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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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So the NVC sent my I-129F fiance visa paperwork to the US Embassy in Ghana on June 8th, 2011. I called embassy in Washington yesterday (7/5/11), and they informed me that package 3 was mailed out to my fiance two weeks ago and he should wait another week. If he does not get it in another week then he should contact the Embassy abroad to send him another. I'm like #######, the embassy abroad does not take phone calls! That's what they told me, and their emails are always automated, there is not human response. They also say he will not be let in the Embassy unless he has an appointment. So what the hell are we supposed to do now?!?! Because on top of that I also hear that it will take 6 months for him to get his interview! :angry::crying: I have no clue where to go from here. I have sent him a copy of the paperwork and let him know he may have to go to the embassy and let them know he has an appointment so he can get in and pick up a package. Does anyone have any other ideas of what we can do at this moment because I'm at a loss. PLEASE HELP! how can he get his package 3 & 4, and will it really take 6 months to get an interview from the us embassy in Ghana???

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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I wish I had the answers you were looking for.I have no idea.I am getting ready to file the same paperwork next year so I am keen to know about the process.I will ask some people and see if anyone knows the answer to this.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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I know it is frustrating. You can't call the embassy, but you can email. You can ask them to email you the appointment letter as well as your fiance, that way you will get it and you can inform your fiance when to pick up the packet. That is what we did and it worked well. My fiance never received a letter from them at all--it never reached him, but I emailed him what they sent me, and then he had no trouble picking up the packet. Just make sure to include your case number in your email (also the embassy has two addresses, one for immigrant visas, one for nonimmigrant, but I believe that I send all my k-1 correspondence to the immigrant visa address, even though k-1 is technically nonimmigrant).

I know it is REALLY frustrating waiting a long time for an interview (although you never know, they may be better now) but just hang in there. At least you will have a date to prepare for! It just gives you more time to prepare your evidence, send him paperwork and copies, and for your fiance to get the medical and police certificate (although he should wait until closer to the interview to do those). And lots of people on VJ will be suffering through the same thing you are. Good luck!

Jen and Babs


Psalm 20:5

1/01/2007 - First date

2/04/2010 - I-129F sent

2/08/2010 - NOA1

3/30/2010 - NOA2 Approved!!

4/07/2010 - NVC received

5/12/2010 - Packet picked up/interview date assigned

10/25/2010 - Finally back in Ghana to visit!

11/01/2010 - Interview--mostly positive, but consular officer requires cosponsor

11/24/2010 - 3rd appt.--Finally have all documents in. Result-Administrative Processing! Consulate says they will contact my fiance

05/18/2011 - Admin processing complete! Babs is asked to appear at the embassy on the 25th.

05/25/2011 - En route to the embassy, Babs is robbed on the roadside. His passport and other papers are all stolen. After filling out a police report, he arrives at the embassy a little late, and they allow him in to speak to the CO, even though he has no valid ID. Thank God! The CO gives him another appointment on June 15th, to bring a new passport and also an updated police certificate.

06/14/2011 - New passport (expedited) ready.

06/15/2011 - The CO finds a missing stamp on the new passport. Sends Babs back to the passport office and tells him to return in the afternoon. All is taken care of. VISA APPROVED!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!

06/24/2011 - Visa pick up date--told to return on the 30th.

06/30/2011 - Babs returns but doesn't get the visa. Back in AP!

10/05/2011 - Embassy brings Babs back with updated medical. Approved!! CO sets pick-up for only 2 days away, so as not to delay him any longer.

10/07/2011 - VISA IN HAND!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Welcome to VJ......Please calm down and practice patience because this journey is not easy and has been especially long for my brothers and sisters going through Ghana....I am not sure about how and when he can get pkt 3 and 4 out of Ghana but I do know that Ghana is backed up and it has taken some more than a year to get an interview date...So find a hobby I painted my house while I wait for my husband to join me....Good luck on your journey..... :thumbs:

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November 5, 2010 Interview 7am APPROVED!!!!!! (6months 4weeks 1day) THANK YOU LORD!!!!!

(look at my about me page in my profile if you want to see my entire k1 journey)

AOS Journey:

Feb.4, 2011 Mailed AOS packet

Feb. 7, 2011 Pkt delivered in Chicago

Feb. 10, 2011 Received txt and email of NOA for AOS, EAD, and AP

Feb. 11, 2011 Check cashed for AOS

Feb. 12, 2011 Touched

Feb. 14, 2011 received hard copy of NOA for AOS, EAD& AP

Feb. 18, 2011 received appt letter for biometrics

Feb. 28, 2011 biometrics appt @10am

Feb. 28, 2011 received txt/email AOS case transferred to csc

Mar 1, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 3, 2011 received hard copy of AOS transfer to csc

Mar 4, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 28, 2011 Received txt/email saying card production has been ordered. (1month 3eeks 3days)

Mar 28, 2011 Received 2nd txt/email saying we have registered this customer permanent residence status

Mar 29, 2011 Received 3rd txt/email says card production has been ordered.

