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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Does anyone know of anyone who has taken the interview in a country besides their own home country? My spouse has interview in Paris, France since she was a resident there for past 3 years. Now she has completed her studies and her French residency expired on Nov 30. 2014 The case at NVC was completed on Nov 21st. She has interview on Jan 6th 2015 and she can go do her medical and interview in Paris on a tourist visa.

Do the people at US consulate check for residency and do you know of any people who have attended the interview in a country besides their own?

More details: What is ridiculous is that NVC refused to change her consulate to her home country until she actually left France first. Then they want 60 days to review the request for consulate change. Now the US embassy in her home country is saying that it will take many months to transfer the case over to the US consulate there and recommend her to go do the interview in France. The US embassy in France has not responded to phone calls or email as of yet.


Service Center : Texas Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2013-10-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-24
I-130 Approved : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-08-04
Received AOS Bill : 2014-08-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-08-07
Send AOS Package : 2014-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2014-09-15
Paid IV Bill: 2014-09-17
Submit DS-260 : 2014-09-17
Send IV Packet : 2014-10-4
AOS Checklist : 2014-10-8
NVC Case Complete : 2014-11-21
Interview: 2015-01-06
POE: 2015-01-22 :dancing:

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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By default they assign your interview to the embassy/consulate of the country you live in, not necessarily where you come from. There was a guy on here from Jordan who had even asked beforehand to be interviewed in Jordan, but they still assigned his case to Frankfurt since he was in Germany.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

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(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Slovenia
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I am in similar situations as you are. I've recently moved to my home country and yesterday NVC rep told me to send an email request for embassy change.

I've done it as she told me. I am at the beginning of NVC process and hoping that this won't delay my process

I am in similar situations as you are. I've recently moved to my home country and yesterday NVC rep told me to send an email request for embassy change.

I've done it as she told me. I am at the beginning of NVC process and hoping that this won't delay my process


N-400 Timeline
04/02/19 N-400 Submitted online
04/22/19 Biometrics
11/05/19 Interview (Approved)


ROC Timeline

Service Center: California

08/11/17 I-751 Packet delivered to USCIS

09/18/17 Biometrics Appointment

08/17/18 2nd extension letter (additional 6 months)

11/02/18 New card is being  produced (Approved)

 

NVC
11-04-2014 NVC case receive

05-20-2015 Visa received

10-06-2015 Time to kick back and let it fly

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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I am in similar situations as you are. I've recently moved to my home country and yesterday NVC rep told me to send an email request for embassy change.

I've done it as she told me. I am at the beginning of NVC process and hoping that this won't delay my process

I am in similar situations as you are. I've recently moved to my home country and yesterday NVC rep told me to send an email request for embassy change.

I've done it as she told me. I am at the beginning of NVC process and hoping that this won't delay my process

You should be fine because they will review that email in about 4 to 6 weeks and change the case number and send your file out to your home country.

Now my wife is just going to go to Paris and her medical, biometrics and go to the interview on Jan 6th 2015 and see what happens. It would be total BS if they don't allow her to interview given they are the ones who scheduled the interview in the first place in Paris.

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Service Center : Texas Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2013-10-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-24
I-130 Approved : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-08-04
Received AOS Bill : 2014-08-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-08-07
Send AOS Package : 2014-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2014-09-15
Paid IV Bill: 2014-09-17
Submit DS-260 : 2014-09-17
Send IV Packet : 2014-10-4
AOS Checklist : 2014-10-8
NVC Case Complete : 2014-11-21
Interview: 2015-01-06
POE: 2015-01-22 :dancing:

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Slovenia
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Hoping for the best. Good luck!


N-400 Timeline
04/02/19 N-400 Submitted online
04/22/19 Biometrics
11/05/19 Interview (Approved)


ROC Timeline

Service Center: California

08/11/17 I-751 Packet delivered to USCIS

09/18/17 Biometrics Appointment

08/17/18 2nd extension letter (additional 6 months)

11/02/18 New card is being  produced (Approved)

 

NVC
11-04-2014 NVC case receive

05-20-2015 Visa received

10-06-2015 Time to kick back and let it fly

 

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to US Embassy & Consulate Discussion; topic is about this phase of the process.


Our journey:

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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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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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casefile (paper) movement from Paris to Guangzhou can take upwards of 6 months, due to treaty with China. Consular packets sit in a bonded warehouse in Guangzhou.

Since you did NOT do Electronic Processing for Guangzhou IV, I suggest you two handle the stuff in Paris in January.

