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Filed: FB-1 Visa Country: India
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Hi,

I'm currently on F-1 visa and I'm getting married early next year. Some people told me that the processing and AOS depends from which State I file the I-130 and I-485 forms. They are suggesting me told file from Colorado or North Carolina while I live in Illinois. But I think that its not true and doesn't depend from where I file the forms. If someone knows about these things, please share it with me and everyone who are in the same dilemma. Thanks in advance.

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Hi, I'm F-1 too, then got married this year. All family-based (immediate) like spouse and concurrent filing is mailed in Chicago lockbox. If you need more info I will give you the link later.


08/20/2014 Application (I-130/I-485 concurrent filing) received at Chicago lockbox

09/04/2014 NOA (text and email) at 12:40 AM

09/05/2014 USCIS case status activated

I-485 is forwarded to Nebraska Service Center (dated 09/02/2014 for the fingerprint fee): Acceptance Status

I-130, I-131 and I-765 are all dated 08/20/2014 (all are at Initial Review)

09/08/2014 NOA hard copies received

09/12/2014 Biometrics appointment letters, scheduled on 09/24/204

09/24/2014 Biometrics done :)

11/08/2014 EAD in production (called USCIS 11/05/2014 and they put in a service request for me)

11/14/2014 Ready to be scheduled for interview! Hooray! :)

11/18/2014 Got my EAD/AP in the mail. ;)

12/06/2017 Received notice for interview (Jan 8) :D

01/08/2015 Interview, verbal approval

01/12/2015 New Card in Production!

01/17/2015 GC received!!! but not done yet, my name is "incorrect," I have not changed my last name yet and they change it in the card. The EAD and AP are correct though.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Poland
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Hi,

I'm currently on F-1 visa and I'm getting married early next year. Some people told me that the processing and AOS depends from which State I file the I-130 and I-485 forms. They are suggesting me told file from Colorado or North Carolina while I live in Illinois. But I think that its not true and doesn't depend from where I file the forms. If someone knows about these things, please share it with me and everyone who are in the same dilemma. Thanks in advance.

So you'll go for your interview to Colorado or North Carolina ? What a nonsense, you file in the location where you live and what impact processing time the most is your local office load. Where you send your package to the lockbox from is completely irrelevant.

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Hi,

I'm currently on F-1 visa and I'm getting married early next year. Some people told me that the processing and AOS depends from which State I file the I-130 and I-485 forms. They are suggesting me told file from Colorado or North Carolina while I live in Illinois. But I think that its not true and doesn't depend from where I file the forms. If someone knows about these things, please share it with me and everyone who are in the same dilemma. Thanks in advance.

Does not matter where you mailing it from, it all gets mailed to the same office. If yo mailed if from another state you will have all your mail sent there and would have to travel to the appropriate office for appointments and interview.


21 Aug 2013: I-129F Sent

11 Feb 2014: Visa APPROVED!

20 May 2014: Wedding!

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31 Jul 2014: Mailed AOS Packet

12 Feb 2015: AOS Interview - Approved

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22 Feb 2017: Mailed ROC Packet

08 Aug 2018: ROC Approved

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There is no such dilemma, everything has its order. If you don't have patience, immigration is not a pleasant journey for you.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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Here is the link of where you should file:

http://www.uscis.gov/i-485-addresses

And depending on which is not the busiest center your files will be forwarded there and the only thing that depends on where you are is for the interview (which should be the uscis main office in your state) and yes if it is busy then it can be delayed.


08/20/2014 Application (I-130/I-485 concurrent filing) received at Chicago lockbox

09/04/2014 NOA (text and email) at 12:40 AM

09/05/2014 USCIS case status activated

I-485 is forwarded to Nebraska Service Center (dated 09/02/2014 for the fingerprint fee): Acceptance Status

I-130, I-131 and I-765 are all dated 08/20/2014 (all are at Initial Review)

09/08/2014 NOA hard copies received

09/12/2014 Biometrics appointment letters, scheduled on 09/24/204

09/24/2014 Biometrics done :)

11/08/2014 EAD in production (called USCIS 11/05/2014 and they put in a service request for me)

11/14/2014 Ready to be scheduled for interview! Hooray! :)

11/18/2014 Got my EAD/AP in the mail. ;)

12/06/2017 Received notice for interview (Jan 8) :D

01/08/2015 Interview, verbal approval

01/12/2015 New Card in Production!

01/17/2015 GC received!!! but not done yet, my name is "incorrect," I have not changed my last name yet and they change it in the card. The EAD and AP are correct though.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ukraine
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Trying to figure out how to make your paperwork get thru the system will do nothing but make you pull your hair out... My wife came on a K1 with her 2 children on K2 visas. We filed all their paperwork for AOS, EAD, and Travel together in a single packet. They all had their biometric appointment for the same day. The two K2 children have had EAD and Travel approved last week, while their mother is still waiting.

MSC#s are lower for my wife, so they can not be processing numerically. Obviously they all arrived the same day, went thru the same office, and were entered into the system together. Since the children's status is completely dependent on the mother's status, it make no sense that K2 would have priority over K1.... The only thing that I can think of is that the mother's last name now starts starts with G, and the children's last name start with T. But since G comes before T, it cannot be that they are processing them strictly by date and then alphabetically... So I guess whoever is processing people with the last name starting with T, is processing faster than the person that has G... And I am sure I am guessing wrong...

