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Ok - so I just got off the phone with USCIS to request a copy of my NOA2 for our interview only to be told that me might NOT be approved bc their system does not show it as being approved.....ummmmmmmm #######???!!!! We got our letter from Department of State on April 22 and my fiance' got his packet from the Embassy on April 26th! What do you mean we might not be approved????

Has this happened to anyone else?????


C&S

January 2008 - met online

February 2008 - first phone call

July 25, 2008 - first in person meeting

November 10, 2008 - my first trip to England

April, 2009 - second trip here

July, 2009 - my second trip to England

November, 2009 - third trip here

November 30, 2009 - ENGAGED

April, 2010 - fourth trip here

October, 2010 - fifth trip here

October 30, 2010 - USCIS paperwork filed

November 12, 2010 - NOA1 received (dated 11/8/10)

November 19, 2010 - touched

March 8, 2011 - 6th trip here

April 15, 2011 - NOA2 approval ??????

April 29, 2011 - letter from DOS rec'd

May 3, 2011 - packet rec'd from US Embassy

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Ok - so I just got off the phone with USCIS to request a copy of my NOA2 for our interview only to be told that me might NOT be approved bc their system does not show it as being approved.....ummmmmmmm #######???!!!! We got our letter from Department of State on April 22 and my fiance' got his packet from the Embassy on April 26th! What do you mean we might not be approved????

Has this happened to anyone else?????

Did you or did you not recieve the I-797 in the mail from USCIS stating that your petition was approved? Why are you requesting a copy of your approval notice from USCIS?


Service Center : California Service Center

Consulate : Manila, Philippines

I-129F Sent : 2008-12-02

I-129F Receipt Notice : 2008-12-05

RFE: 2009-02-26

Approval Notice: 2009-03-13

NVC Received: 2009-03-23

Left NVC: 2009-05-12

Stuck at NVC 50 days

Interview: 2009-06-23 Passed!

Visa picked up: 2009-06-25

POE Detroit: 2009-07-04

Married: 2009-09-11

Filed for AOS: 2009-09-22

Biometrics taken: 2009-10-29

Advance Parole approved 2009-11-04

Employment Authorization approved 2009-11-04

AOS Appointment 2009-12-15

AOS Approved 2009-12-15

Green Card Received 2010-01-02

Filed for ROC: 2011-09-17

ROC approved 2012-03-21

Green Card Received 2012-03-26

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The only thing I have received from USCIS is our initial I-797C which states that the I-129F has been received. They told me I should have gotten a notification from them that the petition was approved. They called it an "approval letter", but I know on here everyone calls it a NOA2.


C&S

January 2008 - met online

February 2008 - first phone call

July 25, 2008 - first in person meeting

November 10, 2008 - my first trip to England

April, 2009 - second trip here

July, 2009 - my second trip to England

November, 2009 - third trip here

November 30, 2009 - ENGAGED

April, 2010 - fourth trip here

October, 2010 - fifth trip here

October 30, 2010 - USCIS paperwork filed

November 12, 2010 - NOA1 received (dated 11/8/10)

November 19, 2010 - touched

March 8, 2011 - 6th trip here

April 15, 2011 - NOA2 approval ??????

April 29, 2011 - letter from DOS rec'd

May 3, 2011 - packet rec'd from US Embassy

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Did you or did you not recieve the I-797 in the mail from USCIS stating that your petition was approved? Why are you requesting a copy of your approval notice from USCIS?

The only thing I have received from USCIS is our initial I-797C which states that the I-129F has been received. They told me I should have gotten a notification from them that the petition was approved. They called it an "approval letter", but I know on here everyone calls it a NOA2.


C&S

January 2008 - met online

February 2008 - first phone call

July 25, 2008 - first in person meeting

November 10, 2008 - my first trip to England

April, 2009 - second trip here

July, 2009 - my second trip to England

November, 2009 - third trip here

November 30, 2009 - ENGAGED

April, 2010 - fourth trip here

October, 2010 - fifth trip here

October 30, 2010 - USCIS paperwork filed

November 12, 2010 - NOA1 received (dated 11/8/10)

November 19, 2010 - touched

March 8, 2011 - 6th trip here

April 15, 2011 - NOA2 approval ??????

April 29, 2011 - letter from DOS rec'd

May 3, 2011 - packet rec'd from US Embassy

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I see from your timeline you get updates through the USCIS webpage("touches"). Didn't you get an email notification of the approval?, and what is your case status online?

What doesn't make sense is NVC confirming they sent it to the embassy(you probably have your USCIS case number and NVC/embassy number by now). They only recieve approved petitions. It sounds as if there's something wrong or not updated in their system. If your case status online says post decision activity call USCIS up and say the embassy requires the approval letter from USCIS and have them send you a copy of NOA2 - just remember to say you never recieved it in your mail when that's the case; as far as I know, it is expensive to get a copy if you just misplaced it.

