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Basically just share my own experience here. Trying to help all the fellow comrades here.

 

As an active duty military member, I am not deploying anytime soon, and I filled i130 using normal route.

However, after a month of waiting,  I read USCIS, DOS, and US Embassy does review expedite request in a case by case basis, then I thought why not give it a try.

 

All I did was to ask my supervisor to write a official letter ( not my commanding officer) addressed to USCIS, explaining my situation and possible deployment (as an AD military, we all are possible to deploy anytime). I sent out the letter once its been reviewed through my peers and did some revision, USCIS received second day, and the case got approved the next day and got sent to NVC

 

While waiting my case to get to NVC, I have been contacting US Embassy over email,  they even pre-approved my expedite request long before my case reached NVC. What happen was as soon as NVC received my case and assigned my case number, I got a second email saying it;s on its way to US Embassy, skipping whole NVC stage. All these happened within 10 minutes.

 

One day after US Embassy received the case, they sent me the welcome letter, required documents to bring to the interview, and the actual interview day immediately.

 

All I am trying to say is, go TRY. It can be done even if we are not deploying. Don't say NO to yourself before they said no, the worst thing can happen is they say no and the petition will still go on normal processing time, won't cause any delay anyway.

 

 

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I-130 Sent : 2019-03-22

I-130 NOA1 :

I-130 NOA1(Account Access Letter) :

I-130 Called for Expedite (requested accepted)                                    

I-130 Expedite Documents sent and received by TSC

I-130 petition approved

NOA2 Received, Notice Date 15 May 2019

NVC Received File, assigned case# and invoice#

NVC Expedite requested and approved

NVC Sent file to Embassy ( In-Transit )

Embassy Received, scheduled for interview on 08-13 

VISA Approved!!!!

POE Detroit, reunited with my wife~

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2019-10-03

 

 

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On 7/9/2019 at 10:38 AM, Rexxx said:

Basically just share my own experience here. Trying to help all the fellow comrades here.

 

As an active duty military member, I am not deploying anytime soon, and I filled i130 using normal route.

However, after a month of waiting,  I read USCIS, DOS, and US Embassy does review expedite request in a case by case basis, then I thought why not give it a try.

 

All I did was to ask my supervisor to write a official letter ( not my commanding officer) addressed to USCIS, explaining my situation and possible deployment (as an AD military, we all are possible to deploy anytime). I sent out the letter once its been reviewed through my peers and did some revision, USCIS received second day, and the case got approved the next day and got sent to NVC

 

While waiting my case to get to NVC, I have been contacting US Embassy over email,  they even pre-approved my expedite request long before my case reached NVC. What happen was as soon as NVC received my case and assigned my case number, I got a second email saying it;s on its way to US Embassy, skipping whole NVC stage. All these happened within 10 minutes.

 

One day after US Embassy received the case, they sent me the welcome letter, required documents to bring to the interview, and the actual interview day immediately.

 

All I am trying to say is, go TRY. It can be done even if we are not deploying. Don't say NO to yourself before they said no, the worst thing can happen is they say no and the petition will still go on normal processing time, won't cause any delay anyway.

 

 

I wish my fiance would've applied before he was deployed. Now that he is deployed, we wont be able to expedite our case. 


Dated for almost 3 years before he proposed. 💍

16 Oct 2019 - Sent I-129F

18 Oct 2019 - Delivered

24 Oct 2019 - NOA1 notice date

7 Feb 2020 - NOA2 notice date

13 Mar 2020 - P3 Received

20 Mar 2020- DS-160 fee paid

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On 7/9/2019 at 5:38 AM, Rexxx said:

Basically just share my own experience here. Trying to help all the fellow comrades here.

 

As an active duty military member, I am not deploying anytime soon, and I filled i130 using normal route.

However, after a month of waiting,  I read USCIS, DOS, and US Embassy does review expedite request in a case by case basis, then I thought why not give it a try.

 

All I did was to ask my supervisor to write a official letter ( not my commanding officer) addressed to USCIS, explaining my situation and possible deployment (as an AD military, we all are possible to deploy anytime). I sent out the letter once its been reviewed through my peers and did some revision, USCIS received second day, and the case got approved the next day and got sent to NVC

 

While waiting my case to get to NVC, I have been contacting US Embassy over email,  they even pre-approved my expedite request long before my case reached NVC. What happen was as soon as NVC received my case and assigned my case number, I got a second email saying it;s on its way to US Embassy, skipping whole NVC stage. All these happened within 10 minutes.

