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Only in exceptional circumstances. Otherwise a USCIS field office must be located within the country: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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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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6 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Only in exceptional circumstances. Otherwise a USCIS field office must be located within the country: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-immigration-offices

ok I see. We filed in February and Received the Notification 1 on March 1. Would you say we have a mighty long way to go? We have been living together for the past 3 years. 2 years in Beijing and 1 in Dubai. She recently went home because our lawyer told us it is better she is working in the states to be able to meet the affidavit of support requirement. We have a 1 year old and this separation is literally like losing my best friend. I think this process will take us into 2020

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1 minute ago, thesantina said:

ok I see. We filed in February and Received the Notification 1 on March 1. Would you say we have a mighty long way to go? We have been living together for the past 3 years. 2 years in Beijing and 1 in Dubai. She recently went home because our lawyer told us it is better she is working in the states to be able to meet the affidavit of support requirement. We have a 1 year old and this separation is literally like losing my best friend. I think this process will take us into 2020

If you already filed, DCF wasn't possible anyway (you can't just switch after filing).

On average, it's taking around 12-14 months. So I would expect it to take into 2020 unless there is a very significant change in timelines, or you get very lucky and your case is processed well ahead of average. I wish I had better news, but that's the current state of affairs.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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4 minutes ago, geowrian said:

If you already filed, DCF wasn't possible anyway (you can't just switch after filing).

On average, it's taking around 12-14 months. So I would expect it to take into 2020 unless there is a very significant change in timelines, or you get very lucky and your case is processed well ahead of average. I wish I had better news, but that's the current state of affairs.

Thank you. I appreciate your response. I wish it were better news. Is the 12-14 months the timeline until NOA2 or until Visa (All things done correctly and timely)

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9 minutes ago, thesantina said:

Thank you. I appreciate your response. I wish it were better news. Is the 12-14 months the timeline until NOA2 or until Visa (All things done correctly and timely)

It's the average timeline from I-130 filing to visa interview.

Stats for other VJ members: https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/irstats.php?cfl=


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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1 minute ago, thesantina said:

Thank you. I guess it is not so bad. Do we really need to keep track of our conversations while apart?

Your time living together would be the best evidence of a bona fide marriage, so I wouldn't be too worried. But I would suggest having something showing ongoing communication.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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Great. She left in April and will return June 4th. She will stay here until July then return home. One question I also have no idea about is if I can still travel on my B1/2 visa. I have been travelling on it for years even while married. We visit the US more than 10 times after marriage and only stayed 2 months max- depending on time of year. I am a Uni Professor and have a good chunk of time off in summer. Now that we started the i130 process, can I still visit her and my son for short breaks? Or should I just wait to enter again. I have no interest in running off by the way. My job is very stable and more well paid and tax free than most jobs in the US. So should I consider visiting on winter break or I may be denied entry possibly?

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3 minutes ago, thesantina said:

Great. She left in April and will return June 4th. She will stay here until July then return home. One question I also have no idea about is if I can still travel on my B1/2 visa. I have been travelling on it for years even while married. We visit the US more than 10 times after marriage and only stayed 2 months max- depending on time of year. I am a Uni Professor and have a good chunk of time off in summer. Now that we started the i130 process, can I still visit her and my son for short breaks? Or should I just wait to enter again. I have no interest in running off by the way. My job is very stable and more well paid and tax free than most jobs in the US. So should I consider visiting on winter break or I may be denied entry possibly?

You can continue to use a valid tourist visa. Entry is always subject to CBP inspection...you can be denied entry if they suspect you plan to overstay, adjust status within the US, etc.

 

Many people travel on an existing, valid visa mid-process. It would be wise to carry evidence of any ties to return home just in case.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

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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