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Good morning,

I paid my AOS fee bill a couple of weeks ago and also filed DS-261 on behalf of my spouse and step-child, but the IV fee bill doesn't show available to pay. What I mean is that I noticed by checking people's timelines on this site that after paying AOS fee bills, they pay IV fee bills within a couple of days. Am I doing something wrong or this is all link to the 60 days waiting period for a form to be viewed? I thought that I was going to be able to have them here a least for the end of the year, but it seems impossible by the time frame that NVC is processing the forms ?. Just so that I am clear on this...

1- would it take 60 days to check form DS-261?

2- would it take 60 days for every other step after that? Like reviewing the IV application?

3-would it also take 60 days to complete case and then, 60 days to send them to the American embassy in the Dominican Republic?

Basically, I am looking at another 6 months to get an interview!?

I am sorry if I am bugging too much but I am really going out of mind with this crazy and out of control visa process..

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Unfortunately, yes to almost all of those questions.

1. It can take up to 60 days to review DS-261

2. It can take up to 60 days to review every single document that you send the NVC (AOS packet, DS 260, and IV packet).

3. However, once you get a CC (case complete), it should make it to the DR embassy within 30 days.

So, yes, you are looking at up to six months (or more if you get a checklist, because that's another 60 days if you have to resubmit anything). I'm in the same boat as you right now--waiting for the IV invoice. Hold strong!


USCIS
01-25-2014: Filed I-130
01-30-2014: NOA1, Sent to Vermont Service Center
06-11-2014: NOA2, I-130 Approved!

NVC
06-26-2014: Arrived at NVC
07-10-2014: Case # and IIN assigned
07-28-2014: D-261 available & submitted/AOS fee invoiced
07-29-2014: AOS fee paid
07-31-2014: AOS package sent
08-04-2014: AOS package scanned by NVC
08-08-2014: Amended I-864EZ re-sent (I stupidly put AGI instead of Total Income on the form)
08-13-2014: AOS package scanned by NVC
09-06-2014: DS-261 accepted
09-10-2014: IV fee invoiced/paid
09-13-2014: DS-260 completed
10-02-2014: BOTH AOS packages reviewed and accepted together (no checklist! woohoo!) NEVERMIND. HE LIED. SEE BELOW.
10-02-2014: IV package sent (it took an extra month because DHL/Customs lost my husband's birth certificate and police records in September)
10-06-2014: IV package arrived at NVC (you know, because overnight with USPS means four days later)
10-08-2014: IV package scanned by NVC
10-09-2014: Received checklist for AOS packet saying I put the wrong income number. They are wrong. Awaiting review from Supervisor Mari.
10-16-2014: My Senator's office requested an expedite review of our case. This request was submitted by the NVC to the U.S. Embassy on this date.
10-22-2014: U.S. Embassy in Panama approves expedite request!
10-24-2014: All documents at NVC mailed to U.S. Embassy in Panama
10-27-2014: All documents at NVC delivered to U.S. Embassy in Panama

U.S. Embassy in Panama

10-28-2014: Interview scheduled by Embassy for 11-13-2014
10-30-2014: Medical
11-13-2014: Interview -- APPROVED!
11-19-2014: Visa Received
12-12-2014: Point of Entry!

12-20-2014: Social Security Number arrived by mail

USCIS - Petition to Remove Conditions
09-26-2016: Filed I-751

09-30-2016: NOA Date (Received in mail on 10-06-2016)

10-03-2016: Checks cashed

10-31-2016: Biometrics (Received appointment in mail on 10/21/2016)

08-23-2017: Date of Decision: Approval (Received in mail on 8/28/2017, but not updated online)

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I read a Q&A by an immigration lawyer last week saying the backlog at NVC is terrible and you should expect 3-7 months at the NVC. It used to be 1-3 months.


Married March 9, 2013
NOA1 I-130 April 12, 2013

Transferred to TSC Nov 27, 2013
APPROVED March 18, 2014 FINALLY ! ! ! !! 11 MONTHS & 6 LONG DAYS FOR MY NOA2
Case shipped from TSC to NVC March 21, 2014
Rec'd NOA2 hard copy March 22, 2014
Case rec'd & Case Number assigned April 1, 2014
AMAZING !!!
PAID IV and AOS fees online April 5, 2014
Fees show paid/DS 260 avail. /DS260 submitted/AOS&IV pkg sent April 9, 2014
FEDEX delivered @ NVC April 11, 2014
Revised AOS pkg delivered April 15, 2014
AOS & IV rec'd& scanned in @ NVC April 15, 2014
Revised AOS scanned April 18, 2014
AOS checklist for income and IV pkg April 30, 2014 (checklist expected due to Lawyers mistakes)
DS260 accepted April 30, 2014
Checklist for Birth cert/police cert May 1, 2014
AOS accepted May 5, 2014

Birth cert scanned MAY 8, 2014

CASE COMPLETE JUNE 4, 2014 CC letter received via email June 11, 2014

INTERVIEW JULY 15, 2014

Waiver finally FedEx'd to Phoenix Lockbox August 21, 2014

WAIVER APPROVED December 17, 2014

Received Instruction Letter via email December 23, 2014

Final Embassy Appointment January 5, 2015 YAY !

Visa ISSUED January 12, 2015

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Thank you all for replying to my dilemma. I guess that in a way, God works in mysterious ways. They will get here when the time is right. All I hope is that these embassies don't try to mess everybody up by denying a lot of visas because they can't just handle a flow of immigrants.

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Good morning,

I paid my AOS fee bill a couple of weeks ago and also filed DS-261 on behalf of my spouse and step-child, but the IV fee bill doesn't show available to pay. What I mean is that I noticed by checking people's timelines on this site that after paying AOS fee bills, they pay IV fee bills within a couple of days. Am I doing something wrong or this is all link to the 60 days waiting period for a form to be viewed? I thought that I was going to be able to have them here a least for the end of the year, but it seems impossible by the time frame that NVC is processing the forms ?. Just so that I am clear on this...

1- would it take 60 days to check form DS-261?

2- would it take 60 days for every other step after that? Like reviewing the IV application?

3-would it also take 60 days to complete case and then, 60 days to send them to the American embassy in the Dominican Republic?

Basically, I am looking at another 6 months to get an interview!?

I am sorry if I am bugging too much but I am really going out of mind with this crazy and out of control visa process..

Whatever you do, DO NOT get click happy and click on the completed DS261, this will reset your time frame to review the document.


I am the USC Petitioner. My wonderful wife Laura is from Scotland.

10.27.2013 ~ Married

01.23.2014 ~ I-130 sent

01.29.2014 ~ NOA1

06.02.2014 ~ APPROVED!!! NOA2

06.05.2014 ~ Shipped to NVC

06.13.2014 ~ Case received by NVC

07.03.2014 ~ Case number assigned by NVC

07.21.2014 ~ Submitted DS-261

07.24.2014 ~ AoS Invoice available, paid

07.25.2014 ~ AoS Invoice shows paid

07.30.2014 ~ AoS package mailed USPS Priority

07.31.2014 ~ Checked CEAC website 47 times

08.01.2014 ~ USPS tracking shows AoS delivered

09.17.2014 ~ IV invoice available

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Whatever you do, DO NOT get click happy and click on the completed DS261, this will reset your time frame to review the document.

So funny! I already did that last week, lol. I was reading a post from somebody talking about checking it and making sure there were no mistake, that I ended up doing the sane thing ?. I only reset my date after a week of submitting it, which I don't think is that bad... I guess we live and learn.

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