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My husband was given a green 221g and told to send his passport, police background check update (which is totally clear) and migration report (has not entered back to El Salvador since leaving). We sent it all in and now have been waiting a week. Anyone know how long the US consulate in El Salvador takes to complete this administrative processing before you get a response?

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Mexico, Latin & South America regional forum; OP is asking for El Salvador specific answers.


Our journey:

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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

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

 

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Now the embassy is requesting a migratory report from the last 16 years, which will take another week to get from the DGME and  then God know how long until the embassy gets it processed. Waste of time and resources. I am a born US citizen, no family except my elderly mother, 2 young kids with disabilities, and my country wants to play games with all of our lives by not letting my husband return yet. I feel totally betrayed. Does anyone have any advice?

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Get them what they want as soon as you can, so that they can begin doing what they need to do.


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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He did go to DGME in San Salvador but the paper takes 5 business days to process. After that, he can send it to the US embassy but who knows how long it will take to get approved. My children are crying everyday for him and I can't even tell them when he will be back, and it is so hard for them to understand why he cannot. This is so unfair to them.

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This is the most frustrating part of it all, the waiting.  We have turned everything in as of last week and now are getting to 3 weeks since the interview. They already know that we would suffer in my husband's absence but they still let it go on. It is unbearable to have him so far away from us. I hope that we get an approval soon so he can come home and we can continue our lives together.

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On 6/9/2018 at 10:53 PM, Joy&Fred said:

He did go to DGME in San Salvador but the paper takes 5 business days to process. After that, he can send it to the US embassy but who knows how long it will take to get approved. My children are crying everyday for him and I can't even tell them when he will be back, and it is so hard for them to understand why he cannot. This is so unfair to them.

I'm sorry your process feel so torturous. That said, 5 business days is like a blink of an eye in terms of immigration timeline. Some things take weeks and weeks. So be thankful that within 5 days you can be that much closer to possibly the very end of the process. 

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