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O3 Visa (spouse of O2 visa holder)

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone can relay a similar experience either in London or somewhere else. I had my O3 visa (spouse of a current O2 visa holder) interview 2 days ago and all-in-all it was okay.

It went well in the fact I had all my required documents and nothing tricky to explain was raised. The first officer asked for my DS-160, visa photo and my wife's I-797 form - she put this into a folder and said give this to the next officer. Although not a requirement, she did ask for a copy of my wife's visa which I did not have but she was happy with the I-797.

After a 20 minute wait, I was called to the second officer who asked about my wife's job, how long we had been married (only 10 days) and again, if I had a copy of her visa. I explained I did not but on the I-797 my wife received a recent extension to her visa until 2021. After explaining she did her interview in Australia and that is the only visa verification document I have for her, she seemed happy.

At the end of the interview she said "Well, I think I am good to approve your visa today, but it can take a few days to process through the system, we will be in touch if we need anything" she kept my passport and gave me a slip of paper on how to track the progress and I was on my way.

I came out of the consulate a little confused due to how she said I had been approved - with an element of doubt and a lack of conviction. 

I had a call with my lawyer after the interview to recap how it went, and she was concerned they never asked for my marriage certificate as how would they know I was not just lying? She thinks this will prevent my visa being issued until they see this.

Currently, my visa status is 'administrative processing', and I am wondering how often when an officer says you're approved it turns out that more documentation is required first?

Has anyone experienced something similar?

Thanks in advance!
 

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If there is anything missing they will issue a RFE.


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Sounds like they have some more checking to do, you would need a database to make any sensible comment as to what is normal, there is not one.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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This sounds routine.  Security checks and administrative steps need to be performed, and approval gained from the Section Chief.  This all takes a few days.  If they still need to see something else, they'll contact you via 221g or phone.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Update: 

 

This afternoon, five days after my appointment, my visa status changed to issued!

 

I wasn't expecting this as my lawyer was adamant that they will not issue the visa unless they see proof of marriage as well as my ties to home country, so I was expecting a RFE. It is pretty amazing to me that neither officer asked to see these documents.

 

Thanks to those that answered my questions.

 

Good luck!

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Thanks for the happy update, and congratulations!


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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