April 1, 2011 greencard and welcome letter in hand!!

April 5, 2011 received txt/email EAD card production ordered

Will Start Removing Conditions Dec 2012!!!!

Dec. 26, 2012 mailed ROC paperwork

Dec. 28, 2012 NOA for ROC paperwork

Jan. 7, 2013 received bio appt letter

Jan. 24, 2013 bio appt.

June 22, 2013 10yr green card received

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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I know it is frustrating. You can't call the embassy, but you can email. You can ask them to email you the appointment letter as well as your fiance, that way you will get it and you can inform your fiance when to pick up the packet. That is what we did and it worked well. My fiance never received a letter from them at all--it never reached him, but I emailed him what they sent me, and then he had no trouble picking up the packet. Just make sure to include your case number in your email (also the embassy has two addresses, one for immigrant visas, one for nonimmigrant, but I believe that I send all my k-1 correspondence to the immigrant visa address, even though k-1 is technically nonimmigrant).

I know it is REALLY frustrating waiting a long time for an interview (although you never know, they may be better now) but just hang in there. At least you will have a date to prepare for! It just gives you more time to prepare your evidence, send him paperwork and copies, and for your fiance to get the medical and police certificate (although he should wait until closer to the interview to do those). And lots of people on VJ will be suffering through the same thing you are. Good luck!

Jen and Babs

I cant really email them to ask them for the interview date since he has not turned in, or received packet 3. He has to get packet 3 to do his medicals and stuff.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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Is it really taking a year to get an interview date? I was planning to apply in January but if it is taking so long, I might have to apply a little earlier.so when i send the paperwork here, they then forward it to Ghana? What if it somehiow gets lost?Did you guys make copies of all your documents?At what point do I have to fill out the affidavit of support form? how soon after all the paperwork has been sent initially?

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ghana
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I cant really email them to ask them for the interview date since he has not turned in, or received packet 3. He has to get packet 3 to do his medicals and stuff.

Unless it has changed, your fiance will get the packet 3 and 4 together with the interview date. Make sure that the medical and police certificate are as close to the interview as possible. Good luck.

Is it really taking a year to get an interview date? I was planning to apply in January but if it is taking so long, I might have to apply a little earlier.so when i send the paperwork here, they then forward it to Ghana? What if it somehiow gets lost?Did you guys make copies of all your documents?At what point do I have to fill out the affidavit of support form? how soon after all the paperwork has been sent initially?

The wait time for an interview in Ghana for a K-1 is about 12-13 months from initial filing. For the CR1 its over 18 months from filing to interview. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Take a look at the guides (http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides) . I'm not sure what visa you are applying for but the guides will give you a good idea for timelines and what is required at each step.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Is it really taking a year to get an interview date? I was planning to apply in January but if it is taking so long, I might have to apply a little earlier.so when i send the paperwork here, they then forward it to Ghana? What if it somehiow gets lost?Did you guys make copies of all your documents?At what point do I have to fill out the affidavit of support form? how soon after all the paperwork has been sent initially?

you dont have to fill out the Affidavit of support until you get pkt3 and 4 and your SO(significant other) will take it to the interview with them....Good luck when you start your journey!!!!!! :thumbs:


November 5, 2010 Interview 7am APPROVED!!!!!! (6months 4weeks 1day) THANK YOU LORD!!!!!

(look at my about me page in my profile if you want to see my entire k1 journey)

AOS Journey:

Feb.4, 2011 Mailed AOS packet

Feb. 7, 2011 Pkt delivered in Chicago

Feb. 10, 2011 Received txt and email of NOA for AOS, EAD, and AP

Feb. 11, 2011 Check cashed for AOS

Feb. 12, 2011 Touched

Feb. 14, 2011 received hard copy of NOA for AOS, EAD& AP

Feb. 18, 2011 received appt letter for biometrics

Feb. 28, 2011 biometrics appt @10am

Feb. 28, 2011 received txt/email AOS case transferred to csc

Mar 1, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 3, 2011 received hard copy of AOS transfer to csc

Mar 4, 2011 AOS Touched

Mar 28, 2011 Received txt/email saying card production has been ordered. (1month 3eeks 3days)

Mar 28, 2011 Received 2nd txt/email saying we have registered this customer permanent residence status

Mar 29, 2011 Received 3rd txt/email says card production has been ordered.

April 1, 2011 greencard and welcome letter in hand!!

April 5, 2011 received txt/email EAD card production ordered

Will Start Removing Conditions Dec 2012!!!!

Dec. 26, 2012 mailed ROC paperwork

Dec. 28, 2012 NOA for ROC paperwork

Jan. 7, 2013 received bio appt letter

Jan. 24, 2013 bio appt.

