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Delay in upgrading petition from F2A

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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