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Dear Group:

We finished DS-230, and when I call NVC automated phone response and enter our case number, I get following message:

"The completed checklist items were received on September 1st. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for us to complete review of the case, and you will be notified."

Not exact wording, but that's the gist of it. I know we are in that limbo period where we wait for NVC to complete and send to Embassy (in our case, Bangkok).

Realistically, how long has NVC been taking to review and complete cases lately?

Maybe useful to add that we have clean documents for DS-230 and I-864, no oddities. Been married since November 2004, over a year before filing I-130. Have Thai-born daughter who is already been given U.S. citizenship, Mom (beneficiary) and daughter have never visited U.S. No blanks or conflicting info on any forms.

Looking for what expererience has been on average for the past several months.

Thanks,

Chris


Our Story

08/26/2002 Chris moved to Thailand, Buddhist studies

06/01/2003 Moved into apt. bldg., met Pung (owned mini-mart in bldg).

08/xx/2003 Pung *finally* consented to first date

04/30/2004 Traditional Thai marriage

11/23/2004 Legal Thai marriage

07/05/2005 Chris moved to America for better job

10/23/2005 Kristy born, Chris spent October in Thailand

12/06/2005 Kristy received U.S. Passport

01/xx/2006 Chris filed 2005 taxes, thought he had to do that before I-130

(Oops, wish we'd known about VisaJourney in 2005)

05/xx/2006 Chris had 2-1/2 week visit in Thailand

USCIS

02/24/2006 Mailed I-130

03/07/2006 NOA1

05/18/2006 NOA2

NVC

06/07/2006 NVC Received

06/26/2006 Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

06/27/2006 Pay I-864 Bill

07/18/2006 Receive I-864 Package

07/28/2006 Receive IV Bill

08/01/2006 Return Completed DS-3032

08/05/2006 Pay IV Bill

08/29/2006 Receive Instruction Package

08/29/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Mailed to NVC

09/01/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Received by NVC

09/26/2006 Case Completed at NVC

10/19/2006 Consulate received NVC package

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Ours was over a year ago, but it took them 3 weeks from the time they received the final papers (had an RFE) until they sent the application to the consulate.


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Ours was over a year ago, but it took them 3 weeks from the time they received the final papers (had an RFE) until they sent the application to the consulate.

Dear Morocco4ever:

I saw you reading for a long time my post, and see you replied. Thank you for that.

We were patient until about a month ago. Something about this getting closer makes me less patient, maybe also has to do with the fact that I miss my wife and daughter!

Anyway, when looking at timelines, I saw that a number of these went through in 3-4 week time period. Which is what your experience reflects.

Thanks again,

Chris


Our Story

08/26/2002 Chris moved to Thailand, Buddhist studies

06/01/2003 Moved into apt. bldg., met Pung (owned mini-mart in bldg).

08/xx/2003 Pung *finally* consented to first date

04/30/2004 Traditional Thai marriage

11/23/2004 Legal Thai marriage

07/05/2005 Chris moved to America for better job

10/23/2005 Kristy born, Chris spent October in Thailand

12/06/2005 Kristy received U.S. Passport

01/xx/2006 Chris filed 2005 taxes, thought he had to do that before I-130

(Oops, wish we'd known about VisaJourney in 2005)

05/xx/2006 Chris had 2-1/2 week visit in Thailand

USCIS

02/24/2006 Mailed I-130

03/07/2006 NOA1

05/18/2006 NOA2

NVC

06/07/2006 NVC Received

06/26/2006 Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

06/27/2006 Pay I-864 Bill

07/18/2006 Receive I-864 Package

07/28/2006 Receive IV Bill

08/01/2006 Return Completed DS-3032

08/05/2006 Pay IV Bill

08/29/2006 Receive Instruction Package

08/29/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Mailed to NVC

09/01/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Received by NVC

09/26/2006 Case Completed at NVC

10/19/2006 Consulate received NVC package

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Hi Chris,

They processed my husband's AOS in 3 weeks and my DS-230 in about 4 weeks. They say it will take longer, but it's usually quicker. Next time you call the NVC, try talking to someone (press 1 then 5). Sometimes the info they have on the automated system is out-dated. They received our papers a few days before yours, so I'd assume yours is about to get done.

Hope this helps.

