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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: England
Timeline

My US husband petitioned from Florida for UK me in January (officially received Feb 1st 2016) within the first application we included photos, affidavits from two people in Florida who confirmed our relationship. It wasn't until May 13th that Nebraska sent our application to NVC, then it took a few weeks for them to acknowledge receipt and ask for the next payment and the next set of paperwork. I was in the UK! I did the quick criminal record check, which still took about 3 weeks, but I had done it early in May, so I had it ready when NVC asked for a copy of it. So that was early June that we sent in all the paperwork and paid for the next step, then for more waiting! We started calling NVC half way through July to find out how our case was going, they told us to wait 6 weeks from receipt of case! But you can call to see just in case :). On the 4th of August my case was completed and I got my interview date given to me. (Normally we wait another week or so for the interview date to be given, I was lucky!) I tried calling. The embassy in London for an earlier interview date but they would not move it unless there was a life or death situation, which thankfully there was not. This did however mean I had to wait until September 21st. I did my medical check quickly, August 10th. The Doctors I had to go to was really close to the US embassy in London! But it still took until the 15th for my results to be at the embassy awaiting my sept 21st appointment. I also paid £18 for the DX courier service SNF printed my receipt and interview letter. On the day I turned up early just before 11 for my 1230 appointment and was allowed in( showed my interview letter)! I'd emailed to let them know my US husband and our 18 week old daughter would be coming with me. First call up was to hive my originals, birth cert, marriage , criminal record check and DX courier receipt, then wait, then called up for "interview". My husband and daughter were stood with me, I swore to tell the truth, then answered a hand full of questions, how we met, when married, if baby is teething, she is! And bingo bango Congrates accepted. I spoke to the two ladies for less than 10 minutes and was out before 12. Now to wait up to 15 working days for my passport with visa and package, it arrived Tuesday morning, so 6 days later total. The next day I was at Orlando Customs with family! :) handed over package which means we go to secondary interview. Unfortunately lots of people were there for various reasons, good and bad, and we just had to wait our turn, even though our reason was good, so 3 hours later I exit customs and enter USA as a permanent resident. We paid for the green card as soon as we got my passport back, so now I'm waiting up to 120 days for my card to arrive at our home in Florida, but until then the visa in my passport is good enough for and travelling :D so that was 8 full months. Paperwork was always correct with all back up info included. Payments always paid on the first day we could pay. I hope this helps anyone reading. Good luck to all :)

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Thank you for posting this! Very helpful :)


...~Timeline~...
 

Married - December 29th 2015
 

~USCIS~

I-130 Sent - March 11th 2016

NOA1 - Nebraska - March 17th 2016

NOA2 - July 19th 2016


~NVC~
NVC Welcome Letter Received - August 19th 2016

Scan Date - September 19th 2016

Supervisor Review - November 1st 2016

CASE COMPLETE! - November 4th 2016


~Interview Process~

P4 E-mail Received - November 10th 2016

Medical - December 2nd 2016

Interview - December 19th 2016 - APPROVED!!!
Visa in Hand - December 23rd 2016!
POE - January 15th 2017
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Very helpful and congratulations!!

Hopefully I'm not far behind you.

I'm moving this to "progress reports", which is a more suitable section of the forum.


 

 

 

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Very helpful, thanks! I'm filing for my husband, who's also from the UK so the police cert, medical timeline, and courier info in your post helped!

Hoping we'll fall within that 8 month bracket also.

Out of curiosity, did you book your flight to the US before the Visa approval or while waiting for the final visa pack to arrive?


NVC Process Guide for UK:  NVC Process (timelines, numbers, documents, steps)  

_______________________________________________________________________________________

TIMELINE (CR1 Spouse Visa)
USCIS Phase (Married in England September 3, 2016!)
Spoiler
  • 09-22-2016:  I-130 Mailed to Chicago Lockbox (USPS Priority)
  • 09-25-2016:  USPS Priority delivery confirmation
  • 09-26-2016:  Priority date assigned (USC Spouse)
  • 09-28-2016:  I-797C NOA1 Email/Text received, check cashed; case sent to Nebraska Service Center
  • 10-03-2016:  I-797C NOA1 Hardcopy received
  • 02-15-2017:  Case transferred to Texas Service Center
  • 03-16-2017:  NOA2 Approval Date
  • 03-22-2017:  USCIS sent case to NVC, Case Status changed to "We sent your case to the Department of State for visa processing"
  • 03-23-2017:  NOA2 Harcdopy received

