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Finally some good news for us! Regarding visitor visas for Russians:
 

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Elimination of Additional U.S. Visa Issuance Fee for Russian Citizens

Beginning March 4, 2019, the total cost of a B-1/B-2 visa (visitor for business or tourism) returns to US$160. Additional issuance fees for Russian citizens are eliminated. This new fee structure is based on reciprocity and ensures that Russian and American citizens pay the same fee for business and tourism visas. For more information about the new fee structure, please click here.

Упразднение дополнительного визового сбора для граждан РФ

Начиная с 4 марта 2019 года, общая стоимость виз B-1/B-2 (категории бизнес и туризм) возвращается к 160 долларам США. Дополнительные сборы за выдачу визы упраздняются. Данная структура визового сбора основывается на принципе взаимности и обеспечивает равную стоимость деловых и туристических виз для граждан России и США. Дополнительную информацию о новой структуре визового сбора можно узнать здесь.

 

Via the official US Embassy website in Russia.


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

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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!

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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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Looks like they also dropped the mandatory interview on most tourist visa renewals.

 

Good news for my inlaws that are here now visiting as their B-2 expires later this year.


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12 hours ago, Neonred said:

Looks like they also dropped the mandatory interview on most tourist visa renewals.

Great! This just makes sense given the huge backlog for visa interviews that Moscow is experiencing right now since the Saint Petersburg consulate closed.


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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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Hopefully this will mean they can start working on my case..... Been in AP since Nov 26th, they got the CV they had asked for on Dec 4th. Our last update was Feb 13th.... Was hoping for a Valentine's day gift from the embassy, and then defenders of the father land... now women's day.... sigh. The funny part is hubby's mom was born on the deferencers of the fatherland day, and my mom was the day after women's days.... been hoping to give our mothers a good birthday gifts.  


P.S. We sent them an email nearly a month ago, and they told us we don't need to send anything else.... just wondering whom we are waiting on. Hubby's AP on J1 and B1, B1/B2 were always 3 weeks and a week later he got his passport with visa. 
Hubby also had a coworker get his visa after 6 months of AP for the ds 5535, the visa was for a B1, which this coworker has had gotten in the pass.
Another coworker went to Kiev for the B1 visa, and got it within a week, no other documents requested. 

I have been wanting hubby to get his parents the B2 visa, but it might be hard for them to get it, and they would have to go to Kiev since they live in Crimea.... yay politics.... 


I-130 CR1 Timeline  Visa has been issued!!!!!! = ^.^= YAY!

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Service Center - Texas

Sent Jan 2nd 2018 

PD: Jan 3rd 2018

E-notification: Jan 8th 2018

NOA1 Hard copy: Jan 12th 2018

NOA2: June 28th 2018, new website. Old website: July 17th sent to DOS (finally appeared July 29th, after 206 days after petition sent and stating not found) Emails & texts: nothing. Hard Copy states NoA2 is June 27, 2018.

NOA2: Hard copy: July 2nd 2018

Sent to DOS: New Website: July 18th 2018. Old website July 17th (Case number was finally found after 206 days of submitting petition, appeared on July 29th.)

Received NVC: July 24th 2018, per calling NVC option 5. 

New Case number #: Via email August 21st 2018. While on the phone with the hubby. Case is PIVOT. 

Fees paid August 21st 2018. Marked as paid on August 23rd 2018.

DS-260 filled and submitted:  August 27th 2018

AOS documents filled and submitted: August 29th, 2018

IV Documents: Submitted August 31st, 2018

Case Complete: September 11th 2018 via website 
Received Interview data: From embassy Oct 13, from NVC: Oct 15th.
Interview: originally Nov 27th, rescheduled to Nov 29th.

AP

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Nov 26th 2018 AP.
Interviewed on Nov 29th, was told everything is good, asked for CV / resume, kept passport.

Nov 29th Email submitted.

Nov 30th They sent us an email for a physical copy.

Dec 3rd Submitted. Dec 4th They received.

Dec 7th, 14th,18th, 19th, 20th case was touched.

Dec 21st ready for Pick up. Dec 23rd pick up passport with no visa.  Was told due to holidays they resent passport incase Husband needed it, and to return it back on Jan 9th.

Jan 15th, sent off passport back to Embassy, Jan 16th case updated and received passport. 
Jan 24th case touched. Feb 1st sent email asking if they needed anything from us, replied Feb 5th stating still going thru AP, no change on website. Feb 13th, case was touched. March 5th sent email (not by travel docs) asking what we are waiting on, received auto email, unsure if case touched was touch per auto email.
March 5th, 7th case was touched. Also UStraveldocs passport states "There is no status update available for the passport number submitted"

March 15 Sent message via ustraveldocs about what's going on etc etc.
March 19: reply from Embassy Stating we have been approved and should get visa in 1-2 business days! 

March 20th: Issued!!!!! ViH: March 21st.
POE: Aiming for April 26th. 

Our Visits

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Him: J1 Visa (no 2 home requirement) May 2015-Nov 2016 Officially met: Late July 2015 Started relationship mid-Aug 2015

Business trip B1 (Him): May 2017 - Nov 2017

2nd Business trip (Him): Feb 2018 - May 31st 2018

Visit Russia: 1st visit - TBA

2nd visit hopefully when he moves to the USA.

 

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24 minutes ago, CM&KV said:

Hopefully this will mean they can start working on my case..... Been in AP since Nov 26th, they got the CV they had asked for on Dec 4th. Our last update was Feb 13th.... Was hoping for a Valentine's day gift from the embassy, and then defenders of the father land... now women's day.... sigh. The funny part is hubby's mom was born on the deferencers of the fatherland day, and my mom was the day after women's days.... been hoping to give our mothers a good birthday gifts.  

