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How long for NVC to process DS-261 and invoice the IV fee so you can pay it?

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Does anyone have data on how long it takes for the NVC to process the DS-261 and invoice the IV fee so you can pay it and complete the DS-260? The wiki says "a few weeks", but that's all I can find. The time data on the site doesn't break NVC processing down into that level of detail (might be a useful addition to timelines events that users can update). Curious as to what anyone knows. Thanks!

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Could be a few days could be six weeks or longer....most people call the NVC to have a representative review the form over the phone. Not all of them know how to do this, so you might have to call back several times to find one that can. Ours got stuck in the system and took about five weeks before a rep "un-stuck" it for us. The good news is that the AOS/IV package review is independent of the IV fee/260...so we got our case complete about week after we submitted our 260 because had submitted the package shortly after paying the AOS fee.

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If you dont have your IV fee in 2 weeks you can call NVC and ask for a over the phone review of DS-261, if they do that you can expect the invoice in 2-3 days. After the IV shows PAID now you can go ahead and do DS-260.


   

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Like others have mention call and have the nvc review the ds-261 over the phone.

you might have to call more then once.

keep calling eventually you will get an agent that will do that for you

Also as someone else mention you can send in your Aos and iv packets now if yoj have not already.

Nk need to wait till after the Iv fee is paid and the ds-260 visa application is done


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Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

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Thank you all, this is very helpful, and frankly some of it is complete news to me. It is by no means obvious, at least to me, that the document packet can be submitted while waiting for the DS-260 to become available. If all of you say it is true, then I believe you, but that is clearly not what is specified in the letter I got from the NVC after they received our paperwork from USCIS. It clearly says 1) Choose agent , 2) Pay fees, 3) Submit visa application form, 4) Collect financial documents, 5) Collect supporting documents, and 6) Submit documents to the NVC. However, it looks like there's enough current experience here that indicates it is possible. So I'll start that.

I have *never* been able to get through to NVC on the phone. Always the same recording that due to high volume all agents are busy, please try again later. I have to wonder if they even answer the phone any more.

Further comments/replies always welcome.

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They do. Call either very early or rather late. They are open 7am-midnight M-F EST except federal holidays (or snow days... but snow days are past us now.)

Sometimes you have to redial 10-50 times before you finally are put through.

If you think about it, the call center is severely understaffed considering hundreds of thousands of visas are put through the NVC each year.


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Hi, I got my ds-261 on April 22nd and I submitted it on April 14th I mean 8 days later. Yesterday April 23rd NVC sent me an email with ds-261 review, notifying the agent I chose and IV fee invoice, it doesn't show able to pay yet on ceac website but it will from monday to Wednesday I hope if it isn't I will call on Wednesday.

Forgot to say my ds-261 waa review over the phone. Good Luck u all?

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Wonder of wonders! After about ten tries, I got through on the phone to NVC. I then waited on hold for about 45 minutes (twice as long as the recorded estimated wait time), but eventually Lucille came online. She was very polite, and very efficient with the information I gave her. Thanks to this thread, I knew to ask for phone review of my DS-261, and when that was done she took my email and said my IV fee should be invoiced in a few days, and then I could process my DS-260.

If any moderators are reading this thread, IMNSHO this action should be documented in the wiki and any other resource associated with IR-1/CR-1 visas. Thank you all again for your help!

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Wonder of wonders! After about ten tries, I got through on the phone to NVC. I then waited on hold for about 45 minutes (twice as long as the recorded estimated wait time), but eventually Lucille came online. She was very polite, and very efficient with the information I gave her. Thanks to this thread, I knew to ask for phone review of my DS-261, and when that was done she took my email and said my IV fee should be invoiced in a few days, and then I could process my DS-260.

If any moderators are reading this thread, IMNSHO this action should be documented in the wiki and any other resource associated with IR-1/CR-1 visas. Thank you all again for your help!

Quick question if you don't mind me asking.

Have you been able to pay your IV fees yet?

I called last week on April 30th and I got an agent reviewed my wife's DS-261 over the phone, the lady agreed to to do so and she also asked me for my email address.

She said to wait a few days and I should then receive an email asking me to pay the IV fee. As of today I've hot not received such email nor I'm able to pay the IV fee.

Please advise.

Fr3edom21.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center

Consulate : Juarez, Mexico

08-25-2014 I-130 application sent via FedEx.

08-26-2014 I-130 received by USCIS

08-28-2014 NOA1 sent via mail.

09-02-2014 NOA1 received.

03-19-2015 NOA2 received.

04-12-2015 NVC received.

04-16-2015 AOS Bill received.

04-16-2015 AOS Bill paid.

04-16-2015 Submit DS-261.

05-07-2015 IV Bill received.

07-12-2015 Paid IV bill.

