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I received an RFE from Texas Service Center for providing the marriage certificate in the prescribed format. 

Does it mean that everything else that we have submitted till this stage is ok and we should not expect further RFEs at NVC stage of the process?

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20 minutes ago, Dinesh Dutt said:

I received an RFE from Texas Service Center for providing the marriage certificate in the prescribed format. 

Does it mean that everything else that we have submitted till this stage is ok and we should not expect further RFEs at NVC stage of the process?

It should mean that only marriage certificate had an issue. May I ask if you married in India, if so under what marriage act? Also, what does the RFE say is wrong with the marriage certificate you submitted and what format have they asked for instead?

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It likely is the only issue, but they can issue a new RFE for anything at any point until I-130 approval. People have received multiple RFEs in the past, but normally they try to RFE for anything they noticed the first time...if something new comes up afterwards that can resolved with more documentation, then RFE again.

 

Edit: For clarification, NVC does not issue RFEs. They send checklists. Barring some clerical error or something being missed by the IO, NVC won't touch anything with the I-130. NVC just gathers documents, makes sure things are in order, does a basic review of the I-864, and prepares them for the embassy.

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Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

?/?/18: Approved (hopefully)

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Unfortunately, the NVC is an entirely separate thing and while they don't send "RFE's" they can send "checklists" for missing documents when you send/submit your packages. As always, be super careful going through the list of things to submit and good luck!


Nebraska Service Centre / Frankfurt Embassy

2016/03/30 - Married!

2017/07/14 - Sent off our I-130 packet to the Chicago Lockbox (Filed from abroad)

2017/07/24 - NOA1 (sent to Nebraska)

2018/03/02 - NOA2 (Approved!)

2018/03/19 - "We sent your petition to the Department of State"

2018/03/23 - NVC received petition

2018/05/17 - Case# received and fees paid

2018/05/21 - Case# changed -- can't log in with the new one so "we've sent in a 'ticket' to get it fixed"

2018/05/22 - Scan date. Ticket worked, submitted all our paperwork until the wee hours of the morning. 

2018/06/11 - CC!!! "Documentarily Qualified"

2018/06/25 - Got interview date for July 11; but we must reschedule for August. 

2018/06/26 - Medical

2018/06/28 - New interview date received (for August 13th)

2018/08/13 - Interview in Frankfurt!!! They asked for certified translations.

2018/08/28 - Sent in translations

2018/09/06 - CEAC status changed to "ISSUED!!!"

2018/09/13 - Passport received in the mail! Everything is beautiful.

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18 minutes ago, darth vader said:

It should mean that only marriage certificate had an issue. May I ask if you married in India, if so under what marriage act? Also, what does the RFE say is wrong with the marriage certificate you submitted and what format have they asked for instead?

Yes we did get married in India under the special marriage Act of 1954. The RFE didn't say anything about the  marriage certificate being wrong. It simply asked us to submit the Marriage Certificate and also said that we should not submit the same document again. The certificate that we submitted did not have a marriage registration number on it as it was a solemnization certificate. So we went to the authorities again and got the marriage registration no and submitted the document.

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7 minutes ago, Dinesh Dutt said:

Yes we did get married in India under the special marriage Act of 1954. The RFE didn't say anything about the  marriage certificate being wrong. It simply asked us to submit the Marriage Certificate and also said that we should not submit the same document again. The certificate that we submitted did not have a marriage registration number on it as it was a solemnization certificate. So we went to the authorities again and got the marriage registration no and submitted the document.

I am curious about who (what authority) issued the marriage solemnization certificate? Also, how is it different from a marriage certificate?

I would encourage you to provide more details on a separate thread, if possible on India regional discussion forum, so others can benefit from your experience. Good luck with your visa!

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1 minute ago, darth vader said:

I am curious about who issued the marriage solemnization certificate?

It was the district commissioner and now the registration certificate was issued by the Tehsildar (marriage registrar).

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5 hours ago, Dinesh Dutt said:

I received an RFE from Texas Service Center for providing the marriage certificate in the prescribed format. 

Does it mean that everything else that we have submitted till this stage is ok and we should not expect further RFEs at NVC stage of the process?

Usually USCIS only sends one RFE, but not always.  If you respond acceptably, you should have a decision within 2 to 4 weeks after they receive that response.


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