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I personally submitted my I-130 packet to the Bangkok Embassy Oct 9th.

Today, I dropped by my post office to check my mail and I was surprised to see a letter from USCIS and from the Bangkok American Embassy.

The Approval Notice letter from USCIS was dated 10/14, a mere 5 days after my submission. They told me it would probably take 5 weeks so I figured at least 8 weeks.

All I can say is WOW ! ! !

I wish similar success to you all.

On a technical note, I am keeping track of my timeline.

Is USCIS letter I received considered a NOA1 "Notice of Action"?

I click on help and it showed an official looking form rather than a formless letter I received.

The other letter from the American Embassy included a case number.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
Timeline

On a technical note, I am keeping track of my timeline.

Is USCIS letter I received considered a NOA1 "Notice of Action"?

I click on help and it showed an official looking form rather than a formless letter I received.

The other letter from the American Embassy included a case number.

Firstly, a big, fat CONGRATS is due to such a speedy approval.

And regarding your timeline...an NOA1 would be a letter you received stating they've received your petition and it's under review. Since you dropped it off in person instead of mailing it, you wouldn't get a letter, so you can put that drop-off date as your NOA1 as you knew for sure they had received it. The NOA2 is your approval notice - the cool part. (Mine wasn't a fancy form either...apparently typical for us DCF folk) We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the timeline correctly as, in the end, it helps others by providing accurate statistics based off of different circumstances.

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Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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