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I just received NOA2 for K1 visa and I'm now thinking ahead to the greencard process. I noticed that processing times in my current location (Seattle) are very long and that processing times at the other two locations in the state are much much faster (Yakima and Spokane). 

 

I assume that the processing center is based on the address where we live, but not clear if its based on the address in my K1 application or the address in my future AOS / I-485 application. 

 

If its the latter is there any issue with me moving to a city nearer Yakima or Spokane to have those service centers manage my request? (I work from home and rent so have some flexibility..) Thanks!

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Youre a long way off from having to worry about it, but I believe you can request any service center for AOS. We live relatively closely to 3 (DC/Norfolk/Raleigh) but raleigh is (1) closer than the others, even if in a different state, and (2) shorter wait times.

 

Guess which one we will request. ;)


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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12 minutes ago, debbiedoo said:

Youre a long way off from having to worry about it, but I believe you can request any service center for AOS. We live relatively closely to 3 (DC/Norfolk/Raleigh) but raleigh is (1) closer than the others, even if in a different state, and (2) shorter wait times.

 

Guess which one we will request. ;)

 

I am pretty sure you can't select your field office. It's based on your zip code / county and if you show up to the interview and mention you live in a location that rolls up to a different field office they will not approve you. 

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Just now, nekojita said:

 

I am pretty sure you can't select your field office. It's based on your zip code / county and if you show up to the interview and mention you live in a location that rolls up to a different field office they will not approve you. 

really? that really sucks.

 

I'll have to look into it. raleigh is an hour and a half closer than either of the other locations. And where i grew up, so was planning on spending the day there going places i never get to go to anymore lol


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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Your local field office is determined by your location of residence when you go through AOS.

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Just now, debbiedoo said:

really? that really sucks.

 

I'll have to look into it. raleigh is an hour and a half closer than either of the other locations. And where i grew up, so was planning on spending the day there going places i never get to go to anymore lol

 

Yeah - at least that's what I gleaned reading through posts.. you can see what locations each field office services by going to their webpage and clicking on locations - for example:

 

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/north-carolina-raleigh-durham-field-office

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Just now, geowrian said:

Your local field office is determined by your location of residence when you go through AOS.

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices

 

Thanks! so it sounds like moving would work and significantly reduce waiting times..

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48 minutes ago, debbiedoo said:

Youre a long way off from having to worry about it, but I believe you can request any service center for AOS. We live relatively closely to 3 (DC/Norfolk/Raleigh) but raleigh is (1) closer than the others, even if in a different state, and (2) shorter wait times.

 

Guess which one we will request. ;)

You don’t request anything. The local office will be set depending on your location. You can find out typing your zip code on uscis website.

 

if it was that easy to request a specific office, people wouldn’t be waiting long at all.

 

so, OP, if you can move to a zip code in which it’s jurisdiction is one of the faster offices, go ahead. They will take in consideration the address you’ll put on your aos application 


07/09/2018: ROC packet sent with USPS 2-day priority shipping

07/11/2018: ROC packet delivered to the Vermont Service Center

07/16/2018: NOA1 received by mail with 18 months extension (notice date 7/12 and check cashed)

08/07/2018: Biometrics appointment letter received by mail (notice date 7/27)

08/13/2018: Biometrics appointment at east Hartford, ct

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58 minutes ago, debbiedoo said:

We live relatively closely to 3 (DC/Norfolk/Raleigh)

If you live in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, then your office is Norfolk: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/virginia-norfolk-field-office


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3 minutes ago, TM92 said:

If you live in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, then your office is Norfolk: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/virginia-norfolk-field-office

sigh...................

 

all i know is i better at least get some beach time out of this if we have to go out that way 😂


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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