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Hi all!

I am still waiting to hear from the U.S. Consulate Frankfurt. We filed in person on October 26th. The officer at the embassy said it will take about 60 days.

Meanwhile I mailed the USCIS to get a little status update, because I read so much about "lost notices", etc. I got a standard answer: "Please give us 90 days to approve petitions", etc...

Now they say 90 days? I am confused! I just don`t want to end up as one of these horror-cases (e.g. after 120 days still no notice of approval, etc).

What should I do? Would it be wrong to ask now and then and call the consulate? Because I thought that filing in person will speed up the process. The immigration visa unit confirmed that they got my checklist, but they are waiting for approval.

We are planning on leaving Germany mid of February 08... I panic a bit regarding this date. What can I do?

Cheers,

Oban


My timeline... (Frankfurt)

10/26/2007 Filed I-130 in person + paid 355 USD

10/26/2007 Filed DS-230 part 1 + got "case number"

10/26/2007 Received the document checklist

11/08/2007 Immunizations check

11/12/2007 Medical

11/16/2007 Faxed the "checklist" back to the consulate

11/26/2007 Confirmation via e-mail that the consulate received the "checklist" and medical result

12/18/2007 I-130 petition approved!!!

12/20/2007 Notice of Approval arrives via snail mail

02/01/2008 Visa interview - APPROVAL!

02/05/2008 Received visa via snail mail. DCF DONE!

02/23/2008 Arrived in the U.S.! Flight to Seattle via Newark as POE

03/10/2008 Welcome Letter (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) arrived

03/15/2008 Another Welcome Letter (Form I-797C) arrived... what a waste...

03/20/2008 Received I-551 (green card) via snail mail

03/24/2008 Received social security card via snail mail

10/20/2008 Moved from Seattle to Mobile, AL

06/18/2009 Wife filed for divorce

10/07/2009 Divorce was finalized

12/17/2009 Filed I-751 to remove conditions on residence under waiver

12/25/2009 Refiled I-751 because USPS returned the filed to me (hmpf!!!)

12/31/2009 Vermont Service Center received I-751

01/27/2010 Received the Biometrics Appointment Letter. Never received my NOA1.

02/01/2010 Biometrics Appointment in New Orleans, LA.

04/24/2010 Approval of Removal of Conditions! No RFE or interview. Yes!!!

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Hello :) When you say you e-mailed the USCIS, do you mean there's a USCIS office in Frankfurt? Or did you e-mail a USCIS office in the US? No one in the states will know about the status of your petition.

Also, you are quite a ways from 60 days still. Don't worry yet! :)

Well, I say don't worry, but you are shaving it close with your mid-February date. Have you actually bought plane tickets yet?

EDIT - Oh wait, I see they've allowed you to already do the checklist and DS-230. That should mean it takes you less time than it takes in London between receiving petition approval and getting the visa. :)

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US Immigration Timeline

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24 Feb 2007 - Sent I-130 to London USCIS office (I'm the petitioner)

25 May 2007 - NOA2

2 June 2007 - Received Packet 3

12 Oct 2007 - Sent Packet 3 back by special delivery

5 Nov 2007 - Interview in London - Approved without any hitches!

7 Nov 2007 - Visa and MBE arrived by SMS! :)

30 Jan 2008 - Fly to Michigan!! :)

*Note: Any delays in our case are only due to us taking things slowly

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Hi again!

I e-mailed the USCIS Sub-Office Frankfurt Germany (they do handle my case? I don't think they send it to the U.S.? Do they?). And they replied with this standard e-mail.

And yes, I handed in the DS-230 at the same day as we filed the I-130. The visa unit also confirmed that they got my faxed checklist as well as the medical results (I am healthy... yeah!!! I just spent 154 EUR to figure that out... hehe).

I did not buy plane tickets yet, but this is something I should do in January, otherwise it will be too expensive!

I hope everything will work out in time... *panic*

Edited by Oban

My timeline... (Frankfurt)

10/26/2007 Filed I-130 in person + paid 355 USD

10/26/2007 Filed DS-230 part 1 + got "case number"

10/26/2007 Received the document checklist

11/08/2007 Immunizations check

11/12/2007 Medical

11/16/2007 Faxed the "checklist" back to the consulate

11/26/2007 Confirmation via e-mail that the consulate received the "checklist" and medical result

12/18/2007 I-130 petition approved!!!

