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F1 visa administrative processing for 5 months

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I have a fully funded PhD offer in engineering from US. I appeared for the interview on 6th June 2018 at Islamabad Embassy. I was placed in administrative processing and the officer requested two documents (my CV and adviser's CV). I uploaded both to the link given in the form in pdf format on the same day. The next day they emailed me saying that the files can not be opened and that I should send the stuff via courier, which I did the same day.
The problem is that I never received confirmation from neither the courier company nor the embassy. I called the courier and they said that all documents are sent to the embassy the next day, but that they can't confirm that my individual package reached the embassy or not. I emailed the embassy many times, simply asking if anything was pending from my side (Once before 60 days, frequently after 60 days). All I get in return is that "Your visa application is undergoing routine but required administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can be neither waived nor expedited".

Does that mean they have the required documents? Would they inform me if anything is missing from my side?
 


 

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You may contact them again and get the confirmation of the documents' receipt if you're worried. That's the only way to know for sure. It may be difficult to get the confirmation but it sounds like everything is normal though. If the documents had never been received you'd probably get a denial by now. The AP is common in certain countries and can last from a few weeks to 6 months, sometimes longer. 

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03/04/2016 AOS (EB2-NIW concurrent with I-485) mailed to Lewisville TX Lockbox
03/07/2016 AOS delivered to USCIS and signed
03/12/2016 Case received by Nebraska Service Center (NSC)
03/14/2016 Text notification received for I-140/I-485/I-765/I-131.
04/08/2016 Biometrics notice received for 04/21
04/13/2016 Biometrics early walk-in completed.
04/15/2016 EAD/AP combo card received in mail.

 

Long wait begins...

 

11/04/2016 I-140/485 cases transferred from Nebraska to TCS
12/01/2016 Prepared package for EAD/AP renewal (expires 04/09/2017)
12/23/2016 USCIS suddenly changes several forms, invalidating my EAD/AP renewal package (not yet sent)
12/27/2016 USCIS suddenly reforms the entire NIW criteria system, replacing a 20 years old one. Uncharted waters. 
01/07/2017 (Saturday!) EAD/AP renewal package with new forms received in Phoenix "reception desk"
01/17/2017 EAD/AP renewal case accepted; text/email with receipt numbers was received
01/30/2017 Law firm finally confirms that USCIS has suspended processing all EB2-NIW cases due to new criteria. 
02/23/2017 USCIS slowly starts adjudicating NIW cases again.
04/21/2017 Extended EAD/AP received in mail. Valid for 2 years. 
05/06/2017 Received a massive RFE on I-140 NIW case.
07/20/2017 RFE response received by USCIS (a very long response with 30 pages of docs)
09/14/2017 I-140 NIW approved!!! 
11/28/2017 RFE for new medical issued (plus another request re Supp J for employment which is clearly issued in error)
12/04/2017 RFE received in mail
12/07/2017 repeated medical exam for I-485
12/08/2017 Attorney receives documents for responding to I-485 RFE
12/21/2017 Response to RFE received by USCIS 
02/09/2018 I-485 approval (text, email) :)
02/08/2018 I-485 approval notice issued (the "welcome letter") - I'm LPR now
02/16/2018 Green card received

 

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