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Hello eveyone I have noticed a trend happening at the US Consulate in Kabul, Afghanistan. I looked up every K1 visa timelines concerning visas received for the last year and a half after the interview at the Kabul Embassy. What I have noticed is this nearly 13 couples have been faced with what's called Administrative Procedure after the interview has been done. This worries me because I been hearing it can weeks up to years before you are given a decision with the administrative procedure process. I would like to know how many people are being faced with this process and what countries besides Afghanistan are being effected. I have made it to the point where the application is approved and now is being sent to the Kabul Embassy. The issue is will it be worth the effort and money to go ahead with paying for all of the fees if there really is no hope that my fiance will have slim odds of receiving a visa any ways. If anyone has received their visas after this Administrative Procedure after the interview at Kabul Embassy please inform of how long it tock and if the recepiant is female or male. Thanks for reading this post and I will appreciate all your input on this subject. 

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7 minutes ago, hellschild31 said:

Hello eveyone I have noticed a trend happening at the US Consulate in Kabul, Afghanistan. I looked up every K1 visa timelines concerning visas received for the last year and a half after the interview at the Kabul Embassy. What I have noticed is this nearly 13 couples have been faced with what's called Administrative Procedure after the interview has been done. This worries me because I been hearing it can weeks up to years before you are given a decision with the administrative procedure process. I would like to know how many people are being faced with this process and what countries besides Afghanistan are being effected. I have made it to the point where the application is approved and now is being sent to the Kabul Embassy. The issue is will it be worth the effort and money to go ahead with paying for all of the fees if there really is no hope that my fiance will have slim odds of receiving a visa any ways. If anyone has received their visas after this Administrative Procedure after the interview at Kabul Embassy please inform of how long it tock and if the recepiant is female or male. Thanks for reading this post and I will appreciate all your input on this subject. 

 

Okay, so everyone, and everyone from every country goes through some form of AP. It can be 2-3 days, 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months, or even year 1-2+ years.

 

It is completely normal, it can not be bypassed or expedited. It is NOT unique to Afghanistan.

 

AP can involve simply the embassy finishing paper work, security checks, final background information, document verification, ect.

 

Some countries have to endure long AP times because the country of the beneficiary has issues maintaining good documentation or records, or is not willing to release information to the US embassy.

 

There is nothing that can be done but be patient and wait. There are no real statistics to say whether or not it will be approved or how long it could take.

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08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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AP is the norm for men and  now women coming from MENA countries.   All you can do is wait it out.


Adjustment of Status from a Visitors Visa:

Married: January 3, 2013

Chicago lockbox:

Sent: 9/12/16: I-130 + I-485 + I-765 (USPS)

Delivered: 09/15/2016

Received Texts of All 3 receipt's: 09/23/2016

10/04/2016 Received all (3) I-797C receipts via USPS

10/08/2016 Received Biometrics letter received

10/13/2016 Biometrics, walk in-successful.

11/18/2016 EAD card Approved. I-765 //64 Days

11/23/2016 Text from USCIS- EAD card mailed today

11/26/2016 EAD Card received in the mail.

12/01/2016 Applied for Social Security Card

12/08/2016 Received Social Security card in mail

12/14/2016 Applied for Texas ID card.

12/27/2016 Received Texas ID card in mail.

08/08/2017  Sent in paperwork for renewal of EAD card.

08/10/2015   Renewal petition for EAD delivered by USPS to USCIS

08/16/2017   Received text-email notifications EAD /AP renewal received by USCIS

10/02/2017   New medical done-other one long expired.

10/13/2017  Received letter of interview-- Nov. 13, 2017

11/02/2017  Received email and text, Interview cancelled, will be rescheduled.   Heartbroken....

12/18/2017  Still awaiting new interview date.  Have not received renewed EAD/AP card.....Waiting, waiting... Waiting.

12/29/2017  End of the year, not received new interview date or renewed EAD-AP card.  Happy New Year!!

01/25/2018  Welcome to 2018, not a damn word from USCIS on new interview date.

02/02/2018  RECEIVED NEW INTERVIEW DATE    FEB. 21   AND THATS MY BIRTHDAY TOO.

02/21/2018   Had interview, was told in about 4 weeks for a decision... more waiting......

02/23/2018   Renewal of EAD-AP card approved.

02/28/2018   Text from USCIS,  EAD-AP card mailed

03/03/2018   Received in mail EAD/AP combo card.