08-04-2015 Submitted I-601a waiver

08-11-2015 USCIS accepted waiver

09-04-2015 Waiver biometrics done

09-21-2015 Sent AOS, DS-260 & IV packages.

10-20-2015 Waiver Approved.

10-20-2015 Case completed at NVC.

10-22-2015 Received appointment email.

10-24-2015 Received appointment letter in the mail.

12-30-2015 Appointment at Mexican Consulate - Approved!

01-05-2016 Package received in Morelia, Michoacan.

01-16-2016 Paid green card.

01-17-2016 My wife enters the USA through Otay Mesa, California POE.

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Yes, I paid my fees a few days ago, see my timeline for what happened when. Everything happened exactly as expected, based on what others have reported. My DS-260 and supporting docs are now at the NVC. Now we wait ...

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Thanks Barry.

Fr3edom21.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center

Consulate : Juarez, Mexico

08-25-2014 I-130 application sent via FedEx.

08-26-2014 I-130 received by USCIS

08-28-2014 NOA1 sent via mail.

09-02-2014 NOA1 received.

03-19-2015 NOA2 received.

04-12-2015 NVC received.

04-16-2015 AOS Bill received.

04-16-2015 AOS Bill paid.

04-16-2015 Submit DS-261.

05-07-2015 IV Bill received.

07-12-2015 Paid IV bill.

08-04-2015 Submitted I-601a waiver

08-11-2015 USCIS accepted waiver

09-04-2015 Waiver biometrics done

09-21-2015 Sent AOS, DS-260 & IV packages.

10-20-2015 Waiver Approved.

10-20-2015 Case completed at NVC.

10-22-2015 Received appointment email.

10-24-2015 Received appointment letter in the mail.

12-30-2015 Appointment at Mexican Consulate - Approved!

01-05-2016 Package received in Morelia, Michoacan.

01-16-2016 Paid green card.

01-17-2016 My wife enters the USA through Otay Mesa, California POE.

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Today I got Email from NVC to pay IV fees ...but as i login to the portal..it is showing $0.00....

How can i pay the fees ??? It doesnt show any 325$ fees

Any guidance will be much appreciated...

Thanks


I-130 / F-2A



USCIS


November 14 2013 I-130 Sent to Chicago Lockbox


November 15 2013 I-130 Received at Chicago Lockbox Facility


November 18 2013 Email from USCIS about Petition Acceptance (PD Nov 15 2013)


November 19 2013 I 797 NOA 1 received by mail


March 24 2015 Received E Mail and Text Notification about Case transfer to another USCIS Office


March 28 2015 Received Hard copy of Transfer Notice from USCIS


March 31 2015 Case Approved by USCIS


April 1 2015 Received Email and Text message for Case Approval


April 4 2015 Received Hard Copy of NOA2 from USCIS



NVC STAGE


April 16 2015 Case received at NVC


April 24 2015 Case Number and IIN received on Call


April 27 2015 Paid AOS Fees and Submitted DS-261


April 29 2015 Welcome Letter from NVC in Email


May 05 2015 DS-261 reviewed over phone


May 06 2015 AOS & Civil Documents sent to NVC


May 07 2015 Documents received at NVC


May 08 2015 Email from NVC to pay IV Fees


June 08 2015 IV PAID


June 10 2015 Submitted DS-260


July 13 2015 Case Completed


July 29 2015 Finally....Got Interview Date


Sep 18 2015 Interview (Approved)






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Wait a couple of days, it will eventually show up on the portal.

Ok...Thanks for the Info....Will try again tomorrow


I-130 / F-2A



USCIS


November 14 2013 I-130 Sent to Chicago Lockbox


November 15 2013 I-130 Received at Chicago Lockbox Facility


November 18 2013 Email from USCIS about Petition Acceptance (PD Nov 15 2013)


November 19 2013 I 797 NOA 1 received by mail


March 24 2015 Received E Mail and Text Notification about Case transfer to another USCIS Office


March 28 2015 Received Hard copy of Transfer Notice from USCIS


March 31 2015 Case Approved by USCIS


April 1 2015 Received Email and Text message for Case Approval


April 4 2015 Received Hard Copy of NOA2 from USCIS



NVC STAGE


April 16 2015 Case received at NVC


April 24 2015 Case Number and IIN received on Call


April 27 2015 Paid AOS Fees and Submitted DS-261


April 29 2015 Welcome Letter from NVC in Email


May 05 2015 DS-261 reviewed over phone


May 06 2015 AOS & Civil Documents sent to NVC


May 07 2015 Documents received at NVC


May 08 2015 Email from NVC to pay IV Fees


June 08 2015 IV PAID


June 10 2015 Submitted DS-260


July 13 2015 Case Completed


July 29 2015 Finally....Got Interview Date


Sep 18 2015 Interview (Approved)






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