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Dear Forumers,

Here is the situation. I (british citizen) had my final interview at the US Embassy in London on Thursday, June 9. At that interview, I was told I had been APPROVED for the visa; they took my passport and told me they would courier the passport and visa back to me within 10 business days. I waited 10 business days. I on the tenth business day (Thursday 23 June) I called the consulate. I was informed the application has been put into Additional Administrative Processing (221g). Apparently it was suspended on June 10 (the day after they told us it was approved) and no one had notified me at all. I was not given a 221g sheet or batch number at the interview as I was approved, you as you can imagine, this was something of a shock to find I was issued a 221g. The Embassy still has my passport.

Background about me, white british male, work for a US bank, have had one J1 visa and two H1-B visas. Have lived in the US for a total of 5.5 yrs. Currently living in London.

Has anyone else been in this situation? If so, how long was it before you received your visa?

Many thanks for any help or advice in advance.

Best wishes.

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They don't know you're going to be in AP. People are told they are approved, then something comes up causing the AP. Treehugger was a white british female who used to post in the 2010 United Kingdom Interview thread. That AP lasted 8 or 9 months I think. Most of the non-UK born APs I've known were 4-8 weeks.

There's a whole thread on tracking AP that's been going since 2008. It ought to give you lot's of answers to how long it took various people. But it won't answer why you're there, and how long yours will take.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/145739-ap-tracker/

Also go up to Advance Search on the right below the search box. Leave the "Find words" blank and put treehugger in the "Find author". Then scroll down and tick the place for Display results as "posts." That should give you treehuggers posts.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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They don't know you're going to be in AP. People are told they are approved, then something comes up causing the AP. Treehugger was a white british female who used to post in the 2010 United Kingdom Interview thread. That AP lasted 8 or 9 months I think. Most of the non-UK born APs I've known were 4-8 weeks.

There's a whole thread on tracking AP that's been going since 2008. It ought to give you lot's of answers to how long it took various people. But it won't answer why you're there, and how long yours will take.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/145739-ap-tracker/

Also go up to Advance Search on the right below the search box. Leave the "Find words" blank and put treehugger in the "Find author". Then scroll down and tick the place for Display results as "posts." That should give you treehuggers posts.

Thanks Nich-Nick. Wow, Treehugger's story is heartbreaking.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: France
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Dear Forumers,

Here is the situation. I (british citizen) had my final interview at the US Embassy in London on Thursday, June 9. At that interview, I was told I had been APPROVED for the visa; they took my passport and told me they would courier the passport and visa back to me within 10 business days. I waited 10 business days. I on the tenth business day (Thursday 23 June) I c

alled the consulate. I was informed the application has been put into Additional Administrative Processing (221g). Apparently it was suspended on June 10 (the day after they told us it was approved) and no one had notified me at all. I was not given a 221g sheet or batch number at the interview as I was approved, you as you can imagine, this was something of a shock to find I was issued a 221g. The Embassy still has my passport.

Background about me, white british male, work for a US bank, have had one J1 visa and two H1-B visas. Have lived in the US for a total of 5.5 yrs. Currently living in London.

Has anyone else been in this situation? If so, how long was it before you received your visa?

Many thanks for any help or advice in advance.

Best wishes.

Hi there,

I think this link may help you : http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/221g

Good luck and keep the faith good.gif


09/2009 - Met in Paris, France at work
04-23-2010 Marriage in Madison, Alabama
USCIS
07-19-2010 Filed I-130 - CR1 & CR2 (my daughter)
07-20-2010 Priority date
07-27-2010 NOA1 (California Service Centre)
11-03-2010 Transfer to Texas Service Centre
02-23-2011 NOA2 for my case
03-09-2011 NOA2 for daughter's case
NVC
03-04-2011 Case #
03-17-2011 Daughter's case#
04-21-2011 AOS & Support docs delivered to NVC
04-22-2011 NVC receive
(RFEs : Jan 27, Feb 8, May 4 & 5, all of them nonsense based, our birth certificates are multi-lingual, but they only see it when I call them after receiving the RFE)

05-23-2011 Checklists delivered to NVC (desperately waiting for CC)
06-06-2011 SIF
06-08-2011 CC (both mine & daughter's) + RFE - checklist to bring to interview
06-28-2011 Medical exam - Passed
07-19-2011 Interview in Paris - Passed
07-26-2011 Visa in hand
08/05/2011 POE Atlanta

08/22/2011 SSN Card in hand
08/23/2011 GC in hand Yipeeeeeeeeeeee

Removal of Conditions

07/20/2013 Petitions sent

07/23/2013 NOA

07/29/2013 NOA received

08/03/2013 Biometrics appointment letter received, scheduled 08/20/2013 in Birmingham AL

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Today, I FINALLY RECEIVED MY VISA!!!!!

On Thursday, I got an email from the Embassy telling me that my application had been approved and that my visa would be issued last Friday. And this morning, at 7.57am, I got the package from DX and the visa in my passport. It was literally a sight for sore eyes.

Thanks so much for all of you who sent kind thoughts and support throughout this process, it is much appreciated. It has been 3.5 months since my visa interview but now I have it, I appreciate that it could have been so much longer.

Some advice for those who have their interviews in October or in the future:

1. DON'T DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE THE VISA IN YOUR HAND.

2. If the CO says that you have been "approved", don't book tickets or make any drastic plans until you have the visa in your hand.

3. If you happen to be put in additional administrative processing, in my experience, there is no evidence that calling the Department of state, getting congressional members to enquire or writing to the Embassy speeds things up. There will be no reason given and no recourse to expedite the process. The cold hard truth is that you just have to WAIT, and WAIT, and WAIT.

4. DON'T DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR VISA IN YOUR HAND.

5. DON'T DO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE YOUR VISA IN YOUR HAND!!!

It is of course worth the wait.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Russia
Timeline

Congratulations! can`t imagine what they are working on...or pretend...first at uscis,then nvc,then at the consulate before interview and ,like in ur case,at the consulate,but after the interview...com`n,was it hard to get it done right way to begin with?anyways,you are almost done,good luck at POE!once again ,congrats!!!


03/25/2005- got married

USCIS

03/25/2011- I-130 sent in

03/26/2011- NOA-1

09/20/2011- Service Request

09/28/2011- Service Request Reply(extensive background check,allow 6 months...blah-blah..)

10/07/2011- RFE(4 pages)

11/15/2011- RFE reply sent back to USCIS

12/05/2011- reply for RFE showed up in the system (took them 20 days to locate and input in the system...lucky us...)

01/11/2012- NOA2(urrrrraaaaa!!!!)

NVC

01/23/2012-case received(took 12 days...waiting for the case #)

01/27/2012-case # received(but wrong Embassy assigned...has to change)

02/01/2012-invoices are e-mailed to both of us by NVC

02/07/2012-invoices are paid(had to wait due to the wrong assignment of the embassy )

02/14/2012-both packgs are sent in

02/29/2012-checklist for a missing copy of passport(not missing in reality,but either wait 20 days for a review or send it in again,so we sent it in...)

03/09/2012-case complete( could have taken less ,but well..who cares it is complete now!!!)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Congratulations. kicking.gif


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

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