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should i submit a new I-129F and how to make an appointment at the u.s. embassy in algiers?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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ok, so here's the situation:

we sent in the petition/application for a k-1 visa in early 2012. we got as far as the NOA2 and from what we understood, the petition/application package was sent to the embassy overseas (my fiance is algerian so they sent it to algeria). they were supposed to contact him regarding completing his portion of the process (having the medical exam, submitting his documents, etc.) but he never heard from them. no phone call. no letter in the mail. no email. nothing. they didn't send me anything either. when we contacted USCIS they said to wait and from what we read online from other people's experiences, we thought that it was normal for them to take such a long time. we eventually gave up on the k-1.

my fiance and i considered the option of me moving to algeria but we've been forced to revisit the k-1 visa. we wanted to find out what went wrong with the first petition/application before submitting a new one so that we don't make the same mistakes the second time around. we started by calling USCIS. well, after calling USCIS, the rep told me to contact the u.s. embassy in algiers and ask them for an extension of the petition. she told me that i shouldn't submit a new application because the other one was still pending at the embassy. i was also told to contact the NVC to see what happened and why we weren't contacted. the NVC phone number is almost ALWAYS busy!! lol. so while waiting to get through to them i looked up contact information for the embassy and learned that there's no telephone number to contact them with questions regarding visas. instead, i sent them an email with our information, explaining what happened and i asked them to confirm whether they contacted my fiance or what the process is when they receive the package from USCIS/NVC. when i eventually got through to the NVC, they told me what USCIS already told me, that the petition was forwarded to the embassy in algiers and to contact the embassy.

so while waiting for an email response from the embassy, i started to fill out another application and noticed that the G-325a form asked for an alien number and i was initially going to write "none" but i contacted the USCIS to see if they could give me that information. the rep i spoke to said to set up an appointment with "info pass" (i.e., my local USCIS office) and that the person at the appointment would be able to give me the alien number. so i listened to her, set up the appointment and it ended up being a complete waste of time. the agent/officer that i spoke to was unprofessional. the real issue i had was that she told me that she couldn't disclose the alien number to me, that my fiance would have to go to the u.s. embassy in algiers and get his alien number from them. she told me to have him "call" the state department but i told her that there's no number for the embassy. the only local algerian number is for american citizens to call in cases of emergency. there's no number to call with questions about visas. she insisted on me "calling the number" on a paper she gave me with the NVC's number (i already called them) and another number for NON-immigrant visas. i asked her to point out the embassy's number on the paper and after actually looking at it, she realized that there wasn't one. all she said was that my fiance had to go to the embassy and basically no one here in the u.s. (USCIS and NVC) could help me. it was all up to the embassy overseas. i contacted USCIS and asked why i was told that the info pass appointment would result in me obtaining my fiance's alien number and the rep stated she didn't know why the previous rep i spoke to would say that and she confirmed that the people at info pass/USCIS can't give out that information. she also told me to contact the embassy and that i shouldn't submit a new application despite the previous petition/application expiring.

now, each time i've told USCIS that i just wanted to submit a new petition/application, they tell me to contact the u.s. embassy in algiers to see what happened and what to do but in the same breath, i'm told that i can't request an extension for the approved petition because it's been so long. so what's the point of contacting the embassy if the petition is dead?

after all of that, these are my actual questions:

1. is it worth it to contact the u.s. embassy in algiers or should i just send in a new application (it's been more than 2 years)?

2. if my fiance does want to speak to someone at the embassy in algiers, how does he go about that? again, there's no telephone number to set up an appointment or an online process. can he just show up at the embassy and ask to speak to someone?

3. has anyone ever submitted a second I-129F for the same person?

i wanted to find out the alien number because i don't want the USCIS or embassy to issue another number for the same person and then use that as an excuse for why they don't approve the second petition. i'm not sure if two alien numbers for one person would result in red flags for USCIS or the embassy. i just want to avoid any possible issues.

any help would be GRATELY appreciated.

p.s. i don't have any of the NOAs available (lost them in a move)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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OK so this is just my advice. Start over. The process should not take longer than 8 months if you do your homework and get everything right and stay on top of the situation. This is an excellent site with very helpful guidelines and useful information, including the email address for the US embassy of Algiers. I cannot say that I am aware of very many K1 visas taking 2 yrs.

All the documents required for a K1 are time restricted so if it has been 2 years I'm sure they don't have it "waiting" but I guess and wont hurt to ask, since you have waited this long. I will post the links for the info to email them. Best of luck to you.

http://www.visajourney.com/consulates/index.php?ctry=Algeria&cty=Alger

consularalgiers@state.gov

Consulate Phone Number: 011 213 77 0082000

May God bless and keep you always~ May your wishes all come true~ May you always do for others~ And let others do for you~

May you build a ladder to the stars~ And climb on every rung~May you stay forever young

Bob Dylan

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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Your package is still with Embassy in Algiers.They will tell you what you need to do.

