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I'm about to file the DS-230 in about a week. Is it really necessary to re-send documents that were already sent to USCIS? This would include original certified (not copy) marriage certificate, my birth certificate, spouse's birth certificate, etc?

I've already filed these with USCIS for my I-130. Can I just call NVC to see if I need to send in ANOTHER one of each?

As it stands, I'll be needing 4 of each of these. 1 from USCIS, 1 for NVC, 1 for her visa interview, and 1 for filing W7 with my taxes. This is ridiculous.

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You were only required to send COPIES to the USCIS, not originals. The originals are supposed to be for the NVC and consulate stage of the process. If you want the originals back from the USCIS you must file a G-884 and your documents wills be sent back to you. So to answer your question, no the USCIS does not send the documents to NVC. After my husband arrived here I wanted my original birth certificate back(I sent it by mistake) so I sent in the form and it took about 60 days to receive it back. here is a link to the form http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/g-884instr.pdf



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On the same note, does the same thing occur between NVC to the Embassy? Does NVC mail everything including all supporting documents to the Embassy before the interview, such as birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc.

I think they do forward everything to the embassy. On the interview day, you can actually see the consular officer going thru your whole file. The whole file is then mailed to the visa applicant in a brown envelope together with the visa stamped in the passport. At the port of entry, when the immigrant is going thru the immigration inspection, this will be handed to the immigration officer.

Maybe someone else can chime in & explain it a little better.

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All documents pertaining to your petition are required, even if you need to submit the same documents to NVC. Your completed DS-230 will be submitted with other required documents to complete the IV package.


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On the same note, does the same thing occur between NVC to the Embassy? Does NVC mail everything including all supporting documents to the Embassy before the interview, such as birth certificates, marriage certificate, etc.

I know I have heard rumors USCIS doesn't send all the petition to NVC and they most diff keep your originals. So with my DS-230 I sent extra evidence and resent my whole I-130 petition (another 219 pages) doesn't hurt.


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The whole file is then mailed to the visa applicant in a brown envelope together with the visa stamped in the passport. At the port of entry, when the immigrant is going thru the immigration inspection, this will be handed to the immigration officer.

Maybe someone else can chime in & explain it a little better.

The WHOLE file goes into the brown envelope? What if the whole file is 6 inches thick and had to be sent to the NVC in a box?


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07-Nov-2011 Filed I-130
21-Nov-2011 NOA1
23-Aug-2012 NOA2 Approved 276 days
10-Jan-2013 Case complete via email

28-Feb-2013 Interview, result AP
11-Apr-2013 Embassy appointment - VISA APPROVED and issued in 4 hours
30-Apr-2013 POE Chicago O'Hare - He's home!

04-Sep-2014 Moved to northern California

12-Mar-2015 Filed ROC
16-Mar-2015 Documents delivered
18-Mar-2015 Check cashed
19-Mar-2015 NOA1 dated 03/16/2015 received in mail
13-Apr-2015 Biometrics completed
02-Feb-2016 Contacted USCIS about case, was told it's on hold because of security checks (email)
04-Mar-2016 Moved to Wisconsin
12-Aug-2016 New Biometrics appointment
14-Sep-2016 Contacted USCIS again about case (email said we should hear from them by Oct 6)
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 explaining the Service Request is currently being reviewed by an officer.
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 with Interview appointment for both of us for 28-Sep-2016
28-Sep-2016 Interview, both of us, separated, not hard, 10 min. each, result---said hubby will get GC in about 10 days
26-Oct-2016 *****STILL WAITING*****
02-Nov-2016 Card is being produced!!!
08-Nov-2016 Card is mailed
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The WHOLE file goes into the brown envelope? What if the whole file is 6 inches thick and had to be sent to the NVC in a box?

I assumed/think they forward everything. That was just what I thought., I am not sure if they indeed do it. The brown envelope that i carried when I flew here feels pretty much the whole file we have submitted from petition to the visa application. good.gif

One member here accidentally opened the brown envelop & browse through it. He/she thinks that all the documents/forms that were submitted was in that brown envelope. It was a K-1 visa so not a whole lot of paper works compared to a I-130.

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One member here accidentally opened the brown envelop & browse through it. He/she thinks that all the documents/forms that were submitted was in that brown envelope. It was a K-1 visa so not a whole lot of paper works compared to a I-130.

$400 to replace that opened envelope I think....


XMY93gI.jpgXMY9m5.png

AAD1m5.pngThankYouUSA-Kosova.jpg

See my Timeline for details of our visa journey
17-Aug-2011 Our Wedding Day in Kosovo heart9.gif
07-Nov-2011 Filed I-130
21-Nov-2011 NOA1
23-Aug-2012 NOA2 Approved 276 days
10-Jan-2013 Case complete via email

28-Feb-2013 Interview, result AP
11-Apr-2013 Embassy appointment - VISA APPROVED and issued in 4 hours
30-Apr-2013 POE Chicago O'Hare - He's home!

04-Sep-2014 Moved to northern California

12-Mar-2015 Filed ROC
16-Mar-2015 Documents delivered
18-Mar-2015 Check cashed
19-Mar-2015 NOA1 dated 03/16/2015 received in mail
13-Apr-2015 Biometrics completed
02-Feb-2016 Contacted USCIS about case, was told it's on hold because of security checks (email)
04-Mar-2016 Moved to Wisconsin
12-Aug-2016 New Biometrics appointment
14-Sep-2016 Contacted USCIS again about case (email said we should hear from them by Oct 6)
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 explaining the Service Request is currently being reviewed by an officer.
22-Sep-2016 Letter from USCIS dated 9/20 with Interview appointment for both of us for 28-Sep-2016
28-Sep-2016 Interview, both of us, separated, not hard, 10 min. each, result---said hubby will get GC in about 10 days
26-Oct-2016 *****STILL WAITING*****
02-Nov-2016 Card is being produced!!!
08-Nov-2016 Card is mailed
10-Nov-2016 Card is Delivered!!!! YAY

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I think my wife mistakenly sent my birth certificate to the USCIS during the filing period now is the only thing needed by NVC. The just asked her to send it to them. This is my concern to retrieve it my take 60 days so I heard. Or better still can I get copy from the government and send to her

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