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Did the NVC steps out of order, when should I hear that they reviewed the case?

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Hi everyone,

With all of the CEAC website problems that happened recently, I ended up doing the NVC steps a bit out of the order that the instructions tell you to.

First, we filled out the DS261 and paid the AOS fee in May. Then the system went down for over a month. In the meantime, we sent in our AOS and IV packet, which has a scan date of June 11th.

We were finally able to pay the IV fee on July 5th, and then filled out the DS260 on July 9th.

According to the instructions in the Visa Journey NVC wiki and from the NVC itself, the step to fill out the DS260 comes before the sending of the AOS and IV documents, so that the case is processed 30 days after the documents are received. Then you either get a checklist or a case complete.

But it's been more than thirty days. I called the NVC today and they said my documents haven't been reviewed yet, and that it probably will take longer than 30 days. She also said the DS260 is reviewed by someone else other than the person who reviews the AOS and IV documents, and that I would probably not hear anything about whether the DS260 has been reviewed for 30 days after I filled it out.

But then again, I have seen people on the Google docs NVC spreadsheet with scan dates after mine, and who also paid the iV fee and filled out the DS260 in July, starting to get case completes, while I haven't heard anything yet.

I'm probably overthinking this. But does a case get reviewed/processed 30 days after the scan date, or 30 days after the final step in the NVC instructions is completed (in my case, the filling out of the DS-260)?

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Hi Bogota -

it seems that the DS-260 is really what triggers things at NVC regardless of when you send in your docs. In other words, if you send in your docs too early before you submit the DS-260 they will checklist you for the DS-260; if you send in your docs too late after submitting the DS-260 they will checklist you for the docs.

From what I put together, the scan date doesn't mean anything if you haven't sent in the DS-260...so start counting from the date you submitted your DS-260....don't worry about anyone else's case - it'll drive you crazy! It looks like NVC's workflow is that they start reviewing the DS-260 about 3 weeks after you submit it and then they start looking for your docs at the same time...then they complete the DS-260 review at 4 weeks....and that's when you will get a case complete or a checklist.

Anyway, that's my take on things!

Below is some communication between AILA and NVC which may provide some additional insight for you:

Is there anything AILA can do to assist the NVC in reducing document processing times or unnecessary processing delay inquiries (e.g., publicize instructions or expected waiting periods)?

Submit all supporting documents in one package rather than separately. Your case may be significantly delayed if you fail to submit all of your documents in one package. Remember to submit the coversheet on the top of the filing.

Ideally, the NVC will review all civil and financial documents at the same time as the DS-260. The NVC will check the system and if the system shows that there is incoming mail pending, it will wait for the case call-up date and review everything together. If 21 days pass since the filing of the DS-260 and the system does not show that there is incoming mail pending, the NVC will review the DS-260 and will issue a document checklist.

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Priority Date - December 2, 2013

USCIS -

12/02/13 : NOA1 (Priority Date)

03/24/15 : Case Transferred from VSC to CSC

03/28/15 : Hard copy of transfer received in mail

04/14/15 : NOA2 ( I-130 Approved) - finally! (informed via text on 4/16/2015)

NVC -

04/29/15 : NVC received the case (informed during phone call to NVC on 5/01/2015

05/08/15 : Case number assigned and IIN (received via phone call on 5/14/2015)

05/12/15 : NVC Welcome letter mailed

05/19/15 : NVC Welcome received in mail

05/29/15 : DS-261 Finally Available on CEAC and completed

05/29/15 : AOS bill Available on CEAC and paid (status: IN PROCESS)

06/02/15 : AOS bill status: PAID

06/15/15 : IV invoice generated (notified by email) but unable to pay on CEAC...waiting...

07/05/15 : IV bill Finally Available on CEAC and paid (status: IN PROCESS)

07/08/15 : IV bill status: PAID

07/08/15 : DS-260 Available

07/12/15 : DS-260 completed and submitted

07/13/15 : AOS and IV package mailed to NVC

07/14/15 : AOS and IV package received by NVC

07/16/15 : Scan Date

07/28/15 : CASE COMPLETE - NO checklist! :dancing::dancing::dancing:London...here we come...!!

