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I've seen some general comments about the Philippines, but I don't really follow. Most are in regard to K1 processing. Are K1's for Filipino beneficiaries processed at a different pace than other countries? Faster, slower? I'm very curious, since my girl is there. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Yes, they're being expedited due to the typhoon last year. They get noa2 at warp speed (seemingly almost always less than a month) while others wait for 6+ months. Not sure as I'm new to this journey, but I've read others say that k-1 wasn't supposed to be one of the expedited visa types, but uscis is definitely treating it as such. As you've already figured out, it can be a sore subject for filers from TSC states where the wait for noa2 is currently 6 months.

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Yes, they're being expedited due to the typhoon last year. They get noa2 at warp speed (seemingly almost always less than a month) while others wait for 6+ months. Not sure as I'm new to this journey, but I've read others say that k-1 wasn't supposed to be one of the expedited visa types, but uscis is definitely treating it as such. As you've already figured out, it can be a sore subject for filers from TSC states where the wait for noa2 is currently 6 months.

I saw the TSC processing times. My Petition got to USCIS today and I assume that it will be processed by CSC since I live in California, but will know for sure soon. I knew about the typhoon, but didn't know they were expediting visa's because of it.

I feel the frustration of my fellow filers. Seems like TSC is much slower. Sorry for that, but excited that things may go quicker for her and I.

Thanks for the info :)

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HI folks...

Our hopes have been High about receiving our NOA2 earlier than the historical average but it has now been 2 months and we are in the CSC pile.. Last week a couple received their NOA2 from TSC even though they filed much later than us... We still can't make sense of it all... We have even seen here, couples who have received NOA2s within 12 days and received their K1 visa within 51 from the date they first filed... Anyway, we just will continue to be as patient as possible and try not to speculate when to expect anything from CSC or the rest of the Bureaucratic mess at USCIS...

Good luck to you and all,

Kris & Chris

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the USCIS Service Centers forum -- topic involves processing-policies of USCIS. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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My good friend, just got his NOA 2 in 26 days!

She is from Cebu, Philippines.

Philippines is on very 'fast track' expiated!

Two 'historic' Typhoons in two years, almost same time as last year.

Country is ravaged, by flooding, disease, and loss of living places.

My wife's Aunt's house, had water to the roof top, just an example. Millions are effected.

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Its always a case to case. But, right, Philippines applications were worked faster than the others. Why expedited? It was due to the biggest typhoon ever hit the entire world. Most cases were processed in less than 6month due there are cases who got delayed also. Some couples finishes the process in 3 months time though.


K1 TIMELINE:

Packet Sent: October 23, 2014

Packet Received: October 24, 2014

NOA1: October 27, 2014

ARN Changed: October 31, 2014

NOA1 hardcopy received: November 06, 2014

RFE Issued: November 24, 2014

RFE Hardcopy received: November 27, 2014

RFE Reply Sent: December 02, 2014

RFE Received: December 05, 2014

NOA2: December 11, 2014

Sent to NVC: Dec 15, 2014

NVC Received: December 23, 2014

Case Number Assigned: December 26, 2014

NVC Left: December 30, 2014

Consulate Received (Ready): January 05, 2015

Interview Date : February 02, 2015- Approved!

Visa On-Hand : February 14, 2015

POE: April 06, 2015 (Dallas)

SSN Issued: April 20, 2015

Wedding: June 09, 2015

SSN Name Changed: June 20, 2015

AOS TIMELINE:

AOS Sent: June 29, 2015

USCIS Received: July 01, 2015

NOA1 Electronic Mail: July 08, 2015

NOA1 Hardcopy&Biometric Appointment: July 17, 2015

Biometric Schedule : July 29, 2015 (Lubbock, Tx)

EA​D/AP Approval: September 03, 2015

EAD/AP Ca​rd received: September 11, 2015

AOS Approved:Novemner 09, 2015

Green Card On-Hand: November 14, 2015

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Philippines is normally faster than other, not due to typhoon expidte, that was only a limited area and case by case basis.

I am filed Texas Svc Center this year and it took like 52 days to get NOA.

I filed a prior K1 back in 2008 and it took 60 days for Philippines

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Yes, Philippine USCIS cases typically take 4-8 weeks now, very fast. Also, the NVC and embassy process is very fast too. Considering Manila embassy has flexible scheduling, you can get your interview done after 4 weeks of receiving the Manila case number. From the date you submit the I-129F to the USCIS until you get approved by the USEM, many Philippine cases only take 4-6 months.

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You are so lucky to get a K1 visa so quickly. My wife and I waited for 10 months after filing for an I-130 back in 2010 and 2011.

I have been to the Philippines twice in the last year. The areas in which I visited was not impacted by either typhoon.

File quickly for a K1 because I can't imagine why they would continue to expedite K1's for much longer .

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Philippines is normally faster than other, not due to typhoon expidte, that was only a limited area and case by case basis.

I am filed Texas Svc Center this year and it took like 52 days to get NOA.

I filed a prior K1 back in 2008 and it took 60 days for Philippines

wrong Philippines are process faster because of typhoon Yolanda .If you check the past news on the US embassy website you will see the notice

http://manila.usembassy.gov/affected-by-typhoon.html

The typhoon affected a limited area, but USCIS is processing petitions there faster regardless of what part of the Philippines they are from


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

http://jerryjja.wix.com/filipinasaswa?_ga=1.194674661.91538870.1441656248

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Yes, Philippine USCIS cases typically take 4-8 weeks now, very fast. Also, the NVC and embassy process is very fast too. Considering Manila embassy has flexible scheduling, you can get your interview done after 4 weeks of receiving the Manila case number. From the date you submit the I-129F to the USCIS until you get approved by the USEM, many Philippine cases only take 4-6 months.

I disagree. The USCIS part is very fast but once it gets to the NVC stage it is the same as others. My I-130 petition was approved in less then 2 months, but it is at the NVC waiting for a case number .The reason that Philippines are process faster is because of USCIS.


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

http://jerryjja.wix.com/filipinasaswa?_ga=1.194674661.91538870.1441656248

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Yes, Philippine USCIS cases typically take 4-8 weeks now, very fast. Also, the NVC and embassy process is very fast too. Considering Manila embassy has flexible scheduling, you can get your interview done after 4 weeks of receiving the Manila case number. From the date you submit the I-129F to the USCIS until you get approved by the USEM, many Philippine cases only take 4-6 months.

I disagree The Philippines cases are process faster because of USCIS ,at the NVC and embassy the process is the normal amount of time. My I-130 petition was approve in less then 2 months, but it is at NVC now still waiting on case number like all the other cases there. The USCIS is only what makes the process faster for the Philippines ,not NVC or the Embassy


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

http://jerryjja.wix.com/filipinasaswa?_ga=1.194674661.91538870.1441656248

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