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Hearing how difficult it is to get through their phone system, I am just wondering why it is important to know the case number at the early stage?

I don't know how important it is. I guess it is good if you are inpatient. We got our case number by e-mail, I didn't know then I could call them :) We had called to the NVC 4 times during all process which took us about 4 months (we had one checklist). They were always quite prompt with e-mailing. This is my experience.

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Getting your case number and IIN (invoice identification number) will help to speed along your case. Using this information you can sign into the online portal and fill out your DS-261, choice of agent, and pay your AOS fee. Your IV/DS-260 won't be unlocked until after you've filled out these forms and an appropriate amount of time has elapsed -- two weeks if you call and ask them to review your DS-261, or 30 days or longer if you let it sit and wait for a review.

The email or letter mail containing this information can be delayed a week or two, so if you call to find out your case number you can shave off time spent waiting at the NVC.

It's not necessary, but it can be helpful if you're impatient.

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September 29, 2012 - First met through a writing forum
January 5, 2014 - Engaged!
June 27, 2014 - Married!

USCIS:
September 23, 2014 - Sent off I-130 package
September 29, 2014 - Priority Date
September 30, 2014 - NOA1
March 26, 2015 - NOA2
April 2, 2015 - Case shipped to NVC

NVC:
April 13, 2015 - Case Number/IIN received
April 15, 2015 - DS-261 submitted
April 15, 2015 - AOS fee paid
April 21, 2015 - AOS package submitted
April 21, 2015 - IV package submitted
April 21, 2015 - Scan date

April 30, 2015 - DS-261 reviewed over the phone

May 12, 2015 - IV fee paid (late due to "EP lock")
May 13, 2015 - DS-260 submitted

May 27, 2015 - AOS/IV packages still not reviewed, flagged for supervisor review

July 10, 2015 - Supervisor review does nothing, flagged for unit manager review
August 11, 2015 - Case Complete!

Interview:

October 6, 2015 - Medical

October 13, 2015 - Interview date (AP - need to submit copy of 2014 W2)
October 21, 2015 - Visa status changed to "READY" and then a few hours later "ISSUED"

October 28, 2015 - Passport received (was available for pickup Oct. 27)
October 28, 2015 - POE fee paid
October 30, 2015 - POE!

After POE:
November 9, 2015 - Received SSN (checked off option to apply on forms)
December 1, 2015 - Received Green Card

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I rang a few times until they had my number ready. Try and call first thing when they open and there may only be a 20min wait which is good haha.

Otherwise, we got our letter from NVC more than a month after it was received and given a case number. The day after I even had my interview.

I would try to keep calling - that way it speeds it up cos you can do your medical and your DS160 and once it has a number they quickly ship it to your embassy anyway.

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Hearing how difficult it is to get through their phone system, I am just wondering why it is important to know the case number at the early stage?

you can totally avoid it

look at my own case :) Hell, I just received an email from the Riyadh Embassy one day telling me they received my case... and they even referenced the case # which i didn't have!

haha


March 20, 2018 = Biometrics Appt  (i797-C, Notice of Action .. noa1?)

January 30, 2018 = Received I-757 NOA for i-751 petition

January 26, 2018 = Mailed I-751 Removal of Conditions to Vermont Service Center

March 30, 2016 = AOS Approved on the same day!!! YES THANK YOU JESUS!!

March 30, 2016 = Adjustment of Status interview..

December 3, 2015 = Employment Auth & Travel Permit Approved

September 24, 2015 = Filed for Adjustment of Status, Employment Auth, Travel Permit

August 27, 2015 = Married !!!!!!!

July 16, 2015 = CEAC status ISSUED!!! :) OH YES BABY!!! Flight Book to NYC on August 8!!!

July 2, 2015 = Returned to Embassy for fingerprints and brought Passport and 221G documents -- PASSED!!

