Feb 2, 2009: Arrived in El Salvador as a volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps and met Roberto, whose family hosted me for 2 months and trained me to survive in El Sal.
Mar 29, 2009: After a beautiful day at the beach, we became a couple.
Nov 16, 2009: El Salvador is a rough place to live. After several bouts of parasites and other infections, I was forced to leave the Peace Corps and return to the U.S. for health reasons.
Mar 29, 2010: One-year anniversary
Feb - Sep 2010: Spent nearly 8 months researching the visa process and gathering all necessary documents, signatures, and translations.
Sep 21, 2010: Mailed completed I-129F, Petition for Fiance
Sep 23, 2010: NOA 1 from Vermont Service Center
Jan 23, 2010: After waiting 4 months with no news, I took a letter to my local Congressman's office, stupidly hoping USCIS would rush the process so we could meet our wedding date of 3/29/2011.
Jan 24, 2011: USCIS mails me a letter, stating I'll have to wait the designated 5 months before making an inquiry.
Feb 23, 2011: After waiting 5 months with no news, I took a 2nd letter to my Congressman. :: Very worried at this point ::
Mar 4, 2011: USCIS mails me a letter, stating that the Vermont Service Center may take up to 30 days beyond the designated 5-month period.
Mar 23, 2011: After waiting 6 months with no news, I took a 3rd letter to my Congressman, complaining that a $455 fee should guarantee faster processing. Also attempted calling the USCIS customer service phone number, but was told that they could not expedite my case.
Mar 25, 2011: USCIS mails me a letter, stating that they will expedite my application by pulling it and sending it for adjudicative action - thanks to my local Congressman!
Mar 29, 2011: TWO-year anniversary (and our planned wedding date)!
Mar 30, 2011: USCIS sends e-mail with NOA 2! (FINALLY)
Still waiting for National Visa Center...