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Hello all,

My husband had his interview in Algiers last week, which I attended. The biggest red flag in our case is that he had previously lived undocumented in Greece and France (where we met.) We were able to provide a PCC for France, but not for Greece, despite all our efforts to obtain one.The CO seemed to have made up her mind about my husband before the interview even started. When he chose to do his interview in French, she began interrogating him about what language we speak in, not believing that I speak French. The next question was about his undocumented travels and why he hadn't provided the Greek PCC. She kept interrupting him when he tried to answer, so finally he asked if I could come explain, since I had done the paperwork. She was a bit sarcastic, saying "you didn't help your wife with the paperwork? You don't have confidence in your file?" And when I came up, she said "you apparently seem to know more about his travels than he does."

Granted, she was far nicer to me than she was to him. I talked at length about all the attempts we had made to get the PCC. She said she would have to do some research into the laws, because it would be hard to get around a required PCC. She asked me to sit down while she continued the interview -- she was less than impressed that we got married in a matter of months, and that we moved to Algeria the day after our wedding.

At the end of the interview, she gave him the letter with the 221(g) case pending action, requesting a new Algerian PCC and a copy of his prior passport with European travel. (She had flipped through every page of his new passport, looking for stamps.) I hung around to talk to her one last time. I told her that his old passport had a Turkish visa and that was it. She said that that was a good thing, and that she was just trying to think of things that would help us out. She also said that PCC's were a very basic requirement, and that people had been able to get them from Russia, Vietnam, etc. So I asked her to consider than my husband was never a legal resident of Greece, was never in court, was never convicted, was never deported, and obviously wasn't a citizen, which makes it highly unlikely that he has a record there. She seemed to hear me out.

We submitted the missing documents yesterday. She said that the timeframe for processing them would depend on the embassy's caseload. Now, I'm wondering how long we'll be in AP... a week? Six months? Longer?

I would greatly appreciate some advice.


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----------Salam Alikum,

I have almost a similar case to yours and would like to know how long you have been in AP? I had my interview on Aug 12 and was given the 2221g as they wanted a valid Police Cert. I gave them everything they ask for that same day. On the CEAC site it says my case was updated Aug 18 but still AP. I am wondering how long this will take?

Any help would be great. Thank you.


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Hello Toufik,

I've been in AP since August 14. I just replied to your post about AP with some information that you might find helpful. I've seen cases on here where the AP was resolved quickly (within a matter of days), whereas others take weeks or months. I would say that because what they're asking for is pretty straightforward, your AP might be shorter than in some other cases. However, it also depends on the caseload at the embassy.

Best of luck.


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