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Let me start by saying that we are desperate waiting for the administrative processing to be done. I will make my long story short. We got married February 14, 2014. I submitted the I-130 March 18, 2014. I am the petitioner (US citizen) for my husband who is in Cuba. I got pregnant during our honeymoon and our baby girl was born December 2, 2014. His interview at Havana Interest Section was March 5, 2015. During the interview he presented pictures, our baby's birth certificate, but they requested additinal information to proof our relationship. He went back March 9, 2015 with a file with all our phone calls, e-mails, letters, text messages and more pictures. The case has been in administrative processing ever since. It has been 5 months since the interview. I call and e-mail the Interest Section weekly and I get the same automaed reply, about the administrative processing. Our baby girl is growing fast and he has not been able to be with her. I'm at the breaking point. Please any information, advise or similar experience is greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance for your time.

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So sorry that you're going through this. Have you tried reaching out to your local senator to see if they can inquire on your behalf? When we were going through the process - I remember people asking their senators for help during this stage. So it may be worth a try. It seems like after 5 months they should know the outcome of your case - no reason to make you wait!

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I am so sorry for your struggles! Has your husband visited the embassy to see what the hold up is? When they put you in administrative processing did they give you a 221g and ask for more information? If you don't find out something soon, I would definitely contact your senator.

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I am so sorry for your struggles! Has your husband visited the embassy to see what the hold up is? When they put you in administrative processing did they give you a 221g and ask for more information? If you don't find out something soon, I would definitely contact your senator.

:( yes he went to the embassy and the reply was the same "Thank you for contacting the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba. We regret to inform you that Mr. Gilberto Garcias case is still pending completion of the administrative process. We realize that these extended time periods cause frustration to many individuals. However, there is no set time period for this process to be completed. For individual cases, the time needed for adjudication is different, as each case is unique and the U.S. Embassy must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law, and, in some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing. As soon as the processing of the application has been completed, we will contact the applicant for further instructions. "

We also call and send e-mails in a biweekly basis. When he went to the interview they gave him a 221g. He provided the additional information on March 9. I contacted the senator this week. I am at the breaking point :(. Thank you for replying this means a lot.

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:( yes he went to the embassy and the reply was the same "Thank you for contacting the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba. We regret to inform you that Mr. Gilberto Garcias case is still pending completion of the administrative process. We realize that these extended time periods cause frustration to many individuals. However, there is no set time period for this process to be completed. For individual cases, the time needed for adjudication is different, as each case is unique and the U.S. Embassy must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law, and, in some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing. As soon as the processing of the application has been completed, we will contact the applicant for further instructions. "

We also call and send e-mails in a biweekly basis. When he went to the interview they gave him a 221g. He provided the additional information on March 9. I contacted the senator this week. I am at the breaking point :(. Thank you for replying this means a lot.

When he submitted the information requested on the 221g did they give him any other document? What did they tell him after he presented the information? Is there any way you will be in Cuba and can go visit the embassy your self in the near future? How many times has he visited the embassy and asked them personally what the hold up is? I know a lot of people don't live in Havana so it isn't easy to go visit the embassy. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I know it is a nightmare this waiting! I would say if it is at all possible, he should go visit the embassy weekly asking them what the problem is until he gets his approval. I know online when you check his case status the date will change every time they touch his file. That is one way of at least knowing they are touching his file. Did they take his passport?

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When he submitted the information requested on the 221g did they give him any other document? What did they tell him after he presented the information? Is there any way you will be in Cuba and can go visit the embassy your self in the near future? How many times has he visited the embassy and asked them personally what the hold up is? I know a lot of people don't live in Havana so it isn't easy to go visit the embassy. I will keep you and your husband in my prayers. I know it is a nightmare this waiting! I would say if it is at all possible, he should go visit the embassy weekly asking them what the problem is until he gets his approval. I know online when you check his case status the date will change every time they touch his file. That is one way of at least knowing they are touching his file. Did they take his passport?

When he submitted the 221g they did not give him any other document, they just told him to come back in 2 weeks to pick up the visa. They kept his passport. He went back and they told him about the administrative processing. I went to Cuba, and called the embassy to go there, and they told me that they can not discuss any case information, that I can go for passport services and other services, but that no case information would be discuss. He went 4 times and they told him the same thing about the administrative processing. We call and e-mail the embassy weekly. They only check the case when we e-mail them. Thank you I need all the support and prayers. I am at the point that I am thinking to go to Cuba until the process is completed, it is so hard to think that our baby is 8 months and they have only been together 1 month =(. Thank you so much for your support