June 22, 2013 10yr green card received

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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Unless it has changed, your fiance will get the packet 3 and 4 together with the interview date. Make sure that the medical and police certificate are as close to the interview as possible. Good luck.

The wait time for an interview in Ghana for a K-1 is about 12-13 months from initial filing. For the CR1 its over 18 months from filing to interview. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Take a look at the guides (http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides) . I'm not sure what visa you are applying for but the guides will give you a good idea for timelines and what is required at each step.

I hope it has not changed as far as receiving the packets. I'm seeing posts that people are recieving packets 3 first, then turning that in and receiving packet 4. However some are saying that the interview date will be included. when I called the Embassy out here they said he does not have an interview date yet even though his packet was sent to him a few weeks ago....Does anyone know how long it could take to at least receive packet 3. I feel like flying all the way out there to handle this myself. It's been almost two years since we have been together and about 7 months since I last seen him and I'm impatient, so I need to know what's going on! :blink:

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Is it really taking a year to get an interview date? I was planning to apply in January but if it is taking so long, I might have to apply a little earlier.so when i send the paperwork here, they then forward it to Ghana? What if it somehiow gets lost?Did you guys make copies of all your documents?At what point do I have to fill out the affidavit of support form? how soon after all the paperwork has been sent initially?

It depends on where you are applying from. I applied in California and it took about 5 months to get approved. About 2-3 weeks for them to send it to the Embassy abroad. I made copies of everything however still entrusted that what I sent was correct. I filed everything myself. Just make sure you search these forums for instructions because I learned a lot from what to do and not to do! so I never received an RFE. :thumbs: Good luck too. I'm thinking of making another trip back if he may not be out here until 2012.

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So the NVC sent my I-129F fiance visa paperwork to the US Embassy in Ghana on June 8th, 2011. I called embassy in Washington yesterday (7/5/11), and they informed me that package 3 was mailed out to my fiance two weeks ago and he should wait another week. If he does not get it in another week then he should contact the Embassy abroad to send him another. I'm like #######, the embassy abroad does not take phone calls! That's what they told me, and their emails are always automated, there is not human response. They also say he will not be let in the Embassy unless he has an appointment. So what the hell are we supposed to do now?!?! Because on top of that I also hear that it will take 6 months for him to get his interview! :angry::crying: I have no clue where to go from here. I have sent him a copy of the paperwork and let him know he may have to go to the embassy and let them know he has an appointment so he can get in and pick up a package. Does anyone have any other ideas of what we can do at this moment because I'm at a loss. PLEASE HELP! how can he get his package 3 & 4, and will it really take 6 months to get an interview from the us embassy in Ghana???

Hi, I know how you feel trust me. However, they will not let him into the embassy without an appointment letter, I know this for a fact because my fiance and I just went through the same thing. You have to email the embassy and give them the case number you got from the NVC, It should start with ACC followed by some numbers. When you send the email, inform them that you never received a appointment letter, and your fiance is waiting to pick-up package 3&4. The email address is NIVaccra@state.gov, and they will respond within 3 to 5 days. Finally, there will be at least a 6 month wait when he goes to pick-up packet 3 & 4. Best of luck to ya...

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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Unless it has changed, your fiance will get the packet 3 and 4 together with the interview date. Make sure that the medical and police certificate are as close to the interview as possible. Good luck.

The wait time for an interview in Ghana for a K-1 is about 12-13 months from initial filing. For the CR1 its over 18 months from filing to interview. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Take a look at the guides (http://www.visajourney.com/content/guides) . I'm not sure what visa you are applying for but the guides will give you a good idea for timelines and what is required at each step.

It's more like 15 to 16 months from initial filing for K1 now.

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It's more like 15 to 16 months from initial filing for K1 now.

I stand corrected....thanks seaborn.

Its an unfortunate situation that it has to take that long.


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Hi, I know how you feel trust me. However, they will not let him into the embassy without an appointment letter, I know this for a fact because my fiance and I just went through the same thing. You have to email the embassy and give them the case number you got from the NVC, It should start with ACC followed by some numbers. When you send the email, inform them that you never received a appointment letter, and your fiance is waiting to pick-up package 3&4. The email address is NIVaccra@state.gov, and they will respond within 3 to 5 days. Finally, there will be at least a 6 month wait when he goes to pick-up packet 3 & 4. Best of luck to ya...

I thought that email address was for the nonimmigrant visa. And this is the immigrant visa situation. I have sent numerous emails. I will try again to both, however when i view theembassy info on this site, it states that they can go pick up package 3 and 4 at the same time but only on wednesdays, and it may take 8 hours to get it. but i will see if i can get the appointment letter first. So are you saying they will give him an appointment letter once I email them and let them know this?

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