June 21, 2015 = K-1 Interview .. issued a 221G and was told to come back to do fingerprints

June 16, 2015 = Interview Date from Riyadh Embassy!!! :D Received Packet 4

March 22, 2015 = Readyness Documents Delivered!! yay!

March 18, 2015 = Readyness Documents mailed to Riyadh Embassy.

March 17, 2015 = Visa MRV Fee Shows up on ustraveldocs.com/sa/ (Last step for the K-1 Packet!!)

March 14, 2015 = Visa MRV Fee Paid (1,0007 sar)

March 05, 2015 = K-1 Required Documents (Affidavit of Support, etc) received by fiancee in Riyadh!!! (that quick?! WOW!)

March 02, 2015 = Mailed K-1 Required Documents (Affidavit of Support, etc) to Riyadh via FedEx

February 20, 2015 = NVC Approval Letter Received! (lol a week after Riyadh Embassy contacted us)

= Riyadh Embassy EMAILS the "Packet 3" notification :) game on! and yes, they reference your Case #

February 16, 2015 = Case # Received from RIYADH EMBASSY!! Yup! Didn't call NVC or hear anything but damn that FAST!

February 06, 2015 = NVC received I-129F package (called them, no case # yet)

January 30, 2015 = Hardcopy of NOA2 received

January 30, 2015 = USCIS Status Change! Application Mailed to Visa Center. (so it took a week for TSC to mail it to NVC)

January 23, 2015 = NOA 2 Case Approval by USCIS Website and Email!!!!!

December 24, 2014 = Hardcopy NOA1 received

December 22, 2014 = NOA 1 Receipt TSC (NO!! not the hellhole that is TSC) :(

December 18, 2014 = I-129F submitted

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Getting your case number and IIN (invoice identification number) will help to speed along your case. Using this information you can sign into the online portal and fill out your DS-261, choice of agent, and pay your AOS fee. Your IV/DS-260 won't be unlocked until after you've filled out these forms and an appropriate amount of time has elapsed -- two weeks if you call and ask them to review your DS-261, or 30 days or longer if you let it sit and wait for a review.

The email or letter mail containing this information can be delayed a week or two, so if you call to find out your case number you can shave off time spent waiting at the NVC.

It's not necessary, but it can be helpful if you're impatient.

K-1 applicants do not do all of that. No need for the invoice ID#, no DS-260/261, and no paying AOS/IV fees.

OP> It can take some time for the NVC to send you the hard copy letter stating your case was sent to the consulate and giving you your case#. If you wish to start on the K-1 application process, then go ahead and call to get your case# from them.


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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I'm curious about this as well, as I really really dislike talking on the phone.

What do you need the NVC case number for? How does this speed up the K1 process?


My Timeline:

K1 Visa

10/10/2015: I 129F Petition Sent to USCIS ||| 10/13/2015: I 129F Petition Delivered to USCIS ||| 10/16/2015: Received Email/Text NOA1 |||

10/19/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA1 ||| 11/10/2015: Case Approved on USCIS website NOA2 ||| 11/16/2015: Received Hard Copy NOA2 |||

11/24/2015: Petition Received at NVC ||| 11/24/2015: Case # Assigned at NVC ||| 11/27/2015: Case Leaves NVC ||| 11/30/2015: CEAC Status - Ready |||

12/01/2015: Case Delivered to Montreal ||| 12/05/2015: Received Hard Copy of NVC Case # Assignment ||| 12/09/2015: CEAC Status - Ready (Montreal logged Case)

12/10/2015: Received Packet 3 (after emailing Montreal) and submitted packet 3 ||| 12/14/2015: Received Packet 4 and booked interview, and received paper copy of packet 3

12/15/2015: Scheduled Medical in Montreal ||| 01/12/2016: Medical Appointment in Montreal ||| 02/10/2016: Interview in Montreal!!! APPROVED!!!!!!

02/11/2016: CEAC Status: Administrative Processing ||| 02/12/2016: CEAC Status: Issued ||| 02/18/2016: K1 Visa in Hand!!! ||| 03/27/2016: Cross the border at Port Huron, MI and travel to MO for wedding

04/02/2016: Wedding Day!!!

