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I received a mail from VFS people giving details of their new waiting facility near to US consulate/embassy with amenities. Has anyone availed this before? if yes, then what are your experiences? Would you recommend it for me? Mine is Chennai consulate one.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India
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hi,

I dont think so its worth to pay 200 bucks for 2 hours... where you get a locker to keep ur extra stuff like a bag and cell phone and all that stuff.... its better not to carry stufff which are not allowed in the consulate....Just carry your paperwork in a transparent plastic bag..with a ball point pen and a pencil with a small rubber. ... thats what i did... and here in mumbai they give you breakfast..... who has the time to have it when the whole mind is so nervous..... In the consulate there must be seating area and all stufff.... so i dont seee any point paying so much money for 2 hours....

Its only goood when our old aged people or women are with babies

Jigi


Feb 1,2007 - I-130 Reached USCIS.

Feb 4,2007 - I-130 accepted > Get USCIS case Number NOA1.

May 8 ,2007- GET NVC Case Number > NOA2.

June 16 ,2007- Get Order from NVC to pay 70$.

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July 18 ,2007- I-864 Enters NVC.

July 29 ,2007- Get Order to Pay 380$ fee.

Aug 3 ,2007- 380$ Fee Reached St Louis.

Aug 25,2007 - NVC & St Louis People receive photocopy of my payment with USPS receipt.

After WAITING for 37 days.

Sept 10,2007 - 380$ fee encashed.

Sept 24,2007 - Receive DS-230 in Mail.

Sept 25,2007 - DS-230 despatched.

Sept 26,2007- DS-230 Delivered.

Oct 1,2007 - NVC has DS-230.

Oct 12, 2007 - DS-230 Reviewed. Case Complete

Oct 16, 2007 - Case at Embassy.

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Nov 3, 2007 - Recieved Interview Letter.

Dec 1, 2007 - Medical Exam .

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Jan 16 - I am in USA

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I-751 Lifting Conditions at California Service Center

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November 20, 2009 - Arrested on Domestic Battery(Had argument with wife)

December 18, 2009 - Biometrics Completed at 9 am.

January 13, 2010 - Receive I-797E Notice for more evidence

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February 19, 2010 - Card Production Ordered. Status now IR1

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: India
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How I am looking at is that I want to collect the passport and envelope the same day. Since the interview more likely will be over by afternoon and I need to wait till evening to collect the same from VFS ( issual time 4:30 to 5:30 PM), why not wait at VFS rather than waiting on the street!

Jigi, after reading your post I get a doubt - is this lounge facility only till interview is over and not beyond that?

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I thought that when the US embassy in india changed to appointment processing that the original documents didnt need to be given to VFS...this is what the NVC told me, we had to send all original documents to NVC. So is there any reason to use VFS now?


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hi,

whether its needed to go to the VFS to submit the documents... that would be still needed because the passport of yours will come to the VFS so you have to pay the courier feee.... another thing is what i feel.. still the Consulate in India would take the paper work ... may be photocopies of all the documents because some of them they keeep for their record and they return us all the originals.

I think we should confirm the same with the VFS...... for all the future applicants.

And The VFS lounge is I think is only till they drop of to your interview to the consulate.Please see their website for the same or call them.

God BLess

Jigi


Feb 1,2007 - I-130 Reached USCIS.

Feb 4,2007 - I-130 accepted > Get USCIS case Number NOA1.

May 8 ,2007- GET NVC Case Number > NOA2.

June 16 ,2007- Get Order from NVC to pay 70$.

July 2 ,2007- Get DS-3032 in India.

July 7,2007 - DS-3032 choice of address agent entered in NVC.

July 14 ,2007- Get I-864.

July 18 ,2007- I-864 Enters NVC.

July 29 ,2007- Get Order to Pay 380$ fee.

Aug 3 ,2007- 380$ Fee Reached St Louis.

Aug 25,2007 - NVC & St Louis People receive photocopy of my payment with USPS receipt.

After WAITING for 37 days.

Sept 10,2007 - 380$ fee encashed.

Sept 24,2007 - Receive DS-230 in Mail.

Sept 25,2007 - DS-230 despatched.

Sept 26,2007- DS-230 Delivered.

Oct 1,2007 - NVC has DS-230.

Oct 12, 2007 - DS-230 Reviewed. Case Complete

Oct 16, 2007 - Case at Embassy.

Oct 25, 2007- Interview Letter Despatched from Embassy.

Nov 3, 2007 - Recieved Interview Letter.

Dec 1, 2007 - Medical Exam .

I GOT IT

Jan 16 - I am in USA

April 15 2008 - Get my Drivers License.

I-751 Lifting Conditions at California Service Center

November 12, 2009 - I-751 Sent via USPS Express Mail

November 13, 2009 - Receipt of I-1751 Fee

November 20, 2009 - Arrested on Domestic Battery(Had argument with wife)

December 18, 2009 - Biometrics Completed at 9 am.

January 13, 2010 - Receive I-797E Notice for more evidence

February 16, 2010 - Mail reaches Californa Service Center( Next day of Preseidents Day)

February 19, 2010 - Card Production Ordered. Status now IR1

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I thought that when the US embassy in india changed to appointment processing that the original documents didnt need to be given to VFS...this is what the NVC told me, we had to send all original documents to NVC. So is there any reason to use VFS now?

That is for proper immigrant visas. K1 here is a non-immigration with the intention of migration. So the things are taken care at the consulate or embassy, not at NVC. (Seniors, if I am wrong let me know)

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I agree with RSA. However, my beneficiary (Family 1st category) was asked to submit the originals to VFS (by both VFS and consulate helpline personnel) - even though they were submitted to NVC! Most reasonable people would see no reason for this duplicate submissions to both NVC and VFS. See link to my question on this topic here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=115809. Since this discission if off-topic, please visit the above link and post your comments there.

Another thing that complicates this further is that some other (e.g. K1) categories still submit their original documents to VFS and not to NVC.

I am hoping that these people who said so are ignorant of the recent change for immigration cases. But, how could it be? They should already see applicants in March (and lot more in April) in this situation who have submitted all docs to NVC. Isn't there a training of these phoneline employees?

I hope we don't have to produce these original again, as we weren't give more than one police clearance certificates (from 2 cities) despite requesting 2 copies.

Regards,

Sanjiv Patel

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