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Does anyone know what methods are used to determine when who's I-129F get processed when?


There seems to be very little rhyme or reason as to when applications are processed.
 

For example, Person A can submit their application two weeks later than Person B  submitted his, and yet, Person A may be approved weeks or even months before Person B is.

It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. One of the more popular threads on here is from a person who was approved for the CR1 after a month, yet most of them take a year. 

 

Can anyone shed some insight into why situations like this happen? Shouldn't everyone's applications be done in chronological order?

 

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7 minutes ago, NotPennysBoat said:

Does anyone know what methods are used to determine when who's I-129F get processed when?


There seems to be very little rhyme or reason as to when applications are processed.
 

For example, Person A can submit their application two weeks later than Person B  submitted his, and yet, Person A may be approved weeks or even months before Person B is.

It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. One of the more popular threads on here is from a person who was approved for the CR1 after a month, yet most of them take a year. 

 

Can anyone shed some insight into why situations like this happen? Shouldn't everyone's applications be done in chronological order?

 

A lot has to do with background checks. 

 

Application A gets to an adjudicator and ends up having to go through a more extensive background check. The adjudicator has to wait to hear back before proceeding with the case... Therefore they move on to another application and are able to approve without waiting. 

 

I received NOA1 a month before you did. I've seen Jan and Feb filers already get their NOA2. I'm still waiting on mine.. 135+ days now. Other earlier Dec filers are still waiting. 

 

At this point with most embassies being closed for interviews you will still be waiting. 

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I have always suspected that those who send a huge pile of unnecessary and not required documents wait longer as the adjudicator simply has more paperwork to weed through.  

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35 minutes ago, NotPennysBoat said:

One of the more popular threads on here is from a person who was approved for the CR1 after a month, yet most of them take a year. 

I believe it was their petition (not the CR-1 visa) that was approved after a month.  That person is extremely lucky, and the exception.  I have been reading VJ for five years, and that is the first time I have seen a non-expedited petition randomly be approved that fast.

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Think of it like a massive supermarket with 100s of checkout aisles. You get in one aisle and you sit there until you checkout. Sometimes you get a slow one. Sometimes you get a fast one. Sometimes a price check is needed. Sometimes somebody is paying in change alone. All sorts of things can mean somebody who was in another line finishes before you. You are almost never in the slowest line. You are almost never in the fastest line.


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

12/1/16: 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 hour ago, Solaris81 said:

A lot has to do with background checks. 

My fiancee and I both are clean for everything so I don't know if that is the case for us. I got approved for a passport extremely quickly last year, although there could be different checks being done for this. 

 

1 hour ago, Jorgedig said:

I have always suspected that those who send a huge pile of unnecessary and not required documents wait longer as the adjudicator simply has more paperwork to weed through.  


I filed a very slim packet, didn't front-load very much. Just the essentials and some secondary evidence of meeting and a relationship (airbnb, boarding passes, engagement ring receipt, etc).  I imagine the people sending 40 page binders or waivers take a long time to sort out though, and that the current situation probably has slowed  USCIS down quite a bit. 
 

 

1 hour ago, Solaris81 said:

I received NOA1 a month before you did. I've seen Jan and Feb filers already get their NOA2. I'm still waiting on mine.. 135+ days now. Other earlier Dec filers are still waiting. 


That is  what promoted this thread honestly, I saw a lot of members from around my timeframe already receiving their NOA2s  and I got a bit anxious. Hope you get yours soon! 🙂



 

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2 minutes ago, NotPennysBoat said:

My fiancee and I both are clean for everything so I don't know if that is the case for us. I got approved for a passport extremely quickly last year, although there could be different checks being done for this. 

There are several checks that go on, and sometimes they get held up despite having a squeaky clean history. Sometimes it's as simple as somebody with the same or similar name having a history, and a manual investigation is needed to ensure they are looking at the right person.

I have some of the same security checks done regularly for my security clearances. I have not encountered a delay yet. Yet sometimes somebody will get stuck in them for months before they can approve the clearance request.

Being issued a passport is pretty much "are you a USC + are you on a no-fly list, or owe back support?". It's an entirely different level of checks.


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

12/1/16: 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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44 minutes ago, geowrian said:

There are several checks that go on, and sometimes they get held up despite having a squeaky clean history. Sometimes it's as simple as somebody with the same or similar name having a history, and a manual investigation is needed to ensure they are looking at the right person.

I have some of the same security checks done regularly for my security clearances. I have not encountered a delay yet. Yet sometimes somebody will get stuck in them for months before they can approve the clearance request.

Being issued a passport is pretty much "are you a USC + are you on a no-fly list, or owe back support?". It's an entirely different level of checks.

Exactly. If you have ever lived out of the country of different state than where you reside or your fiance has lived elsewhere, they will run checks in those areas. Sometimes getting an answer back from the various organizations that keep that information takes time.. Especially those abroad. With the pandemic, it's probably a ton slower as a lot of places are half staffed and maybe operating with limited capabilities.

 

I am also willing to bet that these applications (I129f) aren't even looked at for the first two months. So a majority of the approval period they are waiting to be worked on. 

 

I also have security checks done for clearances. I waited 3.5 yrs to be adjudicated for a TS while other colleagues were getting theirs back at 2 yrs. 

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16 minutes ago, Solaris81 said:

I am also willing to bet that these applications (I129f) aren't even looked at for the first two months. So a majority of the approval period they are waiting to be worked on. 

That's what a lot of other people say as well, so they might not have even gotten to my application yet. 

 

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I've been wondering the same thing. I know that it does make a difference where your fiancee is coming from. People who are coming from certain countries get more vetting before they allow them to come into the county. 

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34 minutes ago, Erin & Ricky said:

I've been wondering the same thing. I know that it does make a difference where your fiancee is coming from. People who are coming from certain countries get more vetting before they allow them to come into the county. 

What countries do you mean?

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37 minutes ago, Erin & Ricky said:

I've been wondering the same thing. I know that it does make a difference where your fiancee is coming from. People who are coming from certain countries get more vetting before they allow them to come into the county. 

Beneficiary's background isn't usually check at the USCIS.  It is reviewed at the consulate.


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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8 hours ago, Erin & Ricky said:

I've been wondering the same thing. I know that it does make a difference where your fiancee is coming from. People who are coming from certain countries get more vetting before they allow them to come into the county. 

That vetting is done primarily at the consulate level, rather than USCIS.  The petition is about the petitioner.

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On 5/4/2020 at 1:11 PM, Paul & Mary said:

Beneficiary's background isn't usually check at the USCIS.  It is reviewed at the consulate.

 

16 hours ago, Jorgedig said:

That vetting is done primarily at the consulate level, rather than USCIS.  The petition is about the petitioner.

 

True but I would assume that if the beneficiary is coming from a country where there has been a history of fraud that the petitioner will get extra screening to make sure the relationship is legitimate... right? 

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