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Yes, my now-wife changed from Riyadh to Manila back in 2017.


Timelines:

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AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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11 minutes ago, O & R said:

How long did she wait to get her status « ready »? And how long after that did they receive the physical file? 

Most of the info is in my signature (click on the "Reveal Hidden Contents" bar to expand it), but a summary is below:

  • 4/16/17 Case received at Riyadh
  • 4/21/17 Case formally requested for transfer to Manila*
  • 4/24/17 Case transfer approved by Riyadh
  • 5/1/17 Case received by Manila, CEAC READY.
  • 5/3/17 Scheduled interview**

* We requested the transfer 3 times via Manila. The first 2 times they just sent back a generic response w/o apparently reading any of the question. The third time they actually made the request for transfer from Riyadh. This was about a week of delay going back & forth for the 3 responses.

 

** She needed to contact ustraveldocs.com to move her account there. She previously applied for a tourist visa from Riyadh, so her account was still showing as being in KSA and you can't create a new account with the same passport number. They responded within about 2 days.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

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I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 minute ago, geowrian said:

Most of the info is in my signature (click on the "Reveal Hidden Contents" bar to expand it), but a summary is below:

  • 4/16/17 Case received at Riyadh
  • 4/21/17 Case formally requested for transfer to Manila*
  • 4/24/17 Case transfer approved by Riyadh
  • 5/1/17 Case received by Manila, CEAC READY.
  • 5/3/17 Scheduled interview**

* We requested the transfer 3 times via Manila. The first 2 times they just sent back a generic response w/o apparently reading any of the question. The third time they actually made the request for transfer from Riyadh. This was about a week of delay going back & forth for the 3 responses.

 

** She needed to contact ustraveldocs.com to move her account there. She previously applied for a tourist visa from Riyadh, so her account was still showing as being in KSA and you can't create a new account with the same passport number. They responded within about 2 days.

That was fast! 

My situation is the following :

 

Case ready in Paris : 07/26

Transfer requested to Madrid from Paris : 07/28

Transfer approved : 07/29

Transfer in progress : 07/30

Case ready in Madrid with the MDD letters at the end of the case number : 07/31

 

So basically since 07/31 my case is ready out there but they keep on telling me they haven’t received anything so I can’t move on to the next steps 

I am getting so frustrated... did the same happen to you guys when it showed ready or everything went smoothly?

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6 minutes ago, O & R said:

That was fast!

Yup. Riyadh isn't a particularly busy embassy, and Manila issues almost 1/5 of the world's K-1 visas, so they have the process really streamlined once they get the file.

 

6 minutes ago, O & R said:

My situation is the following :

 

Case ready in Paris : 07/26

Transfer requested to Madrid from Paris : 07/28

Transfer approved : 07/29

Transfer in progress : 07/30

Case ready in Madrid with the MDD letters at the end of the case number : 07/31

 

So basically since 07/31 my case is ready out there but they keep on telling me they haven’t received anything so I can’t move on to the next steps 

I am getting so frustrated... did the same happen to you guys when it showed ready or everything went smoothly?

I can't say anything about Madrid as I'm not familiar with that embassy. It's in their hands now to get the file and do initial processing to get it into their system and proceed. It may be possible to proceed with the DS-160, medical, etc., already even...I don't know what the requirements are for Madrid in terms of that (Manila has no Packet 3...you just submit the forms and do the medical and schedule the interview yourself once the case is ready).


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

Yup. Riyadh isn't a particularly busy embassy, and Manila issues almost 1/5 of the world's K-1 visas, so they have the process really streamlined once they get the file.

 

I can't say anything about Madrid as I'm not familiar with that embassy. It's in their hands now to get the file and do initial processing to get it into their system and proceed. It may be possible to proceed with the DS-160, medical, etc., already even...I don't know what the requirements are for Madrid in terms of that (Manila has no Packet 3...you just submit the forms and do the medical and schedule the interview yourself once the case is ready).

Paris sent the file to Madrid as soon as Madrid asked. It showed ready 2 days later. Ready is supposed to mean that the file has reached the new embassy, isn’t it?

I honestly think they received it but haven’t processed it yet in their computer. Because usually it stays as « transfer in progress » for people whose transfer took a long time 

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This is all really good to know as we will have to transfer embassies in the future from Manila to London.

