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my interview is still weeks away.

nonetheless, my hubby has already booked my flight (just a week after my interview date - pretty optimistic of him, i know!).

my question is, is it okay to request for a visa pick up? is there a form to fill out or would a personal letter suffice?

would appreciate getting a format of the mentioned letter for the consul :)

- sue

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i have read a lot with the posts here lately that the US embassy no longer allow visa pick-up but there's no harm in trying. I had my interview last March and had a visa pick up. I just asked the consul after my interview that's all. I did not present anything other that my verbal request. Goodluck!


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You can try and ask the CO. You can even present your itinerary if you want. But the thing is, nobody knows for sure if you can get your visa before your desired flight. As you know, a lot of applicants here got stucked with document verification that caused delays. It is too risky to plan of leaving as early as what your hubby booked. I hope his optimism will prevail. Here's to wish you good luck! :thumbs:

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i have read a lot with the posts here lately that the US embassy no longer allow visa pick-up but there's no harm in trying. I had my interview last March and had a visa pick up. I just asked the consul after my interview that's all. I did not present anything other that my verbal request. Goodluck!

thanks for the reply. i sure hope i'd get an affirmative answer as well.

- sue

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You can try and ask the CO. You can even present your itinerary if you want. But the thing is, nobody knows for sure if you can get your visa before your desired flight. As you know, a lot of applicants here got stucked with document verification that caused delays. It is too risky to plan of leaving as early as what your hubby booked. I hope his optimism will prevail. Here's to wish you good luck! :thumbs:

--Mae

i know! but the hubby just cant be dissuaded and remains confident that everything will work out fine. :)

thanks nonetheless for the advice:)

- sue

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You can try and ask the CO. You can even present your itinerary if you want. But the thing is, nobody knows for sure if you can get your visa before your desired flight. As you know, a lot of applicants here got stucked with document verification that caused delays. It is too risky to plan of leaving as early as what your hubby booked. I hope his optimism will prevail. Here's to wish you good luck! :thumbs:

--Mae

i know! but the hubby just cant be dissuaded and remains confident that everything will work out fine. :)

thanks nonetheless for the advice:)

- sue

I booked a flight for my wife and anak [K3/K4] 5 days after their interview. Delbros delivered visa in 4 days[small bribe] . She got CFO sticker the day they flew.

I booked them on PAL Mabuhay class [business]. You can change flight for wala if you are booked Mabuhay. Didn't need to tho.

We didn't have document verification then tho.

I see LOTS of peeps getting delayed now for document verification.


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I booked a flight for my wife and anak [K3/K4] 5 days after their interview. Delbros delivered visa in 4 days[small bribe] . She got CFO sticker the day they flew.

I booked them on PAL Mabuhay class [business]. You can change flight for wala if you are booked Mabuhay. Didn't need to tho.

We didn't have document verification then tho.

I see LOTS of peeps getting delayed now for document verification.

wow! 4 days you say? that's pretty fast.

still. i want to try the visa pick up option, to decrease the chance of having to move my flight it's a good thing i'm also done with the cfo seminar and only needs a sticker, like you wife:)

thanks for the advice:)

- sue

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http://travel.state.gov/pdf/supplements/MN...-ENGL-07-03.pdf

COURIER DELIVERY OF ISSUED IMMIGRANT VISA

The Immigrant Visa unit uses a guaranteed courier service to deliver issued visas. Applicants may pay for this service and need not return to the Embassy to pick up their visas. Visas are delivered directly to the applicant’s home or office in seven to ten days of issuance, depending on the delivery location. Otherwise, the applicant may return to the Embassy to pick up the visa.


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http://travel.state.gov/pdf/supplements/MN...-ENGL-07-03.pdf

COURIER DELIVERY OF ISSUED IMMIGRANT VISA

The Immigrant Visa unit uses a guaranteed courier service to deliver issued visas. Applicants may pay for this service and need not return to the Embassy to pick up their visas. Visas are delivered directly to the applicant’s home or office in seven to ten days of issuance, depending on the delivery location. Otherwise, the applicant may return to the Embassy to pick up the visa.

See the Dept of State has its own set of rules...

So as the US Embassy..


