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I-824 stuck, Can I try to get it unstuck by filing I-129F?


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13 hours ago, HKAA said:

Odd question. 

When I applied for my spouse I-130, it got stuck and I got it unstuck by using a trick that others on Visa Journey used by filing a I-129F. It worked very quickly. 

Im wondering if I can do the same for my stepson. It is stuck at Potomac, but with an I-824 (send approved I-130 to NVC).  

Any thoughts? Anyone tried this? 

https://www.uscis.gov/family/family-of-us-citizens/k-3k-4-nonimmigrant-visas#:~:text=You may file Form I,obtain a K-3 visa.



I129F is only for spouses or fiancé not stepsons… 

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8 hours ago, Redro said:

I129F is only for spouses or fiancé not stepsons… 

According to USCIS the form can be used for the following as well https://www.uscis.gov/i-129f 

  • Spouse (K-3) and their children (K-4) to the U.S. to await the approval of a Form I-130 filed on behalf of your spouse and their children and availability of an immigrant visa.

k4 is what Im looking at. 

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4 minutes ago, HKAA said:

k4 is what Im looking at. 

Unless your spouse was issued a K-3 visa, your Son is not a K-4.

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And by the way It worked for my spouse. IR1, got stuck on I-130 and I submitted I-129F. I-130 got approved and I-129F got denied on the same day. 

I know I already have a I-130 approved. So it probably wouldn’t work. But it would reiterate that it needs to be processed overseas and it would be filed in a different lockbox. So maybe it triggers something. 

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Sure, it's always possible that filing something might get someone to look at the case and get it "unstuck". It's also possible that it causes undue confusion, since it doesn't apply to your case, and instead just makes the process longer while they try to figure out why you filed a form that isn't applicable to your situation. 

K1 to AOS                                                                                   AOS/EAD/AP                                                                      N-400

03/01/2018 - I-129F Mailed                                              06/19/2019 - NOA1 Date                                              01/27/2023 - N-400 Filed Online

03/08/2018 - NOA1 Date                                                    07/11/2019 - Biometrics Appt                                   02/23/2023 - Biometrics Appt
09/14/2018 - NOA2 Date                                                    12/13/2019 - EAD/AP Approved                               04/03/2023 - Interview Scheduled

10/16/2018 - NVC Received                                              12/17/2019 - Interview Scheduled                          05/10/2023 - Interview - APPROVED!

10/21/2018 - Packet 3 Received                                      01/29/2020 - Interview - APPROVED!                  OFFICIALLY A U.S. CITIZEN! 

12/30/2018 - Packet 3 Sent                                               02/04/2020 - Green Card Received! 

01/06/2019 - Packet 4 Received                                     ROC - I-751

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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
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February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
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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)
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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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