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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
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Does anyone know why there has been a huge spike in the timeline from NOA1 to NOA2 at the CSC (and now TSC)?  The times for NOA1 have not seen a spike, and the spikes didn't occur until a month and a half after COVID lockdowns began across the nation.  If there was going to be a spike in the length of processing times, I would have thought we would have seen it soon after lockdowns started, not nearly two months afterwards.  

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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8 minutes ago, lecht008 said:

Does anyone know why there has been a huge spike in the timeline from NOA1 to NOA2 at the CSC (and now TSC)?  The times for NOA1 have not seen a spike, and the spikes didn't occur until a month and a half after COVID lockdowns began across the nation.  If there was going to be a spike in the length of processing times, I would have thought we would have seen it soon after lockdowns started, not nearly two months afterwards.  

If course it's because of the pandemic. I'm a December filer and didn't get a response until after 5 full months. At that it was an RFE. Still quite a few December filers waiting for a response. March 17 is about when USCIS, started working with a skeleton crew. 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
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16 minutes ago, Solaris81 said:

If course it's because of the pandemic. I'm a December filer and didn't get a response until after 5 full months. At that it was an RFE. Still quite a few December filers waiting for a response. March 17 is about when USCIS, started working with a skeleton crew. 

Right, so based on your response we should have seen the spike occur in March (or early April), not now, which is why I was thinking it must be caused by something other than switching to reduced staff.  Anyways, has USCIS said if they plan on increasing their processing capacity (either by bringing more people into the office or having people complete work from home)?

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Iraq
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52 minutes ago, lecht008 said:

Right, so based on your response we should have seen the spike occur in March (or early April), not now, which is why I was thinking it must be caused by something other than switching to reduced staff.  Anyways, has USCIS said if they plan on increasing their processing capacity (either by bringing more people into the office or having people complete work from home)?

No - those increased timelines don’t occur instantly, they increase gradually over a longer time frame as staff starts falling behind in daily output of case work.

 

USCIS has announced a possible furlough of employees and contractors due to lack of funds, if the government doesn’t step in to help. This will go down in July as it currently stands. Knowing this administrations position on immigration, I don’t see those needed funds coming (but I hope I stand corrected, for the sake of the employees). The likeliness of having to expect even longer delays is there.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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1 hour ago, lecht008 said:

Does anyone know why there has been a huge spike in the timeline from NOA1 to NOA2 at the CSC (and now TSC)?

TSC does not handle I-129Fs for a K-1. They stopped that many years ago. Anybody entering that (or a transfer from TSC to CSC) is doing so by mistake. People often believe the Texas lockbox is TSC - it's not....they are different facilities.

So any data you see for TSC here is a mistake and should be ignored.

 

1 hour ago, lecht008 said:

Right, so based on your response we should have seen the spike occur in March (or early April), not now, which is why I was thinking it must be caused by something other than switching to reduced staff.  Anyways, has USCIS said if they plan on increasing their processing capacity (either by bringing more people into the office or having people complete work from home)?

When processing times are speeding up, you typically see this reflected in the numbers quickly as more people are completing their timelines showing approval in a quicker than average timeframe.

 

The opposite is true when timelines slow down. The system has no way to know if the reason it's taking longer than average is because of slower processing or people just not updating their timeline.

As such, it takes longer to see slowdowns reflected. The system needs to see people completing their timelines to reflect the longer processing timeline. That can only occur once groups of those people actually start to get approvals.

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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

12/1/16: 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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Peru
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7 minutes ago, Quarknase said:

No - those increased timelines don’t occur instantly, they increase gradually over a longer time frame as staff starts falling behind in daily output of case work.

 

Makes sense.  I'm guessing they may even have had a pile of approved applications in March that they continued sending out after the lockdown which may have caused the lag in the spike.

 

 

7 minutes ago, Quarknase said:

 

USCIS has announced a possible furlough of employees and contractors due to lack of funds, if the government doesn’t step in to help. This will go down in July as it currently stands. Knowing this administrations position on immigration, I don’t see those needed funds coming (but I hope I stand corrected, for the sake of the employees). The likeliness of having to expect even longer delays is there.

That is terrible news.  I hope this funding issue doesn't apply to the NVC as well?  

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2 hours ago, lecht008 said:

Does anyone know why there has been a huge spike in the timeline from NOA1 to NOA2 at the CSC (and now TSC)?  The times for NOA1 have not seen a spike, and the spikes didn't occur until a month and a half after COVID lockdowns began across the nation.  If there was going to be a spike in the length of processing times, I would have thought we would have seen it soon after lockdowns started, not nearly two months afterwards.  

Be a part of the conversation here https://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/120-consulate-uscis-service-center-discussion/ as it will enlighten you to everything that is transpiring with immigration and immigration issues. Good luck and stay engaged. 


