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I just received a letter from the NVC saying that there are more applicants for visas than there are immigrant visa numbers resulting in a delay that could mean years.

I realize there's likely no way to expediate the process from my end, the NVC is just backlogged, but does anyone how much longer it will take? The VISA BULLETIN says they're currently working on April 2013 cases.

Am I right to assume the wait is another 14 months until they're working on June 2014 cases?

I was anticipating to have my Green Card by March 2015, and now it looks like it will be another year at least... This is a huge blow for me and my husband. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

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January 7, 2015

The National Visa Center (NVC) received the immigrant visa petition filed by ___________ on behalf of ____________ from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Currently, a visa number is unavailable and this petition is not eligible for further processing at this time. The reason for this delay is that there are more applicants for visas than there are immigrant visa numbers available under the limitation prescribed by law. For some visa categories, this delay could be many years.

This petition will be eligible for a visa number and further processing once your priority date is earlier than the
cut-off date listed in the current edition of the visa bulletin. To learn what the current cut-off date is for this
petition, please visit our website: http://travel.state.gov/visas/checkdate

You will need the following information to determine if your case is eligible for a visa number:
Country of Chargeability................CANADA
Visa Category.................................F2A - SPOUSES AND UNMARRIED CHILDREN OF PERMANENT RES.
Priority Date...................................26 JUNE 2014

You should not make any firm plans such as disposing of property, giving up jobs, or making travel arrangements at this time. As soon as your case becomes eligible for further processing, we will contact you or your attorney (if you designated one). You do not need to contact us unless you need to report a change of mailing address, email address, or a change in your personal situation that may affect your entitlement to an immigrant visa (forexample: marriage, divorce, or birth of a child).
Sincerely,
National Visa Center
31 Rochester Ave. Suite 200
Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915
Email: asknvc@state.gov
Phone: 603-334-0700

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I just received a letter from the NVC saying that there are more applicants for visas than there are immigrant visa numbers resulting in a delay that could mean years.

I realize there's likely no way to expediate the process from my end, the NVC is just backlogged, but does anyone how much longer it will take? The VISA BULLETIN says they're currently working on April 2013 cases.

Am I right to assume the wait is another 14 months until they're working on June 2014 cases?

I was anticipating to have my Green Card by March 2015, and now it looks like it will be another year at least... This is a huge blow for me and my husband. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

________________________

January 7, 2015

The National Visa Center (NVC) received the immigrant visa petition filed by ___________ on behalf of ____________ from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Currently, a visa number is unavailable and this petition is not eligible for further processing at this time. The reason for this delay is that there are more applicants for visas than there are immigrant visa numbers available under the limitation prescribed by law. For some visa categories, this delay could be many years.

This petition will be eligible for a visa number and further processing once your priority date is earlier than the

cut-off date listed in the current edition of the visa bulletin. To learn what the current cut-off date is for this

petition, please visit our website: http://travel.state.gov/visas/checkdate

You will need the following information to determine if your case is eligible for a visa number:

Country of Chargeability................CANADA

Visa Category.................................F2A - SPOUSES AND UNMARRIED CHILDREN OF PERMANENT RES.

Priority Date...................................26 JUNE 2014

You should not make any firm plans such as disposing of property, giving up jobs, or making travel arrangements at this time. As soon as your case becomes eligible for further processing, we will contact you or your attorney (if you designated one). You do not need to contact us unless you need to report a change of mailing address, email address, or a change in your personal situation that may affect your entitlement to an immigrant visa (forexample: marriage, divorce, or birth of a child).

Sincerely,

National Visa Center

31 Rochester Ave. Suite 200

Portsmouth, NH 03801-2915

Email: asknvc@state.gov

Phone: 603-334-0700

Well the bulletin has been moving 3 to 4 weeks each month so another 14-16 months seems about right realistically.


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I just received a letter from the NVC saying that there are more applicants for visas than there are immigrant visa numbers resulting in a delay that could mean years.

I realize there's likely no way to expediate the process from my end, the NVC is just backlogged, but does anyone how much longer it will take? The VISA BULLETIN says they're currently working on April 2013 cases.

Am I right to assume the wait is another 14 months until they're working on June 2014 cases?

I was anticipating to have my Green Card by March 2015, and now it looks like it will be another year at least... This is a huge blow for me and my husband. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

You seem to be very uninformed on family preference categories - except for one recent case when F2A was current for short period of time, wait in this category was always 1.5-2 years. It has nothing to do with any delay at NVC and everything to do with numerical limits for family preference visas. No idea why were you anticipating a green card in March. Absolutely zero chance for that.

Spouses of citizen are processed immediately (some will disagree of course but what I mean is there are no numerical limits for visas).

Also familiarize yourself with retrogression - not saying it will happen, but it may...

Edited by kzielu

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@ wekle

Your profile shows IR/CR. It should be F2A to avoid confusion.

You may have mixed up the F2A process with the IR/CR (spouses of US citizens). Unfortunately, F2A category is dependent on the movement of priority dates on the Visa Bulletin. There's no shortcut. You will wait a few more months before you can move forward with the NVC process.

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There is nothing for you to do really , monthly visa bulletin plays an important role for F2A cases.

Just keep waiting.

I've been waiting for nearly 2 years now.


USCIS
June 01, 2013 I-130 Started

June 10, 2013 Priority Date
June 14, 2013 NOA 1
September 10, 2013 NOA 2


NVC
October 21, 2013 AoS Fee Paid
December 22, 2013 DS261 Submitted
December 27, 2013 DS261 Accepted ( via email )
December 28, 2013 IV Fee Bill Invoiced
December 29, 2013 AoS Package Sent
December 30, 2013 IV Fee Paid & DS260 Submitted
January 11, 2014 IV Package Sent
January 07, 2014 AoS Package Received ( call NVC )
January 15, 2014 IV Package Received ( call NVC )
January 27,2014 Received AoS Checklists ( email )
January 27,2014 Received IV Checklists ( email )
February 25,2014 Sent IV Checklists back
February 28,2014 IV Checklists Package Delivered
March 5,2014 Sent AOS Checklists back
March 10,2014 AOS Checklists Package Delivered
March 19,2014 Case Completed ( call NVC )
March 22,2014 Case Completed ( CC email )


Consulate
February 05,2015 Interview Letter
March 12,2015 Interview

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Almost 2 years for me to and still waiting. There are no limits on a spouse visa but there is certainly a wait for everything else. You will not be through the process by March 2015. It is not possible. I have had my NOA2 approval since March 25, 2014 and still sitting on my thumbs It is still at NVC waiting. We are not trying to disappoint you. It really sucks but it's the truth.

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