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Just another query for Aussie CR1 applicants.  My documents uploaded on the CEAC page are done and I received notification via email that my Documents are good to go, and that NVC will be working with the Sydney Embassy to schedule my Visa Interview.  In your experience how long did it take for NVC to get in touch with you with your interview schedule after they advised you that they will be working with the Sydney Embassy to schedule your interview?  Most recent experience please...like the last two months if possible.

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~~Moved to IR1/CR1 P&P, from K1 Progress Reports.~~


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Met Playing Everquest in 2005
Engaged 9-15-2006
K-1 & 4 K-2'S
Filed 05-09-07
Interview 03-12-08
Visa received 04-21-08
Entry 05-06-08
Married 06-21-08
AOS X5
Filed 07-08-08
Cards Received01-22-09
Roc X5
Filed 10-17-10
Cards Received02-22-11
Citizenship
Filed 10-17-11
Interview 01-12-12
Oath 06-29-12

Citizenship for older 2 boys

Filed 03/08/2014

NOA/fee waiver 03/19/2014

Biometrics 04/15/14

Interview 05/29/14

In line for Oath 06/20/14

Oath 09/19/2014 We are all done! All USC no more USCIS

 

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Here are my recent times:

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC 

10/16/18 - Advised interview date over the phone (+27 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+28 days)

11/20/18 - Appointment  (+33 days)

 

I believe they send out all the letters at the same time, so the people who interviewed in October found out like a day before my case was complete. So I think my wait time is close to the maximum you can get - they usually send out letter interviews for the next month mid month so hopefully you should hear soon about your December interview date.

 


12/26/17 - NOA1

06/27/18 - NOA2 (+183 days)

07/11/18 - Case sent to NVC (+14 days)

07/18/18 - NVC Received (+7 days)

08/10/18 - NVC Case Number (+23 days)

09/06/18 - All Docs Submitted (+27 days)

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC (+13 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+29 days)

11/20/18 - Interview Date (+33 days) - APPROVED!

11/26/18 - Visa Received 

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Australia and New Zealand regional forum; OP is asking for Australia 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

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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14 hours ago, NatalieC136 said:

My case was completed at NVC october 3rd and I found outabout my interview on the 15th of october. My interview is scheduled for November 20. Hope this helps 😊

Thanks NatalieC136!  Did you find out via email?  Also, what if the dates are not suitable? What to do? 

 

Thanks again :)

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13 hours ago, redvines said:

Here are my recent times:

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC 

10/16/18 - Advised interview date over the phone (+27 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+28 days)

11/20/18 - Appointment  (+33 days)

 

I believe they send out all the letters at the same time, so the people who interviewed in October found out like a day before my case was complete. So I think my wait time is close to the maximum you can get - they usually send out letter interviews for the next month mid month so hopefully you should hear soon about your December interview date.

 

Hi Redvines...Does the CEAC page actually say Case Complete or does it say something about your your documents being qualified?  I am hoping for a November interview only because at the end of December I am off to Japan for a week.  If and when I do get my immigrant visa, it might be cutting it close to my trip.  And my passport might not get to me on time.  I wonder if there's anything I can do to secure a November  interview.  Or even an early December one.  Although from what I can see, they schedule CR1 on the third week of each month....

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The message back in September we got from NVC said documentarily qualified and that case status tracker changes too.

 

Fingers crossed for you - this last part has really dragged and caused us quite a bit of stress. 


12/26/17 - NOA1

06/27/18 - NOA2 (+183 days)

07/11/18 - Case sent to NVC (+14 days)

07/18/18 - NVC Received (+7 days)

08/10/18 - NVC Case Number (+23 days)

09/06/18 - All Docs Submitted (+27 days)

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC (+13 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+29 days)

11/20/18 - Interview Date (+33 days) - APPROVED!

11/26/18 - Visa Received 

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Just now, redvines said:

The message back in September we got from NVC said documentarily qualified and that case status tracker changes too.

 

Fingers crossed for you - this last part has really dragged and caused us quite a bit of stress. 

Thanks!  I might send them an email and see if I can secure an interview on the same date as yours.  Otherwise, I pray to God that they send back my passport soon straight after my interview. Hoping no glitches too!

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13 hours ago, redvines said:

Here are my recent times:

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC 

10/16/18 - Advised interview date over the phone (+27 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+28 days)

11/20/18 - Appointment  (+33 days)

 

I believe they send out all the letters at the same time, so the people who interviewed in October found out like a day before my case was complete. So I think my wait time is close to the maximum you can get - they usually send out letter interviews for the next month mid month so hopefully you should hear soon about your December interview date.

 

Oh did you get a physical letter from them and not an email regarding your interview?

