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I went to the interview in Cairo 19th Oct. The Interview Officer told me that there is nothing wrong with my case and it is all right .. he kept my passport .. but extra Administrative processing needs to be done he said .. no extra documents needed from me .. I need not to send anything or contact anyone. He said don't get bothered or sad .. this is normal .. and it is much faster now .. around one month .. It will take place in Washington D.C.

I went back home .. checked the embassy website for case update .. it doesn't work ..
I checked CEAC .. it said case updated 19th Oct .. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING
yesterday case was updated 22nd Oct. .. also .. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING

Q1) what does it mean when CEAC updates the date? good? bad? or neutral? What is the normal rhythm here? A.P.>Ready>A.P.>Issued?
Q2) Any idea how long it usually takes? a month to two months? 2 to four?

I appreciate information from recent experiences similar to mine


09-27-2013 NOA1

03-21-2014 I-130 approved in 183 days

03-31-2014 Case received by NVC

05-09-2014 Accepted DS-261

05-15-2014 Pay AOS Bill

05-19-2014 Pay IV Bill

05-26-2014 Sent AOS Package & IV package

05-29-2014 NVC received both packages

06-02-2014 NVC scanned both packages

07-09-2014 IV Package accepted (Fake A.O.S. Checklist)

07-14-2014 Real Checklist for A.O.S. (petitioner I-864 zeros and N/As missing)

07-17-2014 Checklist sent

07-21-2014 Checklist scanned

09-10-2014 Case Complete

09-27-2014 Medical

10-19-2014 Interview >> (A.P.)

10-30-2014 Visa Issued

11-13-2014 POE (IAD)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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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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It basically just means they are making the final decision on your status and checking your paperwork. Most likely you should see issued relatively soon meaning they have processed your visa and are sending your approved passport back to you. It is generally a good sign, especially if your creation & case dates change. The flow is usually Ready (pre-interview) - Administrative Processing - Ready (post-interview) - Administrative processing - Issued. You're either still stuck in the first AP or you are the step just before being issued.

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Filed: Country: Egypt
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Hello, am I understanding your timeline correctly, that your interview was October 19th with A.P. started on that date, and that you then got your visa on October 30? If so, I am very glad to hear that the A.P. time was short, and congratulations to you!

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Hello, am I understanding your timeline correctly, that your interview was October 19th with A.P. started on that date, and that you then got your visa on October 30? If so, I am very glad to hear that the A.P. time was short, and congratulations to you!

Hi "you know who asked who you know who" :)

Yes .. American Embassy in Cairo has A.P. for every one

The middles east north africa region is a hot spot now, every one has to go through A.P.

I made a research on all applicants for Immigrant Visas for month of October ...

Almost 70% get internal A.P. inside the embassy and usually gets done in a week time till Visa Issued

Almost 30% of all visa types go through A.P. in Washington D.C.

A.P. in Washington D.C. like mine either gets done and visa issued within two to three weeks time (40% of the cases)

OR 6-8 weeks (60% of the cases)

It is very rare for a visa to be denied only 4 got visa refused in October

also it is very rare for visa to drag for a year or 2 in A.P. (only if name hits a bad guy in D.C. databases)

females generally tend to get done in a week

males generally tend to go through this A.P.

So expect an A.P. but don't get frustrated .. hopefully all will go well


09-27-2013 NOA1

03-21-2014 I-130 approved in 183 days

03-31-2014 Case received by NVC

05-09-2014 Accepted DS-261

05-15-2014 Pay AOS Bill

05-19-2014 Pay IV Bill

05-26-2014 Sent AOS Package & IV package

05-29-2014 NVC received both packages

06-02-2014 NVC scanned both packages

07-09-2014 IV Package accepted (Fake A.O.S. Checklist)

07-14-2014 Real Checklist for A.O.S. (petitioner I-864 zeros and N/As missing)

07-17-2014 Checklist sent

07-21-2014 Checklist scanned

09-10-2014 Case Complete

09-27-2014 Medical

10-19-2014 Interview >> (A.P.)

10-30-2014 Visa Issued

11-13-2014 POE (IAD)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Hi Ryan,

can you explain how applying through immigration while being in the states on a trip visa is illegal action?

I just want to know

cause I know that it is being performed by more than half the cases, to apply while being in the states rather outside


09-27-2013 NOA1

03-21-2014 I-130 approved in 183 days

03-31-2014 Case received by NVC

05-09-2014 Accepted DS-261

05-15-2014 Pay AOS Bill

05-19-2014 Pay IV Bill

05-26-2014 Sent AOS Package & IV package

05-29-2014 NVC received both packages

06-02-2014 NVC scanned both packages

07-09-2014 IV Package accepted (Fake A.O.S. Checklist)

07-14-2014 Real Checklist for A.O.S. (petitioner I-864 zeros and N/As missing)

07-17-2014 Checklist sent

07-21-2014 Checklist scanned

09-10-2014 Case Complete

09-27-2014 Medical

10-19-2014 Interview >> (A.P.)

10-30-2014 Visa Issued

11-13-2014 POE (IAD)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Hi Ryan,

can you explain how applying through immigration while being in the states on a trip visa is illegal action?

I just want to know

cause I know that it is being performed by more than half the cases, to apply while being in the states rather outside

First of all a person with Tourist visa can't adjust his status while s/he in U.S..visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

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First of all a person with Tourist visa can't adjust his status while s/he in U.S..visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

Hi dnp,

Thanks for your comment,

but what does applying to immigration has to do with adjusting status? it takes a long while before you reach adjusting status after you apply for immigration status!

