-31

Case Completed at NVC2017-05-01

Interview Date: 2017-06-06

Interview Result : Administrative Processing 

 

Visa In Hand: September 28, 2017

POE: October 19, 2017 - JFK

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Well, we got the state senator involved who called us an hour (!) after we filed our case on his website. His office told us our case had been pushed to the processing queue, and we were approved 5 working days later :) So I don't know if they had any influence on it, but I hadn't seen it move at all in almost 6 months when we contacted them!


Our journey so far:

27 Mar '09: Met at work in Holland and started dating.

30 Nov '13: Got engaged in Scotland!

10 Jan '14: Sent I-129F package to Dallas Lockbox.

22 Jan '14: NOA1 received.

29 Jun '14: Congressman Lobiondo inquired at TSC about our case.

16 Jul '14: Senator Menendez inquired at TSC about our case.

21 Jul '14: NOA2 approved!! (180 days)

23 Jul '14: Case sent to NVC.

01 Aug '14: Received NVC case number.

07 Aug '14: Case sent to Dutch consulate.

13 Aug '14: Packet 3 received, completed the DS-160 form.

15 Aug '14: Sent Packet 3 back to the consulate.

21 Aug '14: Packet 4 received with interview date.

02 Sep '14: Medical examination.

16 Sep '14: Interview --> APPROVED!!

20 Sep '14: Passport with visa returned.

12 Oct '14: POE, entered the USA!

14 Nov '14: Married! <3

24 Dec '14: Filed AOS/EAD.

31 Dec '14: AOS/EAD NOA1's received.

29 Jan '15: AOS RFE received for 2014 tax return.

23 Feb '15: AOS RFE response sent.

13 Mar '15: EAD RFE received for legal married name affidavit.

17 Mar '15: EAD RFE response sent.

29 Apr '15: Filed InfoPass to find out why I still didn't get biometrics appt.

06 May '15: Biometrics appointment.

14 May '15: Received EAD (finally!)

22 July '15: Interview waived.

08 Sep '15: Got my Green Card!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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We had the exact same response! When I heard another 30 days I felt like someone had just told me there would be 6 more weeks of winter!

That was August 28th and our NOA2 was September 15th so it was about 2 1/2 weeks.

Hopefully for you it won't even take that long! Good luck!


K-1 Visa Timeline

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

I-129F Sent : 2014-03-18

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-21

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-09-15!!!!!!!!!

NVC Received :2014-10-07

NVC Left :2014-10-10

Consulate Received :2014-10-16

Packet 3 Received : 2014-10-20

Medical: 2014-11-05

Packet 4 Received : 2014-11-15

Interview Date : 2014-12-19

Interview Result : Approved!

Visa Received :

US Entry : 2015-01-08

Marriage : 2015-02-12

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Scotland
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We had the exact same response! When I heard another 30 days I felt like someone had just told me there would be 6 more weeks of winter!

That was August 28th and our NOA2 was September 15th so it was about 2 1/2 weeks.

Hopefully for you it won't even take that long! Good luck!

This gives me a little more hope that we will have good news sooner rather than later!


NOA1: May 27th, 2014 - TSC

ARN: August 8th, 2014

NO transfer....

NOA2: November 10th, 2014!!

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We got a congresswoman involved during my wife's AOS. They said CSC of USCIS would complete it within 30 days but had notice it was approved within the week.

If you're above their published processing time, it does seem to help. If you're not above the published processing time, then it does nothing. The immigration liaison in the congresswoman's office told us they hardly ever take the 30 days when they get that response from USCIS, and he was right in our case.


K1 from the Philippines
Arrival : 2011-09-08
Married : 2011-10-15
AOS
Date Card Received : 2012-07-13
EAD
Date Card Received : 2012-02-04

Sent ROC : 4-1-2014
Noa1 : 4-2-2014
Bio Complete : 4-18-2014
Approved : 6-24-2014

N-400 sent 2-13-2016
Bio Complete 3-14-2016
Interview
Oath Taking

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Scotland
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I decided to contact my congresswoman about my petition because it has been 5 months (even though now they are telling us 6 months...) since filing.

Surprised by how quick it took - I went in this morning to sign a privacy release from and she just called me now saying that my background check has been completed and my petition is now "in transit to an examiner which can take up to 30 days"

Has this happened to anyone else? What is everyone else's experience with contacting their representative?

