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Hey guys. We got approved in 40 days. Thank you so much for your help here and I wish you all good luck in ur cases.

I have some questions:

-How fast is NVC with email replies? We asked for the case number cuz seems impossible to catch a call.

-Does it matter if u met ur fiancé in person for only 10 days? Would the embassy deny the visa with the claim not enough proof? Cuz I read a guy's case where he said that he met his fiancée in person for around 10 days and to the embassy this wasn't enough?

- I am from Albania, so my interview will be here. Is Albania in the black list countries?

- Can those who had experiences or heard about USA embassy in Albania tell me how the staff is and is it too hard? Does the interview last for around 1 hour or it's short about mins? Can I have some big pictures please of how it went and stuff? READ THE REVIEWS in the embassy reviews but they dont say much of k1 visas nor general review.

I'm becoming paranoid. Please don't judge my silly questions and understand.

Thank you very much.

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With a K-1 visa, most of the processing is done by the Embassy. Once NVC gets the petition from USCIS, a case number is assigned and then the petition is forwarded on to the Embassy. NVC used to say that it can take up to 8 weeks from USCIS approved the petition until they receive it. I don't know there turn around time to ship off K-1 petitions to the Embassy.

Once the US Embassy in Albania receives the petition from NVC they will email the petitioner and applicant with directions. First you would be required to submit the required documents to the Embassy. Once submitted and reviewed by local staff then you would make an appointment. More information can be found here: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/albania/388734/documents/instr-k1-eng.pdf

Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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Hi everyone here,

We ( both petition and benificant ) got an email from the embasy. The subjekt of the email was:

From: Tirana US Consulate <TiranaUSConsulate@state.gov>

Date: July ... 2015

To: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ll',,,,,,,,,,,

Subject: Instruction Package for Fiancé(e) Visa - ( my name here)

Dear Applicant/Attorney/Petitioner:

Case no:.... (A case number that start with TIA)

The enclosed information is about how to apply for Fiancé(e) visa to the United States. Please read and follow very carefully all of the instructions, which you can find in English at http://go.usa.gov/WthT[PDF 441.63 KB], or in Albanian language at http://go.usa.gov/Wth9 [PDF 444.15 KB].

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is applicants and petitioners responsibility to mail in by mail all the documents in Step I of the Instruction Package. The Consular Section will not schedule an interview date until you and the petitioner have mailed all the required documents to this office. Do NOT pay the visa fee, and do not schedule an appointment until you receive specific instructions from our office. If you schedule your interview date before youve been instructed by this office, it will be cancelled. Furthermore, the system will create difficulties in rescheduling your interview date when using the same fee receipt number.

You will get instructions on the medical examination and the interview date in a separate e-mail, which will be after you have submitted all the required forms and documents listed in Step I of the Instruction Package.

Reminder: If you fail to submit the required documents within four months from the date of this e-mail, you will receive a follow-up request for explanation of the delay (per 9 FAM 41.81 N6). Based on your response, the Consul will then decide if to revalidate or not the petition after the four months of no contact from your side.



I'm really worried about this

Any answer should be a help for me

Thank you

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