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Hi All and thanks in advance for any help.

 

My fiancee is a Jamaican living in Sint Maarten (the past 15 years) He holds a Jamaican passport which was lost 9 months ago that we have painfully been trying to replace.  My petition was approved on 4/20  and although I never received a formal letter yet I called NVC and got a file number.  We have been assigned to the Embassy in Bogota, Columbia!  I understand that there's no Embassy in Sint Maarten but there are three (Jamaica, Barbados, Curacao) a whole lot closer than a 5 1/2 hour plane ride.  I completed the ask.nvc form on-line with a request for an Embassy change.  Any other suggestions at this point?

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Just wait for response. Changing embassies can cause a delay obviously.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

03/06/2017 - NOA1's received via text

03/31/2017 - Biometrics appointment Completed

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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I did an embassy change on my I-129F a month ago. They cannot/will not change it at NVC...I've tried (18 phone calls, 4 emails, 1 online support request on ask.nvc, speaking to 2 supervisors, etc.). The best I've seen is that they can change it if it was a mistake on their side (i.e. I-129F and NOA2 have the correct embassy stated).

 

To do the transfer, you will need to wait until it arrives in Bogota, then call/email the embassy you want to use instead and request the embassy transfer. They can make the request to the Bogota embassy, and if/when approved, will send your case to the desired embassy. Just note that you need to have legal residency status in the country where you will interview (i.e. not just being a tourist there). For me, it took them about a week to recognize my transfer request, then a couple days to approve it, then about another week for them to complete the transfer. Check my timeline in my signature for details. Just note that the timeline will definitely vary from embassy to embassy.

 

The emails and ask.nvc responses came several weeks afterwards. The actual I-129F will likely only be at NVC for days or a couple weeks.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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2 minutes ago, geowrian said:

I did an embassy change on my I-129F a month ago. They cannot/will not change it at NVC...I've tried (18 phone calls, 4 emails, 1 online support request on ask.nvc, speaking to 2 supervisors, etc.). The best I've seen is that they can change it if it was a mistake on their side (i.e. I-129F and NOA2 have the correct embassy stated).

 

To do the transfer, you will need to wait until it arrives in Bogota, then call/email the embassy you want to use instead and request the embassy transfer. They can make the request to the Bogota embassy, and if/when approved, will send your case to the desired embassy. Just note that you need to have legal residency status in the country where you will interview (i.e. not just being a tourist there). For me, it took them about a week to recognize my transfer request, then a couple days to approve it, then about another week for them to complete the transfer. Check my timeline in my signature for details. Just note that the timeline will definitely vary from embassy to embassy.

Thank you so much! Makes more sense...Worst case scenario, we'll have to go to Columbia..

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On 5/17/2017 at 2:28 PM, Michael & Michele said:

Thank you so much! Makes more sense...Worst case scenario, we'll have to go to Columbia..

Good morning,

 

Just wanted to thank you.  I requested an Embassy change directly from Jamaica via email.  They acknowledged my email the same day and advised they requested the change from Columbia. They advised that they would contact us when they received the case.  Fingers crossed I hear relatively quickly that the transfer was approved/received.  NVC NOT the way to go.

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4 minutes ago, Michael & Michele said:

Just wanted to thank you.  I requested an Embassy change directly from Jamaica via email.  They acknowledged my email the same day and advised they requested the change from Columbia. They advised that they would contact us when they received the case.  Fingers crossed I hear relatively quickly that the transfer was approved/received.  NVC NOT the way to go.

Awesome. Glad it went so smoothly! For me, it took about a week for the receiving embassy to get the packet. Good luck.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

?/?/?: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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