EP stuff is cool, for Guangzhou IV, there's no waiting for casefile movement from NVC to Guangzhou, at all.

Paper casefiles must wait, per treaty, and it's a PITA.

If you're certain the casefile is already in Paris, you can talk with NVC about getting an expedite (start with a supervisor at NVC, telephone call, nowish, before they close for the day)

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Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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Thanks for the feedback!

My spouse is going to just go to the interview in Paris, France on January 6th, 2015. I will post back here how things go...


Service Center : Texas Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2013-10-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-24
I-130 Approved : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-08-04
Received AOS Bill : 2014-08-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-08-07
Send AOS Package : 2014-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2014-09-15
Paid IV Bill: 2014-09-17
Submit DS-260 : 2014-09-17
Send IV Packet : 2014-10-4
AOS Checklist : 2014-10-8
NVC Case Complete : 2014-11-21
Interview: 2015-01-06
POE: 2015-01-22 :dancing:

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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after writing, and thinking after,

I suddenly realized that there might be some issue with the TYPE of visa she holds, on interview day, that allows for her legal presence in France.

Prior, she had a student visa, and that's allowed.

With a tourist visa, I am unsure about it. But is possible the Vice-Consul will waive that, as she had legal presence 3 years prior. Hard to say, hard to be certain about it - I just mention it here 'cause it may be a sticky point on interview day. Or not ! I've read of other folk with the same issues here, for London Interviews (not Paris) where they had this same issue, and I don't recall the outcomes on them for interview day.


Sometimes my language usage seems confusing - please feel free to 'read it twice', just in case !
Ya know, you can find the answer to your question with the advanced search tool, when using a PC? Ditch the handphone, come back later on a PC, and try again.

-=-=-=-=-=R E A D ! ! !=-=-=-=-=-

Whoa Nelly ! Want NVC Info? see http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_Process

Congratulations on your approval ! We All Applaud your accomplishment with Most Wonderful Kissies !

 

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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after writing, and thinking after,

I suddenly realized that there might be some issue with the TYPE of visa she holds, on interview day, that allows for her legal presence in France.

Prior, she had a student visa, and that's allowed.

With a tourist visa, I am unsure about it. But is possible the Vice-Consul will waive that, as she had legal presence 3 years prior. Hard to say, hard to be certain about it - I just mention it here 'cause it may be a sticky point on interview day. Or not ! I've read of other folk with the same issues here, for London Interviews (not Paris) where they had this same issue, and I don't recall the outcomes on them for interview day.

Thanks for your feedback! Yes, it certainly is an uncertainly at this time. She will be bring along her resident card, student ID as well as letter of successful completion of the degree(the actual coronation ceremony is in May of 2015) etc to show that she has been residing in France for several years and hopefully they will waive any particular requirements regarding the TYPE of visa she holds. She will do her best to convince them that she has more than enough time allowed to be in France to attend the interview and follow up on any further proceedings to obtain the immigrant VISA.

I will be sure to post the outcome because it seems to be very hard to find any clear outcomes on the internet about such a situation.


Service Center : Texas Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2013-10-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-24
I-130 Approved : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-08-04
Received AOS Bill : 2014-08-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-08-07
Send AOS Package : 2014-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2014-09-15
Paid IV Bill: 2014-09-17
Submit DS-260 : 2014-09-17
Send IV Packet : 2014-10-4
AOS Checklist : 2014-10-8
NVC Case Complete : 2014-11-21
Interview: 2015-01-06
POE: 2015-01-22 :dancing:

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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This is a follow up about my wife taking the interview in France while on a tourist visa. They did not check any residency requirements and the interview was successful.

So the bottom line being, the US embassy does not care if you are a resident or what visa you are on when you go to take your interview. So if you do move to another country, it may be actually better to just fly back to the country of interview rather than try to change the case file over to the new country which may take months.


Service Center : Texas Service Center

I-130 Sent : 2013-10-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-10-24
I-130 Approved : 2014-06-26
NVC Received : 2014-07-08
Submit DS-261 : 2014-08-04
Received AOS Bill : 2014-08-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-08-07
Send AOS Package : 2014-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2014-09-15
Paid IV Bill: 2014-09-17
Submit DS-260 : 2014-09-17
Send IV Packet : 2014-10-4
AOS Checklist : 2014-10-8
NVC Case Complete : 2014-11-21
Interview: 2015-01-06
POE: 2015-01-22 :dancing:

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