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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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Hi all .... we're waiting for our Interview date to be set, calling DOS every day and checking. Its getting a little frustrating and we know it will be any day now ... in addition to preparing for the interview, we need to plan some logistics for me to be there etc... so we're anxious (as is everyone :-) ...

Question for all your GUZ knowledgeable folks ... what are the factors in determining the interview date? We are looking at others that are around the same time as us, comparing P3 sent dates, among other things and there doesn't seem to be a clear algorithm for setting the date. We used the P3 shortcut, and in fact our P3 arrived before they actually had sent our P3 to us (we knew this through the EMS tracking) ... the status for us is, "paperwork accepted, waiting for interview date" ...

Any thoughts on what are the factors for picking the date?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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P-3 - P-4 typically is 1 month with interview scheduled 3-4 weeks after P-4 is sent out.

I would highly recommend visiting and joining: http://candleforlove.com

Study the P-3 - interview as well as the interview results forum:

Moving to China forum...


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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P-3 - P-4 typically is 1 month with interview scheduled 3-4 weeks after P-4 is sent out.

I would highly recommend visiting and joining: http://candleforlove.com

Study the P-3 - interview as well as the interview results forum:

Moving to China forum...

Thanks Dan ... yes I'm a member of CFL and read that site all the time as well ... what I am looking for is any specific information people have with regards to how the scheduling process works.

I've heard you say that interviews are batch processed every week or so ... im looking for other anecdotal evidence of how the process works. Here are some questions to give you an idea of what I am thinking:

1) Do they assign the VO based on the specifics of the K-1 case? If so, that might influence the date based on the VO availability.

2) Do they give priority to applicants based on the NOA1 to NOA2 processing time?

3) Is the P3 sent date the only factor in triggering the next step in the process?


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Hi all .... we're waiting for our Interview date to be set, calling DOS every day and checking. Its getting a little frustrating and we know it will be any day now ... in addition to preparing for the interview, we need to plan some logistics for me to be there etc... so we're anxious (as is everyone :-) ...

Question for all your GUZ knowledgeable folks ... what are the factors in determining the interview date? We are looking at others that are around the same time as us, comparing P3 sent dates, among other things and there doesn't seem to be a clear algorithm for setting the date. We used the P3 shortcut, and in fact our P3 arrived before they actually had sent our P3 to us (we knew this through the EMS tracking) ... the status for us is, "paperwork accepted, waiting for interview date" ...

Any thoughts on what are the factors for picking the date?

James, like you, I tried to get a handle on the various dates, especially the interview date, because I plan on being in Guangzhou for my fiancee's interview too :)

Looking at the recent 19 VJ timelines, the average "P3 to Guangzhou interview date" is 45 days, the minimum is 28 days, and maximum is 64 days. So we are looking at anywhere from 1 to 2 months from P3.

You're 25 days ahead of me in returning P3 to Guangzhou, so I would expect you to get your interview date 3 weeks before I get mine. I'm cheering for you to get yours soon so that I'll get my turn :D

I sincerely hope that all you who are in front of me get your P4 and interview dates very soon!! :)


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2014-05-17 (Sat) Card Received! Text and email: "The USPS reported that your new card was delivered on May 17, 2014"

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "USPS picked up mail from USCIS" text and email

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "card mailed" text and email

2014-05-14 (Wed) Received "card production" text and email

2014-05-12 (Mon) Received approval letter

2014-05-08 (Thurs) Date of Decision - Approved!

2013-11-29 (Fri) Early Biometrics done on Black Friday

2013-11-18 (Mon) Received Biometrics Appointment letter for 12/04/13

2013-11-09 (Sat) NOA1 Hardcopy

2013-11-08 (Fri) Check cashed

2013-11-06 (Wed) NOA1 Receipt Date

2013-11-04 (Mon) Mailed ROC Package

AOS

2012-02-11 (Sat) Green Card arrived!!

2012-02-09 (Thurs) Received Permanent Resident Welcome Letter

2012-02-07 (Tues) 12:45am I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 6:45pm I-485 Decision (registered PR status)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 3:00pm I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2011-12-08 (Thurs) Received EAD/AP combo card

2011-11-30 (Wed) Email/text: I-131(AP) approved. I-765(EAD) card production.

