Just curious if any others out there have had or are having long wait times after getting a K1 approval at their interview (with no 221-g issued, no AP)?
My fiance had his interview on Nov 28, 2016, and he was approved; they told him that getting the visa issued on his passport would take up to 10 business days / 15 calendar days. Yes, the holidays slow things down, but the embassy in Algiers should have only been closed 2 extra days this holiday season. And we're now at 40 days post-interview, still waiting. We've checked the CEAC site under IMMIGRANT VISA with our case number, and it was touched on Dec. 22nd but still reads "READY". If we check NONIMMIGRANT VISA with the DS-160 AA#, we see No Status. The passport also isn't traceable on the ustraveldocs site, yet.
I've called the customer service number they gave us, but they just referred us to the online CEAC tracker. So I've called the NVC a few times. They say everything looks fine but that they are just busy and to wait. I was given the embassy's email address and wrote an inquiry, but we just got an auto-reply that there would be delays in getting a response due to how many emails they receive and not to re-submit questions.
I called the embassy and was told that they will not answer visa questions on the phone. I called back to the NVC and asked if there was any number I could call to get a status update, if we don't hear back soon. I kept asking for someone to contact, and the lady finally gave me a number for the Office of Inspector General. I think she just wanted to give me something so I'd stop asking, because the number she gave me is for a hotline you'd call to report "allegations regarding fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement or misconduct affect Department of State programs and operations". I don't think we're at a point to be able to make such allegations, even as frustrated as we are by this process.
I found a Department of State number for visa inquiries, but they've updated it to require you to call the NVC for immigrant visas (which K1s actually fall under on the NVC phone line). So it's a losing battle to get any information, and we're basically having to sit and wait with no explanation and no one to answer why this is taking so long.
We see that other approved K1s who interviewed around the same time as us (or later for other embassies) have already gotten their visas. Maybe ours is just bad timing. Someone obviously touched our file on Dec 22nd. We are trying not to worry, but this situation is so stressful.
If anyone has experience with long K1 waits times after an approved interview or on any steps we can take to try to get answers, please let us know. We are praying we get good news next week. But if not, we want to find a way to get some answers, if at all possible.
Thanks for the feedback we've received via email and for anyone who can give us feedback. Good luck to everyone!!!