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So, yesterday started as a good day. I had collected all the necessary paperwork and made a last extra sheet to sum up all the extra documents and thing I couldn't add plus the reason why. I was pretty proud of it. I worked 3 days on the package (off course not full days) because I have visited the US regularly since 1994, so it took me a while before I had the absolute correct information. So, verything felt good and I went to FedEx to overnight the last piece of paperwork.

A few hours after that a bombshell dropped. I just realised I forgot to sign and date part 1 of the DS-230 form!! I seriously have no clue up to now how many reactions went through my mind in a split second. Unbelievable how this is possible, I can't understand how I could forget something like this!

So I immidiatly called the NVC and asked for my best options. Mail entire new package, e-mail sheet 2 with signed part? whatever it takes to be ahead of a RFE!

First of all the lady started with "owwwww, that happens all the time" "You don't have to do anything, they will probably make you sign at the consulate"

WHAT?! But is there a change I will get an RFE? "Well there is a chance they do, so you could just submit a new DS-230 part 1, if you want to be absolutely sure". "Ok, have a good day". biep...biep...biep...

This should be comforting information, but I don't know what do to now. Off course I started cruizing the internet for hours, to find similar cases, but most people got the advise to do nothing and take the risk of getting a RFE, since that chance is really small. This because sending just 2 extra sheet could be more confusing than helpfull...

So.... WHAT should I do?! Should I send out part 1 again? And do that right away or wait a few days? I'm afraid if I send this out right away, they get my paperwork almost simultaneously with my first package and get an RFE since both of them are not 100% complete/ correct.

Should I add an extra letter explaining why I only send part 1 and if they could please match that to my other documents send? Or just do nothing? Maybe some of you guys have had the same issue and could sign at the consulate?

Well, as you can read I have loads of questions... Our hope is to be in the US late november to celebrate Thanksgiving... but I don't know if that is realistic (anymore).

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So, yesterday started as a good day. I had collected all the necessary paperwork and made a last extra sheet to sum up all the extra documents and thing I couldn't add plus the reason why. I was pretty proud of it. I worked 3 days on the package (off course not full days) because I have visited the US regularly since 1994, so it took me a while before I had the absolute correct information. So, verything felt good and I went to FedEx to overnight the last piece of paperwork.

A few hours after that a bombshell dropped. I just realised I forgot to sign and date part 1 of the DS-230 form!! I seriously have no clue up to now how many reactions went through my mind in a split second. Unbelievable how this is possible, I can't understand how I could forget something like this!

So I immidiatly called the NVC and asked for my best options. Mail entire new package, e-mail sheet 2 with signed part? whatever it takes to be ahead of a RFE!

First of all the lady started with "owwwww, that happens all the time" "You don't have to do anything, they will probably make you sign at the consulate"

WHAT?! But is there a change I will get an RFE? "Well there is a chance they do, so you could just submit a new DS-230 part 1, if you want to be absolutely sure". "Ok, have a good day". biep...biep...biep...

This should be comforting information, but I don't know what do to now. Off course I started cruizing the internet for hours, to find similar cases, but most people got the advise to do nothing and take the risk of getting a RFE, since that chance is really small. This because sending just 2 extra sheet could be more confusing than helpfull...

So.... WHAT should I do?! Should I send out part 1 again? And do that right away or wait a few days? I'm afraid if I send this out right away, they get my paperwork almost simultaneously with my first package and get an RFE since both of them are not 100% complete/ correct.

Should I add an extra letter explaining why I only send part 1 and if they could please match that to my other documents send? Or just do nothing? Maybe some of you guys have had the same issue and could sign at the consulate?

Well, as you can read I have loads of questions... Our hope is to be in the US late november to celebrate Thanksgiving... but I don't know if that is realistic (anymore).

The safe thing to do is send just a complete new DS230 with Part I signed and dated. No need to send the other documents again. However, you say you sent a letter explaining why you could NOT send some documents. That may well be a problem. Which documents did you not send?


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So, yesterday started as a good day. I had collected all the necessary paperwork and made a last extra sheet to sum up all the extra documents and thing I couldn't add plus the reason why. I was pretty proud of it. I worked 3 days on the package (off course not full days) because I have visited the US regularly since 1994, so it took me a while before I had the absolute correct information. So, verything felt good and I went to FedEx to overnight the last piece of paperwork.

