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Case Number received, now what?

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Hey again!

I feel so stupid, but I'm so overwhelmed with this whole process, I just don't know what to do next at this moment. After waiting nearly a month, and calling over 30 times, I finally got through to the NVC and got our Case number! Yay!

But I don't know exactly what to do now. I know that sounds stupid. Am I able to schedule my interview? Or do I have to wait until I receive my Package 3?

I'm confused, help!

K1 Visa Timeline 01/30/2015- Engaged02/20/2015- I-129F petition filed03/12/2015- NOA 1 received04/02/2015- NOA 2 received!04/24/2014- Case sent from NVC to Consulate in Montreal04/27/2015- Called NVC to receive Case #05/04/2015- Emailed/mailed Packet 3 to Montreal05/13/2015- Consulate received Packet 305/20/2015- Packet 4 email06/12/2015- Medical06/25/2015- Interview-APPROVED07/08/2015- Visa issued07/14/2015- Visa in hand07/20/2015- POE Sarnia/Port Huron border<p>08/14/2015- wedding!

September 2015- Applied for AOS

September 30th- Biometrics Appointment

November 2015- Advanced Parole/ Employment Authorization Received

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Depends on which consulate you will be going through. Things get pretty consulate specific around this time, so it is best to research for instructions from the US consulate websites and regional forums.

Montreal > http://photos.state.gov/libraries/canada/303578/montreal/Packet3-K1-MTL.pdf

Vancouver > http://photos.state.gov/libraries/canada/303578/Vancouver/k_pkt3.pdf

Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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Now that you have the case number, you can track it on the Department of State's website (NVC). When the status shows ready, that's when you contact the USEM.

These steps might help :-

  1. Go to https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx . Since you're a K1 petitioner/beneficiary, choose Immigrant Visa (IV) and key in your Case Number.
  2. There are 3 statuses on the CEAC website - At NVC, In Transit, and Ready. When the status changes to In Transit (meaning the file is on it's way to the USEM in the beneficiary's country - if you're too curious like me, go to http://www.dhl-usa.com/en/express/tracking/shippers_reference.html , give the shipping reference as EXP 24 APR 2015A -- change date to when it changed to In Transit, change country to beneficiary's country - you will get the tracking details of the packet sent to the USEM)
  3. When the status changes to READY, that's when you contact the US Embassy.


July 2012 - met through a dating app

Jan 2013 - Officially started dating. Moved in together

Oct 2013 - Because of VISA issues, I move back to India

Jan 2015 - John visits me in India. Engaged!

K1 timeline

I-129 Petition filed : March 5th 2015

I-129 NOA1 : March 12th 2015 (File sent to CSC )

I-129 NOA2 : April 6th 2015

NVC Recieved : April 23rd 2015 (got case number by calling NVC)

NVC Left : April 24th 2015 (according to CEAC status tracker - https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx)

Consulate Recd : May 4th 2015

Biometrics Appointment (Mumbai VAC) : May 21st 2015

Interview Date (Mumbai CAC) : May 22nd 2015

VISA approval date: May 22nd 2015

Travel Date : 13th June 2015

POE Date: 14th June 2015 (Abu Dhabi)


I-485, I-765, I-131 Sent : July 1st 2015

USCIS NOA1 : July 6th 2015

Job Offer: Aug 12th 2015

USCIS Expedite Request for EAD : Aug 17th 2015

Submitted Proof for Expedite : Aug 19th 2015

Called Senator for Expedite help: Aug 20th 2014

I-765 Approved: Aug 24th 2015

I-765 Mailed: Aug 27th 2015

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