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Letter to replace an IAP-66/DS-2019 (J1 - 2 yr. restriction Question)

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
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My wife, the beneficiary, originally came to the US under a J1 Visa with the FLEX program, which requires her to reside in her country of origin (Russia) for 2 years when she leaves. She is currently in Russia now, and we are trying to get a "NO OBJECTION" waiver for this 2 year restriction. I was under the impression that we would need the IAP-66 in order to apply for this waiver.

It has taken us many attempts, but we finally got a response from the Dept. of State which seems promising:

We have verified your wife’s participation in the 1999-2000 FLEX program.

We will be able to provide a replacement letter for your IAP-66. Please be aware that the U.S. Department of State no longer keeps hard or electronic copies of IAP-66, instead our office (the Youth Programs Division) provides a signed official letter that carries all the same information as it was presented on your IAP-66. Please be aware that this letter only acts as a replacement document for the DS-2019 document, nothing beyond.

I will be contacting you once we send out the letter to the address that you provided us earlier.

Has anyone else applied for this waiver with a letter replacement? I'm a bit confused about what the next step is once we receive this letter, and I'm concerned about the acceptability of this letter as a replacement for the actual IAP-66.

Please, any help or advice is welcome!

Blake (Jeanie and I both post under this acct., sorry for any confusion!)


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May 2004- we meet!

09/27/2008- we are married!

03/05/2009- back to Russia for 2-year HRR

02/17/2010- I-130 sent to USCIS

03/01/2010- NOA1

06/02/2010- NOA2

06/09/2010- our case is at NVC!

06/12/2010- receive DS-3032 and I-864 bill

06/19/2010- I-864 bill is paid

06/25/2010- mailed DS-3032 to NVC

07/15/2010- received Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice

07/20/2010- Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee is paid (check cleared)

09/20/2010- call NVC and find out that we can start work on I864 and DS230 packets

02/12/2011- AOS (I-864) packet is mailed to NVC

02/14/2011- NVC receives AOS (I-864) packet

03/06/2011- YAY! Finally, the 2 year HRR is fulfilled![/font]

03/07/2011- IV packet is mailed to NVC

04/07/2011- receive a letter from NVC requesting detailed information regarding the circumstances of my 1999 J-1 visa

04/09/2011- we mail the requested info to NVC along with proof that 2-year HRR has been fulfilled

04/30/2011- Check with NVC- get message "Your case was completed on April 27th. Please allow 8 weeks for further instructions"

05/17/2011- receive notification from NVC: interview scheduled for June 1st!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
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So...nobody has been in this situation?


bzYip3.png

May 2004- we meet!

09/27/2008- we are married!

03/05/2009- back to Russia for 2-year HRR

02/17/2010- I-130 sent to USCIS

03/01/2010- NOA1

06/02/2010- NOA2

06/09/2010- our case is at NVC!

06/12/2010- receive DS-3032 and I-864 bill

06/19/2010- I-864 bill is paid

06/25/2010- mailed DS-3032 to NVC

07/15/2010- received Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice

07/20/2010- Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee is paid (check cleared)

09/20/2010- call NVC and find out that we can start work on I864 and DS230 packets

02/12/2011- AOS (I-864) packet is mailed to NVC

02/14/2011- NVC receives AOS (I-864) packet

03/06/2011- YAY! Finally, the 2 year HRR is fulfilled![/font]

03/07/2011- IV packet is mailed to NVC

04/07/2011- receive a letter from NVC requesting detailed information regarding the circumstances of my 1999 J-1 visa

04/09/2011- we mail the requested info to NVC along with proof that 2-year HRR has been fulfilled

04/30/2011- Check with NVC- get message "Your case was completed on April 27th. Please allow 8 weeks for further instructions"

05/17/2011- receive notification from NVC: interview scheduled for June 1st!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
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I would really appreciate some kind of feedback, surely we're not the first couple on this website to go through this?


bzYip3.png

May 2004- we meet!

09/27/2008- we are married!

