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Revalidating NOA2 (Johannesburg Consulate)

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Hi all,

My fiance and I had started this process in March, working off the overwhelming advice to start early! Well, the petition was approved within weeks instead of months and now it is moving a little too fast! (Not for us personally, but for other considerations - my contract in Botswana finishes in October, then I am heading home to resettle and find employment before he quits his job and joins me - hopefully in March 2016). All this said, our petition is valid April 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (meaning he needs to have had his interview and get the visa by then). We would ideally love to have the interview in mid-September.

My question is - do we just drag our feet on gathering all the required documents and hope the Consulate is willing to revalidate the petition? If so, when do I contact them to tell them we are still waiting on documents? Or should I explain the reasoning (wanting gainful employment) and hope it is accepted? Or do we just deal with it and follow the timeline as it stands? Does anyone have experience getting the petition revalidated from the Johannesburg Consulate?

This all may be a moot point, since it is likely that some of the required documents will really take a while to gather - he never had a birth certificate, so that might take a while to get an original one issued here...

Thanks!!!!

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Hi all,

My fiance and I had started this process in March, working off the overwhelming advice to start early! Well, the petition was approved within weeks instead of months and now it is moving a little too fast! (Not for us personally, but for other considerations - my contract in Botswana finishes in October, then I am heading home to resettle and find employment before he quits his job and joins me - hopefully in March 2016). All this said, our petition is valid April 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015 (meaning he needs to have had his interview and get the visa by then). We would ideally love to have the interview in mid-September.

My question is - do we just drag our feet on gathering all the required documents and hope the Consulate is willing to revalidate the petition? If so, when do I contact them to tell them we are still waiting on documents? Or should I explain the reasoning (wanting gainful employment) and hope it is accepted? Or do we just deal with it and follow the timeline as it stands? Does anyone have experience getting the petition revalidated from the Johannesburg Consulate?

This all may be a moot point,

The consulate automatically extends the petition. Nothing for you to do or worry about. Get those documents.

since it is likely that some of the required documents will really take a while to gather - he never had a birth certificate, so that might take a while to get an original one issued here...

Thanks!!!!


Phil (Lockport, near Chicago) and Alla (Lobnya, near Moscow)

As of Dec 7, 2009, now Zero miles apart (literally)!

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Okay, WHEW! Thanks for the reassurance.

I have read all over here that Consulate's automatically do that.... but is that for ALL consulates or does it depend? If so, anyone with experience particular to Johannesburg?

Do they need a heads up to extend it - just an email to say you are still working on gathering all the required documents?

Thanks!

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E-mail the consulate and be frank about your situation. If they know what's going on and why, they'll work with you.

*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the Embassy/Consulate forum -- topic involves that stage. ***


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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