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Requesting K-1 interview in person at Lagos embassy

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Hello everyone,

 

This question is specifically for people with experience scheduling K-1 interviews in Lagos. Somewhere someone suggested going to the Lagos embassy in person to request scheduling an interview. We would love to hear specifics for those of you who have attempted this or can speak to it. Is this a good idea? When is the best time to go during the day? Other than proving that we have all the documents required what should we be aware of or consider?

 

We have completed all of the steps required for the interview, including police reports and physicals for my fiance and his children. Our deadline is December 26, 2018  and despite daily checking of the website as many times as we are allowed for the past 6 weeks there has never been an interview available.

 

We inquired with our senator and I recently spoke to a very friendly lady at the embassy who at the end was not able to help me schedule our interview and suggested I keep checking the website.

 

Thank you everyone for giving us hope in this process  and realizing we are all on this journey together.

Dennis and Erica

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I'd be interested to know if this is possible as well. That said, I would presume not....how would you even get in the embassy without a scheduled appointment?


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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

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K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

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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

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7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

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Moved from K1 Process & Procedures to US Embassy and Consulate Discussion.


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
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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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On 11/17/2018 at 2:44 PM, ayobammy said:

Hello, 

 you need to schedule appointment online but when filling the form you should go under immigrant category and you should be fine. All the best. 

Thank you for your response and positive wishes!  When filling out the online website I did go into the immigrant category to proceed because I did not see the K-1 visa in the non-immigrant category. I went back and checked after your suggestion hoping there was maybe something I missed and this would help us but it seems to be how it should be!?  It all works fine except when I get to the scheduling appointment page there have not been any appointments available.

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No it's not possible they won't even  talk to you. Scheduling an interview you just have to keep on looking. You might have to consider to schedule further out. But I know many have said they just keep checking. Cancellations happen every day so you just have to keep trying.

 

But why would you get physicals before you even have an interview. The clock starts ticking for the 6 months validity of the Visa to exit the country you are making it a very small window jumping the gun so soon.

 

Just keep checking the schedule is all you can do I mean like you and your finance both have 24 hour watch on the schedule.


Case Complete to Interview spreadsheet

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Please Please put your VJ member name only. Not nicknames or real names whatever your VJ name is. It's below your profile picture!!

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Come join the current Interview thread: 

 

Case-Complete-to-Interview-January-2019/

Case Complete to Interview Form
Case Complete to Interview Spreadsheet
NVC Filers Wiki Process

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, dwheels76 said:

No it's not possible they won't even  talk to you. Scheduling an interview you just have to keep on looking. You might have to consider to schedule further out. But I know many have said they just keep checking. Cancellations happen every day so you just have to keep trying.

 

But why would you get physicals before you even have an interview. The clock starts ticking for the 6 months validity of the Visa to exit the country you are making it a very small window jumping the gun so soon.

 

Just keep checking the schedule is all you can do I mean like you and your finance both have 24 hour watch on the schedule.

I appreciate your reply. We decided to finish all the physicals because we were realistically expecting to be able to get an interview before our Dec 26th deadline and just can't give up hope on that. Not sure where you are in your process but we log in and only get 5 tries before being done for the day. We tried originally logging in with multiple devices to see if we could get more chances. We have yet to see a single interview available so would jump at just about anything. Any suggestions on best time of day to increase our luck (Nigeria time)?

Thanks again :)

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On 11/19/2018 at 11:01 PM, Denica said:

I appreciate your reply. We decided to finish all the physicals because we were realistically expecting to be able to get an interview before our Dec 26th deadline and just can't give up hope on that. Not sure where you are in your process but we log in and only get 5 tries before being done for the day. We tried originally logging in with multiple devices to see if we could get more chances. We have yet to see a single interview available so would jump at just about anything. Any suggestions on best time of day to increase our luck (Nigeria time)?

Thanks again :)

There's no deadline. Don't worry about the expiry date the embassy extends that. Just get that interview date as soon as possible. 
But you should have waited for medicals now you have started the 6 month clock to leave Nigeria.

 

You have to keep trying. Sorry.


Case Complete to Interview spreadsheet

From now on your VJ Member name will be verified. If the name you put on form to be added to spreadsheet comes up not found, you will not be added to the spreadsheet. If you don't have a timeline you will not be added to the spreadsheet.
Please Please put your VJ member name only. Not nicknames or real names whatever your VJ name is. It's below your profile picture!!

:goofy:


Come join the current Interview thread: 

 

Case-Complete-to-Interview-January-2019/

Case Complete to Interview Form
Case Complete to Interview Spreadsheet
NVC Filers Wiki Process

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, dwheels76 said:

There's no deadline. Don't worry about the expiry date the embassy extends that. Just get that interview date as soon as possible. 
But you should have waited for medicals now you have started the 6 month clock to leave Nigeria.

 

You have to keep trying. Sorry.

Hi Dwheels, 

 

Please when do you advice someone goes for his or her medicals? A month before interview date? 3 weeks? 2 weeks? 

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