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NOA2 received 5/13/13 from CSC. The I-797 indicates it will be sent to the consulate, not NVC. I have been calling the NVC every day the past 2 weeks, and also have sent an email to their research email address with a copy of NOA2. But so far, they can't help. All they say is keep waiting. It's already been 34 days - way too long for a file to make its way from California to New Hampshire!!!

I called the USCIS customer service number last week, and they were not helpful. I was escalated to tier 2, but all they told me is that it can take as long as 90 days to reach the consulate.

I called USCIS customer service again today, and they suggested that maybe the file was sent directly to the embassy, if that's what was indicated on the NOA2, even though its not the standard process. So, tonight at 7 pm central US time, I will begin calling the US embassy in Manila.

Has anyone ever heard of a file going directly to the embassy without first going to NVC???

My fiancee and I are so frustrated by this latest situation. We are so close to being together... and then this unexpected delay!!! If we just had that MNL number, we could be together here in the US in late July or early August. But with this delay, there is no telling when!!!

Any suggestions on what we can do to get the file back on track???

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Depite what the I-797 indicates and what some USCIS phone operator may have said, no file ever goes directly to an Embassy or Consualte from a USCIS facility, ever. It always goes to the NVC first.

I would say go ahead and call the Embassy in Manila, you have nothing to lose by doing so.


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our NOA2 also says forwarded to consulate. it tooks us almost a month after approval date before NVC finally told us that they got our case on their hand. what we did was we called NVC from the 15th days from approval date but they said they didn't received our case yet. we called them several times until they asked a copy of our NOA2 so my fiance sent them a scanned copy. i also called the embassy hoping that they got our case but they said they don't have it and it's supposed to go to NVC from the center and advice me to keep calling NVC and USCIS office. after a couple days from sending NVC a copy of our NOA2, we got a positive result, they got our case now and that they will be sending it to the embassy this week. so my advice is to try calling also the USCIS office since they were the last one who processed the case, then the NVC and the embassy just to make sure if they have it or not. somehow, those who got NOA2 that says "forwarded to consulate" are having unnecessary delays compared to those that says "forwarded to NVC". we all know that all petitions should go to NVC after getting approved and not directly to the embassy. just be patient and be pro active, the last thing we want are misplaced/lost cases.. good luck

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our NOA2 also says forwarded to consulate. it tooks us almost a month after approval date before NVC finally told us that they got our case on their hand. what we did was we called NVC from the 15th days from approval date but they said they didn't received our case yet. we called them several times until they asked a copy of our NOA2 so my fiance sent them a scanned copy. i also called the embassy hoping that they got our case but they said they don't have it and it's supposed to go to NVC from the center and advice me to keep calling NVC and USCIS office. after a couple days from sending NVC a copy of our NOA2, we got a positive result, they got our case now and that they will be sending it to the embassy this week. so my advice is to try calling also the USCIS office since they were the last one who processed the case, then the NVC and the embassy just to make sure if they have it or not. somehow, those who got NOA2 that says "forwarded to consulate" are having unnecessary delays compared to those that says "forwarded to NVC". we all know that all petitions should go to NVC after getting approved and not directly to the embassy. just be patient and be pro active, the last thing we want are misplaced/lost cases.. good luck

I'm glad they finally received your case. Good luck in the next steps of the process in Manila. Ours is still missing so far. I called USCIS and embassy in Manila. Neither has our case. I also sent email with copy of NOA2 to research department of NVC last week, but they still have not responded to my inquiry (just auto-response email). When you got the positive result, was it via email reply to your inquiry, or when you called the NVC again?

I hope they find ours soon. It has been 36 days already since NOA2. sad.png

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Ours says "The above petitiobn has been approved, and forwarded to the listed consulate." I pray to god that our file doesn't go into a black hole because we don't have time to be stuck in limbo.


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June 13, 2013 - NOA2 approved.

June 17, 2013 - NOA2 hard copy received.

June 25, 2013 - Consulate received
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July 13, 2013 - Packet 3 sent

July 28, 2013 - Packet 4 received

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My letter talked about being forwarded to the Consulate also. NOA2 May 30/ MNL case number assigned June 17th. Seems everyone is having different results. sad.png

Wow!!! You're cruising right through the process. Just 3 months for NOA2, and 19 days for MNL number. Congrats!!! Good luck with everything in the Manila phase of the process.

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I'm glad they finally received your case. Good luck in the next steps of the process in Manila. Ours is still missing so far. I called USCIS and embassy in Manila. Neither has our case. I also sent email with copy of NOA2 to research department of NVC last week, but they still have not responded to my inquiry (just auto-response email). When you got the positive result, was it via email reply to your inquiry, or when you called the NVC again?

I hope they find ours soon. It has been 36 days already since NOA2. sad.png

When USCIS emailed my fiance requesting him to send a copy of our NOA2, they also stated that

they will be the one to contact USCIS about our case. Then after 2days my fiance called USCIS and

NVC. The NVC rep told him that they got our case. But we dont really know why it went "missing" for

a while. Hopefully we will get our MNL# pretty soon.

Just keep calling them, i know it really sucks not knowing where the case is right now but they have to do something to put it back in track. Good luck.

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We finally got our MNL number after 42 days - after filing service request at USCIS, research request at NVC, and Infopass at the local USCIS office. It's still not clear to me whether any of the additional requests sped up the processing of our file, because I never received replies indicating resolution from USCIS or NVC. Regardless, we are really happy to have things moving forward in Manila. But 42 days is completely unreasonable.

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Well the hard part if waiting is over my friend. Now just a few more things and you will be able to move on with your new life. That's what counts.

I'm glad to see that you got your case number too. Hopefully the rest of the process is smooth sailing for all of us.

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