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Just wanted to share our experience so far with the USCIS as well as the NVC in hopes that this information will be useful to another couple out there going through the same thing. We were just notified today that my husbands interview date was scheduled.
Time spent at USCIS: 5 months, 2 weeks
Time spent at NVC: 2 months, 1 week
Time from NVC to Embassy/Interview: 1 month, 2 weeks
Total time spent from USCIS to Embassy/Interview: 9 months, 1 week
We initially started this journey in August of 2014. First off, while I was 'google-ing' which visa to apply for, I found this website. I then used this website to figure out what needed to be submitted and how to assemble the I-130 packet. .(I apologize for not having that link saved, but the order should be easily found if searched for in the search field box) I submitted the form I-130 for my husband (see below for specifics) and was notified with in a week that our packet had been received. The wait from there to the NOA2 was the longest wait. Our receipt number didnt access our online status until about a month after we received it in the mail. But once I was able to follow up using our receipt number online, our status hardly changed over the 5 months that it took for processing.
From there, we were notified in February 2015 (by email) that our case had been approved and was being sent to the NVC. At this time I began getting all the documents ready for the Affidavit of Support packet as well as obtaining original documents we didnt have (such as my husbands birth certificate, divorce certificate, marriage certitificate originals (3x just in case)). I also had my husband get all the information he would need to fill out the IV application. What took the longest to obtain was the contact information for his previous employers since he only had his Employer/job title/job description on his most current CV. (there's an exemplar DS-260 available on the NVC website).
The tricky parts associated with our paperwork at the NVC included researching what specific processes needed to be followed for his country (Fiji). There were a few exceptions as well minor things that we either needed to include with our supporting documents, or didnt need until the time of the actual interview. During the time that our case was at the NVC, I called multiple times for updates. The estimated processing timees that were given to us in writing, were usually a lot longer than it actually took to review and process our papers at the NVC. If you go look below, you'll be able to see the details of what happened and how often I called the NVC. We just received our interview assignment this morning. I did not expect it to happen so quickly. But I can only assume it did happen as fast as it did because his US Embassy is not as busy as other countrys.
If anyone has questions that I can try and help with, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I was soooo grateful for all the tips and advice I received while using this website and I only wish to be able to help another couple (even just a little bit).
Take care & wishing the best of luck to all of you! and remember...stay positive! :)
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