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NVC Stage - Case approved or not?

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I guess every time I encounter this process the learning starts from the beginning.

I have two IR 5 application in process and is at NVC. It was approved by uscis and sent to NVC in early June. The whole NVC process seemed whacky and was giving me incorrect statuses all the time. Even paying the fees or even choice of agent was challenging and I was told (NVC employee) that their system was down for months and are trying to fix things. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Anyway I paid AOS fee online and the status was changed to NA after a while and then paid IV fee manually and sent the documents at the same time. At some point IV fee status showed Paid but documents N/A.

Yesterday I received a letter saying the choice of agent request has been accepted :-) and today I received an email that states this

"

Dear Sir/Madam,

All documentation necessary to complete the National Visa Center's processing of your case has been received. As soon as an interview date has been scheduled, the applicant, petitioner and attorney (if applicable) will be notified.

The applicant should NOT make any travel arrangements, sell property, or give up employment until the US Embassy or Consulate General has issued a visa.

The US Embassy or Consulate General may require additional documentation at the time of the interview.

Sincerely,

Director

National Visa Center

."

Does that mean NVC is satisfied with the documents and is forwarding to local embassy (approved the case)?

After seeing all these changes I am not sure if I should be excited or not. Can I consider the case has been approved by NVC and is forwarded to the local embassy?

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Congrats! It doesn't mean case approved, it means case complete. Your petitions are now sitting in a que for interview scheduling at the Embassy/Consulate that handles interviews for the country where your parents (IR-5 category) are. Basically the Embassy/Consulate lets NVC know how many appointments are available and what dates and then NVC starts going down the list and assigning interview times. You (or the person to be interviewed) should receive an email with the interview letter when it gets scheduled. At that time the cases will leave NVC and travel to the Embassy/Consulate.

More information about what needs to be done once the interview gets scheduled can be found here by looking at Immigrant Packet 3 and Immigrant Packet 4. http://dhaka.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas.html


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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Sadly the story didn't end with "case complete with NVC", at least not yet.. Since yesterday I have received more than eight emails from NVC in correspondence to different stages, whether for choice of agent, submission of application to CEAC, or even confirming receipt for IV fee. I got three emails on "confirmation of application submission to CEAC".

What is going on? what kind of system is NVC using with artificial intelligence that is sending random emails at different times on different stages? It wasn't like this In the past and at least there was some law & order in place. Is this a common experience or just an isolated one? I hope it's just me and not many.

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