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i just got off the phone with NVC and they stated after i told them its been roughly 10 calender days that my i130 was approved. the gentlemen on the phone stated its taking about 35 days for a case number and i said i wanted to call and make sure the case number hasnt been made yet.he once again stated they are looking at the 35 day window for case numbers...should i continue to call once a week or so and check on the status or go buy what i was told and wait 35 days?what can i do in the mean time?i was going to fill out the i864 form but the one i found online says it expires on march 31, 2015...still good to use after expiration date or just wait till april 1st?while im waiting im also researching on what my wife will need and saving the money.shes in the philippines and im in the states if that will help.

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it can go either way! if seen the forum say call once a week and be proactive, i personally just called about 2 weeks after approval and again within that 35 day period and NVC already had the number assined to my case.

so you can do both call frequently or call at that 30 day period more or less

good luck! and best wishes


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it can go either way! if seen the forum say call once a week and be proactive, i personally just called about 2 weeks after approval and again within that 35 day period and NVC already had the number assined to my case.

so you can do both call frequently or call at that 30 day period more or less

good luck! and best wishes

thank you..i too read some calling a couple times a day or couple times a week at least 10 days after i130 approval.mine was approved march 17, thus today is 10 calender days.though i didnt expect to have a case number..i like to stay positive and give it a try..most likely ill call on the second week and if no luck.again on the third and so on.again thank you :)

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Dont listen to them! Lol...they told me the standard "35 days" as well....but I had mine in 6 days (I happened to call on the day our case number was assigned. I was able to complete the DS261 that same day and was invoiced for the AOS fee the next day. I called every monday and thursday :)


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11/12/14 - I-130 Packet Sent! (Phoenix Lockbox)

11/14/14 - I-130 Delivered

11/18/14 - NOA1 (Sent to TSC)

3/2/15 - NOA2

3/10/15 - Sent to NVC

NVC

3/17/15 - Received by NVC

3/23/15 - Case number assigned

3/23/15 - DS 261 completed

3/24/15 - AOS Fee Invoiced

3/27/15 - AOS Fee Paid

4/28/15 - IV Fee Invoiced

4/29/15 - IV Fee Paid

5/3/15 - IV Application Complete

5/26/15 - AOS & IV Packet Sent

5/28/15 - AOS & IV Delivered

6/3/15 - Email received stating scan date of 5/28/15

6/23/15 - Case Complete

8/12/15 - Requested expedite at NVC

8/19/15 - Received email - Expedite Approved! (57 days after Case Complete)

8/21/15 - Case left NVC

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8/24/15 - Case Received

8/26/15 - Interview Scheduled

9/2/15 - Medical Exam

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i was going to fill out the i864 form but the one i found online says it expires on march 31, 2015...still good to use after expiration date or just wait till april 1st?

Pay no attention to that date, it is the expiration of the comment period to the Office of Management and Budget. The form itself does not expire and can be used.


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i would start filling out the I864 form because regardless if they change the format after March 31st or not, they're most likely going to be asking for the same information. i would also be getting all the documents needed for the AOS/Financial Docs/Civil Docs ready. She'll need the originals for her interview as well.

from the timelines i've seen here, people are usually able to get their case/invoice # about a month after their approval (if they call NVC and get it over the phone). Once I submitted my DS-261 and paid my AOS fee,, I called NVC again and was told to go ahead and submit my I-864EZ/Financial Docs/Civil Docs. From there I waited about a week, called again and was able to get my DS-261 reviewed over the phone and I was able to pay my IV Fee.

Its best to be proactive with NVC as sometimes things get done faster than their estimated '35 days', '60 days', what have you.

Best of luck!


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Aug 21, 2014 - Sent I-130
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Mar 6, 2015 - NVC receieved our case (found this out on Mar 11th phone call with NVC rep)
Mar 11, 2015 - Called NVC, was given case # & invoice #
Mar 11, 2015 - Paid AOS Bill
Mar 13, 2015 - AOS Fee deducted from bank account
Mar 14, 2015 - Received DS-261/AOS Bill (in mail)
Mar 16, 2015 - Called NVC, was instructed to mail out AOS/I-864, mailed I-864EZ/AOS/Documents (2 day shipping)
Mar 18, 2015 - Packet received by NVC, AOS Fee marked as PAID on ceac.state.gov website

Mar 23, 2015 - Called NVC: 1.to verify packet received(was told to allow 60 days for review) 2. to ask if DS-261 was entered in the system (was told case is too new to revivew over the phone, but I could call back in a few days if I wish to see if we could review it over the phone)
Mar 24, 2015 - Called NVC and was able to review DS-261 over the phone; added emails, designated self as agent of choice. Should be able to pay IV Fee & fill out DS-260 in one week (31/03/15)
Mar 25, 2015 - Paid IV Fee
Mar 26, 2015 - IV Fee shown as 'Paid'
Mar 28, 2015 - Submit DS-260

April 1, 2015 - Medical Exam in Suva, called NVC for update on case: said it wasnt in the system yet, still in review. allow 45 days for case complete (hey, thats better than the 60 they said earlier!) They will only email us if they need further information, otherwise expect interview letter in the mail.

