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So I had my embassy interview this morning and I've been approved - yay!

BUT with all the excitement of it all I left with a big grin on my face and went outside to call my hubby. It was only when I was celebratory shopping on Bond St that I realised that I was never given this sealed packet thing that everyone talks about the I'm supposed to hand over at POE?! I was only given a disc with my chest xray on.

What do I do?!

Edited by katieflossom

USCIS (239 days):

04.18.2013 - NOA1

12.13.2013 - NOA2 via email; I-130 approved. Shipped to NVC

NVC (274 days):

12.30.2013 - Arrived at NVC

01.27.2014 - Received case no. & IIN

02.07.2014 - Completed & submitted DS-261 form online

02.13.2014 - Paid AOS bill

02.18.2014 - AOS showing as 'paid'

03.18.2014 - Invoiced for IV bill (finally!)

03.19.2014 - Made payment for IV bill

03.21.2014 - IV bill showing PAID

03.24.2014 - Completed DS-260 online

03.29.2014 - Mailed IV Packet

04.26.2014 - IV packet all approved, false checklist from NVC for AOS packet

05.07.2014 - AOS packet sent

06.12.2014 - AOS packet scanned in (took them THAT LONG to do it)

07.29.2014 - Received checklist via email

07.30.2014 - Sent re-filled AOS form, as per checklist instructions

09.24.2014 - Case Complete (FINALLY)

09.30.2014 - Case leaves NVC

Embassy:

10.29.2014 - Medical

11.04.2014 - Interview in London - APPROVED

11.05.2014 - CEAC - Issued

11.07.2014 - Courier email

11.10.2014 - Passport and visa received via DX courier

In the USA:

12.02.2014 - POE (Denver)

12.24.2014 - ELIS changed to "In Process"

01.05.2015 - Greencard received in mail

ROC:
10.05.2016 - NOA1

12.13.2016 - Biometrics

11.13.2017 - Infopass Appt.

03.30.2018 - Approval

04.05.2018 - Greencard Arrived

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The sealed packet and passport are delivered later by courier. Or you pick it up at the courier depot. That's what the courier instructions letter you brought to the interview is about.

Check on CEAC for when the status changes to "Issued". Right now London sends the packet to the courier about 1 business day later and then it is ready to pickup another business day after that.

Congratulations!

Edit: My wife's interview was on Friday and she just received her sealed envelope and passport back an hour ago.

Edit2: Take care of the x-ray results as you apparently need to hand those at POE along with the sealed envelope.

Edited by stackeria

I'm the USC petitioner. My wife is British (now a USC!!!), generally awesome, and amazingly patient.

CR-1

 

USCIS:

09/09/2013 PD
09/10/2013 NOA1
02/25/2014 TRANSFER NSC
03/25/2014 NOA2
03/28/2014 NVC SHIPPED

NVC:
04/11/2014 NVC RECEIVED
05/09/2014 NVC CASE # ASSIGNED
05/15/2014 AOS/IV FEES INVOICED
05/16/2014 AOS/IV FEES PAID
05/19/2014 AOS/IV FEES CLEARED BANK ACCOUNT
05/20/2014 AOS/IV FEES SHOWING PAID
05/22/2014 DS-260 SUBMITTED
05/23/2014 AOS/IV SHIPPED
05/29/2014 AOS/IV DELIVERED
06/03/2014 AOS/IV SCANNED
07/10/2014 IV ACCEPTED
07/15/2014 AOS CHECKLIST
07/16/2014 AOS CHECKLIST SHIPPED
07/18/2014 AOS CHECKLIST DELIVERED
07/22/2014 AOS CHECKLIST SCANNED

09/11/2014 CASE COMPLETE
10/03/2014 INTERVIEW SCHEDULED (11/21/2014)
10/07/2014 INTERVIEW LETTER RECEIVED

10/15/2014 CEAC: IN TRANSIT
 
EMBASSY:
10/08/2014 MEDICAL
10/17/2014 CEAC: READY
10/17/2014 REQUEST INTERVIEW RESCHEDULE WITH EMBASSY
10/23/2014 CEAC: READY STATUS DATE UPDATED
10/25/2014 INTERVIEW RESCHEDULED (10/31/2014)
10/31/2014 INTERVIEW: APPROVED!
10/31/2014 CEAC: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING
10/31/2014 CEAC: ISSUED
11/03/2014 COURIER EMAIL
11/04/2014 VISA IN HAND
 
