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How are people choosing the most appropriate interview location for Iranian Fiancée visa to the US?

Form I-129F

Question 36

Your fiancé(e) will apply for a visa abroad at the American

embassy or consulate at:
I viewed the embassy information and timelines.
I noticed that one person went to Montreal.
I'm having difficulty choosing.
Anyone have thier 2 cents?
She lives in Iran, understands English well and I understand we will have to be available to get her there to the location.
What about places like Japan vs Turkey, UAE, and Armenia?

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Normally, people have their visa interviews at the US consulate in their home country.

Or US consulate in other countries if one has legal status to be there (e.g. student visa, work visa, permanent resident)

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Iran at the following U.S. embassies:

  • U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey
  • U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • U.S. Embassy Yerevan, Armenia

https://ir.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/

Edited by Merrytooth

Done with K1, AOS and ROC

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Turkey currently has a 2 to 3 month wait for an interview, after the file gets to the embassy. Don't know about the other embassies.

Something to think about.


 

K-1 and AOS timeline below:

Spoiler

 

Met in school summer of 2011, started dating May 2012, engaged June 2016

07/15/2016 - Sent K-1 visa documents                            04/20/2017 - Mailed AOS package

07/19/2016 - NOA1 (California Service Center)                 04/23/2017 - AOS package delivered

09/02/2016 - NOA2 (45 days)                                         04/29/2017 - AOS text and email notifications

09/15/2016 - NVC case number assigned                         05/04/2017 - NOA1 received for AOS, EAD, AP

09/29/2016 - Case is "Ready" at embassy                        05/22/2017 - Biometrics taken

10/06/2016 - Got an interview date!                                06/14/2017 - Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for Interview

11/06/2016 - Scheduled the medical!                               08/03/2017 - Interview is Scheduled

12/06/2016 - Medical done!                                            09/06/2017 - Interview time!

12/12/2016 - Interview done! Visa approved!                   09/06/2017 - RFE for (lost) medical

12/16/2016 - Visa issued                                                09/19/2017 - New medical submitted (in person)

12/19/2016 - Passport with visa, envelope in hand             09/26/2017 - New Card is Being Produced (online update)

01/11/2017 - POE!!!                                                       09/29/2017 - Received I-797 Approval Notice - Card Was Mailed to Me

04/06/2017 - Married                                                     10/04/2017 - Green card in hand!

 

 

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I don't know if there is a place to look up wait times. The 2-3 month time frame is something I found out from observing others vs Turkish embassy, looking at timelines etc. on this forum.


 

K-1 and AOS timeline below:

Spoiler

 

Met in school summer of 2011, started dating May 2012, engaged June 2016

07/15/2016 - Sent K-1 visa documents                            04/20/2017 - Mailed AOS package

07/19/2016 - NOA1 (California Service Center)                 04/23/2017 - AOS package delivered

09/02/2016 - NOA2 (45 days)                                         04/29/2017 - AOS text and email notifications

09/15/2016 - NVC case number assigned                         05/04/2017 - NOA1 received for AOS, EAD, AP

09/29/2016 - Case is "Ready" at embassy                        05/22/2017 - Biometrics taken

10/06/2016 - Got an interview date!                                06/14/2017 - Case is Ready to Be Scheduled for Interview

11/06/2016 - Scheduled the medical!                               08/03/2017 - Interview is Scheduled

12/06/2016 - Medical done!                                            09/06/2017 - Interview time!

12/12/2016 - Interview done! Visa approved!                   09/06/2017 - RFE for (lost) medical

12/16/2016 - Visa issued                                                09/19/2017 - New medical submitted (in person)

12/19/2016 - Passport with visa, envelope in hand             09/26/2017 - New Card is Being Produced (online update)

01/11/2017 - POE!!!                                                       09/29/2017 - Received I-797 Approval Notice - Card Was Mailed to Me

04/06/2017 - Married                                                     10/04/2017 - Green card in hand!

 

 

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I'm waiting for my NOA 2 now. It has been 100 days so I might get an approval (or RFE) these days. The thing is, I haven't decided which embassy I would want to be interviewed at on the I -129F form. Is there any way to do so now? Or maybe after receiving NOA 2? 

I'm an Iranian citizen, but will have a legal visa status in a month for Canada. Is prefer being there for my interview.

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we are at about 87 days... no NOA2.  From what I have been told from people that have through the process Armenia is the fastest and most Persian friendly.  I had originally picked the UAE but Mahshid and her sister had me change it.  I wish you luck and I hope we both get good news soon! 

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I chose Ankara.

I'm not sure if that was a good idea with the recent problems the country has been having.

I chose this because they seemed to have a good history with Iranians and understanding their needs for the visa. I gathered this by looking at the website for turkey embassy and some others.

 

I'm in the states so I thought it would be easier for me to travel there if I needed to for my soon to be bride.

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