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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Coming up on ELEVEN months in waiting for a SECURITY clearance when either myself or my wife have ANY criminal background. We keep sending E-Requests for information and they keep saying the same thing "We have yet to clear your names on the security check."

Is it not true that this is suppose to take no longer than 15 months? If not, how much longer could we be waiting? 5 months? Another year? 2 years? 3 years?!

Shes an American citizen, born in the US and I'm a Canadian, born in Canada. It should not take this long for us to be together. We are neighbors and allies. I just want to live with my wife already!! :( :( :(

Ya, I can go down for 6 months at a time, but I can't legally work :/

Is there anyway I can apply for a temporary work visa or something while I wait? So I can work in the least 20 hours a week and can live with her while I wait for approval? I can't stand this distance much longer. It's taking a toll on my mental health greatly so much I might lose my current job...We figured I'd be down by Christmas......but now it feels like I'll never be able to live with her.....I don't want to wait another year! Someone give me some good news :(

Sorry if I sound like I'm whining, but it's really disheartening seeing people on here that submitted there petitions the same time we did, to Nebraska and have already had their interviews and already happily living with each other...I'm sure I'm not the only one but it's REALLY frustrating.....





The Path to Finding My Soul Mate ❤️

2008 - Met on deviantART.com
2009 - Visited each other for the first time as best friends.
2010 - Realized we were meant to be more than friends ❤️
Christmas of 2011 - Engaged!

July 5, 2013 - MARRIED!!
July 18, 2013 - DOMA IS STRUCK DOWN!!!

Waiting on IR-1 Visa to be approved then will celebrate with the beach ceremony/reception of our dreams ❤️

My Visa Journey for IR-1

11/21/2013 - I-130 Package Sent to Phoenix Lockbox

11/26/2013 - Package Arrived in Phoenix!! Waiting on NOA1!

12/02/2013 - NOA1 received VIA Email! Waiting on Hard Copy!

12/04/2013 - Hard Copy Arrived, waiting on approval!!

06/26/2014 - E-Request sent, Security Check still pending. Still waiting on Approval.
07/05/2014 - Our first marriage anniversary!
08/17/2014 - Still awaiting approval. Planning on sending 2nd E-Request in September
10/09/2014 - I-130 APPROVED, NOA2 Received by E-Mail, waiting for package in the mail!! 311 days later, wow!
12/05/2015 - NVC Received. Assigned Case # and Will be Going to Montreal!
12/11/2015 - AOS and IV Bill paid!!!
05/13/2015 - AOS and IV Package sent!
07/05/2015 - Happy Two Year Anniversary!
08/27/2015 - Interview Confirmed on September 25, 2015 at 8am! WE'RE GOING TO MONTREAL! Fingers crossed!! (one day before my birthday!)
09/08/2015 - Medical Done in Toronto with Dr. Lyndon (Highly recommend! Easy to get too via the subway). All clear there! Waiting for it to come in the Mail
09/25/2015 - Visa APPROVED!

Total Time Taken (Till Interview): 1 Year 10 Months

Point of Entry/Green Card Delivery

09/26/2015 - Back home from Montreal, waiting for LOOMIS delivery to pick up VISA
09/30/2015 - Visa Arrived in London, ON for pick up; Visa in hand!
10/01/2015 - Flight Booked! Moving date is October 7th!
10/07/2015 - POE @ YYZ (Toronto Pearson International). Waiting on Greencard delivery

 

2019 UPDATE Going Home to Canada. Process for their application took 4 months. Smell ya later USA. Won't miss ya.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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Also, may I add, that everyone who submitted around the same time, with a similar timeline, has their NOA2!! Like seriously?! Why are we the ones being stuck in the slow lane?! Also they're already into January 2014 filers according to the processing timelines!! What is going on?! Freaking me out that it's taking this long to clear the security clearance when we have NOTHING on our records....Denied entry ONCE to the US but it wasn't for criminal reasons. I was 19, had no job, wasn't in school and living with my mom and visiting my wife (my best friend at the time) for the first time after meeting online, so they said I had lacked ties to prove I'd return to Canada, but crossed 6 hours later, without a hitch, so that makes no sense :/ And I'm in Florida right now visiting, returning today to Canada and they stamped my passport for 6 months....so that can't have anything to do with it, but its the only thing I can keep going back too. And Laura is clearer than glass for her record. Never done anything wrong!!!


The Path to Finding My Soul Mate ❤️

2008 - Met on deviantART.com
2009 - Visited each other for the first time as best friends.
2010 - Realized we were meant to be more than friends ❤️
Christmas of 2011 - Engaged!

