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Hey all,

So I compiled everything and mailed it out yesterday for my I-129F package.

Here's the thing.

I currently live in Kentucky. Kentucky is serviced by the Texas Service Center, which as you all know has extremely long wait times. However, in August (approx. 1.5 months), I'll be moving to Boston, MA.

I understand that it is likely (although nobody can know for certain) that the Vermont Service Center has jurisdiction over applications submitted from Boston. Before you say, "The VSC no longer handles I-129F Petitions," I called the USCIS. Twice. I believe the VSC does indeed process petitions for fiancee visas. This is based on both calls to the USCIS and information from VisaJourney, which, if you look at the "Igor's List" (here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/monthly_filers.php?visa=1&form=1&scenter=2&option=2&sortby=2)you can see that people are being processed at VSC.

However.

It seems that, comparably, very few applications are being processed there. (Last date posted on VisaJourney was April, 2015. The last date from the TSC is yesterday.) It's also not entirely clear that where you live is wholly determinative of the location your application is processed, or that applications from Boston certainly go to Vermont. Igor's list shows two approved applications from Boston through the VSC, but that doesn't mean that ALL Boston-made applications go to the VSC.

My question is this: Do you guys think I should have the Post Office intercept my package, and then re-send it out once I move to Boston in hopes that the VSC will be selected as my processing center?

This seems a bit gimmicky to me, but I'm tempted. Of course it's essentially a gigantic risk, because I could end up waiting an extra 1-2 months until I move to mail it out, only to have it sent to Texas anyway! 8 months just seems like SUCH A RIDICULOUS amount of time to wait... I don't understand why they wouldn't just balance the applications out by sending some more to CSC and VSC... but that's just me.

If I'm going to recall the package, I have to do it today. What do you guys think? What would YOU do?

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Of course it's essentially a gigantic risk, because I could end up waiting an extra 1-2 months until I move to mail it out, only to have it sent to Texas anyway!

You've answered your own question.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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I've been on this site since last year and I've never heard of a case being sent to Vermont. I would wait at Texas service centre because chances are it'll probably be sent back there. I know the wait seems long but USCIS is a gamble. We got approved just under the 6 month mark and yet people are still waiting from September. You just never know. Remember the longest wait is for your NOA2, after that everything speeds up!

Edited to add: my fiancé is from New Jersey which is WAY closer to Vermont then Texas but we still ended up in Texas.

Edited by saracatherine

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Also, it seems K1s are all being routed to CSC at the moment...


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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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hey all,

So I compiled everything and mailed it out yesterday for my I-129F package.

Here's the thing.

I currently live in Kentucky. Kentucky is serviced by the Texas Service Center, which as you all know has extremely long wait times. However, in August (approx. 1.5 months), I'll be moving to Boston, MA.

I understand that it is likely (although nobody can know for certain) that the Vermont Service Center has jurisdiction over applications submitted from Boston. Before you say, "The VSC no longer handles I-129F Petitions," I called the USCIS. Twice. I believe the VSC does indeed process petitions for fiancee visas. This is based on both calls to the USCIS and information from VisaJourney, which, if you look at the "Igor's List" (here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/monthly_filers.php?visa=1&form=1&scenter=2&option=2&sortby=2)you can see that people are being processed at VSC.

However.

It seems that, comparably, very few applications are being processed there. (Last date posted on VisaJourney was April, 2015. The last date from the TSC is yesterday.) It's also not entirely clear that where you live is wholly determinative of the location your application is processed, or that applications from Boston certainly go to Vermont. Igor's list shows two approved applications from Boston through the VSC, but that doesn't mean that ALL Boston-made applications go to the VSC.

My question is this: Do you guys think I should have the Post Office intercept my package, and then re-send it out once I move to Boston in hopes that the VSC will be selected as my processing center?

This seems a bit gimmicky to me, but I'm tempted. Of course it's essentially a gigantic risk, because I could end up waiting an extra 1-2 months until I move to mail it out, only to have it sent to Texas anyway! 8 months just seems like SUCH A RIDICULOUS amount of time to wait... I don't understand why they wouldn't just balance the applications out by sending some more to CSC and VSC... but that's just me.

If I'm going to recall the package, I have to do it today. What do you guys think? What would YOU do?

I would do more research and you'll see ALL cases are being sent to California at the moment. They are taking a little over a month for approval.

