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I would like to get some answers since I tried to email the US Embassy in Riyadh for some inquiry but they are not informative. It is frustrating on how the waiting time is and for unknown. The NVC forwarded our case on July 10, 2019 to the US Embassy in Riyadh. My Fiancee haven’t received the packet 3 yet but was advised to gather all the documents, complete the DS-160 and medical examination. So she contacted the Embassy thru mail and they advised to send the confirmation page of the DS-160 to them on August 6, 2019 and they will contact her once the appointment has been scheduled. But I have been reading some article that we should send the DS-160 confirmation page, photocopy of passport and 2pc photo. Now we are confuse if we have to wait cause we already sent it thru mail as advised by the person she was communicating with thru email or send it via courier. 

 

When are we going to expect the contact from them for the interview? Will it take 2-3 months from the moment they received the case from NVC or 2-3 months from the time they received the confirmation page? This is sad cause she’s about to finish her contract this coming October 2019 and still doesn’t have the interview yet. 

 

Please give us some insight on our case and to what to do.

 

Thank you! Hoping to get some reply from your experiences.

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I answered you PM with the steps to take. Finish this also to have additional information as explained in my PM.

 

Many of our answers are predicated on the information you supply in your profile. When we look at the left column and can't determine your timeline OR your Embassy it's hard for us to give you a factual answer. Our answers will sometimes be tailored to a specific Embassy hence the reason for you to complete your profile. If you look at the profile of others here, they have a flag for their country, so it makes it easy for us to reply as we can quickly determine their Embassy. The country that should be used is the country where the interview will take place.

 

So, if you could help yourself out and complete your profile that sure would help us out when we want to reply to your question with factual information.

 

Go to the top right of this page select your name (it's on the upper right-hand corner)>my profile>[below your picture on the right column] edit my profile. Scroll to the bottom and fill in "Immigration Info". There now we can better serve you.

 

Once you finish that then return and you will see a flag in your profile. Select it and see what wonderful information will open up for you.

 

Thanks


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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Due to the uncertainty in the timing, my then-fiancee transferred the case to her home country and completed processing there after her contract completed. We didn't want to risk her being put into AP or something and having no way to stay until completion of processing.


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

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: 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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On ‎8‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 9:57 AM, rocoblue said:

I see. It sucks not knowing the outcome of the processing here 😓

Let's be proactive here. I have posted some links below for you to start working on your documents and some of the steps that must be completed. And, one thing I found helpful is to spend my time researching on VJ. They have treasure trove of information but you have to be willing to give a try. To that end how about you also select your flag in your profile on the left column and see where it leads to.

 

Saudi Arabia P3 letter

https://photos.state.gov/libraries/saudi-arabia/231771/public/k1packet_001.pdf

 

Additional information for K-1

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/nonimmigrant-visa-for-a-fiance-k-1.html

 

Embassy Reviews - Good source of information and what to expect

Saudi Arabia Embassy Reviews on VJ


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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Posted (edited)

Based from my experience these are the things I did and received during my K1 process in Riyadh...

  1. I never received any kind of snail mail from the U.S Embassy in Riyadh during the whole process except for the visa. However, my husband then-fiance received the Packet 3 through e-mail.
  2.  I gather all the documents listed on Packet 3 except for medical exam.
  3. Sends the DS-160 confirmation page, photocopy of passport, and 2 pcs photo as per U.S visa dimension requirement. All of which are stated in the Packet 3 instruction.
  4. I e-mail the embassy to confirm they have received my DS-160 etc...
  5. After 12 working days I received an interview appointment letter from the U.S. embassy through e-mail
  6. I did my medical exam immediately after I received interview appointment letter
  7. Went to the interview with the sealed medical exam result along with documents listed on P3. My visa was approved on the same day of the interview.
  8. 3 working days after my visa interview, I received my passport with a visa attached on it through SMSA courier.

I am not sure but I think once the petition is received by U.S embassy in Riyadh, they will e-mail the petitioner to notify the receipt of the case, the instruction and Packet 3 link. Again this is just per my experience.

 

It took approximately 4 weeks for when I send my DS-160 confirmation page along with the passport copy and photo to receiving my Visa through mail.

 

I hope this help lessen your anxiety. 

 

 

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Do you think it will be the same as my fiancee sent it thru email? Because this is what they respond to her when she asked what she’s going to do. 

 

Thank you for sharing your experience as we have been looking for some answers cause we haven’t received the packet 3 yet.

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5 hours ago, rocoblue said:

Do you think it will be the same as my fiancee sent it thru email?

I can't say for sure as it never happen to me. I just followed the instruction on P3 which is to mail. However, they instructed you otherwise, so maybe? For the photo and passport copy, I remember the person who did the first/screening interview at the embassy saw that I already submitted a 2x2 photo beforehand so he never asked for another one. So maybe, you're fine in that regard.

 

Did she already have the MRV fee receipt before sending the DS-160? I'm not sure if this info is important, but after paying, I received an email stating "receipt #... has been activated and you can now schedule the interview" In my case I payed the MRV Fee before sending the DS-16. I can only guess but if she haven't payed yet, maybe that's the reason why it's taking too long for your interview appointment.

 

Check all the link Greenbaum posted especially the P3 as it will help you. 😀

 

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~~~Duplicate threads merged; do not start multiple threads with the exact same content.~~~


Our journey:

Spoiler

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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