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My wife , CR citizen, were married in the US while she was here on a travel visa. We moved to Costa Rica lived there for 7 years before beginning the process. I-130 approved in 2013 filed for the Visa but due to her overstaying her travel visa we had to file for the I-601 waiver which was approved in April of 2015. Interview was set for June 10th but they advised her she had to get an updated physical,criminal back ground check etc. Online status was adjusted to Ready (ready for interview). Checked the status throughout the week and noticed allot of activity this week ie changing of last update "dates." Last night checked the status again and the status had been changed to "Administrative Process." My heart sank. I had moved to the US in advance of her to set up a home and find work etc. I dont understand how they could do this. This isnt a situation where I met and married a local during a wild summer vacation we have been married for 8 years. She has a masters degree in systems engineering and speaks 3 languages. This was all done two weeks before her interview was set to take place. If anyone can give us some insight I would greatly appreciate it.

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Seeing all the date changes is normal for Costa Rica. Somebody is working on it. The second our waiver was approved, my husband went to get all the updates for medical and police certs. I contacted the embassy and told them we have an approval and the embassy immediately called the USCIS for verification. My husband dropped off his passport and updated paperwork and they told us it would be only a few days. The ceac goes from refused to ready to ap to issued. I was told by the embassy that they send one final check Washington D.C. and that only takes 24 to 48 hours. That is why your status says AP. Don't worry. It will change to issued SOON and they will call your wife to tell her to pick up her visa. Costa Rica is very fast and super nice about the whole process. My husband entered the US. On January 18th. He received his social security card only 8 days after that. Including weekends. The green card took 2 months because I used the wrong A-number when I paid his immigrant fee on elis

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Married March 9, 2013
NOA1 I-130 April 12, 2013

Transferred to TSC Nov 27, 2013
APPROVED March 18, 2014 FINALLY ! ! ! !! 11 MONTHS & 6 LONG DAYS FOR MY NOA2
Case shipped from TSC to NVC March 21, 2014
Rec'd NOA2 hard copy March 22, 2014
Case rec'd & Case Number assigned April 1, 2014
AMAZING !!!
PAID IV and AOS fees online April 5, 2014
Fees show paid/DS 260 avail. /DS260 submitted/AOS&IV pkg sent April 9, 2014
FEDEX delivered @ NVC April 11, 2014
Revised AOS pkg delivered April 15, 2014
AOS & IV rec'd& scanned in @ NVC April 15, 2014
Revised AOS scanned April 18, 2014
AOS checklist for income and IV pkg April 30, 2014 (checklist expected due to Lawyers mistakes)
DS260 accepted April 30, 2014
Checklist for Birth cert/police cert May 1, 2014
AOS accepted May 5, 2014

Birth cert scanned MAY 8, 2014

CASE COMPLETE JUNE 4, 2014 CC letter received via email June 11, 2014

INTERVIEW JULY 15, 2014

Waiver finally FedEx'd to Phoenix Lockbox August 21, 2014

WAIVER APPROVED December 17, 2014

Received Instruction Letter via email December 23, 2014

Final Embassy Appointment January 5, 2015 YAY !

Visa ISSUED January 12, 2015

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Thank you for your quick response. The consulate never asked her to drop off her passport or even bring her updated documents to them in advance of her interview which is still almost two weeks away. In your case did the consulate tell you to drop off the passport and docs or did you guys just take the initiative and do it? Again much thanks for the insight.

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After our I130 interview, they told us when we got our waiver approval, were should call them so they could call the USCIS for verification. Otherwise it would take more than 30 days for the USCIS to send the approval on their own. So that's what we did. When I was on the phone with them, I told them everything was updated so they just gave us a date to drop everything off. There was no interview. It was just a drop off. So I assume that June is your drop off appt. It doesn't take but 10 minutes. Try to call and see if she can drop everything off sooner. There is no second interview. Did y receive the instruction letter? They emailed that to me only 5 days after the waiver approval. They checked our email and phone numbers when I called too. I'm not the kind of person to wait...so I was all on top of them about this. I do know the process changed since muy husband entered. I heard there is a call center now. When I called, I spoke directly to someone at the embassy.


Married March 9, 2013
NOA1 I-130 April 12, 2013

Transferred to TSC Nov 27, 2013
APPROVED March 18, 2014 FINALLY ! ! ! !! 11 MONTHS & 6 LONG DAYS FOR MY NOA2
Case shipped from TSC to NVC March 21, 2014
Rec'd NOA2 hard copy March 22, 2014
Case rec'd & Case Number assigned April 1, 2014
AMAZING !!!
PAID IV and AOS fees online April 5, 2014
Fees show paid/DS 260 avail. /DS260 submitted/AOS&IV pkg sent April 9, 2014
FEDEX delivered @ NVC April 11, 2014
Revised AOS pkg delivered April 15, 2014
AOS & IV rec'd& scanned in @ NVC April 15, 2014
Revised AOS scanned April 18, 2014
AOS checklist for income and IV pkg April 30, 2014 (checklist expected due to Lawyers mistakes)
DS260 accepted April 30, 2014
Checklist for Birth cert/police cert May 1, 2014
AOS accepted May 5, 2014

Birth cert scanned MAY 8, 2014

CASE COMPLETE JUNE 4, 2014 CC letter received via email June 11, 2014

INTERVIEW JULY 15, 2014

Waiver finally FedEx'd to Phoenix Lockbox August 21, 2014

WAIVER APPROVED December 17, 2014

Received Instruction Letter via email December 23, 2014

Final Embassy Appointment January 5, 2015 YAY !

Visa ISSUED January 12, 2015

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Congrats.. see, I told you


Married March 9, 2013
NOA1 I-130 April 12, 2013

Transferred to TSC Nov 27, 2013
APPROVED March 18, 2014 FINALLY ! ! ! !! 11 MONTHS & 6 LONG DAYS FOR MY NOA2
Case shipped from TSC to NVC March 21, 2014
Rec'd NOA2 hard copy March 22, 2014
Case rec'd & Case Number assigned April 1, 2014
AMAZING !!!
PAID IV and AOS fees online April 5, 2014
Fees show paid/DS 260 avail. /DS260 submitted/AOS&IV pkg sent April 9, 2014
FEDEX delivered @ NVC April 11, 2014
Revised AOS pkg delivered April 15, 2014
AOS & IV rec'd& scanned in @ NVC April 15, 2014
Revised AOS scanned April 18, 2014
AOS checklist for income and IV pkg April 30, 2014 (checklist expected due to Lawyers mistakes)
DS260 accepted April 30, 2014
Checklist for Birth cert/police cert May 1, 2014
AOS accepted May 5, 2014

Birth cert scanned MAY 8, 2014

CASE COMPLETE JUNE 4, 2014 CC letter received via email June 11, 2014

INTERVIEW JULY 15, 2014

Waiver finally FedEx'd to Phoenix Lockbox August 21, 2014

WAIVER APPROVED December 17, 2014

Received Instruction Letter via email December 23, 2014

Final Embassy Appointment January 5, 2015 YAY !

Visa ISSUED January 12, 2015

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