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As the title of this post eludes to, I'm trying to help a friend understand what her next steps are in trying to get her husband to the States from Ethiopia. From what I understand, she's at the point where she's filed her DS-230 and paid the associated fees. This whole process is kind of Greek to me as I'm starting my journey for a K-1 for my bride-to-be. She's a little confused as to what her next steps are. From what she's told me, it almost sounds to me like she's just about at the point where her immigrant husband should start preparing for his interview. How far off base am I?


Current Status: Married on March 3, 2012. Preparing for AOS.

01-07-11 Met in person for the first time

04-04-11 I-129F sent via USPS Priority Mail

04-06-11 Delivered to Dallas Lockbox - signed for by J. Arthur

04-08-11 NOA1 sent to me, Check cashed, Case transferred to the California Service Center

04-11-11 Touched, Received e-notification via text message of NOA1 (at 12:30 am?!?!?)

04-15-11 Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail. Notice date 4/8/11.

06-24-11 Touched, Email and text - NOA2 approved in 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days (77 days total)!!!

07-01-11 NOA2 hardcopy received

07-27-11 NVC receive - FINALLY!

07-29-11 NVC depart to Manila

10-13-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 1)

10-17-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 2)

10-18-11 Embassy interview - APPROVED!!

12-30-11 POE Chicago

03-03-12 Wedding Day!!

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Have your friend come on the VJ website and view the guides and NVC guides. It would be a lot more beneficial for your friend to see these and read them than for you to try and tell her all the long steps.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Have your friend come on the VJ website and view the guides and NVC guides. It would be a lot more beneficial for your friend to see these and read them than for you to try and tell her all the long steps.

Actually, she's a member here. I guess the guides aren't worded simply enough for her. You have to admit, there's a lot of jargon that's used on this site. It can be quite daunting for someone not really familiar with everything to fully understand. So, what do you say, Inky? Having been through it yourself, already, does it sound like she should start getting her husband's documents ready to send for his interview?


Current Status: Married on March 3, 2012. Preparing for AOS.

01-07-11 Met in person for the first time

04-04-11 I-129F sent via USPS Priority Mail

04-06-11 Delivered to Dallas Lockbox - signed for by J. Arthur

04-08-11 NOA1 sent to me, Check cashed, Case transferred to the California Service Center

04-11-11 Touched, Received e-notification via text message of NOA1 (at 12:30 am?!?!?)

04-15-11 Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail. Notice date 4/8/11.

06-24-11 Touched, Email and text - NOA2 approved in 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days (77 days total)!!!

07-01-11 NOA2 hardcopy received

07-27-11 NVC receive - FINALLY!

07-29-11 NVC depart to Manila

10-13-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 1)

10-17-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 2)

10-18-11 Embassy interview - APPROVED!!

12-30-11 POE Chicago

03-03-12 Wedding Day!!

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Have you read the guides? there is absolutely not "jargon", its really straight forward.... I am myself was not familiar at all with immigration and could understand so if she got this far she should be able to understand the guides.

http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/LingChe_NVC_ShortCut


07/31/2010 - MARRIED!!

09/01/2010 - HAD TO LEAVE :(

STARTED JOURNEY @

USCIS - CSC:

09/07/2010 - I-130 SENT

09/13/2010 - NOA1

11/21/2010 - STILL WAITING :(

12/07/2010 - APPROVED!!!!!! EMAIL & TXT

12/13/2010 - RECEIVED NOA2 HARD COPY

NVC:

12/20/2010 - NVC RECEIVED

12/23/2010 - RECEIVE I-864 BILL

12/23/2010 - EMAILED DS-3032

12/23/2010 - PAY INVOICE

12/27/2010 - I-864 SHOWS PAID SENT AOS FORMS

12/30/2010 - RECEIVE IV BILL

12/30/2010 - PAID IV BILL

01/04/2010 - IV SHOWS PAID

01/04/2010 - RECEIVE INSTRUCTION PACKET

01/10/2010 - SENT IV FORMS EXPRESS MAIL

01/18/2010 - STILL WAITING....

01/19/2010 - NVC Automated Msg - All documents RCVD

01/20/2010 - Possible RFE :( "We have reviewed your documents and found missing or incomplete Information"

01/21/2010 - CLD NVC - FALSE RFE!!! Just waiting on DS230 to be processed :D

01/23/2010 - HOPING FOR A CASE COMPLETE.......

02/03/2010 - SIF!!!!!!!!

02/04/2010 - Case Complete!!

02/14/2010 - No interview YET

02/15/2010 - INTERVIEW!!! MARCH 3RD 2011

03/02/2010 - Hubby recieved call from the embassy in SA interview rescheduled for MARCH 9th 2011

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Have you read the guides? there is absolutely not "jargon", its really straight forward.... I am myself was not familiar at all with immigration and could understand so if she got this far she should be able to understand the guides.

http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/LingChe_NVC_ShortCut

Thank you. I hadn't come across that page yet. I think it'll be a big help to her. As for the jargon, while it may be well explained in the guides it has taken a while to be able to wrap my head aroudn what exactly some of the abbreviations mean; such as NVC, NOA, etc. I guess it all comes with practice and exposure to the system. Thanks for everything, everyone. :)


Current Status: Married on March 3, 2012. Preparing for AOS.

01-07-11 Met in person for the first time

04-04-11 I-129F sent via USPS Priority Mail

04-06-11 Delivered to Dallas Lockbox - signed for by J. Arthur

04-08-11 NOA1 sent to me, Check cashed, Case transferred to the California Service Center

04-11-11 Touched, Received e-notification via text message of NOA1 (at 12:30 am?!?!?)

04-15-11 Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail. Notice date 4/8/11.

06-24-11 Touched, Email and text - NOA2 approved in 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days (77 days total)!!!

07-01-11 NOA2 hardcopy received

07-27-11 NVC receive - FINALLY!

07-29-11 NVC depart to Manila

10-13-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 1)

10-17-11 Medical exam at St. Luke's Medical Center (Day 2)

10-18-11 Embassy interview - APPROVED!!

12-30-11 POE Chicago

03-03-12 Wedding Day!!

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