Btw, NOA2 is not the official name for it, infact it would be a NOA3 if you had an RFE.


K1 process, October 2010 > POE, July 2011

I-129F approved in 180 days from NOA1 date. (195 days from filing to NOA2 in hand)

Interview took 224 days from I-129F NOA1 date. (241 days from filing petition until visa in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until POE: 285 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

AOS process, December 2011 > July 2012

EAD/AP Approval took 51 days from NOA1 date to email update. (77 days from filing until EAD/AP in hand)

AOS Approval took 206 days from NOA1 date to email update. (231 days from filing until greencard in hand)

From filing I-129F petition until greencard in hand: 655 days

Click timeline or "about me" for all details.

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SLCPLP, you will need to find out about this missing NOA2 at some point...

In the meantime, I'm curious if you were to call the DOS if they would have and LND number for you...

Ok - so I just got off the phone with USCIS to request a copy of my NOA2 for our interview only to be told that me might NOT be approved bc their system does not show it as being approved.....ummmmmmmm #######???!!!! We got our letter from Department of State on April 22 and my fiance' got his packet from the Embassy on April 26th! What do you mean we might not be approved????

Has this happened to anyone else?????


K1 Journey
11/2006...... met for the first time on a night out in London!
11/25/07..... I moved to the UK to be with him :-)
02/27/09..... he proposed!
08/30/10..... sent I-129F
09/02/10..... NOA1
01/27/11..... NOA2 (147 DAYS from NOA1)
03/22/11..... INTERVIEW! (201 DAYS from NOA1) - APPROVED! --> Read the review here!
03/25/11..... visa received!!!
06/09/11..... POE LAX!! --> Read the review here!

AOS Journey
07/22/11.... SSN received
08/27/11.... our wonderful wedding!!
09/23/11.... sent AOS package
09/25/11.... AOS package delivered in Chicago (7:33 p.m.)
10/10/11.... AP rejection letter, refiled 10/17
10/11/11.... NOA1 received via text & email (AOS + EAD only)
10/15/11.... hard copies of NOA1 for AOS + EAD received (dated 10/7)
10/17/11.... refiled AP
10/18/11.... successful biometrics walk-in, Santa Ana, CA (appt for 11/1)
10/20/11.... NOA1 for AP
12/12/11.... call in to USCIS. Told to call back after 12/26.
12/23/11.... I-765 approved

02/1/12...... Interview
02/02/12.... Approved!
02/10/12.... Hubby's GC in hand!

ROC Journey

12/09/13.... sent I-751 to CSC

12/10/13.... package delivered / NOA1

12/12/13.... cheque cashed

01/06/14.... biometrics

04/18/14.... approval letter dated (received 4/22)

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you say you called uscis, you should be calling department of state NVC,603-334-0700.they should tell you your case is complete and give you the case number, fo the interview.the noa-1 when first receive by the uscis...the notice of action,noa-2 1-797,date your application was adjudicated petition has been processed and final decision has been made, approved.

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Ok - so I just got off the phone with USCIS to request a copy of my NOA2 for our interview only to be told that me might NOT be approved bc their system does not show it as being approved.....ummmmmmmm #######???!!!! We got our letter from Department of State on April 22 and my fiance' got his packet from the Embassy on April 26th! What do you mean we might not be approved????

Has this happened to anyone else?????

Something really strange going on at the VSC...we got NOA2 I-797 approval and hard copy last month. Approved date was 4/27. Most of the time the NVC recieves within 7 days...they ask you give 15 days before calling, but 7 days is the norm. Well, ours is not there. I have called NVC, not much they can do as they do not have record...they are researching after i sent copy of I797 via email to NVCResearch@state.gov. The problem is USCIS will only say that the petition was approved and give me date. Well, hell, I know that...but where is it..NVC should have recieved...or course their textbook answer is it may take 90 days..####### 90 days, never heard of that!!! NVC says thats crazy. Some posts on here say USCIS is asking for petitions to be returned from NVC...due to issues...hope mine is not in that bunch. VSC was crankin out approval several weeks ago...maybe some rogue officers bypassing regulations..God I Hope Not!. The issue I have is USCIS will only say it's approved. When i asked them "well, has it been mailed", they will not answer...just "it could take 90 days". BTW the CS people are not at the VSC itself...it's outsourced, so they can only see what's in system..really Sucks!

Edited by Scott & Annie

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Ok - so I just got off the phone with USCIS to request a copy of my NOA2 for our interview only to be told that me might NOT be approved bc their system does not show it as being approved.....ummmmmmmm #######???!!!! We got our letter from Department of State on April 22 and my fiance' got his packet from the Embassy on April 26th! What do you mean we might not be approved????

Has this happened to anyone else?????

