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Hello,

I feel that there is no 1 thread to share experience and timelines for AP.

It's a frustrating time so it might be helpful to share timelines and experiences to get a feel.

 

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Our case:

Interview (10/9/2018) went very well but was given a white 221g for missing documents - proof of domicile and I864A

Was asked to send my passport with the missing papers.

We provided all missing documents 2 days after and sent the passport as well.

The passport was returned to me few days later.

We have been in AP since.

 

We were planning on being in the US by now but this is not happening now, and it's very frustrating since I am pregnant and wanted to buy a house and get it ready before the baby is born!

 

What has been your experience so far?

 


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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41 minutes ago, waiting4i130 said:

Hello,

I feel that there is no 1 thread to share experience and timelines for AP.

It's a frustrating time so it might be helpful to share timelines and experiences to get a feel.

 

-----------------

Our case:

Interview (10/9/2018) went very well but was given a white 221g for missing documents - proof of domicile and I864A

Was asked to send my passport with the missing papers.

We provided all missing documents 2 days after and sent the passport as well.

The passport was returned to me few days later.

We have been in AP since.

 

We were planning on being in the US by now but this is not happening now, and it's very frustrating since I am pregnant and wanted to buy a house and get it ready before the baby is born!

 

What has been your experience so far?

 

Wait... was your passport returned to you without the visa in it after you sent it back? There might be something bigger going on here


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, K & R said:

Wait... was your passport returned to you without the visa in it after you sent it back? There might be something bigger going on here

Yes, it was returned few days later without the visa.

Online it still says AP.


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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Just now, waiting4i130 said:

Yes, it was returned few days later without the visa.

Online it still says AP.

Was anything else returned with it? Did they keep the other documents you submitted? You might want to give the consulate a call to see what’s going on and make sure it was not returned to you by mistake. I’m surprised they didn’t keep your passport when you went for your interview. Most cases I’ve seen even if they get a 221g their passport is kept until a decision is made. Did you tell them at the interview that you needed to keep your passport? 


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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Yes, they kept the other papers I sent them, they sent the passport only, without anything else.

I did email them, they replied saying the case could take longer than 30 days, which now it has...

I'm really not sure why they returned it, although at this point I'm glad they did because I had to travel for few days.

 

I'm wondering if returning the passport was a sign that it was going to take a long time to get my case out of AP :(


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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1 hour ago, waiting4i130 said:

Hello,

I feel that there is no 1 thread to share experience and timelines for AP.

It's a frustrating time so it might be helpful to share timelines and experiences to get a feel.

 

-----------------

Our case:

Interview (10/9/2018) went very well but was given a white 221g for missing documents - proof of domicile and I864A

Was asked to send my passport with the missing papers.

We provided all missing documents 2 days after and sent the passport as well.

The passport was returned to me few days later.

We have been in AP since.

 

We were planning on being in the US by now but this is not happening now, and it's very frustrating since I am pregnant and wanted to buy a house and get it ready before the baby is born!

 

What has been your experience so far?

 

The reason there is no official thread for AP is because the timelines vary extensively. I have seen a person who was in AP for 2 years and I have also seen a person be in AP for 2 days. There is no way to predict how long someone will be in AP even if everyone shares their experience.

 

Everybody's case is different and there are way too many variables.


“When starting an immigration journey, the best advice is to understand that sacrifices have to be made; whether it is time, money, or separation or a combination of any or all.” - NuestraUnion

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3 minutes ago, NuestraUnion said:

The reason there is no official thread for AP is because the timelines vary extensively. I have seen a person who was in AP for 2 years and I have also seen a person be in AP for 2 days. There is no way to predict how long someone will be in AP even if everyone shares their experience.

 

Everybody's case is different and there are way too many variables.

I understand that but as a person who is in AP for the past month, I know it is a very frustrating feeling. Let alone if that drags for much longer...

Hearing others experiences would be very helpful...

 

 

 


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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25 minutes ago, waiting4i130 said:

Yes, they kept the other papers I sent them, they sent the passport only, without anything else.

I did email them, they replied saying the case could take longer than 30 days, which now it has...

I'm really not sure why they returned it, although at this point I'm glad they did because I had to travel for few days.

 

I'm wondering if returning the passport was a sign that it was going to take a long time to get my case out of AP :(

I would be concerned that they sent the passport back. It’s not a really good sign. You can’t get out of AP or get a visa without them having your passport. Is there any reason your petition would be denied? Does your spouse make the income required? Did you need a family members income to joint sponsor? What did you send as proof of domicile?


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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Just now, K & R said:

I would be concerned that they sent the passport back. It’s not a really good sign. You can’t get out of AP or get a visa without them having your passport. Is there any reason your petition would be denied? Does your spouse make the income required? Did you need a family members income to joint sponsor? What did you send as proof of domicile?

From what I read is that they will ask for my passport to be sent back to the embassy when they are ready to print the visa.

