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Hey Everyone!

We submitted a USCIS request for expedite (humanitarian) for spousal I-130 over the phone with a rep last Monday, 12/9. She said the target response date would be 12/14/19. Still nothing. For anyone who has ever filed an expedite request before, how long did it take for a response? Thank You! 

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On 12/17/2019 at 1:25 AM, FD21 said:

Hey Everyone!

We submitted a USCIS request for expedite (humanitarian) for spousal I-130 over the phone with a rep last Monday, 12/9. She said the target response date would be 12/14/19. Still nothing. For anyone who has ever filed an expedite request before, how long did it take for a response? Thank You! 

Hi there, we have filed expedite requests for I-130 at USCIS stage on December 12th. Mine (at TX SC) was approved on December 16th after we had to mail them additional info/proof. Our son's though (at NBC in Missouri) has not had an update since we faxed requested info/proof on December 20th.

 

Any update on your case??

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16 hours ago, Inita said:

Hi there, we have filed expedite requests for I-130 at USCIS stage on December 12th. Mine (at TX SC) was approved on December 16th after we had to mail them additional info/proof. Our son's though (at NBC in Missouri) has not had an update since we faxed requested info/proof on December 20th.

 

Any update on your case??

I called again & the Tier 1 agent had to resubmit my request (it had been assigned to a rep but no movement on the expedite) so had a new expedite request on 12/20. Finally on Friday, 12/27 I got an email saying that I needed to submit proof for reason to expedite within 48 hours. They provided the email to send it to. (If you have documents you need translated, make sure you already have it, because it was a rush trying to get a translation service to turn around documents within 24 hours so that I could submit it by the 48 hour deadline). 

 

Finally on 1/3/20 they emailed and said they received my email & will make a decision within 30 days on whether they will expedite or not. So now I'm still waiting. 

 

I would keep calling until you get your answers on updates. There must have been holiday slowdown but you deserve to know updates! 

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49 minutes ago, FD21 said:

If you have documents you need translated, make sure you already have it, because it was a rush trying to get a translation service to turn around documents within 24 hours so that I could submit it by the 48 hour deadline

Note that anybody fluent in both languages can do the translation with USCIS.

https://www.visajourney.com/guides/uscis-document-translation/

Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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

12/1/16: 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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On 12/16/2019 at 5:25 PM, FD21 said:

Hey Everyone!

We submitted a USCIS request for expedite (humanitarian) for spousal I-130 over the phone with a rep last Monday, 12/9. She said the target response date would be 12/14/19. Still nothing. For anyone who has ever filed an expedite request before, how long did it take for a response? Thank You! 

We helped some friends last year and it took about 30 days to hear back.  With the holidays I think it would take a bit longer.

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10 hours ago, FD21 said:

I called again & the Tier 1 agent had to resubmit my request (it had been assigned to a rep but no movement on the expedite) so had a new expedite request on 12/20. Finally on Friday, 12/27 I got an email saying that I needed to submit proof for reason to expedite within 48 hours. They provided the email to send it to. (If you have documents you need translated, make sure you already have it, because it was a rush trying to get a translation service to turn around documents within 24 hours so that I could submit it by the 48 hour deadline). 

 

Finally on 1/3/20 they emailed and said they received my email & will make a decision within 30 days on whether they will expedite or not. So now I'm still waiting. 

 

I would keep calling until you get your answers on updates. There must have been holiday slowdown but you deserve to know updates! 

We have called several times but all tier1 officers said they couldn't do anything for us we would need to speak to a tier2 but they were never available...

Last tier1 said that they are not able to transfer calls from outside the US 

It's draining...

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9 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

We helped some friends last year and it took about 30 days to hear back.  With the holidays I think it would take a bit longer.

I feel we can't do anything but wait...

I am just a little worried that my i130 gets approved through expedite but our son's won't ... worst case, I'll have my visa expiring while we wait for our son's  :(

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2 minutes ago, Inita said:

I feel we can't do anything but wait...

I am just a little worried that my i130 gets approved through expedite but our son's won't ... worst case, I'll have my visa expiring while we wait for our son's  :(

An approved I-130 can sit at NVC for a year without any steps and should actually be held for 2 years before being destroyed. That’s just to start the processing at NVC. Plus the actual visa is valid for up to 6 months from the medical.

Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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

12/1/16: 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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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

An approved I-130 can sit at NVC for a year without any steps and should actually be held for 2 years before being destroyed. That’s just to start the processing at NVC. Plus the actual visa is valid for up to 6 months from the medical.

we will request for expedite with NVC as well.

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12 hours ago, geowrian said:

Note that anybody fluent in both languages can do the translation with USCIS.

https://www.visajourney.com/guides/uscis-document-translation/

you mean you don't need certified translations? 

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2 hours ago, Inita said:

I feel we can't do anything but wait...

I am just a little worried that my i130 gets approved through expedite but our son's won't ... worst case, I'll have my visa expiring while we wait for our son's  :(

I'm gonna cross my fingers for you. By the way, are you applying from Hawai'i? I am from there :) 

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1 minute ago, FD21 said:

I'm gonna cross my fingers for you. By the way, are you applying from Hawai'i? I am from there :) 

Thank you, that is very sweet! We are currently still in Germany but my husband has to move to Oahu mid February for his job. I sure hope, we can join him there soon...! :) 

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Just now, FD21 said:

you mean you don't need certified translations? 

They do need to be certified for USCIS, but anybody fluent in both languages can do the certification. They just need to provide the certification statement as noted in the link.

 

After USCIS (NVC and consulate), they may or may not need translations from certain authorities/with certain qualifications. I think NVC itself accepts them in a similar manner (not 100% certain, sorry), and the individual consulates have their own requirements, which should be noted in the instructions/packet before the interview (with the list of documents to bring).

Timelines:

ROC:

Spoiler

7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received, 8/1/ NOA1 hard copy received

AOS:

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

12/1/16: 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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1 minute ago, Inita said:

Thank you, that is very sweet! We are currently still in Germany but my husband has to move to Oahu mid February for his job. I sure hope, we can join him there soon...! :) 

ah wow! what a move. Let me know if you ever have questions about O'ahu. 

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