POE:
11/04/2014 ELIS: IMMIGRATION FEE PAID
11/27/2014 POE: JFK
12/03/2014 ELIS: RECEIVED
12/12/2014 ELIS: OPTIMIZED
12/12/2014 IOE: ACCEPTED
12/15/2014 IOE: PRODUCING
12/16/2014 APPLY FOR SSN CARD
12/18/2014 ELIS: CLOSED
12/18/2014 IOE: MAILED
12/19/2014 IOE: DELIVERED
12/22/2014 RECEIVED SSN CARD
ROC
Spoiler
08/29/2016 90 DAY WINDOW OPENS
09/14/2016 I-751 PACKET MAILED TO VSC
09/15/2016 I-751 PACKET RECEIVED
09/16/2016 NOA DATE
09/20/2016 CHECK CASHED
09/22/2016 NOA RECEIVED
10/01/2016 BIOMETRICS NOTICE DATE
10/07/2016 BIOMETRICS NOTICE RECEIVED
10/17/2016 BIOMETRICS
08/15/2017 APPROVAL NOTICE DATE
08/19/2017 APPROVAL NOTICE RECEIVED
08/21/2017 CARD BEING PRODUCED
08/24/2017 CARD MAILED
08/26/2017 CARD ARRIVED

N-400

Spoiler
03/27/2018 FILED ONLINE
03/27/2018 PAYMENT POSTED
03/27/2018 NOA
03/31/2018 BIOMETRICS SCHEDULED
04/17/2018 BIOMETRICS
02/22/2019 INTERVIEW SCHEDULED
04/04/2019 INTERVIEW: APPROVED!
04/25/2019 OATH

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
Timeline

It gets sent to you with your visa!! Congratulations


My blog about my visa journey and adjusting to my new life in the US http://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/

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It is delivered by courier along with your passport/visa. They have to do the rest of the paperwork before they can hand over your entire file to you.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Thank you everyone, I feel like a right dummy now! Panic over, champagne on! :)


USCIS (239 days):

04.18.2013 - NOA1

12.13.2013 - NOA2 via email; I-130 approved. Shipped to NVC

NVC (274 days):

12.30.2013 - Arrived at NVC

01.27.2014 - Received case no. & IIN

02.07.2014 - Completed & submitted DS-261 form online

02.13.2014 - Paid AOS bill

02.18.2014 - AOS showing as 'paid'

03.18.2014 - Invoiced for IV bill (finally!)

03.19.2014 - Made payment for IV bill

03.21.2014 - IV bill showing PAID

03.24.2014 - Completed DS-260 online

03.29.2014 - Mailed IV Packet

04.26.2014 - IV packet all approved, false checklist from NVC for AOS packet

05.07.2014 - AOS packet sent

06.12.2014 - AOS packet scanned in (took them THAT LONG to do it)

07.29.2014 - Received checklist via email

07.30.2014 - Sent re-filled AOS form, as per checklist instructions

09.24.2014 - Case Complete (FINALLY)

09.30.2014 - Case leaves NVC

Embassy:

10.29.2014 - Medical

11.04.2014 - Interview in London - APPROVED

11.05.2014 - CEAC - Issued

11.07.2014 - Courier email

11.10.2014 - Passport and visa received via DX courier

In the USA:

12.02.2014 - POE (Denver)

12.24.2014 - ELIS changed to "In Process"

01.05.2015 - Greencard received in mail

ROC:
10.05.2016 - NOA1

12.13.2016 - Biometrics

11.13.2017 - Infopass Appt.

03.30.2018 - Approval

04.05.2018 - Greencard Arrived

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Yay! Well done!


Immigration Timeline

 

June 2013: Met whilst working at a summer camp in Michigan 

K1

November 1st 2014: I-129f submitted for K1 visa

February 24th 2015: Visa in hand!

February 26th 2015: POE at Las Vegas airport, then onwards to Oregon! 

March 6th 2015: Marriage (with a "real" wedding to follow next year on 7/6/2016)

March 9th 2015: AOS, EAD & AP submitted

September 22nd 2015: Interview

January 14th 2016: Two year Green card received -phew!

ROC

August 8th 2017: 90 day window begins! ROC time!

September 28th 2017: Biometric Appointment in Portland, OR

March 5th 2018: Case received by local office

August 18th 2018: 18 month extension letter mailed

December 2018: Case moved to another office

February 2019: I was emailed that I was approved and my card was in production the same day of my N400 interview 😂

N400

August 8th 2018: Window opens to submit naturalization application

August 13th 2018: N400 Application submitted online 

August 14th 2018: NOA1

September 6th 2018: Biometrics

February 6th 2019: Interview Date! APPROVED!

February 6th 2019: I was asked to return later the same day for my Oath Ceremony! :dance:

 

❤️ Our Visa Journey is finally complete ❤️

 

I am the Beneficiary

 

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Congrats!


Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat

- Sun Tzu-

It doesn't matter how slow you go as long as you don't stop

-Confucius-

 

-I am the beneficiary and my post is not reflecting my petitioner's point of views-

 

                                       Lifting Condition (I-751)

 

*Mailed I-751 package (06/21/2017) to CSC

*NOA-1 date (06/23/2017)

*NOA-1 received (06/28/2017)

*Check cashed (06/27/2017)

*Biometric Received (07/10/2017)

*Biometric Appointment (07/20/2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two things!

1) Does anyone know how I track my visa/passport being returned? I can;t seem to find a case number to type into the DX website.

and

2) A BIG thank you to everyone who has offered help along the way. It's been a long and painful journey, but got there in the end. A special mention to Nich-Nick who has been invaluable when it comes to UK info.