07/03/2018   Info Pass in Houston,   Houston USCIS office said they are 2000 petitions behind, give them till end of August, as they are doing clean up from interviews.

08/24/2018   Sent renewal petition for EAD/AP Card

12/07/2018   Still awaiting results from Houston interview.   We are not the only one's I hear. 

12/27/2018   End of 2018---- still waiting for results from interview.   Making Info Pass for January or February.

02/20/2019   No more Info Pass appointments allowed in Houston,  Field Office.    Feb 21 makes one year since interview  &  Still awaiting renewal on EAD-AP card sent Aug. 24 2018

04/05/2019    Interview May 7th 2019 Houston office.

05/07/2019   Had Stokes interview, very basic questions,  took additional joint evidence, and looked through 2 albums.   Compared our answers, got 1 wrong, languages spoken.               Husband  forgot  I speak  some French .  Took husbands finger prints and pic, they did not do that at Feb 2018 interview.

 

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2 hours ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

Okay, so everyone, and everyone from every country goes through some form of AP. It can be 2-3 days, 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months, or even year 1-2+ years.

 

It is completely normal, it can not be bypassed or expedited. It is NOT unique to Afghanistan.

 

AP can involve simply the embassy finishing paper work, security checks, final background information, document verification, ect.

 

Some countries have to endure long AP times because the country of the beneficiary has issues maintaining good documentation or records, or is not willing to release information to the US embassy.

 

There is nothing that can be done but be patient and wait. There are no real statistics to say whether or not it will be approved or how long it could take.

Yes but I find it very odd that every K1 visa from the USA is facing this AP process from the Kabul Embassy. I looked at all of them in the last year and half. Perhaps people should question why Kabul Embassy is sitting it's rear on people's visas. They should in writing advise people ahead of time why this is happening and that it is expected. Not leave people in the dark like mushrooms being feed you know what. Many couples may decide different options to be together then be surprised by hidden nonsense later on in the visa process. 

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Extended background checks are commonplace with residence or travel to certain regions.

There's no way to know beforehand if any particular case will or will not have a quick response to background checks.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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3 hours ago, hellschild31 said:

Hello eveyone I have noticed a trend happening at the US Consulate in Kabul, Afghanistan. I looked up every K1 visa timelines concerning visas received for the last year and a half after the interview at the Kabul Embassy. What I have noticed is this nearly 13 couples have been faced with what's called Administrative Procedure after the interview has been done. This worries me because I been hearing it can weeks up to years before you are given a decision with the administrative procedure process. I would like to know how many people are being faced with this process and what countries besides Afghanistan are being effected. I have made it to the point where the application is approved and now is being sent to the Kabul Embassy. The issue is will it be worth the effort and money to go ahead with paying for all of the fees if there really is no hope that my fiance will have slim odds of receiving a visa any ways. If anyone has received their visas after this Administrative Procedure after the interview at Kabul Embassy please inform of how long it tock and if the recepiant is female or male. Thanks for reading this post and I will appreciate all your input on this subject. 

I am wanting K1 visa applicants to respond to this post. Hopefully I get a response from them. 

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I was put in AP after interview, because I didn't have the joint sponsor's IRS tax return transcript. But I submitted it via email the same day. It took the embassy a few days to open my email and let me know, they have received the email. 

After 3 weeks I received my Visa. So basically about 4 weeks in AP.

And I am a 29 years old male. 

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6 hours ago, hellschild31 said:

Hello eveyone I have noticed a trend happening at the US Consulate in Kabul, Afghanistan. I looked up every K1 visa timelines concerning visas received for the last year and a half after the interview at the Kabul Embassy. What I have noticed is this nearly 13 couples have been faced with what's called Administrative Procedure after the interview has been done. This worries me because I been hearing it can weeks up to years before you are given a decision with the administrative procedure process. I would like to know how many people are being faced with this process and what countries besides Afghanistan are being effected. I have made it to the point where the application is approved and now is being sent to the Kabul Embassy. The issue is will it be worth the effort and money to go ahead with paying for all of the fees if there really is no hope that my fiance will have slim odds of receiving a visa any ways. If anyone has received their visas after this Administrative Procedure after the interview at Kabul Embassy please inform of how long it tock and if the recepiant is female or male. Thanks for reading this post and I will appreciate all your input on this subject. 

