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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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Hi, my wife and I are going through the CR1 route which we started back in September. We sent off the Affidavit of support a few months back, got it returned for errors and sent it back to them after fixing them about 3 weeks ago. I've been told that I need to start e-mailing the US embassy asking if they've received my case etc as soon as possible, but as I don' t really want to keep emailing them before they even get the case I was wondering if there was a rule of thumb as to how long to wait?

My wife is from the US and I'm from the UK so it will be the London Embassy it gets sent to. Am I waiting on them to send her some notification to say it's been sent on with various details like a case number or something or will we not receive anything like that? We start the K-3 method and that got transfered to London really fast but as the I-130 got approved a few weeks after the I-29F we decided to go the CR-1 method instead so we could get the majority of the paperwork out of the way whilst I was still working. Kind of regretting it now as we've been apart so long :(

Any advice would be most appreciated.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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From my impression on these boards - and not personal experience, as you can see from my timeline - people seem to call the relevant embassy/consulate for info without much hassle or repercutions -- as long as you aren't callig every day, it seems very reasonable to me to call them at this point. Good luck!

Hi, my wife and I are going through the CR1 route which we started back in September. We sent off the Affidavit of support a few months back, got it returned for errors and sent it back to them after fixing them about 3 weeks ago. I've been told that I need to start e-mailing the US embassy asking if they've received my case etc as soon as possible, but as I don' t really want to keep emailing them before they even get the case I was wondering if there was a rule of thumb as to how long to wait?

My wife is from the US and I'm from the UK so it will be the London Embassy it gets sent to. Am I waiting on them to send her some notification to say it's been sent on with various details like a case number or something or will we not receive anything like that? We start the K-3 method and that got transfered to London really fast but as the I-130 got approved a few weeks after the I-29F we decided to go the CR-1 method instead so we could get the majority of the paperwork out of the way whilst I was still working. Kind of regretting it now as we've been apart so long :(

Any advice would be most appreciated.


Sandy

Michael's I-130:

NOA1: 5-10-2006----updated w/ citizenship: 9-25-06----had to call back 10/25, touch 10/26

12/06/06 - Approved!- - - 12/08/06 - Touch---01/25/07 - Touch

I130 at NVC

12/14/06 - case number assigned

12/25/06 - DS3032 & AOS Fee Bill Mailed (phone system updated 12/27)

12/27/06 - emailed choice of agent; 12/29/06 - received email from NVC confirming choice of agent!

01/01/07 - NVC generated IV Fee Bill (postmarked 1/17 though!)

01/03/07 - returned AoS Fee Bill via Priority Mail (James' shortcut)

01/15/07 - NVC generated AOS package

01/22/07 - received IV Fee Bill - overnighted back to NVC same day

01/27/07 - recieved I864 package; 01/29/07 - overnighted I864 to NVC

01/29/07 - DS230 generated (phone system not updated, email response 2/5/07)

02/05/07 - mailed DS-230 to NVC via express mail

02/20/07 - CASE COMPLETE!!

04/18/07 - INTERVIEW!!!! - APPROVED!!!!

Michael's K-3:

09/28/06 - NOA1

1/25/07 - approved ...NOA2 via snail mail - 1/29/07

03/16/07 - chose not to return packet 3 to Montreal

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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I think you should have your wife call the NVC to find out when they mailed your case to the Consulate. Once they mail it, it takes 1-2 weeks to get there. Then you should start mailing the US Consulate. Anyways, that´s my opinion...my experience. And always use your NVC case number when e-mailing the consulate, so they know who you are. They have it all on their system.

She will receive written notification from the NVC when your case is sent to the Consulate, but you can find that out by phone. Don´t trust the automated voice system...always talk to someone.

I hope other CR1s from London step up....they can give you more advice on it!!

Alix :star:

Edited by alix

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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Hi, my wife and I are going through the CR1 route which we started back in September. We sent off the Affidavit of support a few months back, got it returned for errors and sent it back to them after fixing them about 3 weeks ago. I've been told that I need to start e-mailing the US embassy asking if they've received my case etc as soon as possible, but as I don' t really want to keep emailing them before they even get the case I was wondering if there was a rule of thumb as to how long to wait?

My wife is from the US and I'm from the UK so it will be the London Embassy it gets sent to. Am I waiting on them to send her some notification to say it's been sent on with various details like a case number or something or will we not receive anything like that? We start the K-3 method and that got transfered to London really fast but as the I-130 got approved a few weeks after the I-29F we decided to go the CR-1 method instead so we could get the majority of the paperwork out of the way whilst I was still working. Kind of regretting it now as we've been apart so long :(

Any advice would be most appreciated.

London wont tell you when they recieve your case, the next thing you will get from them is the interview letter (pack 4), NVC will write to you to let you know they have sent your case to London, once you know its been sent, then email away :P in the subject line put your case# LNDXXXXXXXX

Has your wife booked her medical yet? as she will have to do that soon too!

:time:

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Amanda-England (Yorkshire)- Mark-USA(Michigan)

April/04/2005- Visa journey began!!

We did both K3 & CR1 visa's, got both!!- I returned to England for my CR1 interview after first arriving on a K3 visa!!

May/25th 2006- Green card arrives in the mail................YAY!!

19th June 2006 I Had to go to the Social Security Office to get my number, the DS-230 didnt work for me!!

