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Hi everyone. I am unfortunately super upset at the moment and I don’t know what to do. My I-130 petition was received by the USCIS in March and it was way out of the normal processing time and I kept calling at obviously checking web updates every chance I got. 


Finally last month I got through to a tier 2 officer, who told me that my case had been approved at the end of december. Thus I decided to move to the US (I have no family here) to establish domicile as I was expecting the NVC process to start when I got here. I’m here apartment, job and car hunting with no help at all and a small amount of savings. 


Today I called the NVC and they said they have not received anything from the USCIS and that they should have received it by now. They told me to prove my case was approved to start an inquiry but I can’t, because the USCIS sent me absolutely no update, no notification, no mail whatsoever. The only thing I trusted was the supervisor who told me that I should have received the snail mail by now, but it was not likely to reach me because My address is abroad.


I call the USCIS today, and tell me the case was not approved after a 45 minute wait. I ask for a supervisor, the connection gets lost while trying to transfer. I call again, wait exactly an hour and a half, say they cannot connect me to a supervisor due to high call volume.


I don’t even know what to do right now. This is ridiculous. I can’t sign a lease if there is no point for me being in the country right now. If you have any advice, I would really appreciate your support...


I apologize for the long message and thank everyone who replies in advance.

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If the point of you returning to the US was to establish domicile....why can't you still do it? Many of us are separated from our spouses the whole time our petition is being processed....you can live here until your spouse arrives can't you? 


Unfortunately I don't have any great advice about your petition, that would definitely be frustrating...but you should have been able to see it was approved by logging on to the USCIS website as well.....while the communication with them does seem frustrating, it's not completely the fault of someone you talked to on the phone that you moved to the US....you had to do it either way right? 



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I am aware that everyone gets separated during this process somehow... but honestly I wanted to keep this time to a minimum. I have had no ties with the US for the last 20 years, so it’s very difficult for me.


apparently we were not approved, and the receipt number given to me belonged to someone else. now we have to spend more time apart and much more money and delay our lives. If the approval takes so much longer (already at 11 months) there is really no point and maybe I should just go back to my spouse’s country.

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