04/06/2016: Arrive at my new home in California ||| 04/13/2016: Applied for SSN ||| 04/21/2016: SSN arrived in mail

AOS/EAD/AP

05/03/2016: AOS/EAD/AP Packet sent to USCIS via Fedex

05/05/2016: AOS/EAD/AP Packet received by USCIS

05/10/2016: AOS/EAD/AP NOA1

05/16/2016: Received NOA1

05/20/2016: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter

05/31/2016: AOS/EAD Biometrics Appointment

06/23/2016: AOS Case Status change to: Ready to be Schedule for an Interview

07/27/2016: Called USCIS and had service request put on EAD for pending longer than 75 days (actually pending 83 days)

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I'm curious about this as well, as I really really dislike talking on the phone.

What do you need the NVC case number for? How does this speed up the K1 process?

You need your case# to apply for the K-1 visa > http://photos.state.gov/libraries/canada/303578/montreal/Packet3-K1-MTL.pdf


Link to K-1 instructions for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico > http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/K1/CDJ%20-%20Ciudad%20Juarez.pdf

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K-1 applicants do not do all of that. No need for the invoice ID#, no DS-260/261, and no paying AOS/IV fees.

OP> It can take some time for the NVC to send you the hard copy letter stating your case was sent to the consulate and giving you your case#. If you wish to start on the K-1 application process, then go ahead and call to get your case# from them.

Today I learned!

Thanks for the information. :) OP, please disregard my previous post.


September 29, 2012 - First met through a writing forum
January 5, 2014 - Engaged!
June 27, 2014 - Married!

USCIS:
September 23, 2014 - Sent off I-130 package
September 29, 2014 - Priority Date
September 30, 2014 - NOA1
March 26, 2015 - NOA2
April 2, 2015 - Case shipped to NVC

NVC:
April 13, 2015 - Case Number/IIN received
April 15, 2015 - DS-261 submitted
April 15, 2015 - AOS fee paid
April 21, 2015 - AOS package submitted
April 21, 2015 - IV package submitted
April 21, 2015 - Scan date

April 30, 2015 - DS-261 reviewed over the phone

May 12, 2015 - IV fee paid (late due to "EP lock")
May 13, 2015 - DS-260 submitted

May 27, 2015 - AOS/IV packages still not reviewed, flagged for supervisor review

July 10, 2015 - Supervisor review does nothing, flagged for unit manager review
August 11, 2015 - Case Complete!

Interview:

October 6, 2015 - Medical

October 13, 2015 - Interview date (AP - need to submit copy of 2014 W2)
October 21, 2015 - Visa status changed to "READY" and then a few hours later "ISSUED"

October 28, 2015 - Passport received (was available for pickup Oct. 27)
October 28, 2015 - POE fee paid
October 30, 2015 - POE!

After POE:
November 9, 2015 - Received SSN (checked off option to apply on forms)
December 1, 2015 - Received Green Card

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not always prompt with answering emails

I sent inquiry April 20,2015

they answered it July 19,2015

good luck

I was only able to get thru by phone 1 time in the whole year our case was at NVC

and then no one could answer a simple question

and the case status site is way behind now.

I know what is going on long before the status shows an update

this is the worst part of the process is NOT KNOWING WHAT IS GOING ON

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BUT YOUR CASE NUMBER SHOULD COME BY EMAIL IF NVC HAS RECEIVED IT/THAT I GOT FAST

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I recieved the paper notification via snail mail from the NVC saying they recieved our case from California two days after I confirmed that Montreal had our case LOL. Basically the letter was dated the day before they mailed our case from the NVC to montreal, but thanks to snail mail it took longer for me to receieve the paper notification than it took Montreal to recieve the case.

So you can wait, but chances are if you wait for the snail mail your consulate will already have the paperwork.