2011-10-25 (Tues) Completed biometrics

2011-10-21 (Fri) I-485 case transferred

2011-10-10 (Tues) Two NOA's: I-485 and I-765 payment receipts. Notice date 10/03/11

2011-10-08 (Sat) Biometrics Appointment letter for 10/25/11

2011-10-04 (Tues) Check cashed.

2011-10-03 (Mon) NOA's for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-30 (Fri) USCIS web status shows receipt for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-29 (Thurs) USPS delivery confirmation

2011-09-27 (Tues) Mailed AOS package

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2011-07-25 (Mon) Visa in hand!!

2011-07-19 (Tue) Interview at 7:30am - Approved!!

2011-07-18 (Mon) Document in-take at 12:30pm

2011-05-19 (Thu) NOA2 (160 days from NOA1)

2010-12-15 (Wed) NOA1 hard copy received

2010-12-09 (Thu) I-129F package arrived USCIS PO Box in Dallas

2010-12-07 (Tue) Mailed I-129F package

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Thanks Dan ... yes I'm a member of CFL and read that site all the time as well ... what I am looking for is any specific information people have with regards to how the scheduling process works.

I've heard you say that interviews are batch processed every week or so ... im looking for other anecdotal evidence of how the process works. Here are some questions to give you an idea of what I am thinking:

1) Do they assign the VO based on the specifics of the K-1 case? If so, that might influence the date based on the VO availability.

2) Do they give priority to applicants based on the NOA1 to NOA2 processing time?

3) Is the P3 sent date the only factor in triggering the next step in the process?

My personal theory is that they give priority for interview scheduling based upon the GUZ case#. I say this because when my wife interviewed for her visa she had met 7-8 other women online (on the 001 board) who were scheduled to interview on the same day that she was. We met up with several of these ladies in GUZ for dinner the night before their interviews and in discussing all of the cases the girls quickly found out that they had GUZ case numbers which were all within a pretty specific numeric range.

Also as you may have already heard that the ladies are called up to the interview windows out of order from the numbers they were given when entering the consulate earlier seemingly without much rhyme or reason. However my wife and the other 7-8 women who she had met quickly determined that they were being called up to the interview windows based upon their GUZ case # - the person with the lowest GUZ case# was called first, followed by the next lowest case# and so on. So I really don't think that the interviews are assigned to a particular VO based upon the specifics of the case but simply by case#. That is my theory anyway based upon the feedback received from my wife and the 7-8 other ladies we spoke with who interviewed with her. That was 2 years ago though, so things could have changed since then.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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I had a post in to the admin over at Candle about broken links for the FAQ pages, in particular the interview questions.

http://candleforlove.com/FAQ/CFL_FAQ_LIST_FINAL1.htm

That was fixed.


OUR TIME LINE Please do a timeline it helps us all, thanks.

Is now a US Citizen immigration completed Jan 12, 2012.

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Look here: A Candle for Love and China Family Visa Forums for Chinese/American relationship,

Visa issues, and lots of info about the Guangzhou and Hong Kong consulate.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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My personal theory is that they give priority for interview scheduling based upon the GUZ case#. I say this because when my wife interviewed for her visa she had met 7-8 other women online (on the 001 board) who were scheduled to interview on the same day that she was. We met up with several of these ladies in GUZ for dinner the night before their interviews and in discussing all of the cases the girls quickly found out that they had GUZ case numbers which were all within a pretty specific numeric range.

Also as you may have already heard that the ladies are called up to the interview windows out of order from the numbers they were given when entering the consulate earlier seemingly without much rhyme or reason. However my wife and the other 7-8 women who she had met quickly determined that they were being called up to the interview windows based upon their GUZ case # - the person with the lowest GUZ case# was called first, followed by the next lowest case# and so on. So I really don't think that the interviews are assigned to a particular VO based upon the specifics of the case but simply by case#. That is my theory anyway based upon the feedback received from my wife and the 7-8 other ladies we spoke with who interviewed with her. That was 2 years ago though, so things could have changed since then.

Thanks Eric - This is the kind of feedback I was looking for ... it's more curiosity than anything else, but the process is hard to figure out... talking to others at the interview seems like a great way to learn what's in common or not ... thanks for this! I guess the next question is, How are the GUZ case numbers assigned? :-)

I had a post in to the admin over at Candle about broken links for the FAQ pages, in particular the interview questions.

http://candleforlove...LIST_FINAL1.htm

That was fixed.