 

One day after US Embassy received the case, they sent me the welcome letter, required documents to bring to the interview, and the actual interview day immediately.

 

All I am trying to say is, go TRY. It can be done even if we are not deploying. Don't say NO to yourself before they said no, the worst thing can happen is they say no and the petition will still go on normal processing time, won't cause any delay anyway.

 

 

Hello there, may I ask where to exactly you sent that letter? The USCIS service centre that your I-130 was assigned to? We are trying to expedite as well, did an expedite request over the phone and received a service request number but have not heard back from them... thanks in advance and kind regards, ina

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On 12/13/2019 at 9:23 AM, Inita said:

Hello there, may I ask where to exactly you sent that letter? The USCIS service centre that your I-130 was assigned to? We are trying to expedite as well, did an expedite request over the phone and received a service request number but have not heard back from them... thanks in advance and kind regards, ina

hello! hope this reply isn't too late~ Didn't really come here that often after my CR1 visa is issued.

 

I was assigned to the Texas service center, and that's where I sent the letter to.  I requested expedite over the phone, and few minutes later I received an email asking for the document with a servicing center address, and that's where I sent the letter.


I-130 Sent : 2019-03-22

I-130 NOA1 :

I-130 NOA1(Account Access Letter) :

I-130 Called for Expedite (requested accepted)                                    

I-130 Expedite Documents sent and received by TSC

I-130 petition approved

NOA2 Received, Notice Date 15 May 2019

NVC Received File, assigned case# and invoice#

NVC Expedite requested and approved

NVC Sent file to Embassy ( In-Transit )

Embassy Received, scheduled for interview on 08-13 

VISA Approved!!!!

POE Detroit, reunited with my wife~

2019-04-04

2019-04-07

2019-04-08

2019-05-14

2019-05-15

2019-05-21

2019-06-19

2019-06-19

2019-06-19

2019-06-20

2019-08-13

2019-10-03

 

 

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6 hours ago, Rexxx said:

hello! hope this reply isn't too late~ Didn't really come here that often after my CR1 visa is issued.

 

I was assigned to the Texas service center, and that's where I sent the letter to.  I requested expedite over the phone, and few minutes later I received an email asking for the document with a servicing center address, and that's where I sent the letter.

Hello, thank you for your reply! We have actually requested an expedite over the phone as well and got an email from them yesterday, asking for additional information. We sent in the letter from my husbands company and will see now how it'll go. I will update my timeline on the progress. Best regards, ina

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3 hours ago, Inita said:

just a quick heads up. we have received an email today that our reason to expedite USCIS process has been approved and that we will hear from them again within 45 days. I am over the moon!!

Nice! And congrats! 
And don’t stop there, 

After you get a notice that your document left USCIS, Start contact NVC and embassy. 
You have to request expedite on every stage.

 

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I-130 Sent : 2019-03-22

I-130 NOA1 :

I-130 NOA1(Account Access Letter) :

I-130 Called for Expedite (requested accepted)                                    

I-130 Expedite Documents sent and received by TSC

I-130 petition approved

NOA2 Received, Notice Date 15 May 2019

NVC Received File, assigned case# and invoice#

NVC Expedite requested and approved

NVC Sent file to Embassy ( In-Transit )

Embassy Received, scheduled for interview on 08-13 

VISA Approved!!!!

POE Detroit, reunited with my wife~

2019-04-04

2019-04-07

2019-04-08

2019-05-14

2019-05-15

2019-05-21

2019-06-19

2019-06-19

2019-06-19

2019-06-20

2019-08-13

2019-10-03

 

 

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4 hours ago, Rexxx said:

Nice! And congrats! 
And don’t stop there, 

After you get a notice that your document left USCIS, Start contact NVC and embassy. 
You have to request expedite on every stage.

 

Great, we will do that! thank you so much for the advice. I might ask more questions further on though ;)

 

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Hello there, me again with yet another question...