Alix

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N-400 (based on 3-year marriage rule)
06/05/2014 Application Sent
06/06/2014 Application Received in Phoenix

06/09/2014 Priority Date

06/11/2014 Notice Date

06/12//2014 Check Cashed
06/12/2014 Received email/text receipt confirmation from Phoenix Lockbox

06/17/2014 Biometrics Letter mailed
06/20/2014 Biometrics Letter Received

06/24/2014 Biometrics Walk-in

06/26/2014 In line for Interview

07/03/2014 Original Biometrics Appointment

07/29/2014 Yellow Letter Received

09/05/2014 Interview letter Received

10/07/2014 Interview

10/17/2014 Received email/text that oath has been scheduled

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Reviewing DS 230 packet takes 2-4 weeks to be complete. NVC's automated system deadline is too broad.


I-130 Timeline with USCIS:

It took 92 days for I-130 to get approved from the filing date

NVC Process of I-130:

It took 78 days to complete the NVC process

Interview Process at The U.S. Embassy

Interview took 223 days from the I-130 filing date. Immigrant Visa was issued right after the interview

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About 4 weeks here. Now I'm running on about 4 weeks for the Consular unit to receive it. NVC didn't frustrate me too much, but this embassy stuff is starting to feel like rubbing salt in our wounds!


I-751 Submitted August 2008

RFE Nov. 5, 2008 for incorrect fee

Nov. 6, 2008 Package returned to VSC with correct fee

NO COMMUNICATION FROM USCIS WHATSOEVER!

August 29, 2009 Letter of Intent to start removal proceedings

August 31, 2009 Letter and Phone with Congressman's office

Sept. 3, 2009 Infopass

Sept. 4, 2009 New I-751 submitted with another fee

Sept. 25, 2009 I-797C NOA received with 1 year extention dated Sept. 14, 2009

Oct. 2, 2009 NOA2 Biometrics Letter Appointment received

Oct. 9, 2009 Biometrics

Oct. 12, 2009 Updated on USICS website

Jan. 12, 2010 RFE

Feb. 2, 2010 RFE Returned

Feb. 4, 2010[/b ]RFE Received by USCIS

Feb. 19, 2010 EMAIL, TEXT & WEB UPDATE! CARD PRODUCTION ORDERED! Hallelujah!

Feb. 22, 2010 Second Email and text stating card production ordered.

Feb. 24, 2010 Email and Text stating Approval notice mailed.

Feb. 25, 2010 Approval letter I-797C dated 2/19/2010 received.

Feb. 27, 2010 Green Card arrived!! Envelope postmarked 2/23

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Dear Thread Readers:

All of you are confirming what I expected. After tedious review of similar timelines for past year, it looks like 3 weeks is best reasonable time, and 8 weeks is only an extreme. 3 to 4 weeks appears to be median value, for similar cases.

Naturally, we all pray for one another that there are no RFE's and only good luck :-)

I did not discover VisaJourney until last week, so just got onboard. I am so grateful for the support group! Everyone appears to be wonderful, unlike some public websites.

I intuit from reading posts over the past week, that many have this in common: We start the process not too anxious about time, because we know most cases require considerable wait. However, the closer I get to interview, the more anxious I have become! Now I find myself ringing the silly NVC line every night, looking for good news on an automated voice recording, ha-ha.

So thank you, Morocco4ever; alix; madu11; simple male; MrsWhizz; for your kind responses. I see most of you are at or near Embassy stage. So, I imagine we soon will be sharing again in the "Foreign Embassy and Consulate" general discussion forum :-)

Best regards, In'sha'allah, chok-dee, bon chance, etc.

Chris


Our Story

08/26/2002 Chris moved to Thailand, Buddhist studies

06/01/2003 Moved into apt. bldg., met Pung (owned mini-mart in bldg).

08/xx/2003 Pung *finally* consented to first date

04/30/2004 Traditional Thai marriage

11/23/2004 Legal Thai marriage

07/05/2005 Chris moved to America for better job

10/23/2005 Kristy born, Chris spent October in Thailand

12/06/2005 Kristy received U.S. Passport

01/xx/2006 Chris filed 2005 taxes, thought he had to do that before I-130

(Oops, wish we'd known about VisaJourney in 2005)

05/xx/2006 Chris had 2-1/2 week visit in Thailand

USCIS

02/24/2006 Mailed I-130

03/07/2006 NOA1

05/18/2006 NOA2

NVC

06/07/2006 NVC Received

06/26/2006 Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

06/27/2006 Pay I-864 Bill

07/18/2006 Receive I-864 Package

07/28/2006 Receive IV Bill

08/01/2006 Return Completed DS-3032

08/05/2006 Pay IV Bill

08/29/2006 Receive Instruction Package

08/29/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Mailed to NVC

09/01/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Received by NVC

09/26/2006 Case Completed at NVC

10/19/2006 Consulate received NVC package

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Update for Thread Readers:

I took alix's advice, and just now called and spoke to an operator at NVC. The info she gave me was different than automated response. Her name was Mia.

