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So I looked everywhere for an answer but couldn't find one so hoping someone can help. I know every embassy/consulate is different but worth a shot. We has our interview for the K-1 Visa in Albania a few days ago and my fiancé had some paper work missing so they didn't give him the visa yet but they kept his passport. We got the paperwork sent the same day via dhl and have been waiting a few days to hear from the consulate but nothing yet. On CEAC website our status went from Admin Processing to Ready, and indicates to schedule interview. Does that mean that he will have to go to a second interview? How long does admin processing usually take if they keep the passport? Anyone had a similar situation?

 

TIA!

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14 minutes ago, Distantlove718 said:

So I looked everywhere for an answer but couldn't find one so hoping someone can help. I know every embassy/consulate is different but worth a shot. We has our interview for the K-1 Visa in Albania a few days ago and my fiancé had some paper work missing so they didn't give him the visa yet but they kept his passport. We got the paperwork sent the same day via dhl and have been waiting a few days to hear from the consulate but nothing yet. On CEAC website our status went from Admin Processing to Ready, and indicates to schedule interview. Does that mean that he will have to go to a second interview? How long does admin processing usually take if they keep the passport? Anyone had a similar situation?

 

TIA!

Many, Many and more have been in your situation. This is not new and can be normal for some. The fact they kept the passport means they just need the paperwork that they asked you to send to them to verify and then their decision will be made. If the paperwork answers their questions in a positive way it "usually means" you will have your visa.

 

You will be in AP as long as it takes the CO to finalize your case and to produce the visa. No one can say for sure. More patience is needed.


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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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54 minutes ago, Distantlove718 said:

So I looked everywhere for an answer but couldn't find one so hoping someone can help. I know every embassy/consulate is different but worth a shot. We has our interview for the K-1 Visa in Albania a few days ago and my fiancé had some paper work missing so they didn't give him the visa yet but they kept his passport. We got the paperwork sent the same day via dhl and have been waiting a few days to hear from the consulate but nothing yet. On CEAC website our status went from Admin Processing to Ready, and indicates to schedule interview. Does that mean that he will have to go to a second interview? How long does admin processing usually take if they keep the passport? Anyone had a similar situation?

 

TIA!

As mentioned before, many have been in your situation.  Keeping your passport is somewhat of a good sign, being that you do submit the paperwork they are asking for in a timely manner. 

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22 hours ago, Greenbaum said:

Many, Many and more have been in your situation. This is not new and can be normal for some. The fact they kept the passport means they just need the paperwork that they asked you to send to them to verify and then their decision will be made. If the paperwork answers their questions in a positive way it "usually means" you will have your visa.

 

You will be in AP as long as it takes the CO to finalize your case and to produce the visa. No one can say for sure. More patience is needed.

It’s no longer in administrative processing. The status has now changed back to “Ready”. Does that mean a second interview will be needed ? 

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53 minutes ago, Distantlove718 said:

It’s no longer in administrative processing. The status has now changed back to “Ready”. Does that mean a second interview will be needed ? 

NO! and here is why. 

 

When the Embassy is ready to issue a visa, it will change to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application"; at that time, you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa. It will go from "Immigrant Visa Application" to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application" status and then your visa changes to "Ready" ==> "Administrative Processing" ==>> "Issued" status as well. These steps sometimes transpire over a day or even a few days. Some smaller Embassy's it happens within hours.

 

Sometimes, it might skip "Administrative Processing" and go from "Ready" to "Issued".


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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, Greenbaum said:

NO! and here is why. 

 

When the Embassy is ready to issue a visa, it will change to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application"; at that time, you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa. It will go from "Immigrant Visa Application" to "Nonimmigrant Visa Application" status and then your visa changes to "Ready" ==> "Administrative Processing" ==>> "Issued" status as well. These steps sometimes transpire over a day or even a few days. Some smaller Embassy's it happens within hours.

 

Sometimes, it might skip "Administrative Processing" and go from "Ready" to "Issued".

Ours went backward from ready to administrative processing back to ready. That’s ok? 

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1 hour ago, Distantlove718 said:

Ours went backward from ready to administrative processing back to ready. That’s ok? 

In my first post it was assumed you understood that you were in AP IV and switch to AP under NVA but I changed the wording so others do not have that same mistake. My error. Sorry I should have more clear.

 

When the Embassy is ready to issue a visa, it will change to "Non-immigrant Visa Application"; at that time, you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa. It will go from "Immigrant Visa Application" Administrative Processing to "Non-immigrant Visa Application" Administrative processing status and then your visa changes to "Ready" ==> "Administrative Processing" ==>> "Issued" status as well. These steps sometimes transpire over a day or even a few days. Some smaller Embassy's it happens within hours.


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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4 hours ago, Greenbaum said:

In my first post it was assumed you understood that you were in AP IV and switch to AP under NVA but I changed the wording so others do not have that same mistake. My error. Sorry I should have more clear.

 

When the Embassy is ready to issue a visa, it will change to "Non-immigrant Visa Application"; at that time, you will know that you are a few days away from getting the visa. It will go from "Immigrant Visa Application" Administrative Processing to "Non-immigrant Visa Application" Administrative processing status and then your visa changes to "Ready" ==> "Administrative Processing" ==>> "Issued" status as well. These steps sometimes transpire over a day or even a few days. Some smaller Embassy's it happens within hours.

But it went from ready to admin processing back to ready in the immigrant in the non immigrant visa application and in the immigrant visa application shows invalid application number. Maybe I’m checking wrong ? Just don’t understand why it’s currently at “ready” status in the non immigrant section. 

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51 minutes ago, Distantlove718 said:

But it went from ready to admin processing back to ready in the immigrant in the non immigrant visa application and in the immigrant visa application shows invalid application number. Maybe I’m checking wrong ? Just don’t understand why it’s currently at “ready” status in the non immigrant section. 

Because you are a K-1 which is a non-immigrant visa with immigrant intent. Stop worrying about what the steps are. Some you will see others you will not. Some will repeat others will not. Not everyone sees the same thing because each embassy is different. Wait for issue and you are DONE. Patience! Oy Vey!

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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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On 10/26/2019 at 3:54 PM, Greenbaum said:

Because you are a K-1 which is a non-immigrant visa with immigrant intent. Stop worrying about what the steps are. Some you will see others you will not. Some will repeat others will not. Not everyone sees the same thing because each embassy is different. Wait for issue and you are DONE. Patience! Oy Vey!

Thank you! Patience is key , we just got it updated it issued today. Hoping to get the visa in hand soon. 
 

started to look for flights and came across a question. For one of the flights we saw, my fiancé would have to switch airports in London. Would they allow him to enter the country with the us fiancé visa to switch airports ? 

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1 hour ago, Distantlove718 said:

Thank you! Patience is key , we just got it updated it issued today. Hoping to get the visa in hand soon. 
 

started to look for flights and came across a question. For one of the flights we saw, my fiancé would have to switch airports in London. Would they allow him to enter the country with the us fiancé visa to switch airports ? 

First don't buy airline tickets until you have the visa in your hands and you have reviewed it to insure there are not any mistakes.

 

He can have stopovers while traveling on to the US. 


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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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


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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For anyone whos reading this and was curious to know what happened, we got approved Friday Nov 1 and Visa is now in hand! So glad for this part of the process to be over. 

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