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I received the NVC case number yesterday, not yet sent to the London embassy... I just wanted more information on the next steps as some of the information I have read is conflicting

 

- Can I book the Medical or do I need to wait for the NVC email/ letter? 

- Do I now complete the DS-160 or do I wait?

 

Thanks

 

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44 minutes ago, Nits27 said:

I received the NVC case number yesterday, not yet sent to the London embassy... I just wanted more information on the next steps as some of the information I have read is conflicting

 

- Can I book the Medical or do I need to wait for the NVC email/ letter? 

- Do I now complete the DS-160 or do I wait?

 

Thanks

 

You can't hurry it along at all. You have to wait for P3 which takes 2-4 weeks from Ready. Comply with what they ask for in P3 (the actual one they send you) by sending them a copy of the signed P3 checklist, your DS-160 confirmation and your Passport Bio. Then they send you P4. Then they tell you to register to schedule and you'll wait some more for interviews to open up, which only happens once a month during the last week of the month for two months ahead UNLESS you are lucky and you scoop up a cancellation. Get your medical appointment first so you can schedule the interview shortly afterwards.

Packet 3: https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/07/Packet3Instructions-K1.pdf  And Packet 4 for reference also: https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/03/Packet4-MTL.pdf 
 


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TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

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1 hour ago, Nits27 said:

I received the NVC case number yesterday, not yet sent to the London embassy... I just wanted more information on the next steps as some of the information I have read is conflicting

 

- Can I book the Medical or do I need to wait for the NVC email/ letter? 

- Do I now complete the DS-160 or do I wait?

 

Thanks

 

Wait until your case status says "in transit" or "ready" then you should be good to go to call and make a medical appointment. However, the clinic will need to see your email from NVC or the letter from London on the day of the exam. 

 

Make sure you have everything needed for the exam before you rush into making an appointment...police certificate, shots, 4 passport photos, and the health summary from your GP.  NHS can be slow providing what you need to take to the exam so figure that out before choosing a visa medical date. Link withnwhat to bring. http://www.visamedicals.co.uk/us-bring.htm

 

Do your DS-160 whenever you like.

 

when your CEAC status says "Ready" you can book interview. If it doesn't allow you, then wait a day and try again. You'll get into the system when it is ready for you. 

Allow 2 weeks between London medical and interview dates. They say 5 days, but they are much slower and your medical will not be there by interview date. London instruction page https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/fiancee-2/applying-for-the-visa/

They just changed it last week and it's kinda weird now. Look at the Five steps at the bottom of the page. The one about making the appointment has all the info you need.

 

 

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15 hours ago, Greenbaum said:

You can't hurry it along at all. You have to wait for P3 which takes 2-4 weeks from Ready. Comply with what they ask for in P3 (the actual one they send you) by sending them a copy of the signed P3 checklist, your DS-160 confirmation and your Passport Bio. Then they send you P4. Then they tell you to register to schedule and you'll wait some more for interviews to open up, which only happens once a month during the last week of the month for two months ahead UNLESS you are lucky and you scoop up a cancellation. Get your medical appointment first so you can schedule the interview shortly afterwards.

Packet 3: https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/07/Packet3Instructions-K1.pdf  And Packet 4 for reference also: https://ca.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2016/03/Packet4-MTL.pdf 
 

I read on one of you post that for the K1 you can track this under immigrant visa on CEAC, some people are advising that there status was under non immigrant status...  Is there any particular reason as to where the tracking shows? My file is showing under immigrant visa with the status At NVC

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34 minutes ago, Nits27 said:

I read on one of you post that for the K1 you can track this under immigrant visa on CEAC, some people are advising that there status was under non immigrant status...  Is there any particular reason as to where the tracking shows? My file is showing under immigrant visa with the status At NVC

As a K1, when checking your case online at CEAC.state.gov you have to select "immigrant visa" as it is treated like as such even though it is a "non-immigrant visa".

 

Technically the K-1 is a non-immigrant visa but it is treated like an immigrant visa because of the AOS. It is kind of a ba$tard. Non-immigrant treated like an immigrant. Other non-immigrant visas do not usually end up with green cards!  The K-1 on its own is a single entry, short time limit visa that expires 90 days after POE. You are a non-immigrant (90 days limit) with immigrant intentions (GC). That is why it is a non-immigrant visa treated like an immigrant visa.

 

You have three stages 1) transit - shipment is in the air or soon will be, 2) received - physical case file is at the Embassy and 3) ready - your case is ready to schedule and complete your interview.  These will be your current state or status to your case file once you have received the case number.

 

If you're having problems with the CEAC site timing out when looking up your case it's because the system is trying to cross reference the immigrant case number with the non-immigrant AA number.  You select Non-Immigrant from the drop down menu and select the proper Embassy location. Then you enter the AA number from your DS-160 number and presto...a much quicker and consistent response. The output is the same but you no longer have the problem with the system timing out while doing the search...

 

After the interview checking CEAC for current case status:

 

Just about everyone gets this after their interview.  Based on the discussions I had with the case officer he informed me of these steps:

 

the first AP is the immigration unit doing the paperwork for approving the visa

the first ready is a notice that they are finished and the paperwork is being sent for visa issuance

the second AP is the visa issuance people doing their own paperwork

the second ready is that the visa has been issued and is currently being processed for delivery

 

Then "issue" is posted and the visa has left the BIG house to YOUR house.

 

Once you get that second ready, it should be sent out within a few days, although we received our visa before any of the various websites that allow you to look up the status said that it had been sent out.

 

Edited by Greenbaum

Spoiler

Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]

 

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1 hour ago, Nits27 said:

I read on one of you post that for the K1 you can track this under immigrant visa on CEAC, some people are advising that there status was under non immigrant status...  Is there any particular reason as to where the tracking shows? My file is showing under immigrant visa with the status At NVC

I don't know about the rest of the world, but in London the Immigrant Visa Unit is the one who will process your case and interview you. Thus you use "Immigrant" to find your case, book your appointment, or contact the embassy using the contact form. It's a clerical sorting thing and not an indication that you are actually getting an Immigrant Visa even though your Status will say "Immigrant" at first. Before they issue your visa, they will flip your status to say "Nonimmigrant" even though you are still using the Immigrant side to check on it. 

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2 hours ago, Nits27 said:

I read on one of you post that for the K1 you can track this under immigrant visa on CEAC, some people are advising that there status was under non immigrant status...  Is there any particular reason as to where the tracking shows? My file is showing under immigrant visa with the status At NVC

That is the only way to track until after the interview 


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May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
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September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
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October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
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December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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