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Hello everyone,
 

I wanted to inquire about the status of my fiance's K1 visa application. We recently went through the interview process and unfortunately, we were refused under 221(G). However, the counselor provided my fiance with a DS 5535 form to fill out and the status date has updated three times since the interview on the CEAC website from 08MAY2023, to 09MAY2023, to 10MAY2023 to 11MAY2023.


We are wondering if the multiple status updates mean that our case is moving quickly and if we should expect to hear something soon. Additionally, we were given a green slip after the interview which we filled out the first day as opposed to the other colors (Yellow, White, Blue).


Has anyone had a similar experience with their K1 visa application? Can anyone offer any insight or advice on what we can expect moving forward?


Thank you in advance for any information or support you can provide.

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Sadly, it doesn't mean anything.  Do those happen to be the days that you checked your case status?  Your interview was only 6 days ago.  This will, likely, take several months. This is not unusual for MENA cases.  Patience is still the key.  Good luck.

"The US immigration process requires a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and a significant amount of money.  It is quite a journey!"

- Some old child of the 50's & 60's on his laptop 

 

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______________________________________

August 7, 2022: Wife file N-400 Online

December 14, 2022: Combo Interview for I-751 and N-400 Conducted.

January 26, 2023: Wife's Oath Ceremony completed at the Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas!!!😁

February 6, 2023: Wife's Passport Application submitted in Dallas, Texas.

March 21, 2023:   Wife's Passport Delivered!!!!

May 15, 2023 (about):  Naturalization Certificate returned from Passport agency!!

 

In summary, it took 13 months for approval of the CR-1.  It took 44 months for approval of the I-751.  It took 4 months for approval of the N-400.   It took 172 days from N-400 application to Oath Ceremony.   It took 6 weeks for Passport, then 7 additional weeks for return of wife's Naturalization Certificate.. 
 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Iran
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1 minute ago, Crazy Cat said:

Sadly, it doesn't mean anything.  Do those happen to be the days that you checked your case status?  Your interview was only 6 days ago.  This will, likely, take several months. This is not unusual for MENA cases.  Patience is still the key.  Good luck.

Thank you Crazy Cat.

 

To answer your question we refreshed the page everyday up until Friday. Friday was the only day no update was pushed. We thought it meant something but thank you for clarification,

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1 hour ago, Inveigh said:

Hello everyone,
 

I wanted to inquire about the status of my fiance's K1 visa application. We recently went through the interview process and unfortunately, we were refused under 221(G). However, the counselor provided my fiance with a DS 5535 form to fill out and the status date has updated three times since the interview on the CEAC website from 08MAY2023, to 09MAY2023, to 10MAY2023 to 11MAY2023.


We are wondering if the multiple status updates mean that our case is moving quickly and if we should expect to hear something soon. Additionally, we were given a green slip after the interview which we filled out the first day as opposed to the other colors (Yellow, White, Blue).


Has anyone had a similar experience with their K1 visa application? Can anyone offer any insight or advice on what we can expect moving forward?


Thank you in advance for any information or support you can provide.

Not sure where you interviewed but Ankara has states administrating processing takes about 6 months or more. 

Another member with an Iranian partner is currently going through the same thing. 

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Iran
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Greetings all,

 

My fiance was given a 221(G) due to one job (unpaid volunteer) that we did not list during our DS160 during her interview so we were refused and put into AP. We were given a Green slip and also given a DS-5535 which we submitted the next day. She has one sibling who is underage that does not have an ethnic name and neither does she for someone living in Iran that we believed triggered anything (that was a required question to fill out as long as coutries traveled [only one]). However, these have been our last status updates as of recently 

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Case Last Updated Dates:

08MAY2023 - Interview Date - Ready 
09MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents not Submitted
10MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents Submitted
11MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
22MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
24MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf

Case Status:    Processing Pending
Website Updated:    24 May 2023
Special Notes:    Update email was sent to the principal applicant on 8 May 2023. 

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Is it irregular to have this many constant updates this early or does this signify good progress?

Please feel free to share information or similar stories. Thank you

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59 minutes ago, Inveigh said:

My fiance was given a 221(G) due to one job (unpaid volunteer) that we did not list during our DS160 during her interview so we were refused and put into AP.

That doesn't make sense.  Extended AP is common for MENA countries.  

"The US immigration process requires a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and a significant amount of money.  It is quite a journey!"

- Some old child of the 50's & 60's on his laptop 

 

Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force- Retired (after 20+ years)- Missile Systems Maintenance & Titan 2 ICBM Launch Crew Duty (200+ Alert tours)

Registered Nurse- Retired- I practiced in the areas of Labor & Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, & Adult Psych.

IT Professional- Retired- Web Site Design, Hardware Maintenance, Compound Pharmacy Software Trainer, On-site go live support, Database Manager, App Designer.