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Hey all,

So I compiled everything and mailed it out yesterday for my I-129F package.

Here's the thing.

I currently live in Kentucky. Kentucky is serviced by the Texas Service Center, which as you all know has extremely long wait times. However, in August (approx. 1.5 months), I'll be moving to Boston, MA.

I understand that it is likely (although nobody can know for certain) that the Vermont Service Center has jurisdiction over applications submitted from Boston. Before you say, "The VSC no longer handles I-129F Petitions," I called the USCIS. Twice. I believe the VSC does indeed process petitions for fiancee visas. This is based on both calls to the USCIS and information from VisaJourney, which, if you look at the "Igor's List" (here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/monthly_filers.php?visa=1&form=1&scenter=2&option=2&sortby=2)you can see that people are being processed at VSC.

However.

It seems that, comparably, very few applications are being processed there. (Last date posted on VisaJourney was April, 2015. The last date from the TSC is yesterday.) It's also not entirely clear that where you live is wholly determinative of the location your application is processed, or that applications from Boston certainly go to Vermont. Igor's list shows two approved applications from Boston through the VSC, but that doesn't mean that ALL Boston-made applications go to the VSC.

My question is this: Do you guys think I should have the Post Office intercept my package, and then re-send it out once I move to Boston in hopes that the VSC will be selected as my processing center?

This seems a bit gimmicky to me, but I'm tempted. Of course it's essentially a gigantic risk, because I could end up waiting an extra 1-2 months until I move to mail it out, only to have it sent to Texas anyway! 8 months just seems like SUCH A RIDICULOUS amount of time to wait... I don't understand why they wouldn't just balance the applications out by sending some more to CSC and VSC... but that's just me.

If I'm going to recall the package, I have to do it today. What do you guys think? What would YOU do?

I'd listen to people on Visajourney before I listen to anything that the USCIS hotline says, that's for sure. If you don't want to hear "VSC does not accept I-129f petitions" don't read any further.

For starters, the USCIS information line knows nothing. They give out incorrect information all the time. You can believe them if you want to, or you can believe what people here know from experience (we'll get to Igor's list in a moment). From experience, we see that the VSC stopped processing I-129f petitions in 2013. This is before my time here, but people here are WAY more knowledgeable about this process than pretty much anyone (and that does include immigration lawyers and USCIS phone-answerers)...particularly for the K-1 visa which is actually really fairly "rare" in terms of sheer numbers and the oddity of the process.

Need proof? Yes, Igor's list shows petitions at VSC. That's because it's all from user-input data, and people make mistakes. Half of the CSC filers think that they're TSC filers just because they mailed their petitions to a Texas zipcode (spoiler alert: they're wrong. And they throw off the data on Visajourney in general and Igor's list in particular in a big, big way). If you want proof of this, if you actually go to Igor's list itself and filter to VSC and approved petitions, you will see exactly 4 in the year 2015. And 2 of those 4 people, if you then look at their profiles and some of the posts they've made....they are actually at TSC (one person I can't tell, and one person you can't see their profile).

Attached is a screen shot of Igor's list with the users who were "approved at VSC" in 2015:

Digging into their profiles you can see Ashley and Alonso is active on the June 2014 TSC filers thread; Heatman and Swissmiss is active on the October 2014 TSC filers thread and Bob and Gary....not sure but apparently they had a 17 month wait somewhere. Not sure about the fourth couple. It's much more likely that they filled in their timelines and profiles incorrectly than it is that hundreds of other VJ members have been erroneously routed to TSC.

Now here's some good news: you'll be going to CSC! Starting on March 27, the Dallas Lockbox (which is very, very different from the Texas Service Center) started routing all incoming I-129f petitions to CSC as a ham-fisted attempt to solve the backlog at TSC. Good news for all new filers, like yourself. Bad news for everyone already at TSC. Like, really bad news for everyone already at TSC, myself included. Plus, there's no telling yet what effect that has had. CSC hasn't slowed significantly yet, but it may. But it won't slow down to where TSC is, at least not for another several months.

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Edited by CatherineA

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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Thanks a million for the replies, guys. Really appreciate it!

Here's hoping for CSC?

Look for a WAC case number. Give it about ten days from now provided you also sent in a notification form. CSC takes about 6 weeks to approved and then another month or so to get to NVC. Two to three weeks there at most (mine was 6 days) and off to the consulate. What country it's going to determines the timeline from there.

