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After waiting for almost 60 days. I got a letter from the embassy that my petition is being returned to USCIS through NVC for additional processing. 

 

I was approved in the interview and passport was surrendered and not given a 221g form.

 

Do you have any idea if we can apply a new application now? Or there is something we have to wait?  Time, notice?etc. @Greenbaum @Hank

 

Only rational comments are invited and participants with the same experience.

 

Thank you.

 

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3 minutes ago, Summerleaf said:

After waiting for almost 60 days. I got a letter from the embassy that my petition is being returned to USCIS through NVC for additional processing. 

 

I was approved in the interview and passport was surrendered and not given a 221g form.

 

Do you have any idea if we can apply a new application now? Or there is something we have to wait?  Time, notice?etc. @Greenbaum @Hank

 

Only rational comments are invited and participants with the same experience.

 

Thank you.

 

Have you followed up with the embassy via email or phone?

 

I-129F petitions are only sent back to USCIS when the visa is refused and the petition goes back to USCIS to expire. 

 

Follow up and get your senator involved!

Edited by Unshakable Faith

Our Journey:
04/19/2014- Met online
10/2014- Visited Nigeria and he proposed!!!! 
02/28/2015- Sent I-129F petition
03/05/2015- NOA1
09/2015- Visited Nigeria again!!!
10/28/2015- NOA2 (237 day wait at TSC)
11/13/2015- Sent to NVC
11/27/2015- Arrived at Embassy
06/2016- Third visit to Nigeria!
06/15/2016- Interview, given option to file I-601 waiver.
08/16/2016- Waiver submitted (no lawyer).
11/21/2016- Waiver approved with expedite.
01/2017- Embassy requested interview. 
04/2017- Fourth visit to Nigeria.  K1 officially denied. 
04/25/2017- NOA1 for 2nd K1.
07/27/2017- Case transferred to TSC.
11/17/2017- Case transferred back to CSC.
01/16/2018- NOA2!! (266 day wait)
03/08/2018- Interview (AP)
05/03/2018- VISA APPROVAL!!!
05/14/2018- Visa issued
05/18/2018- Visa picked up
05/25/2018- HE'S HOME!!! 💙💙💙


God has given me a great knowledgebase through research and other members here on VJ.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance to you! 

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1 minute ago, Unshakable Faith said:

Have you followed up with the embassy via email or phone?

 

I-129F petitions are only sent back to USCIS when the visa is refused and the petition goes back to USCIS to expire. 

 

Follow up and get your senator involved!

Yes we called the USCIS and email the embassy the embassy said to call the USCIS NSCS, however the USCIS NSCS confirmed that there is no petition forwarded to them so they are not aware what appropriate action to execute. They are vert accommodating and gave us a returned call to make sure they feedback the accurate answer.

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Why is the petition being returned? Did the embassy say anything?

 

A returned I-129F will sit to expire. If they've already sent it back to NVC, it's effectively dead.

 

What's the background of your case?

  • How long have you known each other? How many visits have you had and for how long? What relationship evidence was sent with the petition (if any)?
  • Any red flags?
  • Were either of you ever married in the past?
  • Any criminal history by the petitioner (including anything expunged, sealed, etc.)? Was it disclosed on the I-129F?
  • Did you have any sort of engagement ceremony?

I'm shooting blind here, but the answers above may point at some common causes of the petition being returned.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

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

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

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

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 minute ago, geowrian said:

Why is the petition being returned? Did the embassy say anything?

 

A returned I-129F will sit to expire. If they've already sent it back to NVC, it's effectively dead.

 

What's the background of your case?

  • How long have you known each other? How many visits have you had and for how long? What relationship evidence was sent with the petition (if any)?
  • Any red flags?
  • Were either of you ever married in the past?
  • Any criminal history by the petitioner (including anything expunged, sealed, etc.)? Was it disclosed on the I-129F?
  • Did you have any sort of engagement ceremony?

I'm shooting blind here, but the answers above may point at some common causes of the petition being returned.

2 petitions from 2 different petitioner with more than 2 years gap of filing. (2015 and end 2017).

 

19 minutes ago, Unshakable Faith said:

Have you followed up with the embassy via email or phone?

