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#1 bizzyx33

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:06 PM

I have a question about the I-130. I am from the US and my wife is from Vietnam. I submitted the application in Aug. 2011 and it was received by Sept. 1, 2011.

My status has been on initial review the whole time until March 22, 2012 I got 2 email with the DS-1200. In that email was a pdf file with an invoice asking me to pay the AOS fee of $88. and it had a DS-3032 form in the pdf. My wife is in Vietnam. I forwarded the email to her and had to sign the DS-3032 form and send it to the address stated in the pdf. I also paid the fee of $88 already. It's been about 2 1/2 weeks since my wife mailed the form to the NVC. My status is still showing initial review.

How long does it usually take for the status to update? Also was my wife sending the form ok or was I suppose to send it? Can someone also tell me what is the next step in this process?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 06:24 PM

I have a question about the I-130. I am from the US and my wife is from Vietnam. I submitted the application in Aug. 2011 and it was received by Sept. 1, 2011.

My status has been on initial review the whole time until March 22, 2012 I got 2 email with the DS-1200. In that email was a pdf file with an invoice asking me to pay the AOS fee of $88. and it had a DS-3032 form in the pdf. My wife is in Vietnam. I forwarded the email to her and had to sign the DS-3032 form and send it to the address stated in the pdf. I also paid the fee of $88 already. It's been about 2 1/2 weeks since my wife mailed the form to the NVC. My status is still showing initial review.

How long does it usually take for the status to update? Also was my wife sending the form ok or was I suppose to send it? Can someone also tell me what is the next step in this process?

Thanks


Hi!

First of all, the I-130 is the beggining of the process, it's the first petition you have to file to start the spousal visa process. According to what you are saying, in USCIS website your status is still in "Initial Review", but you have received email from NVC with the AOS packet...

Ok, if that checks, you were approved in the USCIS, but they haven't updated their website yet. If you submitted an application for e-notification along with the I-130, you should have received emails and text messages in the phone you listed in the form with notification that your petition had been approved. If not, you only will receive a hardcopy in your mail with that notification. I suggest you to find out about that and fill in your timeline here, it will be easier for everybody to understand what's happening to you.

Now related to your other question, it's totally fine if your wife mailed them the DS-3032, most important is that NVC receives it. When they receive and accept it, the agent she has chosen in the form will receive the IV bill and you both will have to work in her IV packet, it basicly has the DS-230 parts I and II but both of you will have to provide more documents to be mailed along with the DS-230.

The links below will help you:

http://www.visajourn...72#entry5190672

http://www.visajourn...87#entry5261587

Keep in mind that according to what you said above, you are currently at the NVC stage, even if USCIS haven't updated your status in their website yet! I would find out about your second notification with approval from USCIS though, we call it here NOA2.

Good luck!

Edited by ISIS AND TROY, 14 April 2012 - 06:26 PM.

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Marriage: June 21, 2011

USCIS (179 days - 5 months and 27 days)
I-130 mailed: August 24, 2011
NOA1: September 1, 2011
Touched: September 6, 2011
NOA2: February 27, 2012


NVC - 30 days
NVC Received: March 05, 2012
NVC assigns case #: March 09, 2012
E-mailed choice of agent according to VJ's sample: March 13, 2012
Received AOS package and I-864 bill: March 14, 2012
Paid I-864 bill: March 15, 2012
I-864 bill status PAID: March 16, 2012
Mailed AOS package: March 19, 2012
NVC’s operator informed on the phone they accepted AOS package: March 23, 2012
Received checklist for the DS-3032: March 23, 2012 (the first electronic choice of agent didn’t get through…)
Resent electronic choice of agent to NVC: March 23, 2012
NVC accepts electronic choice of agent: March 26, 2012
IV bill invoiced: March 27, 2012
IV bill paid: March 28, 2012
IV bill status PAID: March 29, 2012
Mailed IV package: March 29, 2012
CASE COMPLETE: April 04, 2012
NVC left and interview scheduled: April 06, 2012
Interview date: May 30, 2012
Result: APPROVED!!!!




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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:30 PM

Thanks for your answer. I haven't got any email saying it was approved yet. The latest email I got was the one with the DS-3032. In that email this is what it says.

"Dear Sir/Madam,

The attached correspondence relates to an immigrant visa referenced on the subject line. This case is being processed by the National Visa Center. Please read the information carefully and follow the instructions.

This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee, please notify NVCinquiry@state.gov immediately by e-mail from your system. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secured or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, or contain viruses. The sender therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this message.

If at any time you wish not to receive correspondence by e-mail you may "Opt Out" by sending a written request to NVCinquiry@state.gov. This e-mail is sent by: The U.S. Department of State's National Visa Center, located at 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801. Please DO NOT REPLY to this e-mail."
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:39 AM

Thanks for your answer. I haven't got any email saying it was approved yet. The latest email I got was the one with the DS-3032. In that email this is what it says.

"Dear Sir/Madam,

The attached correspondence relates to an immigrant visa referenced on the subject line. This case is being processed by the National Visa Center. Please read the information carefully and follow the instructions.

This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee, please notify NVCinquiry@state.gov immediately by e-mail from your system. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secured or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, or contain viruses. The sender therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this message.

If at any time you wish not to receive correspondence by e-mail you may "Opt Out" by sending a written request to NVCinquiry@state.gov. This e-mail is sent by: The U.S. Department of State's National Visa Center, located at 32 Rochester Avenue, Portsmouth NH 03801. Please DO NOT REPLY to this e-mail."


