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I wanted to provide an update on our case as I believe it will help others in the future. First and foremost my wife got her visa!
 
Here is the original thread:
 
 
Summary - US born Indian married girl from India on first visit/meeting. We had been speaking for 5 months over Skype/WhatsApp/etc. Met through family friends. She was issued a 221G letter because the officer was not convinced of our marriage, mainly because I was born in the US. He did not ask to see any proof at her interview. She was asked my name and how we met before being denied.
 
After being given the 221G letter, she provided pages and pages of our WhatsApp log, Skype chats, and Facebook posts. The entire process moved fairly quickly. Here is our timeline:
 
Married 8/31/2018
I130 Petition Package Mailed 9/22/2018
NOA1 Received 10/3/2018
Fee Deducted 10/2/2018
NOA2 Received 2/9/2019
NVC Case Created 3/28/2019
AOS and IV Fees Processed 4/1/2019
Sumbitted DS and I-864 4/26/2019
Interview Confirmation 6/13/2019
Interview - Issued 221G 7/24/2019
CEAC Created - AP 7/24/2019
221G Documents Submitted 7/29/2019
Documents Returned and
Passport Submitted
8/5/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/7/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/16/2019
CEAC Updated - Ready 8/29/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/30/2019
CEAC Updated - Issued 9/3/2019
Visa In-Hand 9/6/2019
 
My suggestion for those who may be in a similar situation: the US citizen should also go to the interview! I believe if I was there, she would not have been given the 221G. Who knows though - I have heard that in India almost everyone is given the 221G letter. Also, during the DS260 stage, I provided ONLY what was asked - so no chat logs, etc. This was a mistake. My thinking was that since they are not asking for proof of a bona fida marriage besides certificate, I do not need to provide photos, logs, etc. as it may look overly suspicious. I figured my wife can just show this at the interview. I think this was a big mistake. If additional proof was provided, it may have been seen before the interview. 
 
All in all, my wife got her visa and I will be going to get her soon =). Thank you to everyone on this site and best of luck to everyone else! 
 
 

 

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


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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16 hours ago, hpizzle said:
I wanted to provide an update on our case as I believe it will help others in the future. First and foremost my wife got her visa!
 
Here is the original thread:
 
 
Summary - US born Indian married girl from India on first visit/meeting. We had been speaking for 5 months over Skype/WhatsApp/etc. Met through family friends. She was issued a 221G letter because the officer was not convinced of our marriage, mainly because I was born in the US. He did not ask to see any proof at her interview. She was asked my name and how we met before being denied.
 
After being given the 221G letter, she provided pages and pages of our WhatsApp log, Skype chats, and Facebook posts. The entire process moved fairly quickly. Here is our timeline:
 
Married 8/31/2018
I130 Petition Package Mailed 9/22/2018
NOA1 Received 10/3/2018
Fee Deducted 10/2/2018
NOA2 Received 2/9/2019
NVC Case Created 3/28/2019
AOS and IV Fees Processed 4/1/2019
Sumbitted DS and I-864 4/26/2019
Interview Confirmation 6/13/2019
Interview - Issued 221G 7/24/2019
CEAC Created - AP 7/24/2019
221G Documents Submitted 7/29/2019
Documents Returned and
Passport Submitted
8/5/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/7/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/16/2019
CEAC Updated - Ready 8/29/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/30/2019
CEAC Updated - Issued 9/3/2019
Visa In-Hand 9/6/2019
 
My suggestion for those who may be in a similar situation: the US citizen should also go to the interview! I believe if I was there, she would not have been given the 221G. Who knows though - I have heard that in India almost everyone is given the 221G letter. Also, during the DS260 stage, I provided ONLY what was asked - so no chat logs, etc. This was a mistake. My thinking was that since they are not asking for proof of a bona fida marriage besides certificate, I do not need to provide photos, logs, etc. as it may look overly suspicious. I figured my wife can just show this at the interview. I think this was a big mistake. If additional proof was provided, it may have been seen before the interview. 
 
All in all, my wife got her visa and I will be going to get her soon =). Thank you to everyone on this site and best of luck to everyone else! 
 
 

 

Oh.. I  am from India too. My husband is US born citizen. We even had a talk for like 3 months and than got married in his first India visit. After reading yours, I am much worried. If you want, please share any more experience you guys had. It will be helpful as I am in same situation.

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2 minutes ago, YasArr said:

Oh.. I  am from India too. My husband is US born citizen. We even had a talk for like 3 months and than got married in his first India visit. After reading yours, I am much worried. If you want, please share any more experience you guys had. It will be helpful as I am in same situation.

And when we submitt forms to NVC, at that time we should submit the call logs and chat history??

