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Hello All,

I know that there are threads similar to this, but they are outdated and don't answer my specific questions.

I am filing for the K-1 visa. Our case was assigned a number at the NVC on 30 April. It's is now 6 May, so almost a week.

I called yesterday to the NVC number, and someone said our case was in AP. I called again today, and the woman on the phone said that she "saw no traces of AP on our file".

I'm getting discouraged, as many other applications to France seems to whizz in and out of the NVC in days. Are we delayed because my fiance is Algerian, applying at the French consulate?

Is it normal to be at the NVC this long? Can anyone advise? I'm getting very nervous... especially at the words "administrative processing".

Thanks in advance!

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I was told twice or case was not in AP when it was. The person who answered the phone when you called is a Tier 1 call taker, and there is not very much info on their screen. Give it a week and call again. If you are in AP, it is running about 2- 8 weeks these days.

There is mention of both of these items in previous threads. Here is a link to Part 2, which has recent posts.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/436021-stuck-nvc-for-ap-part-ii/

Edited by cdneh

I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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Since I'm new to this, can I ask how you then knew you were in AP?

What are average times for NVC?

I knew because I called and asked to speak to a Tier 2 supervisor, after a couple of weeks. Also, this was back when they first started putting K1's into AP at NVC, and nobody, not even here on VJ had ever heard of it. That is why we were worried, and that is why we called them.

They also said they would send a notice when it was done, and they did not do that. We did get two notices that said it was on the way to NZ, when it was not.

As I said above, recent wait times are running about 2- 8 weeks these days.


I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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After 2 weeks I politely asked to speak with a supervisor. The rep will place you on a brief hold to see if there is a supervisor available. If a supervisor is available, they'll transfer you right away. If not, they offer to put you back in the queue to see if there's one available at that time, or tell you to call back at another time.

All three supervisors I spoke with during the final week my case was in AP told me that AP is a normal process for all cases, but that some take longer than others. They couldn't explain why or tell me what exactly was happening, except to say that all cases are different. Each supervisor on the call told me they were emailing the department that was working on my case to see what the status was. I was told they'd call me back, but they never did. I was already used to calling everyday, so after speaking to a supervisor once, I asked to speak with them every time I called thereafter. Sometimes a supervisor was available. Other times not. I'd like to think my persistence that final week was the reason I called on 4/30 and was told " the case is being sent today," but I just think it took 22 days to get through AP.

If your hearts in it do as I did. I couldn't be patient. The third week I cried every time I hung up the phone.

Or you could patient, but I just could not, even though calling so often every day killed my spirit.

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Thank you for your response. I honestly cannot wait until I am at the Consulate stage.

I just called again, and they said that I was under AP. I don't understand this hypocrisy. It makes me crazy. I keep getting different answers. My father just died, and I just want us to be in the States! Every day is torture.

So when I call, I tell my case number to a person, who immediately "transfers me to someone who can help me with my case". Is that a Tier 2 supervisor? I was on hold for over an hour today.

Does being in AP now lesson our chances of being in AP later?

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Thank you for your response. I honestly cannot wait until I am at the Consulate stage.

I just called again, and they said that I was under AP. I don't understand this hypocrisy. It makes me crazy. I keep getting different answers. My father just died, and I just want us to be in the States! Every day is torture.

So when I call, I tell my case number to a person, who immediately "transfers me to someone who can help me with my case". Is that a Tier 2 supervisor? I was on hold for over an hour today.

Does being in AP now lesson our chances of being in AP later?

We were there just on 2 months. We called every day. We had to ask to speak to a supervisor.

Being in AP now does not rule out AP later. That being said, once it moved, it went quickly. On the basis of having the case number, my consulate sent me packet three, and I had my medical and everything else ready to go. Based on them having the electronic file when it was sent on, I was able to book an interview. That is why my timeline looks the way it does.

NVC Received : 2008-11-19

NVC Left : 2009-01-10

Consulate Received : 2009-01-13

Packet 3 Received : 2008-12-10

Packet 3 Sent : 2008-12-12

Packet 4 Received : 2009-01-13

Interview Date : 2009-02-02

The one piece of advice I give people in AP, is that is takes less time now, than it did in the past. And to get your bits and pieces together, and your ducks lined up, so you are ready to go when they send you on.

Good luck :)

Edited by cdneh

I can explain it to you. But I can't understand it for you.

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After you're on hold for hours lol someone will answer the phone. You'll give your case number, petitioners name DOB, your name and theyll confirm phone numbers and emails.

You'll ask for the status of your case, they'll tell you it's in AP and there's no timeline for completion, but that you'll be contacted when your case is sent to consulate.

Then you ask to speak to a supervisor.

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Hello All,

I know that there are threads similar to this, but they are outdated and don't answer my specific questions.

I am filing for the K-1 visa. Our case was assigned a number at the NVC on 30 April. It's is now 6 May, so almost a week.

I called yesterday to the NVC number, and someone said our case was in AP. I called again today, and the woman on the phone said that she "saw no traces of AP on our file".

I'm getting discouraged, as many other applications to France seems to whizz in and out of the NVC in days. Are we delayed because my fiance is Algerian, applying at the French consulate?

Is it normal to be at the NVC this long? Can anyone advise? I'm getting very nervous... especially at the words "administrative processing".