 

I-129F petitions are only sent back to USCIS when the visa is refused and the petition goes back to USCIS to expire. 

 

Follow up and get your senator involved!

We contacted the Congressman and Senatore but there is no news from them

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26 minutes ago, Summerleaf said:

After waiting for almost 60 days. I got a letter from the embassy that my petition is being returned to USCIS through NVC for additional processing. 

 

I was approved in the interview and passport was surrendered and not given a 221g form.

 

Do you have any idea if we can apply a new application now? Or there is something we have to wait?  Time, notice?etc. @Greenbaum @Hank

 

Only rational comments are invited and participants with the same experience.

 

Thank you.

 

Pls you said your interview had been approved and why then your passport not taking and been surrendered by you ?

That is what I didn't understand , pls explain in details !

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1 hour ago, Summerleaf said:

After waiting for almost 60 days. I got a letter from the embassy that my petition is being returned to USCIS through NVC for additional processing

 

I was approved in the interview and passport was surrendered and not given a 221g form.

 

Do you have any idea if we can apply a new application now? Or there is something we have to wait?  Time, notice?etc. @Greenbaum @Hank

 

Only rational comments are invited and participants with the same experience.

 

Thank you.

 

wow, so this can happen.. it makes me worry ...

 

kindly update us on this. thank you


Our Timeline:

03 Nov 15 - met online app (Skout)

18 Jan 16 - became couple officially

15 Sep 17 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA)

03 Feb 18 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore)

08 Feb 18 - got engaged 

22 Aug 18 - I129f sent (DIY)

24 Aug 18 - NOA1 (old site)

29 Aug 18 - NOA1 (new site)

          list of worries:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

 

01 Sep 18 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA)

17 Jan 19 - NOA2 (new site)

case received - NOA2 (old site), waiting for NOA2 hardcopy

 

 

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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6 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

The same happened to us.  We were congratulated by the CO, handed the IMBRA pamphlets and my now wife's passport was taken.  A few days later it was returned with the refusal letter.  We were denied after the interview in AP.  While this may not be common it is also not uncommon.

 

The letter stated that the petition was sent back to USCIS for additional processing.  The additional processing is just holding it until it expires.  A few months later we got a letter from USCIS stating that the petition has expired and no further processing would be done.

Did you ever knew what's the reason for refusal? 


Our Timeline:

03 Nov 15 - met online app (Skout)

18 Jan 16 - became couple officially

15 Sep 17 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA)

03 Feb 18 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore)

08 Feb 18 - got engaged 

22 Aug 18 - I129f sent (DIY)

24 Aug 18 - NOA1 (old site)

29 Aug 18 - NOA1 (new site)

          list of worries:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

 

01 Sep 18 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA)

17 Jan 19 - NOA2 (new site)

case received - NOA2 (old site), waiting for NOA2 hardcopy

 

 

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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1 minute ago, ourjourney_pc said:

Did you ever knew what's the reason for refusal? 

I went back and edited the original comment to give more info.  Go back and look at it again.


June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

 

 

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PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

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1 minute ago, John & Rose said:

I went back and edited the original comment to give more info.  Go back and look at it again.

Thank you so much for enlightenment.. 


Our Timeline:

03 Nov 15 - met online app (Skout)

18 Jan 16 - became couple officially

15 Sep 17 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA)

03 Feb 18 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore)

08 Feb 18 - got engaged 

22 Aug 18 - I129f sent (DIY)

24 Aug 18 - NOA1 (old site)

29 Aug 18 - NOA1 (new site)

          list of worries:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

 

01 Sep 18 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA)

17 Jan 19 - NOA2 (new site)

case received - NOA2 (old site), waiting for NOA2 hardcopy

 

 

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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12 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

The same happened to us.  We were congratulated by the CO, handed the IMBRA pamphlets and my now wife's passport was taken.  A few days later it was returned with the refusal letter.  We were denied after the interview in AP.  While this may not be common it is also not uncommon.

 

The letter stated that the petition was sent back to USCIS for additional processing.  The additional processing is just holding it until it expires.  A few months later we got a letter from USCIS stating that the petition has expired and no further processing would be done.

