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finally made it to the interview today and with the first interview with the Filipino staff, he was friendly and he checked all my documents and had a little conversation about our life before and after haiyan and the situation now with hagupit. He said to prepare my pictures and proof on my final interview and wished me good luck. On my final interview with a US male consul, he asked me about the name of my petitioner, how long we've known each other, where does she lives, and that's all. He didn't even bother to check my pictures and proof of relationship. He just said " Applicatione done! just wait for your number to flash and be called at the releasing area." He didn't say anything if I was approved or denied. When my number was called on the releasing window, the Filipino officer told me to drop the passport mail for at the 2go window. I said I didn't get any form. he checked my papers and said that no need already and they'll mail the passport to me. I asked if am I approved? he said again that they will be mailing the visa to me. and I can leave the embassy already.

1. Am I approved at this point? or what? so I can tell my fiancé about what happened today. They didn't ask any additional documents from me by the way.

2. Checked with the CEAC website already and it changed date but the Status is still ready and will have to wait after 1-2 business days on my Status.

3. So on the CEAC, what are the next status from this point after ready?

Thanks everybody. positive vibes.

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Yes you are approved.

The CEAC can take a few days to update as it requires a person to type in the info, which does not always happen as soon as the actual event happens. So don't worry there.

CEAC can state a few different things, among them READY, ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING, and ISSUED. ISSUED is the one you want to see because that is the finish line. But until you get to ISSUED, which can be anywhere from3 days to 3 weeks post interview, you may see several READY or ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING indications. Don't worry if it changes between the two a few times; in fact that is good news because it shows someone is working on your file.

Please bear in mind that USEM issues 1500 visas a day, so your file may sit in a pile somewhere for a week or more without being touched. I know it is frustrating, but if that happens, it is normal and no need to worry. Just sit tight and watch CEAC for that all important ISSUED. Once you see ISSUED, you are a week or so away (maybe less) from your visa.

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Congratulations to you! ;) l was wondering if you submitted an additional 2x2 id visa pic in the USEM. l no longer have extra copies to bring with me because l gave 4pcs of my 2x2 id visa pic at SLEC. Thank you.

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Congratulations to you! ;) l was wondering if you submitted an additional 2x2 id visa pic in the USEM. l no longer have extra copies to bring with me because l gave 4pcs of my 2x2 id visa pic at SLEC. Thank you.

No need for more pictures as the pictures you gave at SLEC the Embassy will use. Good luck. You will need more pictures once you arrive in USA.


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Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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Congratulations to you! ;) l was wondering if you submitted an additional 2x2 id visa pic in the USEM. l no longer have extra copies to bring with me because l gave 4pcs of my 2x2 id visa pic at SLEC. Thank you.

nope, they didn't ask me for one.....

thanks everybody.... got me really worried at the embassy after the interview as I see some consuls congratulating other applicants and as well as saying sorry

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finally made it to the interview today and with the first interview with the Filipino staff, he was friendly and he checked all my documents and had a little conversation about our life before and after haiyan and the situation now with hagupit. He said to prepare my pictures and proof on my final interview and wished me good luck. On my final interview with a US male consul, he asked me about the name of my petitioner, how long we've known each other, where does she lives, and that's all. He didn't even bother to check my pictures and proof of relationship. He just said " Application done! just wait for your number to flash and be called at the releasing area." He didn't say anything if I was approved or denied. When my number was called on the releasing window, the Filipino officer told me to drop the passport mail for at the 2go window. I said I didn't get any form. he checked my papers and said that no need already and they'll mail the passport to me. I asked if am I approved? he said again that they will be mailing the visa to me. and I can leave the embassy already.

1. Am I approved at this point? or what? so I can tell my fiancé about what happened today. They didn't ask any additional documents from me by the way.

2. Checked with the CEAC website already and it changed date but the Status is still ready and will have to wait after 1-2 business days on my Status.

3. So on the CEAC, what are the next status from this point after ready?

Thanks everybody. positive vibes.

Sort of, kind of... yes. Congrats! :dancing:

You are not "officially" approved until you see ISSUED on the CEAC website, which is why they avoid telling you APPROVED during the interview, there actually is info regarding this on the embassy website - I tripped over it one time, they hide it well. :)

On the CEAC website it will go READY, then AP, then maybe READY again before going to ISSUED.

It is amazing how often they don't ask to see pictures of the two of you together, my thinking is it relates to how well you answer all the questions.

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Hank

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nope, they didn't ask me for one.....

thanks everybody.... got me really worried at the embassy after the interview as I see some consuls congratulating other applicants and as well as saying sorry

Did you actually try asking the interviewer if you were approved? I did because I didn't want uncertainty. It will just drive me nuts. I wanted to hear the word APPROVED before I believed the whole thing went well LOL.

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Congrats!!!!


