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  1. Hi guys! Monthly update time for April 2021! For the entirety of April, 73 VJ member petitions have been approved by the USCIS across all the centers (by timeline). Approximately 3 cases a day (work day) by the organization as a whole. Of those 73 petitions approved, 24 of them were at Potomac - about 1 petition a day. The first petition of the month was approved on the 2nd of April. The latest NOA1 approved this month was February 1st of 2021, due to exceptional circumstances. The latest NOA1 approved without expedite or I-129f was likely around June 29, 2020. The current estimated range for application completion on the USCIS website is between 13 - 16.5 months from your PD. If you filed before December 26th, 2019, and you still have not received any notifications about your case, you should call USCIS and find out what is going on. This is especially true given the instability in processing times we've been experiencing at this particular center. Get any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Same goes for RFEs. If you haven't received a response to your RFE within 60 days, you should be contacting them. We are a small center (only 2,252 petitions recorded) and right now our daily rate of approvals is pretty slow. Keep in mind, some filers do not have their timelines set up and so their data is not contributed to the pool, so it may be even more effective than my numbers show here. Please encourage any and all Potomac filers in the forums to go ahead and set them up so we can start to get more accurate readings on our timelines. Congratulations to all of you who were approved this month! We hope things continue to go favorably for our fellow filers and that many more will receive good news over the next month!
  2. Hi guys! Monthly update time for April 2021! For the entirety of April, 73 VJ member petitions have been approved by the USCIS across all the centers (by timeline). Approximately 3 cases a day (work day) by the organization as a whole. Of those 73 petitions approved, 24 of them were at Potomac - about 1 petition a day. The first petition of the month was approved on the 2nd of April. The latest NOA1 approved this month was February 1st of 2021, due to exceptional circumstances. The latest NOA1 approved without expedite or I-129f was likely around June 29, 2020. The current estimated range for application completion on the USCIS website is between 13 - 16.5 months from your PD. If you filed before December 26th, 2019, and you still have not received any notifications about your case, you should call USCIS and find out what is going on. This is especially true given the instability in processing times we've been experiencing at this particular center. Get any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Same goes for RFEs. If you haven't received a response to your RFE within 60 days, you should be contacting them. We are a small center (only 2,252 petitions recorded) and right now our daily rate of approvals is pretty slow. Keep in mind, some filers do not have their timelines set up and so their data is not contributed to the pool, so it may be even more effective than my numbers show here. Please encourage any and all Potomac filers in the forums to go ahead and set them up so we can start to get more accurate readings on our timelines. Congratulations to all of you who were approved this month! We hope things continue to go favorably for our fellow filers and that many more will receive good news over the next month!
  3. Thank you so much for all of the replies you guys! I really appreciate everyone taking the time to answer. I honestly thought it was just going to fall through the cracks. 😅 So I have continued to reach out, per some of the advice on this thread. Unfortunately, I did not send off to get my passport yet as it required my original marriage certificate and I thought I needed it for the DMV (bummer). If it was a matter of just changing it whenever, I'd go ahead and apply for the passport and deal with the license later, but since my name is already changed federally, I am on a deadline in the state of Colorado to inform them of my name change (within 30 days). That is why I have been in a bit of a panic... that deadline is in less than a week. So far, I have sought 2 avenues proposed here. Remarrying in state and court ordered name change. Remarrying appears to be the fastest method, but I still question the legality of it all. It will officially solemnize our marriage in the state from the date we sign the license, but it supposedly will acknowledge we were previously married. Court ordered name change seems to also be an option, however since it must be performed in the county where I live, I am less than thrilled with this option as they had no idea what to do when I called them. I was told to consult an attorney. Also, I must submit to finger printing and background checks which could taken a few weeks before I can even apply. I contacted the Colorado Attorney General's office and they gave me a canned response about calling my county and asking them for the process to record the marriage (...I have already done this and the result was still rejected by the DMV, probably due to the fact my county has no idea what is going on). However, he did provide me with an email for Vital Records for the state, so I have contacted them to see if they can explain it to me, so that I may in turn explain it to my county clerk and recorder. I've determined the word register, record, and certify mean different things to different people. None of the offices are on the same page here. I'll keep you guys updated if I hear anything else, if for no other reason than that there will be an answer to this clusterf**k for anyone else going through this insane process in the future.
