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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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This has got to be the worst process. Married but apart.... This is too much now.

Hang in there it is a long process for all of us, you will get there be patient and do things to occupy your time so that it goes by fast. Its just Dec. and by the looks of it you are at your first leg of the wait and mental stress. Pray as well!


Met online 9/2012

Courtship 3/1/2013

ClockWatch2.gif

Passport for USC 6/10 thru 28/2013 19 days

First face to face meeting Nov. 4th 2013 dancin5hr.gif

Married 19 November 2013 heart.gif

:energy: USCIS-TSC

5/3/2014 Filed I-130

11/3/2014 NOA-1

24/7/2014 NOA-2 {135 days} :dancing:

12/8/2014 Case Shipped {NVC} :dancing:

:energy: NVC

20/8/2014 NVC received

29/8/2014 NVC case #

31/8/2014 DS-261 submitted

3/9/2014 NVC billed AOS & paid

19/9/2014 AOS sent

30/9/2014 IV invoiced

3/10/2014 IV paid

21/10/2014 IV package sent

21/11/2014 Case complete :dance:(L)

03/12/2014 Interview scheduled

08/12/2014 NVC shipped to Embassy "In Transit"

12/12/2014 Ceac shows "Ready"

:energy:Consulate

15/12/2014 Consulate received

07-08/01/2015 Medical {Passed!!!!}

26/01/2015 Interview results {APPROVED} :dance:(L)

26/01/2015 DHL Air Waybill created online

28/01/2015 Air Waybill shows "In Transit" :yes:

29/01/2015 Visa ready for pick up {DHL}

02/02/2015 Visa in hand

26/02/2015 POE

The warmth of true friendship and the love that binds the hearts of husband and wife are a foretaste of heaven. God has ordained that there should be perfect love and perfect harmony between those who enter into the marriage relation. Let bride and bridegroom in the presence of the heavenly universe pledge themselves to love one another as God has ordained they should. {LYL}

Thought to share our journey for those who need the encouragement!

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I know the feeling im almost at my 5 month mark so i hope its coming soon i know how u feel tho


GOT MARRIED 03-01-2014
SENT I130 PACKAGE OFF 08-08-2014

GOT RESPONSE NOA 1 08-17-2014
RECIEVED RFE 01-26-2015
SENT IT BACK 01-31-2015
APPROVED 2-11-2015 :idea::idea::dancing::dancing:

HARD COPY OF NOA2 2-17-2015
PAID AOS FEE 04-03-2015
SENT AOS PACKET 09-23-2015
SENT FINANCIAL DOC 10-05-2015
PAID IV FEE 10-06-2015
IV PACKET COMPLETE 10-15-2015
CASE COMPLETE 01-05-2016

CASE SENT TO EMBASSY 04-16-2016
INTERVIEW 05-04-2016
APPROVED 05-04-2016
TOOK PASSPORT AND NEW AOS 06-07-2016
REQUESTED NEW TAX PAPERS 06-17-2016
SENT TAX PAPER 06-27-2016
STILL IN AP :cry::ranting:

went from AP-READY BACK TO AP 07-22-2016
ISSUED 07-22-2016
PICKED UP PASSPORT 7-29-2016
POE: 8-30-2016

GREEN CARD FEE: 10-08-2016

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Tell me about it. we submitted our petititons around the same date. we both in the same boat. hopefully we get a christmas miracle!!! this whole process SUCKS!!!! I don't get it. a background check for a gun is run in 24 hours why to validate a marriage is 5 months OR more. It's like if it was punishmentt to fall in love with a person from a different country. it's ridiculous how they make you stay away from your love one for so long. Jeez!!!!

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I'm honestly praying for all of us. 5 months should be the max. My husband has been so supportive but now he's even growing impatient. We both keep checking. I filed a service inquiry when I couldn't view my case and I received an email back stating it is currently taking 4 month's to process this type of visa and if I don't hear by the fourth month to file an additional inquiry. I was surprised they put 4 month's turn time in writing. Jan 5th will be 4 month's. Keep hope alive!

Edited by Team MicVic!

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Took 6 months for my hubby and me to get NOA2, my thoughts to you would be to study the information in the guides on this site, and read the forums. You will get a good idea how long the process actually takes, and you will be able to keep up with the changes the process goes through (yes, they seem to change things every few months), and have everything prepared for the next step in the journey. They don't call it a journey for nothing :)! It takes most folks nearly a year to get through.

