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Hi everyone

 

I just noticed this center changed from 7-9 month waiting to 10-12 month

what is really going on with this place, why Texas and Nebraska have much shorter waiting time?

Is it possible to call for a change of service center?

 

Filed in June, it's just frustrating. 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Haiti
Timeline

Unfortunately you can’t change your service center; if you could everyone would be doing that to the quickest one. You only filed 2 months ago; nothing is fast with immigrations and patience is key otherwise you will drive yourself nuts. Processing times change constantly; sometimes a center may process quickly and then next you know it’s the longest wait time center. I’m sure you are aware but Covid really threw a wrench in everything and many things are just uncertain at this time. 


Our K1 Journey    I-129f

Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Interview Date : 12/1/14                           Interview Result : Approved !

Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apply for Social Security Card: 12/30/14 Connecticut

Marriage: 1/26/15

 

Adjustment of Status

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

Approved: 8/31/15                                     Received: 9/8/15

 

EAD

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15

 

Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17 

Approved: 10/23/18 -no interview

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9-12 months is completely normal. When dealing with immigration, you can't expect it fast.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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Nothing you posted is out of the ordinary. It takes about a year. This is how it has been for a while. Many people discover this and get "sticker shock" from the long wait times. But this is nothing new 

 

You can't change service centers. Only thing you can do is wait it out like everyone else. I know it feels like you don't have any control but patience is key with dealing with immigration. 


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made... whether it is time, money, or separation; or a combination of all.” - Unlockable

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No, you can't change service centers on your own. Everybody would be doing this constantly.

 

Timelines change all the time. Keep in mind those numbers are for people who applied ~10-12 months ago, not for people applying today.

When I filed for my then-fiancee, the average processing time for the I-129F was ~30 days. It took 4 months. People who filed the month after us were waiting 7+ months.


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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Think of the flip side. I was disappointed getting Nebraska as it was known to be the slowest centre however was given a nice surprise with it getting speedier. I think if you generally give yourself a year (and that's being optimistic) it leaves little room for disappointment. Even though it's hard, you have to be realistic.

 

Every day passed is a day closer to your loved one. Keep strong! 🤞

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6 hours ago, Xyrstine said:

Think of the flip side. I was disappointed getting Nebraska as it was known to be the slowest centre however was given a nice surprise with it getting speedier. I think if you generally give yourself a year (and that's being optimistic) it leaves little room for disappointment. Even though it's hard, you have to be realistic.

 

Every day passed is a day closer to your loved one. Keep strong! 🤞

14 months since we filed our case with no NOA2 in sight. It really is a long journey of wait and utmost patience. Really wish my case was transferred to either NSC, TSC or PSC instead of VSC. The processing times are so slow at VSC. Time ticks slower during these times (with the pandemic+me being sick). Reading your last line made me teary and I hope to reunite with my husband soon, a unity forever. Without the fear of saying goodbye. 

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4 hours ago, Kuchiki said:

14 months since we filed our case with no NOA2 in sight. It really is a long journey of wait and utmost patience. Really wish my case was transferred to either NSC, TSC or PSC instead of VSC. The processing times are so slow at VSC. Time ticks slower during these times (with the pandemic+me being sick). Reading your last line made me teary and I hope to reunite with my husband soon, a unity forever. Without the fear of saying goodbye. 

Try requesting a expedite especially if you have any health issues. Doesn't hurt to try. Wishing you some positive news soon!

 

It will be so worth it once we are reunited with our loved one. 

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