  4. I am in Colorado unfortunately. I seriously had no idea this was even a thing. It wasn't until my second trip to the DMV and a heated argument with the supervisor that I finally went online and found this. https://dmv.colorado.gov/change-your-name-your-credential It clearly states that foreign marriage certificates are not accepted in the state. The frustration for me was that it never even occurred for me to google this specific thing since it has been accepted by all other government agencies. We even had it apostilled by the high court in HK to try and avoid all problems with being able to identify the document. On all the forms and explanations I found for Colorado, it never mentioned foreign certificates being an issue even once. Only this one page. I tried calling local Clerk and Recorders in other counties and nobody seems to know what to do. They all suggested I just file for a marriage license and get married again.
  5. Hi guys! I have no idea if anyone here knows the answer, but I am at a total loss. I have been trying to get my last name changed since my husband immigrated in October. I was able to get my name changed on my Social Security card and my voter registration. I can even get my name changed on my passport. However, when I went to change my name on my driver's license, I was informed that I had to take the marriage certificate to the clerk and recorders office in my county and register my marriage in the US as they couldn't accept my marriage certificate from abroad (Hong Kong). I went and had the marriage certificate recorded by the clerk in my county, and even received a certified copy of the document (noting the marriage). I went back and was told once more that they cannot accept the document. The DMV will not accept the foreign marriage certificate, so... what do I do from here? The US recognizes our marriage, but the state does not. My social security number is no longer tied to the name that is on my photo ID. Do I need to get remarried in the US? Is that even a thing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Hi guys! Husband and I completed our visa journey back in October, but I thought I might share this with you as I did on the Potomac 2019 filers group. Hope it helps! Update time for October 2020 - March 2021! For the entirety of this period, 505 VJ member petitions have been approved by the USCIS across all the centers (by timeline). Approximately 4 cases a day (work day) by the organization as a whole. Of those 505 petitions approved, 115 of them were at Potomac - about 1 petition a day. The first petition of October was approved on the 1st. The latest NOA1 approved in March 2021 was July 7th of 2020, potentially due to expedite. The latest NOA1 approved without expedite or I-129f was probably around May 20, 2020. The current estimated range for application completion on the USCIS website is between 12.5 - 16.5 months from your PD. If you filed before December 9th, 2019, and you still have not received any notifications about your case, you should call USCIS and find out what is going on. This is especially true given the instability in processing times we've been experiencing over the past year (yay COVID). Get any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Same goes for RFEs. If you haven't received a response to your RFE within 60 days, you should be contacting them. Potomac is a small center (only 2,224 petitions recorded) and right now the daily rate of approvals is pretty slow. Keep in mind, some filers do not have their timelines set up and so their data is not contributed to the pool, so it may be even more effective than my numbers show here. Please encourage any and all Potomac filers in the forums to go ahead and set them up so we can start to get more accurate readings on your timelines. Congratulations to all of you who were approved over the past 6 months! We hope things continue to go favorably for our fellow filers and that many more will receive good news over the next month! ❤️
  7. Oh my goodness you guys. I am so sorry I have been MIA. I just came back to check in and found out what has been happening with Potomac center. I've been digging to make up for all the time that was missed since my last report, so hopefully this will help. Update time for October 2020 - March 2021! For the entirety of this period, 505 VJ member petitions have been approved by the USCIS across all the centers (by timeline). Approximately 4 cases a day (work day) by the organization as a whole. Of those 505 petitions approved, 115 of them were at Potomac - about 1 petition a day. The first petition of October was approved on the 1st. The latest NOA1 approved in March 2021 was July 7th of 2020, potentially due to expedite. The latest NOA1 approved without expedite or I-129f was probably around May 20, 2020. The current estimated range for application completion on the USCIS website is between 12.5 - 16.5 months from your PD. If you filed before December 9th, 2019, and you still have not received any notifications about your case, you should call USCIS and find out what is going on. This is especially true given the instability in processing times we've been experiencing over the past year (yay COVID). Get any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Same goes for RFEs. If you haven't received a response to your RFE within 60 days, you should be contacting them. Potomac is a small center (only 2,224 petitions recorded) and right now the daily rate of approvals is pretty slow. Keep in mind, some filers do not have their timelines set up and so their data is not contributed to the pool, so it may be even more effective than my numbers show here. Please encourage any and all Potomac filers in the forums to go ahead and set them up so we can start to get more accurate readings on your timelines. Congratulations to all of you who were approved over the past 6 months! We hope things continue to go favorably for our fellow filers and that many more will receive good news over the next month!
