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Once you get pacet 3 can you put off applying for the visa?

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I want to be able to apply for a visa with as short a wait time as I can.

I was therefore thinking that I could possibly submit my I-130 and then once approved and I get packet 3 could I basically sit on it and apply when I am ready to go to the US?

I guess what I am asking is does the I-130 approval expire...and if so how long do you get after I-130 approval before you have to start the process again?

Is there a downside to letting it expire? Does it make it harder the next time - or is that only true of the actual visa application?

Thanks


My IR-1 Timeline:

2008-01-30: Mailed I-130 petition to USCIS London (DCF)

2008-02-04: Credit card debited $355

2008-02-07: NOA1 received - file date 4 Feb 2008

2008-04-19: NOA2 received - APPROVED (took 74 days)

2008-04-23: Packet 3 received

2008-04-28: Packet 3 (DS-230 Pt 1 and statement of readiness) mailed in

2008-04-28: Medical appointment booked

2008-05-13: Packet 4 received - interview in mid-June

2008-06-16: Medical - no apparent issues

2008-06-17: Visa interview - APPROVED - total 135 days from I-130 filing date

2008-06-23: Text message from SMS couriers - passport and MBE being delivered 2008-06-24

2008-06-24: Passport arrived along with MBE

~~~~~

Extended pause while we sold our house! (nightmare)

~~~~~

2008-11-18: Arrive in the USA - POE = EWR (Newark/Liberty Airport)

2008-11-25: Take 'written' (computer) knowledge test and 'skills' (driving) test - PASSED - license issued with expiry of just under one year*

2008-12-03: Purchase and insure car

2008-12-10: Receive title to car

2008-12-15: Go to BMV and get plates for car

2008-12-16: Receive Welcome to America letter (I-797C)

2008-12-20: Receive second Welcome to America letter (I-797C)

2008-12-26: Receive Green Card

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I think this question has come up before in regards to postponing interview date. It probably won't be relevant since the NVC is so slow these days but I was wondering the same thing in regards to our case, if when we get packet 3 we can hold onto it until I know when I can be with my husband in KTM for the interview. I know from other VJers going through KTM that once it gets there then the interview is scheduled right away.



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I believe it is one year. Contact your consulate to be sure. The downside to letting it expire is get ready to part with all of your money all over again. I am not sure why you would want to sit on it too long given how quickly interview wait times can change. The visa is good for six months from the date of issue.

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Basically the thinking behind it is that we are not sure exactly when we will be ready to go - but I would rather get stage 1 out of the way so we don't have to wait the whole 6 months when we are ready - we can already have packet 3 and then send that in and have the visa 3 months later.


My IR-1 Timeline:

2008-01-30: Mailed I-130 petition to USCIS London (DCF)

2008-02-04: Credit card debited $355

2008-02-07: NOA1 received - file date 4 Feb 2008

2008-04-19: NOA2 received - APPROVED (took 74 days)

2008-04-23: Packet 3 received

2008-04-28: Packet 3 (DS-230 Pt 1 and statement of readiness) mailed in

2008-04-28: Medical appointment booked

2008-05-13: Packet 4 received - interview in mid-June

2008-06-16: Medical - no apparent issues

2008-06-17: Visa interview - APPROVED - total 135 days from I-130 filing date

2008-06-23: Text message from SMS couriers - passport and MBE being delivered 2008-06-24

2008-06-24: Passport arrived along with MBE

~~~~~

Extended pause while we sold our house! (nightmare)

~~~~~

2008-11-18: Arrive in the USA - POE = EWR (Newark/Liberty Airport)

2008-11-25: Take 'written' (computer) knowledge test and 'skills' (driving) test - PASSED - license issued with expiry of just under one year*

2008-12-03: Purchase and insure car

2008-12-10: Receive title to car

2008-12-15: Go to BMV and get plates for car

2008-12-16: Receive Welcome to America letter (I-797C)

2008-12-20: Receive second Welcome to America letter (I-797C)

2008-12-26: Receive Green Card

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