With that said, I also tried to avoid calling because of hearing how difficult it is. I really never had too much of an issue. I always called around 11am-Noon CST. Yeah I had to call them back 25 times in a row for it to answer, but using my cell that wasn't very hard, simply hand up click the number again, repeat. There was even one time the system hung up on me by accident after I was being routed to a case worker and I got back only after five call attempts.

Either way I've only called on two days, the first took me maybe 30 redials to get someone. The second was when I got my casenumber, it was 25 redials and then the call hung up during phone transfer and then 5 more redials. Redials took maybe five minutes lol.

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*More detailed timeline in profile!*
 
Relationship:     Friends since 2010, Together since 2013

The K-1 Process:    Done in 208 days                                               
 

Spoiler

04/27/15- NOA1 Recieved                                                    
06/02/15 - NOA2 Recieved
09/22/15 - Interview       (221g for more documents (a SECOND cosponsor), see profile for more details!)                                            
11/09/15 -  ISSUED!!                                                              
11/10/15 - Passport received                                                
02/20/16 - Wedding!              


                                                
 AOS   Done in 77 days                                                                            
 

Spoiler

04/08/16 - I-485, I-765, I-131 AOS Application recieved by USCIS
04/12/16 - 3 NOA1's received in mail
05/14/16 - Biometrics for AOS and EAD
06/27/16 - I-485 Case to changed to "New Card being produced"  (Day 77)
06/27/16 - I-485 Case changed to Approved! (Day 77)
06/30/16 - I-485 Case changed to "My Card has been mailed to me!"
07/05/16 - Green Card received in mail! 

 



ROC 

05/09/18 - Mailed out ROC to CSC

05/10/18 - CSC Signed and received ROC package
06/07/28 - NOA1 

06/11/18 - Check cashed

06/15/18 - NOA received in the mail
08/27/18 - 18 month extension received (Courtesy Copy)

09/18/18 - Request for official 18 month extension
10/22/18 - Official 18 month extension received 

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OP> It can take some time for the NVC to send you the hard copy letter stating your case was sent to the consulate and giving you your case#. If you wish to start on the K-1 application process, then go ahead and call to get your case# from them.

I still have not got a hard copy from NVC. And our case is at the embassy already. So in my opinion, it does speed things up to call and get your case#.



04/08/2013 Met online
10/16/2014 Met in person
05/04/2015 Mailed I-129f packet
05/07/2015 NOA 1
06/11/2015 NOA 2
07/14/2015 At Embassy
09/09/2015 Interview (on AP waiting to complete Medical)
09/16/2015 Medical
09/17/2015 Completed Medical and returned sealed envelope to Embassy
09/20/2015 CEAC status updated to READY
10/08/2015 "TOUCHED"
10/13/2015 Updated to Non-Immigrant READY
10/13/2015 Updated to Non-Immigrant AP
10/14/2015 ISSUED!
10/29/2015 VISA IN HAND

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Don't worry!. you don't need it right now. you need it when you are communicated with your embassy by phone or e-mail. i don't know how it is in India but her in sweden we need to have our case number to do our medical and to make our interview appointment.

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I got my hard copy from the NVC about three weeks after my case was received by the NVC. By then, my case was already at the USEM. It's not too necessary and you don't need the NVC number to fill out the DS-160, but you will need it for your medical exam and probably for scheduling your interview. I used it each time I emailed the USEM.

If the wait time is an issue for you, try calling either at 7 AM PST (Pacific Standard Time) or after 5:30 PM PST. Sometimes you can get through quickly then. Otherwise, try waiting for the hard copy, then you are good to go. The case stays in NVC for less than a week for K-1 filers. You can estimate how long your case may take and maybe when you should be looking for your hard copy in my signature below.


