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Hello, us again!

So our I-130 petition was approved! Reading the information on the letter received from London, we have been told that we should receive a letter with a case number within 5 to 8 weeks! We had been advised that this whole process was only going to take around 3-4 months - and it's been 2 already! Is it really going to take that long to arrive? Once we have that number does the rest of the process go relatively quickly? My contract at work finishes in mid May and the lease is up on our flat at the end of May and we'd prefer not to have to scramble around looking for something temporary...

Thanks for all your help so far!


I-130 petition mailed (DCF) - Feb 6, 2015

NOA1 received - Feb 10, 2015

RFE received - Mar 13, 2015

RFE reply sent - Mar 14, 2015

NOA2 received - Mar 20, 2015

LND Number received - April 8, 2015

Booked medical - April 9, 2015

Packet 3 returned - April 11, 2015

Medical - April 20, 2015

Packet 4 received - April 29, 2015

Interview - May 29, 2015: APPROVED!

POE Dallas Fort Worth - June 10, 2015

Moved from Lake Texoma to Austin, TX - June 29, 2015

Got TX Drivers License - July 9, 2015

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Follow the UK forum K1s in that Progress Update thread. Your timeline and process will be very similar. You have different forms (DS-260 and I-864), but the wait and such are identical.

Your instructions are here http://london.usembassy.gov/iv/iv_application_instructions.html

It shouldn't take them that long to send your case over to the Immigrant Visa Unit so you can get started. I can't ever remember how DCF people get their LND case number in advance of the letter from the embassy. Call the NVC?? Hopefully you already have the police certificate and all the shots.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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wow, congrats...I am still waiting for my petition to be approved :(

As far as I know the whole I-130 is suppose to take like 1 year...

Thanks! I hope yours arrives soon!

Even through DCF? I thought the regular I-130 took about 10-12 months but the DCF is supposed to faster.


I-130 petition mailed (DCF) - Feb 6, 2015

NOA1 received - Feb 10, 2015

RFE received - Mar 13, 2015

RFE reply sent - Mar 14, 2015

NOA2 received - Mar 20, 2015

LND Number received - April 8, 2015

Booked medical - April 9, 2015

Packet 3 returned - April 11, 2015

Medical - April 20, 2015

Packet 4 received - April 29, 2015

Interview - May 29, 2015: APPROVED!

POE Dallas Fort Worth - June 10, 2015

Moved from Lake Texoma to Austin, TX - June 29, 2015

Got TX Drivers License - July 9, 2015

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Follow the UK forum K1s in that Progress Update thread. Your timeline and process will be very similar. You have different forms (DS-260 and I-864), but the wait and such are identical.

Your instructions are here http://london.usembassy.gov/iv/iv_application_instructions.html

It shouldn't take them that long to send your case over to the Immigrant Visa Unit so you can get started. I can't ever remember how DCF people get their LND case number in advance of the letter from the embassy. Call the NVC?? Hopefully you already have the police certificate and all the shots.

Hi Nich-Nick

Yeah I was confused as to why it would take that long to get that over there. I guess I can't do anything until I get that LND number from them.

Yep, police certificate has been received, I have the document from my Local Health Board stating all my vaccinations, our affidavits are complete - we're good to go!


I-130 petition mailed (DCF) - Feb 6, 2015

NOA1 received - Feb 10, 2015

RFE received - Mar 13, 2015

RFE reply sent - Mar 14, 2015

NOA2 received - Mar 20, 2015

LND Number received - April 8, 2015

Booked medical - April 9, 2015

Packet 3 returned - April 11, 2015

Medical - April 20, 2015

Packet 4 received - April 29, 2015

Interview - May 29, 2015: APPROVED!

POE Dallas Fort Worth - June 10, 2015

Moved from Lake Texoma to Austin, TX - June 29, 2015

Got TX Drivers License - July 9, 2015

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It used to be the case that you could call the DoS line to get LND number early for DCF cases, but I had a report that that doesn't work anymore (but you can try). I'm not sure if it ever worked to call the NVC, but it won't do any harm to try that too.

I doubt it'll take that long, though - as I recall, my letter way back when said it would take up to 8 weeks, too, but I don't know anyone at London via DCF who actually had to wait that long - most seemed to get a letter/find out their number within a fortnight.

Edited by lost_at_sea

* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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It used to be the case that you could call the DoS line to get LND number early for DCF cases..

Aha. I knew there was some way that had been mentioned before, but couldn't recall. NVC didn't seem right to me since the case doesn't pass through there. I know DOS won't talk to K1s anymore.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Yeah on reading the back of the letter it says it doesn't go to the NVC it goes to an Immigrant Visa Unit. If it takes longer than a fortnight I'll try to give them a call.

Thanks guys! I'm so impatient... :)


I-130 petition mailed (DCF) - Feb 6, 2015

NOA1 received - Feb 10, 2015

RFE received - Mar 13, 2015

RFE reply sent - Mar 14, 2015

NOA2 received - Mar 20, 2015

LND Number received - April 8, 2015

Booked medical - April 9, 2015

Packet 3 returned - April 11, 2015

Medical - April 20, 2015

Packet 4 received - April 29, 2015

Interview - May 29, 2015: APPROVED!

POE Dallas Fort Worth - June 10, 2015

Moved from Lake Texoma to Austin, TX - June 29, 2015

Got TX Drivers License - July 9, 2015

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Don't call NVC. The petition/case file never leaves the London embassy. As mentioned it just gets passed from USCIS-London (who accept/process/approve the I-130) to the Immigrant Visa Unit-London. (If filing in the US/Non-DCF, the process is USCIS Lockbox > NVC > IV Unit-London, via DCF it's USCIS London > IV Unit London)

Here in the Philippines, I emailed the email address listed on the US Embassy Manila website for the IV Unit-Manila asking if they'd received the case file from USCIS-Manila and if they've assigned a MNL Case Number.

For the London Embassy, I see that the equivalent website is here: http://london.usembassy.gov/iv/index.html


"Ad Astra Per Aspera"

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Dec 11, 2014 - Filed I-130 via DCF @ US Embassy Manila (...and we're on the clock...) - Read about my experience filing DCF here > http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/527064-filed-dcf-i-130-for-ir-1-at-us-embassy-manila-aar/

Dec 11, 2014 - NOA1: Not sure what to put here, Dec 11, 2014, Dec 24, 2014 or something in between.

Dec 24, 2014 - NOA2: I called USCIS @ USEM on Jan 5, 2015 and was told the I-130 was approved on Christmas Eve. Thank you Santa!

Jan 13, 2015 - MNL Case Number & Packet 3 Received via email (I emailed the IV Unit-Manila requesting these on Jan 5, 2015 and Jan 12, 2015)

Jan 21, 2015 - NOA2: Mailed (via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to our place here in Manila.

Jan 22, 2015 - Packet 3: Mailed (again via PhilPost!) paper/hard copy delivered to out place here in Manila.

Feb 24 & 25, 2015 - Day 1 & Day 2 of Medical @ SLEC. Immunizations given on Day 2, thankfully

Mar 5, 2015 - USEM Interview Appointment - IR-1 Visa Approved! (CEAC Status updated to ISSUED afternoon of interview day)

Mar 10, 2015 - 3pm - Received SMS saying IV Package ready for pickup at 2GO MoA. Picked up at 5pm. (Shipped/Picked Up/In Hand on 3rd Business Day post interview)

Mar 13, 2015 - CFO Manila - Done

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Now disposing/selling/giving away/shipping to the US stuff from 14 years in the PHL and 4 years together before heading to POE.

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