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  1. Embassies and Consulates are subject to two sets of laws - the country of the embassy, and the municipal laws where the buildings are located. The buildings have to meet things like fire codes, occupancy permits, etc. So if the head country is suspending services, then they can't open. But if the head country is still operating but the city in which the building is located is under emergency orders, the building would still not be able to open and operate. That's why they can't post definitive dates of when consular processing will continue. Since the US lockdown is continuing until April 30, 2020, the embassy might reopen that date provided that it's located in an area that will reopen on that date. If you're in Canada, for example, I can tell you right now that Montreal will not reopen until maybe June at the earliest. So you have to watch for both the US reopen date and the local, municipal reopen date. Sorry.
  2. We did - we didn't sign the I-130 because it was an electronic form, but after reading about how people received an early RFE requesting a signed form, I had my husband sign a physical copy of the one we downloaded after filing, scanned it, and uploaded that along with more photos and screenshots of social media stuff. They don't have to consider it, but if they send an RFE asking for these things, we can always indicate that we've sent them in.
  3. Is that why you don't file the I-485 if you are doing consular processing then? Because it was my understanding that if you are doing consular processing, you only file the I-130 (and I-130A) and wait until you get your NOA2 before doing anything else. Or am I mixed up? (We're obviously doing consular processing.)
  4. Don't worry, we are all in it with you. Well most of us.
  5. We didn't get a digital one until after our paper one arrived. We filed electronically on a Monday night (Jan 27) and my husband had the NOA1 in his mailbox on Friday. The digital one wasn't available until the following week. We got a receipt right away though.
  6. Yep. That's the NOA1! Congratulations on getting Texas. Tell him to keep checking his post and to tell you about EVERYTHING that comes in!! 😂
  7. A week ago today. My husband received hard copies of the NOA1 in the post on Friday. Not via email. Via POST only. Are you both outside of the US or is your spouse in the US? Also, is the petitioner a US Citizen? Look at the top corner of your receipt. Does it say "Notice of Action"? Or do you mean you only received the email receipt?
  8. I believe so. You can't file the I-485 online. We only filed the I-130 documents because I am living outside of the US, so I won't be eligible for concurrent I-485 filing anyway.
  9. I would definitely rather be called in sooner than later, so that's good news if VJ is more accurate! I won't disparage Nebraska anymore then because Karma Good luck to all of us in the wheat fields!
  10. Actually, I just checked the times at https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ and I think that's what it is. Potomac is 9 months which is average for foreign spouses residing in the US. Nebraska is 16 months which is around the time I was told for spouses requiring consular processing. That must be it. It is what it is...
  11. Hmmm. I wonder if it's random or if Consular Processing goes to Nebraska and Domestic goes to Potomac? Either way, we didn't end up in Phoenix or Chicago, which is where we were supposed to end up if we mailed it in. I still don't understand why we didn't end up in Texas if we live in Texas. Oh well...*shrug*
  12. OK, I'm totally convinced that all online I-130s go to Nebraska. We got our NOA1 in the MAIL on Friday (not email, via USPS) at my husband's house. Our centre is Nebraska :\ . Oh well, at least we got the NOA1s FAST! Here we go...
  13. Question in light of the above: once you file electronically, before you get an NOA or RFE, can you go back and add documents to your case, or do you have to wait until you get the requests? Because we didn't put in anything with a signature, either.
  14. Follow the instructions. That's the first thing they look at. There's a reason why they don't want the beneficiary to sign the I-130A if outside of the US. Same with photos. Just follow the instructions (that's a mantra I've seen thousands of times in these forums).
  15. Are you and your spouse both in the US or are you doing any consular processing? I just wanted to know if that's the difference between getting the nearly-instantaneous NOA1 vs the delay. I'm outside of the US, so doing consular processing. It seems like many people earlier in this thread got their NOA1s within 48 hours.
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