EB1C - Multinational Manager - My Immigration Journey
Since this blog has given me so much, it's time to return the favor.
Arrived in the US on March 5th, 2020 under the L1A visa (Individual) class.
Form I-140 :
02/06/2021 - Filed with USCIS, priority date was not current at that time (Texas Service Center)
04/27/2022 - Request for RFE (mostly around role definition with foreign and current employer)
06/11/2022 - Request to RFE received by USCIS (I was well prepared with the responses and didn't wait for the full 90 days to respond)
06/21/2022 - I-140 approved (Yes, it's a myth that one should not respond to an RFE before the stipulated 80-85 days period).
Although I was eligible to file under premium processing, I chose not to as per my attorney's suggestion. Once you rush the agency to act quickly on your case, the chances of denial increase.
04/05/2021: Filed form I-485/I-131/I-765/I-693 and received the receipt notices about 2 months after. The case went straight to NBC which was unusual
06/25/2021: Fingerprinting done
10/31/2021: Received Combo Card
11/30/2021: Case was transferred to Texas Service Centre were my I-140 was pending
07/15/2022: The case was transferred back to the same NBC where it was received for the first time
08/17/2022: The case was approved!
All in all, it took approximately 550 days for the agency to approve my GC. There were moments of uncertainty when you hear your colleagues and friends received their GC even though they filed after you, but every case is different. I know it's easier for me to say now, but you need to trust the system. Don't listen to gossip, keep your eyes and ears open but avoid panicking on every single news you hear about US immigration.
Once again thank you immihelp for creating this forum for people like us living in a world of constant uncertainty. One can definitely learn a lot from other people experience so please keep sharing. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have on my case to the best of my knowledge.
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