03/05/2009- back to Russia for 2-year HRR

02/17/2010- I-130 sent to USCIS

03/01/2010- NOA1

06/02/2010- NOA2

06/09/2010- our case is at NVC!

06/12/2010- receive DS-3032 and I-864 bill

06/19/2010- I-864 bill is paid

06/25/2010- mailed DS-3032 to NVC

07/15/2010- received Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice

07/20/2010- Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee is paid (check cleared)

09/20/2010- call NVC and find out that we can start work on I864 and DS230 packets

02/12/2011- AOS (I-864) packet is mailed to NVC

02/14/2011- NVC receives AOS (I-864) packet

03/06/2011- YAY! Finally, the 2 year HRR is fulfilled![/font]

03/07/2011- IV packet is mailed to NVC

04/07/2011- receive a letter from NVC requesting detailed information regarding the circumstances of my 1999 J-1 visa

04/09/2011- we mail the requested info to NVC along with proof that 2-year HRR has been fulfilled

04/30/2011- Check with NVC- get message "Your case was completed on April 27th. Please allow 8 weeks for further instructions"

05/17/2011- receive notification from NVC: interview scheduled for June 1st!

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Still waiting for some helpful response...

or any response at all.


bzYip3.png

May 2004- we meet!

09/27/2008- we are married!

03/05/2009- back to Russia for 2-year HRR

02/17/2010- I-130 sent to USCIS

03/01/2010- NOA1

06/02/2010- NOA2

06/09/2010- our case is at NVC!

06/12/2010- receive DS-3032 and I-864 bill

06/19/2010- I-864 bill is paid

06/25/2010- mailed DS-3032 to NVC

07/15/2010- received Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee Bill Invoice

07/20/2010- Immigrant Visa Application Processing Fee is paid (check cleared)

09/20/2010- call NVC and find out that we can start work on I864 and DS230 packets

02/12/2011- AOS (I-864) packet is mailed to NVC

02/14/2011- NVC receives AOS (I-864) packet

03/06/2011- YAY! Finally, the 2 year HRR is fulfilled![/font]

03/07/2011- IV packet is mailed to NVC

04/07/2011- receive a letter from NVC requesting detailed information regarding the circumstances of my 1999 J-1 visa

04/09/2011- we mail the requested info to NVC along with proof that 2-year HRR has been fulfilled

04/30/2011- Check with NVC- get message "Your case was completed on April 27th. Please allow 8 weeks for further instructions"

05/17/2011- receive notification from NVC: interview scheduled for June 1st!

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Still waiting for some helpful response...

or any response at all.

I asked a (potentially) similar question the other day (here), and haven't seen anything, either.

The site seems to be fairly narrowly focused on certain issues that pop up again and again, but if you're outside of those issues, you're on your own, I guess.

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06/18/10 Married

08/12/10 - Day 0 - Mailed I-130, I-485, I-765 (USPS Express Mail)

08/13/10 - Day 1 - Delivery Confirmation at USCIS Chicago Lockbox

08/20/10 - Day 8 - Electronic (E-mail/SMS) confirmation of acceptance/NOA issued for I-130, I-485, I-765

10/09/10 - Day 58 - EAD (I-765) case visible online, others still not showing up.

10/21/10 - Day 70 - Spoke to 2nd-tier support, got a "referral" opened on the biometrics appointment (as in, why isn't there one yet?)

10/29/10 - Day 78 - Biometrics appt letter received (scheduled for November 18 in Alexandria)

11/04/10 - Day 84 - Successful Walk-In Biometrics at Alexandria, VA

11/04/10 - Day 84 - Email/SMS notice of "Card Production Ordered"

11/09/10 - Day 89 - Email/SMS notice of "Card Production Ordered" (same text, same everything, just a second notice)

11/12/10 - Day 92 - Email/SMS notice of "EAD Approved"

11/12/10 - Day 92 - Received EAD card in mail (same day as notification of approval, no other snail mail notices)

12/07/10 - Day 117 - AOS Interview letter received (scheduled for January 10, 2011)

01/10/11 - Day 153 - AOS Interview complete - verbally approved, but we're not believing it until the card shows up.

