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Hi there,

my husband and I just started the DCF process at the US Embassy in London last week. I was wondering if anyone else out there was doing it along a similar timeline. I'd love to have a few people to bounce questions, worries and concerns off! We are just waiting for our NOA-1. Hopefully it will come this week!!!!!!

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Hi there,

my husband and I just started the DCF process at the US Embassy in London last week. I was wondering if anyone else out there was doing it along a similar timeline. I'd love to have a few people to bounce questions, worries and concerns off! We are just waiting for our NOA-1. Hopefully it will come this week!!!!!!

We're not starting the process until after our wedding in October...but good luck to you! I'd love to keep an eye on your progress to see how long it really does take! How long ago did you file I-130?

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We're not starting the process until after our wedding in October...but good luck to you! I'd love to keep an eye on your progress to see how long it really does take! How long ago did you file I-130?

We filed the I-130 on April 7th so looking at other peoples timelines I' really hoping to hear something this week! I just hope the embassy lets us do DCF as we've only been here in the Uk since August 09! It so nervewracking!!!

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It so nervewracking!!!

Good luck, hope you hear back soon! I'm mainly worried about another aspect of the applications, we clearly qualify for the residence in the UK bit, but I have been over here with parents as a kid and then for education and so don't have all that many ties to the US anymore, so I have to re-establish residence in the States! Therefore worrying that whatever I do won't be enough for them. Very frustrating!

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Good luck, hope you hear back soon! I'm mainly worried about another aspect of the applications, we clearly qualify for the residence in the UK bit, but I have been over here with parents as a kid and then for education and so don't have all that many ties to the US anymore, so I have to re-establish residence in the States! Therefore worrying that whatever I do won't be enough for them. Very frustrating!

I'm sure you'll be fine! You may have to go over there ahead of your family though and establish domicille. If all goes to plan with our app thats what my husband plans to do :-( even though i'll miss him...lol. Good Luck!

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We were hoping to file this month as soon as we got married, but we are still waiting for our certificate of approval for marriage (so far been 2 months). We are now realistically looking at the end of May for our filing, so although this isn’t helpful to this post, we are keeping a close eye on all the current timings and issues being faced.

We believe we are ready to go and are itching to start the processing. We are aiming to move at 2 different times, my other half in August (as long as the I-130 has been filed) and then fingers crossed me in November.


Our Story

Met in September 2006 through a mutual friend (S being the UK citizen) P studying over here at an American Uni (she is originally from NY)

Xmas 2006 S went to visit P's family (repeated very year since)

2007 moved in together

3rd January 2010 - S asked P to marry him in NY she said yes

8th May 2010 - married in London at Morden Park House

20th May - sent in I-130

22nd July - I-130 Approved

24th July - Packet 3 received

31st August - Medical

Moving out of our flat in London on 1st September, P returning to set up home in NY.

10th November 2010 - the plan will hopefully be for P to fly back to London and together take a transatlantic cruise together across to NY with visa in hand.

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We were hoping to file this month as soon as we got married, but we are still waiting for our certificate of approval for marriage (so far been 2 months). We are now realistically looking at the end of May for our filing, so although this isn’t helpful to this post, we are keeping a close eye on all the current timings and issues being faced.

We believe we are ready to go and are itching to start the processing. We are aiming to move at 2 different times, my other half in August (as long as the I-130 has been filed) and then fingers crossed me in November.

I hope you get your certificate of approval soon! I saw another post on britishexpats.com where someone was delayed becasue they were waiting forever for their COA! I'm sure it will come through soon! My husband and I are going to do seperate moving dates too :-( Keep us updated on when you start the process. I'm going to fill in my timeline link faithfully so everyone can see how long it takes ...lol Good luck!

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Hi there,

my husband and I just started the DCF process at the US Embassy in London last week. I was wondering if anyone else out there was doing it along a similar timeline. I'd love to have a few people to bounce questions, worries and concerns off! We are just waiting for our NOA-1. Hopefully it will come this week!!!!!!

My wife (who is American) and I are applying this week to London and she has lived here since May 09 and got her leave to remain in September 09, so I think we will be in a similar position. I was reliably informed by someone stateside that living here for 6 months is long enough for us to apply via the DCF route so you should be fine. Good luck......

