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I’ve been trying to remain positive and some days are better than others . When I sent in the petition April 30rd I never imagined we would still be waiting over 7 months later without any sign of approval , RFE ...Nothing . 

This messes up our plans , due to the length I can’t see my husband having his interview within a year of initially appliying. I see so many people applying after us and married after us who have passed along and we are just at a standstill. I could really use some words of encouragement now. I used to speak to a few people on VJ how their spouse are now with them and somehow we lost contact which I’m ok with. Thank you in advance for anyone who could lend advice / some words of encouragement 

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Just now, MrsMensah said:

I’ve been trying to remain positive and some days are better than others . When I sent in the petition April 30rd I never imagined we would still be waiting over 7 months later without any sign of approval , RFE ...Nothing . 

This messes up our plans , due to the length I can’t see my husband having his interview within a year of initially appliying. I see so many people applying after us and married after us who have passed along and we are just at a standstill. I could really use some words of encouragement now. I used to speak to a few people on VJ how their spouse are now with them and somehow we lost contact which I’m ok with. Thank you in advance for anyone who could lend advice / some words of encouragement 

You shouldn't get discouraged. You are still within normal processing time. Texas service center is now working on April 11th cases, so your time will be soon. Keep the faith.

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1 hour ago, MrsMensah said:

I’ve been trying to remain positive and some days are better than others . When I sent in the petition April 30rd I never imagined we would still be waiting over 7 months later without any sign of approval , RFE ...Nothing . 

This messes up our plans , due to the length I can’t see my husband having his interview within a year of initially appliying. I see so many people applying after us and married after us who have passed along and we are just at a standstill. I could really use some words of encouragement now. I used to speak to a few people on VJ how their spouse are now with them and somehow we lost contact which I’m ok with. Thank you in advance for anyone who could lend advice / some words of encouragement 

In the same boat.  Sent mine in late April.  I saw someone getting approved with a NOA date of July something.  Sometimes I just scratch my head.  

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1 hour ago, PeHa said:

Online I still have no updates but I was approved on 11/30 and received my approval in the mail. So keep checking your mailbox too!

Oh lord..I've been checking it online whenever I can this month.  So it's not even that updated.  

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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4 hours ago, IloveDanang said:

In the same boat.  Sent mine in late April.  I saw someone getting approved with a NOA date of July something.  Sometimes I just scratch my head.  

It really is because 9 times out of 10 I probably got married before them too lol . Married since 2016. Someone sends their petition out a month after marriage same PD and gets approval before me lol

4 hours ago, IloveDanang said:

Oh lord..I've been checking it online whenever I can this month.  So it's not even that updated.  

Yes I heard because are finding about approval more often with just letters 

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6 hours ago, Ann&James said:

You shouldn't get discouraged. You are still within normal processing time. Texas service center is now working on April 11th cases, so your time will be soon. Keep the faith.

I get so tired of hearing that dear lol but thank you . 

It’s just unfortunate because now my husband won’t be here until probably this summer 

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7 hours ago, MrsMensah said:

Thank you in advance for anyone who could lend advice / some words of encouragement 

Some people are getting approved before you even though the filed their case after your because they are most likely at a different service center than u and some centers are processing faster than others. 

44 minutes ago, MrsMensah said:

I get so tired of hearing that dear lol but thank you . 

It’s just unfortunate because now my husband won’t be here until probably this summer 

The person was trying to give u the advice and encouraging words you ask for in your above post.

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11 hours ago, Ann&James said:

You shouldn't get discouraged. You are still within normal processing time. Texas service center is now working on April 11th cases, so your time will be soon. Keep the faith.

I appreciate you for responding and I assure my initial response was lighthearted its just those exact words I hear from a uscis call center rep when im seeing others whom applied after me get approved when they are suppose to go in order lol. I cant wait until this chapter is over and we can move forward in our life

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48 minutes ago, Parisa_1234 said:

come on!!!! There are so many April filers still waiting for their approval! I am an April filer and I don't think we get any response at least until mid-January! This is the normal waiting time!

Regardless of the time frame with others My feelings are valid waiting over 7 months. if youre waiting , good luck as well

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1 hour ago, MrsMensah said:

Regardless of the time frame with others My feelings are valid waiting over 7 months. if youre waiting , good luck as well

CR/IR is always quoted as 12 to 14 months.  It stinks but it is what it is.  K-1s are quicker to this point but take longer later.  I am also waiting on CR-1.  We are September filers and I don't anticipate hearing anything until June or July at the earliest.  We had a K-1 that took 11 months to the interview.  Just relax and let the process happen.  Ghana is slower than most due to the high fraud rate.  You are still where you should be.  Dont focus on the process, focus on the love.  This process will end someday.  Be thankful that you two have found each other.


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September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

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Hang in there. Long distance relationships are hard...especially when you're going through the immigration process. Don't lose hope though. I can promise you it's worth it. It took my husband and I two visa attempts and two years from the day we sent in our first petition for him to get here. The best thing to do is not compare your timeline with others. Unfortunately immigration moves at it's own pace.

 

You never know... the delays you think you're experiencing could be a good thing. For example, I had several people apply in Ghana for CR1s around the same time I did. Three of them moved much faster than ours. It frustrating and disheartening at times. But all three of those cases were denied for a second time within three months of our interview. About two months before our interview, the government busted the fake Ghana embassy that was selling real visas to people for a high price. Those visas were provided to fake embassy by people inside the real embassy. By the time my husband went for his interview, things had started to change. I am quite certain because our case took longer to process, we were protected from the fraud that was going on inside the embassy and were approved. 

 

So don't lose hope. The process is taking longer these days. Use this time to prepare for the interview. Go over questions together. Continue to collect evidence. And continue to build your case. 

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16 hours ago, MrsMensah said:

I’ve been trying to remain positive and some days are better than others . When I sent in the petition April 30rd I never imagined we would still be waiting over 7 months later without any sign of approval , RFE ...Nothing . 

This messes up our plans , due to the length I can’t see my husband having his interview within a year of initially appliying. I see so many people applying after us and married after us who have passed along and we are just at a standstill. I could really use some words of encouragement now. I used to speak to a few people on VJ how their spouse are now with them and somehow we lost contact which I’m ok with. Thank you in advance for anyone who could lend advice / some words of encouragement 

WE are in the same boat. You’re 7 months and one week and I have 6months and half. I feel depressed too.

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