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Delay in upgrading petition from F2A

#1 Black Velvet

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:48 AM

On August 1st, my friend became a US citizen. She sent numerous e-mails to the NVC. In addition, she overnighted a letter to request that her petition be upgraded (F2A to IR-1). She also attached a copy of her naturalization certificate. When she called, the NVC rep stated that it takes 20 business days. Here is the standard e-mail response.

Dear Madam:

Your inquiry has been received at the National Visa Center (NVC).

The correspondence submitted is currently under review. An appropriate action will be taken once this review is completed.

Case Number: KNG2010XXXXXX
Petitioner's Name: XXXX, XXXXXXX
Principal Applicant's Name: XXXXXX,XXXXXX
Preference Category: F2A
Your Priority Date: 15Mar2010
Foreign State Chargeability: JAMAICA
U.S. EMBASSY
142, OLD HOPE ROAD
KINGSTON 6
JAMAICA, W.I.
Sincerely,

National Visa Center
Written Inquiry Unit
Serco Inc.
Support Contractor
NVCInquiry@state.gov

Does it really take 20 business days to upgrade? What should she write as the e-mail subject. She has been putting her case # in the subject area.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:51 AM

It takes what it takes--rarely the full 20 business days, but that is their standard response since it gives them some breathing room to complete things.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:53 AM

It takes what it takes--rarely the full 20 business days, but that is their standard response since it gives them some breathing room to complete things.


Magical, Thanks for the response. The NVC operator advised her that today is only Day #9. Hopefully, her request will be fulfilled in 11 business days of less. :blink:
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:13 PM

Hi All,

I have the same situation. We sent our packet to upgrade a case on July 20th, NVC received it on July 25th and still no response. It's almost 20 business days.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:46 PM

Hi All,

I have the same situation. We sent our packet to upgrade a case on July 20th, NVC received it on July 25th and still no response. It's almost 20 business days.


Wow! Have you tried to call the NVC? I just don't understand what takes so long, especially if a copy of the naturalization certificate was included.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:54 PM

Wow! Have you tried to call the NVC? I just don't understand what takes so long, especially if a copy of the naturalization certificate was included.

Yes, I've tried a few times and recieved a standard response: "We have 20 days for reply..." .I've sent the mail and e-mail with the naturalization certificate and I-797 notice of approval and nothing.
There will be exactly 20 days on Friday so I'm waiting...
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 12:57 PM

Yes, I've tried a few times and recieved a standard response: "We have 20 days for reply..." .I've sent the mail and e-mail with the naturalization certificate and I-797 notice of approval and nothing.
There will be exactly 20 days on Friday so I'm waiting...


I guess you can request to speak to a supervisor (Monday, August 22nd). Hopefully, your case will be upgraded by then. Please keep me posted. I saw that another VJ member has his case upgraded in just 4 business days.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 01:01 PM

I guess you can request to speak to a supervisor (Monday, August 22nd). Hopefully, your case will be upgraded by then. Please keep me posted. I saw that another VJ member has his case upgraded in just 4 business days.


Ok, I let you know.I hope they'll upgrade till Friday.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 08:42 PM

I requested my update on June 11th via e-mail and received the acceptance e-mail on June 16th. This is what it said:

Dear Sir/Madam:

Your inquiry has been received at the National Visa Center (NVC).

We received the petitioner's proof of citizenship and upgraded the visa classification of your petition. Please see the new visa classification below.


To continue processing your immigrant visa case, you will need to designate an agent by completing form DS-3032 (Choice of Address and Agent). Upon receipt of the Ds-3032, we will send instructions for paying the immigrant visa application fee. All future correspondence will be sent to the agent at the address selected on the DS-3032.

If the principal applicant is under the age of sixteen, the principal applicant's parent or guardian may sign the form DS-3032.

Please email the completed form DS-3032 to NVCInquiry@state.gov, or you may also submit the form by mail to the address below:

National Visa Center
ATTN: ACL
31 Rochester Avenue, Suite 200
Portsmouth NH 03801-2915
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IR-1
Married: 12/29/2008

USCIS CSC
I-130 Sent : 11/05/2010
I-130 NOA1 :11/19/2010
I-130 NOA2 :05/20/2011
182 days - No RFE's

NVC
Received : 06/08/2011
DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 06/08/2011
Receive I-864 Package : 06/10/2011
Completed DS-3032 : 06/11/2011 (NVC received 06/16/2011)
Pay I-864 Bill : 06/23/2011
Pay IV Bill : 07/22/2011
Return Completed I-864 & IV : 07/25/2011
NVC received: 07/27/2011
NVC RFE: 08/09/11
NVC RFE sent/NVC Received: 08/10/2011--08/12/2011
False RFE for IV: 08/10/11
False RFE for previous RFE: 08/11/11 & 08/14/2011
NVC Reviewed IV: 08/11/2011
SIF and Case Complete : 08/19/2011
Interview Date Set: 09/30/2011

EMBASSY
Medical: 11/11/2011
Interview: 11/16/2011 *APPROVED*
Visa Received: 11/21/11 (arrived on 3rd business day)
POE: 12/02/2011
Welcome Letter & SSN Arrived: 12/12/11
2nd Welcome Letter & 10-year GC Arrived: 12/17/11
-Happily Ever After-

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 09:42 PM

Cali,
At 4:10, the petition was upgraded! See below. I am so excited for my friend & her hubby. Thanks for responding. I guess persistence paid off.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Your inquiry has been received at the National Visa Center (NVC).

