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London Embassy - Packet 3.5 ???

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
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So London received my case on 10/06/2014, and I received "Packet 3" or the letter from them on 10/09/2014 to start submitting my documents. I presumed Packet 4 would be next after I'd submitted all of my documents/had the medical (Documents submitted 10/06/2014 and had medical on 10/08/2014).

This morning I received a new letter from the embassy (10/16/2014), letter was dated 10/10/2014, with three separate components:

  • Letter at the front stating I can now submit my documents, with a link to the US embassy page
  • A photocopy of the original I-129f with the approval stamp
  • And a information leaflet "Information on the Legal Rights available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-based visa"

The letter on the front references regulation 9 FAM 41.81 PN3.2 which includes as stated:

  • "One copy of the petitioner's approved Form I-129F, together with criminal background information that USCIS has gathered on the petitioner and any information that USCIS has provided regarding prior form I-129F"
  • "One copy of USCIS pamphlet "Information on the legal rights available to....."

I'm not too worried, it doesn't look like anything to be concerned about, I have just never heard of people receiving the same thing. Any thoughts?


12.31.2013 - Got engaged!

01.27.2014 - I-129f sent

01.31.2014 - I-129f received

02.04.2014 - NOA1

04.09.2014 - Alien Reg changed

07.10.2014 - Contacted Senator

07.18.2014 - Case with an officer, security checks begin!

08.08.2014 - Update on case, processing hold w/security checks :-(

09.09.2014 - Update on case, SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETE!! case routed to an officer again.

09.12.2014 - NOA2 (221 DAYS FROM NOA1- Shocking USCIS!)

09.17.2014 - Case sent to NVC

09.25.2014 - Case arrived at NVC

09.26.2014 - Case forwarded to London embassy

10.06.2014 - Case arrived at London embassy, status "Ready"

10.06.2014 - Applicant readiness form submitted and DS-160

10.08.2014 - Medical appointment

11.12.2014 - Interview - APPROVED!

11.18.2014 - Visa Issued

11.20.2014 - DX courier emailed for delivery on 11.21.2014

11.29.2014 - POE

12.27.2014 - Civil Ceremony

05.24.2015 - The big fancy wedding with a church blessing!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
Timeline

WOw! That's a new one. And here I am waiting for packet-3. I'll take packet 2.5 as well -- -anything!! :(


12 May 2014: Mailed 129F packet to Dallas lockbox

21 May 2014: NOA1 from TSC

18 Sep 2014: NOA2

23 Sep 2014: Case sent to NVC

30 Sep 2014: NVC received + case number generated

06 Oct 2014: Left NVC

08 Oct 2014: Medical exam

09 Oct 2014: Case reached embassy in London

09 Oct 2014: DS-160 and Applicant Readiness form submitted

21 Oct 2014: Interview letter received

29 Oct 2014: Interview --> Approved!

07 Nov 2014: Visa in hand

08 Nov 2014: LHR --> BOS [Finally!!]

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I received this exact document but assumed that was packet 3 as it is the only thing I have received from the embassy and it arrived very soon after my status read 'Ready' on CEAC.

Now i'm wondering what's going on?!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
Timeline

I received this exact document but assumed that was packet 3 as it is the only thing I have received from the embassy and it arrived very soon after my status read 'Ready' on CEAC.

Now i'm wondering what's going on?!

Maybe this is a new thing the embassy has just introduced? It seems legit and doesn't raise any alarm bells, and is actually more of a "packet". I sent them an email about it, see if they respond. Will keep you updated.

Glad i'm not the only one!


12.31.2013 - Got engaged!

01.27.2014 - I-129f sent

01.31.2014 - I-129f received

02.04.2014 - NOA1

04.09.2014 - Alien Reg changed

07.10.2014 - Contacted Senator

07.18.2014 - Case with an officer, security checks begin!

08.08.2014 - Update on case, processing hold w/security checks :-(

09.09.2014 - Update on case, SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETE!! case routed to an officer again.

09.12.2014 - NOA2 (221 DAYS FROM NOA1- Shocking USCIS!)

09.17.2014 - Case sent to NVC

09.25.2014 - Case arrived at NVC

09.26.2014 - Case forwarded to London embassy

10.06.2014 - Case arrived at London embassy, status "Ready"

10.06.2014 - Applicant readiness form submitted and DS-160

10.08.2014 - Medical appointment

11.12.2014 - Interview - APPROVED!