You may need to withdrawal it and start over, or they may allow you to have it re instated and your wait may not be long at all.

I withdrew a approved NOA2 early this year, it was about filed couple years ago, the file was still at the Embassy in Manila and they eventually sent me a letter of withdrawal.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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an alternate email address for the Embassy of Algiers.

iv-dvalgiers@state.gov

Edited by sarsorti

May God bless and keep you always~ May your wishes all come true~ May you always do for others~ And let others do for you~

May you build a ladder to the stars~ And climb on every rung~May you stay forever young

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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hi, all!

thanks for responding. here's an update:

1. the embassy said they sent my fiance a package with instructions in 2012 but he never received it and we were both very good about checking the mail. so that sucks.

2. i eventually got a response from the embassy and they said that since the petition expired in 2012, they were going to send the petition back to USCIS. i had to contact USCIS to ask why they were sending the petition back as the embassy didn't elaborate on why they were sending it back. per the USCIS representative, when the application is sent back to USCIS from the embassy, USCIS re-reviews the petition and has 120 days to make a decision on it. despite the our petition being 2 years old, the 120-day clock starts when they receive the petition back from the embassy, which in our case would/could be in 2014 (hopefully since i don't know how dependable the postal service is considering my fiance didn't receive his informational packet and the embassy didn't give any information about when they'd be sending the package back to USCIS). if they decide to re-approve it then it will get sent back to the embassy.

i'm not sure if anyone has dealt with petitions being sent back to USCIS and having them be re-reviewed. any information would be appreciated.

thanks!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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so the back story:

i submitted an I-129F petition for my fiance in algeria in 2012. the petition was approved and sent to the embassy in algiers, algeria in 2012. when we didn't hear anything from the embassy, we eventually gave up on the idea of my fiance moving to the states and decided i'd move to algeria. plan B didn't pan out so we decided to re-submit for the fiance visa but we wanted to find out what went wrong with our previous petition to avoid the same mistakes. despite wanting to submit a new petition, i was told by USCIS to talk to the embassy to find out the status of the old petition since they didn't have any information. i eventually got a hold of the embassy and they stated that since the petition expired in 2012, they would send the petition back to USCIS but they didn't say why. so i contacted USCIS and i was told that USCIS would have 120 days to re-review the petition and make a decision on it. if they decided to re-approve it then they'd send it back to the embassy. it's a big risk to wait these 4 months since USCIS may decide to reject the petition and we'd be back at square one after wasting 4 months instead of just re-submitting now.

so we plan on resubmitting and know that we need to submit a letter to withdraw the old petition (confirmed this with USCIS but i've received incorrect information from them multiple times so i need to call and speak to another agent to make sure). thing is, in doing my research, i've come across having to submit a waiver for IMBRA if you've had a petition approved in the last 2 years.

technically, the petition was approved in july 2012 but i submitted it in february 2012. per the USCIS I-129F instructions, the waiver should be submitted if i "previously had a k-1 petition approved and less than 2 years have passed since the filing date of such previously approved petition". so do i need to submit the IMBRA waiver with my second petition? i'm guessing that this 120-day re-review has reset the clock on this petition so yes, i would have to submit it. i'm also not sure if it matters that i'm sending a second petition for the same person as far as IMBRA waivers go.

i'll be contacting USCIS to find this out but again, i just haven't had the best experiences with them so i'd like to get the VJ community's input on this as well.

i appreciate your time and response!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Two similar threads have been merged.


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(!).

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Algeria
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these aren't similar threads. it's the same back story but completely different questions. based on the topic title of "should i submit a new I-129F and how to make an appointment at the u.s. embassy in algiers?", people won't know i'm asking about the IMBRA waiver. hence, the separate topic.

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Filed: Country: Mexico
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What is the filing date of your last I-129F? You need the waiver if less than 2 years have passed since the filing date of your previously approved petition. If it is less than 2 years when you file, then include the waiver. If over 2 years, then no need for it.

From the I-129F instructions>

2. What Filing Limitations Does IMBRA Place on K-1 Nonimmigrant Petitioners?

You must apply for a filing limitations waiver if any of the following apply:

a. You have previously filed K-1 petitions for two or more beneficiaries; or

b. You previously had a K-1 petition approved and less than 2 years have passed since the filing date of such previously
approved petition.

To request a waiver, submit a written request with this petition accompanied by documentation supporting your claim
to the waiver.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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