  8. No that is not normal! 😮 Have you tried to call and speak to someone at USCIS?
  9. We don't have enough South Africans posting on here to be able to find any information atm. However, if you join our Facebook group, it keeps growing and as people find out new things, they keep us all updated. With the consulate being closed due to COVID, it will take some time before they are able to open again. It depends on the level of lockdown for their area and SA as a whole. Back in July I think it was, the department of state issued guidelines for how and when consulates could reopen/resume consular services according to local conditions.
  10. Birth certificates don't expire. Police certificates are valid for one year.
  11. Hi guys! Just to update you. Hubby is safely stateside. He had AP as his status for six days, but it changed to issued. It's quite common, and others have had similar experiences. He picked up his passport at the DHL three days after the status changed to issued (would have been shorter, but that Thursday was a public holiday). We ended up using a travel agent to book passage out of SA to the US. She was very professional and got us a very reasonable deal on our tickets. He flew with Qatar Airlines from Johannesburg to Doha and transferred to New York. The plane was rather empty as was the immigration line, which he was through in five minutes. They did pull him aside into a room while they checked his documents which had been submitted electronically. It took about three to five minutes and he was through due to the lack of people. He had a 12 hour layover in JFK and caught a flight with Delta from New York to Denver in the evening. JFK has a airport hotel (TWA) which allows for short term day stays if you have a long layover. If you pass through this airport, don't leave and go into the city, or you will be quarantined. Good luck you guys!
  12. Hi guys! Monthly update time for September 2020! For the entirety of September, 77 VJ member petitions have been approved by the USCIS across all the centers (by timeline). Approximately 3 cases a day (work day) by the organization as a whole. Of those 77 petitions approved, 20 of them were at Potomac - about 1 petition a day. The first petition of the month was approved on the 1st of September. The latest NOA1 approved this month was March 9th of 2020, potentially due to expedite. The latest NOA1 approved without expedite or I-129f was November 29, 2019. The current estimated range for application completion on the USCIS website is between 9 - 11.5 months from your PD. If you filed before October 21st, and you still have not received any notifications about your case, you should call USCIS and find out what is going on. This is especially true given the instability in processing times we've been experiencing these past couple of months. Get any issues resolved as quickly as possible. Same goes for RFEs. If you haven't received a response to your RFE within 60 days, you should be contacting them. We are a small center (only 2,036 petitions recorded) and right now our daily rate of approvals is pretty slow. Keep in mind, some filers do not have their timelines set up and so their data is not contributed to the pool, so it may be even more effective than my numbers show here. Please encourage any and all Potomac filers in the forums to go ahead and set them up so we can start to get more accurate readings on our timelines. Congratulations to all of you who were approved this month! We hope things continue to go favorably for our fellow filers and that many more will receive good news over the next month! Don't forget! I have created a tool for public use that will allow Potomac Filers to get a visual aid for where Potomac Center seems to be at in the approval process. I have shared it on FB and I will share it with you all as well. I made a very basic data tracker to help us. You just fill out the next row in the spreadsheet and it will place your case in a bubble chart. When you get an RFE or an approval, you simply change your status in the spreadsheet next to the chart and it will change the color of the bubble. I've also added the option for someone to note that they are a transfer from another center to Potomac. That way, everyone will be able to tell at a glance where Potomac Center is at in approvals. Check it out and let me know what you think! I am open to suggestions for improvements if it is within my limited coding capabilities. Everyone is encouraged to enter their information, even if you have already received your approval so we have a good idea of where everything is at. Thanks! Please let me know if you guys need any help or if you are having difficulties using the spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oZ10PLJbVaEuTUHz6SHlnYQGhIP9inMrsC4CgltwEXc/edit?usp=sharing
  13. Hi guys! I realize I forgot to update the group. We had our status changed to issued on September 22 and we received the visa on September 25th at the local DHL. We have paid our immigrant fee already and have a flight booked on Oct 3rd. Hopefully, since the borders are opening on Oct 1st, hubby will be able to finally be here.
  14. Jim, they have been processing some visas recently at the Johannesburg consulate. Your best bet would be to email them, but they are a little busy at the moment with Diversity Visas. It can't hurt to reach out and ask?

    1. JimBette

      JimBette

      Thank you for the updates 

  15. I was afraid of that... we've been in AP for over 48 hours. The consulate did not have him on the list the day of his interview, they didn't take all of his documents, and the consular officer gave him a bit of a rough time before she gave verbal approval.
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