NVC Phase

Spoiler
  • 03-30-2017:  Case Received By NVC
  • 04-04-2017:  Case # and IIN Assigned (called NVC to confirm)
  • 04-05-2017:  DS-261 unlocked & completed, called NVC and reviewed over the phone (IV fee will unlock after a week)
  • 04-06-2017:  Received NVC Welcome Letter via Email, AOS Fee unlocked & paid online
  • 04-07-2017:  Called NVC again and rep stated DS 261 was not actually reviewed.  Re-reviewed DS-261
  • 04-11-2017:  Welcome Letter email received, IV Fee unlocked & paid online
  • 04-13-2017:  DS-260 unlocked
  • 04-14-2017:  DS-260 submitted
  • 04-30-2017:  Affidavit of Support/Documents sent via Fedex Priority Overnight (sent Sunday, to be delivered Tuesday)
  • 05-02-2017:  Affidavit of Support/Documents delivered to NVC
  • 05-04-2017:  Document Scan Date
  • 06-28-2017:  Checklist for Court Records (even though beneficiary has never been to court); escalated to Supervisor who requested case files
  • 07-03-2017:  CASE COMPLETE!!!  Called NVC on July 5 and representative confirmed status
  • 07-11-2017:  Case Complete email confirmation received
  • 07-13-2017:  NVC rep confirmed Interview Date assigned
  • 07-14-2017:  Email confirmation of Interview
  • 07-20-2017:  11 Week (77 day) expected Case Complete from Scan Date (5/4/2017)
  • 07-21-2017:  Appointment with General Practitioner to get all required shots and medical history
  • 08-01-2017,   1:10PM:  Immigration medical with Knighstbridge Doctors in London
  • 08-11-2017:  Medical files received by Consulate
  • 08-16-2017, 12:30PM:  Interview in London!!
  • 08-17-2017:  Visa status changed to Administrative Processing, then several hours later to "Issued"
  • 08-22-2017:  Passport with Visa delivered (paid for home delivery); paid immigration fee and added case to MyUSCIS for alerts
  • 11-18-2017:  Point of Entry at JFK in NYC!!! 
 
TIMELINE (I-751 Removal of Conditions for Spouse)
USCIS Phase 
Spoiler
  • 10-08-2019:  I-751 Mailed to Dallas USCIS PO Box (USPS Flat Rate Box)
  • 10-11-2019:  USPS delivery confirmation
  • 10-16-2019:  Text received confirming receipt number; case found in MyUSCIS system several hours later
  • 10-17-2019:  Check cashed by USCIS
  • 10-21-2019:  I-797 NOA received (Notice Date: 10/16) of acceptance
  • 11-01-2019:  I-797C NOA received (Notice Date: 10/25) for Biometrics appointment
  • 11-12-2019:  Biometrics completed
  • 11-13-2019:  Case status changed to “Fingerprint Review Was Completed”
  • 12-24-2019:  Case status changed to “Case Was Updated To Show Fingerprints Were Taken”
  • 05-27-2020:  Case status changed to “Case is Ready to be Scheduled for An Interview”

 

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: England
Timeline

I'm in a very fortunate position as I work for an airline, so we booked standby tickets and just changed the dates as soon as my passport and pack arrived for the next day. I would say to be safe look at prices and either book your flight for 21 days after the interview date. Or if you can't wait book a fully flexible ticket and change the dates. It's also worth looking to see where the UK school holidays are, if you are lucky you might avoid them, which will mean cheaper and more available tickets :) The best of luck to you ! :D

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: England
Timeline
On 9/29/2016 at 9:14 PM, Brit2Florida said:

My US husband petitioned from Florida for UK me in January (officially received Feb 1st 2016) within the first application we included photos, affidavits from two people in Florida who confirmed our relationship. It wasn't until May 13th that Nebraska sent our application to NVC, then it took a few weeks for them to acknowledge receipt and ask for the next payment and the next set of paperwork. I was in the UK! I did the quick criminal record check, which still took about 3 weeks, but I had done it early in May, so I had it ready when NVC asked for a copy of it. So that was early June that we sent in all the paperwork and paid for the next step, then for more waiting! We started calling NVC half way through July to find out how our case was going, they told us to wait 6 weeks from receipt of case! But you can call to see just in case :). On the 4th of August my case was completed and I got my interview date given to me. (Normally we wait another week or so for the interview date to be given, I was lucky!) I tried calling. The embassy in London for an earlier interview date but they would not move it unless there was a life or death situation, which thankfully there was not. This did however mean I had to wait until September 21st. I did my medical check quickly, August 10th. The Doctors I had to go to was really close to the US embassy in London! But it still took until the 15th for my results to be at the embassy awaiting my sept 21st appointment. I also paid £18 for the DX courier service SNF printed my receipt and interview letter. On the day I turned up early just before 11 for my 1230 appointment and was allowed in( showed my interview letter)! I'd emailed to let them know my US husband and our 18 week old daughter would be coming with me. First call up was to hive my originals, birth cert, marriage , criminal record check and DX courier receipt, then wait, then called up for "interview". My husband and daughter were stood with me, I swore to tell the truth, then answered a hand full of questions, how we met, when married, if baby is teething, she is! And bingo bango Congrates accepted. I spoke to the two ladies for less than 10 minutes and was out before 12. Now to wait up to 15 working days for my passport with visa and package, it arrived Tuesday morning, so 6 days later total. The next day I was at Orlando Customs with family! :) handed over package which means we go to secondary interview. Unfortunately lots of people were there for various reasons, good and bad, and we just had to wait our turn, even though our reason was good, so 3 hours later I exit customs and enter USA as a permanent resident. We paid for the green card as soon as we got my passport back, so now I'm waiting up to 120 days for my card to arrive at our home in Florida, but until then the visa in my passport is good enough for and travelling :D so that was 8 full months. Paperwork was always correct with all back up info included. Payments always paid on the first day we could pay. I hope this helps anyone reading. Good luck to all :)

My green card arrived exactly 3 months to the day of my arrival into the States. I've now been a resident for over a year and I fly in and out of the country on a regular basis. For anyone entering the states with your green card (in Orlando at least) the video demo for using the machine is incorrect. Hold your card so you are looking at your picture the right way up, then place the card on the machine so your card is facing up, don't flip it over! The machine scans the back of your card. That'll save you trying over and over and then getting the X through your picture on the print out slips! :D

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