I am hoping that it will be a lot earlier than that and maybe her call flagged my petition in some way for a quicker approval. Wishful thinking but I just hate how I was one of the unlucky ones NOT transferred and am still waiting for USCIS to get their act together.

I contacted my Congressman's office several times. Very poor response and honestly, no help at all. Some junior staff member called USCIS to see they could move us along and, of course, the answer was "no." He was OK with that and just parted back to me that it takes five months.

I asked him about the disparity between CSC and TSC, and he gave some usual rhetoric about each case being different. No real investigation or questioning of USCIS. Honestly, this guy was no more helpful than calling USCIS Tier 1 myself. It's still a black hole mystery.

Then I tried another tactic and had him request a transfer of our case from TSC to CSC. They denied, saying it would take too long to find our case. Seriously? What kind of BS answer is that one? These things are bar-coded and identified when they arrive. However, the junior staffer bought it hook, line and sinker.


Lee & William

8/2/2014 - Sent I-129F Petition with USPS by Express Mail    
8/4/2014 - I-129F delivered to dropbox    8/6/2014 - NOA1 Text/E-Mail received    8/11/2014 - Alien Registration Number Changed (Text/E-Mail) / NOA1 Letter received by Mail    3/16/2015 - NOA2 Text/E-Mail received (224 days)    3/20/2015 - Sent to NVC    3/31/2015 - NVC Received    4/1/2015 - Case Number Assigned       4/7/2015 - NVC Sent to Embassy    4/10/2015 - London Embassy Received    4/11/2015 - Medical     4/15/2015 - Packet 3 Received    4/12/2015 - Packet 3 Sent    4/23/2015 - Packet 4 Received    5/18/2015 - Interview - APPROVED     5/30/2015 - Visa collected from courier    6/1/2015 - POE    6/14/2015 - Wedding 💍💍
 
N400
06/30/2019 - Filed online
06/30/2019 - NOA1
07/16/2019 - Biometrics completed (early walk in - successful) 
Years of waiting for stuff is starting to get old! 
⏱⏱⏱ ....

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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I contacted my Congressman's office several times. Very poor response and honestly, no help at all. Some junior staff member called USCIS to see they could move us along and, of course, the answer was "no." He was OK with that and just parted back to me that it takes five months.

I asked him about the disparity between CSC and TSC, and he gave some usual rhetoric about each case being different. No real investigation or questioning of USCIS. Honestly, this guy was no more helpful than calling USCIS Tier 1 myself. It's still a black hole mystery.

Then I tried another tactic and had him request a transfer of our case from TSC to CSC. They denied, saying it would take too long to find our case. Seriously? What kind of BS answer is that one? These things are bar-coded and identified when they arrive. However, the junior staffer bought it hook, line and sinker.

USCIS won't react until you're at 5 months because you are TSC. Believe me, I'm a TSC filer as well so I know what it's like. Just be patient, 5 months will roll around soon enough. Best of luck!


K-1 Visa

Service Center: Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate: Mumbai, India

 

Met at University in UK: 2010

Engaged in India: 03/31/2014

I-129F Sent: 06/20/2014

NOA1: 06/25/2014

NOA2: 12/16/2014

NOA2 Hardcopy Received: 12/23/2014

Case Sent to NVC: 12/23/2014

NVC Case Number Assigned: 01/05/2015

Case Sent to Consulate: 01/08/2015

Case "Ready" at Consulate: 01/09/2015

Applied for PCC: 01/20/2015

PCC in hand: 02/23/2015

Medical: 01/23/2015

Completed DS-160 and paid visa fee: 02/20/2015

Interview: 03/13/2015 APPROVED :)--> Same day went into AP

Visa "issued" on CEAC webstie: 03/16/2015

:goofy: :goofy: Visa in hand! 03/18/2015 :goofy::goofy:

POE: 06/04/2015 :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

AOS Journey

06.11.2015- City Hall Wedding

06.29.2015- Mailed AOS Package

07.01.2015 - Package Delivered at Chicago Lockbox

07.02.2015- Date Received as per USCIS

07.09.2015- NOA1 for EAD/AP

07.24.2015- RFE :ranting:

08.13.2015- USCIS accepted RFE response

09.08.2015- EAD received

Waiting for the interview :clock:

12.19.2015 WE GOT THE GREEN CARD IN THE MAIL!!!!! No interview :)

ROC

10.25.2017 ROC packet received by VT Service Center

11.02.2017- Received NOA dated 10.26.2017

11.29.17- Completed Biometrics

Waiting for the interview :clock:

 

 

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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I decided to contact my congresswoman about my petition because it has been 5 months (even though now they are telling us 6 months...) since filing.