Mia said usual "documents received September 1st, etc." What was different was that she said it will take 2 to 4 weeks to review, and they will contact me if they need additional information. I asked her to confirm that was counting from September 1st date? And, she said "Yes."

So, maybe it is running 2 to 4 weeks at the moment. Time will tell ;-)

Best regards,

Chris


Our Story

08/26/2002 Chris moved to Thailand, Buddhist studies

06/01/2003 Moved into apt. bldg., met Pung (owned mini-mart in bldg).

08/xx/2003 Pung *finally* consented to first date

04/30/2004 Traditional Thai marriage

11/23/2004 Legal Thai marriage

07/05/2005 Chris moved to America for better job

10/23/2005 Kristy born, Chris spent October in Thailand

12/06/2005 Kristy received U.S. Passport

01/xx/2006 Chris filed 2005 taxes, thought he had to do that before I-130

(Oops, wish we'd known about VisaJourney in 2005)

05/xx/2006 Chris had 2-1/2 week visit in Thailand

USCIS

02/24/2006 Mailed I-130

03/07/2006 NOA1

05/18/2006 NOA2

NVC

06/07/2006 NVC Received

06/26/2006 Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

06/27/2006 Pay I-864 Bill

07/18/2006 Receive I-864 Package

07/28/2006 Receive IV Bill

08/01/2006 Return Completed DS-3032

08/05/2006 Pay IV Bill

08/29/2006 Receive Instruction Package

08/29/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Mailed to NVC

09/01/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Received by NVC

09/26/2006 Case Completed at NVC

10/19/2006 Consulate received NVC package

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Update for Thread Readers:

I took alix's advice, and just now called and spoke to an operator at NVC. The info she gave me was different than automated response. Her name was Mia.

Mia said usual "documents received September 1st, etc." What was different was that she said it will take 2 to 4 weeks to review, and they will contact me if they need additional information. I asked her to confirm that was counting from September 1st date? And, she said "Yes."

So, maybe it is running 2 to 4 weeks at the moment. Time will tell ;-)

Best regards,

Chris

Hi Chris,

It was the same with me....the person there told me that it would take 2-4 weeks, while the system tells you 6-8 weeks.

I don't know if that is any kind of comfort, but they got my papers by August 29th, just two days before yours. So yours should be done really soon. Call them again tomorrow....you may have a nice surprise!


N-400 (based on 3-year marriage rule)
06/05/2014 Application Sent
06/06/2014 Application Received in Phoenix

06/09/2014 Priority Date

06/11/2014 Notice Date

06/12//2014 Check Cashed
06/12/2014 Received email/text receipt confirmation from Phoenix Lockbox

06/17/2014 Biometrics Letter mailed
06/20/2014 Biometrics Letter Received

06/24/2014 Biometrics Walk-in

06/26/2014 In line for Interview

07/03/2014 Original Biometrics Appointment

07/29/2014 Yellow Letter Received

09/05/2014 Interview letter Received

10/07/2014 Interview

10/17/2014 Received email/text that oath has been scheduled

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Dear Thread:

Trying to add photo. Hope this works.

Best regards,

Chris


Our Story

08/26/2002 Chris moved to Thailand, Buddhist studies

06/01/2003 Moved into apt. bldg., met Pung (owned mini-mart in bldg).

08/xx/2003 Pung *finally* consented to first date

04/30/2004 Traditional Thai marriage

11/23/2004 Legal Thai marriage

07/05/2005 Chris moved to America for better job

10/23/2005 Kristy born, Chris spent October in Thailand

12/06/2005 Kristy received U.S. Passport

01/xx/2006 Chris filed 2005 taxes, thought he had to do that before I-130

(Oops, wish we'd known about VisaJourney in 2005)

05/xx/2006 Chris had 2-1/2 week visit in Thailand

USCIS

02/24/2006 Mailed I-130

03/07/2006 NOA1

05/18/2006 NOA2

NVC

06/07/2006 NVC Received

06/26/2006 Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill

06/27/2006 Pay I-864 Bill

07/18/2006 Receive I-864 Package

07/28/2006 Receive IV Bill

08/01/2006 Return Completed DS-3032

08/05/2006 Pay IV Bill

08/29/2006 Receive Instruction Package

08/29/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Mailed to NVC

09/01/2006 DS 230 Part I and Passport Biographic Pages Received by NVC

09/26/2006 Case Completed at NVC

10/19/2006 Consulate received NVC package

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