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6 hours ago, YasArr said:

And when we submitt forms to NVC, at that time we should submit the call logs and chat history??

You should have submitted everything with the initial I-130 petition.  If not then as additional evidence at the nvc


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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5 hours ago, NikLR said:

You should have submitted everything with the initial I-130 petition.  If not then as additional evidence at the nvc

I actually did submit a lot of logs at the I-130 stage. 

 

12 hours ago, YasArr said:

And when we submitt forms to NVC, at that time we should submit the call logs and chat history??

Submit everything at the I-130 stage and DS-260 stage. I believe everything uploaded for the DS-260 goes to the Embassy. 

 

12 hours ago, YasArr said:

Oh.. I  am from India too. My husband is US born citizen. We even had a talk for like 3 months and than got married in his first India visit. After reading yours, I am much worried. If you want, please share any more experience you guys had. It will be helpful as I am in same situation.

Have your spouse present at the interview. I honestly thought my case was a slam dunk to the point where neither my spouse or myself were nervous for the interview. US born citizen, no criminal background, never married, no kids, financially stable...I never thought we'd get a 221G letter. The only thing I could have done different is submit evidence with the DS-260 and go to the interview so that is my thoughts to you.

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1 hour ago, hpizzle said:

I actually did submit a lot of logs at the I-130 stage. 

 

Submit everything at the I-130 stage and DS-260 stage. I believe everything uploaded for the DS-260 goes to the Embassy. 

 

Have your spouse present at the interview. I honestly thought my case was a slam dunk to the point where neither my spouse or myself were nervous for the interview. US born citizen, no criminal background, never married, no kids, financially stable...I never thought we'd get a 221G letter. The only thing I could have done different is submit evidence with the DS-260 and go to the interview so that is my thoughts to you.

Nothing submitted at NVC has to be looked at.  It generally is, but doesnt have to be. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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2 hours ago, NikLR said:

Nothing submitted at NVC has to be looked at.  It generally is, but doesnt have to be. 

So if not submitted at i130 stage so I should do that NVC stage? Is that possible. Will they accept that as they haven't request??

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On 9/6/2019 at 8:31 PM, hpizzle said:
I wanted to provide an update on our case as I believe it will help others in the future. First and foremost my wife got her visa!
 
Here is the original thread:
 
 
Summary - US born Indian married girl from India on first visit/meeting. We had been speaking for 5 months over Skype/WhatsApp/etc. Met through family friends. She was issued a 221G letter because the officer was not convinced of our marriage, mainly because I was born in the US. He did not ask to see any proof at her interview. She was asked my name and how we met before being denied.
 
After being given the 221G letter, she provided pages and pages of our WhatsApp log, Skype chats, and Facebook posts. The entire process moved fairly quickly. Here is our timeline:
 
Married 8/31/2018
I130 Petition Package Mailed 9/22/2018
NOA1 Received 10/3/2018
Fee Deducted 10/2/2018
NOA2 Received 2/9/2019
NVC Case Created 3/28/2019
AOS and IV Fees Processed 4/1/2019
Sumbitted DS and I-864 4/26/2019
Interview Confirmation 6/13/2019
Interview - Issued 221G 7/24/2019
CEAC Created - AP 7/24/2019
221G Documents Submitted 7/29/2019
Documents Returned and
Passport Submitted
8/5/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/7/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/16/2019
CEAC Updated - Ready 8/29/2019
CEAC Updated - AP 8/30/2019
CEAC Updated - Issued 9/3/2019
Visa In-Hand 9/6/2019
 
My suggestion for those who may be in a similar situation: the US citizen should also go to the interview! I believe if I was there, she would not have been given the 221G. Who knows though - I have heard that in India almost everyone is given the 221G letter. Also, during the DS260 stage, I provided ONLY what was asked - so no chat logs, etc. This was a mistake. My thinking was that since they are not asking for proof of a bona fida marriage besides certificate, I do not need to provide photos, logs, etc. as it may look overly suspicious. I figured my wife can just show this at the interview. I think this was a big mistake. If additional proof was provided, it may have been seen before the interview. 
 
All in all, my wife got her visa and I will be going to get her soon =). Thank you to everyone on this site and best of luck to everyone else! 
 
 

 

So your spouse has only one Interview right?? NO second Interview??

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2 hours ago, YasArr said:

So if not submitted at i130 stage so I should do that NVC stage? Is that possible. Will they accept that as they haven't request??

Yes you can do it at the NVC stage but that doesn't mean the CO has to look at those items.  They don't have to look at anything brought to interview either.  But it's better to submit at NVC than to try to bring to interview, and better to bring to interview than not at all. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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