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I've ben looking at Igor's list every day and see that the order of approvals jump all over the place. There doesn't seem to be any order involved as to the date of the NOA1 or date of filing. I see people getting approved with an NOA1 date of sept, then the next is Jan and the next is Nov. Anyone have any inisght into this?

Also, I think I remember seeing somewhere that you can call to check on your status 90 days after filing os something like that. Is this or something like this true?

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Hi Siidman,

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be any order of processing and I personally am starting to wonder if I should attached a colorful frilly doily to the front of our petition as it might get looked at quicker!!! :goofy:

Just being patient is the key. I keep track of what number we are in the 'queue' on Igor's list and is always going down so makes me feel good :)

make sure you create a timeline so you are in the queue

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There's no real order within service centers. No one really knows how they do it, but you can kind of picture it like any office. Basically, they have tons of files and several workers. Even if the "big pile" of incoming petitions are in 100% exact date order (which is unlikely), things will get out of order as soon as they get assigned to workers.

Most likely scenario, I think, is this: each worker picks up a pile of petitions to work on that day/week/month/whatever. So Sally grabbed January 1-7, Tom took January 8- through half of January 11, Joe has the other half of 11 through 25. So they all start working at the same time, so Sally will get Jan 1 done on the same day that Tom gets Jan 8 done, and Joe gets part of Jan 11 done.

Now imagine that some days have more petitions than others, each worker will be a little faster or slower than the next, and some petitions are more complicated/have more attachments/have worse handwriting than the others. Tom might have a dentist appointment on Wednesday, keeping him out of the office in the afternoon, Joe might have to stay home two days because his kid has pinkeye and isn't allowed in daycare, Sally might be on an "alternate work schedule" in which she works 9 hour days for two weeks and then gets ever/other Friday off (making her faster than the others for 9 work days and then nothing from her for the 10th day in a two week cycle).

It's all a total crapshoot which is why the margin for error is so high. I would HOPE that they plan around planned vacation time (as in, Sally doesn't leave January 6 and 7 sitting on her desk while she's away)....but I've also heard that someone on VJ's petition was found on the desk of a USCIS worker who had quit months ago. So....you never know.

Marriage/ AOS Timeline:

23 Dec 2015: Legal marriage

23 Jan 2016: Wedding!

23 Jan 2016: "Blizzard of the Century", wedding canceled/rescheduled (thank goodness we were legally married first or we'd have had a big problem!) :sleepy:

24 Jan 2016: Small "civil ceremony" with friends and family who were snowed in with us. December was a bit of a secret and people had traveled internationally and knew we *had* to get married that weekend, and our December legal marriage was nothing but signing a piece of paper at our priest's kitchen table, without any sort of vows etc so this was actually a very special (if not legally significant) day. (L)

16 Apr 2016: Filed for AOS and EAD/AP (We delayed a bit-- no big rush, enjoying the USCIS break)

23 Apr 2016: Wedding! Finally! :luv:

27 Apr 2016: Electronic NOA1 for all 3 :dancing:
29 Apr 2016: NOA1 Hardcopy for all 3
29 Jul 2016: Online service request for late EAD (Day 104)
29 Jul 2016: EAD/AP Approved ~3 hours after online service request
04 Aug 2016: RFE for Green Card (requested medicals/ vaccination record. They already have it). :ranting:
05 Aug 2016: EAD/AP Combo Card arrived! (Day 111)
08 Aug 2016: Congressional constituent request to get guidance on the RFE. Hoping they see they have the form and approve!

K-1 Visa Timeline:

PLEASE NOTE. This timeline was during the period of time when TSC was working on I-129fs and had a huge backlog. The average processing time was 210+ days. This is in no way predictive of your own timeline if you filed during or after April 2015, unless CSC develops a backlog. A backlog is anything above the 5-month goal time listed on USCIS's site

14 Feb 2015: Mailed I-129f to Dallas Lockbox. (L) (Most expensive Valentine's card I've ever sent!)

17 Feb 2015: NOA1 "Received Date"
19 Feb 2015: NOA1 Notice Date
08 Aug 2015: NOA2 email! :luv: (173 days from NOA1)

17 Aug 2015: Sent to NVC

?? Aug 2015: Arrived at NVC

25 Aug 2015: NVC Case # Assigned

31 Aug 2015: Left NVC for Consulate in San Jose

09 Sep 2015: Consulate received :dancing: (32 days from NOA2)

11 Sep 2015: Packet 3 emailed from embassy to me, the petitioner (34 days from NOA2).

18 Sep 2015: Medicals complete

21 Sep 2015: Packet 3 complete, my boss puts a temporary moratorium on all time off due to work emergency :clock:

02 Oct 2015: Work emergency clears up, interview scheduled (soonest available was 5 business days away--Columbus Day was in there)

13 Oct 2015: Interview

13 Oct 2015: VISA APPROVED :thumbs: (236 days from NOA1)

19 Oct 2015: Visa-in-hand

24 Oct 2015: POE !

15 Dec 2015: Fiance's mother's B-2 visa interview: APPROVED! So happy she will be at the wedding! :thumbs:


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