I mean you can be a tourist, doing business, studying, or working with H1 or whatever non immigrant status you have,

and then you apply for immigrant visa

you wait for USCIS while being in the states (that's five months minimum) then your papers go to NVC and get processed there (that's another set of 5 months minimum)

and when your embassy asks for your interview you travel back and get your visa (and lose your non immigrant visa status as you say) and come back

btw there are other non immigrant visas like L1A or L1B or starting a new company visa, that have dual intent, meaning you can apply for immigrant visa along with the non immigrant visa without losing one or the other

So again ...

can you explain how applying through immigration while being in the states on a trip visa is illegal action?

I just want to know

cause I know that it is being performed by more than half the cases in USA, to apply while being in the states rather outside


09-27-2013 NOA1

03-21-2014 I-130 approved in 183 days

03-31-2014 Case received by NVC

05-09-2014 Accepted DS-261

05-15-2014 Pay AOS Bill

05-19-2014 Pay IV Bill

05-26-2014 Sent AOS Package & IV package

05-29-2014 NVC received both packages

06-02-2014 NVC scanned both packages

07-09-2014 IV Package accepted (Fake A.O.S. Checklist)

07-14-2014 Real Checklist for A.O.S. (petitioner I-864 zeros and N/As missing)

07-17-2014 Checklist sent

07-21-2014 Checklist scanned

09-10-2014 Case Complete

09-27-2014 Medical

10-19-2014 Interview >> (A.P.)

10-30-2014 Visa Issued

11-13-2014 POE (IAD)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Hi dnp,

Thanks for your comment,

but what does applying to immigration has to do with adjusting status? it takes a long while before you reach adjusting status after you apply for immigration status!

I mean you can be a tourist, doing business, studying, or working with H1 or whatever non immigrant status you have,

and then you apply for immigrant visa

you wait for USCIS while being in the states (that's five months minimum) then your papers go to NVC and get processed there (that's another set of 5 months minimum)

and when your embassy asks for your interview you travel back and get your visa (and lose your non immigrant visa status as you say) and come back

btw there are other non immigrant visas like L1A or L1B or starting a new company visa, that have dual intent, meaning you can apply for immigrant visa along with the non immigrant visa without losing one or the other

So again ...

can you explain how applying through immigration while being in the states on a trip visa is illegal action?

I just want to know

cause I know that it is being performed by more than half the cases in USA, to apply while being in the states rather outside

Some confuse an example of immigrant intent presented in a footnote within the Foreign Affairs Manual. This footnote is called the 30-60 day rule. This relates to the presumption of immigration fraud by consular officials. If a person enters on a non-immigrant visa, such as a B-2 visa, but soon after works without USCIS authorization or marries a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, then a consular official may presume visa fraud and deny all future visa applications. This 30-60 day concept has little to do with dual intent. This footnote guides consular officials on the intention of the U.S. government to deter those from entering, who intend to abuse the non-immigrant visa system based upon Immigration and Naturalization Sections 214(b) or 212(a)(6)©(i).

There are times when individuals who are married to U.S. citizens are allowed into the U.S. on tourist visas or visa waivers.[3] Such applicants for entry must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the consular or port official that their trip is temporary. That is, that they are likely to return to their country of citizenship, because they have no interest in immigrating for the purposes of the entry in question.

Most visas, including B-1/B-2 and Visa Waivers, do not allow dual intent.

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Thanks for taking the time to search this particular clause dnp

I agree with this particular case

I am sure the ones who apply from here in the states have very different cases

Some confuse an example of immigrant intent presented in a footnote within the Foreign Affairs Manual. This footnote is called the 30-60 day rule. This relates to the presumption of immigration fraud by consular officials. If a person enters on a non-immigrant visa, such as a B-2 visa, but soon after works without USCIS authorization or marries a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, then a consular official may presume visa fraud and deny all future visa applications. This 30-60 day concept has little to do with dual intent. This footnote guides consular officials on the intention of the U.S. government to deter those from entering, who intend to abuse the non-immigrant visa system based upon Immigration and Naturalization Sections 214(b) or 212(a)(6)©(i).

There are times when individuals who are married to U.S. citizens are allowed into the U.S. on tourist visas or visa waivers.[3] Such applicants for entry must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the consular or port official that their trip is temporary. That is, that they are likely to return to their country of citizenship, because they have no interest in immigrating for the purposes of the entry in question.

Most visas, including B-1/B-2 and Visa Waivers, do not allow dual intent.


09-27-2013 NOA1

03-21-2014 I-130 approved in 183 days

03-31-2014 Case received by NVC

05-09-2014 Accepted DS-261

05-15-2014 Pay AOS Bill

05-19-2014 Pay IV Bill

05-26-2014 Sent AOS Package & IV package

05-29-2014 NVC received both packages

06-02-2014 NVC scanned both packages

07-09-2014 IV Package accepted (Fake A.O.S. Checklist)

07-14-2014 Real Checklist for A.O.S. (petitioner I-864 zeros and N/As missing)

07-17-2014 Checklist sent

07-21-2014 Checklist scanned

09-10-2014 Case Complete

09-27-2014 Medical

10-19-2014 Interview >> (A.P.)

10-30-2014 Visa Issued

11-13-2014 POE (IAD)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: India
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Thanks for taking the time to search this particular clause dnp

I agree with this particular case

I am sure the ones who apply from here in the states have very different cases

Conclusion…

Any person can apply for visiting visa while s/he is in immigration processing. Consular officer will make a decision on whether to approve or not.

Any person (any visa type except B2) can marry USC while they are in US and adjust their status. USCIS will accept/reject their application. Result will depend on each case scenario.

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