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Mailing in Additional Documents Post Interview - How Long?

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Hello,

Sorry for all the posts about this, but we mailed in documents to the Jerusalem consulate and it was "received" (hopefully) by their delivery center. The consulate said that it reaches their mail sorting center, then their IV department, and then it goes to a case reviewer.

Does anyone have any experience about how long it actually takes for the consulate to receive the documents, and not just the mail center? Or how long it may take for them to get to reviewing the documents? Moreover its a bit stressful since there is a great deal of personal information from my sponsor and myself in those documents, so the thought of them getting lost or being misplaced is quite terrifying.

Should I just keep emailing to follow up or let things simmer for a few days?

Thanks! Hopefully someone has an answer.

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to US Embassy & Consulate Discussion; topic is about this phase of the process.

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June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
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Let it sit for a few days. Incoming mail apparently has to be screened for safety purposes, and probably go through some internal organization.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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We had documents sent into the Jerusalem consulate and it was reviewed within 2-3 days


meet Sept 2008 in Chicago
He left back to Palestine Aug 2010
I went to Palestine May 30,2012
6/13/2012 Married in Palestine
7/04/2012 arrived back in Chicago
7/25/2012 mailed in I-130
7/26/2012 NOA 1 arrived. to be serviced in California
3/3/2013 our baby was born !!!!

6/17/2013 Case transferred to Local city

11/13/2013 interview at Chicago

1/27/2014 RFE DNA test

3/7/2014 RFE completed and mailed in

5/12/2014 **I-130 APPROVED** !! 652 days

6/3/2014 NVC received case

7/11/2014 choice of agent signed

7/19/2014 pay AOS bill, send aos packet

7/22/2014 NVC received AOS papers

8/20/2014 send IV packet

8/25/2014 NVC received IV papers

8/27/2014 pay IV bill

9/9/2014 DS-260 completed

9/15/2014 AOS checklist

9/24/2014 NVC scanned aos

10/29/2014 "paid" turned to "n/a"

10/31/2014 called NVC and confirmed case complete

11/4/2014 email with interview scheduled

12/15/2014 INTERVIEW

02/20/2015 I-601 waiver received @ Nebraska

07/14/2015 I-601 waiver APPROVED

8/10/2015 ceac changed from refused to ready

8/12/2015 visa was issued !!!!!!

8/25/2015 POE Chicago, no questions asked about waiver

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Yeah, the received the documents on the 12th. They've been updating it every single day since. So the update dates been on 5/12, 5/13, 5/14, and 5/15. What hasn't changed is the status.

Is it supposed to take this long and are the updates supposed to occur this often? Its making me nervous. Anybody know anything about how long this should take?

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What is the status exactly?

Administrative processing. But they just got the additional documents three days ago and are constantly updating, so I don't know what they're doing exactly. But the way I see it, it can't be that challenging to read an co-sponsor's affidavit of support and supporting documents.

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Lol, don't try to use logic! The visa people do not operate in our realm!

The same thing happened to me (and a lot of people). If your documents meet their requirements, it should change to ISSUED in a few days, I'd say by the 20th. But each country is different and has their own processing times. If there are any issues, they will let you know, but I'm sure all is cool and they are just re-verifying your entire case.

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Lol, don't try to use logic! The visa people do not operate in our realm!

The same thing happened to me (and a lot of people). If your documents meet their requirements, it should change to ISSUED in a few days, I'd say by the 20th. But each country is different and has their own processing times. If there are any issues, they will let you know, but I'm sure all is cool and they are just re-verifying your entire case.

Thank you for your reply. It does make me feel better to hear that I'm not the only one.

It's just disappointing to get so far and be ready for everything to be over when all of a sudden, you find there are more bumps in the road. It's been such a lengthy amount of time that I'd just like to move on from this. I'm glad to hear that your process is over and went well though. :) Again, thank you. I appreciate it.

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Ok, so it looks like the consulate is mailing us something (I checked via the courier service). Could it be another 221g? Or could it be a request for the passport (although, I thought they are supposed to call if they want the passport)?

Any ideas?

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We sent in the joint sponsor forms. They were recieved by the consulate IV Unit on the 12. That week, the Ceac update date kept chant in because they were working on things.

Today, I looked at the courier service site and it said the consulate is mailing us something. I'm not sure what yet and the ceac status still says administrative processing. So I'm really confused. Could they be send in another 221g because something was missing on the co sponsor forms? Or could they be requesting the passport? We have the passport because they gave it back to my husband at the interview and told us to get a co sponsor, which we did.

EdenG, I'm confused. So you already had one 221(g). Weren't you supposed to send in the passport with the documents? What is the status on ceac? What is the status on ustraveldocs? What did the courier service say exactly?

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