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When he submitted the 221g they did not give him any other document, they just told him to come back in 2 weeks to pick up the visa. They kept his passport. He went back and they told him about the administrative processing. I went to Cuba, and called the embassy to go there, and they told me that they can not discuss any case information, that I can go for passport services and other services, but that no case information would be discuss. He went 4 times and they told him the same thing about the administrative processing. We call and e-mail the embassy weekly. They only check the case when we e-mail them. Thank you I need all the support and prayers. I am at the point that I am thinking to go to Cuba until the process is completed, it is so hard to think that our baby is 8 months and they have only been together 1 month =(. Thank you so much for your support

I am so sorry you have been having so much difficulties with this. I am sure that it is extremely stressful especially when you have a little one that is missing out on seeing daddy. I understand what you mean about wanting to go stay there until the process is complete. When I filed my husband's CR1 I went to Cuba and stayed there for a little over a month to try to help pass the time and so the wait wouldn't seem so long. If it is possible for you to leave and stay with him until the process is complete, maybe that would be a good idea. Good luck! I hope you get your hubby here soon!

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Hello,

My mother is going thru the same situation, she has been under administrative processing since July 2015. I don't know how long should I wait for the visa to be issue without doing anything else. Is your case still under Administrative Processing? Can you please update about the case status. Thanks!

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Hello,

My mother is going thru the same situation, she has been under administrative processing since July 2015. I don't know how long should I wait for the visa to be issue without doing anything else. Is your case still under Administrative Processing? Can you please update about the case status. Thanks!

Hello,

I apologize for the late reply, but I just spent 3 months in Cuba waiting for the case to be solved. My husband's case still in Administrative Processing. I have been calling and e-mailing the embassy weekly with the same reply week after week. I contacted the senator, and even e-mailed Obama, but no luck yet =(. My husband had his interview March 5, 2015 and provided additional evidence on March 9, 2015. The case has not change since. I hope your mother does not have to wait this long. Thank you

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Hi MaGi:

I'm so sorry you are going thru all this waiting. i know how it feels because my husband has been waiting also on AP for 7 months in Canada. He is canadian citizen but was born in Cuba.

Here is some info I found about AP. unfortunately there's nothing to do about it but wait.

https://www.quora.com/What-happens-behind-the-scenes-when-you-apply-for-a-U-S-visa-such-as-B1-B2-J1-or-H1B-stamp-in-a-U-S-consulate

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Thank you so much for the information. Please keep me updated on your case. Thanks again

Hi MaGi:

I'm so sorry you are going thru all this waiting. i know how it feels because my husband has been waiting also on AP for 7 months in Canada. He is canadian citizen but was born in Cuba.

Here is some info I found about AP. unfortunately there's nothing to do about it but wait.

https://www.quora.com/What-happens-behind-the-scenes-when-you-apply-for-a-U-S-visa-such-as-B1-B2-J1-or-H1B-stamp-in-a-U-S-consulate

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Hello,

Let me start by saying that we are desperate waiting for the administrative processing to be done. I will make my long story short. We got married February 14, 2014. I submitted the I-130 March 18, 2014. I am the petitioner (US citizen) for my husband who is in Cuba. I got pregnant during our honeymoon and our baby girl was born December 2, 2014. His interview at Havana Interest Section was March 5, 2015. During the interview he presented pictures, our baby's birth certificate, but they requested additional information to proof our relationship. He went back March 9, 2015 with a file with all our phone calls, e-mails, letters, text messages and more pictures. The case has been in administrative processing ever since. It has been 5 months since the interview. I call and e-mail the Interest Section weekly and I get the same automated reply, about the administrative processing. Our baby girl is growing fast and he has not been able to be with her. I'm at the breaking point. Please any information, advise or similar experience is greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance for your time.

Hello,

I am writing to give you guys an update on my case. The case still in Administrative Processing, 300 days have passed since the interview. We have been calling and e-mailing the Embassy weekly, to get the same generic message:

"Thank you for contacting the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, Cuba

We regret to inform you that Mr. Gilberto Garcia Fernandez’s case is still pending completion of the administrative process. We realize that these extended time periods cause frustration to many individuals. However, there is no set time period for this process to be completed. For individual cases, the time needed for adjudication is different, as each case is unique and the U.S. Embassy must adjudicate visas in accordance with the provisions of the law, and, in some cases, this involves extensive administrative processing. As soon as the processing of the application has been completed, we will contact the applicant for further instructions. "

I have contacted:

Senator Bill Nelson

Senator Marco Rubio

President Barack Obama

Vice President Joe Biden

Congressman David W. Jolly

Senator Bill Nelson e-mailed the Embassy and sent me a copy of the e-mail he received, which is exactly the same e-mail that we've been receiving weekly.

I feel hopeless and do not know what else to do. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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