***K-1 Visa***

MAY 01, 2014: Met in person and got Engaged!
JULY 01, 2014: Sent I-129F Packet to Dallas Lockbox
JULY 04, 2014: Received via USPS Tracking
JULY 09, 2014: USCIS received the case - route to CSC - notified via email/text
JULY 10, 2014: NOA1 Hardcopy received and ARN changed
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: Approved!!! (via USCIS site)...yipeee!!!! (80 days from NOA1)
OCTOBER 01, 2014: Got NOA2 Hardcopy
OCTOBER 15, 2014: Called NVC and got our MNL case # (19 days after approval)
OCTOBER 20, 2014: Paid the visa fee (BPI)
OCTOBER 22, 2014: Case status "In Transit". Completed and submitted DS-160 Form
OCTOBER 23, 2014: CEAC status "READY"
OCTOBER 30, 2014: Received NVC Letter thru mail (letter dated October 21st)
NOVEMBER 17, 2014: Medical (SLEC) - Result "Passed"
NOVEMBER 21, 2014: Received letter from US Embassy (Manila)
NOVEMBER 24, 2014: Interview - Result "Approved" :thumbs:
NOVEMBER 26, 2014: CEAC status "Administrative Processing"
NOVEMBER 28, 2014: CEAC status "ISSUED" :dance:
DECEMBER 02, 2014: Got text message from 2GO courier that my US Visa is ready to pick up :wow:
DECEMBER 06, 2014: Got my Visa. :dancing:
DECEMBER 15, 2014: CFO Seminar (didn't get my certificate and sticker - the counselor wanted to have copies of chat logs and I forgot to bring, huhuhu)
DECEMBER 19, 2014: Follow up seminar with CFO... Got my CFO certificate and seminar
DECEMBER 26, 2014: POE - San Francisco, CA (L) (L)
DECEMBER 30, 2014: Courthouse Wedding

JANUARY 15, 2015: Got my SS card (with my married name)

***AOS, EAD & AP***

MARCH 12, 2015: Sent AOS, EAD & AP packet via USPS (Express Mail)

MARCH 13, 2015: Packet delivered & signed (via USPS tracking)

MARCH 18, 2015: Receipt notice from USCIS (via text message and email)

MARCH 23, 2015: Received NOA's in mail

APRIL 04, 2015 : Received Biometrics Appointment Notice via mail

APRIL 14, 2015 : Biometrics (in Oakland)

APRIL 23, 2015 : Case Is Ready To Be Scheduled For An Interview

APRIL 29, 2015 : Received letter from USCIS for my initial interview

MAY 27, 2015 : EAD and AP is approved

MAY 29, 2015 : Interview.... APPROVED!!!

JUNE 04, 2015 : EAD/AP combo card received

JUNE 07, 2015 : GC received!!!

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CO told my wife she was approved. But yes, Hank, I understand your technical point 100%. "Approval" by the CO simply means he recommends issuance of the visa, but the final decision is not his to make.

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Did you actually try asking the interviewer if you were approved? I did because I didn't want uncertainty. It will just drive me nuts. I wanted to hear the word APPROVED before I believed the whole thing went well LOL.

Lol I had to ask as well. I need definite answers if they approved me or not. After she said I was approved, I literally jumped up and down :)

It's funny how it was only last May when I had my interview, now it feels as if years had gone by.

God bless on your journey!


What is impossible with men is possible with God - Luke 18:27

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Our Timeline

February 27, 2017 Biometrics Appointment

February 17, 2017 Received NOA2 - ASC Appointment Letter

February 9, 2017 Received NOA1

February 7, 2017 I-751 check payment has been cashed

January 31, 2017 Mailed I-751 packet

March 21, 2015 Received green card in mail - Thank You, Lord.

March 16, 2015 Received Welcome Letter in mail

March 10, 2015 Text message and email received: Green card is in production - did not receive any interview waiver letter and no interview.

December 19, 2014 EAD card received

December 18, 2014 Email update: EAD card is mailed

December 11, 2014 Received email: EAD card in producion

December 2, 2014 Biometrics appointment

November 22, 2014 Received biometrics appointment for AOS and EAD

September 30, 2014 Received NOA1 (I-797C) for AOS and EAD

September 26, 2014 Email and text AOS acceptance notification received (around midnight)

September 19, 2014 AOS and EAD sent

September 11, 2014 Received Social Security Card

September 10, 2014 Civil Surgeon

September 4, 2014 Name change on Social Security Number

August 23, 2014 Wedding Day!

August 8, 2014 Applied for Social Security Number; got marriage license

July 25, 2014 Port of Entry: Chicago

May 16, 2014 CFO seminar

May 13, 2014 Visa on hand

May 5, 2014 Interview: approved

March 13, 2014 Medical exam - third day (went back to St. Lukes for Tdap vaccine)

February 24, 2014 Appointment letter received

February 14, 2014 Medical exam - second day (vaccine day)

February 13, 2014 Medical exam - first day

January 29, 2014 Case received by consulate

January 9, 2014 Case left NVC

December 13, 2013 NOA2

October 18, 2013 NOA1

October 14, 2013 I-129F sent

July 19, 2013 Got engaged!

 

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