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from K1 Process & Procedures to USCIS Service Centers forum.


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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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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Any one knows if it is confirmed that ASC will open on June 22nd ?


AOS Timeline: I-526 to I-485 

Priority date: 06 March 2018

Processing Center: California (WAC)

I-526 Petition filed : 06 Mar 2018

I-526 Approved: 26 Dec 2019

I-485 Filed: 03 Jan 2020 (delivered to Lockbox in Phoenix)

I-485 Rejected: 23 Jan 2020 ( wrongfully rejected by USCIS)

I-485 Refiled: 31st Jan 2020 (delivered to Lockbox in Phoenix)

I-485 Accepted: 05 Feb 2020 

I-485 check accepted: 05 Feb 2020

I-485 NOA Received: 10 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131: 13 Feb 2020 Mailed

I-765/I-131 Received by USCIS : 18 Feb 2020  

I-765-I-131 Accepted: 20 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131 Acceptance Text Received : 21 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131 NOA Received in Mail : 28 Feb 2020

I-765 & I-131 Approved : 28 May 2020

I-765 & I-131 Approval Notice in Mailbox  : 01  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card Sent Notice  : 02  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card  Mailed with USPS  : 03  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card  Received  : 05  June 2020

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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10 minutes ago, James120383 said:

Any one knows if it is confirmed that ASC will open on June 22nd ?

Where was that date reported? It's the first I've seen.

uscis.gov still says "Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. "


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

12/1/16: 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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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Russia
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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

Where was that date reported? It's the first I've seen.

uscis.gov still says "Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. "

Some folks have posted about it on the forum. Not confirmed officially 


AOS Timeline: I-526 to I-485 

Priority date: 06 March 2018

Processing Center: California (WAC)

I-526 Petition filed : 06 Mar 2018

I-526 Approved: 26 Dec 2019

I-485 Filed: 03 Jan 2020 (delivered to Lockbox in Phoenix)

I-485 Rejected: 23 Jan 2020 ( wrongfully rejected by USCIS)

I-485 Refiled: 31st Jan 2020 (delivered to Lockbox in Phoenix)

I-485 Accepted: 05 Feb 2020 

I-485 check accepted: 05 Feb 2020

I-485 NOA Received: 10 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131: 13 Feb 2020 Mailed

I-765/I-131 Received by USCIS : 18 Feb 2020  

I-765-I-131 Accepted: 20 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131 Acceptance Text Received : 21 Feb 2020

I-765/I-131 NOA Received in Mail : 28 Feb 2020

I-765 & I-131 Approved : 28 May 2020

I-765 & I-131 Approval Notice in Mailbox  : 01  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card Sent Notice  : 02  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card  Mailed with USPS  : 03  June 2020

I-765 & I-131 Combo Card  Received  : 05  June 2020

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines
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4 minutes ago, James120383 said:

Some folks have posted about it on the forum. Not confirmed officially 

Gotcha, thanks. No, this is the first I've heard of any ASC date, and I a quick search shows nothing from a reputable source.


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

12/1/16: 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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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06/15/20: 8AM - Well the numbers are up this month, it's looking a lot better then last and continuing. Although the Avg. Processing times recently spiked pretty high it has however come down a bit as the month progresses from an original 168 days to now just 160 days Avg. processing time. The Current Total of VJ member approvals in the first half of June is 50 thus far! :thumbs: Lets hope the trend carries, for all who are waiting :D 

      The Trend is approx. a 50/50 split between Nov./Dec. and Jan./(smidgen of Feb.) of approvals with what seems to be now an equal amount of attention on both 2019/2020. So hopefully  they can clear out the backlog and move forward efficiently and timely and stay on top of the future petitions as well. 

      Though, the attention shift as of late towards processing the backlogs has primarily fed the higher avg. processing times of 160 days (previously 168 days), in any case even current timelines (not withstanding the backlogs) sit at a higher than normal Avg. of 137 days still.

Good Luck to all! :) 

 

Btw, there are many reasons why the numbers would change after the lock downs, mass hysteria, ect... and the like. one for example would be aux. agencies USCIS uses to get background information from reacted later to the "situation" and there fore may have still been sending timely information to the USCIS for a while before it started to slow, ect... or any reason listed above as well as a plethora of others. 

 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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If everyone making an application at USCIS was a VJ member and IF they all did a timeline (as when i check from many OP,  they don't), then and only then could the stats be 100% accurate / VJ does a good job with the info provided and even with all the charts and info USCIS shows,  they don't map everything. you can find out how many applications by quarter

and check for approvals of visas by embassy and class

and each embassy has to do do a monthly report

but still i look for charts to show how fast any office works (don't forget when they transfer a case to another facitlity,  it looks like they did their work ??????)

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