______________________________________

August 7, 2022: Wife file N-400 Online

December 14, 2022: Combo Interview for I-751 and N-400 Conducted.

January 26, 2023: Wife's Oath Ceremony completed at the Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas!!!😁

February 6, 2023: Wife's Passport Application submitted in Dallas, Texas.

March 21, 2023:   Wife's Passport Delivered!!!!

May 15, 2023 (about):  Naturalization Certificate returned from Passport agency!!

 

In summary, it took 13 months for approval of the CR-1.  It took 44 months for approval of the I-751.  It took 4 months for approval of the N-400.   It took 172 days from N-400 application to Oath Ceremony.   It took 6 weeks for Passport, then 7 additional weeks for return of wife's Naturalization Certificate.. 
 

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9 minutes ago, Crazy Cat said:

That doesn't make sense.  Extended AP is common for MENA countries.  

Thats what the Counselor Officer said. 

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"Lets talk about your work history"
"I used to volunteer and do translations online"
"hmmmm ok.... administrative processing. fill out this form with your work history and send it to our email, it will only take 3 months dont worry"
 

thats how the conversation went word for word.

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26 minutes ago, Inveigh said:

Thats what the Counselor Officer said. 

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"Lets talk about your work history"
"I used to volunteer and do translations online"
"hmmmm ok.... administrative processing. fill out this form with your work history and send it to our email, it will only take 3 months dont worry"
 

thats how the conversation went word for word.

They have no idea how long it will take.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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10 hours ago, Inveigh said:

Thats what the Counselor Officer said. 

--

"Lets talk about your work history"
"I used to volunteer and do translations online"
"hmmmm ok.... administrative processing. fill out this form with your work history and send it to our email, it will only take 3 months dont worry"
 

thats how the conversation went word for word.

Everybody goes through AP.  When records are readily available/shared, then it can be minutes/hours to review the details and go to the next phase/approval.  In countries where the information is not as reliable/available/open to the US government, then it takes longer.  

 

The DS-5535 is another process, and it can take a long time, no matter your location (you can look up the thread in the Canada sub-forum to give you an idea).  

 

If you feel that it is way out of reasonable processing time, you can search "Writ of Mandamus" - this should be your last resort though.  

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Iran
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**New Update**

Timeline Update for others to see:
 

Case Last Updated Dates:

08MAY2023 - Interview Date - Ready 
09MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents not Submitted
10MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents Submitted
11MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
22MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
24MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
26MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf  (Today)
 

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5 minutes ago, Inveigh said:

**New Update**

Timeline Update for others to see:
 

Case Last Updated Dates:

08MAY2023 - Interview Date - Ready 
09MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents not Submitted
10MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents Submitted
11MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
22MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
24MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
26MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf  (Today)
 

Unfortunately, this is likely to be "Refused" for several to many months.  

"The US immigration process requires a great deal of knowledge, planning, time, patience, and a significant amount of money.  It is quite a journey!"

- Some old child of the 50's & 60's on his laptop 

 

Senior Master Sergeant, US Air Force- Retired (after 20+ years)- Missile Systems Maintenance & Titan 2 ICBM Launch Crew Duty (200+ Alert tours)

Registered Nurse- Retired- I practiced in the areas of Labor & Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, & Adult Psych.

IT Professional- Retired- Web Site Design, Hardware Maintenance, Compound Pharmacy Software Trainer, On-site go live support, Database Manager, App Designer.

______________________________________

August 7, 2022: Wife file N-400 Online

December 14, 2022: Combo Interview for I-751 and N-400 Conducted.

January 26, 2023: Wife's Oath Ceremony completed at the Plano Event Center, Plano, Texas!!!😁

February 6, 2023: Wife's Passport Application submitted in Dallas, Texas.

March 21, 2023:   Wife's Passport Delivered!!!!

May 15, 2023 (about):  Naturalization Certificate returned from Passport agency!!

 

In summary, it took 13 months for approval of the CR-1.  It took 44 months for approval of the I-751.  It took 4 months for approval of the N-400.   It took 172 days from N-400 application to Oath Ceremony.   It took 6 weeks for Passport, then 7 additional weeks for return of wife's Naturalization Certificate.. 
 

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Going to keep updating this for others to see

I have had yet another update today on 06JUNE2023 around approximately 0730AM (EST) 

Below is an updated version of my timeline. This marks update #6. (not including the first two)
 

Case Last Updated Dates:

08MAY2023 - Interview Date - Ready 
09MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents not Submitted
10MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - Documents Submitted
11MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
22MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
24MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf
26MAY2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf  

06JUNE2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf  (TODAY)

 

 

Will update appropriately if we receive anything further. My fiancé is sleeping and has not had a chance to check her email.

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