 

Is waiting for the case to get to old embassy and then emailing the new embassy to transfer it the best option? I've read that trying to catch the case during the NVC stage for a change may be possible yet difficult?

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10 minutes ago, FreyandRyan said:

This is all really good to know as we will have to transfer embassies in the future from Manila to London.

 

Is waiting for the case to get to old embassy and then emailing the new embassy to transfer it the best option? I've read that trying to catch the case during the NVC stage for a change may be possible yet difficult?

If you wish to have your immigrant/fiancée visa file transferred from one Embassy to another U.S. Embassy/Consulate, please contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy/Consulate directly in the country where you wish to apply and follow their instructions for case transfer. Please click here for the full list of all U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas.

The old Embassy will need to receive a formal file transfer request from that U.S. Embassy/Consulate in the country where you wish to apply. Upon receipt of this request, they will immediately forward the file for the New Embassy to process. (Expect up to a 30 day delay)

Once you contact your New Embassy you then can discuss the transfer of your fee if you have paid it prior to the decision of transferring your case to your new embassy. Be sure to have your payment receipt available.

If your case goes from embassy to embassy then NO you don't get a new case number. The case number will began with original alpha nomenclature ie. AAAXXXXXXXXXX. If her case comes from NVC then you will have a case number starting with the embassy that you will interview in. To make your payment using your old embassy's case number you establish your profile with that case number then you link your payment to your profile.


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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, O & R said:

Paris sent the file to Madrid as soon as Madrid asked. It showed ready 2 days later. Ready is supposed to mean that the file has reached the new embassy, isn’t it?

I honestly think they received it but haven’t processed it yet in their computer. Because usually it stays as « transfer in progress » for people whose transfer took a long time 

Generally, it does.

That's possible. I wish I had more info specific to Madrid on how they handle incoming cases, but I don't want to misspeak as when and how to do the steps at that point vary from consulate to consulate.

 

1 hour ago, FreyandRyan said:

This is all really good to know as we will have to transfer embassies in the future from Manila to London.

 

Is waiting for the case to get to old embassy and then emailing the new embassy to transfer it the best option? I've read that trying to catch the case during the NVC stage for a change may be possible yet difficult?

If you can catch it at NVC and get a hold of somebody who knows what to do - then yes, changing at NVC is possible and preferred.

My experience with over a dozen phone calls (both to the IV and NIV numbers - both handle K-1s) and 2 supervisors, I was unable to get in touch with somebody who could make the change before they sent it out. I have heard of a small handful of people who were able to do so with an I-129F (I-130s are different as they are at NVC for months).

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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1 hour ago, FreyandRyan said:

This is all really good to know as we will have to transfer embassies in the future from Manila to London.

 

Is waiting for the case to get to old embassy and then emailing the new embassy to transfer it the best option? I've read that trying to catch the case during the NVC stage for a change may be possible yet difficult?

I actually tried to call NVC the time my case was there 4 times and my fiancé did 5 times. There’s no way they’ll do it on the phone first of all... and you have to send them a request online through their inquiry form. The thing is that I sent them this request on July 15th and you want to know the funny part? They answered me only yesterday telling me my case isn’t there anymore so it’s not up to them to do this change anymore lol 🤦🏼‍♀️

So yes it might be the best option to catch it at the NVC but honestly it’s IMPOSSIBLE! 

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41 minutes ago, O & R said:

I actually tried to call NVC the time my case was there 4 times and my fiancé did 5 times. There’s no way they’ll do it on the phone first of all... and you have to send them a request online through their inquiry form. The thing is that I sent them this request on July 15th and you want to know the funny part? They answered me only yesterday telling me my case isn’t there anymore so it’s not up to them to do this change anymore lol 🤦🏼‍♀️

So yes it might be the best option to catch it at the NVC but honestly it’s IMPOSSIBLE! 

Same experience. I also sent the notice via email to the supervisor's email address to no luck. I have seen a couple people get really lucky and have the email reviewed to make the change in time.

But yeah, my experience was essentially the same - it took a few months to get a response form NVC just to say they don't have it anymore.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Moved from K1 Progress Reports to US Embassy and Consulate Discussion.


Our journey:

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September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
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)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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