It's going to get approved when it gets approved... We all just have to just accept that and relax... All of these applications at some point are reviewed by a human, and you are going to be processed at that humans pace. Since that human works for the USCIS, don't expect that pace to be very fast. And anyone offering you a way to ensure that your case will get to the fastest USCIS case worker is full of hot air...

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
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Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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Hi,

I'm currently on F-1 visa and I'm getting married early next year. Some people told me that the processing and AOS depends from which State I file the I-130 and I-485 forms. They are suggesting me told file from Colorado or North Carolina while I live in Illinois. But I think that its not true and doesn't depend from where I file the forms. If someone knows about these things, please share it with me and everyone who are in the same dilemma. Thanks in advance.

Dont do it. I'm in North Carolina and its not helping speed anything up. Listen to the advices above my post ;)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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Doesn't matter where you mail to. Upon receipt, they often re-ship the paperwork to another location.



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Time Line - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

10 YEAR GREEN CARD PROCESS

July 22, 2017  ROC packet sent to Vermont.

July 24, 2017  ROC packet signed for in Vermont.

August 8, 2017  NOA received at house.  15 days since ROC signed for in VSC.

August 12, 2017 ASC appointment received. 19 days since ROC in VSC.

August 25, 2017 BIO completed. 32 days since ROC received in VSC.

August 11, 2018  18 month 'Courtesy Copy' extension letter received.  Critical number  297

October 20, 2018 18 month 'Official' extension letter received.  Critical number 297

December 4, 2018  USCIS Account shows: We approved your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, 

December 4, 2018, ordered your new card for Receipt # EAC17297003XX, and will mail to the address you gave.

491 days from NOA issued by VSC until Petition approved.

December 7, 2018 USCIS sent notice:  Card mailed.

December 12, 2018 Ten year Green Card received from Lees Summit, MO

499 days from NOA issued by VSC until Green Card received.

- - - - - - - - - - 

CITIZENSHIP PROCESS

December 6, 2018 submitted N-400 application on-line.  Estimated Completion Time: 8 months or August 2019.

December 8, 2018 received notice on USCIS that Biometrics scheduled . . . but the actual date was not yet shown.

December 11, 2018 saw in 'Documents' section of USCIS that Bio scheduled for 24 December 2018.

December 21, 2018 saw on USCIS website that they will be closed 24 December 2018 as extra holiday.

January 9, 2019 went for re-scheduled BIO appointment.  33 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

February 19, 2019 received letter in US mail that Citizenship interview scheduled for 26 March 2019. 74 days after submission on-line.

March 26, 2019 Citizenship interview scheduled for.  109 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

March 26, 2019 Passed Citizenship interview.

April 12, 2019  Received notice that Oath Ceremony had been scheduled for 24 April 2019.  17 days after interview.

April 24, 2019  Oath Ceremony completed.  29 days after interview.     139 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

April 25, 2019  USA Passport Application submitted.

May 3, 2019     USA Passport received.    149 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

May 9, 2019     Certificate of Naturalization and Citizenship returned in mail.

 

 

 

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ukraine
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Hi,

I'm currently on F-1 visa and I'm getting married early next year.

Have you checked into the tax advantages of getting married before the end of the year?

Usually, but not always, it is advantageous to file a tax return as 'married filing jointly' as compared to each filing 'single.'



- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Time Line - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

10 YEAR GREEN CARD PROCESS

July 22, 2017  ROC packet sent to Vermont.

July 24, 2017  ROC packet signed for in Vermont.

August 8, 2017  NOA received at house.  15 days since ROC signed for in VSC.

August 12, 2017 ASC appointment received. 19 days since ROC in VSC.

August 25, 2017 BIO completed. 32 days since ROC received in VSC.

August 11, 2018  18 month 'Courtesy Copy' extension letter received.  Critical number  297

October 20, 2018 18 month 'Official' extension letter received.  Critical number 297

December 4, 2018  USCIS Account shows: We approved your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, 

December 4, 2018, ordered your new card for Receipt # EAC17297003XX, and will mail to the address you gave.

491 days from NOA issued by VSC until Petition approved.

December 7, 2018 USCIS sent notice:  Card mailed.

December 12, 2018 Ten year Green Card received from Lees Summit, MO

499 days from NOA issued by VSC until Green Card received.

- - - - - - - - - - 

CITIZENSHIP PROCESS

December 6, 2018 submitted N-400 application on-line.  Estimated Completion Time: 8 months or August 2019.

December 8, 2018 received notice on USCIS that Biometrics scheduled . . . but the actual date was not yet shown.

December 11, 2018 saw in 'Documents' section of USCIS that Bio scheduled for 24 December 2018.

December 21, 2018 saw on USCIS website that they will be closed 24 December 2018 as extra holiday.

January 9, 2019 went for re-scheduled BIO appointment.  33 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

February 19, 2019 received letter in US mail that Citizenship interview scheduled for 26 March 2019. 74 days after submission on-line.

March 26, 2019 Citizenship interview scheduled for.  109 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

March 26, 2019 Passed Citizenship interview.

April 12, 2019  Received notice that Oath Ceremony had been scheduled for 24 April 2019.  17 days after interview.

April 24, 2019  Oath Ceremony completed.  29 days after interview.     139 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

April 25, 2019  USA Passport Application submitted.

May 3, 2019     USA Passport received.    149 days after N-400 submitted on-line.

May 9, 2019     Certificate of Naturalization and Citizenship returned in mail.

 

 

 

 

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