Surprised by how quick it took - I went in this morning to sign a privacy release from and she just called me now saying that my background check has been completed and my petition is now "in transit to an examiner which can take up to 30 days"

Has this happened to anyone else? What is everyone else's experience with contacting their representative?

I am hoping that it will be a lot earlier than that and maybe her call flagged my petition in some way for a quicker approval. Wishful thinking but I just hate how I was one of the unlucky ones NOT transferred and am still waiting for USCIS to get their act together.

My call (at 6 1/2 months) resulted in a similar response except that it was pulled from the general pile, which they all end up in, and placed with an adjudicator. She said give it 30 days because they are working on several files. I opened a case with the ombudsman 10 days later and a service request 2 days after that and then 2 days later I had my NOA 2. So, after a little more than 2 weeks from my representative's call, I had my NOA 2. I think you will see something soon now that it is with an adjudicator....fingers crossed.


02/28/2014 - I-129f Accepted and Routed to Texas Service Center / Я-129F Принято и направляется в сервисный центр Техаса

03/04/2014 - NOA1 Notice Date / NOA1 Уведомление Дата

03/05/2014 - NOA1 Received via Email & Text / NOA1 полученных через электронную почту и текст

03/05/2014 - Check Cashed by TSC / Чек обналичены TSC

03/06/2014 - Alien Registration Number Changed / Регистрационный номер иностранца Изменен

03/08/2014 - Received NOA1 Hard Copy / Поступило NOA1 Печатная

10/09/2014 - NOA2 Received via Email & Text / NOA2 редакцию по электронной почте и текста (219 DAYS!!)

10/14/2014 - Received NOA2 Hard Copy / Поступила NOA2 Жесткий диск

10/16/2014 - Case Shipped to NVC / Дело Отгружено NVC

10/23/2014 - Case Received by NVC / Дело Поступило NVC

10/24/2014 - Case Number Assigned by NVC / Номер дела, присвоенный NVC

10/27/2014 - Case Left NVC for Moscow Consulate / Дело Левый NVC для Москва консульства

10/29/2014 - Moscow Consulate Received Case and Changed Status to Ready / Москва Консульство получил случай и изменила статус Готов

11/24/2014 - Medical Exam / Медицинский экзамен

11/26/2014 - K-1 Interview (Approved!!) / K-1 Интервью (утвержденный!!)

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I e-mailed my Senator yesterday and explained my situation and the situation others are having with the Texas Service Center. I know I am not past my 5 month mark but I still felt it was worth e-mailing and explaining how unfair the situation is for all of us.


I-129F Sent: 08/27/2014

NOA1: 09/02/2014

NOA2: 04/02/2015

Received by NVC: 04/20/2015

NVC Case Number: 04/21/2015

Left NVC: 04/27/2015

Medical: 04/28/2015

Embassy Ready: 4/30/2015

Packet 3 Sent: 5/02/2015

Interview/Approved: 6/17/2015

Issued: 6/29/2015

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I was told by TSC to wait 60 days, I only had to wait 6!


K-1

I-129F NOA1 => NOA2: 161 days

NOA2 => Interview: 64 days

AP: 33 days

Total: 258 days

AOS

I-485 NOA => GC: 333 days

No Interview

ROC

07/30/2017: Package Sent

08/01/2017: NOA

09/07/2017: Biometrics

12/04/2018: Approved! 490 days

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Kenya
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I decided to contact my congresswoman about my petition because it has been 5 months (even though now they are telling us 6 months...) since filing.

Surprised by how quick it took - I went in this morning to sign a privacy release from and she just called me now saying that my background check has been completed and my petition is now "in transit to an examiner which can take up to 30 days"

Has this happened to anyone else? What is everyone else's experience with contacting their representative?

I am hoping that it will be a lot earlier than that and maybe her call flagged my petition in some way for a quicker approval. Wishful thinking but I just hate how I was one of the unlucky ones NOT transferred and am still waiting for USCIS to get their act together.

