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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Argentina
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I have noticed that some 129F’s move through the system much faster than others.  I see a few applications from as late as November already with NOA2 while others from last summer still lagging!  Is it how much documentation was filed with the application?  Country where beneficiary resides? Anyone with any answers?

Thanks Keith

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As the late, distinguished member @geowrian said, "USCIS is like a large grocery store.  Some lanes are faster than others".  Every case is different, and background checks have to be done.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/guides/K1_Process_V11.pdf

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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Yes,  country matters

and yes ,  the documents are that important

 

but there are other factors like in countries where the name (first and last) is used over and over

 

9 minutes ago, Lucky Cat said:

As the late, distinguished member @geowrian said, "USCIS is like a large grocery store.  Some lanes are faster than others".  Every case is different, and background checks have to be done.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/guides/K1_Process_V11.pdf

I have never understood why stores put the slowest clerks in the fast (under 20 items ) lane /  i actually timed one and the other lane with a cartfull went faster than the lady with 11 items

 

another thing i noticed is 

in any office there is a worker who knows the job and others constantly are asking her what to do / i first noticed this is college offices but it seems to be everywhere 

some work the job and others work for  pay 

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Some people send 500 pages of evidence with their petition and some send only what’s required. Imagine if you’re on the desk of someone who has a bunch of 500-page packages on top of yours. 
 

My I-130 took longer than most at the time (although by today’s standards it was lightning fast) and that’s because of the criminal background check performed on my husband. 
 

Some cases are more complex than others. 


Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

NOA1: February 8, 2016 Nebraska

NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

N-400 filed: September 30, 2019

Interview: March 22, 2021 Seattle

Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath

 

Now a US citizen!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Sweden
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It happens a lot, and is considered normal. Back when we filed the i-129f the processing times were 2-3 months for the majority of the filers you could find here on VJ. We waited for 6 months (and I'm from Sweden). It sucks when you have to wait longer than many others, but there will also always be those who have to wait much longer than you. 


K-1: 12-22-2015 - 09-07-2016

AP: 12-20-2016 - 04-07-2017

EAD: 01-18-2017 - 05-30-2017

AOS: 12-20-2016 - 07-26-2017

ROC: 04-22-2019 - 04-22-2020
Naturalization: 05-01-2020 - 03-16-2021

U.S. passport: 03-30-2021 - 05-08-2021

En livstid i krig. Göteborg killed it. Epic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBs3G1PvyfM&ab_channel=Sabaton

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
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9 hours ago, JeanneAdil said:

Yes,  country matters

and yes ,  the documents are that important

 

Does the country matter just as much during the USCIS adjudication process or more so for the embassy part? 


we last saw each other: March 2020
I-129F sent: 12/24/2020

USCIS received: 12/29/2020

NOA1 notice date: 2/27/2021

NOA1 receipt date (backdated): 12/28/2020

NOA2: 08/11/2021

NOA2 paper copy: 08/18/2021

NVC received: 08/25/2021

NVC number issued: 09/01/2021

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: New Zealand
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1 hour ago, AishaniA93 said:

Does the country matter just as much during the USCIS adjudication process or more so for the embassy part? 

Definitely more so at the embassy phase.  The eligibility requirements for an approved I-129F petition are minimal.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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11 hours ago, AishaniA93 said:

Does the country matter just as much during the USCIS adjudication process or more so for the embassy part? 

That i do not know as i didn't have to go thru this process 

but i might assume if a person uses green card to travel to return to US after visiting certain countries and is from a high fraud country to begin with,  there might be additional security checks done/  my opinion only but i would check if it was me

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia
Timeline

I asked that same question on the phone with an agent and she said “Some cases get caught up and need more attention, which could be why other dates are being approved outside of yours”. She didn’t go into too much detail, but it makes sense with other members here advising the complexities of cases and variables.

 

I thought we would be  amongst the faster end of the timeline due to the country, that didn’t help us as much as we thought... 

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