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2 approval notices after congressional inquiry

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Applied for K-1 in May, Rec'd 1st NOA in June and 2nd NOA in August (Approved!)

Waited 4 weeks for case xfer to NVC and after 30 days I sent 2 email inquires, one to inquiry and one to research, both said they didn't get the case.

Sent an inquiry to USCIS and their response is a bit slow. Waited and then proceeded to send an email to my congressman. Congressman's rep. emailed me some forms including a release to get information that I faxed back and then I waited a bit.

But you see, I'm the real inpatient type because working in anything customer service, or pretty much working in general helps me understand Murphy's Law and I begin to think of the many 'what ifs' in the paper processing world. So I not only do I not wait for my lawyer or uscis to get me information but I jump on the phone and call my congressman's office on Oct. 5th

I ask to speak to the person named in my emails to their office and she comes to the phone very politely and tells me she got some information just that morning. My biggest question was, "Where is my case file?" It was supposed to be at NVC way more than 30 days ago. She told me that NVC did confirm they weren't in possession of it. She was told USCIS had it under a supervisor review and she expected to hear from USCIS by the end of the day. (48 hour rule)

And then we got hit with the Armageddon-like preparations of Hurricane Matthew and Florida State went on pause.

I play with the online case status portals on the NVC and USCIS websites until USCIS comes back with something new. Now my case approval date was changed from August to October and I got another NOA in the mail telling me exactly the same thing that the approval notice in August said.

Is it me or did SOMEBODY drop the ball here?.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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*** Thread is moved from the K-1 Process forum to the K-1 Case Progress 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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Back on Oct. 11 I posted my 'journey' and today I'll post a continuation. I've read posts, trolled forums and got a lot of information from this site. I want to say THANK YOU to everyone that reads and writes on this site. The information is valuable and also puts you in contact with other members walking ahead or behind you in these processes.

When I last left off. I had gotten a 2nd NOA2 date. The first one was in August, the case sat in USCIS and didn't move off a supervisor's desk until my congressman's office stepped in. The case was then assigned another NOA2 date of October 6th. Off it went to NVC.. now it was a minimum of 30 days to wait for this to be assigned another case number.

On Oct. 31 I received a second email from my congressman's office with an update on my case. Though I was checking my email every day, the letter from NVC did not arrive. The email sent to the congressman said the case was received and was assigned a case number. I needed an invoice number to finish processing the DS-160 so I reached out to NVC and after some verification I was given the invoice number.

With the DS-160 finished I proceeded to ustraveldocs.com to get the bank deposit slip. I had some issues getting it printed so I called the embassy in Lebanon and they were very helpful. After a little more verification they found a couple of old visa applications for my fiance open/active. They deactivated all but one and I was able to get my fiances cousin to navigate the website and generate the deposit slip.

So my fiance went to pay the $265 fee the next day and received a paper with a confirmation number. He sent me a copy via whatsapp and I got back on the computer to schedule the interview. Once again, I was having trouble, I kept getting a message saying my case number wasn't valid. Now I'm a saavy computer geek, so this wasn't my fault. I'm suspecting that the info from one account doesn't transfer. In any case, I called the Embassy again and another representative was sweet enough to schedule the interview over the phone after I verified the info required.

We have an appointment for Dec 19. We're happy about it because I will be there visiting for the holidays and will be at the embassy for the interview.

For those of you that have deadbeat lawyers that don't do what you hired them to do, get on your own case!! Don't be afraid to email someone for help. Had I waited for my lawyer to act on my requests, the case would still be sitting on the USCIS Supervisor's desk.

I hope this helps those looking for answers.

Edited by Chadam&AngMun

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