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The Turkey, Iran, MENA, dreaded DS-5535 thread forum. Post here and support each other
1:12 pm August 14, 2023


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Greetings All,

Just wanted to start a Mena DS-5535 Forum, as it seems tons of people here go through this process and have no platform to vent. I am not sure how deep this rabbit hole will go but I hope this will become a venue everyone can talk and vent and retain information lost with those throughout this process. As of right now, here is my timeline everybody:

I hope you all gain something from this:

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


21JUNE2023 - WRIT OF MANDAMUS CASE ASSIGEND - SUMMONS (5) Issued Electronically as to RENA BITTER, ANTONY J. BLINKEN, JAYNE HOWELL, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General(zrtw)

23JUNE2023 - Refused 221(G) - No Action on our Behalf

28JUNE2023 - STANDARD ORDER for civil cases signed by our Judge

24JULY2023 (Part 1) - RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint - Returned Executed as to Federal Defendant Summons Returned Executed as to U.S. Attorney General - Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/21/2023

26JULY2023 (Part 2) - RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint - Returned Executed as to Federal Defendant Summons Returned Executed as to U.S. Attorney General - Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 8/21/2023

28JULY2023 - Refused 221(G) - TODAY.

We had started the process to file a Writ of Mandamus after 40 days and spent $4000.00. We used Morrison-URENA.

There is a Telegram Group called 'mandamus_ap' on Telegram if you give it a search that has a list of verified lawyers to give you some additional guidance that I highly recommend. Although I cannot provide the link here, you can type what I put in bold and the group will pop up.

As for now. Lets see where this goes everyone.

My fiance and I have 10 days left until the Gov't has to respond so wish us luck!

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I-751 and Expiration of Green Card
11:29 pm July 25, 2023

Eamonn F

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Let's say an I-751 is submitted before the Green Card expiration, but the USCIS reviews the submission and finds a problem AFTER the expiration. Is that simply an RFE or are Green Card privileges lost because the submission wasn't "properly" filed before the Green Card expired?

Thank you for any insight.

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Seeking Advice: Mailing Passport from Iran to Ankara Embassy
10:53 pm June 23, 2023


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Hello Visa Journey Members,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to seek your valuable advice and guidance on behalf of my fianc who is currently facing an issue in the K1 visa application process. As my fianc is an Iranian citizen, there is no U.S. embassy in Iran for the K1 visa process. Therefore, we have been advised to send her passport to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey in order to avoid taking a flight once her status turns to approved.

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone who has been through a similar situation or has knowledge about mailing passports from Iran to the Ankara Embassy could provide us with some insights. We have a few specific questions:

  1. Shipping Options: Which shipping service(s) did you or your fianc use to mail the passport from Iran to the Ankara Embassy? Are there any specific couriers that are reliable, efficient, and have experience in handling passport delivery?

  2. Required Documentation: Aside from the passport, are there any additional documents my fianc needs to include in the package when mailing it to the Ankara Embassy? Are there any specific forms, cover letters, or information that should be provided along with the passport?

  3. Packaging Recommendations: Considering the sensitivity of the documents, what packaging recommendations or precautions should we take to ensure the safety and security of my fianc 's passport during transit? Are there any specific instructions or guidelines provided by the Ankara Embassy for packaging?

  4. Tracking and Insurance: Should my fianc opt for tracking and insurance services when shipping her passport? If so, which options should she choose? Will she be able to track the shipment throughout its journey?

  5. Expected Processing Time: Based on your experience, what is the average processing time for the Ankara Embassy to receive and process the mailed passport? Were there any delays or complications encountered during this step?

  6. Communication with Ankara Embassy: How did you or your fianc establish communication with the Ankara Embassy during the process? Were they responsive to queries or concerns? Were any specific contact details provided for inquiries related to mailed passports?

We would greatly appreciate any additional advice, tips, or personal experiences you can share regarding mailing passports from Iran to the Ankara Embassy. We understand that each situation may vary, but your insights will certainly help us navigate this process with more confidence and peace of mind.

Thank you so much for your time and support. We look forward to hearing from you and benefiting from your expertise!

Best regards,


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NVC assigned different embassy locations for my parents
10:42 pm June 13, 2023



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Hi all,

I have applied for visas for my parents. However, now that the cases have been sent to the National Visa Center (NVC), they have assigned one of the cases to Abu Dhabi and the other to Yerevan. Unfortunately, there is no US embassy where my parents reside, and NVC no longer accepts phone calls. Although I have already sent them an email, I have not yet received a response. Has anyone else had a similar experience? I would like to know if it is possible to change the location for one of the cases so that my parents can travel together. I have not paid the fees or filled out the DS-260 form yet.

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🌟 Calling All Visa Journey Members: Update Timelines and Support Each Other! 🌟
8:58 pm May 15, 2023


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I hope this message finds you all well and filled with determination on your visa journey. Together, we have built a supportive and knowledgeable community, and it's time to gather once again to share our experiences, provide updates on our timelines, and lend a helping hand to our fellow members. I hope this post aims to inspire others to create a space where we can connect, offer guidance, and foster a sense of camaraderie as we navigate the intricate world of visa processing

The power of this forum lies in the collective wisdom and support we bring to the table. By updating our timelines, we not only stay informed about the progress of our own cases but also create a valuable resource for others

Remember, a single timeline update can be a beacon of hope for someone else going through a similar journey. So let's stand together, shoulder to shoulder, and make this daunting process a little smoother for everyone involved.

Whether you are waiting for your NOA1, eagerly anticipating your interview, or have recently received your visa, your contribution to this forum matters. Your experiences, insights, and advice can make a significant difference to someone facing the same challenges. So, without further ado, let's open our hearts and share our stories, triumphs, setbacks, and lessons learned. Together, we can create a wealth of knowledge and support that will guide and uplift us all.

Thank you all for your time

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