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If you recently got approved or recently received your interview date then I want to hear from you. How long did it take, the entire process from when you filed?

My friend, who's wife just came from Pakistan 2 weeks ago, says that he filed 10 months ago but I didn't hear anything like that from other friends and relatives. They are all saying something like 12-14 months and that's without any checklist or problems etc. I noticed that people from different countries are getting their i130 approved much quicker then ours. So, I'm assuming the waiting time is different for different countries. Am I right?


NOA-1 December 16, 2014

REF- June 24, 2015 ---------------190 days since NOA 1

RFE Respond- July 5, 2015 ----

NOA- 2 July 24, 2015 ------------- 220 days since NOA 1

NVC Sent- August 04, 2015 ----- 11 days since NOA 2

NVC Rcvd- August 18, 2015 ---- 14 days later
Case ID & IIN obtained- August 21, 2015 (over phone)

DS 261 completed- August 25, 2015

AOS Paid- August 25, 2015

Documents Sent- September 28

IV Paid- September 28, 2015

Document Scan- October 2, 2015

DS 260 Completed- October 5, 2015

Case Complete- October 29, 2015 --------- 27 days since Case Complete

Interview Scheduled- November 14, 2015 (Interview date- December 15, 2015)

Medical Done- November 23, 2015

Interview- December 15, 2015

Result- Need joint sponsor. Liquid assets not accepted.

... Looking for joint sponsor now.

Visa In Hand- .....

POE- .....

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~~moved to Asia South regional forum from IR1/CR1 process and procedures as OP is wondering about like Pakistani timelines and information~~

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In pakistan it depends on luck some people approved i-30 in one month some people approved from pakistan more than one year. In my case i was approved i-30 in 30 days. Now i am waiting for my case complete at NVC. Yes its true some people got visa from pakistan in less than year. Some people did not get visa approve more than year because they went to administrative processing. So you should be well prepare very honest and good paperwork at the time of interview. So GOODluck

  • Consulate : Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Marriage: 09-26-2014

I-130 Sent : 12-8-2014

I-130 Received at USCIS : 12-11-2014

I-130 NOA1 (Approved) : 01-8-2015 :wow:

Case sent to NVC by USCIS : 01-24-2015

NVC Case Received : 02-23-2015

Case Number Received : 02-26-2015

Completed DS-261,Paid AOS Fee : 02-28-2015

AOS Fee Showing Paid : 03-01-2015

AOS & IV Package sent : 03-11-2015

NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 03-14-2015

(60 Days waiting period starts) :clock:

IV Fee Generated : 03-26-2015

IV Fee showing Paid : 04-01-2015

Checklist for Ds 260: 04-09-2015

Completed DS-260 : 04-10-2015

Case sent for supervisor review : 05-27-2015

Case Completed at NVC: 06-19-2015 :dancing:

(After 24 days in supervisor review)

(P4) Interview Letter Received: 06-26-2015

Medical interview:

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10 months

Submitted I-130 on Feb 11, 2014

Received passport with visa stamped on December 18, 2014

IR1/CR1 Timeline:

01/24/2014: Married

02/11/2014: I130 Sent

02/19/2014: I130 NOA1

06/25/2014: I130 Approved (NOA2)

07/07/2014: NVC Received

07/16/2014: Case # and IIN Assigned

08/04/2014: Received DS 261 and AOS Invoice Email

08/04/2014: Submitted DS 261

08/06/2014: Paid AOS Fee

08/07/2014: AOS Package Sent

08/11/2014: AOS Package Scanned

08/30/2014: Received IV Bill

08/30/2014: Paid IV Bill

09/03/2014: IV Package Sent

09/03/2014: Submitted Ds-260

09/05/2014: IV Package Scanned

10/14/2014: Case Complete

12/01/2014: Medical (Completed)

12/16/2014: Interview Scheduled for 7:00 AM (APPROVED) :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

12/17/2014: Visa "ISSUED" :dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing::dancing:

01/24/2015: POE - JFK, NY

ROC Timeline:

11/11/2016: I-751 sent to VSC

11/14/2016: I-751 package received at VSC

11/16/2016: Check cashed

11/18/2016: NOA1 Received

12/14/2016: Biometrics Appointment

10/17/17: Approval letter received in mail

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It took 4.5 months in USCIS and 6 Months in NVC and hence it took total 1 year to reach at the stage of Interview Schedule.

  • Consulate : Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Marriage: 03-01-2014

I-130 Sent : 04-21-2014

I-130 Received at USCIS : 04-23-2014

I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 04-27-2014

(Waiting Period Started) :clock:

I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 09-12-2014 :wow:

Case sent to NVC by USCIS : 09-23-2014

NVC Case Received : 10-07-2014

Case Number Received : 10-27-2014 :idea:

Completed DS-261,Paid AOS Fee : 11-05-2014

AOS Fee Showing Paid : 11-08-2014

IV Fee Generated and Paid : 11-11-2014

IV Fee showing Paid : 11-14-2014

Completed DS-260 : 11-15-2014

(Searching for Joint Sponsor) :clock:

AOS & IV Package sent : 01-20-2015

NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 01-22-2015

(60 Days waiting period starts)

Case sent for supervisor review : 04-03-2015

(Due to no response till 70 days)

Case Completed at NVC: 04-09-2015 :dancing:

(After only 7 days in supervisor review)

Interview Scheduled: 04-28-2015

(Confirmed by Phone call to NVC)

(P4) Interview Letter : 04-29-2015

Status showed "In Transit" : 05-13-2015

Status showed "Ready" : 05-14-2015

Medical : 05-20-2015 (Alhamdulilah Went well)

Interview: 06-09-2015 (Alhamdulilah Approved)

worldwide Technical problem in visa printing : 06-09-2015

Visa Issued : 07-01-2015 :energy:(Alhamdulilah)

Visa in Hand : 07-04-2015 (Islamabad Amex)(Alhamdulilah)

POE at Chicago : 07-23-2015

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