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My wife and daughter had their interview at the Chinese consulate on April 30th. they gave her a very quick yes and that was all.

We have been checking for the status of the passport and visa.

for four days it stated issued, but yet the agency status always said passport still with consulate.

Then late Thursday May the 7th the status on CEAC changed to Administration Processing.

I have read this may be nothing but a delay but also many horror stories of a never ending wait with no restitution in sight?

Is this a concern since it initially said issued and then changed to Administrative Processing (AP).

I guess all the prior documentation, money and waiting through this process means nothing including the interview if they are pulling the rug out from under us at the 11th hour? Or at least it now feels like it...

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After my wife passed the interview, it took about 2.5 weeks to receive the passport (with K1 visa).

And during that time, I do recall the status progressively changed...but I don't specifically recall

it if ever went back to "Admin Processing"...

You are still within processing time, so give it another week or so...

Likely, all is OK.


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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FOUR days and you're complaining? How long was the whole process? A year? And you're worried about 4 days?

What claim of restitution are you making exactly?

"pulling the rug" out from under you because it is taking more than 4 days? Really? Never heard of weekends, mail delays, computers were down, nothing?

FOUR (4) ? 四?

Edited by listeriolysin

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To the newbie who just decided to post on my thread,

Let me be clear, I have a lawyer and at no time was this scenario ever discussed.

One would think that after all the time, documentation, money and waiting (17months to this point)

That the process would have been resolved. Like I stated, the visa was listed as printed and processed after four days...

My question was why did it then change to administrative processing. I spoke to my lawyer and was advised of many possible reasons.

My point is don't you think that after months of paperwork and background checks leading up to the interview would have resolved any issues or be questioned at the interview?

As far as restitution my comment is in regards to the research I did on this subject before even coming to this social site that by all accounts is on par with others that seem to have people like yourself not looking to help or add advice but to criticize and try and scold me? Really who said I was complaining, if that was what you gleamed from my comments then let me spell out a real reason to complain. I have been away from my family for 17 months, I have went through the proper legal channels to immigrate them and paid thousands in lawyer and associated fees, not to mention my wife and daughter had to travel over 1700 miles to even get to the embassy, and when you get to the interview and it is basically a five minute time frame and they approve you kind of feel like you have gotten to the end of a long hard road, but then you feel like there is an unknown factor with the AP, IT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A BLACK HOLE, I cannot even inquire as to why the process was changed from printed.....and issued.... to this unless it passes 60days. So I came here to solicit advise, and this is what I get your response. Thanks for that, Meanwhile I sit back and watch my government continue for the last twenty years to make no significant move as it relates to the millions of illegal immigrants in this country... so yeah there's a real reason to be complaining...

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Status update the us consulate in China issued a denial based on a missing document which was provided or else we would have never even gotten to the interview stage. Therefore a follow up with said document and or lawyer will be necessary. The original document that is notarized was submitted therefore they must have it somewhere. The issue also lies that my wife is in China the document was ascertained in the country of malta. Tomorrow we will advise the consulate.

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Congratulations! I think that anyone who has been through this process will be able to understand how, even after waiting for a year, you can be left biting your nails with worry when hit with any unanticipated delay or ambiguity, even if its just a few days or even hours. Congratulations on getting your family back together.

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