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I’m just wondering if anyone knows if the government shutdown is affecting the visa process? We got our approval on the 18th of December and I called the NVC to see if they have received my file and they said they haven’t. Comparing with other timelines it seemed to have taken about 2 weeks to get a case file but we are already almost 3 weeks in without any case number. Any consolation or advice would be appreciated! 

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4 minutes ago, deatego said:

I’m just wondering if anyone knows if the government shutdown is affecting the visa process? We got our approval on the 18th of December and I called the NVC to see if they have received my file and they said they haven’t. Comparing with other timelines it seemed to have taken about 2 weeks to get a case file but we are already almost 3 weeks in without any case number. Any consolation or advice would be appreciated! 

Nvc has been taking a month even before the shutdown 


YMMV

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8 minutes ago, deatego said:

I’m just wondering if anyone knows if the government shutdown is affecting the visa process? We got our approval on the 18th of December and I called the NVC to see if they have received my file and they said they haven’t. Comparing with other timelines it seemed to have taken about 2 weeks to get a case file but we are already almost 3 weeks in without any case number. Any consolation or advice would be appreciated! 

most of the visa process is self funded, so there are not many aspects that the government shutdown will affect, it took 6 weeks to get my NVC case # 

 

count 6-8 weeks from when the USCIS updated that it was sent to DOS

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The shutdown does not affect the visa process because USCIS is funded by visa fees.

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made clear in its official statement that the shutdown “does not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled.”

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21 minutes ago, Megan&Daniel said:

The shutdown does not affect the visa process because USCIS is funded by visa fees.

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made clear in its official statement that the shutdown “does not affect USCIS’s fee-funded activities. Our offices will remain open, and all individuals should attend interviews and appointments as scheduled.”

USCIS (the parts that handle petitions and applications) is unaffected.

USCIS does not handle visas, though., DOS - which does - is a different beast. There's no known impact to visa consular services at this time, but it is possible for them to eventually be affected.


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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9 minutes ago, geowrian said:

USCIS (the parts that handle petitions and applications) is unaffected.

USCIS does not handle visas, though., DOS - which does - is a different beast. There's no known impact to visa consular services at this time, but it is possible for them to eventually be affected.

I can confirm that! USCIS is not affected from the shutdown! Cases are processed normally and interview will be scheduled.

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My state senator and I spoke briefly yesterday and she said that USCIS and NVC should not be affected at this time and are not having funding issues.  The delay in case number assignment, which I've noticed has been 7-8 weeks on average as I am also waiting for a case number, should not be due to the shutdown.  If you look back at timelines before the shutdown, people were waiting around 7 weeks for a case number.  Also keep in mind that it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the processing center for NVC to receive the file itself. Good luck!

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Thread is closed in favor of the ongoing thread on this topic:

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/692480-government-shut-downmerged/

 


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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