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DCF: What happens after we receive NOA2?

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Looking for advice from people with DCF experience:

Our NOA2 Approval letter from a week ago says:

USCIS forwarded the approved petition to the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany.... The Consular Section...will contact the beneficiary and provide instructions about applying for a visa.

Does this mean that the consulate will send us something in the mail? In an email? Are we supposed to call someone? We have been in a void for the past week, wondering what happens next.


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About a week after our approval notice arrived in the mail, I (the beneficiary) received a separate letter in the mail from the consulate saying that 'this office has received an approved immigrant visa petition and is ready to begin processing your application'. There is a link to the German embassy website that you have to read and follow the instructions. You will also find your case number at the end of the letter. When it comes to scheduling your interview, or any RFE's, the consulate will email you (mine went into my spam folder so make sure you check it!)

Good luck!

Edited by Sunflower18

I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army Officer.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail


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I'm going through dcf now

Got the noa2 a few days ago

The consular sends your application to the visa center for processing we were told 2 weeks for that but for us it was one day. Once the application is ready you do the visa application online it takes a long time be warned lol me and my husband spent a few hours doing it

Once you do that you are ready to make you interview appointment

I love my husband ?‍?‍?

Married June 2016

Por siempre y para siempre Mi amor

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