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group,

We are set for interview Sep 18, 2015,, my fiancee and I are very nervous, We have double all our paper works.

normally how long does it take to get visa after approve?

Do you have to pay extra money to get visa or get visa faster?


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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My fiancee got Visa after the 5th day of interview..Some got around 7 to 10 days after ...

When you got approved.They gave a white paper then going to EMS mail service ..And 2 kind service you wants $120.000 and $240.000VN..Hope that help..Good luck

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Our's was approved on the 5th and the site says "Issued" now, so maybe within a few days?


I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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We got ours issued 4 days after the interview, but since my wife lived in Da Lat, we did not get it 7 days after via EMS. If you plan to accompany your fiancee to her interview and wait to fly back with her, I think it is safe to plan the return flight 2 wks after the interview.

@pfrederiksen: Congrats on your approval!

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frontgear, I did plan out to be two week after the interview to fly back.

If she is approve,, please , pray, please,,, can I book plan ticket in VN without the visa in hand?


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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can I book plan ticket in VN without the visa in hand?

Usually. Depends on the airline.


I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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frontgear, I did plan out to be two week after the interview to fly back.

If she is approve,, please , pray, please,,, can I book plan ticket in VN without the visa in hand?

She will be approved. Don't sweat it. I believe you can book ticket without a valid Visa. All you need is her VN passport # (and they don't even require it when you book online, if I remember it correctly).

Here is what I did. I know it was a risky move but we saved a lot of money by doing it. I booked and paid for my wife's plane ticket 2 months in advance. I bought and paid $715 for her one-way ticket when I bought mine, which was 2 months before her interview. The cost for her one-way ticket, if purchased 2-3 weeks after the interview (and assuming that she would be approved), would have been $1,595. So, in the end, we saved about $880. I figured that, in the worst-case scenario that she would not be approved, I would only lose $715. But if we had waited and bought the ticket after she was approved, we would have spent $880 more. We were lucky that she did get approved. LOL


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ROC Journey

09 MAY 2017: Mailed I-751 to California Svc Center (CSC)

11 MAY 2017: I-751 package delivered to CSC

15 MAY 2017: NOA1 sent (got lost in the mail)

31 MAY 2017: Biometrics letter received

05 JUN 2017: Completed biometrics (walk-in)

23 JUN 2017: Received replacement copy of NOA1
 

ZjMTm5.png

N-400 Journey

14 MAY 2018: Mailed N-400 to Dallas Lockbox

17 MAY 2018: Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

04 JUN 2018: Received NOA1

08 JUN 2018: Received biometrics letter

21 JUN 2018: Completed biometrics

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Hey Steve... We're having interview next week... already looking at ticket (EVA)... econ is around $800 and deluxe $1400... BOL with your interview brother!

PFred... Seeing you just had yours, could you give us the scoop of how it went and questions and stuff like that! Mucho gracias!!


2018 03 08 : ROCPackage Recv'd/Signed

2018 03 19 : NOA Recv'd

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2015 11 06 : AOS Package Recv'd/Signed

2015 11 16 : NOA's (3x) Recv'd by Mail

2015 12 04 : Biometrics Completed

2016 01 25 : EAD & AP Approved (No RFE's)

2016 03 09 : Interview Scheduled (No RFE's)

2016 03 16 : AOS Interview - APPROVED

2016 03 24 : Received Green Card by Mail

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2015 02 07 : I-129F Mailed

2015 05 13 : I-129F Approved (No RFE's)

2015 08 18 : K-1 Interview (Visa Approved)

2015 08 29 : Arrived U.S.

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Hey Steve... We're having interview next week... already looking at ticket (EVA)... econ is around $800 and deluxe $1400... BOL with your interview brother!

PFred... Seeing you just had yours, could you give us the scoop of how it went and questions and stuff like that! Mucho gracias!!

She said it took about 2 minutes. They asked how long we've been together and how many times I've visited. He looked at the photos and said he loved them. Visa approved.


I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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Hey Steve... We're having interview next week... already looking at ticket (EVA)... econ is around $800 and deluxe $1400... BOL with your interview brother!

PFred... Seeing you just had yours, could you give us the scoop of how it went and questions and stuff like that! Mucho gracias!!

group, what is best to do , buy air ticket now, or wait until we pass?


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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group, what is best to do , buy air ticket now, or wait until we pass?

Based on your info, your interview wont be until late october probably (if not later). Embassy will say the visa can take up to 3 weeks to get issued. I'd wait until you at least have an interview date.

I bought her ticket for 3 weeks after the interview to be safe. Once she has the visa in her hand, I will call and have the airline change the ticket.


I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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Based on your info, your interview wont be until late october probably (if not later). Embassy will say the visa can take up to 3 weeks to get issued. I'd wait until you at least have an interview date.

I bought her ticket for 3 weeks after the interview to be safe. Once she has the visa in her hand, I will call and have the airline change the ticket.

Pfred,,,

we are scheduled already for " 18Sep2015" for interview.

did you bought the ticket ahead of time or after the interview?


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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Pfred,,,

we are scheduled already for " 18Sep2015" for interview.

did you bought the ticket ahead of time or after the interview?

How'd you manage to get an interview less than a month after NVC?! It's usually about 3 after you do your ds-160. Your whole process looks like it went really quick..It's been a year for me.

Anyways, I bought it before.

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I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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How'd you manage to get an interview less than a month after NVC?! It's usually about 3 after you do your ds-160. Your whole process looks like it went really quick..It's been a year for me.

Anyways, I bought it before.

once you paid for the visa and it is approve you can log back into the visa, and schedule for interview.

Note, I saw available interview as early as this month August, but I did not choice, as my Fiancee still need to get medical exam ,, and I plan to fly back for the interview.


2015-02-10 :Trip to Vietnam to celebrate Tet, meet my fiancee

2015-03-16 :Back to USA, could not file for I-129F, until my divorce paper was finalize.

2015-05-01 :Divorce paper final

2015-05-08 :Submitted I-129F to Lewisville, TX Lockbox via USPS

2015-05-13 :NOA-1 (Received official Receipt Notice from the mail)

2015-06-22 :NOA-2 (Received approval by text and email)

2015-06-26 :NOA-2 (Received official approval, Form I-797) note on the I-797, notice date 2015-06-22

2015-07-21 :Finally able to talk to NVC, got HCM#, case still in administrative review, not going to Vietnam yet.

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Just to update, my fiance got her visa 4 business days after the interview.


I-129F Sent: 9-19-2014

I-129F Received: 9-23-2014

NOA1 - 9-26-2014

ARN Change Notification: 9-29-2014

NOA2 - 5-1-2015

Case sent to NVC - 5-11-2015

NVC Received - 5-19-2015

Medical/Immunizations - 6-3-2015

Interview Approved - 8-5-2015

POI: IAD 8-28-2015

SSN: 10-19-2015

Wedding: 10-24-2015

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