Keep busy and productive and you will be fine. Hopefully things will speed up a little in the new year and your wait won't be as long. Hang in there...once it is done, it will all be worth it!

Edited by Dualie

ROC

01/18/2017   Sent in I-751

01/26/2017   Check cashed

01/28/2017   Received NOA dated 01/20/2017

02/16/2017   Biometrics done

10/24/2017   Traveled to Minneapolis for I551 stamp

02/26/2018     Case received by Field Office - S. Paul

05/012018     Case transferred to another USCIS office for processing 

N-400

02/02/2018    Filed N-400 online

02/05/2018    NOA online - NOA letter 02/09/2018

02/21/2018     Biometrics walk-in

 

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I'm honestly praying for all of us. 5 months should be the max. My husband has been so supportive but now he's even growing impatient. We both keep checking. I filed a service inquiry when I couldn't view my case and I received an email back stating it is currently taking 4 month's to process this type of visa and if I don't hear by the fourth month to file an additional inquiry. I was surprised they put 4 month's turn time in writing. Jan 5th will be 4 month's. Keep hope alive!

This process is taxing on your emotional well being. What makes it even worse is the lack of control; the mere fact that you don't know WHEN your case will be adjudicated drives people crazy. A coping mechanism for both you and husband is to gain some control over this ordeal. What you can do is set a realistic future date when your NOA2 will be received and stick with it; this means going without VJ. USCIS website, etc. Talk to him about this and both of you should promise one another that you won't stress over this until X date. Let USCIS worry about approving your package and you can focus your quality time.

I hope this helps you and I wish you good luck on the rest of your journey.

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Our case took 7+ months or 217 days from NOA 1 to NOA 2 through VSC. Now waiting through the NVC stage... patience is a virtue....


Our CR1 Journey

Met - 1/14/2010 // Engaged - 3/6/2011

K1 filed - 6/8/11 // Interview @ Mumbai Consulate - 1/5/2012: Denied // USCIS final decision - 3/15/2013; administratively closed and free to file again without prejudice

Married in Delhi - 1/30/2014

Sent I-130: 4/7/2014 NOA 1: 4/10/2014

NOA 2: 11/13/2014 (after 217 days)

NVC Received: 11/26/2014 (13 days from USCIS to the NVC)  // Case # & IIN # received - 12/29/2014 (via phone to NVC) Also sent email to get case transferred to New Delhi

NVC Welcome Letter received: 12/30/2014

Submit DS-261: 12/30/2014 // Paid AOS Bill: 1/2/2015  // Received IV Bill & Paid: 1/13/2015 (CEAC shows PAID 1/15/15) // DS-260 submitted: 1/17/2015

AOS & IV packages sent via FedEx: 1/19/2015  // AOS/IV packages received: 1/21/2015 @ 9:58 am (Signed for by: G. Waters) Scan date: 1/21/2015

60-Day Email from NVC: 1/24/2015 2nd 60-Day Email from NVC: 1/26/2015 (OK...I get it, it's taking 60 days.... sigh)

Reply from NVC re: Transfer to New Delhi : 2/16/2015 (Told to contact New Delhi...49 days wasted for no help at all!)

CASE COMPLETE!!: 3/12/2015 (50 days) // Case Complete Email Received: 3/19/2015 (7 days from CC date)

Interview Date Received via phone inquiry to NVC: 3/24/2015 // Packet 4 (Interview letter/Instructions) received: 3/25/2015

Medical Completed: 3/30/2015 // CEAC status: In transit to Mumbai and shows READY as of 4/1/2015

Biometrics Completed: 5/4/2015 // Received call from Embassy 5/11/2015 asking if we want to transfer to Delhi.....huh? One week prior to interview? Ummm.... no thanks!

INTERVIEW!! 5/18/2015 @ 7:30 am ~ Mumbai Consulate  RESULT: APPROVED!!!

Visa in hand: 05/20/2015 (Yay!) ELIS Fee ($165) paid this day as well

POE: 05/29/2015 Newark 

SSN card received: 6/8/2015 (processed on 6/2/2015) // ELIS shows "Optimized" since 5/30/2015  // ELIS changed to "In Process" 07/14/2015. (E-file received 06/25/15)

GREEN CARD RECEIVED!! 7/30/2015

ROC

Sent:  3/22/2017 | $680 Check cashed: 4/3/2017

NOA1: 3/30/2017 (Rcvd 4/3/2017)

Biometrics Appt letter received: 4/22/2017 - Biometrics date:  5/3/2017 - Done. Hubby said they were super friendly in the Pittsburgh field office! 

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