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Hello everyone 

I heard that from now and onwards you can file 

I 130 online and the process time for I 130 is going to reduced by 3-5 months??

Usually it take 9 -14 months for I 130 to be approved. 

Is that information true??

I also checked through uscis yes you can file online but not sure about the time??

Thanks 

 

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No new timelines for filing online have been posted AFAIK. I would presume it would be faster for them to process electronically, but by how much it actually progresses through the backlog would be pure speculation at this point.


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:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: 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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Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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The online form has some "kinks" in it, so I am reluctant to use it right now and this is the month I am filing as well. For instance, the form requires you to put an end date in the question that asks you about your current marriage. Obviously there is no end date but it doesn't let you do otherwise! I will stick to the paper one for now.

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12 hours ago, Imran99 said:

Hello everyone 

I heard that from now and onwards you can file 

I 130 online and the process time for I 130 is going to reduced by 3-5 months??

Usually it take 9 -14 months for I 130 to be approved. 

Is that information true??

I also checked through uscis yes you can file online but not sure about the time??

Thanks 

 

Where did you hear that processing time was going to be reduced by 3-5 months with the online I-130?  Surprising since the online I-130 was just announced and no one has any actual experience.  

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8 hours ago, Paco415 said:

The online form has some "kinks" in it, so I am reluctant to use it right now and this is the month I am filing as well. For instance, the form requires you to put an end date in the question that asks you about your current marriage. Obviously there is no end date but it doesn't let you do otherwise! I will stick to the paper one for now.

We filed online on Friday, and we just left it blank, as it hasn’t ended yet. I would highly recommend the online form. It’s very well constructed and concise! 

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1 hour ago, Hannahl4211 said:

We filed online on Friday, and we just left it blank, as it hasn’t ended yet. I would highly recommend the online form. It’s very well constructed and concise! 

The form would not let me proceed without filling that entry out, perhaps they fixed it and I should try again?

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15 minutes ago, Paco415 said:

The form would not let me proceed without filling that entry out, perhaps they fixed it and I should try again?

My husband was then one who filled it out (I am from the UK, he is an American citizen), but I’m pretty sure he just left it blank whenever it was currently ongoing. These forms are read by a human I would assume due to the nature of them, so I think they would come to understand it left blank as ongoing. There was no option for “present” or “current. But We shall see!

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9 minutes ago, Hannahl4211 said:

My husband was then one who filled it out (I am from the UK, he is an American citizen), but I’m pretty sure he just left it blank whenever it was currently ongoing. These forms are read by a human I would assume due to the nature of them, so I think they would come to understand it left blank as ongoing. There was no option for “present” or “current. But We shall see!

The form does not allow me to proceed to the next screen without entering a date, cant leave it blank. This is the issue I am having.

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Just now, Paco415 said:

The form does not allow me to proceed to the next screen without entering a date, cant leave it blank. This is the issue I am having.

I just checked with my husband and he left it blank. I know that the form changes to the nature of each applicant and their circumstances, so maybe that’s why.

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The processing time for the I-130 has little to do with the format but plenty to do with the sheer volume of forms received and the number of people available to work them. Paper forms spend all but an hour or so of the 9-14-month processing time sitting in archive boxes waiting to be looked at. Online forms will spend just as long sitting on a sever waiting to be looked at. The adjudication process is very quick - sometimes as little as 30 minutes. The only way the wait will be reduced is if a huge drop in numbers of forms received is experienced (not going to happen) or huge numbers of new employees are hired (also unlikely). 


 

 

 

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Assuming electronic forms will reduce processing times for new applications and application volume stays the same you might see improvements in the long run.

 

However, service centers will have to clear the backlog of paper applications already in the system before they can start looking at the newer electronic ones. Also, the number of applications will probably increase as well, as it has over the past years.

Edited by SaeedA

Our IR1 Journey So Far:
 

USCIS Stage:

  • Jan 19 2019: Sent I130 package
  • Jan 22 2019: Delivered
  • Feb 3 2019: I130 NOA1 (Priority Date: Jan 22, 2019)
  • Assigned to Nebraska Service Center ( 😶)
  • Sep 16 2019: I129f NOA1 PD
  • Oct 26 2019: I130 NOA2 (Notice date: Oct 21 2019)
  • Nov 04 2019: Sent to NVC

 

NVC Stage:

  • Waiting

 

 

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54 minutes ago, SaeedA said:

Assuming electronic forms will reduce processing times for new applications and application volume stays the same you might see improvements in the long run.

 

However, service centers will have to clear the backlog of paper applications already in the system before they can start looking at the newer electronic ones. Also, the number of applications will probably increase as well, as it has over the past years.

How much faster do you think it will be processed? The employees won’t be able to read any faster. The adjudication phase takes two hours at the most. How much faster will an online form make it? It’s purely a cost cutting measure to reduce mail room staff who spend all day opening FedEx/UPS wallets containing petitions and other documents. If you think this will make it considerably faster, you need to think about what causes the long waits. It’s volume, that’s all. 


 

 

 

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33 minutes ago, JFH said:

How much faster do you think it will be processed? The employees won’t be able to read any faster. The adjudication phase takes two hours at the most. How much faster will an online form make it? It’s purely a cost cutting measure to reduce mail room staff who spend all day opening FedEx/UPS wallets containing petitions and other documents. If you think this will make it considerably faster, you need to think about what causes the long waits. It’s volume, that’s all. 

Correct.  Normal actual adjudication takes usually, less than an hour of human interaction with the file.  Filing by mail gets the file into the system within a couple weeks.  After that, it's just sitting in a dark closet waiting its turn.  No difference really between waiting in a closet and waiting on a hard drive.  You just skip the intake facility in Chicago or Phoenix.

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55 minutes ago, JFH said:

How much faster do you think it will be processed? The employees won’t be able to read any faster. The adjudication phase takes two hours at the most. How much faster will an online form make it? It’s purely a cost cutting measure to reduce mail room staff who spend all day opening FedEx/UPS wallets containing petitions and other documents. If you think this will make it considerably faster, you need to think about what causes the long waits. It’s volume, that’s all.

My original response lacked clarity.

 

I said "assuming" it makes things faster. Also, I said things being faster is dependent on rate of application intake staying the same.

 

I tired saying any gains in throughput would probably be nullified by increase in applications. 

 

I didn't say it will make things faster for sure.

 

I hadn't thought about the how things would speed up when I wrote my post. However, reading your response gave me one possible idea. Reallocation of freed up resources to actual case processing. Money saved can be used to hire and train more officers who process the cases.

 

Of course, that depends on what the current administration wants to accomplish with this move. Free up more money for immigration enforcement or reduce legal immigration delays.

Edited by SaeedA

Our IR1 Journey So Far:
 

USCIS Stage:

  • Jan 19 2019: Sent I130 package
  • Jan 22 2019: Delivered
  • Feb 3 2019: I130 NOA1 (Priority Date: Jan 22, 2019)
  • Assigned to Nebraska Service Center ( 😶)
  • Sep 16 2019: I129f NOA1 PD
  • Oct 26 2019: I130 NOA2 (Notice date: Oct 21 2019)
  • Nov 04 2019: Sent to NVC

 

NVC Stage:

  • Waiting

 

 

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