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I used a lawyer, we submitted all required documents, had lots of photos, whatsapp phone calls everyday, Western Union confirmations, and still he was denied.

What can I do? I would appreciate any help. Personally, I'm in shock about this. He was given a letter 221 (g), but it was vague, no specific reason given for his denial.

We have an age difference, I'm older, but the CO stated she believed we are a couple, no problem there, but would not tell him the reason for the denial and the paperwork does not state it.

Any one with this experience, what have you done. The letter states the case is going back to USCIS, but I don't want that to happen! Can I appeal this decision right away?

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I used a lawyer, we submitted all required documents, had lots of photos, whatsapp phone calls everyday, Western Union confirmations, and still he was denied.

What can I do? I would appreciate any help. Personally, I'm in shock about this. He was given a letter 221 (g), but it was vague, no specific reason given for his denial.

We have an age difference, I'm older, but the CO stated she believed we are a couple, no problem there, but would not tell him the reason for the denial and the paperwork does not state it.

Any one with this experience, what have you done. The letter states the case is going back to USCIS, but I don't want that to happen! Can I appeal this decision right away?

Good morning, sorry to hear your husband was denied. Was the interview conducted at the Ghana embassy or somewhere else?

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It was conducted in the embassy in Accra Ghana. I cannot figure out what went wrong, we submitted all required documents.

If you can, I will suggest to maybe go to Ghana and speak with the embassy and request another interview. Of course you will have to do that asap before they return the application or you can contact your congressman for him to inquire from the embassy their reasoning for denying. That is what most people here have done in the past. Good luck.

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You will not be able to appeal the decision at this time. Once the file reaches USCIS and reviewed, one of two things will happen:

  • They will reaffirm the original approval of the petition without needing anything from you and return it to the Embassy for another interview.
  • They will send you a Notice of Intent to Revoke (NOIR).

If you receive an NOIR, it will sate the specific reasons why it is being sent along with a deadline to submit a rebuttal (usually 30 days). An NOIR rebuttal must specifically address the reasons in the notice. Proper response to an NOIR does not guarantee reaffirmation and reaffirmation does not guarantee a visa will ultimately be issued.

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
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September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
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December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Thank you for your suggestions. Yes, he went over the events of the interview, and I believe it had something to do with the mother of his daughter, who he hasn't even seen in 7 years. the CO kept asking questions about her, and because my husband hasn't seen her, he had a hard time answering the questions. I believe this is the reason.

I've contacted my congressperson and am waiting for the immigration person to call me back.

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Thank you for your suggestions. Yes, he went over the events of the interview, and I believe it had something to do with the mother of his daughter, who he hasn't even seen in 7 years. the CO kept asking questions about her, and because my husband hasn't seen her, he had a hard time answering the questions. I believe this is the reason.

I've contacted my congressperson and am waiting for the immigration person to call me back.

I sorry to hear this. I know this is a painful time.

So how many times have you visited your husband and for how long?

How long have you been together and been married?

You said you have a lawyer, what are they doing as far as finding out getting the transcript (yes it's possible) of the actual interview. You paid for a lawyer make them work.

Also go to the Ghana forum there's a thread of all that latest denials (and its alot).

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lutz,

Are you just in AP? I think the 221(g) is AP, which is technically a denial, really means "Not yet". A visa refusal is a "NO!!!" and involves the NOIR, as Ryan was typing about.

In my case, we are 221(g) - just in AP.


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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' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Well has he seen the child in the ;ast 7 yrs? sorry about your troubles, even-though

USCIS has rules for the adjudicators to follow they are however humans and in

high fraud countries they tend to look at the tiniest things, how is the ex he have not

seen 7 yrs is having privy to his info for migrating

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I looked through past posts but there is very little information, certainly nothing to come to any reasonable conclusion.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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He has seen his child....he raised her after the child's mother abandoned her. He has not had any contact with this woman, and she doesn't know anything about his immigrating.

We were married in May 2014. I lived in Ghana with him for 8 months. We bought a house and car together. He presented all this paperwork and more.

It's a 221 (g), but the CO wouldn't give him any reason for this paper and nothing was checked on the checklist. She just said it's being sent back to the USA, USCIS and not to contact the embassy.

I just sent everything to my congresswoman's aide, so I'm hoping this will help. It's appalling, really. I was born in this country, our marriage is real and this CO just plays with our lives.

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Well has he seen the child in the ;ast 7 yrs? sorry about your troubles, even-though USCIS has rules for the adjudicators to follow they are however humans and in high fraud countries they tend to look at the tiniest things, how is the ex he have not seen 7 yrs is having privy to his info for migrating

Visas are granted and refused by the consulates, part of the Department of State. USCIS is part of the Dept. of Homeland Security.


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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He has seen his child....he raised her after the child's mother abandoned her. He has not had any contact with this woman, and she doesn't know anything about his immigrating.

We were married in May 2014. I lived in Ghana with him for 8 months. We bought a house and car together. He presented all this paperwork and more.

It's a 221 (g), but the CO wouldn't give him any reason for this paper and nothing was checked on the checklist. She just said it's being sent back to the USA, USCIS and not to contact the embassy.

I just sent everything to my congresswoman's aide, so I'm hoping this will help. It's appalling, really. I was born in this country, our marriage is real and this CO just plays with our lives.

That's the issue he has a child and they don;t believe he hasn't had contact with the Mom. Were you petitioning him and the child?


Case Complete to Interview spreadsheet

From now on your VJ Member name will be verified. If the name you put on form to be added to spreadsheet comes up not found, you will not be added to the spreadsheet. If you don't have a timeline you will not be added to the spreadsheet.
Please Please put your VJ member name only. Not nicknames or real names whatever your VJ name is. It's below your profile picture!!

:goofy:


Come join the current Interview thread: 

 

Case-Complete-to-Interview-January-2019/

Case Complete to Interview Form
Case Complete to Interview Spreadsheet
NVC Filers Wiki Process

 

 

 

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