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Sudhir Gaur

I 130 USCIS Vermont office

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My father filed my I 130 under unmarried children over 21 , from Vermont in April 2014 . I still have not received the approval . Any idea why this office is going so slow as compared to others and when can I expect an approval ? Is there any way I can shift my case to another office ? Thank you ☺️

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  1. There is no advantage to them approving the petition quickly. The biggest holdup for F1 is the Priority Date (PD). Even if they approved the petition tomorrow, the case would just sit at NVC waiting for the PD to become current. This is due to annual limits on F1 visas, not processing capacity.
    1. As long as they approve the petition a little before the PD is current, it won't slow down your case at all.
    2. Visa Bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-bulletin.html
      1. Depending on the country of chargeability, the current PD for F1 is anywhere from 2012 to 1996.
    3. If the beneficiary has any children, the longer the I-130 is pending, the more CSPA coverage they have (if they intend to immigrate as well).
  2. There is no way to move your case to another SC. USCIS will transfer them - or not - according to their own internal load balancing scheme.
  3. USCIS processing timelines: https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
    1. It sounds like VSC is handling June 2011 cases right now, so your case is within normal timelines.

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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I've seen many people got IOE case assigned even though they filed the same method as others (by mail), their case got approved much faster around 3-4 months, while others have to sit tight and still for around 10-12 months to get a final decision. I'm not trying to sound like an ignorant, but their "First come first serve policy" is a a fraud.

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1 minute ago, Sudhir Gaur said:

what happens if my number in NVC comes but USCIS is still processing my case ?

If your PD becomes current but the I-130 is not approved yet, then you would need to wait for USCIS to approve the I-130.

That said, they normally try to time the I-130 processing so that they complete before the PD becomes current. There are exceptions, but that's the norm unless there is a sudden jump in PD dates.


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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