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Hi all,


It’s been a while since my hubby and I have been here, since we’ve just been doing life for the last 5 years! We’re half way through our 10-year GC and just submitted our N400 application online today.


I’m curious if anyone knows the processing times for online applications versus mailed applications. Do online applications get routed to the local service center? Just wondering what kind of wait we’re in for. On the USCIS site, most of our local service centers in CA were 8-13 months!

07/10: Met online, began exchanging emails, texts, and Skype
10/22/10: First time meeting in person!

03/17/12: Officially engaged in London!!

I-130 (IR-1/CR-1 Visa) Journey:

04/14/12: Married in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
04/23/12: Mailed I-130 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
04/25/12: NOA 1, Priority Date, Routed to CSC
04/28/12: Check for petition cleared bank account
07/23/12: NOA 2
07/27/12: Petition arrived at NVC
08/15/12: NVC Case Number received over the phone, DS3032 email sent
08/16/12: IIN assigned
08/22/12: AOS Bill Invoiced and Paid, Sent DS-3032 email again
08/24/12: DS-3032 Accepted (email received from NVC)
08/27/12: IV Bill Invoiced and Paid
08/28/12: AOS Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed AOS Packet
08/28/12: IV Bill Shows PAID
08/28/12: Mailed IV Packet
09/07/12: AOS Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/05/12: IV Packet Received and Accepted by NVC
09/07/12: Case Complete
10/09/12: Medical
10/15/12: Interview! APPROVED!!
10/19/12: Visa in Hand, Delivered at 2:55pm GMT
10/20/12: POE at LAX, Flight arrives at 7:15pm
10/23/12: Went to local SSA office, applied for SSN
10/27/12: Social Security card arrived by mail
11/6/12: Green Card arrived in the mail!

I-751 Journey (Removal of Conditions)

07/23/14: Sent ROC Paperwork to CSC

07/25/14: NOA Received

07/29/14: Check for application & biometrics cleared bank

08/18/14: Biometrics Completed

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India

Online and paper file timeline are same,  if you service center says 8-13 months, you might get your interview much quicker.  I am Philly online applicant and it says 9-20 months, go interview in 7 months.  Check other cases of your local service center for an approximate timeline.   Online application has several advantages, you will get NOA quicker and might get your bio appointment a few days early and you will be able to see all the notices and print them out.  

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