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Papers arrived over 4 months ago...embassy still hasn't called!!

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Hey Everyone.

 

I've tried posting about the issues with my process but haven't received very much advice yet on past posts regarding the specific embassy (small country). Hopefully I can get some better ideas on this post and make a decision on my further action on this immigration mess.

 

We are applying for a K1 visa in the Santiago Embassy (Chile). We did everything right, went through the whole process correctly...our packet was sent from the NVC to the Embassy the first week of November. Today is the first week of March. It's been 4 months and we haven't heard a single thing from the embassy. My Fiancee filled out the DS-160, paid the appointment fee, did the medical exam and showed up at the embassy only to be told that we must wait until the Embassy assigns to us an appointment date and time. Fine. But it's been 4 months already and they haven't contacted us. I emailed them in January and they said that they have hundreds of cases and eventually they will call. But how long is too long the question? 

 

I see that everyone on here that had their papers sent from the NVC to the Embassy are already in the US with their Fiancee!

 

I talked with my lawyer and he said there isn't much we can do, just send a formal letter to the embassy from his law firm but he said it may get a negative reaction from the embassy employees. 

 

I'm frustrated, I don't understand how come hundreds of K1's are being approved and we are in this situation. We are going to be at the 1 year mark since we sent in the papers in and we still haven't received an appointment! I know there is 1 other person on here that applied 1 month after us and they have a scheduled interview for next week at the Santiago embassy! Which means they don't even go in the order the packets are received. Nuts! BS

 

I tried searching the forums but can't find out if this is a problem because there is less funding for the State Department employees (meaning this is normal) or if this is a specific issue to our case only? 

 

Does anyone on here have any piece of advice? How much longer should I wait until the lawyer sends a letter? Should we just get married in Chile and file for a spouse visa in her home country? (And then wait another year?!). 

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