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The process *was* moving quickly... sent I-130 on 9 October to the London Consulate, approved on 7 November. Fantastic. The Notice of Approval (NOA2) stated that "The United States Consulate... will advise the beneficiary (my husband) in writing within 5 weeks of the date of this approval concerning the next step of the process and issuance of the immigrant visa."

5 weeks came and went. We are now on week 9 and still no letter from the Consulate. Last week I emailed the Consulate to inquire and they responded that "the Immigrant Visa Unit wrote to your husband on December 28 to notify him that they were ready to begin the processing of his application." So I thought the postal service was running a bit behind with the Christmas/New Year holidays. But it is now 8 January and the letter still has not arrived. We live a few miles away from the Consulate... it should take no more than 2 days for a letter to reach us if it was sent.

My concern here isn't the letter itself, but that this letter should have contained my husband's case number. And if I understand correctly, we can't proceed with the next step (Forms DS-230-I, DS-2001, medical exam) without his case number.

Any advice on what to do? Maybe I've misunderstood the process? Maybe the Consulate takes longer to issue the case number?

Thank you for any advice.


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to DCF Discussion; petition appears to have been filed at USCIS field office in London.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to DCF Discussion; petition appears to have been filed at USCIS field office in London.

Thanks Ryan! Still learning my way around -- thanks for routing the discussion to the right place.

Thanks Ryan! Still learning my way around -- thanks for routing the discussion to the right place.

And yes, the petition was filed at USCIS field office in London.


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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See my timeline - my case number took 3 days from date on letter to arrival on the doormat.

Royal mail aren't exactly renowned for being reliable though is it, so not beyond the realms of possibility that its gone walkies..after 9 weeks I would be concerned too!

You absolutely cannot book medical without the case number (annoyingly)

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CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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See my timeline - my case number took 3 days from date on letter to arrival on the doormat.

Royal mail aren't exactly renowned for being reliable though is it, so not beyond the realms of possibility that its gone walkies..after 9 weeks I would be concerned too!

You absolutely cannot book medical without the case number (annoyingly)

Yeah, can't give the Royal Mail top marks in this instance. I just spoke to someone at the Embassy (0207 499 9000) and she said that the only way to contact the visa section at the Consulate is through email. I emailed them yesterday explaining that the letter was lost, so hopefully they respond quickly. And for what it's worth, the embassy operator also said it was pretty useless to call the £1.23/min line (09042 450 100).


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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Manila never sent us one either. We had to call after a week went by to get it.

But you don't need it. Check your DS-230 again. Doesn't even ask for the case number ;)

You're right -- you don't need the case number for the DS-230 but you do need it for DS-2001, which needs to accompany DS-230. So can't really proceed without the case number. Perhaps Manila consulate has a different procedure?


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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You're right -- you don't need the case number for the DS-230 but you do need it for DS-2001, which needs to accompany DS-230. So can't really proceed without the case number. Perhaps Manila consulate has a different procedure?

Exact procedure varies from place to place.

London you need the case number before you can book the medical, so you are stuck anyway until you have it


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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Does London require a medical before you apply for a visa?

In Manila you apply for the visa, the visa appointment, then the medical(but you do the medical before the visa apointment)

Hi Daniel,

The DS2001 is basically a form to inform the Consulate that you are ready for the interview (all documents ready). In the UK, the medical needs to be done first before THEY can book a interview, unfortunately. I spoke with a phone line (which by all means they don't know nothing) told me that it cant take between 4 and 6 weeks to get an interview date, which is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!

This waiting game play with peoples lives are not funny at all.

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Hi Daniel,

The DS2001 is basically a form to inform the Consulate that you are ready for the interview (all documents ready). In the UK, the medical needs to be done first before THEY can book a interview, unfortunately. I spoke with a phone line (which by all means they don't know nothing) told me that it cant take between 4 and 6 weeks to get an interview date, which is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!

This waiting game play with peoples lives are not funny at all.

The ONLY way of contacting london immigrant visa unit is LondonIV@state.gov - dont bother wasting your money with the phone lines- the ones the embassy give you are for non immigrant appointments, and the embassy switchboard will tell you it it not possible to be connected to the immigrant visa unit.