A friend of mine had the same case like you. She never got an approval notice from USCIS (NOA2), her case was routed to the NVC directly. She got packet 3 and had her interview, no problems. She got her visa some weeks ago and was on the plane to the US yesterday. So you are approved, even without getting a NOA2. The only problem is, for AOS you will need your NOA2. So better try to get one, I heard if you try to get it later, you have to pay some hundered $ for a copy of the NOA2.


K1:

03/03/11 filed for K1

03/08/11 NOA1

06/06/11 NOA2

07/06/11 pack 3

07/22/11 pack 4

08/04/11 interview

08/10/11 visa in mail

AOS:

11/19/11 POE @ Seattle
12/08/11 Wedding heart.gif
01/11/12 filed for AOS/EAD/AP
01/17/12 NOA 1 (hardcopy)
02/08/12 biometrics
03/21/12 EAD/AP combo-card received // applied for SSN
03/22/12 AOS interview - approved! (after 2 month 11 days)
03/26/12 received "Welcome to the United States"-letter and SSN
03/30/12 GC in hands!!!

ROC:

01/04/14 filed for ROC

01/07/14 NOA 1

02/03/14 biometrics

04/17/14 approved

04/23/14 GC in hands

Citizenship:

02/24/15 BBG approved (permit to retain German citizenship)

04/15/15 N-400 filed

04/21/15 check cashed

04/24/15 NOA1 (priority date 04/16)

05/11/15 biometrics (early walk-in 05/04/15)

05/14/15 in-line for interview

10/17/15 interview letter in mail

11/17/15 interview

11/20/15 oath ceremony

I'm a U.S. citizen!

12/04/15 U.S. passport

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I would check on-line with the USCIS site to see if your NOA2 is registered on the Web site. In our case, we had to have a copy of our NOA2 for the medical, and, the embassy interview. Also, we had to have it to file for our AOS. I would use every means possible to get a tangible copy of your NOA2. Throughout this process it is far better to be safe than sorry.

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Same thing happened to us - I got a letter from NVC saying they had received the approved petition, (now) husband got Packet 3 in the mail, etc, but no NOA2 ever showed up AND the online system for USCIS continued to say "initial review" or whatever.

I called USCIS at least 3 times (several times I was told that the petition had not been approved even though by the last time I called my husband was IN THE US on a K1!!), finally requested to be elevated to non-script reading person and it turned out that the problem was that the adjudicator had approved the petition but neglected to do whatever needs to be done in the computer system for it to register with USCIS as "approved." The person I spoke to on the phone said that ONLY the original adjudicator can do this, so she had to put in a request for that person to update the computer, and once that was done an NOA2 was automatically generated and mailed to me. You WILL need the NOA2 for adjustment of status, so be persistent!


K-1
09/09/09 - NOA1 :: 10/20/09 - NOA2 :: 01/11/10 - Interview :: 02/24/10 - POE :: 04/10/10 - Wedding

AOS
05/17/10 - NOA :: 06/08/10 - Transferred to CSC :: 07/02/10 - Biometrics :: 07/16/10 - EAD/AP Approved :: 10/26/10 - AOS Approved

ROC
08/16/12 - NOA :: 09/13/12 - Biometrics :: 04/12/13 - Approved :: 04/19/13 - GC received


Naturalization
08/22/13 - NOA :: 09/20/13 - Biometrics :: 01/30/14 - Interview - Approved :: 02/27/14 - Oath

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Thanks for all the replies EVERYONE!

Firstly, the entire question began when I got the letter from the Department of State and yet the USCIS online info still showed "intial review."

Ok so I did call the Department of State and they acknowledged that they do indeed have a file on us and everything has been forwarded to the US Embassy in London (which I knew bc my fiance' already has the packet). The lady I spoke to told me that they would NEVER have sent it on to the embassy if they didnt have an approval from USCIS. However, she was hesitant to guarantee that there wasnt a problem on their (USCIS) end.

I put in a service request with USCIS so we will see what that gets us.

Scott&Annie: I HOPE TO GOD that isnt the case with us either....however, the way things are going nothing would surprise me anymore.


C&S

January 2008 - met online

February 2008 - first phone call

July 25, 2008 - first in person meeting

November 10, 2008 - my first trip to England

April, 2009 - second trip here

July, 2009 - my second trip to England

November, 2009 - third trip here

November 30, 2009 - ENGAGED

April, 2010 - fourth trip here

October, 2010 - fifth trip here

October 30, 2010 - USCIS paperwork filed

November 12, 2010 - NOA1 received (dated 11/8/10)

November 19, 2010 - touched

March 8, 2011 - 6th trip here

April 15, 2011 - NOA2 approval ??????

April 29, 2011 - letter from DOS rec'd

May 3, 2011 - packet rec'd from US Embassy

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