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My fiancé was approved for his k-1 visa at the Sydney embassy in Australia on August 31. The consular officer said to expect his passport in 1-2 business days. It's been one week since the interview and his status on CEAC still says "ready" for interview... We are really worried about the delay as this isn't typical for the Sydney Embassy. What has been your experience with the Sydney Embassy issuing the visa? And is it unusual for the CEAC website to be infrequently updated?

Thank you.

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*** Country-specific thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to the Australia/New Zealand regional subforum. ***


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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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Hi there. I had my interview on 30th August and I just received my passport back yesterday (I'm from Brisbane). I don't know how to help you but just wanted to share my experience. It's been an easy process once the petition got to Aus that's for sure.


K1 Timeline

Spoiler

 

04/04/2016: Mailed I-129F to Dallas Lockbox

04/12/2016: NOA1

06/27/2016: NOA2

07/25/2016: Case number assigned at NVC

08/30/2016: Interview in Sydney - APPROVED!

09/05/2016: Visa in hand

09/12/2016: POE - LAX

09/28/2016: Married!

 

 

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

Spoiler

 

11/07/2016: Mailed package to Chicago Lockbox

11/28/2016: NOA for all 

12/21/2016: Biometrics appt in Portland, OR

02/13/2017: Approval notice for I-131 (AP) 

03/01/2017: Approval notice for I-765 (EAD

03/09/2017: Received AP/EAD combo card 

03/14/2017: Schedule notice for I-485 (AOS) interview

04/19/2017: I-485 (AOS) interview 

 

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I actually got an email from the embassy on the Friday saying it had been issued and I received the courier tracking. But the CEAC status hadn't been updated yet, it still showed ready. It was Toll Priority. So shipped on Friday, delivered on Monday morning at 9am. Super efficient!!


K1 Timeline

Spoiler

 

04/04/2016: Mailed I-129F to Dallas Lockbox

04/12/2016: NOA1

06/27/2016: NOA2

07/25/2016: Case number assigned at NVC

08/30/2016: Interview in Sydney - APPROVED!

09/05/2016: Visa in hand

09/12/2016: POE - LAX

09/28/2016: Married!

 

 

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

Spoiler

 

11/07/2016: Mailed package to Chicago Lockbox

11/28/2016: NOA for all 

12/21/2016: Biometrics appt in Portland, OR

02/13/2017: Approval notice for I-131 (AP) 

03/01/2017: Approval notice for I-765 (EAD

03/09/2017: Received AP/EAD combo card 

03/14/2017: Schedule notice for I-485 (AOS) interview

04/19/2017: I-485 (AOS) interview 

 

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outlifeuncharted - This isn't about the time it takes them to send, but the CEAC website has said 'In Transit' for me since before the consulate even received my petition. It also said I had been given my interview (or whatever ambiguous wording) since before it even landed in Aus. I believe the last time they update that is when they send it off to your country, so I wouldn't go by that site at all.

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CEAC website updates were right for me except for the couple of ours difference it took to change from Administrative Processing to Issued. This is the CEAC timeline for me:

Once I got the case number from NVC it changed to 'In Transit'

3 business days later I got an email from the embassy with the interview details, I checked CEAC and later it said 'Ready'

Stayed as ready until the day after my interview when it changed to Administrative Processing

Then 2 days after that I got the shipping email from Toll Priority, and it took about 4 hours to update CEAC then.

For me it was definitely a great guide.


K1 Timeline

Spoiler

 

04/04/2016: Mailed I-129F to Dallas Lockbox

04/12/2016: NOA1

06/27/2016: NOA2

07/25/2016: Case number assigned at NVC

08/30/2016: Interview in Sydney - APPROVED!

09/05/2016: Visa in hand

09/12/2016: POE - LAX

09/28/2016: Married!

 

 

AOS/AP/EAD Timeline

Spoiler

 

11/07/2016: Mailed package to Chicago Lockbox

11/28/2016: NOA for all 

12/21/2016: Biometrics appt in Portland, OR

02/13/2017: Approval notice for I-131 (AP) 

03/01/2017: Approval notice for I-765 (EAD

03/09/2017: Received AP/EAD combo card 

03/14/2017: Schedule notice for I-485 (AOS) interview

04/19/2017: I-485 (AOS) interview 

 

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Just an update: it's September 9th. 10 days since his interview. Still NO VISA. No change on ceac.gov and every attempt to contact the embassy about this issue has been met with a passive aggressive "stop contacting us and go away" attitude with absolutely no information. So we are really stressing out.