12/20/2007 Notice of Approval arrives via snail mail

02/01/2008 Visa interview - APPROVAL!

02/05/2008 Received visa via snail mail. DCF DONE!

02/23/2008 Arrived in the U.S.! Flight to Seattle via Newark as POE

03/10/2008 Welcome Letter (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) arrived

03/15/2008 Another Welcome Letter (Form I-797C) arrived... what a waste...

03/20/2008 Received I-551 (green card) via snail mail

03/24/2008 Received social security card via snail mail

10/20/2008 Moved from Seattle to Mobile, AL

06/18/2009 Wife filed for divorce

10/07/2009 Divorce was finalized

12/17/2009 Filed I-751 to remove conditions on residence under waiver

12/25/2009 Refiled I-751 because USPS returned the filed to me (hmpf!!!)

12/31/2009 Vermont Service Center received I-751

01/27/2010 Received the Biometrics Appointment Letter. Never received my NOA1.

02/01/2010 Biometrics Appointment in New Orleans, LA.

04/24/2010 Approval of Removal of Conditions! No RFE or interview. Yes!!!

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Hi again!

I e-mailed the USCIS Sub-Office Frankfurt Germany (they do handle my case? I don't think they send it to the U.S.? Do they?). And they replied with this standard e-mail.

And yes, I handed in the DS-230 at the same day as we filed the I-130. The visa unit also confirmed that they got my faxed checklist as well as the medical results (I am healthy... yeah!!! I just spent 154 EUR to figure that out... hehe).

I did not buy plane tickets yet, but this is something I should do in January, otherwise it will be too expensive!

I hope everything will work out in time... *panic*

You were right to contact the USCIS office in Frankfurt - I just wasn't sure that there was one. They will not have sent it on to a center in the US. They will handle it right in Frankfurt.

Only 154 Euros for the medical, eh? Ours was 200 GBP! Isn't that outrageous?

If I were you, I would just try to relax and see what happens in the next couple of weeks. :)


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US Immigration Timeline

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24 Feb 2007 - Sent I-130 to London USCIS office (I'm the petitioner)

25 May 2007 - NOA2

2 June 2007 - Received Packet 3

12 Oct 2007 - Sent Packet 3 back by special delivery

5 Nov 2007 - Interview in London - Approved without any hitches!

7 Nov 2007 - Visa and MBE arrived by SMS! :)

30 Jan 2008 - Fly to Michigan!! :)

*Note: Any delays in our case are only due to us taking things slowly

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Hmm... okay... yeah... relax... my wife is telling me the same all day :D

And 200 GBP for a medical? OUCH!!! This is really outrageous!

The 60 day "limit" would be theoretically on Decemver 25th... should I write them after the holidays?


My timeline... (Frankfurt)

10/26/2007 Filed I-130 in person + paid 355 USD

10/26/2007 Filed DS-230 part 1 + got "case number"

10/26/2007 Received the document checklist

11/08/2007 Immunizations check

11/12/2007 Medical

11/16/2007 Faxed the "checklist" back to the consulate

11/26/2007 Confirmation via e-mail that the consulate received the "checklist" and medical result

12/18/2007 I-130 petition approved!!!

12/20/2007 Notice of Approval arrives via snail mail

02/01/2008 Visa interview - APPROVAL!

02/05/2008 Received visa via snail mail. DCF DONE!

02/23/2008 Arrived in the U.S.! Flight to Seattle via Newark as POE

03/10/2008 Welcome Letter (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) arrived

03/15/2008 Another Welcome Letter (Form I-797C) arrived... what a waste...

03/20/2008 Received I-551 (green card) via snail mail

03/24/2008 Received social security card via snail mail

10/20/2008 Moved from Seattle to Mobile, AL

06/18/2009 Wife filed for divorce

10/07/2009 Divorce was finalized

12/17/2009 Filed I-751 to remove conditions on residence under waiver

12/25/2009 Refiled I-751 because USPS returned the filed to me (hmpf!!!)

12/31/2009 Vermont Service Center received I-751

01/27/2010 Received the Biometrics Appointment Letter. Never received my NOA1.

