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Was wondering if anyone approved right after an IR1/CR1 Visa interview at Montreal went straight into status "Issued" but underwent Administrative Processing in the CEAC tracker description?  Looks like there was some old threads in relation to this but thought I might see if anyone else experienced this more recently. From what I understand, it gets changed to "Issued" - Printed before it's sent off via Canada Post. Exact wording is as such in the first paragraph: Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. As the officer told you in the interview, if further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved when administrative processing is finished, you will receive notification to collect the passport with the visa from the Loomis branch you selected when you booked your appointment.

 

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1 hour ago, skyzee said:

Was wondering if anyone approved right after an IR1/CR1 Visa interview at Montreal went straight into status "Issued" but underwent Administrative Processing in the CEAC tracker description?  Looks like there was some old threads in relation to this but thought I might see if anyone else experienced this more recently. From what I understand, it gets changed to "Issued" - Printed before it's sent off via Canada Post. Exact wording is as such in the first paragraph: Your visa case is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. This processing can take several weeks. As the officer told you in the interview, if further information is needed, you will be contacted. If your visa application is approved when administrative processing is finished, you will receive notification to collect the passport with the visa from the Loomis branch you selected when you booked your appointment.

 

Thanks in advance.

I would not consider a visa as "approved" until it is printed (issued)....

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19 minutes ago, missileman said:

I would not consider a visa as "approved" until it is printed (issued)....

Well, forgive me if I sound sarcastic, but after waiting 17 months, being told "congratulations, you're approved" by the interviewing officer and being handed a "welcome to the United States of America" letter at the US Embassy shouldn't be taken as being approved, then there's really no words to express precisely how infuriating that is. 

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14 minutes ago, skyzee said:

Well, forgive me if I sound sarcastic, but after waiting 17 months, being told "congratulations, you're approved" by the interviewing officer and being handed a "welcome to the United States of America" letter at the US Embassy shouldn't be taken as being approved, then there's really no words to express precisely how infuriating that is. 

In over 99 out of 100 cases, that means the visa will be issued.

Sometimes it still results in a refusal because they discover an issue during final checks.


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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

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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

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1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

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1/10/18: EAD + AP received

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I-129F

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K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

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

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59 minutes ago, skyzee said:

Well, forgive me if I sound sarcastic, but after waiting 17 months, being told "congratulations, you're approved" by the interviewing officer and being handed a "welcome to the United States of America" letter at the US Embassy shouldn't be taken as being approved, then there's really no words to express precisely how infuriating that is. 

I'm just saying that, in this process, anything can happen.......but I'm sure you will see "issued" soon.


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Hallelujah, after 2 1/2 days, the status changed on CEAC. Hope I get my tracking number soon. 

 

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I would say thats normal while they physically print the visa.  When it says issued, I've yet to see that change to anything else.  

 

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On 11/30/2018 at 9:48 AM, skyzee said:

Hallelujah, after 2 1/2 days, the status changed on CEAC. Hope I get my tracking number soon. 

 

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Hi Skyzee,

 

Thanks for asking that Q.  The thread helped me prepare mentally for what to expect on CEAC after my interview, and so I didn’t think too much when my status was Issued but also said was undergoing AP. 

 

A follow up Q– After your status changed to final processing, how long did it take you to finally get a tracking number?  My CEAC status changed to final processing yesterday, but still haven’t gotten a tracking number.  

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17 hours ago, MC1 said:

Hi Skyzee,

 

Thanks for asking that Q.  The thread helped me prepare mentally for what to expect on CEAC after my interview, and so I didn’t think too much when my status was Issued but also said was undergoing AP. 

 

A follow up Q– After your status changed to final processing, how long did it take you to finally get a tracking number?  My CEAC status changed to final processing yesterday, but still haven’t gotten a tracking number.  

Hi MC1, it took 3 business days for me to get my tracking number (they add tracker to ceac and send the applicant, not sponsor, an email at same time), but I know majority got it within 2 business days. 

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1 hour ago, skyzee said:

Hi MC1, it took 3 business days for me to get my tracking number (they add tracker to ceac and send the applicant, not sponsor, an email at same time), but I know majority got it within 2 business days. 