26-June-2006- Social Security# arrived in the mail....YAY!!

Feb 2008 lift conditions <<<reminder to self!!<<<< went to England for a visit instead, no rush right, 90 days is a long time,LOL

Removing Conditions Begins

Mailed I-751 April 12th 2008

signed for @ NSC April 16th

NOA date April 16th

Conditional GC expired May 5th 2008

Biometrics Detroit May 10th 2008

10 year Green card ordered August 20th 2008

Citizenship any time from feb 2009

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Filed: Country: United Kingdom
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Have yoiu even received the 'case complete' notice yet? No point in contacting London til you know the NVC is done with it. Then allow a couple of weeks... a few is more realistic.

Then, you don't call, you email. But they WILL send your "packet three" as soon as it is your turn.

It's really quite a remarkable system all on its own.


Now That You Are A Permanent Resident

How Do I Remove The Conditions On Permanent Residence Based On Marriage?

Welcome to the United States: A Guide For New Immigrants

Yes, even this last one.. stuff in there that not even your USC knows.....

Here are more links that I love:

Arriving in America, The POE Drill

Dual Citizenship FAQ

Other Fora I Post To:

alt.visa.us.marriage-based http://britishexpats.com/ and www.***removed***.com

censored link = *family based immigration* website

Inertia. Is that the Greek god of 'can't be bothered'?

Met, married, immigrated, naturalized.

I-130 filed Aug02

USC Jul06

No Deje Piedras Sobre El Pavimento!

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil
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CR1/IR1s don´t get packet 3 anymore, only K visas. Unless there is something missing from their case. Otherwise he will be getting the former packet 4, with the interview date, etc...


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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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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Hi, my wife and I are going through the CR1 route which we started back in September. We sent off the Affidavit of support a few months back, got it returned for errors and sent it back to them after fixing them about 3 weeks ago. I've been told that I need to start e-mailing the US embassy asking if they've received my case etc as soon as possible, but as I don' t really want to keep emailing them before they even get the case I was wondering if there was a rule of thumb as to how long to wait?

My wife is from the US and I'm from the UK so it will be the London Embassy it gets sent to. Am I waiting on them to send her some notification to say it's been sent on with various details like a case number or something or will we not receive anything like that? We start the K-3 method and that got transfered to London really fast but as the I-130 got approved a few weeks after the I-29F we decided to go the CR-1 method instead so we could get the majority of the paperwork out of the way whilst I was still working. Kind of regretting it now as we've been apart so long :(

Any advice would be most appreciated.

Hello,

Your case number will be written on the fee bills you received - hopefully you have a copy so you can enquire at the NVC with the Case number.

How did you abandon the K3 ? Officially, by contacting the Visa Unit at the US Embassy? or have you just not responded to any K3 paper work you've received?

I'm in the situation that the K3 has just been sent to London with the I130 approved but still in processing at the NVC.

Best of luck to you both.

[Please update your timeline - it really helps]


LIL - aka 'the Muppets'

Timeline

---------------------------------------------------

I-130

05/27/2006: I-130 application Sent

06/12/2006: NOA1 received

08/28/2006: NOA 2 (Approved 77days)

09/18/2006: NVC Case # assigned

09/25/2006: I864 and IV Fee Bills received (arrived jointly – using IL)

10/05/2006: Mailed both fee bill (confused what to do! K3 or I130 – finally decided to let both ride)

11/05/2006: Mailed back both I864 and DS230

01/29/2007: CR1 forwarded to London Consulate

03/01/2007: Packet 4 recieved

03/26/2007: CR1 Interview in London

I-129F (K-3)

06/19/2006: I-129F application Sent (Old, non-IMBRA)

06/26/2006: NOA1 received

07/17/2006: RFE (IMBRA) received

07/20/2006: RFE (IMBRA) replied

07/24/2006: Confirmation RFE reply received (July 24th)

09/15/2006: APPROVED (81 days)

09/18/2006: NOA2 received

09/26/2006: NVC received petition & assigned Case #

09/28/2006: Conf Letter received – Case # and ‘Case to be sent to be sent to London’ “within a week”.

10/03/2006: [ESTIMATE] – Case received at London Visa Unit.

xx/xx/xxxx: Packet 3 was never recieved

10/21/2006: Packet 3 (compiled by us) sent

11/09/2006: Medical Date

11/09/2006: Packet 4 received.

12/11/2006: Interview - Approved !!

12/21/2006: USA!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England
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Hi all, thanks for the info.

I guess I'm waiting on a case complete form then to say it's been transferred.

As for the K3 we just didn't send off the form to say we've gathered all the information required for the interview to be set, so I guess it's not officially abandoned just not going to be used as I'd rather get all the paperwork done whilst I'm over here working rather than sitting in the Us looking for a job.

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Hi all, thanks for the info.

I guess I'm waiting on a case complete form then to say it's been transferred.

As for the K3 we just didn't send off the form to say we've gathered all the information required for the interview to be set, so I guess it's not officially abandoned just not going to be used as I'd rather get all the paperwork done whilst I'm over here working rather than sitting in the Us looking for a job.

Your CR-1/IR-1 case must be completed at the NVC before NVC will send it to the Embassy. So you can only contact the Embassy when you know that your case was sent from the NVC to the Embassy. NVC also sends out a letter to the petitioner or choice of agent informing that the case has been complete.


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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