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My wife is about to file the I-130. We're trying to understand where and how long etc.

Been here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do and there's a couple of menus, the first is a drop down menu that lists field offices and the next one is service centers.

She is based in Seattle.

So I'm just wondering how we use that function to estimate times? I gather the service centers are appointed randomly but the field office is, I assume, the nearest one to where you live in the US?

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The service center is actually based on location.

https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.type&OfficeLocator.office_type=SC

The map tells you that Washington state applications go to the Nebraska Service Center. They are currently processing I-130 applications from January 26, 2014. So, it's about a 1.5 year wait for approval.

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I'm glad I didn't do this on my own! My husband and I went through a lawyer. There are so many steps, forms, etc... I'm sure we would have missed something. We filed our i-130 november 2012, after everything in between, he just got his visa approval on monday! Almost 3 years! Good luck on your journey!


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Moved in together: 07/2012 (F)

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I-130 filed: 11/2012

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I-601a Filed: 04/2013

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NVC NOA1: 04/2015

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My wife is about to file the I-130. We're trying to understand where and how long etc.

Been here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do and there's a couple of menus, the first is a drop down menu that lists field offices and the next one is service centers.

She is based in Seattle.

So I'm just wondering how we use that function to estimate times? I gather the service centers are appointed randomly but the field office is, I assume, the nearest one to where you live in the US?

Gosh yes if you can DCF then do so. She is a resident of UK then then do it. Nebraska is 5 months not 1.5 years. But DCF is like from start to finish you would be done in 5 months or less.


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Ooh sorry the processing times said Jan 2014 so I thought that meant they're currently adjudicating petitions from Jan 2014. California on the other hand says 5 months.

It does mean the last batch of petitions they processed were from that date. But the service centers do this all the time to keep that 5 month processing commitment. Like California lately has been approving at 60 days and 45 days than they will approve at 6 months 7 months. All to keep those 5 months processing dates.

But lockbox don;t have a processing time just to let you know.


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My wife is about to file the I-130. We're trying to understand where and how long etc.

Been here: https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplay.do and there's a couple of menus, the first is a drop down menu that lists field offices and the next one is service centers.

She is based in Seattle.

So I'm just wondering how we use that function to estimate times? I gather the service centers are appointed randomly but the field office is, I assume, the nearest one to where you live in the US?

If your wife is living in the United States, then she will need to mail it to the lockbox; see page 4 of the instructions: http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-130instr.pdf

I am a bit confused about the field office talk, are you currently in the United States?

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***Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to USCIS Service Centers forum.***

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So I'm just wondering how we use that function to estimate times? I gather the service centers are appointed randomly but the field office is, I assume, the nearest one to where you live in the US?

If you live in a country that has a USCIS field office and you qualify to file there, processing times at service centers stateside are moot.

To answer your question for the benefit of others who will read this, when a petition is sent from a lockbox facility to a service center, the primary determining factor will be balancing workload. If location plays a role, it's only secondary. Stateside field offices have no role in service center assignment for a petition.


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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
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February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
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April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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OP - I don't understand your question based on your previous posts on here.

Haven't you just already had your interview in London?

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/558562-can-i-visit-the-us-as-normal-after-getting-a-212a-blue-slip/

Why are you looking into lockbox filing now?

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The service center is actually based on location.

https://egov.uscis.gov/crisgwi/go?action=offices.type&OfficeLocator.office_type=SC

The map tells you that Washington state applications go to the Nebraska Service Center. They are currently processing I-130 applications from January 26, 2014. So, it's about a 1.5 year wait for approval.

I think that 2014 is a typo. It is Jan 2015....at least that's what it looks like around here. The report before it changed to a date said 5 months...meaning they were processing them within goal time of 5 months. When they showere a date, they're admitting that they're outside of goal time and show you by how much. There's no way they were within 5 months one day and then had an 18 month backlog the next....


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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!

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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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