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NVC Welcome Letter

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Received NVC Welcome Letter in the mail today.

I have a few questions:

1) There is no BIN (Beneficiary Identification Number) listed...only Case Number and IID. When will they issue the BIN?

2) Enclosed was the Affidavit of Support Fee Invoice. I thought I would go ahead and pay pay this fee, but when I completed the online DS261 today, it states to wait at least 3 weeks before paying any fees.

3) When will I get the Fee Invoice for the IV?

Thanks for your help, guys!!


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You do not get a BIN number. It is obsolete.

Keep checking back every day to the payment page. After the DS-261 is processed, payment of the AOS fee is authorized. Then a few days later (check every day) payment of the IV will be authorized. Then you can send in your documents.

I followed this guide.


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So, if the payment site gives me the option to go ahead and pay the AOS fee, then I can go ahead and make the payment?

Thanks again for your help.


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So, if the payment site gives me the option to go ahead and pay the AOS fee, then I can go ahead and make the payment?

Thanks again for your help.


Yes, you can go ahead and pay the AOS fee; I suggest calling NVC and reviewing your DS-261 over the phone so that you can unlock the IV fee. Once the IV fee is unlocked you can go ahead and pay for it; and when it appears as "PAID" your DS-260 will be available to fill out. You can also send out your IV & AOS packages after paying the AOS fee if your documents are already complete :)

USCIS Process:
Sent I-130 (via USPS): February 20, 2016
NOA1 hardcopy received: February 26, 2016
NOA2 approval text & email: May 6, 2016 (71 days from NOA1)
Petition sent to NVC text & email: May 11, 2016

NVC Process:
Case number and IIN Assigned: May 26, 2016
Choice of Agent (DS-261) completed: May 27, 2016
AOS Fee Invoiced: May 27, 2016
Pay AOS Fee: May 27, 2016
AOS Fee appeared as PAID: June 2, 2016
IV Fee Invoiced: June 3, 2016
Pay IV Fee: June 3, 2016
IV Fee appeared as PAID: June 6, 2016
IV application (DS-260) completed: June 7, 2016
Sent AOS & IV packets (via FedEx): June 8, 2016
Scan date: June 9, 2016
CC: July 14, 2016 (FINALLY saw 3rd N/A... 35 days after scan date)
Confirmation of CC email received: July 21, 2016
Interview date received over the phone: July 26, 2016

Interview Process:
Interview letter/P4 received via email: August 5, 2016
Medical Exam (@SLEC): August 3-4, 2016

Sputum samples given: August 15-17, 2016

Pulmo Consultation: August 18, 2016 (sputum smear is NEGATIVE!)

Results of sputum culture: October 12, 2016 (NEGATIVE!)

Completed: October 17, 2016
Interview date: October 24, 2016 (APPROVED! case status ISSUED the same day) :content:

Visa ready for pickup @MOA (via 2GO tracking): October 26, 2016

Visa in hand: October 27, 2016

Pay Greencard Fee: October 27, 2016

POE: November 6, 2016 (L)

SSN received (via USPS): November 14, 2016

10-year Greencard received (via USPS): December 17, 2016 (41 days after POE) :dance:

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