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Hey there, 

 

I've been looking for help on this topic around the internet and it doesn't really look like there are any good answers. My fiancee and I applied for a K-1 visa way back in January and got the NOA1 on January 31st. Since then we've gone through USCIS, NVC, and the interview was on October 24th. We got a pink letter that said "Welcome to the United States" from the embassy with instructions to pick up the visa in two weeks, but on October 31st our NVC case status was switched to Administrative Processing. I am just wondering if this is normal for people? We met in school in our twenties in Canada (she's Canadian) and have been dating for 6 years. We lived together in Canada, and she spent four months with me in the States visiting this year. 

 

We have a really solid case, so I honestly can't imagine what they would be taking a second look at. Neither of us have any criminal records whatsoever and I have a great job with plenty of proof I can support us. It's very frustrating trying to do everything right then kind of being relegated to a status that you don't know what it means. Is our visa going to come in the mail soon or are we now waiting in that weeks to months window that the internet is telling me that Administrative Processing takes? Just wondering if anyone else has a similar experience and it all ended up working out, or if this status is a really bad sign. Hoping for the best. 

 

Thanks for any help.

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5 minutes ago, kingjeff407 said:

Hey there, 

 

I've been looking for help on this topic around the internet and it doesn't really look like there are any good answers. My fiancee and I applied for a K-1 visa way back in January and got the NOA1 on January 31st. Since then we've gone through USCIS, NVC, and the interview was on October 24th. We got a pink letter that said "Welcome to the United States" from the embassy with instructions to pick up the visa in two weeks, but on October 31st our NVC case status was switched to Administrative Processing. I am just wondering if this is normal for people? We met in school in our twenties in Canada (she's Canadian) and have been dating for 6 years. We lived together in Canada, and she spent four months with me in the States visiting this year. 

 

We have a really solid case, so I honestly can't imagine what they would be taking a second look at. Neither of us have any criminal records whatsoever and I have a great job with plenty of proof I can support us. It's very frustrating trying to do everything right then kind of being relegated to a status that you don't know what it means. Is our visa going to come in the mail soon or are we now waiting in that weeks to months window that the internet is telling me that Administrative Processing takes? Just wondering if anyone else has a similar experience and it all ended up working out, or if this status is a really bad sign. Hoping for the best. 

 

Thanks for any help.

Every one goes into administrative processing 


YMMV

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They already made up their mind. No they aren't going back and investigating again. It takes a long time because they do not have enough people. It was switched to processing is a good thing.


Oct. 2009 - Met on Facebook(I found her through a friend)

July 2010 - Married

Oct. 2010 - Filed I-130 with USCIS

Nov. 2010 - Official permission to reside in Indonesia (KITAS)

Jan. 2011 - Medical Exam and Vaccinations completed

Jan. 2011 - Cancelled I-130

Jan. 2011 - Filed DCF (Direct Consular Filing)

Jan. 2011 - I-130 Approved

Jan. 2011 - Rec. (packet 3)instructions

Jan. 2011 - Gathering Documents

Feb. 2011 - Emailed Embassy

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When the Embassy is ready to issue a visa, it will change to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application"; at that time, you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa. It will go from "Immigrant Visa Application" to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application" status and then your visa changes to "Ready" ==> "Administrative Processing" ==>> "Issued" status as well. These steps sometimes transpire over a day or even a few days. Some smaller Embassy's it happens within hours.
 
Sometimes, it might skip "Administrative Processing" and go from "Ready" to "Issued".
 


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

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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

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I appreciate all the responses from everyone. There seems to be consensus that there is nothing to worry about. However, If my admin processing status doesn't change for more than 5 days should I try and contact someone to discern what the issue is? We are on day four of admin processing and were previously expecting to receive the visa in the mail very shortly. 

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14 minutes ago, kingjeff407 said:

I appreciate all the responses from everyone. There seems to be consensus that there is nothing to worry about. However, If my admin processing status doesn't change for more than 5 days should I try and contact someone to discern what the issue is? We are on day four of admin processing and were previously expecting to receive the visa in the mail very shortly. 

Normal processing for the visa after the interview can be 2-3 weeks or less. Your mileage may vary. Be patient. It's coming.  From my instructions did your case status change to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application"; if so then you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa.


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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11 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

Normal processing for the visa after the interview can be 2-3 weeks or less. Your mileage may vary. Be patient. It's coming.  From my instructions did your case status change to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application"; if so then you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa.

Unfortunately nothing yet. Still just seeing this note in the Immigrant Visa section:

 

  "Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks, or longer. As explained on the day of your interview, if further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved when administrative processing is finished, you will receive notification to collect the passport with the visa from the Loomis branch you selected when you booked your appointment. 

For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Montreal."
 
 
It's definitely that "several weeks or longer" section that gets me nervous. I think like many people on this site I am eager to get past this phase of keeping our lives on hold.
 
Again, I appreciate the assistance. 
 

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13 minutes ago, kingjeff407 said:

Unfortunately nothing yet. Still just seeing this note in the Immigrant Visa section:

 

  "Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks, or longer. As explained on the day of your interview, if further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved when administrative processing is finished, you will receive notification to collect the passport with the visa from the Loomis branch you selected when you booked your appointment. 

For more information, please visit U.S. Consulate General Montreal."
 
 
It's definitely that "several weeks or longer" section that gets me nervous. I think like many people on this site I am eager to get past this phase of keeping our lives on hold.
 
Again, I appreciate the assistance. 
 

Canada is notorious for being slow. Need to give a little more time.


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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