Hi, thought I would start a thread for those who have a scan date in August - 2017 from the NVC.
Who should join/follow? Those who filed using Method 4: Mail processing.
Please join the following forums if you used the following methods. (not open to all countries, click on links to find out if your country qualifies)
NVC CEAC UPLOAD FILERS 2017
NVC Email Filers 2017
Make sure you read this post from @dwheels76
NVC PROCESSING TIME
Even though I'm not tracking August Scan Dates on our NVC Case Status Spread Sheet - 2017. You can get a good idea of how long the NVC process will take based on your country. You can sort the spreadsheet by your country, then see how long it took them to receive a CC or what time of the month they received their interview dates.
Here are the sort instructions.
The NVC will tell you they process in the order they receive cases. This may be true but not everyone at the NVC is trained to review cases from all countries.. So this is why you'll see UK getting processed in under 8 weeks, whereas Spanish speaking countries just over 9 weeks.. If you see some cases getting reviewed quickly, that's because they were approved to expedite their case or had a supervisor review their checklist. (more info below)
Join/Follow your PORTAL
Join/follow your country's portal. Can find useful tips and info to help you prepare your NVC package, etc. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR COUNTRY'S PORTAL IF YOU CAN ADD VALUABLE INFORMATION, SUCH AS "Order Police Records from ---- to avoid a checklist" etc..
Also, check out what happens at the interview by reading reviews from other NVC filers within your country who have already been through the NVC process. Make sure you add your review as well when you get to that point.
From India? Follow the NVC India forum as well
India - NVC filers
Check your Visa Status
Once you've made it to 7-8 weeks after your scan date, click on the following links to check your IR-1/CR-1 visa case status:
Check My Visa Application Status
DS-260, Online Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application
If it says "At NVC" and your AOS information is missing.. Then you most likely have a completed case (CC)...
Please call the NVC to confirm. PLEASE Do not call the NVC before your status changes to "AT NVC", no matter how much you call, it will not speed up the process. Sort the NVC Case Status Spread Sheet - 2017 by your country to get an idea of how long it's taking to process. Here are the sort instructions.
Calling the NVC!
Calling the NVC from outside of the US (or even from within)
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Press 1, for English
Press 2, for Spanish
After pressing 1 for English, the options are:
1, to verify priority date
2, to establish an agent, request fee bill or invoice number
3, to verify that they received your mail
4, to confirm date and time of interview
5, to update your mailing address, phone number, email address
6, if your case is at a US embassy or consulate overseas
7, for all other questions
Checklist info! You can avoid them!! Research RESEARCH RESEARCH!!!
Here is a forum I started on "How to avoid a checklist. PLEASE check it out. EVEN if you already submitted your NVC paperwork!
Tips on how to avoid a checklist
Another tip to help you avoid getting a checklist. Do a search on the forum (upper right-hand corner). For example, do the following:
"Checklist, Birth Certificate, India"
"Checklist, Police Report, India"
"Checklist, Marriage Certificate, India"
Here are the search results for "Checklist, India" You'll see right away, that there are a lot of checklists from people who didn't submit the correct Police Certificate.
IF YOU FOUND OUT THAT YOU'VE SENT IN THE WRONG DOCUMENT OR MISSING ONE, ADVISE SENDING THE CORRECTION ASAP BEFORE WAITING FOR YOUR CASE TO BE REVIEWED.. Others have done so and were still able to get their CC between 8-11 weeks of their original scan date. (if you forgot to put NA/None in the empty spaces on your AOS form, or didn't write your case number on every document you sent in, many received a CC without doing this, it's just a safety measure. If you didn't send in all pages of your AOS /i864 form, that's a BIG error and will receive a checklist, so please send in the entire form, signed (or scanned version of a signature) to the NVC ASAP!! And whenever you send new documents to the NVC, always include your barcoded NVC cover sheet with your case number on it.. And write your case number in the upper right-hand corner and a letter to explain why you're sending it in.. And SEND everything in one envelope.
There are two types of checklists, one where you can bring your documents to the interview, or the other where you have to resubmit to the NVC.
If you have to resubmit to the NVC, there are 2 options you can take.
One, submit the corrected document(s) in ASAP.. Once the NVC has confirmed that they have receipt.. Wait about a week, call back and ask for a supervisor to get in contact with you.. They may refuse, but it has worked for those that kept on calling.. The goal, to have the supervisor review the new document and give you a CC ASAP versus waiting the 8-11 weeks again. Sometimes it works, most of the time, it does not.. SO be sure to avoid getting a checklist by sending your corrected documents ASAP.
See these posts.
Other option: ask for your case to be expedited. This has also worked for others. It's up to your embassy to approve/deny it..
How to expedite at NVC?
Go to this link has good information how to go about it.
Print out your ds-260 confirmation
If you haven't printed out your DS-260 confirmation yet. Created the following to help you locate it. You have to bring this to your interview.
DS-260 Confirmation Example / Printing Instructions. (Must bring to your interview)
Here is my timeline of events to get an idea of the NVC processing.
| 3/29/2017 || i130 approved || |
| 4/5/2017 || USCIS mailed to NVC || |
| 4/11/2017 || NVC assigned case number || |
| 4/12/2017 || Filled out the ds-261 || |
| 4/14/2017 || PAID AOS fee || |
| 4/18/2017 || - Received Welcome Letter (via email) |
- Called NVC to approve DS261
- Paid IV fee
| 4/19/2017 || Mailed out Supporting documents || |
| 4/24/2017 || USPS Tracking confirmed that NVC received documents || |
| 4/25/2017 || NVC confirmed receipt, scan date || |
| 4/26/2017 || submitted the 260 - 11 weeks starts today || |
| 6/20/2017 || CEAC status changed to "AT NVC" /AOS info gone - Confirmed CC on the phone || |
| 6/22/2017 || Received CKLST COVER LETTER || |
| 6/27/2017 || Received CC letter || |
| 6/28/2017 || Called NVC, received Interview date - Aug 2 || |
| 6/29/2017 || Reserved Medical Appointment || |
| 6/30/2017 || Received Interview Confirmation Letter (p4) || |
| 7/6/2017 || Received Interview Confirmation Letter (p4) AGAIN. |
CEAC Status changed to "in transit"
AOS is back and now says in upper right-hand corner
YOUR CASE IS CURRENTLY AT: PARIS (used to say NVC)
| 7/10/2017 || CEAC Status changed to "Ready" (this means, my file has arrived at the Embassy) || |
| 8/2/2017 || CEAC Status still "Ready" (But date changed to 8/2/2017, the day of the interview) || |
| 8/3/2017 || CEAC Status still "Ready" (But date changed to 8/3/2017) || |
| 8/7/2017 || CEAC Status "Adminstrative Processing" (Date changed (case last updated) to 8/7/2017) || 11:35 AM |
| 8/7/2017 || CEAC Status "ISSUED" (Visa has been printed) || 9:00 PM |
GIVE AND TAKE
The forum works well if we all help one another out, so please share links, advice and be proactive.. Help one another out when you see someone struggling.. It's such a hard/long journey; with some waiting for years... This VJ community wlll be your family of sorts for the following months. Please it's a big thing in the American culture to say "THANK YOU" / give appreciation.. So please thank those that help you. It's nice to give them hearts but also share your appreciation.. Also very important, before posting questions, conduct a search on the forum.. It's in the upper right-hand corner of this page. If you find useful info, share it.
Finally, please refer new people to read the first page of this forum. You can put it in your signature too. Here is the link.
NVC August 2017 Scan Dates
Wish you all good luck!! JBMG