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Just curious how people deal with the inability to receive snail mail while going through this process? Where I live we don't have postal service. We can send packages via UPS but there is no reliable way to receive mail. (We do have mail forwarding services that take mail shipped to Miami and send it down here for pickup but they lose quite a bit of mail or it is delayed for weeks or months).

I presume a lot can be done via email these days?

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Namibia

I have been dealing with this headache as well and received some advice on here. . . for the USCIS stage as long as you submitted your G-1145 e-mail notification you should receive your NOAs via e-mail. You can also go to the USCIS website and sign up for online case status once you have your application number so you can check your case status any time.

With the NVC stage, if you call them in the beginning and give them your email address, all correspondence is done through e-mail and the forms can be downloaded offline. They should receive your email address from USCIS anyway. So all the postal stuff will be done from your side to them. I think if you receive a checklist it should go to the person whom you identify as an agent in the beginning of the NVC process, so choose someone in the States for that.

However, I am doing a CR-1 visa, so there is no need for me to have the official "NOA"'s at any time in the future. For a fiancé visa I heard that you MUST submit your *original* NOA2 with your adjustment of status once you are married (but I would check this), and if you need a replacement it costs something like 400 dollars!!! So if this is the case for you and you will need to adjust status at some point, I highly recommend you do an address change online to have the NOA2 forwarded to a reliable U.S. address. . .

Edited by AmandaLane102

06.21.13 : Met in Namibia

06.21.14 : Married in Namibia (L)


  • 10.11.14 : Submitted I-130 via DHL from Namibia to Chicago Lockbox
  • 10.15.14 : Petition Received (according to online case status)
  • 10.20.14 : NOA1 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to California Service Center
  • 10.31.14 : NOA2 (received initially via e-mail); Case Transferred to NVC (11 days from NOA1)


  • 12.11.14 : Case # and IIN # received from NVC via e-mail
  • 12.11.14 : DS-261 Choice of Agent Form Generated (notified via e-mail) & Submitted
  • 12.11.14 : AOS Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 12.24.14 : AOS Fee Paid
  • 01.13.15 : IV Fee Invoice Generated (notified via e-mail)
  • 01.24.15 : IV Fee Paid

*** Intentionally Delayed Further Submission ***

  • 09.26.15 : DS-260 Submitted
  • 10.20.15 : AOS & IV Packages Submitted
  • 10.22.15: AOS & IV Packages Received by NVC (scan date)
  • 12.2.15: Cased Closed at NVC - Received Interview Date for January 14


  • 12.18.15: Medical Completed in Johannesburg

*** Intentionally Delayed Interview ***

  • 01.20.16: New Interview Date Scheduled for March 17
  • 03.14.16 & 03.15.16: New Medical Completed (First one would expire before our preferred date of entry!)
  • 03.17.16 Interview in Johannesburg - successful!
  • 04.02.16 Visa received (Expires 9/14/16)
  • 07.11.16 USCIS ELIS fee paid
  • 08.26.16 Date of Entry (POE Boston)

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