01/14/11 - Day 157 - Electronic (E-mail/SMS) notification of approval of I-485

01/15/11 - Day 158 - Received notice of I-485 approval in mail

01/18/11 - Day 161 - Received Green Card in mail!

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Filed: Timeline

I asked a (potentially) similar question the other day (here), and haven't seen anything, either.

The site seems to be fairly narrowly focused on certain issues that pop up again and again, but if you're outside of those issues, you're on your own, I guess.

Hi Guys,

Can you tell me how you managed to contact the department of state to get a copy/letter for the lost document? I need my DS 2019 to get my work visa and it's been 9 years, so I really can't figure out where I put it.

Your help would be much appreciated. (and I hope you managed to get your copy finally).

Thanks in advance,

Val.

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I asked a (potentially) similar question the other day (here), and haven't seen anything, either.

The site seems to be fairly narrowly focused on certain issues that pop up again and again, but if you're outside of those issues, you're on your own, I guess.

Hi Guys,

Can you tell me how you managed to contact the department of state to get a copy/letter for the lost document? I need my DS 2019 to get my work visa and it's been 9 years, so I really can't figure out where I put it.

Your help would be much appreciated. (and I hope you managed to get your copy finally).

Thanks in advance,

Val.

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my situation is a bit different from yours. Can you tell me how you were able to contact the state dept? I lost my IAP66/ds2019 for the last 22 years. I have been trying to get my sch to issue me a copy but they wont. I cannot move forward to change status because of this damn thing. I came here with J1. Any help is appreciative.

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We actually ended up being ok without a cleaner copy of the IAP-66. The copy we had was only sort of legible, but I wrote an explanation stating that the program that she came over with didn't receive government support, and that all fees/costs were paid by the sponsoring family.

It sort of depends on why you need the document. We needed it because my wife didn't have her original passport with the visa stamp, so we were worried about proving that there was no 2 year HRR. Our other piece of supporting evidence was that she wasn't part of any category listed on the skills list at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_4514.html. (Czech Republic is no longer subject to the skills list, and was retroactively removed). If you're trying to prove that you have no HRR, that may be a good starting point.

If you need the document for something else (i.e., they've specifically requested that document), you probably need to work with DOS to get a copy.


06/18/10 Married

08/12/10 - Day 0 - Mailed I-130, I-485, I-765 (USPS Express Mail)

08/13/10 - Day 1 - Delivery Confirmation at USCIS Chicago Lockbox

08/20/10 - Day 8 - Electronic (E-mail/SMS) confirmation of acceptance/NOA issued for I-130, I-485, I-765

10/09/10 - Day 58 - EAD (I-765) case visible online, others still not showing up.

10/21/10 - Day 70 - Spoke to 2nd-tier support, got a "referral" opened on the biometrics appointment (as in, why isn't there one yet?)

10/29/10 - Day 78 - Biometrics appt letter received (scheduled for November 18 in Alexandria)

11/04/10 - Day 84 - Successful Walk-In Biometrics at Alexandria, VA

11/04/10 - Day 84 - Email/SMS notice of "Card Production Ordered"

11/09/10 - Day 89 - Email/SMS notice of "Card Production Ordered" (same text, same everything, just a second notice)

11/12/10 - Day 92 - Email/SMS notice of "EAD Approved"

11/12/10 - Day 92 - Received EAD card in mail (same day as notification of approval, no other snail mail notices)

12/07/10 - Day 117 - AOS Interview letter received (scheduled for January 10, 2011)

01/10/11 - Day 153 - AOS Interview complete - verbally approved, but we're not believing it until the card shows up.

01/14/11 - Day 157 - Electronic (E-mail/SMS) notification of approval of I-485

01/15/11 - Day 158 - Received notice of I-485 approval in mail

01/18/11 - Day 161 - Received Green Card in mail!

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