July 5, 2013 - MARRIED!!
July 18, 2013 - DOMA IS STRUCK DOWN!!!

Waiting on IR-1 Visa to be approved then will celebrate with the beach ceremony/reception of our dreams ❤️

My Visa Journey for IR-1

11/21/2013 - I-130 Package Sent to Phoenix Lockbox

11/26/2013 - Package Arrived in Phoenix!! Waiting on NOA1!

12/02/2013 - NOA1 received VIA Email! Waiting on Hard Copy!

12/04/2013 - Hard Copy Arrived, waiting on approval!!

06/26/2014 - E-Request sent, Security Check still pending. Still waiting on Approval.
07/05/2014 - Our first marriage anniversary!
08/17/2014 - Still awaiting approval. Planning on sending 2nd E-Request in September
10/09/2014 - I-130 APPROVED, NOA2 Received by E-Mail, waiting for package in the mail!! 311 days later, wow!
12/05/2015 - NVC Received. Assigned Case # and Will be Going to Montreal!
12/11/2015 - AOS and IV Bill paid!!!
05/13/2015 - AOS and IV Package sent!
07/05/2015 - Happy Two Year Anniversary!
08/27/2015 - Interview Confirmed on September 25, 2015 at 8am! WE'RE GOING TO MONTREAL! Fingers crossed!! (one day before my birthday!)
09/08/2015 - Medical Done in Toronto with Dr. Lyndon (Highly recommend! Easy to get too via the subway). All clear there! Waiting for it to come in the Mail
09/25/2015 - Visa APPROVED!

Total Time Taken (Till Interview): 1 Year 10 Months

Point of Entry/Green Card Delivery

09/26/2015 - Back home from Montreal, waiting for LOOMIS delivery to pick up VISA
09/30/2015 - Visa Arrived in London, ON for pick up; Visa in hand!
10/01/2015 - Flight Booked! Moving date is October 7th!
10/07/2015 - POE @ YYZ (Toronto Pearson International). Waiting on Greencard delivery

 

2019 UPDATE Going Home to Canada. Process for their application took 4 months. Smell ya later USA. Won't miss ya.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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**** Moving from K3 to CR-1 spousal visa as that is what the OP's profile indicates was filed for *****

It sounds like you may have a name similar as someone that is of concern. Has your US spouse contacted their Senator or Congress person's Immigration Liaison?


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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True, a congressional inquiry regarding abnormal processing times can speed things up as they have only 48 hours to respond to the liaison's message. Not saying you'd get something in 48 hours, but it could at least bump your petition up.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Look at my timeline. Click the spoiler. Yes, it can take this long. There is no set time. The timelines posted are only a guide. The senators didn't help me.

If they told you that your file is undergoing security checks, the only thing you can do is wait. I have been there, done that.

Edited by LoveMyTico

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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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We are at 18 months now and told it will take another 60 days to review our AOS & Civil docs. They won't allow me to visit the USA, so my husband has to come to Canada to see me. Neither of us have any criminal record. He's a pilot for god sake & I worked for the government. Our couriered AOS & Civil Doc paperwork was sent in on July 19, 2014 & signed for by NVC July 21, 2014. They lost our paperwork & found them after we sent a Senator after them. They found them on Sept 11, 2014, so they were entered in the system on that day. They then said we will wait 60 more days to review. We argued that they were received July 21st but they said not their problem. They were entered Sept 11, 2014 so it will be 60 business days from that date. We are completely fed up with the whole process. We also had a k3 visa at the Montreal consulate back in March that was cancelled because the I-130 was approved 2 days after the k3 but they waited for us to pay the interview fee of $240 before they cancelled. They will not refund any money on that. So we continued to pay the $230 I-130 fee & AOS fee $88 the same day in March and still sitting on our thumbs.

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That's the government for you hurry up and wait longer and pay for slow as# service a bloodie joke on us i wish we could pay after we receive our approval you would see how fast they move then

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**** Moving from K3 to CR-1 spousal visa as that is what the OP's profile indicates was filed for *****

It sounds like you may have a name similar as someone that is of concern. Has your US spouse contacted their Senator or Congress person's Immigration Liaison?

This is how you deal with a long time at the USCIS. You can also contact your ombudsman and ask for a service request if the USCIS has had your file for 6+ months.

You may want to get a criminal record check with the RCMP and your wife can get an FBI check to help out the congressman's office so they can help you more too .