02/01/2010 Biometrics Appointment in New Orleans, LA.

04/24/2010 Approval of Removal of Conditions! No RFE or interview. Yes!!!

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Hmm... okay... yeah... relax... my wife is telling me the same all day :D

And 200 GBP for a medical? OUCH!!! This is really outrageous!

The 60 day "limit" would be theoretically on Decemver 25th... should I write them after the holidays?

Yep, I'd see what happens and then if you don't have anything yet, write again the first week of January. And try to have fun over the holidays before then! :)


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_______________________________________________________

US Immigration Timeline

-------------------------

24 Feb 2007 - Sent I-130 to London USCIS office (I'm the petitioner)

25 May 2007 - NOA2

2 June 2007 - Received Packet 3

12 Oct 2007 - Sent Packet 3 back by special delivery

5 Nov 2007 - Interview in London - Approved without any hitches!

7 Nov 2007 - Visa and MBE arrived by SMS! :)

30 Jan 2008 - Fly to Michigan!! :)

*Note: Any delays in our case are only due to us taking things slowly

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Germany
Timeline

Oban, friend of mine went through the DCF process in Frankfurt. It took her 10 weeks, from start to finish. I am sure you will be fine and even be able to catch the plane in Feb.


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60 days is pretty sweet man, they told me hear I'll here something within 4 to 5 months.

Just hold out a little longer.

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----- DCF TIMELIME -----

Feb. 16th 2007 - Wedding.

Jun. ---- 2007 - Applied for my Honduran residency.

Nov. 8th 2007 - Honduran res. approved.

Honduras:

Nov. 19th 2007 - Applied I-130s and paid fees at Embassy Tegucigalpa Honduras

Nov. 29th 2007 - (email) Asked for information about the next stages of the process.

Nov. 30th 2007 - (email) they sent me packet 4 and other information.

Nov. 30th 2007 - (email) asked how long the police report will be good for.

Dec. 3rd 2007 - (email) police report also good for one year)

Dec. 4th 2007 - Did some research, told not to expect NOA1

Dec. 10th 2007 - Emailed and got our case number

Dec. 11th 2007 - (email) Appointment for interview Jan. 2nd 2008

Dec. 12th 2007 - Did medical exams. Got results the same day.

Dec. 13th 2007 - Applied for police report with DGIC.

Dec. 20th 2007 - Got police report from DGIC.

Dec. 23rd 2007 - Got Marriage, and both birth certs in "forma-literal".

Dec. 26th 2007 - Made photocopies of everything.

Dec. 28th 2007 - Offical NOA2

Jan. 2nd 2008 - Went to interview, approved and got visa's same day.

USA:

Jan. 7th 2008 - POE Houston TX, Arrive home in GA.

Feb. 6th 2008 - Got greencards in the mail, still waiting for social security.

Nov. 16th 2012 - Wife took oath of allegiance and became an US Citizen!

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Filed: Country: Pitcairn Islands
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According to my own timeline, it took about 51 days for my petition to be approved. I am not sure that filing in person always speeds up the process. It has the potential to, but not always. I am not sure what makes the difference between why some people are approved same day and others it takes weeks or months. MayDayDas was a walk in earlier this year. For reference, her time line was:

01/12/2007 I-130 filed in person at the Consulate in Frankfurt

01/17/2007 Faxed the checklist to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Frankfurt

03/29/2007 Got letter from USCIS to provide evidence that our marriage is bona fide

04/02/2007 Sent to USCIS lots of evidence

05/03/2007 I have an unofficial "PETITION APPROVED" ...waiting for confirmation from Consulate

05/07/2007 Received email from USCIS ROME confirming that our petition was approved (why Rome? because we complained to the District Office Rome about the Sub-Office Frankfurt..it took too long for our petition to be approved)...now waiting for the interview letter from the Consulate

05/18/2007 E-mail from IV Frankfurt, our interview was scheduled for May 29th

05/19/2007 Packet 4 in the mail: ja ja ja interview letter

05/29/2007 Interview at 7.30 a.m. APPROVED Thank you, God!

06/01/2007 Visa arrived !

I would just send them an e-mail about once every few days. Not much more you can do until it passes the time they quote you to be approved.

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