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You can try and ask the CO. You can even present your itinerary if you want. But the thing is, nobody knows for sure if you can get your visa before your desired flight. As you know, a lot of applicants here got stucked with document verification that caused delays. It is too risky to plan of leaving as early as what your hubby booked. I hope his optimism will prevail. Here's to wish you good luck! :thumbs:

--Mae

i know! but the hubby just cant be dissuaded and remains confident that everything will work out fine. :)

thanks nonetheless for the advice:)

- sue

I booked a flight for my wife and anak [K3/K4] 5 days after their interview. Delbros delivered visa in 4 days[small bribe] . She got CFO sticker the day they flew.

I booked them on PAL Mabuhay class [business]. You can change flight for wala if you are booked Mabuhay. Didn't need to tho.

We didn't have document verification then tho.

I see LOTS of peeps getting delayed now for document verification.

Just remember, this was before when Document Verification was not in effect. Now, it is so much different. I'd say choose an airline where you can move the booked flight into later date in case of some delays.

--Mae


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04/14/2011 - Biometrics appointment in the mail

04/21/2011 - Early Biometrics (was scheduled on May 4, 2011)

05/09/2011 - Case Status Notification - In line for interview and testing

05/10/2011 - Case Status Notification - Interview scheduled

05/14/2011 - Interview Appointment Letter in the mail

06/21/2011 - Interview Appointment Date

06/29/2011 - Case Status Notification - Placed in the oath scheduling que

08/16/2011 - Case Status Notification - Oath ceremony scheduled

09/15/2011 - Oath Taking - good riddance!

09/23/2011 - Applied for Passport

10/08/2011 - Passport in the mail

10/17/2011 - Certificate of Naturalization in the mail -- OFFICIALLY DONE!

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my interview is still weeks away.

nonetheless, my hubby has already booked my flight (just a week after my interview date - pretty optimistic of him, i know!).

my question is, is it okay to request for a visa pick up? is there a form to fill out or would a personal letter suffice?

would appreciate getting a format of the mentioned letter for the consul :)

- sue

My wife's interview is on June 4 and I booked her flight on the 27th. And I thought I was being optimistic! :whistle:

There's really not much you can do now but write a letter and hope that the consul approves you for a visa pickup. If not, let's hope Delbros deliver it quickly. If not, then you're hubby would just have to reschedule. Its not that hard to reschedule flights. :-)

Good luck to you and may you get approve for a visa pick up.

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Hi,

i think that is too close to book a flight after a week of interview. There is this so - called Document Verification nowadays, and it's causing delays if not for all , for some or most applicants. Good luck to all of us.

Shape.

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http://travel.state.gov/pdf/supplements/MN...-ENGL-07-03.pdf

COURIER DELIVERY OF ISSUED IMMIGRANT VISA

The Immigrant Visa unit uses a guaranteed courier service to deliver issued visas. Applicants may pay for this service and need not return to the Embassy to pick up their visas. Visas are delivered directly to the applicant’s home or office in seven to ten days of issuance, depending on the delivery location. Otherwise, the applicant may return to the Embassy to pick up the visa.

See the Dept of State has its own set of rules...

So as the US Embassy..

thanks for the info.

'preciate it a lot:)

- sue

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my interview is still weeks away.

nonetheless, my hubby has already booked my flight (just a week after my interview date - pretty optimistic of him, i know!).

my question is, is it okay to request for a visa pick up? is there a form to fill out or would a personal letter suffice?

would appreciate getting a format of the mentioned letter for the consul :)

- sue

My wife's interview is on June 4 and I booked her flight on the 27th. And I thought I was being optimistic! :whistle:

There's really not much you can do now but write a letter and hope that the consul approves you for a visa pickup. If not, let's hope Delbros deliver it quickly. If not, then you're hubby would just have to reschedule. Its not that hard to reschedule flights. :-)

Good luck to you and may you get approve for a visa pick up.

ha ha ha! i know....

i guess i'm just going to cross my fingers and prod my hubby to pray some more (he's the religious one in this partnership). he did say he's sending extra money just in case there's a need to re-book my flight.

- sue

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Hi,

i think that is too close to book a flight after a week of interview. There is this so - called Document Verification nowadays, and it's causing delays if not for all , for some or most applicants. Good luck to all of us.

Shape.

hi! i know.... and it's causing a bit of a skirmish amongst vjers as well (:

before i digress, i paid the doc verification fee last april 29th.... and my interview scheduled in june... i do hope that's enough lead time for the friggin system to work...

if not, i guess i'll have extra time to say goodbye to friends and families:)

- sue

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