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Filed: Timeline

Well I got two letters yesterday one for my I130 and another for the I 129F. Both of them say that we are stuck in background checks and that they wont make a decision untill these have cleared. I have heard of people stuck in checks at the nvc stage and after the consulate BUT how many people have gotten stuck at ths USCIS stage, and if so how long did it take for you to get cleared at this level? The two letters say to wait for 6 months and if we dont hear any thing by then to give them a call back. AGGGG. Back in October I got a letter sayin that our I129F was processing but that it needed further review or additional review something like that..... to wait 6 months and then give them a call back. Well when I did call back I get this letter now that says wait another 6 months. At this rate we are getting no where. The only reason why i think we even got this response was because I contacted my senator and he put in a congressional, had I not done that we would still be in the dark wondering how come no one gives us any answers. Any ways what I want to know is how long have people waited to clear background checks at USCIS?


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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Pakistan

Hi Dipstcik,

We are waiting as well, and the hold up is the background check. We know this from responses to senator's and congressman's inquiries. Our case is still stuck at the Missouri Service Center (which I think is before any of the NVC or Embassy checks). Our NOA1 dates were April 21, 2006 and May 4, 2006 for the I-130 and I-129F, respectively.

I hope that helps.

Anyone else out there???


K3 Timeline

03/19/2006 --- Married


04/07/06 I-130 sent

04/21/06 NOA1 Receipt issued

10/29/06 Congressman says the case is with a 'special department'

02/--/07 Infopass appointment: Background check

02/08/07 Touched

05/08/07 Congressman:"case is still pending the NAME CHECK with a special department"

06/06/08 Touched

06/11/08 RFE mailed

06/12/08 Touched

06/20/08 RFE in mail: Evidence required to prove bonafide marriage

07/14/08 Evidence package mailed to USCIS

07/24/08 Email from USCIS: package received


04/23/06 Sent I-129

05/04/06 NOA1 Receipt issued

01/31/07 Touched

06/06/08 RFE mailed

06/09/08 Touched

06/12/08 RFE in mail: IMBRA

06/21/08 Touched

07/07/08 RFE mailed to USCIS

07/13/08 Email from USCIS: RFE received

07/15/08 Touched


09/23/08 NVC receives case

09/25/08 Case sent to Islamabad embassy Alhamdulillah

10/08/08 Embassy says they'll send packet 3.5 within 7-10 days

10/14/08 Received Packet 3.5 - Incomplete.

10/21/08 Received Packet 3.5 upon request - WRONG packet! UGGGHHH!

10/23/08 Sent 3.5

11/14/08 Packet 4

11/20/08 Medical

11/26/08 INTERVIEW --- APPROVED Alhamdulillah!

12/19/08 VISA IN HAND

12/26/08 POE Washington D.C.

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Filed: Timeline

Dhobee it appears that we are in the same sutiation. Maybe we can keep this thread going and get find all the people that are stuck on check at USCIS so that we can get an idea of how long others have been waiting. Did they ever send you an RFE asking for your husbands birth certificate or for pictures or any thing like that? Did you send in any type of evidence like they now just started asking for on the I-130?

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Guys... i really feel for you, this must be so frustrating.....

Is there any reason for them to be doing such intensive checks?? i take it you guys are all clean etc etc??

going through HELL

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We dont have a clue. The only thing we can think of is maybe common last names. =0(

Really!? wow, that seems to be some intensive checks for that.. how awful

I wish you guys all the best and hope something comes soon.


going through HELL

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Philippines

Don't give up hope just yet. Very often these background checks are completed in less than 30 days and sent on for further processing. Hang in there, you will get your approval soon!

Rob and Melinda


Filed New I-129F form with IMBRA June 19, 2006

NOA 1 June 26, 2006

Touched July 3, 2006

I-129F Approved by E mail August 21, 2006, Just 63 Days

NOA 2 for I-129F Received in the Mail August 26th, 2006

I-129F at NVC

Case Number assigned at NVC August 29, 2006 MNL2006XXXXXXXXX

NVC sends the I-129F to the Manila Embassy August 29th, 2006

Embassy in Manila Receives I-129F August 31st, 2006

Packet 4 Received by Melinda from Manila Embassy October 1, 2006

Interview at Us Embassy Manila, October 18, 2006

Visa Approved! Interview Completed.

Visa Delivered by DELBROS October 28th, 2006

October 30, 2006 Arrived back in LAX with Melinda, were going to Disneyland!!!

November 6th, 2006, Melinda and I are back home in Winslow Arizona loving Life!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Mexico


K-1 Visa Journey

October 1, 2010: I-129F sent

October 5, 2010: I-129F received

October 12, 2010: NOA1 e-mail received, routed to VSC

October 16, 2010: NOA1 hard copy received (dated October 7, 2010)

April 18, 2011: RFE e-mail

April 20, 2011: RFE hardcopy received

April 20, 2011: RFE response sent to VSC

May 2, 2011: E-mail confirming VSC has received RFE response

July 27, 2011: NOA2 e-mail received (9 months, 2 weeks, and 6 days (292 days) after NOA1

July 30, 2011: NOA2 hard copy

August 4, 2011: NVC received case

August 8, 2011: NVC forwarded case to US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

August 8, 2011: Consulate received case

August 25, 2011: Consulate mailed packet 3

September 3, 2011: Received Packet 3 in US

September 20, 2011: Interview! Not enough information in the system to make a decision

September 26, 2011: K1 visa approved and received via DHL

October 20, 2011: POE at Phoenix, Arizona

October 26, 2011: Married

AOS Journey

11-7-2011 - AOS package sent to lockbox in Chicago, IL

11-9-2011 - AOS package delivered and signed for

11-15-2011 - NOA1 e-mails received (NOA1 date November 10), routed to NBC

11-16-2011 - Check Cashed

11-21-2011 - Hard Copies & Biometrics Appointment Letter Received

11-29-2011 - Biometrics done via walk-in! (Originally scheduled for 12/14/11)

12-2-2011 - Case transferred to CSC

1-17-2012 - EAD/AP Card Production Ordered

1-25-2012 - EAD/AP card received in mail

3-7-2012 - RFE issued

3-19-2012 - RFE response received by CSC

4-4-2012 - Green Card Production!

4-10-12 - GC received in mail

January 3, 2014: ROC

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China

really? o k - here's the backgrounder on background checks


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