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I-129F: The petition for a fiance of a US Citizen

I-130: Petition for a qualifying relative of a US Citizen or permanent resident

I-765: Application for an Employment Authorization Document (to work, used for those within the US already)

I-131: Application for Advance Parole (to travel abroad and return, for those already in the US)

N-400: Application for naturalization

 

CSC: California Service Center

TSC: Texas Service Center

VSC: Vermont Service Center

NSC: Nebraska Service Center

NBC: National Benefits Center

Note: All I-129Fs (Edit: for a K-1 visa) are handled by CSC nowadays, except for a very few that go to VSC (typically due to certain criminal backgrounds). People using TSC are mistakenly thinking the Texas lockbox (where you file the I-129F) is the service center. It's not.

 

K-1: Visa for a fiance/fiancee of a US Citizen

K-3: (Obsolete) non-immigrant visa for a spouse of a USC

IR-1: Visa for a spouse of a US Citizen (Married 2+ years)

CR-1: Visa for a spouse of a US Citizen (Married < 2 years)

 

The dates are the most recent approved forms as reported by VisaJourney members (presumably some logic here to ignore expedites and other out-of-the-norm data). These are not official - it's just a subset of data from members of this site.

Edited by geowrian

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:

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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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11 minutes ago, APA said:

So in the example pic I posted, the CSC is just now processing K1s that were filed on May 28? Or am I understanding this wrong?

Based on the data from other VJ members, CSC is currently processing I-129Fs for a fiance/fiancee from around may 28th.

 

USCIS does not process K-1s...the embassy/consulate will do so after I-129F approval.

Edited by geowrian

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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On 8/31/2019 at 8:23 PM, geowrian said:

Based on the data from other VJ members, CSC is currently processing I-129Fs for a fiance/fiancee from around may 28th.

Slightly more accurately, the average NOA1 date of recently approved I-129Fs is around May 28th.

 

Some were later, some were earlier, and some were much earlier.


K-1                             AOS
NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31    NOA1 Notice Date: 2019-04-11
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16           Biometrics Date: 2019-05-10
Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03     Interview Date: 2019-09-25
Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28
Interview date: 2019-02-14
Visa issued: 2019-02-28
POE: 2019-03-11
Wedding: 2019-03-14

 

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I guess I’m trying to figure out at what point after filing the petition I need to return to the States and start working so I can show proof of employment at the interview date. I’ve been told by several people that it’s not necessary to show employment at the time of filing but definitely necessary at the appointment date. Does this sound accurate? I don’t want to leave 6 months before the date but I don’t want to wait too long either. 

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2 minutes ago, APA said:

I guess I’m trying to figure out at what point after filing the petition I need to return to the States and start working so I can show proof of employment at the interview date. I’ve been told by several people that it’s not necessary to show employment at the time of filing but definitely necessary at the appointment date. Does this sound accurate? I don’t want to leave 6 months before the date but I don’t want to wait too long either. 

You must have sufficient income (or a co sponsor) for the I-134 at the interview abroad, not at the time of filing the petition.


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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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

You must have sufficient income (or a co sponsor) for the I-134 at the interview abroad, not at the time of filing the petition.

 

Ok thank you. So now I have to determine how long from filing until the interview so I can go home and start working. Is this what the listed time tables allude to or is this just the time it takes them to process it and forward to the respective embassy? I assume the embassy will have their own timeline for processing?

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1 minute ago, APA said:

Ok thank you. So now I have to determine how long from filing until the interview so I can go home and start working. Is this what the listed time tables allude to or is this just the time it takes them to process it and forward to the respective embassy? I assume the embassy will have their own timeline for processing?

Those timelines are for the I-129F petition. then expect over a month to about 2 months for NVC to get the case, process it, and get it top the consulate. Then the time varies by consulate to get an appointment for the visa.

A quick breakdown of current trends of each step is here: https://www.visajourney.com/content/k1historical/

The stats page will show average time at each consulate: https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/stats.php?cfl=


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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2 hours ago, geowrian said:

Those timelines are for the I-129F petition. then expect over a month to about 2 months for NVC to get the case, process it, and get it top the consulate. Then the time varies by consulate to get an appointment for the visa.

A quick breakdown of current trends of each step is here: https://www.visajourney.com/content/k1historical/

The stats page will show average time at each consulate: https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/stats.php?cfl=

The timelines are the “processing” part that you mentioned after the NVC gets the case? 

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