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My husband had the CR1 spousal visa interview in Jan 2019 and was told congratulations and welcome to the US here are the forms to register to pick up you visa and to pay your immigration fee form. 5 days later we get an email from the embassy saying that they did a final review of our case and had to be put into administrative processing and my husband should pick up his passport (which he did with no visa inside 😔). They didn't ask for any additional information. We are so worried because we have no clue what's going on. We have sent several emails  with no response. This has been the most painful experience ever. Even our lawyer has no clue what's going on. Pls help!!!

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Hm...is he still in AP? What does the CEAC website case status show?


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26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

??-???-2019: TBA...

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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1 minute ago, Ola4Ola said:

Yes he is, CEAC website shows AP

Sounds like they decided he needs more AP for whatever reason. I think when a case is in AP for a while, they give the passport back to the applicant but that doesn't mean a denial per say, just that the case is still pending until further notice.


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 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (2016-2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

??-???-2019: TBA...

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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2 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Sounds like they decided he needs more AP for whatever reason. I think when a case is in AP for a while, they give the passport back to the applicant but that doesn't mean a denial per say, just that the case is still pending until further notice.

I just wished we knew what they needed. The funny thing is we used a lawyer for our processing just so we won't run into any issues. After he was told his visa is approved he bought a ticket 😟. This is just so frustrating!!!

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14 minutes ago, Ola4Ola said:

I just wished we knew what they needed. The funny thing is we used a lawyer for our processing just so we won't run into any issues. After he was told his visa is approved he bought a ticket 😟. This is just so frustrating!!! 

Unfortunately even the best lawyers cannot prevent extended AP or even denials. It is really strange that they told him he was a approved but then later said they needed to do further review. Sounds like the Embassy made a slip up but I've seen it happen before here on VJ. Did you buy travel insurance or a refundable plane ticket to see if you can get the money back?


03639.png                  

 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (2016-2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here.

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions - NBC (Apr-2019-???) 📝 MSC I-751 filers: Track your case here!

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office  

??-???-2019: TBA...

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens! 🇺🇸

 

 

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4 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Unfortunately even the best lawyers cannot prevent extended AP or even denials. It is really strange that they told him he was a approved but then later said they needed to do further review. Sounds like the Embassy made a slip up but I've seen it happen before here on VJ. Did you buy travel insurance or a refundable plane ticket to see if you can get the money back?

The situation is very unfortunate and heartbreaking. His ticket is non-refundable. When you saw it happen how was it resolved?  

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45 minutes ago, Ola4Ola said:

The situation is very unfortunate and heartbreaking. His ticket is non-refundable. When you saw it happen how was it resolved?  

Look like they has changed there mind won't be longer soon you will get it back but how come they send passport without visa ? this is crazy 

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1 hour ago, Ola4Ola said:

I just wished we knew what they needed. The funny thing is we used a lawyer for our processing just so we won't run into any issues. After he was told his visa is approved he bought a ticket 😟. This is just so frustrating!!!

This is really frustrating. The lawyer can help you check up on the case because I believe we use lawyers so he can guide us anywhere we seems to be going astray 

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1 hour ago, Ann&James said:

Have seen this happen to quite a few persons. I think one should not believe they are truly approved until they receive their passport with a visa in it. It has been also advised on this website that you should not purchase travel tickets until you have your visa in hand because a nunber of things can go wrong. No one can tell you how long AP will last, you will have to wait it out.

Very unfortunate, thank you for your response 

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1 hour ago, bestluck said:

Look like they has changed there mind won't be longer soon you will get it back but how come they send passport without visa ? this is crazy 

I never knew the embassy can do that. I always heard once told that the visa is approved at the interview that's the final verdict. 

1 hour ago, Jovic said:

This is really frustrating. The lawyer can help you check up on the case because I believe we use lawyers so he can guide us anywhere we seems to be going astray 

He said he cannot do anything but wait

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it happens sometimes.  it might be your man applied for an immigrant Visa sometimes back and after the consular final review something contradictory came up, ask him about his previous application. most people I know that had issues like this has been because of their past applications ,especially issues of misrepresentation 

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