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Hi all! Im new here, but I am an American citizen, living in Europe. My husband in Czech. We sent in our I130 packet in April, I got the notification that it was received, and sent to the California processing center. I keep looking at all these processing time guides, and it seems to be taking too long to hear anything back about our potential approval... does anyone have any slightly more updated information??

Thank you!

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.

Our journey:


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
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
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
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
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
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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We sent our packet in January and was approved mid June. I'd say your approval should be coming within the month.

Did you get any request for evidence lists?

I am the petitioner, he still lives overseas

found each other August 2009
started courting December 2010
first held hands February 2011
engaged June 2013
married May 2014
began process January 2015

Most recent update: Interviewed on 05-OCT 2015. Approved and visa in hand!!!

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We sent our packet in January and was approved mid June. I'd say your approval should be coming within the month.

Did you get any request for evidence lists?

We havent gotten anything at all... I was very thorough with the evidence I included initially in the packet.. im hoping it was good enough as it was.. and good to know about the time frame! thank you!

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I think you should contact some Congressmen

CR-1 Visa Process

09-01-2015: I-130 NOA1 ( Texas Service Center )
11-10-2015: Case Was Transferred to ( Potomac Service Center )
12-02-2015: Update on USCIS website ( Case Received At Local Office )

03-04-2016: NOA2 ( letter from Potomac Service Center )

03-07-2016: Sent to NVC

03-07-2016: NVC received our case. (that's what they said over the phone, idk how they received it the same day it was sent)

03-17-2016: Case Number & IIN Issued

03-17-2016: Choice of Agent DS-261

03-18-2016: AOS Fee Paid

03-23-2016: IV Fee Paid

03-28-2016: DS-260 Submitted

03-30-2016: AOS & IV Package sent to NVC
03-31-2016: NVC Received AOS & IV Package / Scan Date

04-04-2016: NVC Added AOS & IV Packets to the System

04-28-2016: Case Complete


In Package

1) Original I-130 Petition for Alien Relative with attached filing fee of $420.00
2) Original G-1145 form
Original G-325a, Biographic Information (Petitioner)
a. Copy of birth certificate
b. Copy of un-expired US passport
c. Passport photos
4) Original G-325a, Biographic Information (Beneficiary)

a. Copy of birth certificate and translation
b. Copy of Passport biographic page
c. Original Police certificate of criminal record and translation
d. Copy of Military record and translation
e. Passport photos
5) Copy of Marriage Certificate and translation
Supporting evidence of bona-fide marriage:
a. Spousal Affidavit
b. Third Party Affidavit
c. Travel receipts and Visa stamps for visits
d. Printed Skype chat records
e. Printed Personal photos

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