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DCF Frankfurt - No NOA1 received

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I'm French, my husband is a US-citizen and we've been living in Germany for 6 years. We sent our documents for I-130 to Frankfurt on 15 May. So far we've only received a Record of Fees but heard nothing else from Frankfurt. Weren't we supposed to receive a NOA1 relatively quickly after filing? Should we be worried that we didn't? As the embassy website says not to contact them until the 90 days are up, we haven't asked them directly yet.

 

We're planning on moving to the States early 2020 so we're starting to be a bit worried that it might not work out.

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You haven’t received anything at all? Not even confirmation that your petition was received? If you haven’t even had that, you definitely should check with them that the envelope was received. 


 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, liolibo said:

We received a record of fees so we know they’ve received our envelope and cashed our check. But nothing else since then. 

It's great that they have cashed your check.......I would contact them and ask for a status update........


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For a DCF the receipt is the NOA 1.    The letter or email saying your case is being sent to the consulate is the NOA2.


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17 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

For a DCF the receipt is the NOA 1.    The letter or email saying your case is being sent to the consulate is the NOA2.

 So the fact that in 7 weeks we haven’t received a NOA 1 or another kind of receipt, just a document called Record of fees, is weird? 

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You will never get a "NOA" of any type since it is not being processed stateside.   Our receipt number started with IOE and was not trackable.

 

I've always recommend getting an InfoPass appointment and submitting the petition in person.   The USCIS staff reviewed our front loaded petition.

 

I see that Frankfurt is taking two months for processing.  https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/international-operations-office

 

I would wait another 2 weeks and contact them.

 

Also in a DCF you need to take everything with you that would have been submitted to the NVC.   Any packets you will get in the mail will probably be missing this key reminder.

 

 


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59 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

You will never get a "NOA" of any type since it is not being processed stateside.   Our receipt number started with IOE and was not trackable.

 

I've always recommend getting an InfoPass appointment and submitting the petition in person.   The USCIS staff reviewed our front loaded petition.

 

I see that Frankfurt is taking two months for processing.  https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/international-operations-office

 

I would wait another 2 weeks and contact them.

 

Also in a DCF you need to take everything with you that would have been submitted to the NVC.   Any packets you will get in the mail will probably be missing this key reminder.

 

 

Thanks for the advice! This is all so confusing. 

You mean I should take the NVC documents with me at the appointment in Frankfurt? Is there a reliable list of these documents somewhere? 

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9 hours ago, liolibo said:

Thanks for the advice! This is all so confusing. 

You mean I should take the NVC documents with me at the appointment in Frankfurt? Is there a reliable list of these documents somewhere? 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/after-petition-approved/begin-nat-visa-center.html

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12 hours ago, Allisongm said:

Hi just wanted to let you know, we have the same situation. Sent the petition mid April and received the check receipt shortly after.. Nothing since then

 

Thanks, it’s good to know we’re not an exception! In the meantime we contacted them and they said our case is being processed and that processing time is 90 days and currently even a bit more than that due to low staffing. 

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Any news? We just filed 4 weeks ago, but was hoping to receive the NOA2 shortly :/. I have an appointment for my medical on 1st of August, so I will better reschedule. I have read somewhere, that it has to take place no more than 30 days prior the interview. 

 

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1 hour ago, SALKG said:

Any news? We just filed 4 weeks ago, but was hoping to receive the NOA2 shortly :/. I have an appointment for my medical on 1st of August, so I will better reschedule. I have read somewhere, that it has to take place no more than 30 days prior the interview. 

 

No news other than what I wrote above: we’ve asked for a status update, they said they’re still processing our case and processing time is currently longer than 90 days. 

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4 hours ago, liolibo said:

No news other than what I wrote above: we’ve asked for a status update, they said they’re still processing our case and processing time is currently longer than 90 days. 

Oh ok - thank you for your quick answer. I didn't realize that your post was so recent. Fingers crossed that you will receive notice soon and the process continues. From the NOA2 until receiving the visa, do you have an approximate timeframe? What to expect when it is already taking such a long time right now? 

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