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This is a hypothetical question, but I'm curious. The current "Processing Times" for NOA2 state 50 days. If one was to get an RFE, would that occur prior to the 50 day mark, or after the 50 day mark?

Basically does it mean that no person even looks at the application for 50 days and then they look at it one day and decide "Ok you're good to go" or "No we need more info". Or is there a person that looks at it maybe day 20 and says "Hey this is wrong" and sends an RFE? Or is it a continuous process that maybe takes someone many days or weeks to establish whether they need an RFE or approval?

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that 50 day is just a average , some get noa2 25 - 50 days , just depends on whose working your case, how how behind he/she is



05/04/17 - Biometric appointment

05/17/17 - Case ready to be scheduled for interview

07/20/17 - EAD/AP Approved

07/25/17 - GC interview scheduled

07/27/17 - EAD/AP in hand

08/14/17 - GC interview , approved =)

08/18/17 - GC approval notice letter

08/21/17 - GC in hand




05/16/19 - Earliest  to apply 







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My NOA2 was over 70 days after NOA1. Some takes 30 days. Some takes over 100. Depends on the USCIS officer.

06/08/2016: I-129F Sent

06/16/2016: Check cashed

06/20/2016: Acceptance 

08/23/2016: Approval

09/03/2016: NVC received our petition

09/08/2016: In transit to Stockholm Embassy

09/09/2016: At Stockholm Embassy

09/13/2016: Checklist received, DS-160 filled out & submitted, $265 fee paid

09/20/2016: Chest x-ray completed

09/21/2016: Physical completed

09/28/2016: Embassy received completed medical

09/29/2016: Interview date, APPROVAL 

10/14/2016: Visa ISSUED

10/17/2016: Visa received


12/22/2016: I-485, I-131, I-765 Sent

01/10/2017: Check cashed

01/11/2017: Acceptance I-485 & I-131

02/03/2017: Biometrics completed

02/15/2017: I-765 Acceptance

04/17/2017: Your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview

05/18/2017: Your case is ready to be scheduled for an interview

05/25/2017: Service request submitted for I-131
06/02/2017: Service request submitted for I-765

06/06/2017: I-765 "New Card Is Being Produced"

06/08/2017: I-131 Approval letter in mail

06/08/2017: I-765 "Card Was Mailed To Me"



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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, regarding timeline. We were expecting a 50-60 day wait and it ended up being 200 days from NOA1 to receiving the visa.

As for an RFE, the news is better there, a the point where the officer is looking at the case, they'll go over everything and if there's anything they want to see they'll send you out an RFE. You can check the status of this over the phone I recall. We had one and it was just a missed checkbox and confirming my address. Turned around in a day and the NOA2 came soon after.

Good luck!

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I assume that it works like most government paperwork processing, which is.. file goes into a big pile of files, then those files get spread out for processing through multiple processors.

Say officer 1 has only 2 files left on their desk, BOOM they are given more files. The files don't really get processed in the order they're recieved, but in the order that the processor recieves them.

Any delays, I've always assumed, are say in a case where Officer 1 only has two files left, guy comes in an instead of moving the 2 files to the top, plops down a pile of applications to be process ON TOP of those two files, making the newer cases on top end up processing faster than the two older cases on the bottom.

But no, when ever someone LOOKS at your case, that is when you will get your RFE if needed. Then, if there is an RFE the RFE is sent and filtered through people who deal with RFE's, it keeps the mess away from the guys dealing with new applications and making it so they don't have to waste their time with RFE's when there's a steady paper flow of new applications.

If you don't get an RFE, your packet is essentially opened twice I believe, ONCE to pull out the check for payment to allow processing to even happen, and then a second time when it actually gets in the hands of the processor.

This was more or less how all the paperwork was done down at the army base when I had to deal with the government on that aspect. It is quite efficient, but there are cases of applications ending up at bottoms of piles instead of on top, or applications ending up in the wrong place and eventually getting fixed up.

Our case was processed in 41 days, but we had also got in RIGHT when they reopened CSC for petitions making us one of the first batches to be processed there.

RFE's still count as being processed, so if it says that average is 51 days of processing, then that means it's taking an average of 51 days to decide if the case is approved, or RFE'd. Basically a "we processed this application today and they needed X,Y,Z!".

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05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

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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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