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The message back in September we got from NVC said documentarily qualified and that case status tracker changes too.

 

Fingers crossed for you - this last part has really dragged and caused us quite a bit of stress. 


12/26/17 - NOA1

06/27/18 - NOA2 (+183 days)

07/11/18 - Case sent to NVC (+14 days)

07/18/18 - NVC Received (+7 days)

08/10/18 - NVC Case Number (+23 days)

09/06/18 - All Docs Submitted (+27 days)

09/19/18 - Case Complete at NVC (+13 days)

10/18/18 -  Interview appointment letter received (+29 days)

11/20/18 - Interview Date (+33 days) - APPROVED!

11/26/18 - Visa Received 

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6 hours ago, Gj & Cathy said:

Thanks NatalieC136!  Did you find out via email?  Also, what if the dates are not suitable? What to do? 

 

Thanks again :)

I called and confirmed I had a case complete because on CEAC it had document qualified. Prior to calling I received 2 emails saying the NVC have updated my case on CEAC and to login and check. Once I did that I called, confirmed I had Case complete and then waited for an interview date. They gave me the interview  date over the phone and said I would get another email. I received the email from the Sydney Consulate confirming the interview date and time a few days later. the day after that I received the NVC email saying they are working with Sydney.

I had no issues with my interview date but I would say if you needed to reschedule you would have to contact the Sydney Consulate and work with them. They would most likely give you a later date though, not an earlier one.

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3 minutes ago, NatalieC136 said:

I called and confirmed I had a case complete because on CEAC it had document qualified. Prior to calling I received 2 emails saying the NVC have updated my case on CEAC and to login and check. Once I did that I called, confirmed I had Case complete and then waited for an interview date. They gave me the interview  date over the phone and said I would get another email. I received the email from the Sydney Consulate confirming the interview date and time a few days later. the day after that I received the NVC email saying they are working with Sydney.

I had no issues with my interview date but I would say if you needed to reschedule you would have to contact the Sydney Consulate and work with them. They would most likely give you a later date though, not an earlier one.

Thanks Natalie!!! Did you call NVC or the Sydney Embassy?  I was hoping to get the Nov 20 schedule too.  I think they schedule CR1 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  In any case if I get scheduled on Dec 18, I may not get my passport back to me for my trip to Japan on Dec 28, as it takes them 7-10 days to send back our passport...considering the public holidays in between too...

Would you mind pointing me to the right direction please?  I am losing sleep because of this...hahahaha...True but :(

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8 minutes ago, Gj & Cathy said:

Thanks Natalie!!! Did you call NVC or the Sydney Embassy?  I was hoping to get the Nov 20 schedule too.  I think they schedule CR1 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  In any case if I get scheduled on Dec 18, I may not get my passport back to me for my trip to Japan on Dec 28, as it takes them 7-10 days to send back our passport...considering the public holidays in between too...

Would you mind pointing me to the right direction please?  I am losing sleep because of this...hahahaha...True but :(

It is quite stressful I understand. I called NVC. If you call the Sydney Embassy, all I got was an automated voice message, I think because I was trying to call before 9am. You can also email them, I got a same day response: support-australia@ustraveldocs.com

I believe the NVC is finished with scheduling for November, so most likely you are on track for December. Given your issue with needing your passport back, you could risk it (you're actually required to provide a 500g A4 express post envelope that they mail your passport back to you in) most people get it back in around 7 days. However I wouldn't want to risk that if I were you. Slots at the Embassy only open up if someone else cancels though. So its either postpone the interview or risk not getting your passport back before your holiday 😓

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1 minute ago, NatalieC136 said:

It is quite stressful I understand. I called NVC. If you call the Sydney Embassy, all I got was an automated voice message, I think because I was trying to call before 9am. You can also email them, I got a same day response: support-australia@ustraveldocs.com

I believe the NVC is finished with scheduling for November, so most likely you are on track for December. Given your issue with needing your passport back, you could risk it (you're actually required to provide a 500g A4 express post envelope that they mail your passport back to you in) most people get it back in around 7 days. However I wouldn't want to risk that if I were you. Slots at the Embassy only open up if someone else cancels though. So its either postpone the interview or risk not getting your passport back before your holiday 😓

I know, right!  I am hoping I'll get scheduled for a date earlier than Dec 18.  I will call NVC first thing tomorrow for sure!  I didn't realise we still need to provide an Express Post Bag.  I was told TOLL does it now, and the it's included in our IV fee we paid on the CEAC page.  Was that on your checklist?  Anyways, ggod luck on Nov 20.  I'm sure you won't have any trouble at all.  Thanks again Natalie for helping me out....Geeezzz so stressful!

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