Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

NOA2 Next Steps

8 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hey my I129F petition was just approved last week. I recieved my hard copy confirmation in the mail, but I am not sure exactly what I am supposed to do now.

Congrats on your I-129f approval! Here's the K1 flowchart: http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1flow

I-129f approval or NOA2 is at Step #4. Next is your files will be forwarded to NVC where they will assign a case number. It may take 2-5 weeks for NVC to process an approved I-129f, but you can try to start calling NVC after about 10 business days from NOA 2 to inquire for the case number. http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/nvc/nvc-contact-information.html

After which, you can check on the consulate's website for instructions on how your fiance will go about the K-1 visa application in her country.

Edited by sweet cakes

heart.gif After all, we're all just walking home ...heart.gif

:energy: N-400 in progess ...



01/14/2013 Filed I-129f

07/31/2013 I-129f NOA2

11/04/2013 Visa Received

11/21/2013 POE: Honolulu .. Aloha!

01/27/2014 Wedding day! (L)

03/11/2014 Filed I-485, I-131 and I-765

05/31/2014 EAD/AP card received

06/27/2014 Green card received

05/12/2016 Filed I-751

05/25/2016 Check cashed

05/26/2016 NOA (Dated 05/16) Received

06/20/2016 Biometric Appointment

05/07/2017 10-year Green card received


07/02/2018 Filed N-400 online

07/24/2018 Biometric Appointment

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

1. Well before the interview phase, go atop any VJ page, click "Embassy Info" and "Reviews: Embassy," and study both the overall trends and the recent reviews for your consulate. Pay closest attention to the worst stories. Also search your regional VJ forum for relevant threads.

2. Study ahead. Because you're behind the power curve on knowing what's going to happen, work to catch up on learning about the next phases of the process. After the consular interview (and, it's hoped, the granting of the visa) comes relocation to the U.S., marriage, compiling the AOS/EAD/AP packages (for example, have you allocated the funds for the Adjustment of Status process in advance?), removing conditions, and citizenship.

Fortunately, VJ has a smorgasbord of information on every phase. Welcome to the forum.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a great question Yoveeta. I, too, am not clear on the wait time for this step of the process.

I received my NOA2 (approval!) September 9 via text and email. I then received a letter about this in the mail a few days later, which was also dated Sept. 9. I called NVC yesterday and after an hour on hold I spoke to a representative. He took my receipt number (from my I-129F) and said I still wasn't in the system and asked when I received my NOA2. When I told him two weeks ago he chuckled and said that wasn't nearly enough time. I told him that forums say two weeks (this appears in many places on this website) and he said current times are 5 weeks. I don't know if they just give you the worst case scenario or tell you a long time so you don't keep calling, but this seems long compared to everything else I've read. Should I just keep calling every few days?

Once NVC assigns a case number, can one immediately call to arrange the beneficiary's interview? (My fiance is in Cuba, for this you have to make your own appointment, NVC doesn't assign one. I want to do this as soon as I possibly can because the wait time for an interview in Cuba is 4-5 months). Or do you need to get a bill from NVC and pay the fee before interviews can be organized?

Also, how can you check to know when USCIS sends your packet to NVC and that it's received?

I've checked throughout the VJ website but didn't find anything that answered these questions. If I'm in the wrong place and someone could redirect I would appreciate it!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey my I129F petition was just approved last week. I recieved my hard copy confirmation in the mail, but I am not sure exactly what I am supposed to do now.

I am in the same situation with you. You have to wait for NVC who will write you and forward your package to the consulate where your fiancée will be applying for his/her visa. Good luck

So it's normal that after almost month of approval we still don't have any other news?

Congratulations on your approvals .I think its time you start calling the NVC . :dancing::dancing:

I-129F sent:06/06/2014

Package Accepted:06/09/2014

NOA1(EMail & Text):06/12/2014

Hardcopy Received(Mail):06/14/2014

Service Request Submitted:10/30/2014

Alien Registration number changed:11/04/2014


NOA2(Hardcopy Received):12/26/2014

NVC Arrived:1/06/2015

NVC Left:1/21/2015

Sent to the Embassy:1/22/2015

Embassy Received:1/26/2015

Medical Date:01/30/2015

Interview Date :02/18/2015

Visa in Hand:3/11/2015

Marriage Date :04/06/215



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.