Thanks Dan ... The list looks great! ... But when I click the link I get:

[#10343] We could not determine which topic you were attempting to view.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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IMO, there are 2 to 3 scheduling cycles each month at GUZ IV.

So, if yer P3 is in a 'current batch', it's going to be lobbed into the 'current queue' for scheduling,

Then Scheduling Occurs

then it's anywhere from 3 weeks to 5 weeks for the actual interview date.


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Thanks Eric - This is the kind of feedback I was looking for ... it's more curiosity than anything else, but the process is hard to figure out... talking to others at the interview seems like a great way to learn what's in common or not ... thanks for this! I guess the next question is, How are the GUZ case numbers assigned? :-)

If I am not mistaken the GUZ case number is based upon the expiration date of the petition which in turn would be based upon the NOA2 petition approval date. I just looked up my wife's old GUZ case number and it looks like it is comprised of the year, month and day of the petition expiration then followed by a number which I assume is the XXXth Guangzhou petition which expires that day. So for example, if a petition expired today the GUZ case number would be GUZ2011613XXX. Someone please correct me if I am wrong put looking at my wife's GUZ# that is sure what it looks like to me - her's was definitely comprised of her petition's expiration date but again, that could be something that has changed over the past 2 years.

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IMO, there are 2 to 3 scheduling cycles each month at GUZ IV.

So, if yer P3 is in a 'current batch', it's going to be lobbed into the 'current queue' for scheduling,

Then Scheduling Occurs

then it's anywhere from 3 weeks to 5 weeks for the actual interview date.

We were only given 2 weeks notice before the interview but we DCF'd. I think DCF might be scheduled seperate than the petitions coming from the US and just fit in.

I agree there appears to be batches. I sent online messages to GUZ (and USCIS Beijing) - mysteriously action always seemed to occur right after my message like they actually had to go find my paperwork and decided to do something :-)

Sending a polite note to GUZ here

seems to speed things along.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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ya, sorry, DCF scheduling queue is nothing like the K-1 visa scheduling queue.

In fact, it's a different queue altogether.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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I guess the next question is, How are the GUZ case numbers assigned? :-)

For K-1 visas the NVC assigns the number as follows:

GUZ + Current Year + (the sequential day of the year that NVC received the file + 500) + a 3 digit sequential number for that day for GUZ

Thus if NVC received your file on April 24th ( the 114th day of the year) and yours was the 47th file for GUZ that day your Case number would be GUZ + 2011 + 614 + 047 = GUZ2011614047


November 2, 2010 - Sent form I-129F to the Dallas Lockbox.

November 12, 2010 - Received NOA1 from VSC.

November 23, 2010 - touched

May 12, 2011 - NOA2

May 19, 2011 - NVC received

June 1, 2011 - NVC file scanned and uploaded to Guangzhou

June 13, 2011 - P3 sent from GUZ

June 23, 2011 - P3 forms sent to GUZ (Did not receive the packet from GUZ yet)

June 28, 2011 - P3 received by GUZ

July 4, 2011 - P4 documents received

July 23,2011 - Medical

July 26,2011 - Document turn in

July 27,2011 - Interview - Approved !!

August 2, 2011 - Visa Issued

August 6, 2011 - Visa in Hand!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China
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For K-1 visas the NVC assigns the number as follows:

GUZ + Current Year + (the sequential day of the year that NVC received the file + 500) + a 3 digit sequential number for that day for GUZ

Thus if NVC received your file on April 24th ( the 114th day of the year) and yours was the 47th file for GUZ that day your Case number would be GUZ + 2011 + 614 + 047 = GUZ2011614047

Thanks Red, good info!

And we just got our interview date today! yipee!


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For K-1 visas the NVC assigns the number as follows:

GUZ + Current Year + (the sequential day of the year that NVC received the file + 500) + a 3 digit sequential number for that day for GUZ

Thus if NVC received your file on April 24th ( the 114th day of the year) and yours was the 47th file for GUZ that day your Case number would be GUZ + 2011 + 614 + 047 = GUZ2011614047

Vince, that's the most logical and best answer I've seen so far :D I can actually understand it and it makes sense :D Thank you!! :)


ROC

2014-05-17 (Sat) Card Received! Text and email: "The USPS reported that your new card was delivered on May 17, 2014"

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "USPS picked up mail from USCIS" text and email

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "card mailed" text and email

2014-05-14 (Wed) Received "card production" text and email

2014-05-12 (Mon) Received approval letter

2014-05-08 (Thurs) Date of Decision - Approved!

