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After several weeks delay because of the US visa hardware problems and the German mail strike I finally had my interview at the General Consulate in Frankfurt last week thursday. The interview was super easy, the visa was approved and I was told that most probably the visa would be printed the same day or the next. Since then I've been waiting for the information that the passport has been sent out in the mail - but nothing! CEAC status is still on ready, the passport is still in the embassy after more than a week. On wednesday I sent an email to the consulate and received the following answer today:

"Reference is made to your inquiry. The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Please be assured that we will expeditiously process your application to completion once the technical issue has been resolved."

So it seems there are again technological problems? Are there other K1 filers with similar experiences?


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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I'm wondering if these technical issues are also a reason for my documents being lost within the embassy because their system is acting up. So sorry you have to sit and wait for them to solve this now :(


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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I have been waiting for communication from the Frankfurt embassy as well. Not the visa yet, but it seems they are definitely overloaded and slower than usual at the moment.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the K-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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This is crazy. When my wife was going through that Embassy, they were on it. They were pretty much too fast for her.


ROC Timeline!

Service Center : California Service Center

NOA1 : 2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA1 : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

EAD/AP Card Received : 2015-03-27

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

GC Received : 2015-12-01

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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I have a question for anyone who has recently had an interview at the embassy in Frankfurt. Did you send in the original documents in the mail before the interview date? I was looking over the email from the NVC which had my wife's appointment date at the embassy, and it said the interview date is july 22, 2015. Then i started looking at the embassy's website for any special thing to do before the interview, and i noticed it says "send in the originals before the interview date". Also, when she was on the website to input an address for them to send the completed visa/passport to, it didn't say there was an interview date. Can someone walk me through the steps they took prior to the interview? We're stressing out now because we worry we didn't mail anything to the embassy yet, and on the website "ustraveldocs(dot)com/de" it says there isn't an interview... we are worried because the email we got from the NVC specifically stated the date and time of the interview. Please help me, thank you!

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yes, the systems have been down and back up several times / actually for over a year / Monday they were down and people had to

return for biometric signature at a later date. but according to Brazil and Morocco they are back working at this posting.

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I had my interview on june 17 it was approved, since then my status is never changed from"ready". Already 5 weeks since then. I send an email and they wrote me back like they still have technical problems and after resolved they are gonna process my visa.. Looks like we just have to wait.

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Hi Tiberius, 5 weeks??? That is terrible... I'm basically sitting on packed bags and had hoped to be in the US by now. Its "only" been 12 days since my interview, but I was told that I would most probably get my visa within a week and my status is still on "ready" too. All other applicants that day were also told that the visa would arrive in one or maximum two weeks. I wonder why they communicate that if they already (or still) had problems to issue visas at that time. According to the email I received its not a problem specific to Frankfurt though.


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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Well, at least it might explain why they are so slow with everything else. I haven't even gotten to the interview stage yet, but I have not even gotten an email response to an enquiry I sent days ago.


Well, at least it might explain why they are so slow with everything else. I haven't even gotten to the interview stage yet, but I have not even gotten an email response to an enquiry I sent days ago.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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We are all in the same situation nothing to do just wait. The weird thing is that most of the embassy already are back online just in Frankfurt they still have technical problems. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2937492/us-visa-system-wont-be-back-online-until-at-least-next-week.html

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So since yesterday there is the following announcement on the website of the American Embassy in Germany:

"Important Notice
  • Due to recent systems outages, we are unfortunately unable to accept DS-160 visa application forms that were submitted prior to June 10, 2015.

    If you submitted your online form on or before June 10, please complete a new form before attending your appointment or submitting your interview waiver application.

    Please note that this has no impact on cases that were interviewed prior to June 10. The U.S. Embassy/Consulate regrets any inconvenience.

I wonder if that also affects people who already had their interviews? I submitted my DS-160 exactly on June 10 and had my interview on July 9th.


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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Hmm. Not sure. What does your visa status say? Administrative processing?

I'd try to get in touch with them.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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