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My husband had his visa interview at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro on June 22, 2015. At the interview, the CO told him he was approved. We've been checking the CEAC status everyday and all it reads is "Ready", but the last time that it was updated was July 1, 2015. We've also checked the visa processing times for Rio de Janeiro and it has varied from 10 to 2 to 1 business days.

He's going to call the consulate today at 2:00 p.m. (They only accept calls 2p - 3p M, W, F) to see if they have any updates. I also know his interview was right after the system shut down, but it didn't affect his interview appointment at all.

His return flight is for this Sunday July 12, 2015 and I'm pretty sure I will have to reschedule it.

Just wondering if anyone else is in the same situation or can provide some insight?


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*** Thread moved from CR-1 Process forum to the CR-1 Case Progress subforum. ***

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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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heya dunkin - what news from the phone call ?

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Hi Darnell,

Nothing from the phone call. He called the number listed on the website to call during business hours and all he got was an automated voice message. I called the after hours number when I got home and a security guard answered and told me to call that same number (after hours number) at 8 am when the consulate opens and they'll transfer me to a CO instead of going through mazes. So we're going to try again tomorrow.

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Reaching out to them thru the phone is a challenge. I know that a tourist visa (B2) has NOTHING to do with a CR1 Visa, however the system itself is the same. My cousin got her interview june 29th to come to the US as a tourist and attend to my wedding and something like 4 days later she had her visa on hands, so what I am saying is that this delay probably has nothing to do with the glitch they had. Maybe they are performing additional checks or just finishing their paper work (AP - Even though it still shows ready).

E-mailing them is an good option since they generally reply in 2 business days.

Good luck.

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Hi rtor1,

I wish my husband got it in 4 days! But yeah we've emailed twice and only got one response. They said that they're system is coming back little by little.

And you're right they're probably doing last minute checks or something.

It's just frustrating because we planned for him to be away for a month and now that he'll be gone longer, I have to scramble to figure out our next steps, financially that it.

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So we called the consulate, got through to a rep. They stated he wasn't in the system. They said he's probably not in the system because he was already approved and they were working on it. They said to give it 10-15 business days and we're on day 12 (not including weekends & holidays).

I did check the visa status and it's still on "Ready", but the "Date last updated" changed to today's date 7/9/2015 from 7/1/2015 yesterday. I'm wondering why they haven't changed the description piece?

I'm hoping they put it in the mail today :sleepy:

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