08/04/15 : CC Email received...waiting for Interview Letter....

08/11/15 : Interview letter (IL/P4) received ...interview date 9/11/2015! :dancing: :dancing::dancing:

EMBASSY -

08/11/15 : Case Shipped to embassy

08/12/15 : Case Arrived in UK (tracked on DHL website)

08/12/15 : Medical completed

08/14/15 : CEAC showing IN TRANSIT

08/18/15 : CEAC showing READY

09/11/15 : Interview date (initial)

09/08/15 : Interview date (rescheduled on 8/18/2015) - APPROVED :)

xx/xx/15 : Visa in hand
xx/xx/15 : POE....Dulles airport!

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I did my wife visa the same way. I sent the aos and iv packets in before i fill out the ds-260 and pay the iv fee

30 days is just estimate time they give you mine took 39 days

i did not know they review the ds-260

I know they review the ds-261 and that is review seperate from reviewing of documents


ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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The ds260 missing . I didn't have access to the ds260 to complete it because of the nvc website issue , the iv fee took two months to show as " Paid " . Therefor my scan date was April 22, . They reviewed my documents on june 25, everything is ok. They just needed my ds260 to complete my case , then finaly completed it on july 6, now i'm waiting for case complete

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Same here, finally filled out DS260 on 5 Jul. Do you call NVC regularly to check and make sure everything goes well? I have received a checklist regarding AOS package already (before being able to access DS260), I really do not wanna go through that or spend another month on it.

The ds260 missing . I didn't have access to the ds260 to complete it because of the nvc website issue , the iv fee took two months to show as " Paid " . Therefor my scan date was April 22, . They reviewed my documents on june 25, everything is ok. They just needed my ds260 to complete my case , then finaly completed it on july 6, now i'm waiting for case complete

Lucky you :( we got a similar timeline but we had technical problems since Feb. When did you (your wife) fill out DS260 then?

I did my wife visa the same way. I sent the aos and iv packets in before i fill out the ds-260 and pay the iv fee

30 days is just estimate time they give you mine took 39 days

i did not know they review the ds-260

I know they review the ds-261 and that is review seperate from reviewing of documents

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When someone gets a checklist, and respond to it by email.. does NVC acknowledge that response, or one just assumes NVC must have received it?


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Hi Bogota -

it seems that the DS-260 is really what triggers things at NVC regardless of when you send in your docs. In other words, if you send in your docs too early before you submit the DS-260 they will checklist you for the DS-260; if you send in your docs too late after submitting the DS-260 they will checklist you for the docs.

From what I put together, the scan date doesn't mean anything if you haven't sent in the DS-260...so start counting from the date you submitted your DS-260....don't worry about anyone else's case - it'll drive you crazy! It looks like NVC's workflow is that they start reviewing the DS-260 about 3 weeks after you submit it and then they start looking for your docs at the same time...then they complete the DS-260 review at 4 weeks....and that's when you will get a case complete or a checklist.

Anyway, that's my take on things!

Below is some communication between AILA and NVC which may provide some additional insight for you:

Is there anything AILA can do to assist the NVC in reducing document processing times or unnecessary processing delay inquiries (e.g., publicize instructions or expected waiting periods)?

Submit all supporting documents in one package rather than separately. Your case may be significantly delayed if you fail to submit all of your documents in one package. Remember to submit the coversheet on the top of the filing.

Ideally, the NVC will review all civil and financial documents at the same time as the DS-260. The NVC will check the system and if the system shows that there is incoming mail pending, it will wait for the case call-up date and review everything together. If 21 days pass since the filing of the DS-260 and the system does not show that there is incoming mail pending, the NVC will review the DS-260 and will issue a document checklist.

Well this coming Thursday will be exactly 3 weeks since I submitted the DS-260, I overnighted IV and AOS supporting docs on Friday so they should get there Monday. I hope they are in the system when they review my DS-260.

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Just for reference, a friend of mine had her REF review done by 7/4.

She didn't fill in the DS-260 until the date before 7/4, cuz we were discussing the CEAC platform.

She filled out it by that time, and by 7/5 or 7/6, her busband called NVC, the rep said the case has complete, the interview notice will be send out soon.

So, not sure how long will NVC review DS260.

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