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Hey guys!

Sorry if this is in the wrong place or if it has been asked a hundred times (i did search first) but i was just wondering if someone could explain how an expedite at the embassy works?

I remember reading somewhere that if you apply to expedite then if they have a free appointment or a cancelation then they can offer you that slot. Is this true? & if it is does anybody know how much notice they give you in advance (because i live about 3 hours away from london and getting there can sometimes be an issue)?

Thanks!


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Hey guys!

Sorry if this is in the wrong place or if it has been asked a hundred times (i did search first) but i was just wondering if someone could explain how an expedite at the embassy works?

I remember reading somewhere that if you apply to expedite then if they have a free appointment or a cancelation then they can offer you that slot. Is this true? & if it is does anybody know how much notice they give you in advance (because i live about 3 hours away from london and getting there can sometimes be an issue)?

Thanks!

i imagine they will give you more than 3 hours notice :yes:


I-129F SENT............................................08/15/2011

NOA1 TEXT/EMAIL...................................08/22/2011

NOA2 TEXT/EMAIL. NO RFE.....................01/05/2012

NVC RECEIVED......................................01/21/2012

NVC LEFT...............................................01/24/2012

PACKET 3 RECEIVED..............................02/01/2012

PACKET 3 RETURNED.............................02/04/2012

MEDICAL................................................02/17/2012

DS-2001 MAILED.....................................02/23/2012

PACKET 4 RECEIVED..............................03/02/2012

INTERVIEW............................................03/14/2012 APPROVED

POE ATLANTA.........................................04/03/2012

AOS approved 3/29/13 after almost 10 months of waiting. No RFE's and no interview.

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i imagine they will give you more than 3 hours notice :yes:

lol! Oh of corse! :)

Its just a case of booking trains and busses and things like that (its cheaper to book them in advance and my bank balance will be around the zero mark after my medical lol)

I would love to file the expedite since i do really need to be in the states right now, but if they only give me 24 hours notice then its just not really possible but if it was something like 3 days notice (or more) then i could probably manage to do it.


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

Remove the Conditions on Residence Petition

USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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may be embassy specific but when I requested my embassy expedited interview I emailed them a well worded email and attached the proof to the email of his deployment and the next day I had a response asking when I wanted my interview date. I emailed back with a few dates and they responded the same day with my interview date in the email.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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may be embassy specific but when I requested my embassy expedited interview I emailed them a well worded email and attached the proof to the email of his deployment and the next day I had a response asking when I wanted my interview date. I emailed back with a few dates and they responded the same day with my interview date in the email.

Wow thats great! Thanks for the reply! I really hope i get a result like that in London. Im asuming you waited untill after your medical to file the expedite with them?


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

Remove the Conditions on Residence Petition

USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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Wow thats great! Thanks for the reply! I really hope i get a result like that in London. Im asuming you waited untill after your medical to file the expedite with them?

No i had to chase the expedite through, we asked at USCIS a bit after we filed when we found out he would suddenly be deploying. Got the NOA2 and i called Dept of State and found out the embassy had my case and got my embassy case number, then I emailed them requesting the expedite explaining we asked for one from USCIS and all that.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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No i had to chase the expedite through, we asked at USCIS a bit after we filed when we found out he would suddenly be deploying. Got the NOA2 and i called Dept of State and found out the embassy had my case and got my embassy case number, then I emailed them requesting the expedite explaining we asked for one from USCIS and all that.

Ah okay thank you! Ive been told to just send in a letter when i submit my next two documents to the Embassy and request a date i would like to come in and see what they say. Fingers crossed :) Thanks for the help!


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

Remove the Conditions on Residence Petition

USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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Okay so here is the update:

I called the Embassy today and finaly got through to someone.

He told me that they are unable to expedite at the Embassy in London and i should just submit the documents and then it would be a 7 week wait untill my interview. Ovbiously it wasnt the reply i wanted to hear.. but its so nice to have a rough idea of what is going on! :)


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

Remove the Conditions on Residence Petition

USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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Okay so here is the update:

I called the Embassy today and finaly got through to someone.

He told me that they are unable to expedite at the Embassy in London and i should just submit the documents and then it would be a 7 week wait untill my interview. Ovbiously it wasnt the reply i wanted to hear.. but its so nice to have a rough idea of what is going on! :)

Did they say why they cant expedite? seems like you wouldn't have a long wait for an interview anyways which is a good thing. But odd that they wouldn't consider expedite.


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Did they say why they cant expedite? seems like you wouldn't have a long wait for an interview anyways which is a good thing. But odd that they wouldn't consider expedite.

Well i told him we had expedited at USCIS and the NVC and then asked how i would expedite at the Embassy and all he said to me was "well we cant really expedite at this stage, whats your case number?" so i replied with the number and he said "ah yes i see, have you recieved anything from the embassy yet" so i replied that i had not but i called the Embassy last week and had been told to submit the two forms and he just replied with "yes okay that is correct, well all we can do at the moment is wait for the forms and once we have recieved them it will be about a 4 week wait to process that and then a 3 weeks wait from recieving the medical results so you are lookin at around 7 weeks" and that was pretty much the end of the convo. And since i was calling on my moms phone i didnt want to keep the call going on any longer because its SO expensive and i didnt seem to be getting anywhere with him on the issue. Im asuming he got the 7 weeks number from the 2 lots of submissions added together so i am hoping that they will process them side by side since they will both be getting to the embassy around the same time and that might shave some time off? I dont know exactly what is going on lol! But 7 weeks in reality is nothing compaired to the 8 or so months we have been on this journey so i cant comaplain too much :)


February 2010: Met online via social networking site

1st July 2010: Met for the first time in Lake Charles, LA [11 days]

9th August 2010: Got Engaged!

September 2010: Met for the second time in Lake Charles, LA [2 weeks]

December 2010: Met for the third time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

18th February 2011: Got Married!

May 2011: Met for the fourth time in London, UK [2 weeks]

CR-1 Visa

USCIS

21st July 2011 - 14th December 2011

September 2012: Met for the fith time in Lake Charles, LA [3 months]

NVC

4th January 2012 - 23th January 2012

EMBASSY

25th January 2012 - 23rd March 2012

NEW LIFE IN THE USA

5th April 2012: POE: Houston, TX, USA!!

7th May 2012: Greencard arrived in mail

Remove the Conditions on Residence Petition

USCIS

April 1st - Present

1st April 2014: Filed I-751 (with divorce waiver)

4th April 2014: Received NOA (1 year extension)

April 20th 2014: Filed for divorce

12th May 2015: Received second biometric appointment letter due to rescheduling my first appointment

May 28th 2014: Biometrics taken in Louisville, KY

October 31 2014: Received RFE requesting final divorce judgment

22nd January 2015: Received final divorce judgment & submitted to VSC

25th January 2015: Called USCIS Military hotline to enquire on gaining an extension in order to enlist in United States Army & was advised to make infopass appointment at local office as processing will take longer than 6 months on my application.

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