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How long did you wait for interview?

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In our case - the NVC only really took a couple of weeks each to review our AOS and DS-230. Our DS-230 was sent separately to the AOS because I was still waiting on my PCC to come back - that set us back about 3wks. And then we got a false RFE for our marriage certificate which set us back another 3wks. After we finally got SIF and CC we waited about 2wks to have an interview date assigned, which was for 3wks later. So all up we spent about 2 and a half months at the NVC - but this was probably somewhat longer than most people due to those couple of hiccups.

If everything goes smoothly you should probably get through the NVC in about a month. Interviews for Sydney are usually assigned within about a month or 6wks from CC.

If you have just sent all your AOS and DS-230 info, assuming no issues, I would guess you may be looking at an early to mid April interview date - but don't quote me lol - you can never quite be sure with this process - yours may be earlier or it may be later.

Good luck :thumbs:


30 Nov 2010 - Sent I-130 to Chicago

1 Dec 2010 - I-130 received at Chicago

18 Apr 2011 - APPROVED!! NOA2 text and email


29 Apr 2011 - Case entered into the system/Case number assigned; Medical Exam in Sydney

30 Apr 2011 - Police Check Application sent

2 May 2011 - Called NVC and got Invoice ID number

3 May 2011 - Sent DS-3032 email

4 May 2011 - Received email reply from NVC for DS-3032; Received Medical Exam results

5 May 2011 - AOS invoiced and paid

7 May 2011 - AOS package sent; IV invoiced and paid

9 May 2011 - AOS package delivered to NVC according to tracking

20 May 2011 - RFE for missing IV package....still waiting on Police Certificate!

24 May 2011 - Received Police Certificate after 25 days (so much for 7-10!); IV package sent

27 May 2011 - IV package delivered according to tracking

8 Jun 2011 - RFE for original marriage certificate; requested supervisor review since we KNOW it was in the package!

30 Jun 2011 - SIF and CC - FINALLY!!!!

13 Jul 2011 - Interview date assigned! Scheduled for August 9th @ 10am

9 Aug 2011 - Interview - APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Aug 2011 - Visa in hand

24 Aug 2011 - POE @ LAX

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Check out my timeline in my signature. After the case number was assigned, things went pretty quickly. Main slow down was Australia post (I'm never using them again, will go DHL for all future stuff) and the RFE for originals...


Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Sydney, Australia

I-130 Sent: 2011-10-05

I-130 NOA1: 2011-10-14

I-130 NOA2: 2011-10-20


NVC received case: 2011-10-24

Case # assigned : 2011-11-18

AOS Bill invoiced and PAID, DS-3032 Generated : 2011-11-21

DS-3032 Emailed: 2011-11-21

AOS Bill appears PAID: 2011-11-22

DS-3032 Accepted: 2011-11-23

IV Bill invoiced and paid: 2011-11-26

AOS package sent: 2011-11-23

IV Package sent: 2011-11-28

AOS Package Delivered: 2011-11-28

IV Package Delivered: 2011-12-01

RFE (Original Birth and Marriage Certs.): 2011-12-19 - NVC don't accept copies certified by JP back in Australia.

RFE Reply Sent: 2011-12-20

RFE Reply Received at NVC: 2011-12-28


Interview Scheduled: 2012-01-10

Case Left NVC: 2012-01-11

Sydney Consulate

Case Received Consulate (Sydney): 2012-01-17

Medical: 2012-01-18

Interview: 2012-02-07 (APPROVED!)

Received Visa:


Entry Into US: 2012-02-29

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