Great news! We just received NOA1 (Notice of Action #1) trough email. That means they definitely opened the package (they must have got my email address from the G-1145 form) and surely begun processing our case. We also got a text message stating pretty much the same. This is a sample of the email we received:
Your case has been accepted and routed to the USCIS California Service Center for processing. Within 7-10 days by standard mail you will receive your official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) with your Receipt Number XXXXXXXXXXX. With the official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) you may visit http://www.uscis.gov where you can check the status of your case using My Case Status. We suggest you wait until you have received your Form I-797 before checking My Case Status.
This confirmation provides notification of the date USCIS received your case. This notice does NOT grant any immigration status or benefit. You MAY NOT present this notice as evidence that you have been granted any immigration status or benefit. Further, this notice does NOT constitute evidence that your case remains pending with USCIS. The current status of your case must be verified with USCIS.
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE
So we got routed to USCIS California Service Center. According to VisaJourney’s timeline we should be receiving NOA2 between May/June. That sounds great! At this point I suggest you guys go to the USCIS website, create an account using your Receipt Number, and subscribe for email and text updates. We did that, but most likely I will be manually checking every day with my Receipt Number on the USCIS website.
One thing we are worried about is that we used our Venezuelan address in the I-130 form and they will attempt to send the NOA1 Hard Copy to that address. The problem is: Venezuelan postal service is a complete disaster: slow, unreliable, unreachable… it’s just a Russian roulette. I guess we will simply forget about receiving this Hard Copy from USCIS. If we somehow get it, I’ll be very surprised. The good thing is we don’t need that document at all. It is just a hard copy for archival purposes.
Of course we will switch the address to my US domicile soon. There is a way to do that right on the USCIS website, but I’d like to call first and clear some doubts. This is very important because there are some important packages and notices that we DO NEED to physically receive. Specially at the NVC stage.
In this link (HERE) you will find very interesting information about your Receipt Number.