Yes I did.,.,contacted BOTH Senators and they were useless. Essentially the 'wait' for 30 days seems flexible depending on who is saying what...For ours it was 60 days...but they did nothing

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Yes I did.,.,contacted BOTH Senators and they were useless. Essentially the 'wait' for 30 days seems flexible depending on who is saying what...For ours it was 60 days...but they did nothing

You can't get any action until they're 30 days beyond the posted processing time for the service center your petition is at. You also need to remember, your senator or congressman cannot order USCIS to do anything. They can only look into your case, and if its over due by 30 days, they'll normally pull it out to get worked on. It doesn't work to say but my case is at 5 months and CSC is doing them in 30 days while TSC is taking 6 months. You're stuck with your service center, and it is what it is, your representatives can do nothing about that. But our representatives do get access to a better source than we as petitioners seem to be able to access, or they get better feedback at least because of their political position.


K1 from the Philippines
Arrival : 2011-09-08
Married : 2011-10-15
AOS
Date Card Received : 2012-07-13
EAD
Date Card Received : 2012-02-04

Sent ROC : 4-1-2014
Noa1 : 4-2-2014
Bio Complete : 4-18-2014
Approved : 6-24-2014

N-400 sent 2-13-2016
Bio Complete 3-14-2016
Interview
Oath Taking

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I decided to contact my congresswoman about my petition because it has been 5 months (even though now they are telling us 6 months...) since filing.

Surprised by how quick it took - I went in this morning to sign a privacy release from and she just called me now saying that my background check has been completed and my petition is now "in transit to an examiner which can take up to 30 days"

Has this happened to anyone else? What is everyone else's experience with contacting their representative?

I am hoping that it will be a lot earlier than that and maybe her call flagged my petition in some way for a quicker approval. Wishful thinking but I just hate how I was one of the unlucky ones NOT transferred and am still waiting for USCIS to get their act together.

I highly doubt that your congresswoman had anything to do with this. It just so happend that the file was in process and when the congresswoman cheked she got the most current status. Just a coincidence that your congresswoman would like you to think had something to do with her... There's just no way a call from anyone, even the Prisident could produce such fast results. Unless of course there are illegal aliens involved...then the Presisdent can do anything he wants.

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I should think it very likely that if the President wanted a fast result, he'd get a fast result no matter whom it was for. I don't have doubts that some elected representatives can get better results than others do in this process, probably because they have vested interest or are willing to call in a few favours with some contacts. It won't be the same for every politician though. I'm sure some just don't care. I've lobbied some on animal cruelty/rights cases before -- the response is varied. Some will reply with a personalized and helpful response, others with a canned unhelpful response, and some simply never bother to reply. I'm glad that some are still willing to help their constituents and have brought results.


K-1 - AOS & ROC Timeline  - Immigration and the Health Exchange Price of Love in the UK Thinking of Returning to UK?

 

First met: 12/31/04 - Engaged: 9/24/09
Filed I-129F: 10/4/14 - Packet received: 10/7/14
NOA 1 email + ARN assigned: 10/10/14 (hard copy 10/17/14)
Touched on website (fixed?): 12/9/14 - Poked USCIS: 4/1/15
NOA 2 email: 5/4/15 (hard copy 5/11/15)
Sent to NVC: 5/8/15 - NVC received + #'s assigned: 5/15/15 (estimated)
NVC sent: 5/19/15 - London received/ready: 5/26/15
Packet 3: 5/28/15 - Medical: 6/16/15
Poked London 7/1/15 - Packet 4: 7/2/15
Interview: 7/30/15 - Approved!
AP + Issued 8/3/15 - Visa in hand (depot): 8/6/15
POE: 8/27/15

Wedding: 9/30/15

Filed I-485, I-131, I-765: 11/7/15

Packet received: 11/9/15

NOA 1 txt/email: 11/15/15 - NOA 1 hardcopy: 11/19/15

Bio: 12/9/15

EAD + AP approved: 1/25/16 - EAD received: 2/1/16

RFE for USCIS inability to read vax instructions: 5/21/16 (no e-notification & not sent from local office!)

RFE response sent: 6/7/16 - RFE response received 6/9/16

AOS approved/card in production: 6/13/16  

NOA 2 hardcopy + card sent 6/17/16

Green Card received: 6/18/16

USCIS 120 day reminder notice: 2/22/18

Filed I-751: 5/2/18 - Packet received: 5/4/18

NOA 1:  5/29/18 (12 mo) 8/13/18 (18 mo)  - Bio: 6/27/18

Transferred: Potomac Service Center 3/26/19

Approved/New Card Produced status: 4/25/19 - NOA2 hardcopy 4/29/19

10yr Green Card Received: 5/2/19 - Error will need to file I90 >_<

 

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