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Myself and my four children are immigrating to US, all of us being Canadian citizens.  It's been a long hard journey!  My husband is a US citizen, so there's no real complications.  BUT, Me and two children had consular interviews in Sept 2018 and were approved on the spot, receiving our 3 visas a week later.  Another flight across Canada got the next daughter done in October, again informed at interview of approval, receiving visa shortly after.   The first 3 children and me had to cross and do our legal entry then come back to Canada to wait for last daughter to be complete.  My last daughter aged 19 had her interview in March 1 of this year, but was informed that they now no longer advise at interview of approval and that it may take several weeks?  I check ceac site everyday and it just says status as administrative processing.  But the last date of update is March 11?  With nothing since?  Anyone else experiencing this?  We've been apart for over 2 years now as he started his new job in US January 2017, I've stayed in Canada with kids till this is sorted out but I'm so discouraged.  We just want our family together again.  I don't even know who to contact this time.  Anyone with advice??

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3 minutes ago, Momtolots said:

Myself and my four children are immigrating to US, all of us being Canadian citizens.  It's been a long hard journey!  My husband is a US citizen, so there's no real complications.  BUT, Me and two children had consular interviews in Sept 2018 and were approved on the spot, receiving our 3 visas a week later.  Another flight across Canada got the next daughter done in October, again informed at interview of approval, receiving visa shortly after.   The first 3 children and me had to cross and do our legal entry then come back to Canada to wait for last daughter to be complete.  My last daughter aged 19 had her interview in March 1 of this year, but was informed that they now no longer advise at interview of approval and that it may take several weeks?  I check ceac site everyday and it just says status as administrative processing.  But the last date of update is March 11?  With nothing since?  Anyone else experiencing this?  We've been apart for over 2 years now as he started his new job in US January 2017, I've stayed in Canada with kids till this is sorted out but I'm so discouraged.  We just want our family together again.  I don't even know who to contact this time.  Anyone with advice??

  • Ask your husband contacts his senator's office
  • Continue make phone call/email to consulate

Have you consider the option to let your daughter by herself for awhile? 

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Not sure why you did what you did, I assume most people do everybody at the same time.

 

Anyway AP not a lot you can do but wait, well to be precise the 199 year old waits.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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3 hours ago, Boiler said:

Not sure why you did what you did, I assume most people do everybody at the same time.

 

Anyway AP not a lot you can do but wait, well to be precise the 199 year old waits.

We did do everyone at the same time.  NVC processed them separately and scheduled the appointments with consulate, we had no say in arrangement and dates of appointments.  We just had to take what was given, believe me we tried everything.

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3 hours ago, Boiler said:

Not sure why you did what you did, I assume most people do everybody at the same time.

 

Anyway AP not a lot you can do but wait, well to be precise the 199 year old waits.

They didn’t choose this way ..  As the OP indicated all initial applications were submitted at the same time.  Processing is done individually and it seems that USCIS does not have a method for linking family members together .. technically each I 130 could have been assigned to a different officer .. it’s not that easy !! One options is to slow down the NVC processing for the first applications that get there and TRY to keep their processing in line with the later ones .. but after the submission the I130, there’s very little the petitioner or beneficiary can do yo influence timing. IR is not like K 1/2 where the K2 is tied to the K1 from the start. 

 

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4 hours ago, Momtolots said:

Myself and my four children are immigrating to US, all of us being Canadian citizens.  It's been a long hard journey!  My husband is a US citizen, so there's no real complications.  BUT, Me and two children had consular interviews in Sept 2018 and were approved on the spot, receiving our 3 visas a week later.  Another flight across Canada got the next daughter done in October, again informed at interview of approval, receiving visa shortly after.   The first 3 children and me had to cross and do our legal entry then come back to Canada to wait for last daughter to be complete.  My last daughter aged 19 had her interview in March 1 of this year, but was informed that they now no longer advise at interview of approval and that it may take several weeks?  I check ceac site everyday and it just says status as administrative processing.  But the last date of update is March 11?  With nothing since?  Anyone else experiencing this?  We've been apart for over 2 years now as he started his new job in US January 2017, I've stayed in Canada with kids till this is sorted out but I'm so discouraged.  We just want our family together again.  I don't even know who to contact this time.  Anyone with advice??

Hi! I’m confused. You mean they didn’t tell if she’s approved or not on the day of her interview? Is this in montreal? 

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1 minute ago, Kartinee23 said:

Hi! I’m confused. You mean they didn’t tell if she’s approved or not on the day of her interview? Is this in montreal? 

Yes!  They told us that it has to go for processing!  When we had our other interviews we were given a paper that says "welcome to the United States" with a few instructions on it.  With her they gave her a paper that says "Has your visa been Approved?"  Then it gives instructions on how to check status?  A completely different process than our other appointments.  There has been no status change on ceac.state.gov since March 11, I just need to know if other people are facing the same problem?  Hers is an IR-2 immigrant visa  

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7 months is a long time, anyway with AP there is nothing you can do.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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2 minutes ago, Boiler said:

7 months is a long time, anyway with AP there is nothing you can do.

@ boiler ... didn’t see it was you when I replied to a prev post on this page ... apologies for attempting to give you visa 101 lesson  ! 🤪

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4 minutes ago, Boiler said:

7 months is a long time, anyway with AP there is nothing you can do.

I don’t think the daughter had been in AP for that long .., OP says the interview was March 1 this year ... still been 6 weeks which is way over MTL usual ... 

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Seems everybody else got theirs last September so was looking at that delay.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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1 minute ago, Lil bear said:

I don’t think the daughter had been in AP for that long .., OP says the interview was March 1 this year ... still been 6 weeks which is way over MTL usual ... 

Thanks Lil Bear, that's really what i needed to know.  That 6 weeks is unusual?  I guess I just keep checking daily to see if it's been approved?  Is that all I can do?  I just get generic emails back from consulate, with no real information.

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Just now, Boiler said:

Seems everybody else got theirs last September so was looking at that delay.

Yes, myself, 17 and 15 year old were approved in September.  Had to fly back across Canada with 14 year old in October.  Then again with 19 year old in March.  I just want it to be finished!!

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It is unusual for a.normal case through Canada


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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1 minute ago, Momtolots said:

Thanks Lil Bear, that's really what i needed to know.  That 6 weeks is unusual?  I guess I just keep checking daily to see if it's been approved?  Is that all I can do?  I just get generic emails back from consulate, with no real information.

You will only get the generic replies from the Consulate. While I stand by my comment of the 6 weeks being unusual, we can have no idea what is slowing down this approval .. whether it is specific to this application or a general change in processing policies and procedures that is affecting all applications. There is not much you  can do... but I do agree that it is worth your husband contacting his senator and asking for them to enquire into it 

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