If you want an update or to at least speak to a human, then you can call the DOS (from the UK, dial 001-202-663-1225 , option 1, then option 0 ) give them your case number and they will tell you if an interview has been scheduled or the last update on your case. Other than that there is nothing they can do.

It is a f**king disgrace. I am currently fuming as I am about to miss out on something very big due to this delay, and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I am used to paying a premium for lots of things to get stuff done quickly and efficiently and to avoid delays - and unfortunately that isn't even an option here!


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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Why would you send in a DS-2001?

That's the process in London. First you send the I-130 materials. After that gets approved, you send the DS-230 part 1 and DS-2001 together. And then you have the medical exam before the Consulate will book an appointment for you. So right now I'm stuck because I cannot complete the DS-2001 or book the medical without the case number, which has been lost in transit somewhere between the Consulate and my house.


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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The ONLY way of contacting london immigrant visa unit is LondonIV@state.gov - dont bother wasting your money with the phone lines- the ones the embassy give you are for non immigrant appointments, and the embassy switchboard will tell you it it not possible to be connected to the immigrant visa unit.

If you want an update or to at least speak to a human, then you can call the DOS (from the UK, dial 001-202-663-1225 , option 1, then option 0 ) give them your case number and they will tell you if an interview has been scheduled or the last update on your case. Other than that there is nothing they can do.

It is a f**king disgrace. I am currently fuming as I am about to miss out on something very big due to this delay, and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. I am used to paying a premium for lots of things to get stuff done quickly and efficiently and to avoid delays - and unfortunately that isn't even an option here!

Thank you for that email address - v helpful. The only one I had was LondonConsular@state.gov, for which you have to call that premium line to get the code... I would gladly pay a premium to speed this process up, but as you say, not an option.


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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No code needed for the IV one, but the catch 22 is without your case number they may not reply.....to an email asking for your case number :rofl::bonk:


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1 [Denied]

 

Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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No code needed for the IV one, but the catch 22 is without your case number they may not reply.....to an email asking for your case number :rofl::bonk:

Hahahahahaha :crying:


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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That's the process in London. First you send the I-130 materials. After that gets approved, you send the DS-230 part 1 and DS-2001 together. And then you have the medical exam before the Consulate will book an appointment for you. So right now I'm stuck because I cannot complete the DS-2001 or book the medical without the case number, which has been lost in transit somewhere between the Consulate and my house.

Zeffe, I am at the EXACT same stage as you. Monday marks week number 5 since we got our NOA2. I am hoping to receive the case number by then, but it seems, according to others' posts, that likely will not happen. I've nearly got all the paperwork ready for these final stages and am ready to move forward! Fingers crossed things begin moving sometime soon. Waiting around really stinks!

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Zeffe, I am at the EXACT same stage as you. Monday marks week number 5 since we got our NOA2. I am hoping to receive the case number by then, but it seems, according to others' posts, that likely will not happen. I've nearly got all the paperwork ready for these final stages and am ready to move forward! Fingers crossed things begin moving sometime soon. Waiting around really stinks!

Good news: got the case number by calling the visa line. Can finally proceed to next step! Woohoo!


11 Sep 2012: Married at the Old Marylebone Town Hall in London!!

09 Oct 2012: Mailed I-130 to USCIS Field Office in London

10 Oct 2012: I-130 arrives at USCIS Field Office

12 Oct 2012: $420 fee charged

26 Oct 2012: NOA-1 and RFE received

05 Nov 2012: RFE (affidavits) sent back to USCIS Field Office

12 Nov 2012: NOA-2 approved!

14 Jan 2013: Received case number by phone (it never arrived by post)

21 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-230 part I

21 Jan 2013: Medical examination at Knightsbridge Doctors

22 Jan 2013: DS-230 part I arrives at US Embassy

28 Jan 2013: Mailed DS-2001

29 Jan 2013: DS-2001 received at US Embassy

02 Mar 2013: Received interview date in mail (letter postmarked 01 Mar 2013)

14 Mar 2013: Interview...approved!!!

?? Mar 2013: Passport delivered by courier

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