We received the petitioner's proof of citizenship and upgraded the visa classification of your petition. Please see the new visa classification below.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not allow derivative status to family members of immediate relatives. IR1, CR1, CR2, IR2, and IR5 classifications are immediate relative visa categories. This means that a spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 and a parent of a U.S. citizen require their own individual petition in order to immigrate to the U.S.



Case Number: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Petitioner's Name: XXXXXX,XXXXXXXX
Principal Applicant's Name: XXXXXX,XXXXXXXXX
Preference Category: F2A
Your Priority Date: 15Mar2010
Foreign State Chargeability: JAMAICA
U.S. EMBASSY
142, OLD HOPE ROAD
KINGSTON 6
JAMAICA, W.I.


Sincerely,
Annie
National Visa Center
Written Inquiry Unit
Serco Inc, Support Contractor
NVCInquiry@state.gov

This email is Sensitive but Unclassified based on the definitions provided in 12 FAM 540.
Any information in this transmission pertaining to the issuance or refusal of visas or permits to enter the United States shall be considered confidential under Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) [8 US C. Section 1202]. Access to and use of such information must be solely for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States under INA 222(f) and as specified in FAM guidance. If you have received such information in error, do not review, retransmit, disclose, disseminate, use, or take any action in reliance upon this information, and contact the sender as soon as possible.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 10:31 PM

Congratulations, Black Velvet!
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IR-1
Married: 12/29/2008

USCIS CSC
I-130 Sent : 11/05/2010
I-130 NOA1 :11/19/2010
I-130 NOA2 :05/20/2011
182 days - No RFE's

NVC
Received : 06/08/2011
DS-3032 / I-864 Bill : 06/08/2011
Receive I-864 Package : 06/10/2011
Completed DS-3032 : 06/11/2011 (NVC received 06/16/2011)
Pay I-864 Bill : 06/23/2011
Pay IV Bill : 07/22/2011
Return Completed I-864 & IV : 07/25/2011
NVC received: 07/27/2011
NVC RFE: 08/09/11
NVC RFE sent/NVC Received: 08/10/2011--08/12/2011
False RFE for IV: 08/10/11
False RFE for previous RFE: 08/11/11 & 08/14/2011
NVC Reviewed IV: 08/11/2011
SIF and Case Complete : 08/19/2011
Interview Date Set: 09/30/2011

EMBASSY
Medical: 11/11/2011
Interview: 11/16/2011 *APPROVED*
Visa Received: 11/21/11 (arrived on 3rd business day)
POE: 12/02/2011
Welcome Letter & SSN Arrived: 12/12/11
2nd Welcome Letter & 10-year GC Arrived: 12/17/11
-Happily Ever After-

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 08:19 AM

Today the petition was upgraded. It took 22 business days.
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#13 singhisking

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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:09 AM

Today the petition was upgraded. It took 22 business days.

really... thats crazy... it looks like NVC don't have any standard time frame for any process...
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USCIS: (108 days)
Spouse's Journey (F2A) - USCIS
02/22/2011 - Filed I-130 as F2A
02/28/2011 - Notice of Action 1 (NOA1)
06/16/2011 - Notice of Action 2 (NOA2)

NOA2 to NVC (32 days to get Case number)
NVC: (28 days)
07/18/2011 - NVC Received and got NVC case#.
07/18/2011 - Send my Naturalization Certificate via mail and email for upgrading my case from F2A to CR1.
07/19/2011 - Gave both emails to NVC and received IIN#
07/21/2011 - Got confirmation email about changing my petition from F2A to CR1. Up-gradation took 4 business days.
07/29/2011 - AOS Fee Bill Received & Paid Online.
07/29/2011 - DS-3032 Email sent to NVC from beneficiary.
08/01/2011 - AOS package invoice shows "PAID" and Package mailed to NVC.
08/02/2011 - DS-3032 received by NVC.
08/03/2011 - IV Fee Bill Received & Paid Online.
08/04/2011 - IV Fee Bill invoice shows "PAID" and DS-230 package mailed to NVC.
08/16/2011 - SIF & Case Completed

08/29/2011 - Interview Email.
New Delhi Consulate:
10/06/2011 - Medical Done.
10/17/2011 - Interview Date and Visa Approved !
10/20/2011 - Passport with Visa picked up from local VFS office.
12/16/2011 - P.O.E.
01/19/2012 - Receive Green card in mail

2013-11-13 - Apply for Removal of Conditions.

2013-11-23 - NOA Date

2014-03-27 - Approval.

2014-04-01 - Green Card received.


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Posted 23 August 2011 - 09:16 AM

really... thats crazy... it looks like NVC don't have any standard time frame for any process...

Yeah...crazy...They told me they have 20 days for opening and reading your correspondence and then 6-8 weeks for decision...
I hope for October interview.
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