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My interview was 8/19

I contacted my senator signed a release got a better answer the next day my visa is in its final stages.

And if we dont get within two weeks email them again.

Its hard they are not forth coming with timeline. They cant due to it goes through extensive background checks.

Edited by Anitafeliz

:girlwerewolf2xn: Ana (L) Felix :wub:

K1 March Filer 2016

Interview Approved August 19, 2016

POE September 25, 2016

AOS November Filer 2016

DISCLAIMER: Please excuse my ABC & Gramm@r I am not an editor...

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Hi Anita! I've been silently following your journey since March when we filed! :) thanks for your input. When you emailed your senator what information did you include? I honestly can't believe how long this is taking considering we've gotta be one of the most boring and easiest of cases they come across.

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I called they emailed me a waiver i filled it out one page was about me second page was about what service you needed.

It had sections like

Social security

Uscis/embassy / dept of state

Passports

Irs

I filled out. Keep in mind i live in RI population -3 lol so they jumped on it emailed the embassy got me answers the next day.

Its apperantly going through regular admin processing so im just waiting now :clock:

Man MARCH :protest:

We drew the short stick this year!!

Edited by Anitafeliz

:girlwerewolf2xn: Ana (L) Felix :wub:

K1 March Filer 2016

Interview Approved August 19, 2016

POE September 25, 2016

AOS November Filer 2016

DISCLAIMER: Please excuse my ABC & Gramm@r I am not an editor...

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Hi, This is our status checks after interview at the Sydney Consulate:

30 Aug - Interview - Verbally Approved by CO - Advised passport back in "a couple of days"

30 Aug - CEAC IV status READY - Case Creation Date: 01 Jul, Status Updated Date: 30Aug

Checking status every day in between :-/

06 Sep - CEAC IV status READY - Case Creation Date: 01 Jul, Status Updated Date: 06Sep

The title of status changes from Immigrant Visa to Non Immigrant Visa

09 Sep - CEAC IV status READY - Case Creation Date: 09 Sep, Status Updated Date: 09Sep

09 Sep - CEAC IV status ADMIN PROCESSING - Case Creation Date: 09 Sep, Status Updated Date: 09Sep

12 Sep - CEAC IV status ISSUED - Case Creation Date: 09 Sep, Status Updated Date: 12Sep

12 Sep - 11.30am EMAIL: U.S. Consulate General, Sydney: Issued visas 12-SEP-2016

12 Sep - 01.30pm EMAIL: Toll Priority ADVANCED SHIPPING NOTICE - tracking link provided

12 Sep- USTRAVELDOCS website - Passport Status :Passport has been received from the consular section, and is currently being processed for delivery

Hope that helps and don't give up hope!

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Hey guys,

Any update from the people still waiting on passports after interviews in Australia?

My fiancé had her interview in the Sydney consulate on 13-Sep and it was approved. At that time the consular officer told her that her visa was approved and that she could expect to receive in in about 2 weeks.

Currently, the CEAC status says that it's in Administrative Processing..... :(

-Jason

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Any update from the people still waiting on passports after interviews in Australia?

My fiancé had her interview in the Sydney consulate on 13-Sep and it was approved. At that time the consular officer told her that her visa was approved and that she could expect to receive in in about 2 weeks.

Currently, the CEAC status says that it's in Administrative Processing..... :(

-Jason

Hey Jason,

Administrative processing is not a bad thing. The usual order of things is that it goes from:

1. Ready

2. Administrative Processing

3. Issued

Look at my post above to see the timeframes between the updates.

After update says "Issued" you should get an email from the consulate to advise on delivery and tracking number.

The CO at my interview said i was approved and should receive passport back in a couple of days which turned out to be about 10 business days (and it was a public holiday in US too)

You should get an update soon so don't worry but if you do get restless you can email the consulate but they will generally give you a standard response of "it's in administrative processing" or "to wait another 2 weeks".

cheers,

Alejandro.

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