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Hi, have any of you submitted an I-130 for a sibling or know anyone who submitted one? I'm trying to find out how long the approval time was. The sibling petition will be submitted for an individual from a non-oversubscribed country.

I'm from California if that would help determine processing time/service center.

I appreciate all your help!

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I think you misunderstood my post. I'm talking about approval date not visa ability date. Visa ability takes from 13 years to 20 something years.

For I-130 processing times I have seen from 5 years for (Vermont and California) and a few months for (Potomac and Nebraska and Texas I think)

Approval date is very important in terms of CSPA. The beneficiary would be from Pakistan.

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The longer it takes, the better for beneficiary's children (CSPA), but impossible to predict.

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I would like to ask exactly same question !

Why processing time changes from a service center to other ?

And why it is not moving forward because we see september 2016 list on the processing times page. https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/processTimesDisplayInit.do

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Can't speak on why some service centers are drastically different than others in processing times. But understand that the F4 visa category is the lowest family based category regarding priority. Maybe some service centers have better resources to handle them. With such low priority I'm not surprised by the inconsistencies in timelines.

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I'm aware that the longer the better but just curious to see how long approval took for others.

Months to years. That's the average for hundreds of thousands of applicants.

If you want a non-representative small number of people to post their wait time, then a few wait time is not going to give you the complete information that you want.

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The only reason I am concerned about processing (approval) time is for CSPA purposes.

Will I be able to tell which service center is going process the I-130 after I receive the Receipt Notice from USCIS?

Anyway to send the I-130 to the California or Vermont service center to process...so it can take longer for approval? :idea:

The below dates are listed for the following service center locations for the F4 petition:

California ----- May 2011

Nebraska ----- May 2016

Texas ---------- 5 months

Vermont ------- November 2011

Potomac ------ 5 months

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You file the I-130 based on where you live. You have no control. USCIS can transfer the case base on their discretions. This can not be predicted or controlled. You wait. That is all you can do or can be done. Some people get approved quickly in a few months while others wait years for an approval. There is absolutely no way for you to control this.

We are giving you the best answer based on years of immigration experience. If there was a way for you to control this, we would help. There isn't.

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You don't choose which Service Center to file with. Petitioner's state of residence determines where to mail. It'll then be up to that service center to process.. or occasionally forward the case to another center, with workload being the primary (but not the only) criteria.


January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2


March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete


Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup


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Since I'm a resident of California, I will mail it off the to the phoenix Lockbox location? From there it could go to California Service Center (who have a 5 year processing time) or it could get transferred over to a different processing center?

Any idea what center might process a petition from a Northern California resident?

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