Thanks in advance!

Here is our timeline...

06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval

06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China

06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy

06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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Thank you both! It is very helpful.

Last two questions:

1: How did you get to talk to a Tier 2 supervisor?

2. I was told that all cases go through AP. Is that true?

2. yes, it is true. As others have indicated, there is a wide range of how long it is in AP. We were in it for a week.

I bet your file is on the way to France by Friday. I would also not call NVC until next week since you have the case # now. Your case so far is very normal time wise. Just check your status online.

Edited by usmsbow

Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

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If our case went to AP at the NVC stage, it was not displayed on our CEAC.GOV screen. I checked it like I was a lunatic!

I don't think your fiance's ethnicity would have any bearing on it; it could, but I haven't see a blanket ban or delays instituted in MENA countries. That's not to say there aren't extra steps or work involved, but we haven't hit any yet (knock on wood!!!)

Let us know what you find out!


K-1 fiance visa journey ~ Our Beginning ~

 

July 22, 2014 - First connection through website ** March 4, 2015 - First meeting in person in a third country (first visa stress!) ** March 18, 2015 - Sent Form I-129F ** March 19, 2015 - Received by Dallas Lockbox at 8:09 AM CST ** March 24, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 9:04 PM CST - NOA1 ** April 7, 2015 - Received USCIS approval confirmation text and e-mail at 9:30 PM CST - NOA2 ** April 24, 2015 - Called NVC and confirmed receipt ** April 25, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In NVC' ** April 29, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In Transit' ** May 5, 2015 - Petition arrived at embassy - 'Ready' status ** June 14, 2015 - Received Packet 3 and 4 (Interview and document list combined) ** June 29, 2015 - Medical exam ** July 7, 2015 - Embassy interview!!...then...CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Administrative Processing' ** August 4, 2015 - Received call from US Embassy to drop off his passport!! ** September 3, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Ready' and Nonimmigrant!!!!!!! TOMORROW!.....no...still waiting... ** October 13, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting 'Administrative Processing' ** October 15, 2015 - CEAC.GOV now says 'Issued' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 10, 2015 - Dallas POE! He's here ** November 16, 2015 - Our marriage :)

Adjustment of Status journey ~ ROC Date December 21, 2017 ~

 

December 9, 2015 - Mailed AOS package (Day 0) ** December 10, 2015 - Received by Chicago Lockbox at 1:06 PM CST (Day 1) ** December 14, 2015 - Initiated county name change petition ** December 22, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 11:34 PM CST - NOA (Day 13) ** January 4, 2016 - Additional information delivered to NBC at 10:10 AM CST (Day 26) ** January 11, 2016 - Fingerprint fee accepted for Form I-485 (Day 33) ** January 19, 2016 - Received Selective Service registration card ** January 20, 2016 - Service request initiated and completed for biometric appointment (Day 42) ** January 23, 2016 - Received biometric letter dated January 16, 2016 (Day 45) ** February 5, 2016 - Biometric appointment (Day 58) ** February 19, 2016 - Request for Initial Evidence for EAD/AP (Day 72) ** February 25, 2016 - Received RFIE (Day 78) ** February 26, 2016 - Mailed response to RFIE (Day 79) ** February 29, 2016 - Response to RFE delivered to NBC at 11:06 AM CST (Day 82) ** March 3, 2016 - EAD status update to RFE response received March 1, 2016 (Day 85) ** March 4, 2016 - EAD/AP approved/card being produced (Day 86) ** March 9, 2016 - EAD/AP card mailed (Day 91) ** March 12, 2016 - EAD/AP received (Day 94) ** March 21, 2016 - GC approved/card being produced (Day 103) ** March 24, 2016 - GC mailed and name change completed (should have been February 4, 2016...) (Day 106) ** March 26, 2016 - Conditional GC received (Day 108)

Removal of Conditions journey ~ USC Date December 21, 2018 ~

Spoiler

December 21, 2017 - Mailed ROC package (Day 0) ** December 26, 2017 - Received by Laguna Niguel Lockbox at 12:40 PM CST (Day 1) ** January 2, 2018 - Check cashed (Day 7) ** January 6, 2018 - Received NOA1 dated December 26, 2017 (Day 11) ** February 13, 2018 - Service request initiated for biometric appointment (Day 49) ** February 23, 2018 - Received service request letter response dated January 19, 2018 instructing us to wait (Day 59) ** March 5, 2018 - Case Received at Local Office (Day 69) ** June 15, 2018 - Case Transferred to Another Office (Day 171) ** June 18, 2018 - Case Transferred and New Office Has Jurisdiction (Day 174) ** August 24, 2018 - Rec'd extended NOA1 dated August 18, 2018 (Day 241) ** October 22, 2018 - Rec'd corrected extended NOA1 dated October 16, 2018 (Day 299) **

 
 

Citizenship Naturalization journey ~ Our Future and Freedom ~

 

Just staging...

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If our case went to AP at the NVC stage, it was not displayed on our CEAC.GOV screen. I checked it like I was a lunatic!

Really? Whoops, maybe my memory is wrong. What was its status before it was shipped to the embassy? Edit: never mind, got answer in your signature.

Edited by usmsbow

Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

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