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Hey guys!

 

I had my interview at the embassy last month and the consul said we were approved and that we'd be getting our visa within 5 to 10 days. It's been now 18 days and I haven't heard anything and so I decided to look it up our case status on ceac.state.gov and it says that our visa is undergoing Administrative Processing and that it might take several weeks.

 

I'm really confused because the consul told me we were approved and that we'd be receiving our visa. Can someone please explain this to me? I'd really appreciate it!

 

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Unfortunately, AP can be neither waived nor expedited.  It can take days, weeks, months, or years.....there is no actionable resolution.


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1 minute ago, missileman said:

Unfortunately, AP can be neither waived nor expedited.  It can take days, weeks, months, or years.....there is no actionable resolution.

I get that but why would the consul tell me we were approved?

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1 minute ago, SMK&JDR said:

I get that but why would the consul tell me we were approved?

They say "approved" quite often...but it administrative processing is external to the interview....Usually, they are correct.......but sometimes case are denied during AP.


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Just wait it out patiently, is the only advice.  Maybe some head brass needs to scrutinize the background check one last time before they stamp it with approval, and the number of cases is piled up causing a delay.  If there is more information they are seeking, you'll be sure to hear about it.

 

Wish you the best of luck, hope news comes soon!


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On 5/12/2019 at 6:08 AM, givionte said:

Just wait it out patiently, is the only advice.  Maybe some head brass needs to scrutinize the background check one last time before they stamp it with approval, and the number of cases is piled up causing a delay.  If there is more information they are seeking, you'll be sure to hear about it.

 

Wish you the best of luck, hope news comes soon!

Thank you for your kind words and motivation!

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Great news, congrats!


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On 5/12/2019 at 6:13 AM, SMK&JDR said:

I get that but why would the consul tell me we were approved?

You are approved.  Before the visa will be issued, it will go through an Administrative processing. It may take days or weeks but that is how the visa is been processed. You cannot expedite it. You just have to wait and check it everyday. 

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On 5/14/2019 at 6:17 PM, SMK&JDR said:

Good news! My visa is issued as of yesterday!! I'm so relieved and wish the same for everyone who's waiting. God bless you all! Through Him, everything is possible 😊

Congratulations first of all and I have some questions :).  Are you a citizen of Saudi Arabia or a resident of Saudi Arabia?! How long it took NVC to close your file and send it to the US embadssy? Im just wondering if NVC documents timeliness depends on your country of citizenship or your country of residency. Cuz I'm Saudi but now living in Nethherlands. So I am confused. 

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4 hours ago, Ajk3visa said:

Congratulations first of all and I have some questions :).  Are you a citizen of Saudi Arabia or a resident of Saudi Arabia?! How long it took NVC to close your file and send it to the US embadssy? Im just wondering if NVC documents timeliness depends on your country of citizenship or your country of residency. Cuz I'm Saudi but now living in Nethherlands. So I am confused. 

Hello, congrats on your wedding :)

 

I use to be a resident. For us, from the time we got our NOA2 and the embassy received our case was like a month and two weeks. NVC processing doesn't depend on country or residency. It all depends on the number of applications they're processing simultaneously.

 

Just to clarify, did you file in Netherlands or Saudi Arabia?

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On 8/17/2019 at 6:38 PM, SMK&JDR said:

Hello, congrats on your wedding :)

 

I use to be a resident. For us, from the time we got our NOA2 and the embassy received our case was like a month and two weeks. NVC processing doesn't depend on country or residency. It all depends on the number of applications they're processing simultaneously.

 

Just to clarify, did you file in Netherlands or Saudi Arabia?

Sorry to clear it up,  i meant how long it took NVC to accept your submitted  documents and close your case at NVC before sending it to the US embassy. I meant after you submitted all your civil documents, AOS and paid the fees to CEAC, not after NVC received your file from USCIS? Does it take NVC  2 to 3 weeks or 2 to 3 days to review your submitting documents. I just completed submitting all the documents today after i finally received my dutch police certificate. But i dont know how long it is gonna take for NVC to receive them, review them and then send me a letter saying i am ready for the interview and its time to do my medical examination and prepare for my interview. 

 

The answer of your question: My late husband filed it when i was in SA and it was an IR1 visa, but then i moved to Netherlands, he passed away and NVC transfered my file to Netherlands and converted my visa to a Widow visa. So i will have my visa interview in the Netherlands. That is why idk if the documents review timeline will be according to my home country, SA or according to my residency country, Netherlands. That is why i am confused a lil bit. Because i heard that some countries like Mexico, Morocco, and other high fraud countries in Africa have a very long timeline. Europe and rich countries have the shorter timelines. But i know SA isn't in high fraud countries because its not a poor country and now SA has a good relationship with USA..etc. I still dont know in which timeline SA is. I just hope they put me in Netherlands timeline just to avoid worst cases lol. 

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On 8/17/2019 at 6:38 PM, SMK&JDR said:

Hello, congrats on your wedding :)

 

I use to be a resident. For us, from the time we got our NOA2 and the embassy received our case was like a month and two weeks. NVC processing doesn't depend on country or residency. It all depends on the number of applications they're processing simultaneously.

 

Just to clarify, did you file in Netherlands or Saudi Arabia?

I asked you because when i checked your VJ timeline, it shows that NVC received: 05/03. NVC left:05/03. Consulate received:05/10. This is so great if its true. Which means, once NVC received your application from USCIS, in the same day you submitted all the documents and in the same day NVC reviewed it and scheduel you an interview appoinment and your file got closed and left NVC and went to the US embassy in the same day?!  And then the US embassy recived your file in 05/10. Or u didnt fil out your timeline correctly?! 

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5 hours ago, Ajk3visa said:

I asked you because when i checked your VJ timeline, it shows that NVC received: 05/03. NVC left:05/03. Consulate received:05/10. This is so great if its true. Which means, once NVC received your application from USCIS, in the same day you submitted all the documents and in the same day NVC reviewed it and scheduel you an interview appoinment and your file got closed and left NVC and went to the US embassy in the same day?!  And then the US embassy recived your file in 05/10. Or u didnt fil out your timeline correctly?! 

First and foremost, I'm really sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. My heartfelt condolences to you. 

 

We got our NOA2 end of January. We received an NVC letter beginning of March. We heard from the embassy on the 10th of March. 

We really don't know how long it took NVC to process the case and forward it to the embassy. But assuming from the numbers, it'd be over a month. But it also depends case to case. Honestly, your best friend right now is patience lol. I know it seems never ending and hard, but trust me everything will fall into place before you know it :) 

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