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I have just been told from NVC that they have all the required documents and will be handing it over to the

SYDNEY consulate. How long is the wait from now till I get an interview date? When likely will my interview date be?

I'm hoping for a end of February 2012 interview and hopefully being in the States mid March 2012.

Priority date - September 9, 2011

Any info appreciated.

Thanks in advance


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The standard reply from the NVC is that they only assign interview dates during the first 2weeks of the month (ie they will tell you within in the first two weeks of the month when your interview is scheduled for, if you don't hear in that time, then you have to wait til the next month to have a date assigned) - and in most cases this is true.

Since you got your CC before the end of the month - you should hear from the NVC about your interview date within the next 2wks or so. They usually assign interviews in Sydney about a month ahead, so I would think you may be looking at an early to mid March interview.

Each case is different - but just as a point of reference - I got CC on June 30 2010, found out my interview date on July 13 which was set for August 9th. So interview was set for roughly 5wks after CC.

Good luck - hope you hear something soon!


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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Hi KLS2010,

Thank you kindly for your reply. I really appreciate your response. Hopefully in the next week or two I should have an interview date.

I am so glad to be this far along; takes a while- constantly on your mind. Want to get to the end of this process and finally have a visa and

be on our way to the USA to see my inlaws.

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i was told the same thing. first 2 weeks of ea/ month. i have my wife and 2 kids cases approved on jan 11th so just missed deadline and am hoping for feb interview news for an early march date. but as absurd as this entire process is i'm not holding my breath. good luck!

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