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Finally got interview date without Packet 3 or 4!!

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So as every day I looked at my case status on https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ which is the DCF equivalent to the USCIS website I think and hey ho, it said Status Has Been Updated on June 14th - so I called the embassy AGAIN (last time I called, on june 12th, they told me not to call again in the next 3-4 weeks and that they estimate I would have my interview some time in August) and the guy said I got AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!!!

Interview is to be held on July 1st (Medical was on May 29th).

This is going to be the scary part as I am trying to qualify with my income from my self-employment.

Anyway, the lesson learned here is to not rely on any paperwork/emails to be sent to you, keep calling the embassy instead. I never received Packet 3 or 4 even though they said they sent it to me.

Good luck everyone!

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That's great :)

I had the opposite experience. Called last week to see if they had my LND number yet, and the guy took my name and came back with a "no, not in the system yet". Next morning, received Packet 3 in the mail with a posted date of 2 days earlier. So, it was in the system when I called the extortion line, and likely he misheard or misspelt my name when looking me up. It can go either way!

General lesson is probably that the process goes smoother the more on top of your case you are.

Very excited that you got your interview date! July 1st is actually really soon. star_smile.gif

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to DCF Discussion.

Our journey:


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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Congratulations! Similar thing happened to me too. I kept emailing and calling and they kept asking for more information and telling me to contact the NVC. Then I got my interview letter on May 9 dated April 26, and the same day I got an email saying that there is no record of my case and it must still be with Delhi! (Filed in delhi and interview in mumbai). Didn't get a packet 3 or 4 either, and my case number wasn't even in the monthly interview list put out by the consulate!

Just have to keep calling/emailing till you get the information.

All the best for your interview!

Filed for DCF for my husband in New Delhi, India


29-06-2012 - Got Married in Bangalore, India

04-04-2013 - Filed the I-130 in person in New Delhi

No NOA1, NOA2, Packet3, Packet4

26-04-2012 - Interview Letter sent out

09-05-2012 - Interview letter received

24-05-2012 - Interview Date

Interview Result - Approved

Filing to interview date = 50 days!

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Can anyone help? I called visa center and they stated that they had received file 6/19, but that it was not in their system yet. Any way to know how long this is going to take? The guy on the phone stated that he couldn't say anything until we had a case number...anyone been through this?

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