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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I totally hear you, saddlepatch. Check out my profile. It was about a year ago that I started getting my docs in order for our i-130 application, which, due to the fact I had to mail it from Abu Dhabi to Chicago and it was then returned and we had to send it a second time, wasn't officially received until December 17 of last year - and we are STILL waiting for i-130 approval!

Luckily for us we are living together in Abu Dhabi and hoping to move to the States once his visa is approved. I DO feel confident it's going to be (inshallah, as they say over here!) but it is SOOOOO frustrating to wait and you feel so powerless to do anything about it!

One thing that has cheered me up is looking at old threads here, where people have complained and expressed the exact frustrations you and I are feeling, and almost inevitably the approval does eventually come through.

I have also done my first enquiry with USCIS, I've contacted a senator AND I just filled out a complaint with the Ombudsman. I'm hoping these things will get us somewhere. Have your partner do the same!

Keep the faith!

Edited by Mellylamelle

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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UPDATE:

Got my NOA2 e-mail notice TODAY!!! Waiting for the mail!!! It's been approved, no RFE's, now we can focus on paying the fees and getting an interview set up!!


The Path to Finding My Soul Mate ❤️

2008 - Met on deviantART.com
2009 - Visited each other for the first time as best friends.
2010 - Realized we were meant to be more than friends ❤️
Christmas of 2011 - Engaged!

July 5, 2013 - MARRIED!!
July 18, 2013 - DOMA IS STRUCK DOWN!!!

Waiting on IR-1 Visa to be approved then will celebrate with the beach ceremony/reception of our dreams ❤️

My Visa Journey for IR-1

11/21/2013 - I-130 Package Sent to Phoenix Lockbox

11/26/2013 - Package Arrived in Phoenix!! Waiting on NOA1!

12/02/2013 - NOA1 received VIA Email! Waiting on Hard Copy!

12/04/2013 - Hard Copy Arrived, waiting on approval!!

06/26/2014 - E-Request sent, Security Check still pending. Still waiting on Approval.
07/05/2014 - Our first marriage anniversary!
08/17/2014 - Still awaiting approval. Planning on sending 2nd E-Request in September
10/09/2014 - I-130 APPROVED, NOA2 Received by E-Mail, waiting for package in the mail!! 311 days later, wow!
12/05/2015 - NVC Received. Assigned Case # and Will be Going to Montreal!
12/11/2015 - AOS and IV Bill paid!!!
05/13/2015 - AOS and IV Package sent!
07/05/2015 - Happy Two Year Anniversary!
08/27/2015 - Interview Confirmed on September 25, 2015 at 8am! WE'RE GOING TO MONTREAL! Fingers crossed!! (one day before my birthday!)
09/08/2015 - Medical Done in Toronto with Dr. Lyndon (Highly recommend! Easy to get too via the subway). All clear there! Waiting for it to come in the Mail
09/25/2015 - Visa APPROVED!

Total Time Taken (Till Interview): 1 Year 10 Months

Point of Entry/Green Card Delivery

09/26/2015 - Back home from Montreal, waiting for LOOMIS delivery to pick up VISA
09/30/2015 - Visa Arrived in London, ON for pick up; Visa in hand!
10/01/2015 - Flight Booked! Moving date is October 7th!
10/07/2015 - POE @ YYZ (Toronto Pearson International). Waiting on Greencard delivery

 

2019 UPDATE Going Home to Canada. Process for their application took 4 months. Smell ya later USA. Won't miss ya.

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UPDATE:

Got my NOA2 e-mail notice TODAY!!! Waiting for the mail!!! It's been approved, no RFE's, now we can focus on paying the fees and getting an interview set up!!

your file will get sent to the NVC. Processing there is 4-6 months. Then another 6 weeks for your interview.

Follow the OCTOBER NVC thread and read all the links in the very first post. Especially the NVC WIKI.

Edited by LoveMyTico

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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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UPDATE:

Got my NOA2 e-mail notice TODAY!!! Waiting for the mail!!! It's been approved, no RFE's, now we can focus on paying the fees and getting an interview set up!!

Hey ! Congratulations !

I've a theory, however malformed,

that once you sit back, take a big , deep breath, and start complaining about stuff here,

well,

there's movement on the casefile.

Again - Congratulations ! Whatcha cooking, to celebrate? (and no, Poutine doesna count, unless you make yer own gravy from scratch, making yer own grease drippings from a hunk o meat)


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Not true. There are people hanging here for months and nothing happens after they complain.


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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