Did you submit a form with the I-130 showing your email address, so they could email you the approval? If not, have you received an I-797C in your regular mail showing that the I-130 is approved? It isn't the one saying they received the I-130, it should specifically say it's approved. If so, then don't bother checking the USCIS website anymore, as they don't actually have your case. It's at the National Visa Center, which is a completely different part of government (in the Department of State instead of Department of Homeland Security).

In any case, if the NVC has your case now the I-130 has likely been approved by the USCIS, which is a good sign. Read the CR-1/IR-1 guides on this site for some tips to expediate the NVC process. For instance, there's a template on the guide saying how to submit the DS-3032 by email, so that you can get the IV bill quicker. Once that's received and the IV bill is marked paid, you should ship off your affidavit of support package and the immigrant visa application forms to the NVC.
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#5 bizzyx33

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:01 AM

I did sign up for the email notice but I never got any email saying they approved it. The latest email I got was the one I posted above with the DS-3032 form which was in March 22.

The emails I got on march 22 were these 2. subject of the email was "HCMxxxxxxxxxx (ACL FOR NEOPOST DS-1200)(CC)" and "HCMxxxxxxxxxx (PAOSF I-130 FOR NEOPOST DS-1200)"

Edited by bizzyx33, 15 April 2012 - 03:04 AM.

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#6 bizzyx33

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 06:34 PM

Hello, I need additional help right now. Can someone please help me. So after what I received in the above post, I just receive another email "aivf for neopost ds-1200.pdf". In this email it asked me to pay the "Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice" which is $230. I went ahead and went to the website instructed and paid the $230. The invoice date was April 19, 2012 and I got the email on April 22, 2012. I checked the payment status for my case and this is what it shows "29-MAR-2012 11:52 AOS $88.00 PAID" and "22-APR-2012 19:26 IV $230.00 PAID".

They still have not requested me to send my Affidavit of Support or any other information yet. Since I paid in April 22, I have not gotten further instructions. Am I forgetting to do something or did something wrong or is it suppose to take this long after I pay?
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:47 PM

One more thing I forgot to mention, I notice that when sending the DS-230 and the I-864 you can attach it to the email for them. Can any country do it or is it for certain ones only? Also when sending all of those through email, do I just attach the copy of the information they ask for with the email also (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.)
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 09:00 PM

Hello, I need additional help right now. Can someone please help me. So after what I received in the above post, I just receive another email "aivf for neopost ds-1200.pdf". In this email it asked me to pay the "Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice" which is $230. I went ahead and went to the website instructed and paid the $230. The invoice date was April 19, 2012 and I got the email on April 22, 2012. I checked the payment status for my case and this is what it shows "29-MAR-2012 11:52 AOS $88.00 PAID" and "22-APR-2012 19:26 IV $230.00 PAID".

They still have not requested me to send my Affidavit of Support or any other information yet. Since I paid in April 22, I have not gotten further instructions. Am I forgetting to do something or did something wrong or is it suppose to take this long after I pay?


You don't have to wait for NVC to send you anything. You can easily download the forms online, and as soon as your payment status already says "PAID" (which in your case is PAID already), you can send off all the documents with their respective barcoded sheets - you can get this from the NVC portal where you paid your bills.

Read the first two posts in this thread as it contains instructions and lists of the required documents for the AOS and IV packages: http://www.visajourn...ilers-may-2012/


One more thing I forgot to mention, I notice that when sending the DS-230 and the I-864 you can attach it to the email for them. Can any country do it or is it for certain ones only? Also when sending all of those through email, do I just attach the copy of the information they ask for with the email also (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.)


Only certain countries are eligible for electronic (via email) processing, like Canada and Mexico. I believe Vietnam is NOT one of them, so if I am correct, you have to send out everything via postal mail.
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USCIS
10/01/11 - Filed (2) I-130's
10/04/11 - NOA-1
04/05/12 - NOA-2

Your I-130 was approved in 184 days from your NOA1 date.

NVC
04/23/12 - NVC received both cases (18 days/12 business days from NOA-2)
05/07/12 - Case numbers and IIN's (14 days/10 business days since NVC received)
05/07/12 - Sent out DS-3032 by email; auto-response received
05/08/12 - AOS fee invoiced, paid - "IN PROCESS"
05/09/12 - AOS fee shows as "PAID"
05/10/12 - Spouse's DS-3032 accepted; minor child's rejected = had petitioner call NVC = received verbal acceptance from operator
05/11/12 - Spouse's IV fee invoiced
05/14/12 - Daughter's IV fee invoiced, paid both IV fees - "IN PROCESS"
05/15/12 - Both IV fees show as "PAID"
05/16/12 - Sent both AOS and both IV packages to NVC via USPS (expected delivery: 05/19/12)
05/21/12 - All 4 packages delivered
05/30/12 - Received checklist for daughter's AOS
05/31/12 - Sent response to checklist via USPS (expected delivery: 06/01/12); Spouse's case completed
06/07/12 - Daughter's case completed; waiting for interview date
06/14/12 - P4 received: interview date 07/11/12

Embassy
07/04-05/12 - Medical at SLEC
07/11/12 - Interview: APPROVED!
07/14/12 - Visas on hand

POE: 10/17/12
GC's on hand: 10/31/12

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:39 AM

One more thing I forgot to mention, I notice that when sending the DS-230 and the I-864 you can attach it to the email for them. Can any country do it or is it for certain ones only? Also when sending all of those through email, do I just attach the copy of the information they ask for with the email also (birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.)


Electronic processing is not available for Vietnam, your forms and documentation will need to be mailed to the NVC.
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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013:  Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014:  Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014:  New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:31 PM

Alright, thank you so much for the response Ryan. I will go ahead and take a look at that thread you linked.
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