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Well, finally I have just about worked enough to have my US teaching licensed issued! Looking forward to returning home next year to teach. So, for those that may or may not know, I have taught in China for the past few years. I am also married to a Filipina. We married in 2014, in the Philippines. No children yet. I have been reading a lot about processing times and I have gotten horrible information and people making up stuff simply because of the new administration. Concrete info is appreciated. So here is what I have as far as evidence for USCIS:


Tax returns (I always file). She is listed as MFS as she has no income. However she is listed as spouse on the returns. I have 2-3 of these.


Pay Stubs. I do not have any of these. As I work in China, pay stubs are not usually given. However, I do have my work contracts with salary stipulations. (Note: Once I return the the USA I will be employed. I will have pay stubs. I will NOT have 2+ years obviously, but I will have them from the job I will be working next year in the US upon my return. (I was told I should have 2-3 months of pay stubs before I apply for her visa).


Philippine Marriage License


Church Marriage Paper


Divorce Court Papers from my first marriage in the USA


Photos of us in various places and countries, historic places


Airline ticket reservations and some ticket stubs if places we have been to


My Chinese work visa and Residence Permit and Her Residence Permit here in China where we live


I do NOT have a joint bank account with her. The US is a pain to get one with her and the Philippines is worse and China.....forget it. 




Now these are the documents I have. Should these be enough to file? I have heard they are more than what many people use.



Also.....can anyone give me a proper timeline? As we have been married quite a while it would be an IR not CR.



Many many thanks.

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Top of the page and click on guides. All you need is in there. Get all forms from USCIS.gov. Expect a year and be lucky if it's less than that. 

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3/9/2009 - Check cashed

3/20/2009 - Biometrics notice received (no NOA1)

4/2/2009 - Biometrics

4/9/2009 - NOA1 date (first undelivered one is 3/5)

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4/30/2010 Yellow letter received and info from USCIS mil line they are working on my interview letter (6/17 appt)

5/1/2010 Text and email interview letter sen

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I agree with reading the guides on here. You don't have to wait to start the process. You won't have to show anything about income until you hit phase 2 of the process. The first phase (sending the I-130 & documents you listed) will take anywhere from about 6-10 months depending on which processing center it gets sent to. By that time, you'll be back in the U.S. & have pay stubs to send to the NVC for the second phase. You do not need to have a joint bank account together, I believe a lot of people don't have that (myself included). Any documents you have that are not in English (marriage certificate for example) you'll need to get translated & send that along with a copy of the original. Basically it's about 10-14 months on average from start to finish. Good luck!

4-24-17 I-130 sent to Chicago Lock Box

4-25-17 NOA 1 & sent to TSC

11-15-17 NOA 2

12-26-17 Case sent to Dept. of State

1-08-18 NVC Received case

3-12-18 Case Number Assigned / AOS & IV Fees Paid

3-14-18 DS-260 Completed

3-16-18 Uploaded Civil Documents

3-21-18 Uploaded AOS Documents 

3-26-18 Checklist to reupload docs

3-29-18 Finished uploading docs

4-4-18 Case Complete

4-13-18 Received interview email

5-18-18 Interview date 

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Your salary in China won’t matter unless it’s gonna continue from the same source once you move to the US, so I would just leave all the salary stuff out. 


Pictures are good. Do you live together in China? If so, enclose the joint lease or mortgage deed. 


Airline tickets don’t really show that you travelled, just that you booked a trip. If you have boarding passes, they’re way better.


it doesn’t matter if it’s a cr-1 or ir-1, they both have the same timeline, about a year. The benefit of having been married at least two years when entering the US is that you don’t need to ROC.


Good luck with your visa journey.

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September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center

September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received

March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:

NVC Stage

March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid

April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid

May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application

May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents

May 18th 2015 - Scan Date

June 18th 2015 - Checklist received

June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC

June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review

Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team

Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests

Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:

Embassy Stage

Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam

Dec 21st 2015 - Interview

Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms

Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning

Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864

Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning

Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

In the US

April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.

April 14th 2016 - SSN received

May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:

May 27th 2016 - Green Card received

June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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