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Looking at the Moscow consulate information on VJ, it is stated that “as soon as you get the MOS case number” you can schedule the interview (at least begin the search).

after completion of the D-160 and paying the fee...should we try to do this? Or wait until we get the “ready” signal (schedule for at least 2 weeks out)?

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2 hours ago, Mekulisch said:

Looking at the Moscow consulate information on VJ, it is stated that “as soon as you get the MOS case number” you can schedule the interview (at least begin the search).

after completion of the D-160 and paying the fee...should we try to do this? Or wait until we get the “ready” signal (schedule for at least 2 weeks out)?

I might not have this exactly right, because some of this was on Anastasia's end but how it worked for us was something like ...

1. Paid the fee right after NVC ready (since they let you use a credit card, I did that) on Dec 28.

2. Anastasia filled out the DS-160 (don't remember exactly when she finished this, but it wasn't long after that).

3. After Russian New Year's holidays were over, Anastasia exchanged a couple of emails with the embassy to confirm our case was there. (you probably do not need to do this)

4. Also, the DHL hack showed the print copy of our case in Moscow on Jan 9.

5. On Jan 14, Anastasia got an email from the embassy saying something about our case being ready to schedule, she saw the calendar was open for her, and picked her interview date.


K-1

NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16

Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03

Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28

Interview date: 2019-02-14

 

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17 hours ago, Mekulisch said:

Looking at the Moscow consulate information on VJ, it is stated that “as soon as you get the MOS case number” you can schedule the interview (at least begin the search).

after completion of the D-160 and paying the fee...should we try to do this? Or wait until we get the “ready” signal (schedule for at least 2 weeks out)?

You can pay the fee and even submit DS-160 before you get "ready", but it is pretty much all you can do. After you get "ready" from NVC you have to wait for the mail from the Embassy, stating that they received your case and you can schedule an interview. If you are still impatient and try to schedule immediately after "ready", what will happen is you will receive a notification on the website saying that your request is sent, wait for the letter from the embassy to see the calendar. So basically, until the embassy has your case (paper case, not the file) there is no way to see the calendar or do anything with it. 

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8 minutes ago, LenaT said:

You can pay the fee and even submit DS-160 before you get "ready", but it is pretty much all you can do. After you get "ready" from NVC you have to wait for the mail from the Embassy, stating that they received your case and you can schedule an interview. If you are still impatient and try to schedule immediately after "ready", what will happen is you will receive a notification on the website saying that your request is sent, wait for the letter from the embassy to see the calendar. So basically, until the embassy has your case (paper case, not the file) there is no way to see the calendar or do anything with it. 

Thank you for clarifying the steps, that is very helpful!

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18 hours ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

I might not have this exactly right, because some of this was on Anastasia's end but how it worked for us was something like ...

1. Paid the fee right after NVC ready (since they let you use a credit card, I did that) on Dec 28.

2. Anastasia filled out the DS-160 (don't remember exactly when she finished this, but it wasn't long after that).

3. After Russian New Year's holidays were over, Anastasia exchanged a couple of emails with the embassy to confirm our case was there. (you probably do not need to do this)

4. Also, the DHL hack showed the print copy of our case in Moscow on Jan 9.

5. On Jan 14, Anastasia got an email from the embassy saying something about our case being ready to schedule, she saw the calendar was open for her, and picked her interview date.

Thanks for the information!  D-160 complete. Went to UStraveldocs to take care of the fee. Question: Vika is the “applicant”?  Question: there doesn’t appear to be a way to link my payment (using my credit card) to Vika’s visa application.  Is that ok?  Is that why the bank receipt and taking a copy to the embassy interview so important?

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1 hour ago, Mekulisch said:

Thanks for the information!  D-160 complete. Went to UStraveldocs to take care of the fee. Question: Vika is the “applicant”?  Question: there doesn’t appear to be a way to link my payment (using my credit card) to Vika’s visa application.  Is that ok?  Is that why the bank receipt and taking a copy to the embassy interview so important?

She is; she's the one applying for a visa. I was concerned about that too, but it seems like (interview's next week, after all) it was fine.


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NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16

Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03

Arrived in Moscow: 2018-12-28

Interview date: 2019-02-14

 

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22 minutes ago, DaveAndAnastasia said:

She is; she's the one applying for a visa. I was concerned about that too, but it seems like (interview's next week, after all) it was fine.

Thanks for the reassurance.  

Best of luck on the interview portion!  Congratulations 🎈🎉 

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