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So I'm looking for any solutions you guys may have, as I am stuck in an exceptional situation. I submitted my I-130 at the London embassy when we were living in England, Direct Consular Filing (DCF). We have subsequently left the country, and the I-130 was approved back in December. We cannot go to London for the interview because they require a visa for longer than six months, and we cannot obtain a visa for that long. My wife is Iranian living in Iran. There is no US embassy in Iran - and Ankara, UAE, and Yerevin will not accept our request for transfer.

 

What are my options? I don't want to withdraw and start again. Someone from USCIS suggested filling an I-824, but I'm not too sure that would help. I've emailed the embassy in London multiple times, but have not received an answer.

 

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2 hours ago, bobbiman said:

So I'm looking for any solutions you guys may have, as I am stuck in an exceptional situation. I submitted my I-130 at the London embassy when we were living in England, Direct Consular Filing (DCF). We have subsequently left the country, and the I-130 was approved back in December. We cannot go to London for the interview because they require a visa for longer than six months, and we cannot obtain a visa for that long. My wife is Iranian living in Iran. There is no US embassy in Iran - and Ankara, UAE, and Yerevin will not accept our request for transfer.

 

What are my options? I don't want to withdraw and start again. Someone from USCIS suggested filling an I-824, but I'm not too sure that would help. I've emailed the embassy in London multiple times, but have not received an answer.

 

Did you report a change in address and speak with a supervisor?  It's not clear where your case is - with the NVC or have you already received a case complete?  

 

NVC Instructions:

 
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I Moved. How Do I Give You My New Address?

Please provide your new address by calling NVC’s Customer Assistance Center at 1-603-334-0700. You can also use our online inquiry form to send us your new address. Don’t forget to let NVC know if your phone number or e-mail address change, too.

 

London Embassy Instructions:

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If your immigrant visa application is being processed by the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy and you have changed your mailing address you may notify of your new address through our contact form.   If your application is being processed by the National Visa Center, please notify them of any changes to your application as we do not have access to your immigrant visa file.

When completing the form,  please include your case number (e.g. LND2013XXXXXX). Failure to do so will delay our response.

 

Options:

  • Depending on where your visa case is, get a standard visitor visa (should only take 3 weeks or less) around a month before you expect a case complete.  Then make two trips to the UK for medical and interview.  Unfortunately, this may cause complications since your travel records will indicate that you were traveling from a different country entirely. If traveling back and forth, you may need renewed Police Certificates if they are over a year old,
  • If you followed the procedures and have informed the NVC or USCIS of your change of your address, contact your Senator and inform them that you're stuck because NVC/USCIS hasn't responded.  
  • Call NVC endlesssly

Honestly, I don't know enough specifics about your situation or case to respond any further than the above but I hope you get through it ok.  Good luck!

 


NVC Process Guide for UK:  NVC Process (timelines, numbers, documents, steps)  

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TIMELINE (CR1 Spouse Visa)
USCIS Phase (Married in England September 3, 2016!)
Spoiler
  • 09-22-2016:  I-130 Mailed to Chicago Lockbox (USPS Priority)
  • 09-25-2016:  USPS Priority delivery confirmation
  • 09-26-2016:  Priority date assigned (USC Spouse)
  • 09-28-2016:  I-797C NOA1 Email/Text received, check cashed; case sent to Nebraska Service Center
  • 10-03-2016:  I-797C NOA1 Hardcopy received
  • 02-15-2017:  Case transferred to Texas Service Center
  • 03-16-2017:  NOA2 Approval Date
  • 03-22-2017:  USCIS sent case to NVC, Case Status changed to "We sent your case to the Department of State for visa processing"
  • 03-23-2017:  NOA2 Harcdopy received

NVC Phase

Spoiler
  • 03-30-2017:  Case Received By NVC
  • 04-04-2017:  Case # and IIN Assigned (called NVC to confirm)
  • 04-05-2017:  DS-261 unlocked & completed, called NVC and reviewed over the phone (IV fee will unlock after a week)
  • 04-06-2017:  Received NVC Welcome Letter via Email, AOS Fee unlocked & paid online
  • 04-07-2017:  Called NVC again and rep stated DS 261 was not actually reviewed.  Re-reviewed DS-261
  • 04-11-2017:  Welcome Letter email received, IV Fee unlocked & paid online
  • 04-13-2017:  DS-260 unlocked
  • 04-14-2017:  DS-260 submitted
  • 04-30-2017:  Affidavit of Support/Documents sent via Fedex Priority Overnight (sent Sunday, to be delivered Tuesday)
  • 05-02-2017:  Affidavit of Support/Documents delivered to NVC
  • 05-04-2017:  Document Scan Date
  • 06-28-2017:  Checklist for Court Records (even though beneficiary has never been to court); escalated to Supervisor who requested case files
  • 07-03-2017:  CASE COMPLETE!!!  Called NVC on July 5 and representative confirmed status
  • 07-11-2017:  Case Complete email confirmation received
  • 07-13-2017:  NVC rep confirmed Interview Date assigned
  • 07-14-2017:  Email confirmation of Interview
  • 07-20-2017:  11 Week (77 day) expected Case Complete from Scan Date (5/4/2017)
  • 07-21-2017:  Appointment with General Practitioner to get all required shots and medical history
  • 08-01-2017,   1:10PM:  Immigration medical with Knighstbridge Doctors in London
  • 08-11-2017:  Medical files received by Consulate
  • 08-16-2017, 12:30PM:  Interview in London!!
  • 08-17-2017:  Visa status changed to Administrative Processing, then several hours later to "Issued"
  • 08-22-2017:  Passport with Visa delivered (paid for home delivery); paid immigration fee and added case to MyUSCIS for alerts
  • 11-18-2017:  Move date 

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Since the OP filed his petition at the USCIS field office in London, the NVC never touched the file and will probably be of no help.

 

OP, has Ankara said why they won't send a transfer request to London (in order for a file to be transferred, the location that the case is to be transferred to has to request it from the location where the file currently sits).


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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