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Immigrant Visa (DCF: I-130 Filed in UK) - TIMELINE ONLY!

Immigrant Visa (DCF: I-130 Filed in UK) - TIMELINE ONLY!

Old Aug 2nd 2019, 3:35 pm
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Here is a 2019 timeline:
11 March-- I-130 and 130-a received
9 April--forgot to copy my UK BRP which proved we were eligible for a DCF in London so contacted USCIS with a scan of it. Found out that it had been rejected for a DCF for this reason on 21 March.
15 April --I-130 and 130a submitted again with all the right pieces this time.
23 April--receipt given and payment taken for I-130

In the interim, collected all the bits and bobs that will be needed (police certificate, ACRO, tax transcripts from US, filled out the Affidavit of Support, etc)

22 June--request for more information on our marriage certificate (not all of it copied which I hadn't noted before--annoying as it dragged out the process for a few extra weeks)
24 June--returned correct marriage certificate to embassy
1 July--I-130 approved
17 July--received letter with case number
17 July--completed and submitted form DS-260

UPDATED 26 July:
18 July--created account in portal for embassy appointment, but not scheduled appt yes as need it in September and those are not viewable as it's still July.
26 July--scheduled medical for 23 August (waiting for big work project to be finished b/f able to go to London for the medical, but they had appointments as early as Monday (today is Friday))

UPDATED 2 August:
1 August--scheduled embassy interview for 6 September. There were MANY spots open for this in August and September. It seems like you can only view two months of dates for the purpose of scheduling at a time.
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Old Dec 20th 2019, 2:18 pm
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18th August 2019 applied
22th August 2019 payment taken and received email with Notice of Receipt
16th of December 2019 notice of approval received
20th of December 2019 received letter with case number
20th of December 2019 filled DS-260
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Old Mar 31st 2020, 2:28 pm
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Quite poignant to see all of these timelines dating back to years gone by (long before coronavirus was a thing) from people who have gone through the DCF route in London. After today, the London USCIS will stop accepting I-130 petitions. However, for anyone else that has applied recently, and is in the same boat as I am, I will be posting my timeline and updating it as I hear more:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
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Originally Posted by os306 View Post
Quite poignant to see all of these timelines dating back to years gone by (long before coronavirus was a thing) from people who have gone through the DCF route in London. After today, the London USCIS will stop accepting I-130 petitions. However, for anyone else that has applied recently, and is in the same boat as I am, I will be posting my timeline and updating it as I hear more:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
With the Weekly Check page gone, its now a waiting game.

From a visa perspective, will much be happening in the USEL? Probably not much although, before the page was taken down, it said the expectation was to keep to the 90 days processing. With this in mind our "date" would be July 9th 2020. Lets hope its sooner

As for our Timeline, here goes

Submitted hardcopy docs by Special Delivery on February 26th 2020
Papers signed for on February 27th 2020
Email from USEL advising papers properly filed and payment taken March 5th 2020
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Old Apr 1st 2020, 9:23 pm
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I've applied recently too so hopefully our timelines can help determine how things are progressing now that USCIS are no longer updating their processing times. I've seen conflicting messages about whether I-130 petitions are being processed still during this coronavirus shutdown but hopefully services that don't require appointments can continue to move along.

25th February 2020: I-130 petition sent Next Day Guaranteed (Royal Mail)
26th February 2020: Petition signed for at US Embassy
4th March 2020: Payment taken and Notice of Receipt received via email (no notice received via mail)
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Old Apr 2nd 2020, 9:36 am
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Similar issue here - I applied early March. Payment was taken a week later, though I have not received notice the application was accepted either by email or post. Slightly concerning. Rang the Embassy's operator before the end of March to check - he advised if the payment had been taken it should be ok, but couldn't advise any further... Anyone had experience of the payment being taken but not getting an acceptance email?

04 March 2020: I-130 petition sent Special Delivery
05 March 2020: Delivery signed for at US Embassy
11 March 2020: Payment taken. No Notice of Receipt received.
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Old May 8th 2020, 1:01 am
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UK citizen here married to USC...

