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Thanks very much, dwheels76 for answering very well to the questions posted by grad_student.

I am also in a similar pickle so it was very helpful... :):wub:

Now, I am already at NVC stage, having started my visajourney in feb 2014 ( I-130 approval took 7 months at Nebraska SC).

One thing I'd like to clarify is whether 'a yearly call' to NVC is enough to delay the process, past the first year.

So for example , if i have to delay 3 years until 2017, is it okay to call them once in 2014, 2015, 2016 and just inform them I can't submit the IV and AOD packages yet ,without causing any outcry or penalty from the US government/NVC/embassy? :diablo:

The way they worded the 'termination of registration' in the NVC welcome letter was that ( in my humble understanding .. ) '1 year delay' is the maximum that is officially allowed and of course, there may be other ways to delay like intentionally getting a checklist ( by not submitting all the required documents at once) or pushing back the interview date but those sound a bit scary to me. I'd rather do it the proper or 'more proper' way if possible.

Thanks in advance for your inputs.

Just for grad_student info, this is the EXACT wording in the NVC welcome letter about the '1 year delay'



Immigration and National Act (INA) section 203 (g) provides that the Secretary of State shall terminate the registration (petition) of any alien who fails to apply for an immigration visa within one year of notice of visa availability. The petition may be reinstated if, within two years of notice of visa availability, the alien established tha the failure to apply was for reasons beyong the alien's control. Therefore if you do not respond to notices from the National Visa Center within one year you risk termination of your petition under this section of law and would lose the benefits of that petition, such as your priority date.

No NVC sends an email to you. Many call to be more on top their case. But for someone like you not in hurry just wait for the email. They use the email used on the petition.

1. What I mean by notify I mean once they have made initial contact with you say you got first email Nov 1st you have 1 year from that date to contact them this keeps your case active. So you can call and say you aren't ready. How is the weather what is knew. I suggest call not email.

That year buys you another year from that date. So basically until you are ready to proceed you will not pay or send in anything.

2. Well yes and No, You have 1 year to contact NVC. I know many people who like you needed to delay some things and stayed at NVC over a year one 2 years but they made that yearly call to keep case active.

3. If you didn't contact NVC within that year they will cancel your cancel and send back to USCIS

Edited by domo22


I-130 sent to: Chicago Lockbox (Filed from abroad)

Nearest US consulate: Singapore

I-130 routed to: Nebraska Service Centre

I-130 NOA1: 3 Feb 2014

I-130 approved: 22 Aug 2014 (email)

I-130 NOA2 : 25 Aug 2014 (hard-copy)

NVC Stage

Case No. & Invoice ID No. Assigned: 02 Oct 2014 ( email and mail from NVC)

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Post split into separate thread as poster is asking about their own case and not replying to the OP of the other thread.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*


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