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I assume it doesn't go anywhere. The embassy/consulate holds it until all investigations are done and admin processing is complete.  


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23 minutes ago, missileman said:

I assume it doesn't go anywhere. The embassy/consulate holds it until all investigations are done and admin processing is complete.  

Yeah I guess I mean who are the ones doing the processing? The consular officers are just waiting for responses on Security Advisory Opinions I think, and I just want to know who does those. 

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3 hours ago, Klewis27 said:

Where does your case actually go when it’s put into Administrative Processing? Who’s desk is it on? 

USCIS? 

NVC?

Department of Homeland Security? 

 

Anybody actually know? 

Your timeline states you are at the interview stage so if you are in AP at that stage then your file is with the CO who did the interview. They will finish the processing of the visa and then turn it over for visa insertion in the passport. Here are the stages that your case will go through at the conclusion of your interview.

 

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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1 minute ago, Greenbaum said:

At what stage are you that you are in AP? Are you at USCIS, NVC or your Embassy?

Well, he already had his fiancé visa interview at the embassy. That was 3 months ago. Now they just say it’s in Administrative Processing. Which, as far as I know, is something that happens back in the states. Some government organization vets the fiancé through Security Advisory Opinions (SAO). I just don’t know which government organization is doing it. 

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Just now, Klewis27 said:

Well, he already had his fiancé visa interview at the embassy. That was 3 months ago. Now they just say it’s in Administrative Processing. Which, as far as I know, is something that happens back in the states. Some government organization vets the fiancé through Security Advisory Opinions (SAO). I just don’t know which government organization is doing it. 

I corrected my post after viewing your timeline. Please refer to the corrected post.


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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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10 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

Your timeline states you are at the interview stage so if you are in AP at that stage then your file is with the CO who did the interview. They will finish the processing of the visa and then turn it over for visa insertion in the passport. Here are the stages that your case will go through at the conclusion of your interview.

 

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".

While the CO has the case in the “several months or more” (as was stated on his yellow card they gave him) that it take to complete AP, don’t they make inquiries from other US government organizations about the fiancé? Or they do all the checking and vetting and processing themselves? 

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6 minutes ago, Klewis27 said:

While the CO has the case in the “several months or more” (as was stated on his yellow card they gave him) that it take to complete AP, don’t they make inquiries from other US government organizations about the fiancé? Or they do all the checking and vetting and processing themselves? 

We have seen Embassy require additional vetting or clarification with USCIS. We have seen Embassy's slow in processing visa's, We have seen some take upwards of 6 months plus. Here is something I have from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/frequently-asked-questions.html

 

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant's interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. Learn more.

 

Have you tried to make contact with the Embassy?


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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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23 minutes ago, Greenbaum said:

We have seen Embassy require additional vetting or clarification with USCIS. We have seen Embassy's slow in processing visa's, We have seen some take upwards of 6 months plus. Here is something I have from https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/frequently-asked-questions.html

 

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant's interview by a consular officer. Applicants are advised of this requirement when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. Learn more.

 

Have you tried to make contact with the Embassy?

Yes we’ve tried contacting them multiple times. They always just say it’s in AP and they don’t have any additional information to give us. 

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3 minutes ago, Klewis27 said:

Yes we’ve tried contacting them multiple times. They always just say it’s in AP and they don’t have any additional information to give us. 

I don't know much more to do then be the squeaky wheel and hope they get tired of hearing from you and approve and send it on your way. Maybe someone else will chime in with some insight. Good luck.


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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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1 hour ago, Klewis27 said:

While the CO has the case in the “several months or more” (as was stated on his yellow card they gave him) that it take to complete AP, don’t they make inquiries from other US government organizations about the fiancé? Or they do all the checking and vetting and processing themselves? 

The CO gathers whatever he/she needs from wherever, and the CO makes the final decision and takes the FINAL action on the case..... 


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First career- 20 year Retired E-8, USAF Missileer,

Second career-Retired Registered Nurse, experience in Labor& Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent & Adult Psych

Third career-Retired IT Developer & Database Administrator for surgical services dept.

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
 

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the FBI.

 

Please note there is no way to contact the FBI and inquire about AP. The FBI processes all kinds of checks besides immigration and many of the files they use are not digital- believe it or not they still have tons of paperwork in boxes that are stored and shipped back and forth as agents need them. During the immigration background check they check the beneficiaries name against not only the (and Im sure Im using the wrong terms but Im posting from memory here!) but they check any case in which they are the main defendant or focus as well as any case where their name is even mentioned in it- such as witness, accomplice, known associate, family etc. If they have a common name this can take time for them to check a large amount of records that probably have nothing to do with them but the check requires them to do this. They check the correct spelling of the name, variations of name and phonetic name.

When the files are in boxes (which is common in areas that do not freely share data with the US) the one box is constantly shipped from one agent to another. Frequently there is a wait list for boxes since only one person can have it at a time and multiple people need the same box. Its pretty ridiculous that in 2018 this is how our FBI operates but thats how it is..

I believe there is info on the FBI website about the process but as I said there is no way for you to contact them about the background check. You just have to wait. If you end up waiting an extremely long time you can reach out to a congressperson who can inquire with USCIS- not the FBI- about whats going on kind of like when you submit a service request, just to get their attention if it fell through the cracks. 

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