My fiancé (a malehas been in AP for almost 13 months. We started the process almost two years ago. Almost everyone who has a case with the Kabul embassy is still waiting especially if the person wanting a visa is a male. I remember a month or two ago, one or two people on this website got their visa after 17 months on AP so I’m hoping my case will get approved in a few months. It’s so unfortunate that so many people are on AP but there’s nothing applicants can do except make sure they have  a strong case and do the paperwork right. It seems like your unsure if you want to apply but I would advise you to since  there is really no other way and it is definitely worth it  if you want to be with your fiancé. Also it seems like many cases do get approved as long as there’s nothing suspicious  but it just takes a while so just be ready to wait a 1 1/2- 2 years. Good luck! 

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12 minutes ago, NeHAZ16 said:

My fiancé (a malehas been in AP for almost 13 months. We started the process almost two years ago. Almost everyone who has a case with the Kabul embassy is still waiting especially if the person wanting a visa is a male. I remember a month or two ago, one or two people on this website got their visa after 17 months on AP so I’m hoping my case will get approved in a few months. It’s so unfortunate that so many people are on AP but there’s nothing applicants can do except make sure they have  a strong case and do the paperwork right. It seems like your unsure if you want to apply but I would advise you to since  there is really no other way and it is definitely worth it  if you want to be with your fiancé. Also it seems like many cases do get approved as long as there’s nothing suspicious  but it just takes a while so just be ready to wait a 1 1/2- 2 years. Good luck! 

There is always other alternatives to waiting that long. USCIS should advise people of the odds of being placed on AP since it seems like a good number are being placed on it with the Kabul Embassy. 

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44 minutes ago, hellschild31 said:

There is always other alternatives to waiting that long. USCIS should advise people of the odds of being placed on AP since it seems like a good number are being placed on it with the Kabul Embassy. 

It has nothing to do with USCIS.  It is the department of state, and it is very common for US consulates in MENA and South Asian countries to do an extended AP which lasts longer than for applicants from VWP countries, for example.  There are many reasons for this, and there are no "odds."  Complaining to USCIS or to the consulate will not speed anything up. 

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48 minutes ago, hellschild31 said:

There is always other alternatives to waiting that long. USCIS should advise people of the odds of being placed on AP since it seems like a good number are being placed on it with the Kabul Embassy. 

What alternatives are you referring to?  The USC moving to be with their partner is one.  Getting married and refiling for a CR-1 is an option, but will not solve the reasons for AP.

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1 minute ago, Jorgedig said:

It has nothing to do with USCIS.  It is the department of state, and it is very common for US consulates in MENA and South Asian countries to do an extended AP which lasts longer than for applicants from VWP countries, for example.  There are many reasons for this, and there are no "odds."  Complaining to USCIS or to the consulate will not speed anything up. 

As the old saying goes the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If nobody says nothing or speaks up nothing surely will happen. I prefer to be the squeaky wheel. 

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Just now, hellschild31 said:

As the old saying goes the squeaky wheel gets the oil. If nobody says nothing or speaks up nothing surely will happen. I prefer to be the squeaky wheel. 

That is not the case with US immigration.  If background checks are not completed, no amount of complaining will expedite it.

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Just now, Jorgedig said:

That is not the case with US immigration.  If background checks are not completed, no amount of complaining will expedite it.

No maybe it will not but USCIS should warn people that this can happen on their website and list the countries being effected by AP procedures and which Embassies taking the longest. They do give quotes for how long it can take to process your visa application. Why can they not give a little paragraph on this matter. I think it's their duty to some what inform people. 

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2 hours ago, hellschild31 said:

Why can they not give a little paragraph on this matter. I think it's their duty to some what inform people. 

Government agencies typically do not have a very good customer service culture, that's the way it is.  It's a big bureaucratic mess.  They post estimated processing times on their websites but those are not always accurate, depending on the country of origin these times can change a lot.  And embassies/consulates usually do not post much information about visa processing times, except for saying things like "do not quit your job or make travel plans or buy plane tickets until you have the visa in hand."  Anything can happen and no visa is guaranteed.  There are lots of potential delays and even denials for various reasons.  I think that's why forums like Visa Journey were formed, to fill this need for information sharing, so that people going through this very long, frustrating, and complicated journey can exchange experiences and help each other to know more about what to expect.  Welcome to the forum, I hope you can find useful information here and lots of support.  Good luck!

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