I wrote last time that our expedite request was accepted. Unfortunately it was only my case (handled in TX) that was accepted but for our sons case which is at the NBC in Missouri and for which we were being asked to fax the reason for expedite (same as for me, obviously) on December 19th has apparently not even been looked at. We have been trying to call USCIS to speak to a tier2 officer as we have been advised last Friday when we had an USCIS agent on the phone. At that time she said that the tier2 officers were not able to take a call but that we should call again monday. We called again Monday, were advised that no tier2 was available again and we should call back next day at 10am east coast time. Tried again yesterday, same issue, only been advised to call again today at 8am east coast time. Did this today and the agent said, she could not put us through because we are calling from Germany and tier2's only take national calls?!?! Seriously? Has anyone ever had the same issue? I am really confused and upset as there seem.to be no way of getting in touch with a tier2 and inquire about the status of my sons case. It obviously makes no sense if only my case gets pushed forward but his remains in the line... please help... thank ya'll!!

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On 1/8/2020 at 10:56 AM, Inita said:

Hello there, me again with yet another question...

I wrote last time that our expedite request was accepted. Unfortunately it was only my case (handled in TX) that was accepted but for our sons case which is at the NBC in Missouri and for which we were being asked to fax the reason for expedite (same as for me, obviously) on December 19th has apparently not even been looked at. We have been trying to call USCIS to speak to a tier2 officer as we have been advised last Friday when we had an USCIS agent on the phone. At that time she said that the tier2 officers were not able to take a call but that we should call again monday. We called again Monday, were advised that no tier2 was available again and we should call back next day at 10am east coast time. Tried again yesterday, same issue, only been advised to call again today at 8am east coast time. Did this today and the agent said, she could not put us through because we are calling from Germany and tier2's only take national calls?!?! Seriously? Has anyone ever had the same issue? I am really confused and upset as there seem.to be no way of getting in touch with a tier2 and inquire about the status of my sons case. It obviously makes no sense if only my case gets pushed forward but his remains in the line... please help... thank ya'll!!

You can insist. They have to transfer you.  Obviously they cant do the call back service but thats hit or miss. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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On 7/9/2019 at 4:38 AM, Rexxx said:

Basically just share my own experience here. Trying to help all the fellow comrades here.

 

As an active duty military member, I am not deploying anytime soon, and I filled i130 using normal route.

However, after a month of waiting,  I read USCIS, DOS, and US Embassy does review expedite request in a case by case basis, then I thought why not give it a try.

 

All I did was to ask my supervisor to write a official letter ( not my commanding officer) addressed to USCIS, explaining my situation and possible deployment (as an AD military, we all are possible to deploy anytime). I sent out the letter once its been reviewed through my peers and did some revision, USCIS received second day, and the case got approved the next day and got sent to NVC

 

While waiting my case to get to NVC, I have been contacting US Embassy over email,  they even pre-approved my expedite request long before my case reached NVC. What happen was as soon as NVC received my case and assigned my case number, I got a second email saying it;s on its way to US Embassy, skipping whole NVC stage. All these happened within 10 minutes.

 

One day after US Embassy received the case, they sent me the welcome letter, required documents to bring to the interview, and the actual interview day immediately.

 

All I am trying to say is, go TRY. It can be done even if we are not deploying. Don't say NO to yourself before they said no, the worst thing can happen is they say no and the petition will still go on normal processing time, won't cause any delay anyway.

 

 

Hi Rexxx,

 

My husband and I are waiting for my case to hit NVC and are going to do an expedite request for financial reason which we are hoping will be approved. My husband (petitioner) is AD too and now we're considering using the financial reasons alongside a similar letter to the one you submitted to help increase our chances. Is there any way you would be happy to share the contents of the letter with me so I have an idea of how it is worded? Of course replace case number and all identifying info with "XXX"


Our CR1/ IR1 Journey:

 

USCIS Stage:

  • September 14 2018: I-130 NOA1 (TSC)
  • March 19 2019: I-130 NOA2 (186 days)
  • April 26 2019: I-824 NOA1 (NBC) (Change from AOS to Consular - mistake on I-130 😭)
  • January 24 2020: I-824 NOA2 (273 days)
  • Feb 5 2020: Approved I-130 Sent to NVC (12 days after I-824 NOA2)

 

NVC Stage:

  • February 12 2020: Case Received @ NVC (7 days after being sent)
  • February 16 2020: Expedite Request Sent - Financial Hardship
  • March 7 2020: Case Number Created (23 days after NVC receipt)
  • March 7 2020: IV & AOS Fees Paid (Showed as PAID after 4 days)
  • March 13 2020: IV & AOS Docs Submitted
  • March 30 2020: Expedite Request Approved - Conditional (once Embassies resume normal services - COVID19)
  • May 04 2020: Documentarily Qualified
  • July 16 2020: Expedite Request Approved - Unconditional!! 🎉

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