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http://haiti.usembassy.gov/mobile/press-releases-consulate-transition-sept-22-2014.html

Transition to a New Visa Appointment, Payment and Delivery System

September 22, 2014

On October 11, 2014, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will transition to a new online system which changes the way applicants schedule appointments, pay fees, and receive documents.

The new process has been implemented at U.S. Embassies worldwide, and is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly.

The decision criteria for issuing immigrant and non-immigrant visas will not change.

The cost of a non-immigrant visa will not change.

Starting October 11, 2014, applicants should visit www.ustraveldocs.com to schedule their interviews, get information about the documents they will need, and obtain payment instructions.

Notable Improvements under the new system:

Increased number of locations where you can pay your visa application fee.

Free passport and document delivery services.

Easier ability to re-schedule an appointment or schedule group appointments.

Expanded call center service will now respond to both immigrant and non-immigrant visa inquiries, and will be free of charge.

We will continue to provide information and updates on our Embassy website in the coming weeks: http://haiti.usembassy.gov/.

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Moved from K1 Process & Procedures to Caribbean regional forum; topic is applicable to multiple processes and specific to Haiti.


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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

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February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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Honestly, no one can really say for sure what this will mean. What I do know is that it will have benefits (like free delivery services) and cons (more computer time needed). I know for me, it's kind of nice having them schedule the appointment because my fiancé only uses his phone for internet and so checking for interview slot availability would fall to me. And when a new program is started, it takes some time for everyone to become familiar with it so there will be some minor issues but I doubt that any of them will be bad. On the other hand the system is used by a number of embassies - including the Philippines and I haven't heard of any major complaints. And if it means that paying the visa fee is easier (or could be done electronically) that's a definite plus. It's definitely going to be interesting and I have to say that I hope we're through most of the Haitian embassy stuff by the time it's implemented.


K-1 from Haiti - NOA1: 5/27/2014; NOA2: 7/8 USCIS never updated to say that it was sent to the NVC (just in case you're as concerned about your status not updating as I was about mine)
NVC Case Number Received: 7/31; Left NVC: 8/1 - tracked via DHL website; CEAC Status - Ready: 8/7; Packet 3 Received: 9/5 - Beneficiary received packet / Medical Completed: 9/19;
DS-160 Submitted: 9/22 - (CEAC date updated); Packet 3 Submitted: 9/26; Packet 4 Received: 10/24; Interview Date: 11/6 @ 7 am Interview Result: Approved!
CEAC Status Issued: 11/10; USTraveldocs.com finally acknowledged Fiance's passport actually in their system: 11/20; Passport Received: 11/21;

POE: 11/23/2014; Wedding: 2/14/2015

AOS/EAD/AP Filed: 2/21/2015;

USCIS EAD & AP received: 2/25; USCIS AOS received: 2/27; Received NOA1s in mail: 3/5; Biometrics: 3/26; EAD/AP Card in Production: 5/11; EAD/AP Card Mailed: 5/1; EAD/AP Card Received 5/19; NPIW Letter dated: 6/11/15; Green card Approved: 10/1/15;

Green card Received: 10/7/15

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All I can say is thank the good lord above no one has to deal with CIVA any more!! :dancing::dancing::dancing: Applicants can finally contact someone and get actual information vs paying for calls and receiving nothing but misinformation. I think this will greatly benefit the process for everyone and agree that there will probably be some minor issues initially. Overall, I think it is a HUGE step forward. Even though I am past this step, I am so happy others will soon benefit from this change and not be feeling as helpless as we did once the packet reaches Haiti! :thumbs: Woo HOooooOoO!!


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