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Called To Embassy 3 Months Into AP Just to Hand Fiance Passport - No Visa

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Yemen

Hi VJ :

Anyone have advice on this one...?

My Yemeni fiance is stuck in AP since his appointment on July 23. The CO told him Congrats, You are Approved, at his appointment. CO said we will call you in 2 weeks to give you the visa. Three months later we are still waiting. Our CEAC status moved from Ready>>AP>>READY NIV>>AP NIV.

I got excited. I saw on VJ this can mean they are going to issue the visa. Sure enough within a few days my fiance gets a call from the Embassy. They said, 'Your papers are ready, When can you come?".

He went the next day (this am) they handed him his Passport and his case file and said that they were done with them, but that he is still on AP. No Visa Issued.

So - sounds like if they are handing back his passport that they have had for 3 months they are not planning on issuing his visa soon. Is that the read I am getting here?

Main red flag is probably the differences in education level/income between us. Other than that, we have a well established relationship that's been ongoing for 5.5 years since we met when I was a University student studying Arabic. The only thing I can think is that the CO thinks we are married..since it is very uncommon for men in their 30's to have never married. Also a Wikileaks doc I found about NIV fraud in Yemen says they find problems w 90% of the K1 visas from Yemen - like people being married or having a 2nd wife.

So - my question is - are we screwed?

And If I endure this AP it going to last 16 months and end in success or end in no visa?

Oh and did I mention I want to get married.. Lord have mercy..

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Filed: Timeline

I wouldn't read anything more into it that it's in AP....and, since they can't know how long that's going to take, they don't want to hold on to the passport and be responsible for it any longer -- they will notify when the case has cleared AP and will ask for the passport and any updates that might be needed (medical or police clearances, for example) at the same time. Hard, I know, but just need to be patient and wait for the process to be completed.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador

*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Waivers/AP forum -- OP is at this stage. ***

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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