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Hello everyone, im just very confused, upset, and completley lost since my wifes visa interview last july 2013. let me tell you a little about us. i met my wife through a mutual cousin (her cousin through his moms side, my cousin through his dads side. so basically my cousins dad is my uncle, and my cousins mother is my wifes aunt.) We started talking through facebook around may of 2012, i went to see her for the first time in july 2012; and in december of that same year we got married, and all our family was there her, and mine. i made about 3 trips after my july 2012 trip because i wanted to always see her, and about 5-6 more after we got married :).


Ok so when they interviewed us a total of 3 times, and when we had the second interview (seperated) they consulate officer looked at me and siad "look we know you guys are related the U.S.C.I.S investigated" and told me all these fines and bullcrap like i was gonna get scared, but i didnt.. i sent the NVC (and ultimatley took copies to the interview as well) pictures of every trip that i took down there, boarding passes, facebook chats, whatsapp chats, money reciepts, and even letters from friends and family. In the end they only wanted to see pictures, and told us that my wifes visa couldn't be accepted at this time, and that it will be sent back to the uscis for the final decisions



So i called NVC about a week ago and asked them about my case, all they told me was that they saw that it had been rejected but they hadent recieved it yet (mind you i was calling NVC atleast 2 times a week after the interview).

My real question is this, whats next? what will that letter say? how can i prepare? my relationship with my wife is 100% legitimate, im losing all hope and need to know what i can do to not feel helpless and, and hopefully there is still a chance for me and my wife.. By the way im 23 my wife is 21, we have no children.



sorry for this lengthy post, i just really wanted to get my point out and detail everything so someone can maybe give me a clear answer. thank you for your time in reading this. hope to hear from you..

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Hello everyone, im just very confused, upset, and completley lost since my wifes visa interview last july 2013. let me tell you a little about us. i met my wife through a mutual cousin (her cousin through his moms side, my cousin through his dads side. so basically my cousins dad is my uncle, and my cousins mother is my wifes aunt.) We started talking through facebook around may of 2012, i went to see her for the first time in july 2012; and in december of that same year we got married, and all our family was there her, and mine. i made about 3 trips after my july 2012 trip because i wanted to always see her, and about 5-6 more after we got married :).
Ok so when they interviewed us a total of 3 times, and when we had the second interview (seperated) they consulate officer looked at me and siad "look we know you guys are related the U.S.C.I.S investigated" and told me all these fines and bullcrap like i was gonna get scared, but i didnt.. i sent the NVC (and ultimatley took copies to the interview as well) pictures of every trip that i took down there, boarding passes, facebook chats, whatsapp chats, money reciepts, and even letters from friends and family. In the end they only wanted to see pictures, and told us that my wifes visa couldn't be accepted at this time, and that it will be sent back to the uscis for the final decisions
So i called NVC about a week ago and asked them about my case, all they told me was that they saw that it had been rejected but they hadent recieved it yet (mind you i was calling NVC atleast 2 times a week after the interview).
My real question is this, whats next? what will that letter say? how can i prepare? my relationship with my wife is 100% legitimate, im losing all hope and need to know what i can do to not feel helpless and, and hopefully there is still a chance for me and my wife.. By the way im 23 my wife is 21, we have no children.
sorry for this lengthy post, i just really wanted to get my point out and detail everything so someone can maybe give me a clear answer. thank you for your time in reading this. hope to hear from you..

I think the best decision you can make is to get a lawyer. Your case seems a bit confusing you definitely need someone who can look into your case in detail and has extensive experience. I wish you best of luck

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Contact your state representative or senator.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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I'm so so sorry to hear about your wife's visa being denied :(. It hurts when legitimate couples are denied and fraudulent ones make it through the system! Anyhow, as others suggested, consult an immigration lawyer (not just a paralegal), and I would even suggest seeing a few. You want to make sure you get good advice. Unfortunately I know of a couple who was suspected of fraud. Their interview was two years ago. Their case was sent back to the USCIS processing center and they just got a response in February. The letter they received asked for proof/evidence of their relationship. I would assume the same will happen to you. I think after that they can send it back for an interview, or deny and then you can appeal. Wish you the best of luck!

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So reading your post, it sounds like you are related to each other, distant cousins? Is that why the embassy rejected it or what reason did they give you? You had your interview a long time ago, they should have definitely given you a reason by now. Involving your state representative can definitely speed up the process, you should give that a go as well as contact a lawyer.


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


heart.gifMarried May 14th 2013 heart.gif



USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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what can the state representitive do?? I figured I needed to get a lawyer...

Help from a State Representative or State Senator office can request that an agency consider or reconsiders your case. An immigration attorney can help, but very limited.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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no we are not related at all. see here is the thing my wife and I share a mutual cousin, but this mutual cousins dad is my uncle, and this mutual cousins mother is my wifes aunt. so my uncle married my wifes aunt they had that mutual cousin and that's who introduced us, I hope I explained it a little more clearer if not just feel free to ask

also isn't it to late to reconsider the case because the consulate already made their decision...

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no we are not related at all. see here is the thing my wife and I share a mutual cousin, but this mutual cousins dad is my uncle, and this mutual cousins mother is my wifes aunt. so my uncle married my wifes aunt they had that mutual cousin and that's who introduced us, I hope I explained it a little more clearer if not just feel free to ask

also isn't it to late to reconsider the case because the consulate already made their decision...

I totally understand how you and your wife are not related, even though the consulate made their decision the state representative or senator office can reconsider their decision by submitting proof. I know this can be a bit frustrating as i myself personally know third cousins who have gotten married and granted CR1 visas or K1, and till this day i have asked myself how in the world did the consulate still made an approval decision. Do not give up.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Dominican Republic

Marriage (if applicable): 12/27/2013

I-130 Sent : 2014-05-26

I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-09

I-130 Approved : 2014-11-07

NVC Received : 2014-12-30

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-16

Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-20

Receive I-864 Package : 2015-01-16

Send AOS Package : 2015-03-19

Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-16

Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06

Sent AOS/IV Package: 2015-03-19

Checklist: 2015-04-15

New Scan Date: 2015-04-17

CC: 2015-05-11

Interview: 2015-06-25

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I know of three as well and it pisses me off every time I hear of someone getting approved when the marrige isn't legitimate, then when two people who really love each other go those are the ones who are supposly doing it for money purposes.

I will try to call asap hopefully I can get this moving

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no we are not related at all. see here is the thing my wife and I share a mutual cousin, but this mutual cousins dad is my uncle, and this mutual cousins mother is my wifes aunt. so my uncle married my wifes aunt they had that mutual cousin and that's who introduced us, I hope I explained it a little more clearer if not just feel free to ask

also isn't it to late to reconsider the case because the consulate already made their decision...

Thanks for the clarification. It's been over nine months since your interview and NVC is still saying they haven't received your case?! Have you tried calling USCIS? Perhaps they have it. Definitely get your state representative involved. And if you haven't already, put together proof for your appeal, such as proof that you are not related.


Met online October 2010


Engaged December 31st 2011


heart.gifMarried May 14th 2013 heart.gif



USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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I haven't called the uscis, NVC told me they see it in their system as rejected but that they have not recieved it. I haven't called the uscis because last time I called they told me that I had to call NVC not them unless NVC told me to call the uscis

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People are using terminology imprecisely. It's the U.S. Congressman or U.S. Senator who should be contacted. "State" representatives and senators are elected locally on the state level only, and they have nothing to do with Federal or immigration issues.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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