For  income, she asked me to fill in the i-864A as a co-sponsor, my husband has a lot of real estate that met the threshold but not income for that year so she still asked me to fill in the I-864A

And then for proof of domicile we sent many documents including utility bills, taxes, and others but the main thing is that my husband will be moving with me and is starting a job in the US so we sent them a letter from the company.

 


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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6 minutes ago, waiting4i130 said:

I understand that but as a person who is in AP for the past month, I know it is a very frustrating feeling. Let alone if that drags for much longer...

Hearing others experiences would be very helpful...

 

 

 

Yes, I completely understand. If you want to read and share experiences that help you cope with the long wait times there are a few threads that can help.

 

For example, there are threads for people who have applied for IR/CR1 for every month/year of the progress report section of this forum. You can search your specific month/year that you filed and will see others from that same time going through the process.

 

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/134-ir-1-cr-1-spouse-visa-case-filing-and-progress-reports/

 

 

Or if you would like to be more specific, you could interact with people in the regional section, particularly in your case, Middle East and North Africa section.. This area is region/country specific.

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/forum/97-middle-east-and-north-africa/

 

Also, you can look in the Lebanon portal to find all the information relative y=to your country. Including members who have filed and their timelines.

https://www.visajourney.com/portals/index.php?country=Lebanon

 

Stay strong and best of luck to you.


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2 minutes ago, waiting4i130 said:

From what I read is that they will ask for my passport to be sent back to the embassy when they are ready to print the visa.

For  income, she asked me to fill in the i-864A as a co-sponsor, my husband has a lot of real estate that met the threshold but not income for that year so she still asked me to fill in the I-864A

And then for proof of domicile we sent many documents including utility bills, taxes, and others but the main thing is that my husband will be moving with me and is starting a job in the US so we sent them a letter from the company.

 

I have never heard of them asking you to send the possport when they are ready to print the visa. The only thing I’ve heard of is people who might have a valid reason to keep their passport (like they have an international business trip) and they bring proof of that to their interview and then send the passport when they returned from the trip. The fact that they sent it back after you sent it back in is something I haven’t heard of unless it was a denial (but you haven’t received anything to say it’s a denial). You’re doing a CR1/IR1 visa right? Idk if it’s the same for that visa (I did the k-1) but the purpose of the visas is to be with your S.O. even though he will get his GC after he arrives, telling them he has a job in the US now might make it seem like he’s only coming to the us for work. At least that’s how it works with the k-1 so VJ members correct me if I’m wrong. This is just a situation I haven’t heard of before. 


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, K & R said:

I have never heard of them asking you to send the possport when they are ready to print the visa. The only thing I’ve heard of is people who might have a valid reason to keep their passport (like they have an international business trip) and they bring proof of that to their interview and then send the passport when they returned from the trip. The fact that they sent it back after you sent it back in is something I haven’t heard of unless it was a denial (but you haven’t received anything to say it’s a denial). You’re doing a CR1/IR1 visa right? Idk if it’s the same for that visa (I did the k-1) but the purpose of the visas is to be with your S.O. even though he will get his GC after he arrives, telling them he has a job in the US now might make it seem like he’s only coming to the us for work. At least that’s how it works with the k-1 so VJ members correct me if I’m wrong. This is just a situation I haven’t heard of before. 

No my SO is the US citizen - he was living in my home country for the past 1.5 years.

Now he has a job back in the US and will be returning to the US.


Wedding: 21 Jun 2013


Application sent: 11 Oct 2013


NOA1 - receipt date NSC: 29 Oct 2013


Acceptance confirmation email: 31 Oct 2013


NOA1 - Hard copy: Never arrived...


RFE email - 19 May 2014


RFE Hard copy - 3 June 2014


RFE response review - 7 July 2014


I-130 approval (NOA2) - 21 July 2014



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7 minutes ago, waiting4i130 said:

No my SO is the US citizen - he was living in my home country for the past 1.5 years.

Now he has a job back in the US and will be returning to the US.

Oh okay! I guess the best thing you can do is keep calling every couple weeks to see if you can get more info. But as long as you hold onto your passport you will still be in AP


K-1 VISA

I129F Sent: 08/23/2017

NOA 1: 08/25/2017

NOA 2: 02/27/2018

NVC Received: 03/14/2018

NVC Case #: 03/15/2018

NVC Left: 03/24/2018

Embassy Received: 03/28/2018

Medical: 05/08/2018

Interview: 05/15/2018 

Visa issued: 05/18/2018

Visa received: 05/23/2018 

 

AOS

POE: 06/07/2018

SSN applied: 06/12/2018

SSN received: 06/28/2018

AOS Sent: 07/27/2018

Biometrics: 08/23/2018

Interview: 10/30/2018

Approval: 10/30/2018 

NOA2: 11/05/2018

Green card Received: 11/08/2018

 

 

NO MORE USCIS UNTIL ROC!!!!!😁

 

 

 

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Got my interview today. And my passport is returned after interview. Btw, iri1 and ir2. The consul said my husband need to be physically present in the US. Cause since Birth he was here in the PH. and never went to USA. But he is a American citizen. Now we are getting his ticket so we can proof his domicile.

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