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I-797 never received but received wife's Packet 3 and my Step-daughter has not

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Ok so I have been stressing like crazy. I was stationed in South Korea and submitted petitions for my wife and step-daughter via the US Embassy in Seoul and we ask for the files to be transferred to Manila because I was leaving for assignment in Hawaii. Both petitions were submitted on May 6, 2015. I also elected for electronic notice and never received any emails. I moved to Hawaii in July and still never received any update about our petitions. So I decided to contact the US Embassy in Seoul to see what was going on. When I told them my case I was told that both my petitions were approved 9 June 2015 and our approval notice was sent to an address that the Army prematurely shut down without a backup plan. So the Embassy in Seoul sent me another approval notice but I only received my wife's. A few days later my wife received her Packet 3 but nothing for my daughter. I contacted Manila and they said that they don't have my step-daughter's file in their systems and elevated a concern to NVC. I contacted the military hotline and they also told me that they don't me nor my family in their system. I just sent an email to the NVC concerning all of this. I was reading more into the process and came upon the NOA (I-797) that I never received. Are the I-797 needed for anything else in the Visa process and have anyone had an issue like mine where they only received one PAcket 3?

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Because you initially field your petitions at the USCIS field office in Seoul, contacting the NVC is a pointless exercise because they are not involved at any point when a petition is filed at an overseas USCIS field office.

I-797 receipt and decision notices are not needed for anything, they are for your records only (i.e. the process will not be delayed due to not having an I-797).

If the Embassy in Manila does not have a file for your step-daughter, then the place to follow up would be with the Embassy in Seoul, not the NVC.

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