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We Got Approved in Less Than 3 Months

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What the title says.

 

We submitted our K1 petition early March.

 

Today, May 29th, my fiancée got a letter in the mail from USCIS saying that our petition got approved, and that it will be sent to the consulate to further contact me, the beneficiary.

 

Is this normal? Doesn't usually need at least 6-9 months? Even more? has this happen to anyone since the processing times got longer?

 

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The petition phase of the K1 is the fastest part of the process. Three months is not really considered very fast for a petition approval.

 

It it is the second phase that can take the longest. This is when it could take 7 - 10 months before the beneficiary can schedule an interview at their embassy.


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*** Moved to K1 Visa Case Filing and Progress Reports***


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I submitted my I-129f on 2 Jan.  It was approved 12 April.  The NVC assigned a case number 1 May.  It was sent to the Ho Chi Minh consulate on 15 May.  The HMC Consulate processed it 23 May and sent her instruction letter which she received the next say.   We scheduled her interview on 17 June which was the first available date.

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6 hours ago, Unlockable said:

The petition phase of the K1 is the fastest part of the process. Three months is not really considered very fast for a petition approval.

 

It it is the second phase that can take the longest. This is when it could take 7 - 10 months before the beneficiary can schedule an interview at their embassy.

Not what I hear. The longest and most frustrating step is getting the NOA 2 from what I hear. It should take 2-3 months now to get an interview, no? 

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Congratulations @Béchameloo!   You are one of the lucky ones.  There are people who have been stuck in this process for over a year. 

 

@Unlockable I'm in total agreement that 3 months is a long time to wait for the government to "approve" a petition.  I partially understand why it takes so long, but it's still a long time. 

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This is just the I-129f petition. This is stage one, next NVC then embassy. USCIS petition phase is the easy part.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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13 hours ago, Unlockable said:

The petition phase of the K1 is the fastest part of the process. Three months is not really considered very fast for a petition approval.

 

It it is the second phase that can take the longest. This is when it could take 7 - 10 months before the beneficiary can schedule an interview at their embassy.

Never heard that long of wait, maybe 30 or 45 days


ChickBoy

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Couple of days under 4 months for I-129F approval. Couple of days over 3 months for the interview since NOA2. Not a particularly busy consulate also. It depends on so many factors. I've seen some people that got approved same time I did (March) but have there interview scheduled mid August. 

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the longest wait time is getting the NOA2... now when it comes to the NVC and the embassy, that actually depends on the US embassy at your country...how how fast NVC assings a case number and sends your approval to your embassy... my i129F took about 5 months to get approved.... its been 3 weeks since i got my NOA2 and NVC has not yet receive my case... so its all about the waiting game....


Indira Sabogal

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Posted (edited)

Anything after the NVC stage is country/embassy specific. Many people have to wait for months and months to be able to schedule an interview, while others can schedule one early on. So yes, the i-129f stage is the easiest and fastest step for many people, while the embassy stage is the long and tough one.

 

Getting the petition approved is easy, that only involves some very basic requirements. It's at the embassy stage that your relationship and background is really looked into.

 

Some get stuck in Administrative Processing for months and even years after the actual interview, so even if you get an interview early on it's still not a guarantee that your visa will be issued within a certain time frame.

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K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016 (260 days)

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017 (108 days)

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017 (132 days)

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017 (217 days)

 

ROC:

04-19-2019 - Earliest filing date

04-22-2019 - I-751 sent with USPS (AZ lockbox)

04-24-2019 - Delivered/Received date

04-30-2019 - Check cashed

04-30-2019 - NOA1 text/email (WAC)

05-03-2019 - NOA1 hardcopy/extension letter

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I wouldn't get ready for anything. Do not book tickets. Do not book travel, venues, anything. It's great that you got this far, but as everyone has said, you are NOT done and there is still a lot to go. Don't discount their advice just because you're excited. We've seen some nasty wait times with 'simple' applications before.


 

 

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