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Hi All,

I have been with my fiance for a little over 2 years. We were going to get married later this year. (We are both British citizens).

 

I moved here on an E2 Visa last February. My at the time Fiance (Now my wife) came over to see me on back to back ESTA's. She was advised to get a B1/B2 Visa. Unfortunately this was denied twice under 214b.

As a result, we decided to bring the wedding forward and got married on 4th January in Tobago. She had her interview at the Embassy last Monday, 14th January. They took a copy of my visa and our marriage certificate and issued her a 221g letter stating Administrative Processing; no further information was necessary and was told that she would "receive an E-Mail shortly"

Any ideas why this may be the case and it wasn't issued there and then? Do they do additional security checks or are they checking our marriage is legitimate as she went from a B1 application to an E2 spouse?

 

They did not request any further information. And the ticked box on the 221g is that "no further information is required"

To add some more information sorry: She was questioned a lot about our relationship during the interview:

"How long have you been in a committed relationship" - 2 Years
"Have you ever lived together" - yes, in England throughout 2017 to Feb 2018 when I traveled to USA
"When have you seen him since August" (When she last left USA) - for 2 weeks Sept / October in Canada, then in Tobago for 2 weeks at end of December early January when we got married.

I don't know if this indicates they are investigating the validity of our Marriage and how they would do this?


When I applied for my E2 I was going through a divorce so as I was legally Married at that time, obviously my Ex-Wife's name was on my petition. Could this of caused any flags?


I would be grateful to hear of anyone else's similar experiences and expected wait times?

 

Many thanks,

Edited by Lammy74
Spotted grammatical error

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AP is normal and it's going to take as long as it needs to take.

Might be few days. Few weeks. Few months.


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Roel said:

AP is normal and it's going to take as long as it needs to take.

Might be few days. Few weeks. Few months.

Thanks Roel, but I have had other cases of works colleagues on E2 visa's who's spouses were approved at interview. I am trying to establish why hers wasn't, and should we be concerned?

Edited by Lammy74

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Receiving a 221g is not "normal" administrative processing. It indicates they are doing further background checks than they would normally do otherwise. There's really no way to find out what the hold up is, or when they might be ready to issue the visa. My fiancé received the 221g at his interview in September 2018 and we have had no updates since. I would guess in your case, it may have something to do with your previous marriage. I wouldn't stress about it, many are receiving 221g's right now. It will just take some extra time, but the visa should eventually be issued.


I-129F Sent: 12/29/17

I-129F NOA 1: 1/4/18

I-129F NOA 2: 7/9/18

NVC Received: 7/18/18

Consulate Received: 8/9/18

Packet 3 Received: 8/13/18

Interview Date: 9/20/18

Interview Result: Administrative Processing

 

*Beneficiary's Country: Norway via Iran

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8 minutes ago, Lammy74 said:

Thanks Roel, but I have had other cases of works colleagues on E2 visa's who's spouses were approved at interview. I am trying to establish why hers wasn't, and should we be concerned?

many of us wonder why some spouses of even USC get approved at interview and others get handed the same form your now wife got handed

 

its part of the process, but still have no rhyme or reason to it.

 

for example my husband got handed a 221G paper for AP, no other documents, someone came in a few weeks after him had interview, tons of red flags got approved on the spot.

 

you just never know and trying to get in the head of a CO will only drive you crazy

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