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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I've been looking at the timeline statistics on this site and noticed that some K1 timelines process extremely fast. The average for NOA1 to NOA2 is about 3 months it seems. Some NOA2's took 6+ months with no RFEs, and then there are people who got their NOA2 within a month! Some people even had their consulate interview within 2 months of them filing the I-129F! This made me wonder what factors make the processing fast for some and slow for others?

Here are things that I thought of:

  • How straight-forward and complete their case was
  • If there was an RFE
  • Time of the year when they filed
  • Which country the application is for (high-risk vs low-risk countries)
  • Which US service center handled the case
  • Whether an immigration lawyer was involved or not

Is all of the above true or just some?

For the people who had fast processing times, what was your experience and why do you think it went so fast?

Thanks!


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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I've been looking at the timeline statistics on this site and noticed that some K1 timelines process extremely fast. The average for NOA1 to NOA2 is about 3 months it seems. Some NOA2's took 6+ months with no RFEs, and then there are people who got their NOA2 within a month! Some people even had their consulate interview within 2 months of them filing the I-129F! This made me wonder what factors make the processing fast for some and slow for others?

Here are things that I thought of:

  • How straight-forward and complete their case was
  • If there was an RFE
  • Time of the year when they filed
  • Which country the application is for (high-risk vs low-risk countries)
  • Which US service center handled the case
  • Whether an immigration lawyer was involved or not

Is all of the above true or just some?

For the people who had fast processing times, what was your experience and why do you think it went so fast?

Thanks!

The answer to your thread title is "USCIS."

Edit: Look at the different Service Centers, CSC & TSC. Most of the difference is due to that.

2nd Edit: CSC processes significantly faster than TSC. USCIS doesn't appropriately spread the applications across the 2 SCs.

Edited by Marco&Bettina

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Service Center : California Service Center

NOA2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

ROC Approved 2019-01-17

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
Timeline

I've been looking at the timeline statistics on this site and noticed that some K1 timelines process extremely fast. The average for NOA1 to NOA2 is about 3 months it seems. Some NOA2's took 6+ months with no RFEs, and then there are people who got their NOA2 within a month! Some people even had their consulate interview within 2 months of them filing the I-129F! This made me wonder what factors make the processing fast for some and slow for others?

Here are things that I thought of:

  • How straight-forward and complete their case was
  • If there was an RFE
  • Time of the year when they filed
  • Which country the application is for (high-risk vs low-risk countries)
  • Which US service center handled the case
  • Whether an immigration lawyer was involved or not

Is all of the above true or just some?

For the people who had fast processing times, what was your experience and why do you think it went so fast?

Thanks!

All you named can be a factor but the two things crossed out, which is no matter.

Honestly, its all about the adjudicator and how thorough or not they are. Some glean over files. Some want everything and the kitchen sink. I have had friends get RFE because they wanted a letter from a parent that has been out of the child's life for years. But the adjudicator wanted a permission to immigrate. So a absent parent had to be found. I have known of adjudicators requesting DNA at the USCIS stage (that is usually a embassy request).

Another had to get notarized affidavit from husbands parents from his country as to why they didn't attend the wedding (They didn't know about it).

Also you have to realize you see how each service center have their projected average their goal. (it's just a goal not a promise). Well when you have this one processed at 5 months, that one at 10 months, another at 3 people all over the place. Then suddenly as you have seen on VJ someone post "I got approved in 2 weeks". Look at that average it all smooths out. They have to get those crazy short stays in to make the goal look good.

Also people have background checks that sometimes they get a hit that gets kicked upstairs to higher checking (security checks they call it).


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The real issue why some people get processed fast and others slow, is actually due to the service center they are sent to first and foremost. TSC is backlogged, CSC is spitting them out in rapid speed. The other things you mention may have an affect, but it is not the driving factor for the majority of us right now with simple cases with little to no issues. Another factor that speeds up an application is if you are from an expedited country, such as the Philippines.

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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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

The real issue why some people get processed fast and others slow, is actually due to the service center they are sent to first and foremost. TSC is backlogged, CSC is spitting them out in rapid speed. The other things you mention may have an affect, but it is not the driving factor for the majority of us right now with simple cases with little to no issues. Another factor that speeds up an application is if you are from an expedited country, such as the Philippines.

Funny you mention that, our application is for the Philippines actually. How is it considered an "expedited country"? Is the process better streamlined for them vs other countries or something?


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
Timeline

Funny you mention that, our application is for the Philippines actually. How is it considered an "expedited country"? Is the process better streamlined for them vs other countries or something?

Because of the typhoon.


Case Complete to Interview spreadsheet

From now on your VJ Member name will be verified. If the name you put on form to be added to spreadsheet comes up not found, you will not be added to the spreadsheet. If you don't have a timeline you will not be added to the spreadsheet.

Please Please put your VJ member name only. Not nicknames or real names whatever your VJ name is. It's below your profile picture!!

 

Come join the current Interview thread: 

Complete-dq-to-interview-february-2021/

Case Complete to Interview Form

 

Case Complete to Interview Spreadsheet
 

 

 

ROC I751
5/21/2018: Filed i751 ROC
6/12/2018: NOA1 Date
3/5/2019: Biometrics Appt
12/28/2019: 18 month Extension has expired
1/9/2020: InfoPass Appt to get stamp in Passport
2/27/2020: Combo Interview (ROC and Citizenship)
3/31/2020: submitted service request for being pass normal processing time
4/7/2020: Card being produced
4/8/2020: Approved
4/10/2020: Card mailed
4/15/2020: 10 year green card received
 
 
N400
5/21/2019: Filed Online
5/21/2019: NOA1 Date
6/13/2019: Biometrics Appt
2/27/2020: Citizenship Interview
4/7/2020: In queue for Oath Ceremony to be scheduled
6/19/2020: Notice Oath Ceremony scheduled
7/8/2020: Oath Ceremony (Houston)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

Because of the typhoon.