A few hours after that a bombshell dropped. I just realised I forgot to sign and date part 1 of the DS-230 form!! I seriously have no clue up to now how many reactions went through my mind in a split second. Unbelievable how this is possible, I can't understand how I could forget something like this!

So I immidiatly called the NVC and asked for my best options. Mail entire new package, e-mail sheet 2 with signed part? whatever it takes to be ahead of a RFE!

First of all the lady started with "owwwww, that happens all the time" "You don't have to do anything, they will probably make you sign at the consulate"

WHAT?! But is there a change I will get an RFE? "Well there is a chance they do, so you could just submit a new DS-230 part 1, if you want to be absolutely sure". "Ok, have a good day". biep...biep...biep...

This should be comforting information, but I don't know what do to now. Off course I started cruizing the internet for hours, to find similar cases, but most people got the advise to do nothing and take the risk of getting a RFE, since that chance is really small. This because sending just 2 extra sheet could be more confusing than helpfull...

So.... WHAT should I do?! Should I send out part 1 again? And do that right away or wait a few days? I'm afraid if I send this out right away, they get my paperwork almost simultaneously with my first package and get an RFE since both of them are not 100% complete/ correct.

Should I add an extra letter explaining why I only send part 1 and if they could please match that to my other documents send? Or just do nothing? Maybe some of you guys have had the same issue and could sign at the consulate?

Well, as you can read I have loads of questions... Our hope is to be in the US late november to celebrate Thanksgiving... but I don't know if that is realistic (anymore).

I think like the operator said, if everything else is in order, they would probably just have you sign both lines at the interiew then....if they even noticed it! or you might have to point it out to them then...

Good luck and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with the family!!

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The safe thing to do is send just a complete new DS230 with Part I signed and dated. No need to send the other documents again. However, you say you sent a letter explaining why you could NOT send some documents. That may well be a problem. Which documents did you not send?

In the instructions it says for instance that you need to provide Divorse documents, adoption papers court records. All of those things do not apply to me. First time married and still with that person (otherwise I could get into the country anyway), I'm not adopted and I have never been to court.

What is an issue is that I couldn't obtain my police records. In the Netherlands it is impossible for a person to obtain his own police records. I speficaly wrote this down and printed a page from their own website stating that only the consulate/ embassy can request it. So I think I'm on the safe side when it comes to that.

Anybody made the same mistake? What happened to them?

Thank you all for your responses.

I think like the operator said, if everything else is in order, they would probably just have you sign both lines at the interiew then....if they even noticed it! or you might have to point it out to them then...

Good luck and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with the family!!

Thank you for the nice words. I really appreciate it!

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In the instructions it says for instance that you need to provide Divorse documents, adoption papers court records. All of those things do not apply to me. First time married and still with that person (otherwise I could get into the country anyway), I'm not adopted and I have never been to court.

What is an issue is that I couldn't obtain my police records. In the Netherlands it is impossible for a person to obtain his own police records. I speficaly wrote this down and printed a page from their own website stating that only the consulate/ embassy can request it. So I think I'm on the safe side when it comes to that.

Anybody made the same mistake? What happened to them?

Thank you all for your responses.

What would be applicable is a certified copy of your birth certificate. Did you send that? I would send a complete new DS230, signed. Better safe than sorry and delayed.


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What would be applicable is a certified copy of your birth certificate. Did you send that? I would send a complete new DS230, signed. Better safe than sorry and delayed.

Yes, I did send a certified copy of my birthcertificate, certified copy of my mariage license, copy of my passport (data page)and 2 identical photo's who meet the requirements.

And I have the same thoughts. I am probably sending a new DS-230 this saturday. I really don't want to have a RFE.

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I wanted to come back to this. to tell you guys what happened. Perhaps somebody else will benefit from it in the (near) future.

Since I wanted to be sure that all my paperwork is in order, I resended my DS-230 part 1 again, this time signing the paperwork. I also attached a letter to it, explaining why i sendend my DS-230 part 1 again.

3 days later ( just before the got my new DS230) I got an RFE. But not because i didn't sign my paperwork. It appears that it wasn't a big issue I hadn't signed it. I got an RFE because I have had a J-1 visa in the past and the needed a copy of it. That was it.

Well, a RFE is not what your waiting for, but it is good to know that it isn't a huge deal if you forget to sign your paperwork.

Now lets hope my case will be complete early september.... Fingers crossed

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