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Dear members,

I had my K-1 visa interview at the Rio de Janeiro Consulate with a pending J-1 visa waiver (INA 212(e) Two Year Home Country Residency Requirement) on July 19th.

The Waiver has been approved September 7th, and sent the Approval Notice to the Consulate. They confirmed they received it on September 14th.

I've been checking my Status on CEAC since then. It was first Refused due to the pending waiver. On the following day (09/15), the CEAC stated Immigrant Visa Application Ready and later, either the same day or not, it changed to Immigrant Visa Administrative Processing. On September 16th, NonImmigrant Visa Application Administrative Processing.

It's now September 21st and it's still stuck on that status. I've heard that K-1 visas in Brazil approved on the interview day usually goes like this: IV Ready --> IV Administrative Processing --> NIV Ready --> NIV Administrative Processing --> Issued; all within 10 days, and between NIV AP and Issued, taking only 2 days.

My fiancée called the Consulate and they have let her know that: (1) my visa hasn't been approved yet, (2) the process can take weeks up to six months, and that (3) I'm not under Administrative Processing from the 221(g), the bad one. - The given timespan seemed like one of those standard answers you always hear from the USCIS.

So I would like to know if anyone in the forum has gone through something similar? Having a J-1 waiver pending, sending the approval notice shortly after. How long did it take for the visa to be issued?

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I'm in a similar situation, but applying for Cr1 visa. Had the visa refused, but instead of applying for the waiver of the HHR, I will just wait for the remaining time to complete the 2 years. I tried to contact the embassy in Rio but they do not take phone calls. I'd sent them an email, but have not received any answer. From your case, it seems that I do not need to do the interview again? In my case just some proof of physical presence in the country for 730 days would be enough I believe. And the medical exam as well, as the first one will be expired by then. 

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