Jump to content

5 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hi there,

My wife and I applied for a CR-1 type visa and received our NOA1 on 23rd January 2015. We applied via the Phoenix lockbox (where she lives) and I believe that it will be sent to the Texas servicing centre once approved. We are first timers here on Visa Journey and have a few questions - please be gentle!

1. Our Visa Journey timeline says that we should hear something from USCIS by May 6 or thereabouts and that, if we don't, we should ring them directly. Would this sort our problem out sooner or should we expect to wait even longer?

2. I am from Northern Ireland and hold both British and Irish passports. However, because I technically live in the UK (but consider myself Irish) will I have to go to London for my medical and interview (on two costly separate occasions) or will it be referred to Dublin?

3. Can I travel to the US while the petition is being processed?

4. Probably something other forum members don't talk about a lot is the actual emotional and financial toll that this places on the lives of those petitioning. How do you guys get by? Some people have had to wait nearly 400 days to get from petition to visa. It's crazy!

Thank you for reading our questions and we look forward to hearing your responses :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi there,

My wife and I applied for a CR-1 type visa and received our NOA1 on 23rd January 2015. We applied via the Phoenix lockbox (where she lives) and I believe that it will be sent to the Texas servicing centre once approved. We are first timers here on Visa Journey and have a few questions - please be gentle!

1. Our Visa Journey timeline says that we should hear something from USCIS by May 6 or thereabouts and that, if we don't, we should ring them directly. Would this sort our problem out sooner or should we expect to wait even longer?

2. I am from Northern Ireland and hold both British and Irish passports. However, because I technically live in the UK (but consider myself Irish) will I have to go to London for my medical and interview (on two costly separate occasions) or will it be referred to Dublin?

3. Can I travel to the US while the petition is being processed?

4. Probably something other forum members don't talk about a lot is the actual emotional and financial toll that this places on the lives of those petitioning. How do you guys get by? Some people have had to wait nearly 400 days to get from petition to visa. It's crazy!

Thank you for reading our questions and we look forward to hearing your responses :)

1. Can't answer because I don't keep up with timelines

2. Yes. London medical. London interview.

3. Yes.

4. They talk about it all the time. Find your group in this forum. http://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/134-ir-1-cr-1-spouse-visa-case-filing-and-progress-reports/

Edited by Nich-Nick

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To answer #1: USCIS aims to approve petitions within five months. If it has been over five months, calling won't slow it down any further.

Another point - if you have NOA1 that should tell you which service center has your petition. The Phoenix lockbox doesn't process petitions. As far as I know it's literally a mail drop location and that's it.


Now chronicling my experience in handy blog format at


http://the-shipping-forecast.tumblr.com/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

1 I would recommend keeping an eye on igors list to see what petitions uscis is currently processing, additionally on the uscis website there is information for all the service centers. If it says a date that means petitions filed before that date are being processed. If it says 5 months that means it can take anywhere up to 5 month (keep in mind uscis starts at month 0) to process your petition.

2 what location did you specify on your i130 form? That is where your petition will be processed.

3 of course you can travel to the us, just make sure to bring some proof that you will return to the uk

4 lots of people have had to wait 400 days or more, how to handle it we try to support each other, and talk to your spouse as often as possible


Spoiler

 

Married December 19, 2014

I-130 Petition sent January 14, 2015
NOA1 date January 20, 2015 (NSC)

NOA2 date May 28, 2015 :dance::dance::dance:

Mailed to NVC June 4, 2015

NVC Received June 10, 2015

NVC Case Number Assigned June 23, 2015

NVC AoS Invoice via Mail June 24, 2015

NVC Selected Agent Over Phone June 30, 2015 (Unable to logon to CEAC)

NVC IV Invoice via email received July 1, 2015

NVC AoS/IV Package Mailed July 2, 2015

NVC AoS & IV Fee Paid Online (CEAC is working) July 6. 2015

NVC Document Scan Date July 6, 2015

NCV AoS & IV Fee marked as paid in CEAC July, 7 2015

NVC DS 260 Completed July 8, 2015

NVC CC July 30, 2015 (24 days after scan date, about 2 months post NOA2)

Interview Scheduled on August 26, 2015

Interview P4 Email Received August 27, 2015

Medical in Islamabad September 2, 2015

Interview Date September 22, 2015 CANCELLED (Embassy is Over scheduled) :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Interview Scheduled on September 10, 2015

Interview Date October 14, 2015 APPROVED

Visa Issued October 16, 2015, 9 months start to finish

POE JFK October 26, 2015

GC in Hand Jan 8, 2016

RoC I-751 NOA1 August 31, 2017 (Vermont Service Center)

Biometrics October 2, 2017

I551 Stamp in Passport August 2, 2018

18 Month Extension Letter August 3, 2018

Applied for Naturalization N-400 Online July 30, 2018

Biometrics August 23, 2018

10 year GC is in production September 17, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One past thing I forgot to add, the lockbox is a mail drop only and has nothing to do with where your petition will be processed

Check the first 3 letters on your boat

If they art tsc you are being processed at Texas

If they are vsc you are being processed at Vermont

Nsc is Nebraska

Csc is California

And wac is the national service Center

Currently most i130 are being processed through Nebraska, and as far as I can tell for the i130 there is no correlation between the location of the petitioner and the service Center

Good luck!


Spoiler

 

Married December 19, 2014

I-130 Petition sent January 14, 2015
NOA1 date January 20, 2015 (NSC)

NOA2 date May 28, 2015 :dance::dance::dance:

Mailed to NVC June 4, 2015

NVC Received June 10, 2015

NVC Case Number Assigned June 23, 2015

NVC AoS Invoice via Mail June 24, 2015

NVC Selected Agent Over Phone June 30, 2015 (Unable to logon to CEAC)

NVC IV Invoice via email received July 1, 2015

NVC AoS/IV Package Mailed July 2, 2015

NVC AoS & IV Fee Paid Online (CEAC is working) July 6. 2015

NVC Document Scan Date July 6, 2015

NCV AoS & IV Fee marked as paid in CEAC July, 7 2015

NVC DS 260 Completed July 8, 2015

NVC CC July 30, 2015 (24 days after scan date, about 2 months post NOA2)

Interview Scheduled on August 26, 2015

Interview P4 Email Received August 27, 2015

Medical in Islamabad September 2, 2015

Interview Date September 22, 2015 CANCELLED (Embassy is Over scheduled) :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Interview Scheduled on September 10, 2015

Interview Date October 14, 2015 APPROVED

Visa Issued October 16, 2015, 9 months start to finish

POE JFK October 26, 2015

GC in Hand Jan 8, 2016

RoC I-751 NOA1 August 31, 2017 (Vermont Service Center)

Biometrics October 2, 2017

I551 Stamp in Passport August 2, 2018

18 Month Extension Letter August 3, 2018

Applied for Naturalization N-400 Online July 30, 2018

Biometrics August 23, 2018

10 year GC is in production September 17, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×