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Hi--I got an email yesterday that our CR1 papers had been sent to NVC (NOA2). He is from Pakistan, and we are an older couple.

Do you think there is any way that he could be here within the next calendar year? Here is the reason I ask. I could put him on my health insurance this month (only) for about $400 a month, with the coverage starting January, 2017. However, it would be a waste of money until he gets here. The other option is to wait until he gets here. He would have to get Obamacare until I could add him back on the next October, because that is the only time I can add him. From what I am looking at, and with our ages and income, it would cost at least $900 a month to get any kind of decent (but crappy compared to mine) coverage. My state just approved a 67% increase and most of the options were dropped. So it will probably cost lots more than this.

Advice: Would you go ahead and add him or just wait and get Obamacare when he gets here until I can add him on?


PS--I asked about adding him on when he gets here because he will have a green card. The insurance company does NOT consider that a "life changing" event ...go figure...

Edited by Love To Teach

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Yes it is more likely than not that he will be here within the first few months of the year, but this could be delayed up to 6 months post his medical if you wanted him to come later in the year

Also, there is always a chance you will run into problems and take longer than usual at NVC and there is always a chance your case can end up in AP

I cannot advise you on what is best for your situation it depends on your personal situation, I was able to add my husband on to my insurance when he arrived

If you want to avoid the cost for the year go ahead and get everything done through NVC, should take about 2.5 months from now if everything goes reasonably smooth, then you will have a wait of about 6 weeks to interview, he can get his medical done just a week before the interview and delay his arrival in the US until right before the visa expires, with this case then he would enter in the second half of next year and you would not be subject to a penalty

If you want him to arrive ASAP then he could be here as soon as sometime in February/March

Edited by Kastrs



Married December 19, 2014

I-130 Petition sent January 14, 2015
NOA1 date January 20, 2015 (NSC)

NOA2 date May 28, 2015 :dance::dance::dance:

Mailed to NVC June 4, 2015

NVC Received June 10, 2015

NVC Case Number Assigned June 23, 2015

NVC AoS Invoice via Mail June 24, 2015

NVC Selected Agent Over Phone June 30, 2015 (Unable to logon to CEAC)

NVC IV Invoice via email received July 1, 2015

NVC AoS/IV Package Mailed July 2, 2015

NVC AoS & IV Fee Paid Online (CEAC is working) July 6. 2015

NVC Document Scan Date July 6, 2015

NCV AoS & IV Fee marked as paid in CEAC July, 7 2015

NVC DS 260 Completed July 8, 2015

NVC CC July 30, 2015 (24 days after scan date, about 2 months post NOA2)

Interview Scheduled on August 26, 2015

Interview P4 Email Received August 27, 2015

Medical in Islamabad September 2, 2015

Interview Date September 22, 2015 CANCELLED (Embassy is Over scheduled) :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Interview Scheduled on September 10, 2015

Interview Date October 14, 2015 APPROVED

Visa Issued October 16, 2015, 9 months start to finish

POE JFK October 26, 2015

GC in Hand Jan 8, 2016

RoC I-751 NOA1 August 31, 2017 (Vermont Service Center)

Biometrics October 2, 2017

I551 Stamp in Passport August 2, 2018

18 Month Extension Letter August 3, 2018

Applied for Naturalization N-400 Online July 30, 2018

Biometrics August 23, 2018

10 year GC is in production September 17, 2018



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Wow, thanks, you gave me hope!!! I have always assumed he wouldn't be here even next year because of all the AP from Pakistan. Maybe we will get lucky and he could be here by next summer...omg, I don't want to get m hopes up because we have been disappointed on so many things. If you think it's even possible he could be here, say by June, I might go ahead and add him on. Thanks again!!

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My employer told me I could ### him on once he arrives. We need to submit a marriage license.

I will be able to ### him because of qualify event 'loss of coverage.'

Good luck!

NOA 1: 01/28/2016

NOA 2: 06/09/2016

NVC Received case from USCIS: 08/18/2016

Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 09/06/2016

Pay AOS Bill : 09/07/2016

Send AOS Package : 09/16/2016

Submit DS-261 : 09/15/2016

Receive IV Bill : 09/13/2016

Pay IV Bill : 09/13/ 2016

Send IV Package : 09/16/2016

NVC received package: 09/20/2016

Scan date: 09/21/2016

Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : ??????

Case Completed at NVC: ????

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