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NOA2: October 13, 2018

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We're still waiting for our case to get into the NVC. My question for those who just finished the embassy phase, especially those beneficiary from the Philippines, do I really need to wait for the letter from the NVC before I can do or process anything?

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No, but you do need the NVC case number for at least the medical. You can obtain this pre-letter by calling NVC (after NOA2).

 

Once you have NOA2, you can do everything else for Manila (DS-160, medical, schedule the interview, etc.). You will need a CENOMAR, NBI clearance, and birth certificate as well.

Don't schedule the interview too soon...it's possible Manila won't actually have the case from NVC yet. Give yourself like a month out for the interview if you schedule it while it's still at NVC.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: 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:

No, but you do need the NVC case number for at least the medical. You can obtain this pre-letter by calling NVC (after NOA2).

 

Once you have NOA2, you can do everything else for Manila (DS-160, medical, schedule the interview, etc.). You will need a CENOMAR, NBI clearance, and birth certificate as well.

Don't schedule the interview too soon...it's possible Manila won't actually have the case from NVC yet. Give yourself like a month out for the interview if you schedule it while it's still at NVC.

That's really good to know! Thank you! I got all those documents already. We will check if the NVC already got our case.

 

So if the NVC receives it, do they email or text my fiancé? Or even update the status on my USCIS account? 

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Just now, AnjRngvlla said:

That's really good to know! Thank you! I got all those documents already. We will check if the NVC already got our case.

 

So if the NVC receives it, do they email or text my fiancé? Or even update the status on my USCIS account? 

Just make sure nothing is about to expire if you got them already.

 

NVC won't alert anybody, other than the physical letter they (eventually) send out to the petitioner.

When Manila gets the case from NVC, they will send an email with information, including a link to packet 4 (interview instructions).

After I-129F approval, USCIS is out of the picture so there won't be any updates from them to expect (only if the petition is sent back by NVC or something due to a mistake). You can check the CEAC status for NVC and the embassy side of things.


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

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: 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:

Just make sure nothing is about to expire if you got them already.

 

NVC won't alert anybody, other than the physical letter they (eventually) send out to the petitioner.

When Manila gets the case from NVC, they will send an email with information, including a link to packet 4 (interview instructions).

After I-129F approval, USCIS is out of the picture so there won't be any updates from them to expect (only if the petition is sent back by NVC or something due to a mistake). You can check the CEAC status for NVC and the embassy side of things.

Thank you so much for your help! It's really hard to make a step when you don't know what's next. Now, I will start on this. Thanks again! 😊

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