Thanks, skyzee.  Tomorrow will be three days for me.  Hopefully tomorrow then!  If it takes 7 business day from now to get a tracking number and for the passport to move through the mail system, I’m looking at getting my passport Jan 7.  That’s almost a month from my interview date of Dec 13th.  :(  please make this process finally stop.  The unpredictability is hard.  

 

So CEAC looks different again after a tracking number is added, huh?  It says issued, and also has a tracker on it for the package? 

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3 hours ago, MC1 said:

Thanks, skyzee.  Tomorrow will be three days for me.  Hopefully tomorrow then!  If it takes 7 business day from now to get a tracking number and for the passport to move through the mail system, I’m looking at getting my passport Jan 7.  That’s almost a month from my interview date of Dec 13th.  :(  please make this process finally stop.  The unpredictability is hard.  

 

So CEAC looks different again after a tracking number is added, huh?  It says issued, and also has a tracker on it for the package? 

Nope, CEAC continues to say appointment. It's just that under status, you'll notice the tracking number which is also a hyperlink to Canada post tracking website. If they happen to ship it tomorrow, I suspect you'll get it within 2-3 business days which is the norm given they ship via xpresspost. I'm sorry, it is an awful, awful wait for the unknown and frankly I'm just glad the bleeding has stopped. Yours will too, keep your chin up even if it's rough. 

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3 hours ago, MC1 said:

Thanks, skyzee.  Tomorrow will be three days for me.  Hopefully tomorrow then!  If it takes 7 business day from now to get a tracking number and for the passport to move through the mail system, I’m looking at getting my passport Jan 7.  That’s almost a month from my interview date of Dec 13th.  :(  please make this process finally stop.  The unpredictability is hard.  

 

So CEAC looks different again after a tracking number is added, huh?  It says issued, and also has a tracker on it for the package? 

Here's a screenie. But, you'll likely see the e-mail before you see the status updated since it happens almost simultaneously, and I ought to know with it having been a very sleepless week waiting and refreshing AIS non stop. It also seems to happen in the morning when they activate Canada Post tracker numbers and send you the e-mail (I got my e-mail around 8 AM PST and others reportedly say the same). The tracker also doesn't start working until around 3 PM EST when Canada Post comes to pick it up. If you felt sane before, nothing like going through immigration to make you feel the opposite in a short hurry.

 

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7 minutes ago, skyzee said:

Here's a screenie. But, you'll likely see the e-mail before you see the status updated since it happens almost simultaneously, and I ought to know with it having been a very sleepless week waiting and refreshing AIS non stop. It also seems to happen in the morning when they activate Canada Post tracker numbers and send you the e-mail (I got my e-mail around 8 AM PST and others reportedly say the same). The tracker also doesn't start working until around 3 PM EST when Canada Post comes to pick it up. If you felt sane before, nothing like going through immigration to make you feel the opposite in a short hurry.

 

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Thanks for the encouragement.  I definitely have had my share of freak out moments (read: identify with sleepless nights gathering info on one site or another trying to feel less powerless).  Declaring intent to move and shifting to that mindset (ie.  Put eggs in one basket), then having that move be so dependent on someone else’s approval where there’s so little one can do besides wait, can’t be good for one’s psyche.  Nice to know through the forum that someone else understands.  

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3 hours ago, MC1 said:

Thanks for the encouragement.  I definitely have had my share of freak out moments (read: identify with sleepless nights gathering info on one site or another trying to feel less powerless).  Declaring intent to move and shifting to that mindset (ie.  Put eggs in one basket), then having that move be so dependent on someone else’s approval where there’s so little one can do besides wait, can’t be good for one’s psyche.  Nice to know through the forum that someone else understands.  

Powerless is a word that describes it perfectly and is all this process makes you feel unfortunately. Some seem to take it better in stride than others, and I happened to be in the camp of not taking it well. I hear what you're saying and feeling loud and clear and don't blame you remotely for wanting to know all the details especially when they give you little to no visibility. I hope you get your tracker this morning which would make for an amazing Christmas present! 

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