My husband filed an I-130 (under the F2A category) for me at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) and received a priority date of Jan 29, 2014. The VSC has been moving very slowly for F2A.... My husband expect to receive naturalization in few weeks. Once done, he will upgrade this petition from F2A to Immediate Relative by sending a copy of his naturalization certificate to the VSC.
In this regard, I have two questions:
Given that we filed my I-130 in early 2014, how long does it typically take to receive an approval after an upgrade to Immediate Relative is processed? I understand that IR spousal petitions do not have a concept of a priority date, given that visas are immediately available. However, given that U.S. citizen spouse petitions are being processed at VSC within 5 months currently, will my filing of the I-130 in Jan 2014 provide me any benefit in terms of how fast USCIS processes it once the upgrade is processed? ( I am hopeful that USCIS pulls my file from archives or whereever it currently resides, looks at my priority date and processes it immediately. Hopefully I don't have to go to the back of the IR and wait for another 5 months for the approval, since that would defeat the purpose of my filing the I-130 in 2014).
Will appreciate your thoughts if you or someone you know has gone through a similar situation.