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June Interviews with Approval still waiting for Visa Issuance after 'glitch'?

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How many people are still waiting to receive their Visa after they interviewed in June, and were affected by the computer glitch? Our interview was June 14th in Cairo, we received the approval 'Congratulations' letter at the interview, but we're still waiting to receive our visa. I know many were affected by the computer glitch, but it seems like most countries have caught up already - except Cairo. Are we the only ones still waiting for our visas or are there other embassies that are also this far behind on issuance? We keep getting a new update date in our CEAC case status page, but our case remains in AP (last update date was today Aug 2). Our emails are not getting any response and our calls to the call center are completely not helpful as all the tech on the phone will tell us is what we can already look up online ourselves, and they have no more information to help us.

Are we the only ones waiting still?

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I can't speak for the other embassies, but I can tell you there are still several others with June interviews from Cairo waiting for their visas.

I'm pretty sure it took me getting serious with the embassy to trigger them issuing our visa. I called and emailed every possible agency with any association to the Department of State. I let the embassy know that they were in violation relating to timely visa issuance, I gave them a deadline to issue the visa, and I let them know that if they didn't resolve the issue by the deadline, I would file a complaint with the Office of Inspector General.

I recommend trying it. When you send the email, email it to both the immigrant and non-immigrant visa email addresses. When sending the email, put (URGENT!!!) in the subject line next to your case number. Also, when emailing the non-immigrant visa email, let them know that you are emailing them because no one responds to the immigrant visa email. I would also state all the dates you have called and email to justify why you are emailing them, and why you are planning to take further action if you do not receive visa shortly.

I am praying for you, and everyone else.


USCIS

10/11/2014 – Mailed I-130 packet to the Chicago Lockbox
10/14/2014 – I-130 packet signed for
10/15/2014 – Priority date assigned
10/19/2014 – Acceptance confirmation email received
10/20/2014 – Check cashed
10/24/2014 – Received I-797C (NOA1)
10/27/2014 – Faxed the USCIS expedite packet to the Senator's office
10/29/2014 – Expedite request sent to USCIS from the Senator's office on my behalf
11/05/2014 – USCIS approved I-130 petition
11/07/2014 – USCIS sent case to the NVC for processing
11/08/2014 – Received I-797, Approval!!! (NOA2)

NVC

11/11/2014 - Emailed the NVC Expedite Packet to the Senator's office
11/12/2014 - Expedite request sent to NVC from the Senator's office on my behalf
11/12/2014 - NVC received case from USCIS
11/28/2014 - Received confirmation email from NVC, expedite request was received and is being processed
12/09/2014 - NVC Case number assigned
12/10/2014 - NVC Welcome letter email
12/10/2014 - Submitted form DS-261
12/11/2014 - AOS fee invoiced
12/12/2014 - AOS fee submitted
12/15/2014 - AOS fee shows paid
12/16/2014 - Sent AOS and IV packets
12/17/2014 - AOS and IV packets received by NVC
12/17/2014 - Embassy denied expedite without a reason, informed over the phone by Hazel from NVC

12/19/2014 - Received email from NVC confirming AOS and IV packets received, scan date 12/17
12/19/2014 - IV fee invoiced

12/19/2014 - IV fee submitted
12/23/2014 - IV fee shows paid

12/26/2014 - Submitted DS-260
02/17/2015 - Case complete!!! :)
05/04/2015 - Interview date received by phone, scheduled for 06/10/2015

05/08/2015 - Received P4 email

US Embassy Cairo

05/12/2015 - Embassy received case from NVC

06/10/2015 - Interview approved!!! :)

07/20/2015 - Visa received

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