Good luck, stick to the site and you'll be fine. As others have said do bother with USCIS/NVC unless you've asked here first...they are card readers and don't deal in real life experiences....

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Thanks a million for the replies, guys. Really appreciate it!

Here's hoping for CSC?

You're one lucky man! As of March 27th all i-129f cases are processed by CSC, so you should get an approval in no time! Good luck


K-1 Journey: 309 days from received to POE (TSC)

 

 

[september 11, 2014] - I-129F received by USCIS

[september 15, 2014] - NOA1
[May 27, 2015] - NOA2
[July 9, 2015] - I N T E R V I E W! (APPROVED!)
[July 13, 2015] - Issued
[July 14, 2015] - Visa in hand
[July 16, 2015] - POE JFK

AOS Journey: 169 days from received to GC in hand (NSC)

Spoiler

 

[July 17, 2015] - Successfully applied for SSN

[July 18, 2015] - Sent out AOS package

[July 21, 2015] - Received

[July 24, 2015] - NOA1 (3x)

[August 18, 2015] - Biometrics

[september 19, 2015] - EAD/AP approval (63 days)

[september 24, 2015] - EAD/AP Received

[January 6, 2016] - Green Card approved without interview(166 days)

[January 12, 2016] - Received Green Card

ROC journey starts: October 2017

 

 

ROC Journey: VSC

[October 30, 2017] - Sent package

[November 3, 2017] - NOA1

[November 18, 2017] - Biometrics letter received

[December 5, 2017] - Biometrics

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May filers (ones who normallly would have ended up in Texas) are getting approvals there while Texas October filers are still waiting. Seen a few threads on here about poor individuals who got their Texas case numbers in the days before the swap. Waiting a day or two would have saved them months. :cry::crying::ranting:

Edited by Shauneg

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Dangit! Was I supposed to send in a form explicitly stating I'd like to be notified ("notification form" as Shauneg said)??? :/

Search for form 1145. Can't link on my phone.

Looks like you'll have to wait for a paper notification for your noa1. Good thing is once you get that you can register on uscis and link the petition to you using the reference number....you can then change it on there to enotify for Noa 2 and for when it's sent to the nvc. No worries.

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There is something that CSC does, that others at this time cannot do, "they get K-1 visas processed" hope you are one of the lucky ones.

I am hearing, (just guessing) about 4 months give or take a little.

We were 186 days, at the VSC, when they were doing K-1 visas.

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Hey all,

So I compiled everything and mailed it out yesterday for my I-129F package.

Here's the thing.

I currently live in Kentucky. Kentucky is serviced by the Texas Service Center, which as you all know has extremely long wait times. However, in August (approx. 1.5 months), I'll be moving to Boston, MA.

I understand that it is likely (although nobody can know for certain) that the Vermont Service Center has jurisdiction over applications submitted from Boston. Before you say, "The VSC no longer handles I-129F Petitions," I called the USCIS. Twice. I believe the VSC does indeed process petitions for fiancee visas. This is based on both calls to the USCIS and information from VisaJourney, which, if you look at the "Igor's List" (here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/monthly_filers.php?visa=1&form=1&scenter=2&option=2&sortby=2)you can see that people are being processed at VSC.

However.

It seems that, comparably, very few applications are being processed there. (Last date posted on VisaJourney was April, 2015. The last date from the TSC is yesterday.) It's also not entirely clear that where you live is wholly determinative of the location your application is processed, or that applications from Boston certainly go to Vermont. Igor's list shows two approved applications from Boston through the VSC, but that doesn't mean that ALL Boston-made applications go to the VSC.

My question is this: Do you guys think I should have the Post Office intercept my package, and then re-send it out once I move to Boston in hopes that the VSC will be selected as my processing center?

This seems a bit gimmicky to me, but I'm tempted. Of course it's essentially a gigantic risk, because I could end up waiting an extra 1-2 months until I move to mail it out, only to have it sent to Texas anyway! 8 months just seems like SUCH A RIDICULOUS amount of time to wait... I don't understand why they wouldn't just balance the applications out by sending some more to CSC and VSC... but that's just me.

If I'm going to recall the package, I have to do it today. What do you guys think? What would YOU do?

VSC hasn't processed K-1s since about July 2013.


November 14th, 2013: She's here!

December 12th, 2013: Picked up marriage license.

December 14th, 2013: Wedding

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