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DCF filed in New Delhi, India (Success)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: India

Hello everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone who maintains this forum as it provided extremely valuable information to assist my U.S. Citizen husband with the Direct Consular Filing in New Delhi, India. I met my husband while working as an apartment manager in Bangalore, India. His company paid taxes after he worked in India for six months which allowed us to file for a DCF at the embassy in New Delhi, India. If we could go back in time, we would have changed the following:

Apply for a Police Clearance Certificate in Bangalore using the next appointment scheme (book immediately the next day)

My passport was issued in March 2011 so I was able to get my PCC from the Regional Passport Office in Bangalore. I originally booked an appointment at the PCC office in Bangalore for June 15th. However, sometime in April or May they allowed people to apply for appointments the next day (but you have to cancel your current appointment first if you have one). At first, we were scared to cancel our appointment as I booked my PCC appointment in April for June. But we decided to take a chance and we got through on the first attempt. I would recommend extremely fast high speed internet to attempt changing your appointment online for the next day.

Here is a brief summary of our journey so far. Please don't hesitate to ask us any questions as we are extremely grateful for all of the inputs on this board. We didn't want to post or register on here until after my point of entry. It was in Phoenix, AZ, but I didn't see a drop down for my city when I registered on this website. I hope my social security card comes in the mail soon followed by my green card.

September 19th, 2010 Friendship

October 20th, 2010 Dating

December 16th, 2010 My family approves of my husband

February 12th, 2011 Marriage in Patna

April 11th, 2011 I-130 DCF in New Delhi, requested case stay in New Delhi as my relatives are there (lady wanted to forward to Mumbai), could not file earlier as I didn't have proper address proof for the marriage certificate and also we registered under the special marriage act since he's from the U.S.

April 21st, 2011 Packet 3 mailed by the U.S. Embassy

April 28th, 2011 Packet 3 received (small typos in the address)

May 2nd, 2011 Turned in Packet 3 at the visa consulate section of the New Delhi embassy, no token needed as my husband escorted me

May 6th, 2011 Packet 4 received (mailman realized how to deal with typos)

May 16th, 2011 Medical, the appointment wasn't booked by the embassy, I needed to book the appointment herself

June 1st, 2011 Visa Interview, success, but need PCC to get visa

June 8th, 2011 Booked a PCC appointment at the RPO in Bangalore using Tatkal (booking only opens after 8am, good thing we have 20MB/s DSL…)

June 10th, 2011 PCC appointment at RPO in Bangalore

June 10th, 2011 Police Clearance Certificate granted

June 13th, 2011 Dropped off passport at VFS office

June 15th, 2011 Visa granted

June 20th, 2011 Point of Entry in Phoenix, AZ

July 1st, 2011 Welcome letter received.

Edited by Shikha and Howard


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Filed: Country: India

Thanks for posting this! I am about to start the same process, once I have all my preparations in order. We too will be going through the New Delhi embassy and I'm glad to have found a post so recent that is relevant to the specific process we will be going through.

January 2009 - K-1 Denied by the consulate

January 2011 - Moved to India - Yikes!

October 2011 - DCF filing rejected by overzealous employee at the embassy

December 2011 - Tourist visa denied (not surprising)

March 2012 - CR1/IR1 process started

May 1, 2012 - RFE and some of our information was entered into the computer wrong by the CSC

Read about all the shenanigans of my relationship at American Punjaban PI

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: India


Just the thread/people i am looking for!

I am trying to find out what my best options are, and it looks like DCF is my best option.

I am a us citizen, but have an OCI card as I was born in delhi. I have lived/worked in delhi for the last 3 years, paying taxes,rent etc.

I will be marrying my Indian citizen fiance in february in clacutta.

The only issue is, we want to have a second ceremony in the US in june, because a lot of my family won't be able to come to calcutta in feb. She currently has a 10 year multiple entry tourist visa, and has been to the US 6 times on tourist visas and temporary work visas (performer). If we apply through DCF in feb after our wedding in india, will she be able to enter the US in june? Looking at your timeline it will almost be exactly the same. We are set to be married in Calcutta on feb 9th, and US wedding mid june.

Will the tourist visa still be valid since we are planning on going only for a month or so for a ceremony and visiting family. We plan to continue living in delhi (we have lived together here for last two years) for maybe another two years. After that we may move to the US for work/education/whatever but until then we will take trips to the US for visiting my family once a year or so.

I was wondering what my options are in terms of getting her a permanent visa for the US. India is not a problem since I can stay as long as I want.

Someone else told me that it would be better to go to the US and register there as a married couple as it is easier to apply for these things once you are legally in the country.

Thanks for the help.

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Hi Shikha and Howard,

Congratulations on your speedy success!!!!

We filed for DCF for my wife in Delhi on July 17th. Due to some missed signatures we had to go back on 20th and we saw a big "APPROVED" stamp on our application. We were happy and were told we would hear back soon(she wouldn't say any timeframe).

Now its already almost 2 months and we have not heard back anything. I dont even have a number to contact anyone at Delhi CIS or Immigration.

Do you guys have any suggestions?


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