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My fiancee lives in Butuan, and will be flying to the US about 2 weeks after she gets the visa in hand. One question we had is where to pickup her visa. The choices are the 2GO office in Manila (MOA), or the 2GO office in Butuan. All things being equal, do visas delivered to the 2GO offices in distant cities (such as Butuian) take significantly longer than delivery in Manila?

If my fiancee has the visa delivered to Manila, it will sit there for 2 weeks or so until she comes back to Manila for her flight to the US. On the other hand, if it's delivered to the Butuan office, she will pick it up immediately. I'm not sure if I'm keen on having the visa sit around for two weeks in Manila, but who knows? Any thoughts?

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My Fiance's was delivered to Tarlac and arrived at her house in 2 days.


10/25: Mailed my I-129F using USPS Express to Texas Lockbox


10/27: NOA 1 notification from USCIS


10/30: NOA 1 Hard copy received in the mail


12/15: NOA 2 Email/Text (49 Days)


12/17: USCIS Sent case to NVC


12/29: NVC Received Case


12/30: MNL# Assigned


1/6: USEM Received Case "Ready"


1/29: Interview :dancing: (APPROVED)

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My Fiance's was delivered to Tarlac and arrived at her house in 2 days.

Oh, that's encouraging. We are opting for the 2GO office because my fiancee's address is out in the middle of nowhere, a place where even LBC has difficulty making deliveries. So it would seem that 2GO is about as quick as, say, FEDEX in the US.

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I would recommend that you have the package sent to the local office to where she lives. Reason: You don't want to find out on the way to the airport that there is a problem (such as a typo on the visa).


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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I would have her go back to Butuan. It will probably only add a couple days versus picking it up in Manila.

Contact 2Go office in Butuan once visa is set for delivery and have them hold it at 2GO office.

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I would say so yes, its as quick as FEDEX and others. Sending to MOA would have saved us a day at most maybe?

Yeah a local 2GO office is maybe better for you in that case. But I gotta say yeah, I was surprised at how fast it arrived in either case.


10/25: Mailed my I-129F using USPS Express to Texas Lockbox


10/27: NOA 1 notification from USCIS


10/30: NOA 1 Hard copy received in the mail


12/15: NOA 2 Email/Text (49 Days)


12/17: USCIS Sent case to NVC


12/29: NVC Received Case


12/30: MNL# Assigned


1/6: USEM Received Case "Ready"


1/29: Interview :dancing: (APPROVED)

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My fiancee lives in Butuan, and will be flying to the US about 2 weeks after she gets the visa in hand. One question we had is where to pickup her visa. The choices are the 2GO office in Manila (MOA), or the 2GO office in Butuan. All things being equal, do visas delivered to the 2GO offices in distant cities (such as Butuian) take significantly longer than delivery in Manila?

If my fiancee has the visa delivered to Manila, it will sit there for 2 weeks or so until she comes back to Manila for her flight to the US. On the other hand, if it's delivered to the Butuan office, she will pick it up immediately. I'm not sure if I'm keen on having the visa sit around for two weeks in Manila, but who knows? Any thoughts?

2GO won't let the visa package sit for two weeks, after 7-10 the will return it to the embassy. Best bet is have it delivered to the 2GO office near her home, it does not take all that long to arrive.


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2go goes everywhere as this is what their contract states I'm sure. They can't cherry pick where they deliver. So, if it were me have it delivered to her place that way she can verify and have time to correct any errors.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

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