Mid Sept 2019: married
2 Dec 2019: I-130 petition sent (to Chicago lockbox, then forwarded by USCIS to their centre in Texas)
12 Dec 2019: Payment taken and Notice of Receipt received
6 May 2020: I-130 notice of approval received, with NVC letter with case number

I'm so relieved, given EVERYTHING in the news, that they still seem to be processing applications! I felt sure that we wouldn't hear back for some weeks, even months... Now onto the next stage!
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UK citizen here married to USC...

Mid Sept 2019: married
2 Dec 2019: I-130 petition sent (to Chicago lockbox, then forwarded by USCIS to their centre in Texas)
12 Dec 2019: Payment taken and Notice of Receipt received
6 May 2020: I-130 notice of approval received, with NVC letter with case number

I'm so relieved, given EVERYTHING in the news, that they still seem to be processing applications! I felt sure that we wouldn't hear back for some weeks, even months... Now onto the next stage!
You probably didn't realize it, but this thread is only for I-130s that were filed in the UK. So your timeline and process is quite different.

There is a thread on here somewhere for I-130s filed in the USA.

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Old Jun 9th 2020, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by os306 View Post
Quite poignant to see all of these timelines dating back to years gone by (long before coronavirus was a thing) from people who have gone through the DCF route in London. After today, the London USCIS will stop accepting I-130 petitions. However, for anyone else that has applied recently, and is in the same boat as I am, I will be posting my timeline and updating it as I hear more:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
Updating this timeline below:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
7th April 2020: ACRO letter received in the post
19th May 2020: E-mail received from London USCIS confirming receipt of I-130 petition but inability to take payment due to COVID19 situation
9th June 2020: Credit card payment taken

A much slower timeline than in the pre-COVID era, but we are making progress...
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Old Jun 30th 2020, 4:57 pm
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Originally Posted by os306 View Post
Updating this timeline below:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
7th April 2020: ACRO letter received in the post
19th May 2020: E-mail received from London USCIS confirming receipt of I-130 petition but inability to take payment due to COVID19 situation
9th June 2020: Credit card payment taken

A much slower timeline than in the pre-COVID era, but we are making progress...
Update:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
7th April 2020: ACRO letter received in the post
19th May 2020: E-mail received from London USCIS confirming receipt of I-130 petition but inability to take payment due to COVID19 situation
9th June 2020: Credit card payment taken
29th June 2020: I-130 approved
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Default Re: Immigrant Visa (DCF: I-130 Filed in UK) - TIMELINE ONLY!

Originally Posted by stuwoolf View Post
With the Weekly Check page gone, its now a waiting game.

From a visa perspective, will much be happening in the USEL? Probably not much although, before the page was taken down, it said the expectation was to keep to the 90 days processing. With this in mind our "date" would be July 9th 2020. Lets hope its sooner

As for our Timeline, here goes

Submitted hardcopy docs by Special Delivery on February 26th 2020
Papers signed for on February 27th 2020
Email from USEL advising papers properly filed and payment taken March 5th 2020
Update

Feb 26th 2020 - Hardcopy i-130 sent Next Day Delivery
Feb 27th 2020 - Papers signed for by US Embassy London
Mar 5th 2020 - Email received from USCIS advising Petition properly filed. Payment taken.

Mid March - Covid 19 Shut Down

Early June USCIS reopens

June 19th 2020 - Email received requesting further evidence (RFE)
June 20th 2020 - Our RFE reply sent.
June 22nd 2020 - More RFE requested.
June 26th 2020 - Our RFE reply sent.
June 30th 2020 - Contacted USCIS London seeking update.
June 30th 2020 - Email response received advising i-130 Approved on June 29th.
??? - Await LDN (5-8 weeks)

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Old Aug 9th 2020, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by os306 View Post
Update:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
7th April 2020: ACRO letter received in the post
19th May 2020: E-mail received from London USCIS confirming receipt of I-130 petition but inability to take payment due to COVID19 situation
9th June 2020: Credit card payment taken
29th June 2020: I-130 approved
Further update:

16th March 2020: I-130 & I-130a petition sent via Royal Mail next day delivery
17th March 2020: Petition signed for at US embassy
24th March 2020: ACRO request sent
7th April 2020: ACRO letter received in the post
19th May 2020: E-mail received from London USCIS confirming receipt of I-130 petition but inability to take payment due to COVID19 situation
9th June 2020: Credit card payment taken
29th June 2020: I-130 approved
8th August 2020: LND number received in mail
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