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I met a Russian lady one year ago today in Odessa.  She is from Russia and we fell in love.  I file for the US petition in January 2018.  We got our approval in early September.

I received an official letter saying all our information would be forwarded to the Moscow embassy.  Now we have waited 2 weeks to get an appointment.  The letter says check the website daily.

The site says the same thing as the Call Center - NO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE.  I understand the staff is limited at the American Embassy due to "political reasons", but this is frustrating. 

  I will call the embassy and see if I can get an answer.   I would like to know if we have to wait weeks or months.    Does anyone have any idea?

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Try to check the appointments late evening or early morning ( 4 or 5 am)

 

What visa did you apply for? Keep in mind that you only got approved for the application and not the visa itself.


AOS timeline

02/21/17 Sent AOS, EAD and AP to the USCIS Lockbox Facility in Chicago via UPS

02/24/17 USCIS received the application

03/14/17 Check was cashed

03/15/17 received NOA1s as text messages and emails( notice date is 03/13/17)

03/21/17 NOA1 hardcopies received in the mail

03/30/17 Biometrics Appointment letter received in the mail

04/11/17 Biometrics appointment

05/07/17 Day 75 -> called USCIS about my EAD/AP status: service request was made; my I-485 is still in the normal time frame

06/01/17 Day 100 since sending AOS to USCIS Chicago Lockbox

06/08/17 Day 107 -> new EAD status: New Card Is Being Produced( No RFE or RFIE)

06/12/17 Received NOA2 Approval Notice for EAD and AP in the mail

06/13/17 New EAD status: Card Was Mailed To Me

06/17/17 Day 116 -> Received EAD/AP combo card in the mail

10/18/17 Day 240 -> Green Card is being produced (no interview)

10/20/17 Day 242 -> Card Was Mailed To Me; Welcome To the United States-letter  was in the mail

10/25/17 Day 247 -> USPS couldn't deliver Green Card due to insufficient address; the mailman was too lazy to leave the letter on the porch

11/14/17  Day 267 -> Appointment at the USCIS Atlanta Field Office to request that USCIS resent my Green Card

11/15/17 Day 268 ->  Called USCIS and talked to an Tier 2 Immigration Officer: My Green Card will be resend to me

12/11/17 Day 294 -> Received a letter from USCIS saying that my Green Card will be resend within the next 30 days

01/09/18 Day 323 -> Filed a paperwork called DHS-7001 in order to talk to a USCIS Ombudsman about USCIS resending my Green Card

03/23/18                 -> My Green Card got finally delivered! :)

07/15/19                  -> File for ROC

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Some embassies are waiting more than a month

but continue to check daily as you want to be the first to grab an open spot

I would even be checking a couple of times a day

be ready an grab any opportunity as soon our US holidays start and many take end of the year vacations (or loose them)

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It took us 6 weeks to get an appointment in Mexico.  It varies by Embassy / Consulate.  I know it is hard to wait.  We all have had to wait.  


March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry

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36 minutes ago, Becci391 said:

Try to check the appointments late evening or early morning ( 4 or 5 am)

 

What visa did you apply for? Keep in mind that you only got approved for the application and not the visa itself.

Seems like its K1, because they have to book appointment by themselves. Wives on CR1/IR1 get they dates from Embassy. Moscow is the only Embassy in Russia that gives immigrant visas so they are pretty slammed but I heard some cases were transferred to Kiev (Ukraine) and they have a lot of slots available there. If you consider doing that, you could contact Moscow embassy and ask them about such possibility and make sure they send case to Kiev.


Shawn and Olga married in Russia May 7th 2013

IR-1 process

USCIS:

6/11/2015: Filed I-130 petition

6/13/2015: Delivered to Chicago Lockbox

6/15/2015: Petition is accepted by USCIS (California)

6/17/2015: NOA1 received via email/text

6/23/2015: NOA1 received via mail

8/18/2015: USCIS approved petition online - 63 days from NOA 1

8/22/2015: NOA2 received via mail

NVC:

9/8/2015: NVC received the case

9/22/2015: got case number and invoice number via phone

9/22/2015: submitted DS-261 Choice of agent

9/22/2015: paid AOS fee $120 - IN PROCESS

9/24/2015: AOS fee shows PAID

9/28/2015: NVC Welcome Letter is received (issued on Sept 21st)

10/1/2015: AOS package sent to NVC

10/5/2015: AOS package delivered to NVC

10/5/2015: SCAN DATE for AOS package

10/6/2015: confirmed DS-261 over the phone

10/7/2015: email from NVC - husband is chosen as agent and IV fee is invoiced

10/8/2015: paid IV fee $325 - IN PROCESS

10/8/015: IV package sent to NVC

10/10/2015: IV fee shows PAID

10/11/2015: submitted DS-260 and got confirmation

10/13/2015: IV package delivered to NVC

10/13/2015: SCAN DATE for IV package

11/24/2015: Case Complete at NVC

12/2/2015: Case Complete letter from NVC

EMBASSY:

2/10/2016: Interview scheduled for March 15th 2016 :dancing:

Medical exam scheduled on March 14th 2016

2/10/2016: Interview Letter Received (P4)

2/16/2016: CEAC shows CASE IN TRANSIT

2/18/2016: CEAC shows READY

3/14/2016: medical exam passed

3/15/2016: interview - APPROVED! Status ISSUED - Your visa has been printed.

3/17/2016: call from Pony Express - visa is delivered to my town

POE:

4/19/2016: Moscow - New York - Atlanta

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It is a K-1 Visa, and I already paid for it.  We have all our final docs completed, and she checks daily.  I called the call center once and will try to call the embassy.   I don't understand this hit or miss process.   Seems to me that there should be a waiting list for those who are ready since appointments are hard to book. 

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8 minutes ago, jbertucci said:

It is a K-1 Visa, and I already paid for it.  We have all our final docs completed, and she checks daily.  I called the call center once and will try to call the embassy.   I don't understand this hit or miss process.   Seems to me that there should be a waiting list for those who are ready since appointments are hard to book. 

The process is set up to run smoothly for the Embassy and not for the petionener. It's something everyone of us have or is dealing with. I suggest keeping calm and follow the suggestions that others have posted here. They are your best option right now. You have it easy as I can tell you horror stories from times past that others had to deal with and given a choice those folks would rather be in your shoes. 😉


Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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