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There are a few people posting on here who are in the same boat as me, so I wanted to update everyone. I received my case number yesterday just shy of the 5 week mark from receiving NOA2. NOA2 was dated Dec 10, 2012 & Case Number letter dated Jan 8, 2013.

My question is: when am I permitted to send DS230 Parts I & II & DS2001? And do I send them to the same place I sent the I-130? Also- am I correct in that only DS230, part I is to be signed? Trying to speed up this process as much as possible! Any help would be greatly appreciated :-)

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Phone and book your medical now.

Ds-230 pt1 needs to filled, signed and sent off with the ds-2001 and your cover letter - pt2 you take with you to interview and is signed there.

Dont send to the same address as the i-130- this lot goes to the lazy lot at the immigrant visa unit, which should be the address at the top of the letter with your case number.


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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this lot goes to the lazy lot at the immigrant visa unit,

The lazy lot...Really? They issued 102,861 visas in 2011 (the last report issued). That's about 2000 visas each week. It's a busy place with a lot of people wanting attention.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Phone and book your medical now.

Ds-230 pt1 needs to filled, signed and sent off with the ds-2001 and your cover letter - pt2 you take with you to interview and is signed there.

Dont send to the same address as the i-130- this lot goes to the lazy lot at the immigrant visa unit, which should be the address at the top of the letter with your case number.

Assumed they weren't open on a Saturday?

Thanks for the info regarding what to send in and where. Very helpful! :)

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Does London not require the G-325A?

Also, do other Embassies really require the DS-2001?

I know it can't be new, since it's a quite old form...

G-325A's are submitted with your I-130 in London.


12 Dec 2002: Married on K1 Fiancee Visa

02 Dec 2011: Moved back to UK. Intentions permanent. Permanent residency abandoned.

27 Oct 2012: Hubby homesick, I-130 sent.

30 Oct 2012: Signed for at Embassy

06 Nov 2012: I-130 Returned, USA Card Declined due to Fraud Alert despite letting them know first.

10 Nov 2012: I-130 Resent.

17 Nov 2012: I-130 Returned, UK Card Declined - probably the same reason.

20 Nov 2012: I-130 sent with bankers draft

26 Nov 2012: NOA1 Received - Finally...

13 Dec 2012: NOA2 Approval Date

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Also, do other Embassies really require the DS-2001?

I know it can't be new, since it's a quite old form...

I think it's a London thing. London used to have what they called the "checklist" which was a list of what was brought to the interview by K1s, K3s, and DCFs. It was their London created form that you checked off and signed then sent back to say you were ready to interview. When they got away from paper packets 3-4 years ago, they went to the DS-2001. There is no list to physically check off, but it serves the same purpose--to say you have all your documents in hand that you will need to present at the interview. They won't give an interview appointment until you sign off that you have all your ducks in a row.

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England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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It's so odd to me how some Embassies do things different than others.

Being run by the Federal government, you would think that it would uniform. I guess it adds to the confusion and mystery of the visa process. :lol:

Well they all require the same basic visa application forms/documentation, but how they collect the forms, schedule the medical exam, assign your interview, etc is where they have their individual way to get to the end result. Some have you mail in the documents, others see them for the first time at the interview. Some let you pick your own appointment, while others dole them out after a long wait. But in the end all require the same medical exam, police report, birth certificate, DS-230, etc.as outlined by the Dept of State.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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There are a few people posting on here who are in the same boat as me, so I wanted to update everyone. I received my case number yesterday just shy of the 5 week mark from receiving NOA2. NOA2 was dated Dec 10, 2012 & Case Number letter dated Jan 8, 2013.

My question is: when am I permitted to send DS230 Parts I & II & DS2001? And do I send them to the same place I sent the I-130? Also- am I correct in that only DS230, part I is to be signed? Trying to speed up this process as much as possible! Any help would be greatly appreciated :-)

Thanks for the update and congrats on getting the case number!

You can mail the DS-230 pt 1 and DS-2001 straight away (provided you have all the required supporting documents on hand) to:

Immigrant Visa Unit

US Embassy

24 Grosvenor Square

London W1K 6AH

And to book your medical, ring the Bond Street branch of Knightsbridge Doctors at 020 7486 7822. You'll need to give the receptionist your case number and some other details which are all outlined on the medical practice's website: http://www.visamedicals.info/us.asp.

Good luck!


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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