 

As @geowrian stated, in our case it was a 30 year old dropped and expunged misdemeanor arrest.  I followed the advice of the company we paid to help with the petition and we should not have.  Our official reason for denial was "the petitioner failed to disclose information in the petition".  It would have been so easy to just answer "yes" but we answered "no" to the "any arrests...." question.

 

We are now married and are 95 days into our CR-1 process.  It is not the end of the world.  Refocus and make a plan.  This isn't over yet.

 

But can we say that this means, uscis missed this out the first time? Were they supposed to check this in uscis stage.. 


Our Timeline:

03 Nov 15 - met online app (Skout)

18 Jan 16 - became couple officially

15 Sep 17 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA)

03 Feb 18 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore)

08 Feb 18 - got engaged 

22 Aug 18 - I129f sent (DIY)

24 Aug 18 - NOA1 (old site)

29 Aug 18 - NOA1 (new site)

          list of worries:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

 

01 Sep 18 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA)

17 Jan 19 - NOA2 (new site)

case received - NOA2 (old site), waiting for NOA2 hardcopy

 

 

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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2 minutes ago, ourjourney_pc said:

But can we say that this means, uscis missed this out the first time? Were they supposed to check this in uscis stage.. 

We were wondering that too.  Either they missed it (it does happen) or they just let it go since the petition only has two things to prove.  The initial adjudicator looks to see that we met and that we are both legally free to marry.  They did their job.  That is how I look at it.  Everyone has a job to do and the arrest didn't stop them from their original task.

 

It is possible that they knew about an imminent refusal but that would come later at AP or with the CO if they determined to refuse at that point.

Edited by John & Rose

June 6,  2017 - Filed the K-1

April 20, 2018 - K-1 refused

June 11, 2018 - Got married in Pateros, Metro Manila

September 10, 2018 - Filed the CR-1

September 11, 2018 - Priority Date

September 14, 2018 -  NOA-1

 

 

PHILIPPINES ONLY!!!  CFO (Commission on Filipinos Overseas) INFO - Can't leave home without it!

 

PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.

 

GCP (Guidance and Counseling Program) is for K-1 Fiancee and IR/CR-1 spouse ONLY.   These are the only ones that can attend the seminar without their visa.

 

 

IMG_7714.jpg.2782f301709f81dd223fe1b62d085472.jpg

 

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16 minutes ago, John & Rose said:

The same happened to us.  We were congratulated by the CO, handed the IMBRA pamphlets and my now wife's passport was taken.  A few days later it was returned with the refusal letter.  We were denied after the interview in AP.  While this may not be common it is also not uncommon.

 

The letter stated that the petition was sent back to USCIS for additional processing.  The additional processing is just holding it until it expires.  A few months later we got a letter from USCIS stating that the petition has expired and no further processing would be done.

 

As @geowrian stated, in our case it was a 30 year old dropped and expunged misdemeanor arrest.  I followed the advice of the company we paid to help with the petition and we should not have.  Our official reason for denial was "the petitioner failed to disclose information in the petition".  It would have been so easy to just answer "yes" but we answered "no" to the "any arrests...." question.

 

We are now married and are 95 days into our CR-1 process.  It is not the end of the world.  Refocus and make a plan.  This isn't over yet.

 

Wait... You mentioned that a member said that was the reason.. Prolly based on the info you provided...? But it means the letter from Uscis did not mentioned it.? 


Our Timeline:

03 Nov 15 - met online app (Skout)

18 Jan 16 - became couple officially

15 Sep 17 - met for the first time in person (Singapore to USA)

03 Feb 18 - met for the 2nd time (USA to Singapore)

08 Feb 18 - got engaged 

22 Aug 18 - I129f sent (DIY)

24 Aug 18 - NOA1 (old site)

29 Aug 18 - NOA1 (new site)

          list of worries:

          1) submitted 1 statement/letter of intent both signed by the pet/ben

          2) petitioner's accidentally/stupidly committed DWI after i129f submission

 

01 Sep 18 - met for the 3rd time (Singapore to USA)

17 Jan 19 - NOA2 (new site)

case received - NOA2 (old site), waiting for NOA2 hardcopy

 

 

May 2019 - 4th meeting :goofy:

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