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I hope you get your certificate of approval soon! I saw another post on britishexpats.com where someone was delayed becasue they were waiting forever for their COA! I'm sure it will come through soon! My husband and I are going to do seperate moving dates too :-( Keep us updated on when you start the process. I'm going to fill in my timeline link faithfully so everyone can see how long it takes ...lol Good luck!

It's here. 1 day after venting and we get our certificate of approval, so we are getting married on the 8th May, and then plan to file the week after. Nervous times ahead.


Our Story

Met in September 2006 through a mutual friend (S being the UK citizen) P studying over here at an American Uni (she is originally from NY)

Xmas 2006 S went to visit P's family (repeated very year since)

2007 moved in together

3rd January 2010 - S asked P to marry him in NY she said yes

8th May 2010 - married in London at Morden Park House

20th May - sent in I-130

22nd July - I-130 Approved

24th July - Packet 3 received

31st August - Medical

Moving out of our flat in London on 1st September, P returning to set up home in NY.

10th November 2010 - the plan will hopefully be for P to fly back to London and together take a transatlantic cruise together across to NY with visa in hand.

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It's here. 1 day after venting and we get our certificate of approval, so we are getting married on the 8th May, and then plan to file the week after. Nervous times ahead.

Congratulations!!!! Thats amazing news! I'm sure you will have so much fun now planning your big day....I know I did! Best of luck!!!

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I am a US Citizen and my husband a UK National. We filed the I-130 back in February and got the approval in late March but are not sure what to do next. Most everything we've read says that the embassy will send a packet of information on the next steps but we still have not received anything from them. Anyone know what comes next?

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What comes next should be the packet of information for you to collect and send back to them, along with arranging dates for medicals and finally interviews.

I would suggest looking at some of the timelines in this thread;

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/240695-uk-dcf-the-ins-and-outs-and-ups-and-downs/

Most if not all are going through UK DCF and will give an indication of delays on packets being sent etc. If it has been lost or forgotten then I'm sure someone there will know what to do.

Sadly I don't :/

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I am a US Citizen and my husband a UK National. We filed the I-130 back in February and got the approval in late March but are not sure what to do next. Most everything we've read says that the embassy will send a packet of information on the next steps but we still have not received anything from them. Anyone know what comes next?

Hi dragonflysky,

Just to confirm: are you both living in England, and filing for the CR-1/IR-1 direct with the consulate (DCF)?

If so, have you received your "Packet 3" letter yet from the Immigrant Visa Branch, with your husband's case number at the bottom (will start with LND)? This letter is called "Packet 3" but you don't receive a big packet of forms-- it's simply a one-page letter that includes web links on where you can find the information and forms that you need. You need to fill out and return the DS-230 Part I. You'll also need to collect all the documents required on the DS-2001 checklist, and once you've collected them, mail back the DS-2001 checklist to alert them that you have the docs in your possession and are ready for the interview. They will then schedule your interview appointment and send you a letter (Packet 4) with the interview date. The "Packet 3" letter also has a link to instructions on how to book the medical exam.

Here are the links:

http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/visa/iv/ds2001.html

http://london.usembassy.gov/cons_new/visa/iv/medexam.html

Or, have you only gotten the NOA2 approval letter, which says that your approved petition has been forwarded to the London consulate? If so, you may need to call/email the embassy to find out why the Packet 3 (with your husband's case number) hasn't been sent to you. Normally, the Packet 3 letter follows the NOA2 letter by about a week or two, so you should've received it by now. You'll need your case number to book the medical.

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Good luck with your filings. I hope everything goes as quickly for you as it did for me! All the best.


02/11/10 - Hubby (USC) has I-130 interview at Sydney Embassy

02/11/10 - Hubby and I have CRBA interview at Sydney Embassy

02/17/10 - Medical results received

02/22/10 - Police check received

02/22/10 - NOA2/Packet 3 received

02/23/10 - DS230 mailed off to Embassy

02/23/10 - CRBA received with US Passport for daughter

02/26/10 - DS2001 and supporting documents mailed to Sydney Embassy

03/02/10 - Packet 4 received. Application is complete!

03/09/10 - Visa interview scheduled at Sydney Embassy

03/09/10 - Visa approved

03/11/10 - Visa received

03/19/10 - POE Los Angeles

03/31/10 - Greencard received

04/20/10 - SSN received

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