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Hello All,


Wanting to turn  to VJ and ask for help.

My Mother's documents were finally (after a year's wait) accepted on 24MAY19 by NVC and  now waiting in line for an interview date in Manila.

I'm due to have my son mid-August and wondering if this would be a valid reason for requesting an expedite for scheduling an interview date for her?

As with what I'm reading on here, seems like things are being backlogged and am afraid that she wont be here by the time I give birth.  Will this reason pose a risk of her being denied visa issuance?  (I've tried applying for a tourist visa for her 2 years ago & was told it's best not to mention about a grandchild) - would this be same case?   Similar case anyone? 🤔

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pregnancy is very rarely accepted for any expedite for any petition, unless you're expected to not live. then, maybe. we will all hope that's not the case

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04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite 5/22 faxed info

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

06/19/2019    Social Security Card received in mail


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You can try....but I have heard that expedited interviews are very hard to get there.......

@John & Rose, any insight?


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I doubt it is grounds for expedite otherwise everyone will be getting pregnant because of it. However, you can always try your luck; if the expedite is rejected it won't affect your mom's position in line for interview.

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Thank you for the responses.  Yes, I had a feeling that this reasoning wouldn't help with expediting but thought I'd ask for other opinions.  🤗

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19 hours ago, missileman said:

You can try....but I have heard that expedited interviews are very hard to get there.......

@John & Rose, any insight?


The expedite in Manila is only for NVC to push the petition to the embassy sooner. Once it is there everyone waits for the available slots. They do not give expedited petitions priority when looking for available slots. We were expedited and we have to wait in line for an opening. The one advantage is we book our own date, not NVC. Right now there are no available slots and they say the calendar won’t be back until July. June and July are fully booked and I know a few people who want to cancel and they were told not to worry about it and just rebook when the appointment system becomes active. Looks like they aren’t going to have any openings for a couple months. 


Also, calling doesn’t help. They have the same information as the appointment website. 

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PDOS (Pre-Departure Registration and Orientation Seminar) is for ages 20-59.  Peer Counseling is for 13-19 years of age.

It is required to have the visa in their passport for PDOS and Peer Counseling.


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@John & Rose Thank you for the useful information! I had a gut feeling that my Mother's interview most likely would fall in August and trying to not keep my hopes up.  I see in your timeline your interviews are coming up in late June! Congrats and good luck! 🤩  Yes, tried calling NVC as well and their lines are ALWAYS busy 😰

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