K-1 fiance visa journey ~ Our Beginning ~

 

July 22, 2014 - First connection through website ** March 4, 2015 - First meeting in person in a third country (first visa stress!) ** March 18, 2015 - Sent Form I-129F ** March 19, 2015 - Received by Dallas Lockbox at 8:09 AM CST ** March 24, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 9:04 PM CST - NOA1 ** April 7, 2015 - Received USCIS approval confirmation text and e-mail at 9:30 PM CST - NOA2 ** April 24, 2015 - Called NVC and confirmed receipt ** April 25, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In NVC' ** April 29, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'In Transit' ** May 5, 2015 - Petition arrived at embassy - 'Ready' status ** June 14, 2015 - Received Packet 3 and 4 (Interview and document list combined) ** June 29, 2015 - Medical exam ** July 7, 2015 - Embassy interview!!...then...CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Administrative Processing' ** August 4, 2015 - Received call from US Embassy to drop off his passport!! ** September 3, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting embassy number as 'Ready' and Nonimmigrant!!!!!!! TOMORROW!.....no...still waiting... ** October 13, 2015 - CEAC.GOV reflecting 'Administrative Processing' ** October 15, 2015 - CEAC.GOV now says 'Issued' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 10, 2015 - Dallas POE! He's here ** November 16, 2015 - Our marriage :)

Adjustment of Status journey ~ ROC Date December 21, 2017 ~

 

December 9, 2015 - Mailed AOS package (Day 0) ** December 10, 2015 - Received by Chicago Lockbox at 1:06 PM CST (Day 1) ** December 14, 2015 - Initiated county name change petition ** December 22, 2015 - Received USCIS receipt confirmation text and e-mail at 11:34 PM CST - NOA (Day 13) ** January 4, 2016 - Additional information delivered to NBC at 10:10 AM CST (Day 26) ** January 11, 2016 - Fingerprint fee accepted for Form I-485 (Day 33) ** January 19, 2016 - Received Selective Service registration card ** January 20, 2016 - Service request initiated and completed for biometric appointment (Day 42) ** January 23, 2016 - Received biometric letter dated January 16, 2016 (Day 45) ** February 5, 2016 - Biometric appointment (Day 58) ** February 19, 2016 - Request for Initial Evidence for EAD/AP (Day 72) ** February 25, 2016 - Received RFIE (Day 78) ** February 26, 2016 - Mailed response to RFIE (Day 79) ** February 29, 2016 - Response to RFE delivered to NBC at 11:06 AM CST (Day 82) ** March 3, 2016 - EAD status update to RFE response received March 1, 2016 (Day 85) ** March 4, 2016 - EAD/AP approved/card being produced (Day 86) ** March 9, 2016 - EAD/AP card mailed (Day 91) ** March 12, 2016 - EAD/AP received (Day 94) ** March 21, 2016 - GC approved/card being produced (Day 103) ** March 24, 2016 - GC mailed and name change completed (should have been February 4, 2016...) (Day 106) ** March 26, 2016 - Conditional GC received (Day 108)

Removal of Conditions journey ~ USC Date December 21, 2018 ~

Spoiler

December 21, 2017 - Mailed ROC package (Day 0) ** December 26, 2017 - Received by Laguna Niguel Lockbox at 12:40 PM CST (Day 1) ** January 2, 2018 - Check cashed (Day 7) ** January 6, 2018 - Received NOA1 dated December 26, 2017 (Day 11) ** February 13, 2018 - Service request initiated for biometric appointment (Day 49) ** February 23, 2018 - Received service request letter response dated January 19, 2018 instructing us to wait (Day 59) ** March 5, 2018 - Case Received at Local Office (Day 69) ** June 15, 2018 - Case Transferred to Another Office (Day 171) ** June 18, 2018 - Case Transferred and New Office Has Jurisdiction (Day 174) ** August 24, 2018 - Rec'd extended NOA1 dated August 18, 2018 (Day 241) ** October 22, 2018 - Rec'd corrected extended NOA1 dated October 16, 2018 (Day 299) **

 
 

Citizenship Naturalization journey ~ Our Future and Freedom ~

 

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