P.S. We sent them an email nearly a month ago, and they told us we don't need to send anything else.... just wondering whom we are waiting on. Hubby's AP on J1 and B1, B1/B2 were always 3 weeks and a week later he got his passport with visa. 
Hubby also had a coworker get his visa after 6 months of AP for the ds 5535, the visa was for a B1, which this coworker has had gotten in the pass.
Another coworker went to Kiev for the B1 visa, and got it within a week, no other documents requested.  

I have been wanting hubby to get his parents the B2 visa, but it might be hard for them to get it, and they would have to go to Kiev since they live in Crimea.... yay politics.... 

Hang in there! :cry:I think the Moscow Embassy is probably still backlogged and could be adding to this mess for your husband's case. Seems like the K-1 applicants are having to wait longer than usual to get their interviews or an availability will just randomly pop up without any rhyme or reason. Maybe the 6 months of AP was the magic number...how long ago did your husband's co-worker apply for his visa? Was it before or after the whole Russian-US relations debacle?

 

If your parents-in-law do apply for the B in Ukraine, let us know how that turns out. Wondering if they are harder on Russian applicants living in Crimea. :(

 

Edited by millefleur

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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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5 minutes ago, millefleur said:

Hang in there! :cry:I think the Moscow Embassy is probably still backlogged and could be adding to this mess for your husband's case. Seems like the K-1 applicants are having to wait longer than usual to get their interviews or an availability will just randomly pop up without any rhyme or reason. Maybe the 6 months of AP was the magic number...how long ago did your husband's co-worker apply for his visa? Was it before or after the whole Russian-US relations debacle?

 

If your parents-in-law do apply for the B in Ukraine, let us know how that turns out. Wondering if they are harder on Russian applicants living in Crimea. :(

 

I am thinking the 6 months part is the magic number as well, don't know why, but it feels that's how it might be. I think his coworkers applied to Moscow while the waiting was still at 300 days.  =\ I think this this hubby said "Yalp" (maybe not thinking) When i broke it down when he might have applied for his B1 visa.  Some of his coworkers have gone out of country to apply for the B! visa and got it a lot sooner. 

Back in August his boss wanted him to go to Finland to get a B1 visa, since they wanted to send him on another business trip, he declined since he had to admit on the DS 160(I think this is it for a b1 visa) that he has an immigration petition for him. His boss' don't know he is in the middle of trying to move here. But he is trying to live his life over there with the assumption that I am moving there, and same with him moving to the USA. So we can try to push our careers farther in case he gets denied or approved.  Even if he gets approved I still might have to move there. =\  Pending if he is able to ge a job over here. 


I-130 CR1 Timeline  Visa has been issued!!!!!! = ^.^= YAY!

Spoiler

Service Center - Texas

Sent Jan 2nd 2018 

PD: Jan 3rd 2018

E-notification: Jan 8th 2018

NOA1 Hard copy: Jan 12th 2018

NOA2: June 28th 2018, new website. Old website: July 17th sent to DOS (finally appeared July 29th, after 206 days after petition sent and stating not found) Emails & texts: nothing. Hard Copy states NoA2 is June 27, 2018.

NOA2: Hard copy: July 2nd 2018

Sent to DOS: New Website: July 18th 2018. Old website July 17th (Case number was finally found after 206 days of submitting petition, appeared on July 29th.)

Received NVC: July 24th 2018, per calling NVC option 5. 

New Case number #: Via email August 21st 2018. While on the phone with the hubby. Case is PIVOT. 

Fees paid August 21st 2018. Marked as paid on August 23rd 2018.

DS-260 filled and submitted:  August 27th 2018

AOS documents filled and submitted: August 29th, 2018

IV Documents: Submitted August 31st, 2018

Case Complete: September 11th 2018 via website 
Received Interview data: From embassy Oct 13, from NVC: Oct 15th.
Interview: originally Nov 27th, rescheduled to Nov 29th.

AP

Spoiler

Nov 26th 2018 AP.
Interviewed on Nov 29th, was told everything is good, asked for CV / resume, kept passport.

Nov 29th Email submitted.

Nov 30th They sent us an email for a physical copy.

Dec 3rd Submitted. Dec 4th They received.

Dec 7th, 14th,18th, 19th, 20th case was touched.

Dec 21st ready for Pick up. Dec 23rd pick up passport with no visa.  Was told due to holidays they resent passport incase Husband needed it, and to return it back on Jan 9th.

Jan 15th, sent off passport back to Embassy, Jan 16th case updated and received passport. 
Jan 24th case touched. Feb 1st sent email asking if they needed anything from us, replied Feb 5th stating still going thru AP, no change on website. Feb 13th, case was touched. March 5th sent email (not by travel docs) asking what we are waiting on, received auto email, unsure if case touched was touch per auto email.
March 5th, 7th case was touched. Also UStraveldocs passport states "There is no status update available for the passport number submitted"

March 15 Sent message via ustraveldocs about what's going on etc etc.
March 19: reply from Embassy Stating we have been approved and should get visa in 1-2 business days! 

March 20th: Issued!!!!! ViH: March 21st.
POE: Aiming for April 26th. 

Our Visits

Spoiler

Him: J1 Visa (no 2 home requirement) May 2015-Nov 2016 Officially met: Late July 2015 Started relationship mid-Aug 2015

Business trip B1 (Him): May 2017 - Nov 2017

2nd Business trip (Him): Feb 2018 - May 31st 2018

Visit Russia: 1st visit - TBA

2nd visit hopefully when he moves to the USA.

 

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