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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Israel
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Having read way to many visa journey posts, I am naturally terrified about being put into "administrative processing," where people apparently float for months or years. But I'm a little confused about the term. Isn't the whole visa process a series of administrative processes? When people are using it to refer to that scary place, do they just mean they are in abnormally long AP? Is it ever normal to be in administrative processing?

We are 17 days post-interview and the consulate said to my fiance yesterday that they are printing the visa now, it's in administrative processing, and it might still be a few days before he gets it. (But they've been saying " a few day" every time we talk to them.) I just wonder if he means normal administrative processing, or whether we're in some special pile and we need to be on guard. We were told everything was good with our case at the interview.


09/02/10 Mailed I-129F

09/07/10 NOA1

03/17/11 NOA2 approved

06/06/11 Interview. Visa approved. Told we'll get visa in 7-10 days. Lies.

07/12/11 Visa in hand

07/15/11 Arrival in the U.S.

07/21/11 Marriage

07/28/11 Mailed I-485

08/03/11 NOA for I-485

08/29/11 Biometrics

10/17/11 Greencard interview. Approved.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Having read way to many visa journey posts, I am naturally terrified about being put into "administrative processing," where people apparently float for months or years. But I'm a little confused about the term. Isn't the whole visa process a series of administrative processes? When people are using it to refer to that scary place, do they just mean they are in abnormally long AP? Is it ever normal to be in administrative processing?

We are 17 days post-interview and the consulate said to my fiance yesterday that they are printing the visa now, it's in administrative processing, and it might still be a few days before he gets it. (But they've been saying " a few day" every time we talk to them.) I just wonder if he means normal administrative processing, or whether we're in some special pile and we need to be on guard. We were told everything was good with our case at the interview.

FWIW, I was in "additional processing" for 9 days at NVC after they received my case. Not sure what that meant, but I'm guessing its a term that covers everything they're doing that they either can't tell us or can't explain clearly.

I know how you feel. I've had several scary moments at VSC, NVC, and DOS.

Hope you'll hear something soon!! :)


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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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As far as I know anybody can be put in AP after the interview, somebody correct me if I am wrong. If you are interviewing in a MENA country it is almost a given you will be put in AP after the interview. I just looked at wikipedia and it is listing Israel as a MENA country, I did not know it was. I am not sure which countries the US lists as MENA countries. Does the beneficiary have a common first and last name? Good luck and I hope this goes quick for you both.


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11-04-2011 sent AOS to Chicago lockbox

11-07-2011 delivered

11-08-2011 Date on text messages but did not receive until 11-22-2011

11-23-2011 Check cashed.

11-25-2011 Hard copies of NOA1s

12-06-2012 Pui's Brother unexpectly passes away and we make an info pass appointment and receive an emergancy AP so she can return home. Pui leaves for Thailand for 2 weeks.

12-06-2012 Get a text message and email that she received an RFE

12-12-2012 RFE for original birth certificate. I swear we sent it along with a certificate translation of it.

12-20-2012 Pui returns from Thailand.

12-21-2012 We send the RFE back for with original birth certificate along with a new certificate of translation(I had to wait for her to return for her to sign)

12-26-2012 text and email they have received the RFE.

12-29-2012 Appointment for biometrics is 01-23-2012

01-13-2012 AP is approved.

01-23-2012 Biometrics appointment. Later during the evening the text and email saying the EAD is approved.

01-31-2012 EAD/AP combo card arrives.

05-22-2012 Email and text card is in production!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Israel
Timeline

As far as I know anybody can be put in AP after the interview, somebody correct me if I am wrong. If you are interviewing in a MENA country it is almost a given you will be put in AP after the interview. I just looked at wikipedia and it is listing Israel as a MENA country, I did not know it was. I am not sure which countries the US lists as MENA countries. Does the beneficiary have a common first and last name? Good luck and I hope this goes quick for you both.

Looking at Israeli timelines, it does seem that it often takes people a few weeks to get their visas after the interview - dunno whether this is due to MENA status or not - my impression is that Israel is not considered a MENA country by visa standards, and that this consulate is just very slow with handling things in general. His name is very standard Israeli. Our interview was extraordinarily straightforward, and the interviewer said at the end we should get the visa within 7 to 10 days.

I think I'm not really getting my question across. Maybe it doesn't matter. But I was just wondering whether the words "administrative processing" always mean that we have been singled out, or put in a different pile than normal. Or whether we are just undergoing the exact same process as everyone else after the interview and that process happens to be take a few weeks on average. Obviously, I prefer the latter; I was just wondering if, because the officer used the words "administrative processing" it rules out the possibility that we're still in the "normal" pile.


09/02/10 Mailed I-129F

09/07/10 NOA1

03/17/11 NOA2 approved

06/06/11 Interview. Visa approved. Told we'll get visa in 7-10 days. Lies.

07/12/11 Visa in hand

07/15/11 Arrival in the U.S.

07/21/11 Marriage

07/28/11 Mailed I-485

08/03/11 NOA for I-485

08/29/11 Biometrics

10/17/11 Greencard interview. Approved.

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I understand what you mean about your question. I do not have an answer to it. Hopefully your timeline will follow the rest of the Israeli timelines and you will have the visa in a few weeks. Good luck.


AOS Journey

11-04-2011 sent AOS to Chicago lockbox

11-07-2011 delivered

11-08-2011 Date on text messages but did not receive until 11-22-2011

11-23-2011 Check cashed.

11-25-2011 Hard copies of NOA1s

12-06-2012 Pui's Brother unexpectly passes away and we make an info pass appointment and receive an emergancy AP so she can return home. Pui leaves for Thailand for 2 weeks.

12-06-2012 Get a text message and email that she received an RFE

12-12-2012 RFE for original birth certificate. I swear we sent it along with a certificate translation of it.

12-20-2012 Pui returns from Thailand.

12-21-2012 We send the RFE back for with original birth certificate along with a new certificate of translation(I had to wait for her to return for her to sign)

12-26-2012 text and email they have received the RFE.

12-29-2012 Appointment for biometrics is 01-23-2012

01-13-2012 AP is approved.

01-23-2012 Biometrics appointment. Later during the evening the text and email saying the EAD is approved.

01-31-2012 EAD/AP combo card arrives.

05-22-2012 Email and text card is in production!

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