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I’ve always been under the impression that I-130 cases are processed and approved in a first come-first serve order, but looking at the historical chart on this site I see inconsistencies. I filtered it to show only cases in Nebraska since that’s where my case is (why god WHY NEBRASKA), and I see inconsistencies.

Example: some people who filed in July of last year barely got their NOA2 this month, yet others who filed in January of this year got their NOA2 this month also......???

That throws me off to understand where exactly they stand as far as what month they’re working on. 

Does being an US citizen petitioner make your case go faster. 

‘We’ve been married for over 2yrs but just now filed in April so I understand we have a long ways to go. 

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In general, things are processed first come, first serve. But it's more like a massive supermarket with 100+ checkout lanes. Some are faster than others. Some need a price check. Sometimes somebody is paying entirely with small coins. There's always somebody going faster than you, and always somebody going slower than you.

There's also things like expedites, extended background checks, verification of documents, RFEs, etc., that impact timelines.

 

Best thing you can do is not focus on others...you'll drive yourself mad.

 

21 minutes ago, JesseTovar said:

Does being an US citizen petitioner make your case go faster.

It's generally faster for a USC petitioning an immediate relative than an LPR doing so, yes (even more so when PDs are not current...then it adds year(s) to the process for an LPR).

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Timelines:

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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:

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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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Nebraska has failed leadership running that service center. They are mismanaged only a mass firing of the leaders and replacing them with people that want to make progress is going to speed things up and make things more consistent. 

 

And also there's a running theory that if you file a k3 petition you get pushed to the front of the line. 


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2 hours ago, JesseTovar said:

I’ve always been under the impression that I-130 cases are processed and approved in a first come-first serve order, but looking at the historical chart on this site I see inconsistencies. I filtered it to show only cases in Nebraska since that’s where my case is (why god WHY NEBRASKA), and I see inconsistencies.

Example: some people who filed in July of last year barely got their NOA2 this month, yet others who filed in January of this year got their NOA2 this month also......???

That throws me off to understand where exactly they stand as far as what month they’re working on. 

Does being an US citizen petitioner make your case go faster. 

‘We’ve been married for over 2yrs but just now filed in April so I understand we have a long ways to go. 

Grocery store analogy . . . Some checkout lines are faster than others.   

 

Every petition is unique, has different variables and every petitioners and beneficiary background will be different.   Then each adjudicator works, well however they work.  Then cases will also get moved between centers to even things out.  Hopefully no RFEs.

 

and yes being a USC does make it faster . . . otherwise you are applying for a F2A visa


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2 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

Grocery store analogy . . . Some checkout lines are faster than others.   

 

Every petition is unique, has different variables and every petitioners and beneficiary background will be different.   Then each adjudicator works, well however they work.  Then cases will also get moved between centers to even things out.  Hopefully no RFEs.

 

and yes being a USC does make it faster . . . otherwise you are applying for a F2A visa

 

4 hours ago, geowrian said:

In general, things are processed first come, first serve. But it's more like a massive supermarket with 100+ checkout lanes. Some are faster than others. Some need a price check. Sometimes somebody is paying entirely with small coins. There's always somebody going faster than you, and always somebody going slower than you.

There's also things like expedites, extended background checks, verification of documents, RFEs, etc., that impact timelines.

 

Best thing you can do is not focus on others...you'll drive yourself mad.

 

It's generally faster for a USC petitioning an immediate relative than an LPR doing so, yes (even more so when PDs are not current...then it adds year(s) to the process for an LPR).

Thanks for that illustration, makes sense.

just one more question, do you get a notice/email once they actually start working on your case, or do they just eventually send an NOA2 stating if it’s been approved or denied?

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6 minutes ago, JesseTovar said:

 

Thanks for that illustration, makes sense.

just one more question, do you get a notice/email once they actually start working on your case, or do they just eventually send an NOA2 stating if it’s been approved or denied?

You don’t get notified when they begin working in your case .. only an RFE while they are working on it if they require further evidence or documents are incorrect or missing , and then the outcome .. approved or denied 

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21 hours ago, geowrian said:

In general, things are processed first come, first serve. But it's more like a massive supermarket with 100+ checkout lanes. Some are faster than others. Some need a price check. Sometimes somebody is paying entirely with small coins. There's always somebody going faster than you, and always somebody going slower than you.

There's also things like expedites, extended background checks, verification of documents, RFEs, etc., that impact timelines.

Perfect analogy. You might have sent the petition on the same day someone else did but you might have joined a "slow line at check out".

 

But look on the bright side. At least you will not have to get into line again for Adjustment of Status, since you are filing for a spousal visa.

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19 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

  Then each adjudicator works, well however they work.  

😂😂 ☝️☝️☝️ what he said.... I saw a USCIS processing officer position advertised on indeed a couple of weeks ago... well however they work probably sums it up nicely given the pay cheque, I’d of thought it much higher than 30k a year 😬


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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to USCIS Service Centers forum.


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4 minutes ago, LaniLin said:

I don't know if I agree being a USC makes any difference. I am and filed my petition last August so I'm right at the year mark and still waiting for my NOA2. 

An LPR petitioning for a spouse would fall under F2A, which is processed by CSC right now.

https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

Current processing time for this category: 18.5 to 24 months

 

This is also ignoring that an IR of a USC has a visa number immediately available. For F2A, the wait there was ~2 years until just recently (so even if USCIS approved the case in a week, it would have still sat for 2 years with no way to expedite).


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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10 minutes ago, geowrian said:

An LPR petitioning for a spouse would fall under F2A, which is processed by CSC right now.

https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

Current processing time for this category: 18.5 to 24 months

 

This is also ignoring that an IR of a USC has a visa number immediately available. For F2A, the wait there was ~2 years until just recently (so even if USCIS approved the case in a week, it would have still sat for 2 years with no way to expedite).

I see what you are saying. I guess my comment was just in general as I'm a USC and I've been waiting for a year and am seeing the same thing - some people applied just this year and already have their NOA2. Frustrating!

 

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Please give us advices;

1):How , What based on does USCIS divide(sort) to Field Office or Service Center of them after received I-130 from petitioners?

2): How can I change the service center of USCIS while waiting to receive NOA2 ?

 

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47 minutes ago, k&mk said:

Please give us advices;

1):How , What based on does USCIS divide(sort) to Field Office or Service Center of them after received I-130 from petitioners?

2): How can I change the service center of USCIS while waiting to receive NOA2 ?

 

  1. Service Centers are assigned to process cases based on load and priorities of USCIS. For a standalone I-130, a Service Center will handle the petition.
    1. For forms that require an interview (such as an I-130 + I-485 concurrent filing), the case will be handled by a local USCIS field office. Those are assigned based on the location of your residency.
  2. You cannot.

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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