At first I thought you were kidding, I had to look it up. I wasn't aware they expedited cases for people affected by the typhoon, which is pretty neat. I'm not sure if we're applicable to that or not, but I also don't want to get my hopes up so I'll just be patient and see what happens with ours. :)

Back to the topic though, so from what you guys said, the main factor is the service center and the adjudicator and also what appears to be an even bigger factor....pure luck. I hope ours gets forwarded to CSC then... *crosses fingers*.


12-01-2014: Sent I-129F package via FedEx

12-03-2014: Package arrived at TSC

12-08-2014: Check cashed

12-12-2014: NOA1 hard copy

01-23-2015: USCIS status: Case was Approved

01-30-2015: NOA2 hard copy

02-02-2015: USCIS sent K1 package to NVC

02-10-2015: NVC received K1 package

02-11-2015: Date that NVC supposedly assigned case number

02-18-2015: Called NVC and asked for case number

02-23-2015: Paid MRV Fee

03-02-2015: Scheduled USEM interview appointment

03-02-2015: NVC letter received

03-09-2015: Medical interview

04-23-2015: USEM interview, got 221g email, CEAC status: Immigrant AP

04-28-2015: CFO Seminar, sent 221g response

04-29-2015: USEM received 221g response

04-30-2015: CEAC status date updated

06-17-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant Ready

06-27-2015: CEAC status: Non-Immigrant AP

07-01-2015: Visa in hand! (CEAC still AP lol)

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: France
Timeline

We were one of the lucky ones and got approved in 12 days. We were pretty surprised about that, though in the later steps we had some delays on our end getting some paperwork.

You definitely make some good points, all of which I think are applicable in our case. I think ours was approved in a short time due to our case being pretty straightforward (no children or prior marriages, had evidence for 2.5 years, no red flags, etc), no RFE, the fact that we were at the CSC, and that my fiance's from a low-risk country (France). I had a feeling our filing date may have helped things but who knows for sure. And we never used a lawyer; just this site, which was an immense help :)

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At first I thought you were kidding, I had to look it up. I wasn't aware they expedited cases for people affected by the typhoon, which is pretty neat. I'm not sure if we're applicable to that or not, but I also don't want to get my hopes up so I'll just be patient and see what happens with ours. :)

Back to the topic though, so from what you guys said, the main factor is the service center and the adjudicator and also what appears to be an even bigger factor....pure luck. I hope ours gets forwarded to CSC then... *crosses fingers*.

You won't be forwarded to CSC, as I think WV is handled by TSC. But not to worry, your case will indeed be expedited. Even at TSC, you won't be processed as fast as CSC, but you should expect movement in a month to a couple of months baring any rare exceptions. :)


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ethiopia
Timeline

I am June filers at CSC center I haven’t received NOA2 yet, the trues no one knows the way thing work, I have been calling and asked them twice weeks last month, the answer I am getting from them is working June 16 filers, I know that it is not true, I also do know they are a lot of us June filers have not received NOA2 yet.

good luck to everyone.

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

I think the down side of the fast approvals though is that their processing then gets a little backlog when it comes time to go through NVC as well


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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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
Timeline

I've been looking at the timeline statistics on this site and noticed that some K1 timelines process extremely fast. The average for NOA1 to NOA2 is about 3 months it seems. Some NOA2's took 6+ months with no RFEs, and then there are people who got their NOA2 within a month! Some people even had their consulate interview within 2 months of them filing the I-129F! This made me wonder what factors make the processing fast for some and slow for others?

Here are things that I thought of:

  • How straight-forward and complete their case was
  • If there was an RFE
  • Time of the year when they filed
  • Which country the application is for (high-risk vs low-risk countries)
  • Which US service center handled the case
  • Whether an immigration lawyer was involved or not

Is all of the above true or just some?

For the people who had fast processing times, what was your experience and why do you think it went so fast?

Thanks!

I would add to this: background checks. Sometimes common names end up in a hit that has to be thoroughly investigated and can introduce significant delays into the K-1 process.

I used an attorney up until the petition was approved and it had minimal impact to the overall duration between NOA1 and NOA2.

I do think that country of the beneficiary can significantly impact the duration as well, drastically slowing down for MENA region beneficiaries, and drastically increasing for Philippines beneficiaries.


K-1 Visa

**AOS**

09/03/2014 AOS packet (I-485, I-765, I-131) delivered to Chicago lockbox

09/08/2014 NOA1 received for AOS, EAD, AP

10/01/2014 Biometrics

11/04/2014 I-485: Status changed to Testing and Interview

11/12/2014 EAD & AP Approved, combo card in production

11/22/2014 EAD/AP Combo card received

02/04/2015 AOS Interview - approved! Card in production

02/12/2015 Card received!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

We consider ourselves lucky for getting our noa2 in 39 days. Considering that were same sex couple. We were scared though that we may get an rfe but thank god we didn't. I'm from the Philippines too and case was processed at csc. Hope u guys get yours soon too :)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
Timeline

Like most, we carefully studied timelines and tried to figure out why some were fast and others were not. Ours, fortunately, ended up being one of the fastest. I attribute part of that to the fact that the I-129F packet was submitted only after extensively researching what was needed in the packet, how to compile the packet, etc. We followed every do and don't. From having run a program which required people to complete applications, I will share with you that 90-95% of applications received were incomplete or in some way inappropriately done. I belief that when the packets are reviewed initially, those that are impeccably completed are put on a fast track, the rest are put in the massive piles with the rest...perhaps I am wrong. It was also clear in my research that applications involving the Philippines generally move rather quickly.

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