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Can We Complete the Visa Requirements with Anticipation?

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I would like to go ahead and start getting the police report, judicial, penal, etc., but the lady at the embassy said we would need to wait for a case number from the Embassy's Consular Section first. Is this true? Has anyone ever heard of this?

Why can't we just go ahead and get all the records now?


September 25th: I-130 Emergency petition filed at US Embassy in Lima.

October 3rd: I-130 Petition Approved.

October 10th: Consular Section sent checklist and notification scheduling my spouse's visa interview for November 13th.

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You can look into this, as police reports can take some time from request to receipt. Whether it will work depends on the country/ies.

Some police reports have expiry dates, which you might want to keep in mind depending on where you are in the process and your consulate's typical timelines. Some countries will only send the report to the requesting official, in which case you might want the case number first.

There may also be consulate-specific requirements depending on where you've filed or are filing. For example, Frankfurt requires that the police certificate from the country of current residence be no older than six months at the time of presentation to the consular officer.


2012: Married
2014 2016 2017: I-130 packet direct to Frankfurt

Frankfurt's "steps" to DCF:

Step 1: I-130 Petition Checklist (PDF, from their USCIS page)

Step 2: Immigrant/Fiance(e) & K-Visa Applicant Checklist (PDF, from their Appointment & Interview page)

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Just got our second notification today. My wife's interview is on November 13th at the US Embassy in Lima. They emailed us some very generic informational attachments, which to me seem like they're more geared towards someone who is not doing Direct Consular Filing. Why are they so vague with their requirements? They are so impersonal when sending information. For example, the Embassy official we talked to on September 25th when we submitted our I-130 petition told us that they would schedule the medical exam for my wife. Yet, today, they sent us no information regarding that. Instead, we just got the generic information, which lists the three approved doctors who are all in Lima. So, I guess it's up to us to make that appointment?

They require the online DS-260. I already practically filled out an entire DS-230 form, and that isn't even listed as one of their requirements. Visa Journey is a good website, but information for Direct Consular Filing is seriously lacking.

In Peru, most of those police, judicial, penal, birth, marriage certificates and records are only valid for three months. That's the general rule of thumb. I guess we're already almost done with all the requirements. My wife will have to get bloodwork done prior to the medical, so we know which antibodies she already has, so they won't have to vaccinate her for those. We literally can't find her medical records. I'm not sure how to proceed. I guess we'll just call one of the Embassy approved doctors and ask what to do.

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September 25th: I-130 Emergency petition filed at US Embassy in Lima.

October 3rd: I-130 Petition Approved.

October 10th: Consular Section sent checklist and notification scheduling my spouse's visa interview for November 13th.

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