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Since we've been in AP 90 days tomorrow, we want to request my fiance's passport back so that he can at least come here for a month or so while we continue to wait and wait and wait. I understand there's always a risk of rejection at a POE but is there anything wrong with requesting our passport back for travel? Considering it's been 90 days that seems extensive to keep a passport and not give it back while processing? 

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3 minutes ago, moreadore said:

Since we've been in AP 90 days tomorrow, we want to request my fiance's passport back so that he can at least come here for a month or so while we continue to wait and wait and wait. I understand there's always a risk of rejection at a POE but is there anything wrong with requesting our passport back for travel? Considering it's been 90 days that seems extensive to keep a passport and not give it back while processing? 

there is no harm in asking for a status update at the same time asking for the passport to be returned for a trip.

 

what did they tell you at interview?

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Being in Ap and wanting to visit the US may be problematic

 

Better for you to visit..


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39 minutes ago, Boiler said:

Being in Ap and wanting to visit the US may be problematic

 

Better for you to visit..

We know this but with the current situation and my work I cannot visit for more than a few days whereas he can for much longer. 

29 minutes ago, brandonflude1 said:

That’s super unfortunate. May I ask why you’ve been in AP for so long?

The awful thing about AP is that nobody gets to know why they get placed in AP. We were not issued a 221g we were told approved, visa in 1 week and nothing has happened since. 

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5 minutes ago, moreadore said:

The awful thing about AP is that nobody gets to know why they get placed in AP. We were not issued a 221g we were told approved, visa in 1 week and nothing has happened since. 

This is so unfortunate, I hope it all gets rectified sooner rather than later, there must be something that's raising an eyebrow. Did your fiancé maybe "suggest" something at the interview, it could be that with the shutdowns something they are trying to check isn't happening.

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Now I'm assuming you're aware, however, if you're not, the travel.state.gov website says the following (when you select London as your embassy):

 

Important Notice:  Before making inquiries about status of administrative processing, applicants or their representatives will need to wait at least 60 days from the date of interview or submission of supplemental documents, whichever is later.

 

(https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html)

 

Since you've been in AP for 90 days now, maybe your fiancé can send a written letter/email to them asking for details? I find written requests are usually more successful for information rather than phone calls.

 

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7 minutes ago, brandonflude1 said:

This is so unfortunate, I hope it all gets rectified sooner rather than later, there must be something that's raising an eyebrow. Did your fiancé maybe "suggest" something at the interview, it could be that with the shutdowns something they are trying to check isn't happening.

No, I attended the interview with him. They asked us all of 3 questions about where I live, expected move date, and how we met and then said everything looks good and gave us a card and said 7-10 days. With all due respect, I made this post about requesting the passport back . If you want to you're free to look through our post history about these last 90 days but I'd like this thread to stay on topic.

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Very unusual for London to have long AP's, judging form elsewhere there is a suggestion that it will delay matters as well as the entry issue.


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I would not recommend for the OP to ask for the passport or even attempt to travel to the US on it until you are out of AP unless there is a huge emergency, the risk is too great. A brief visit is not worth it. I know you miss each other, but if everything is truly fine with your case, this wait will pass. There have been some long AP's from London lately in a few cases, and unfortunately you may have to wait this one out. I'd recommend contacting an elected representative perhaps but there may not be a lot they can do.


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I am aware of a London person in a very, very long AP who had their passport and travelled. When the AP was finally cleared and passport requested by the embassy, they noticed the travel since the interview and said "Whoops, we have to do more AP since you left the country." But as I recall, their additional travel was to one of those suspicious countries. Other people have kept their passports and travelled on business trips or to the US with no problem. Hard to know what to do, but on a purely elective trip I would probably wait, especially since the passport is at the embassy.

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2 hours ago, yuna628 said:

I would not recommend for the OP to ask for the passport or even attempt to travel to the US on it until you are out of AP unless there is a huge emergency, the risk is too great. A brief visit is not worth it. I know you miss each other, but if everything is truly fine with your case, this wait will pass. There have been some long AP's from London lately in a few cases, and unfortunately you may have to wait this one out. I'd recommend contacting an elected representative perhaps but there may not be a lot they can do.

How long are these other APs going on for do you know? Today is our 90th day. It's disappointing to get to the 60th day expecting something then 90th day and still nothing. 

 

1 hour ago, Wuozopo said:

I am aware of a London person in a very, very long AP who had their passport and travelled. When the AP was finally cleared and passport requested by the embassy, they noticed the travel since the interview and said "Whoops, we have to do more AP since you left the country." But as I recall, their additional travel was to one of those suspicious countries. Other people have kept their passports and travelled on business trips or to the US with no problem. Hard to know what to do, but on a purely elective trip I would probably wait, especially since the passport is at the embassy.

Thank you for this sound advice. I'll just make whatever short trips out to the UK that I can and hope this doesn't last for a year or more like I see in the travel ban countries. 

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