USCIS (239 days):

04.18.2013 - NOA1

12.13.2013 - NOA2 via email; I-130 approved. Shipped to NVC

NVC (274 days):

12.30.2013 - Arrived at NVC

01.27.2014 - Received case no. & IIN

02.07.2014 - Completed & submitted DS-261 form online

02.13.2014 - Paid AOS bill

02.18.2014 - AOS showing as 'paid'

03.18.2014 - Invoiced for IV bill (finally!)

03.19.2014 - Made payment for IV bill

03.21.2014 - IV bill showing PAID

03.24.2014 - Completed DS-260 online

03.29.2014 - Mailed IV Packet

04.26.2014 - IV packet all approved, false checklist from NVC for AOS packet

05.07.2014 - AOS packet sent

06.12.2014 - AOS packet scanned in (took them THAT LONG to do it)

07.29.2014 - Received checklist via email

07.30.2014 - Sent re-filled AOS form, as per checklist instructions

09.24.2014 - Case Complete (FINALLY)

09.30.2014 - Case leaves NVC

Embassy:

10.29.2014 - Medical

11.04.2014 - Interview in London - APPROVED

11.05.2014 - CEAC - Issued

11.07.2014 - Courier email

11.10.2014 - Passport and visa received via DX courier

In the USA:

12.02.2014 - POE (Denver)

12.24.2014 - ELIS changed to "In Process"

01.05.2015 - Greencard received in mail

ROC:
10.05.2016 - NOA1

12.13.2016 - Biometrics

11.13.2017 - Infopass Appt.

03.30.2018 - Approval

04.05.2018 - Greencard Arrived

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England
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Two things!

1) Does anyone know how I track my visa/passport being returned? I can;t seem to find a case number to type into the DX website.

and

2) A BIG thank you to everyone who has offered help along the way. It's been a long and painful journey, but got there in the end. A special mention to Nich-Nick who has been invaluable when it comes to UK info.

You will get an email from the embassy that will include your tracking number :)


My blog about my visa journey and adjusting to my new life in the US http://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/

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You will get an email from the embassy that will include your tracking number :)

Ah ok thanks, I'll keep my eyes peeled then!


USCIS (239 days):

04.18.2013 - NOA1

12.13.2013 - NOA2 via email; I-130 approved. Shipped to NVC

NVC (274 days):

12.30.2013 - Arrived at NVC

01.27.2014 - Received case no. & IIN

02.07.2014 - Completed & submitted DS-261 form online

02.13.2014 - Paid AOS bill

02.18.2014 - AOS showing as 'paid'

03.18.2014 - Invoiced for IV bill (finally!)

03.19.2014 - Made payment for IV bill

03.21.2014 - IV bill showing PAID

03.24.2014 - Completed DS-260 online

03.29.2014 - Mailed IV Packet

04.26.2014 - IV packet all approved, false checklist from NVC for AOS packet

05.07.2014 - AOS packet sent

06.12.2014 - AOS packet scanned in (took them THAT LONG to do it)

07.29.2014 - Received checklist via email

07.30.2014 - Sent re-filled AOS form, as per checklist instructions

09.24.2014 - Case Complete (FINALLY)

09.30.2014 - Case leaves NVC

Embassy:

10.29.2014 - Medical

11.04.2014 - Interview in London - APPROVED

11.05.2014 - CEAC - Issued

11.07.2014 - Courier email

11.10.2014 - Passport and visa received via DX courier

In the USA:

12.02.2014 - POE (Denver)

12.24.2014 - ELIS changed to "In Process"

01.05.2015 - Greencard received in mail

ROC:
10.05.2016 - NOA1

12.13.2016 - Biometrics

11.13.2017 - Infopass Appt.

03.30.2018 - Approval

04.05.2018 - Greencard Arrived

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Did you get your email yet with the tracking #? Please note that the link they provide you in the email doesn't work, so then click on "My Tracking" on the top left then enter your tracking # provided in the email, select that your document is being delivered to the UK, put in your post code and you will see the tracking info.

Hope this helps. You should have the visa in hand tomorrow. We got our tracking email yesterday at 9:45UK time and my hubby had the visa by 2PM UK time today.


Marriage: 12-23-13 in England
Service Center: Nebraska Service Center

Consulate: London, England

USCIS:
I-130 NOA1: 1-17-14

I-130 NOA2: 6-4-14

NVC:

Case Completed at NVC: 9-26-14 - No checklists

Embassy:

Medical Appointment: 10-15-14

Visa in Hand: 11-5-14
USCIS ELIS fee paid: 11-5-14
POE: 11-19-14 (via Dublin en route to Chicago)
SSN Received: 11-30-14
Green Card Received: 2-13-14



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Congratulations!!

I have my I terview appointment next week and trying to find out how the interview could be and how badly nervouse should I be.... do you mind Iif I ask you few questions out of your experience?

What kind of questions did the consular ask you?

How long did the interview take in total?

How long did they say it will take for them to issue your visa?

That's all I think of right now...

congratulations again!!!

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