11.18.2014 - Visa Issued

11.20.2014 - DX courier emailed for delivery on 11.21.2014

11.29.2014 - POE

12.27.2014 - Civil Ceremony

05.24.2015 - The big fancy wedding with a church blessing!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: United Kingdom
Timeline

WOw! That's a new one. And here I am waiting for packet-3. I'll take packet 2.5 as well -- -anything!! :(

I'm sure it's on its way! I live just outside of London, and letters from the embassy took 3-6 working days to arrive. I'm pretty sure they're being delivered by horse and cart at that rate :P


12.31.2013 - Got engaged!

01.27.2014 - I-129f sent

01.31.2014 - I-129f received

02.04.2014 - NOA1

04.09.2014 - Alien Reg changed

07.10.2014 - Contacted Senator

07.18.2014 - Case with an officer, security checks begin!

08.08.2014 - Update on case, processing hold w/security checks :-(

09.09.2014 - Update on case, SECURITY CHECKS COMPLETE!! case routed to an officer again.

09.12.2014 - NOA2 (221 DAYS FROM NOA1- Shocking USCIS!)

09.17.2014 - Case sent to NVC

09.25.2014 - Case arrived at NVC

09.26.2014 - Case forwarded to London embassy

10.06.2014 - Case arrived at London embassy, status "Ready"

10.06.2014 - Applicant readiness form submitted and DS-160

10.08.2014 - Medical appointment

11.12.2014 - Interview - APPROVED!

11.18.2014 - Visa Issued

11.20.2014 - DX courier emailed for delivery on 11.21.2014

11.29.2014 - POE

12.27.2014 - Civil Ceremony

05.24.2015 - The big fancy wedding with a church blessing!!

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I'm sure it's on its way! I live just outside of London, and letters from the embassy took 3-6 working days to arrive. I'm pretty sure they're being delivered by horse and cart at that rate :P

I live just outside of London too and have already completed DS160, readiness etc and this packet 3.5 or whatever it is arrived very quickly (2/3 days) after the embassy received my case. How odd? maybe it is a new packet three and that's why I haven't got the old one? or maybe I was just very quick doing ds160 (as soon as I got my LND number from calling NVC) so they didn't feel the need to post a packet three?

Nothing is ever straightforward with this whole process! haha I've given up trying to guess whats going on....

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: England
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I never received my packet 3... I just submitted the necessary forms, had the medical and got approved yesterday... Don't bother waiting for it. Once you have everything you need just submit the readiness form and away you go

London received our case at the beginning of September so it's not like I was just being impatient either

Good luck!

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Anyone else received this?!

Yes, Think this is the "new" packet 3. :)



Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

I-129F Sent : 2014-03-18

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-24

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-09-09

(Sent to NVC: 2014-09-15)

NVC Received : 2014-09-22

NVC Left :2014-09-26

Medical : 2014-09-29

Consulate Received : 2014-09-29

Packet 3 Received : 2014-10-06

Packet 3 Sent :

Packet 4 Received : 2014-10-23

Interview Date : 2014-11-07

Interview Result : APPROVED!!

AP : 2014-11-12 (2 hours)

Issued: 2014- 11- 12

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Anyone else received this?!

It is possibly only sent to those beneficiaries whose petitioners have a criminal record, restraining orders, or previously filed fiancé petition. It is a requirement to disclose that info.

Edited by Nich-Nick

England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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It is possibly only sent to those beneficiaries whose petitioners have a criminal record, restraining orders, or previously filed fiancé petition. It is a requirement to disclose that info.

I received it and my Fiance hasn't got any criminal background :)



Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : London, United Kingdom

I-129F Sent : 2014-03-18

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-24

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-09-09

(Sent to NVC: 2014-09-15)

NVC Received : 2014-09-22

NVC Left :2014-09-26

Medical : 2014-09-29

Consulate Received : 2014-09-29

Packet 3 Received : 2014-10-06

Packet 3 Sent :

Packet 4 Received : 2014-10-23

Interview Date : 2014-11-07

Interview Result : APPROVED!!

AP : 2014-11-12 (2 hours)

Issued: 2014- 11- 12

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I received it and my Fiance hasn't got any criminal background :)

So you got a copy of the petition? And you got two separate mailings of instruction letters?


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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So you got a copy of the petition? And you got two separate mailings of instruction letters?

I received it and my fiancé is squeaky clean.

It attached the petition and states 'and any criminal background information if applicable' or something along those lines. Obviously for us it wasn't applicable.

We could see the stamp of the officer who approved us and his name etc!

I just received this new packet and not the 'old' packet three.

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I see, so just a new version of instruction mailing. Not a 3 and 3.5 where this thread started out.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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