2013-11-29 (Fri) Early Biometrics done on Black Friday

2013-11-18 (Mon) Received Biometrics Appointment letter for 12/04/13

2013-11-09 (Sat) NOA1 Hardcopy

2013-11-08 (Fri) Check cashed

2013-11-06 (Wed) NOA1 Receipt Date

2013-11-04 (Mon) Mailed ROC Package

AOS

2012-02-11 (Sat) Green Card arrived!!

2012-02-09 (Thurs) Received Permanent Resident Welcome Letter

2012-02-07 (Tues) 12:45am I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 6:45pm I-485 Decision (registered PR status)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 3:00pm I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2011-12-08 (Thurs) Received EAD/AP combo card

2011-11-30 (Wed) Email/text: I-131(AP) approved. I-765(EAD) card production.

2011-10-25 (Tues) Completed biometrics

2011-10-21 (Fri) I-485 case transferred

2011-10-10 (Tues) Two NOA's: I-485 and I-765 payment receipts. Notice date 10/03/11

2011-10-08 (Sat) Biometrics Appointment letter for 10/25/11

2011-10-04 (Tues) Check cashed.

2011-10-03 (Mon) NOA's for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-30 (Fri) USCIS web status shows receipt for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-29 (Thurs) USPS delivery confirmation

2011-09-27 (Tues) Mailed AOS package

k-1

2011-07-25 (Mon) Visa in hand!!

2011-07-19 (Tue) Interview at 7:30am - Approved!!

2011-07-18 (Mon) Document in-take at 12:30pm

2011-05-19 (Thu) NOA2 (160 days from NOA1)

2010-12-15 (Wed) NOA1 hard copy received

2010-12-09 (Thu) I-129F package arrived USCIS PO Box in Dallas

2010-12-07 (Tue) Mailed I-129F package

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Thanks Red, good info!

And we just got our interview date today! yipee!

James, congratulations on getting your interview date! We're cheering for you and hoping ours won't be far behind :)


ROC

2014-05-17 (Sat) Card Received! Text and email: "The USPS reported that your new card was delivered on May 17, 2014"

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "USPS picked up mail from USCIS" text and email

2014-05-15 (Thurs) Received "card mailed" text and email

2014-05-14 (Wed) Received "card production" text and email

2014-05-12 (Mon) Received approval letter

2014-05-08 (Thurs) Date of Decision - Approved!

2013-11-29 (Fri) Early Biometrics done on Black Friday

2013-11-18 (Mon) Received Biometrics Appointment letter for 12/04/13

2013-11-09 (Sat) NOA1 Hardcopy

2013-11-08 (Fri) Check cashed

2013-11-06 (Wed) NOA1 Receipt Date

2013-11-04 (Mon) Mailed ROC Package

AOS

2012-02-11 (Sat) Green Card arrived!!

2012-02-09 (Thurs) Received Permanent Resident Welcome Letter

2012-02-07 (Tues) 12:45am I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 6:45pm I-485 Decision (registered PR status)

2012-02-06 (Mon) 3:00pm I-485 Card Production (ordered production)

2011-12-08 (Thurs) Received EAD/AP combo card

2011-11-30 (Wed) Email/text: I-131(AP) approved. I-765(EAD) card production.

2011-10-25 (Tues) Completed biometrics

2011-10-21 (Fri) I-485 case transferred

2011-10-10 (Tues) Two NOA's: I-485 and I-765 payment receipts. Notice date 10/03/11

2011-10-08 (Sat) Biometrics Appointment letter for 10/25/11

2011-10-04 (Tues) Check cashed.

2011-10-03 (Mon) NOA's for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-30 (Fri) USCIS web status shows receipt for I-485, I-131, and I-765

2011-09-29 (Thurs) USPS delivery confirmation

2011-09-27 (Tues) Mailed AOS package

k-1

2011-07-25 (Mon) Visa in hand!!

2011-07-19 (Tue) Interview at 7:30am - Approved!!

2011-07-18 (Mon) Document in-take at 12:30pm

2011-05-19 (Thu) NOA2 (160 days from NOA1)

2010-12-15 (Wed) NOA1 hard copy received

2010-12-09 (Thu) I-129F package arrived USCIS PO Box in Dallas

2010-12-07 (Tue) Mailed I-129F package

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