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DS-230 - Trips to the USA

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This might be a unique problem, but I'll post it anyway in case any of you have some insight.... So I'm looking over the forms that my fiance will have to fill out for the UK embassy. On the DS-230 they want to know every trip that he's ever taken to the USA, and well, he has an A2 visa (foreign govt official - not a diplomat, just a civil servant) and for the past 20 years he's made at least 3 trips to the USA each year... that's 60 trips he'll have to go back and find dates for! So daunting! I'm hoping that they'll be overwhelmed with all that information and not look at it too closely, but on the other hand, would all that information need to be verified and therefore slow down our processing?? Also, if he forgets to write down a trip do you think that is that something he can get denied for? Thanks for any help! :)


USCIS

02-25-11 Sent I-130

03-01-11 NOA1 Priority Date

03-04-11 NOA1 Email/text

03-07-11 Check cashed

03-09-11 NOA1 hard copy

06-16-11 NOA2 Email/text (107 Days! Yaay!)

06-21-11 NOA2 hard copy

Detour

06-21-11 Informed USCIS of their error: they wrongly thought we were adjusting status so they held the petition and didn't forward it to NVC

06-30-11 Expedited service request granted to forward petition to NVC

08-02-11 Congressional Inquiry to get USCIS to finally forward petition to NVC

08-05-11 USCIS admits our file was routed to National Records Center and will expedite its return and forward to NVC

08-23-11 Congressman's office informs me that file is FINALLY on its way to NVC! Woohoo!!

NVC

08-22-11 Received by NVC

09-19-11 Case # Assigned. Emailed DS-3032.

09-22-11 AOS Bill Invoiced/Paid. DS-3032 Received. Emailed DS-3032 again.

09-26-11 AOS Invoice marked Paid. I-864 Mailed. DS-3032 Accepted.

09-27-11 IV Bill Invoiced/Paid.

09-28-11 IV Invoice marked Paid. DS-230 Mailed. I-864 Delivered.

09-30-11 DS-230 Delivered. NVC operator says I-864 approved!

10-06-11 Medical

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They have that information in their computer already. It's lots of work for you, not for them.


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I had to fill out both DS-230 and DS-160 (and others of course). DS-160 would only let me include the previous 5 visits. When it came to DS-230, I filled out the last two major trips (i.e. not day trips or short duration), and then noted that I had made several other trips of less than 2 weeks in what years. I figure if they want to ask me about those, they can do that in the interview.


Service Center : Vermont Service Center

Consulate : Montreal, Canada

2010-01-10 : I-129F Sent

2010-02-05 : I-129F NOA1 Received

2010-04-27 : I-129F NOA2 Received

2010-05-01 : NVC Received

2010-05-10 : Consulate Received

2010-06-01 : Packet 3 Received

2010-07-16 : Packet 3 Sent (6 weeks later, so it skews the time line a bit)

2010-07-22 : Packet 3 Logged

2010-09-07 : Packet 4 Sent

2010-09-14 : Packet 4 Received

2010-10-26 : Interview Date (Approved!!!)

2010-??-?? : POE

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I used to assume that immigration officials (especially in the UK, where it's pretty vigilant) would have all this information in their computer system about exactly when you were in their country, but according to the last UK immigration person who let me in they have no real record of when people actually leave that country. She said that a US re-entry stamp in your passport is the only real proof that you went home!

Charlesandanna: Yeah I guess a lot of people from Canada might have a similar issue with having so many trips to list. I was going to attach a separate sheet of paper with a table of all the trips. I guess if he goes through the work now of listing all the trips they can't come back and ask him to do it later. (Not that I actually see them being that picky).


USCIS

02-25-11 Sent I-130

03-01-11 NOA1 Priority Date

03-04-11 NOA1 Email/text

03-07-11 Check cashed

03-09-11 NOA1 hard copy

06-16-11 NOA2 Email/text (107 Days! Yaay!)

06-21-11 NOA2 hard copy

Detour

06-21-11 Informed USCIS of their error: they wrongly thought we were adjusting status so they held the petition and didn't forward it to NVC

06-30-11 Expedited service request granted to forward petition to NVC

08-02-11 Congressional Inquiry to get USCIS to finally forward petition to NVC

08-05-11 USCIS admits our file was routed to National Records Center and will expedite its return and forward to NVC

08-23-11 Congressman's office informs me that file is FINALLY on its way to NVC! Woohoo!!

NVC

08-22-11 Received by NVC

09-19-11 Case # Assigned. Emailed DS-3032.

09-22-11 AOS Bill Invoiced/Paid. DS-3032 Received. Emailed DS-3032 again.

09-26-11 AOS Invoice marked Paid. I-864 Mailed. DS-3032 Accepted.

09-27-11 IV Bill Invoiced/Paid.

09-28-11 IV Invoice marked Paid. DS-230 Mailed. I-864 Delivered.

09-30-11 DS-230 Delivered. NVC operator says I-864 approved!

10-06-11 Medical

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This is the place to post your experiences or questions related to this last step before moving to the US. Topics relating to I-134's, packets sent from consulate and medical & police certificates should be posted here.


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This might be a unique problem, but I'll post it anyway in case any of you have some insight.... So I'm looking over the forms that my fiance will have to fill out for the UK embassy. On the DS-230 they want to know every trip that he's ever taken to the USA, and well, he has an A2 visa (foreign govt official - not a diplomat, just a civil servant) and for the past 20 years he's made at least 3 trips to the USA each year... that's 60 trips he'll have to go back and find dates for! So daunting! I'm hoping that they'll be overwhelmed with all that information and not look at it too closely, but on the other hand, would all that information need to be verified and therefore slow down our processing?? Also, if he forgets to write down a trip do you think that is that something he can get denied for? Thanks for any help! :)

In my case it "helped" me to get additional check for a purpose to watch for them for what purpose was each single trip to US, not sure they have all in computers. Now waiting for results, already a month after interview.

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