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Hi fam,

Is the waiting period for U.S Citizens to bring their spouse from abroad to USA shorter than for a Permanent resident? and how long of wait do U.S. Citizens have to wait for their i-130 filing to go through than Permanent residents?

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When a USC petitions for a spouse, a visa number is immediately available.  An LPR petitioning for a spouse must wait for an available visa number.  This is why it's a shorter wait for a USC to petition a spouse vs an LPR petitioning for a spouse.

You can't compare two different waiting lines.  Furthermore, things fluctuate and are case independent.

 

On average, it takes a USC about 12-16 months to petition for a spouse while it takes an LPR over two years.  

What is your situation?  

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As noted above, USCs petitioning a spouse only have to wait for processing. LPRs have to wait for a visa number + processing (there is no visa number wait for that category right now, but that isn't expected to last...typically it falls in around ~1.5-2.5 years once enough requests come in again).

LPRs don't have any priority over a USC for the same type of relative being petitioned.


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 hour ago, Mimi@25 said:

Hi fam,

Is the waiting period for U.S Citizens to bring their spouse from abroad to USA shorter than for a Permanent resident? and how long of wait do U.S. Citizens have to wait for their i-130 filing to go through than Permanent residents?

If you are citizen will be faster. Which office are you sending I-130 form? If Vermont will be faster than other location. Probably take one year to get your case prove and then transfer for NVC (National Visa Center) 

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9 minutes ago, Kurdish said:

Which office are you sending I-130 form? If Vermont will be faster than other location.

Just to clarify to the OP....you don't send to a service center. You send the I-130 to a lockbox, then they will assign a service center.


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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7 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Just to clarify to the OP....you don't send to a service center. You send the I-130 to a lockbox, then they will assign a service center.

Right they are only 5 offices working on I-130 form. Depend which state are you living. For example if you live in Verginia they will send to Vermont. 

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1 minute ago, geowrian said:

State has no impact on service center. The service center is assigned based on an internal routing mechanism to balance load and priorities...nobody knows who will get a particular service center beforehand.

Yes between Nebraska, Texas and California they do that. For citizens I believe take one year but for green card take longer. 

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11 minutes ago, Kurdish said:

Yes between Nebraska, Texas and California they do that. For citizens I believe take one year but for green card take longer. 

For an approved spousal visa, for spouses of US citizens, the entire process is taking about a year these days, the beneficiary becomes an LPR immediately upon entry to the US, and the green card arrives a few weeks later.

Edited by carmel34

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2 hours ago, Mimi@25 said:

Question.

I see most people actually making an album for the pics. Is it a requirement for the supporting documents to be in an album form? 

Nope. I didn't use an album and many others did not.

Depending on exactly what kind of "album" is sent, it can result in an album being returned without being scanned. Whatever you send them gets scanned into the system.


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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