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Our visa process went as smoothly as can be the first year, but it is after our interview last year when everything became extremely frustrating.

We had applied for a spousal visa, and we didn't really have any red flags, or so we thought. We are very close in age, same religion, daily conversations dating back to over a year, and I had visited 3 times before (for a few weeks each time). Even in the interview, my husband said that the agent did not seem doubtful of our relationship. We were approved shortly after, and we were told to expect to wait for only 2 weeks. We were overjoyed, obviously.  Little did we know, our nightmare was just beginning.

We were placed into AP, which we didn't worry too much about since it seems to be common. My husband filled everything out that was asked of him, and in a timely manner. We also went to the Aramex site and filled everything out there.

2 weeks passed - no answer. We sent an email a week later, inquiring about the case. We were then told to expect to wait up to 9 months.  9 months passed and still silence. Within that time, we emailed and phoned the consulate, the State, everybody that we could think of numerous times. We received automated emails from all of them.

It will now be a year this month since AP, and we are slowly losing our patience. We've had two senators contact them on our behalf, and we've even personally gone to the consulate in Casa. They wouldn't even let either of us enter, and the woman at the front took our name and number and said that they would be in touch. Guess what - that never happened either.

I see so many similar stories, but has anyone recently had success in obtaining their CR-1 visa? I'd love to hear some stories with a positive outcome.

Also, has anyone requested their passport back while the case is in AP? My husband and I would love to be able to travel and live life while we are waiting.

Excuse my long message :)


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You can always ask for the passport back, they don't need to have that for AP to proceed honestly, a lot of times they give it back voluntarily.


As for AP, it isn't just somewhat common, it is extremely common as everyone goes through some form of AP. Can be 2-3 days, 2-3 weeks, 2-3 months, or even years, yes years. It can't be expedited or avoided.  The embassy is doing their background/security checks, documentation verifications, ect. Sometimes they run into a "same name" issue that causes some delays. Also people are undergoing much more scrutiny now a days for security purposes. One big reason for long AP's can because it is hard for the embassy to verify documents because of poor handling/records of the home country, or the country is unwilling to release information to the embassy. 


You could do a "Writ A Mandamus".... but generally that's the only way to "force" the embassy to make a decision which usually just ends up being a denial because the embassy didn't get to finish their checks.

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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So sorry this is happening to you.


Horror stories like your are why I went the K-1 route. Of course there are K-1 horror stories too, but at least one marries only when the alien significant other is safely in the USA.


These threads might be of help,




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Was he requested to submit the DS-5535 is the reason for the AP because of needing to submit a missing document? Or did you have everything and were just told to wait? 


K1 Visa Process                                                                                                   



December 19, 2016: NOA1 receive date 

May 5, 2017: NOA2 hardcopy (still listed as 'received' online...)

May 23, 2017: NVC case number assigned

July 10, 2017: Interview
July 14, 2017: Visa in hand
July 27, 2017: POE at ORD

August 5, 2017: Married!


See my 'About Me' section on my profile for a more detailed step by step journey of our K1 Journey through the Casablanca consulate in Morocco


AOS Process    



AOS Process  

September 8, 2017 : Mailed AOS Packet

September 16, 2017 : NOA1 text/emails (receive date Sept. 12)

October 2, 2017 : Biometrics Appointment

October 13, 2017 : RFIE letter received in mail (they want an English translated Birth Certificate, which we included in the original petition...)

January 24, 2018: EAD/AP Combo Card in hand

August 9, 2018: AOS Interview (Approved)

August 9, 2018: "Card in Production"

August 16, 2018: Green card in hand



May 2020: ROC!

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