April 7, 2015 - Called NVC to follow up, no update given

April 14, 2015 - Checked ceac.state.gov website, saw that there were 3 N/A's, called NVC to verify that case was complete

April 15, 2015 - Received false checklist, called NVC to verify that was actually false checklist (re: police certificate would be sent directly to embassy and therefore was not included with support documents submitted in IV Packet)

April 16, 2015 - Called NVC to re-verify that received false checklist. Confirmed AND was told that interview date was scheduled

May 28, 2015 - Interview Scheduled at 8am, Suva Embassy (need to reschedule due to conflicting obligations)

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We got ours in the post within two weeks of NVC receiving it so those 35 days are just the standard they tell everyone. I know others who also got their case numbers and IIN after about two weeks. We personally chose to give NVC two weeks before we were gonna call because perhaps if they weren't so busy with all the calls, they could put focus on reviewing cases faster. But that was our point of view.


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USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



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We got ours in the post within two weeks of NVC receiving it so those 35 days are just the standard they tell everyone. I know others who also got their case numbers and IIN after about two weeks. We personally chose to give NVC two weeks before we were gonna call because perhaps if they weren't so busy with all the calls, they could put focus on reviewing cases faster. But that was our point of view.

...the customer service line has nothing to do with reviewing cases. The people answering the phones aren't waiting for us to stop calling so they can get back to reviewing cases...


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11/12/14 - I-130 Packet Sent! (Phoenix Lockbox)

11/14/14 - I-130 Delivered

11/18/14 - NOA1 (Sent to TSC)

3/2/15 - NOA2

3/10/15 - Sent to NVC

NVC

3/17/15 - Received by NVC

3/23/15 - Case number assigned

3/23/15 - DS 261 completed

3/24/15 - AOS Fee Invoiced

3/27/15 - AOS Fee Paid

4/28/15 - IV Fee Invoiced

4/29/15 - IV Fee Paid

5/3/15 - IV Application Complete

5/26/15 - AOS & IV Packet Sent

5/28/15 - AOS & IV Delivered

6/3/15 - Email received stating scan date of 5/28/15

6/23/15 - Case Complete

8/12/15 - Requested expedite at NVC

8/19/15 - Received email - Expedite Approved! (57 days after Case Complete)

8/21/15 - Case left NVC

Embassy

8/24/15 - Case Received

8/26/15 - Interview Scheduled

9/2/15 - Medical Exam

9/11/15 - Interview - Approved!!

9/15/15 - Visa Issued

9/21/15 - Visa In Hand

10/30/15 - POE!!

11/24/15 - Social Security Card received in the mail

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...the customer service line has nothing to do with reviewing cases. The people answering the phones aren't waiting for us to stop calling so they can get back to reviewing cases...

No but I'm sure they have a lot more to do than answer phone calls. And calling several times a day till someone gets a case number means they take up time for people who really need to get through to NVC about serious questions about their case, RFE etc.

We're all eager to finish this already loooong process but bombarding NVC with calls the second the case goes to NVC isn't really helping the process or fellow "visa travellers". Just my opinion.


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USCIS Stage


September 8th 2014 - Filed I-130 with Nebraska Service Center


September 16th 2014 - NOA1 received


March 2nd 2015 - NOA2 received :dancing:



NVC Stage


March 28th 2015 - Choice of agent complete & AOS fee paid


April 17th 2015 - IV fee paid


May 1st 2015 - Sent in IV application


May 12th 2015 - Sent in AOS and IV documents


May 18th 2015 - Scan Date


June 18th 2015 - Checklist received


June 22nd 2015 - Checklist response sent to NVC


June 25th 2015 - Put for Supervisor Review


Sept 15th 2015 - Request help from Texas US Senator Cornyn and his team


Sept 23rd 2015 - Our case is moved from supervisor review to NVC's team for dealing with Senator requests


Nov 4th 2015 - CASE COMPLETE!!!! :dancing:



Embassy Stage


Dec 16th 2015 - Medical exam


Dec 21st 2015 - Interview


Dec 21st 2015 - 221(g) issued at interview for updated forms


Jan 13th 2016 - Mailed our reply to the 221(g) to the US Embassy, received and CEAC updated the next morning


Jan 20th 2016 - Embassy require more in-depth info on asset for i-864


Feb 1st 2016 - Sent more in-depth info on assets as requested. Received the next morning


Feb 16th 2016 - Visa has been issued :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:



In the US


April 5th 2016 - POE Newark. No questions asked.


April 14th 2016 - SSN received


May 10th 2016 - First day at my new job :dancing:


May 27th 2016 - Green Card received


June 7th 2016 - Got my Texas driver's license

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