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Hello all. Really bummed because my husband has been on AP now for a month. No reason really? He is from Egypt, we live in Abu Dhabi now as a family with our daughter and he previously worked in Saudi Arabia. They said he was approved after his interview but then of course he got the email to fill out the DS 5355. His passport was returned 3 days later at the post without stamps and With a 221g slip..

I am seeing these cases taking anywhere from a few weeks to YEARS. Anyone with experience in Middle East: specifically UAE or Saudi Arabia or Egypt? And can anyone tell me if getting this case expedited again USCIS AND NVC might have caused this? Perhaps didn’t give them a chance to even do a background check in the first place for a CR1?

 

thanks..

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On 9/14/2020 at 12:43 PM, A Mo and L ma said:

Hello all. Really bummed because my husband has been on AP now for a month. No reason really? He is from Egypt, we live in Abu Dhabi now as a family with our daughter and he previously worked in Saudi Arabia. They said he was approved after his interview but then of course he got the email to fill out the DS 5355. His passport was returned 3 days later at the post without stamps and With a 221g slip..

I am seeing these cases taking anywhere from a few weeks to YEARS. Anyone with experience in Middle East: specifically UAE or Saudi Arabia or Egypt? And can anyone tell me if getting this case expedited again USCIS AND NVC might have caused this? Perhaps didn’t give them a chance to even do a background check in the first place for a CR1?

 

thanks..

Hi, just curious if you had any progress with this? My husband worked in the UAE for 14 years before we came to Egypt last year from the UAE. We are waiting for the rescheduling of his visa interview. I never even heard of this form until I saw your post today! 

If it takes a long time you should talk to a lawyer. 

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55 minutes ago, NMHayek said:

Hi, just curious if you had any progress with this? My husband worked in the UAE for 14 years before we came to Egypt last year from the UAE. We are waiting for the rescheduling of his visa interview. I never even heard of this form until I saw your post today! 

If it takes a long time you should talk to a lawyer. 

This is a form that Trump added in 2017 for extra security checks that seems to really be used mainly for Muslims/Arabs/those who have traveled anywhere in the Middle East.

 

i have no heard anything back yet and it has been one month..

 

if your husband is the one getting the visa and he has never had a Schengen or US visa before, I would prepare this document just in case. You can print it out online..

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3 hours ago, A Mo and L ma said:

This is a form that Trump added in 2017 for extra security checks that seems to really be used mainly for Muslims/Arabs/those who have traveled anywhere in the Middle East.

 

i have no heard anything back yet and it has been one month..

 

if your husband is the one getting the visa and he has never had a Schengen or US visa before, I would prepare this document just in case. You can print it out online..

Thanks for the reply. I was looking for the form online and couldn’t find it. I’ll try to find it and have him fill it just in case. 
 

You should contact the embassy, I read that if you hadn’t heard back in 30 days you should send them an email. 
 

 

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6 minutes ago, NMHayek said:

Thanks for the reply. I was looking for the form online and couldn’t find it. I’ll try to find it and have him fill it just in case. 
 

You should contact the embassy, I read that if you hadn’t heard back in 30 days you should send them an email. 
 

 

I contacted them. I got the generic “still in process” email.

 

just going to have to wait it out... SO frustrating. 

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17 hours ago, A Mo and L ma said:

I contacted them. I got the generic “still in process” email.

 

just going to have to wait it out... SO frustrating. 

Yes very, I am sorry you are going through this. A while back a lawyer was telling me about Administrative Processing and that usually if they don't hear back after 180 days they will proceed to action. If it reaches that long maybe talk to an lawyer. Good luck, hopefully you will hear back soon. Keep us updated on what happens. We are crossing our fingers for you :)

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Yes, I have contacted a lawyer to discuss a writ if mandamus if it does end up taking that long. I am hoping it doesn’t! I do have a very helpful congressman that helped me with my case as a whole so hoping I won’t have to get to the point of spending thousands on filing any sort of lawsuit against the involved agencies:( Thank you and you as well. I will keep you updated! Please update your timeline when you find out more on your case as well and I’ll keep up with yours!:) 

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On 9/24/2020 at 6:16 AM, NMHayek said:

Hi, just curious if you had any progress with this? My husband worked in the UAE for 14 years before we came to Egypt last year from the UAE. We are waiting for the rescheduling of his visa interview. I never even heard of this form until I saw your post today! 

If it takes a long time you should talk to a lawyer. 

sorry to say, they will issue you that same form. its common for male applicant with middle east travel history.

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Hi, I’m Egyptian and I lived in the gulf area, I have went through this situation (AP) and it took 100 days until I got my visa. 3-2020 There is nothing you can do but wait and pray....

🙏

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33 minutes ago, Sh- said:

Hi, I’m Egyptian and I lived in the gulf area, I have went through this situation (AP) and it took 100 days until I got my visa. 3-2020 There is nothing you can do but wait and pray....

🙏

Thank you for your response! This makes me hopeful. Which gulf country are you in? And what is your travel history? Also what type of visa..

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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9 hours ago, Sh- said:

Hi, I’m Egyptian and I lived in the gulf area, I have went through this situation (AP) and it took 100 days until I got my visa. 3-2020 There is nothing you can do but wait and pray....

🙏

 

thanks For letting us know.

 

was this recently in 2020 ( covid era)?

 

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