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I was wondering if anyone has experience filing a CR1 spousal visa application with the lockbox in Chicago while living overseas. I live in the Philippines and was going to use Direct Consular Filing at the USCIS office in Manila next month, however I just found out they closed the office. Does anyone know how long it takes if you file from overseas to that lockbox in Chicago? It's for countries that don't have a USCIS office.

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Without DCF you would use the normal I-130 process that everyone else uses. The average is around 12-14 months from filing until the visa is issued. 


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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
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13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
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14 minutes ago, JacobM said:

I was wondering if anyone has experience filing a CR1 spousal visa application with the lockbox in Chicago while living overseas. I live in the Philippines and was going to use Direct Consular Filing at the USCIS office in Manila next month, however I just found out they closed the office. Does anyone know how long it takes if you file from overseas to that lockbox in Chicago? It's for countries that don't have a USCIS office.

All of the USCIS offices abroad are closing this year, it just so happened that USEM was one of the first to close. So it will take about 12-14 months of processing now. 

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On 6/23/2019 at 8:55 PM, JacobM said:

I was wondering if anyone has experience filing a CR1 spousal visa application with the lockbox in Chicago while living overseas. I live in the Philippines and was going to use Direct Consular Filing at the USCIS office in Manila next month, however I just found out they closed the office. Does anyone know how long it takes if you file from overseas to that lockbox in Chicago? It's for countries that don't have a USCIS office.

Do you qualify for "exceptional circumstances?"


YMMV

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