L1A to EB1C Journey Thus Far

Old Aug 2nd 2023, 7:32 am
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I’ve been eagerly reading everybody else’s process and timelines and wanted to share my own for folks from the UK on the path to Green Card, it’s just starting!

I obtained my L1A in November 2021 and moved to the US December 2021.

July 12th 2022 - Started gathering evidence
May 4th 2023 - I-140 Filed (not I-485 concurrent and no mention of premium processing from immigration lawyers)
May 16th 2023 - Receipt notice received

Currently approaching 90 days filed

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I’ve been eagerly reading everybody else’s process and timelines and wanted to share my own for folks from the UK on the path to Green Card, it’s just starting!

I obtained my L1A in November 2021 and moved to the US December 2021.

July 12th 2022 - Started gathering evidence
May 4th 2023 - I-140 Filed (not I-485 concurrent and no mention of premium processing from immigration lawyers)
May 16th 2023 - Receipt notice received

Currently approaching 90 days filed
I went through this in 2010/11. I came on an L1a and then my employers filed the EB1c I-140 (non concurrent) and later the I-485 and AP/EAD (make sure to have these included, but do not use them unless you are fired/laid off from the L1a position). Mine process was a little over a year back then.

Good luck.
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Good luck rowe6! I posted my timeline a couple of months back. Couple of notes:

-- re PP: in my experience the lawyers will do what your company tell (and pay) them to do. I'd urge you to push your employer to pay the extra $$ to get the I-140 approved sooner rather than waiting in limbo. If needed, I believe PP can be paid by you (where the I-140 defienitely can't be).
-- when you do submit I-485, be sure to include your medical I-693 in the pack.

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Thank you, much appreciated. I have asked the lawyers to send me a checklist for the I-485, even though no guarantee of I-140 I want to be prepared.

The ship has sailed regarding pp now I’ve been filed 90 days.
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The ship has sailed regarding pp now I’ve been filed 90 days.
Perhaps this is an internal policy at your company, but it's not a USCIS policy that I'm aware of. PP can now be applied to any case EB1C I-140 case at any time.
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Thank you, much appreciated. I have asked the lawyers to send me a checklist for the I-485, even though no guarantee of I-140 I want to be prepared.
For the I-485, I submitted:
-- G-28, I-485
-- Copy of every page of my passport, including front and back covers
-- I-797B L1A approval
-- Scan of L1A visa foil in passport with stamp of entry
-- most recent I-94
-- I-94 travel history
-- Birth certificate
-- Recent paystubs
-- signed letter from employer confirming employment dates (including date of transfer from Company UK Ltd to Company US Inc).

NB - yours may be different if you are married and/or have kids.

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No, it's just me. I got their checklist and I was glad I asked for it now as my birth certificate only has my info on it (old school South Wales valleys one) so I have ordered a 'long' one to include parents names etc. I'm going to do the scan of my passport and expired passport this weekend, just all in prep. I may do the medical soon too given it's valid for a long while.

I think my immigration lawyers should have the rest, maybe not the up to date travel history (since I have been in the US).

Thanks again, I am desperate for the I-140 approval now, be nice to move to the next stage.

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I have been pretty chilled about the I-140 up to now but after reading the layoff story I have become a lot more uneasy, especially with the economic climate. I am now 100 days filed. I know they say 9 months for non-premium processing, but mostly they're hearing news from anytime now to 6 months right? Maybe once I get to 120 days then I can really expect news.

I am glad I spent 100 days chilled, but I am starting to go a bit potty with the whole thing

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I have been pretty chilled about the I-140 up to now but after reading the layoff story I have become a lot more uneasy, especially with the economic climate. I am now 100 days filed. I know they say 9 months for non-premium processing, but mostly they're hearing news from anytime now to 6 months right? Maybe once I get to 120 days then I can really expect news.

I am glad I spent 100 days chilled, but I am starting to go a bit potty with the whole thing

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For the sake of your mental health, just pay the $2.5k and upgrade to PP. Then you’ll know for sure you’ll have your answer in 45 days, likely less.
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If needed, I believe PP can be paid by you (where the I-140 defienitely can't be).
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Interesting. You state premium processing on belief but the I-140 as definite. Any reason why?
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Interesting. You state premium processing on belief but the I-140 as definite. Any reason why?
Is it unclear? Because that’s what I know vs what I believe.
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And you happen to be correct on both counts LT1 but lawyers advised I sit it out now as higher RFE rates on pp than normal, plus I am a 100 days in. They advise only to do pp if L1A expiry approaching. I'll sit it out now, but I am getting twitchy!
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Is it unclear? Because that’s what I know vs what I believe.
Yes, I find it unclear. When it comes to the PP fee, it seems you express a degree of uncertainty. Fine. But you do not say the basis of your knowledge about the I-140 filing fee. There are certain immigration petitions where the beneficiary is legally prohibited from paying the filing fee, but the I-140 is not one of them. I am just curious as to the bais of your definite conclusion. Nothing more, nothing less.
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I-140 awaiting approval, been filed 145 days
I-485 - window open, medical Friday then hopefully file next week
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I-140 awaiting approval, been filed 173 days
I-485 - Filed 23rd October with medical docs, J supplement and AP.
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