A lot of people in this thread appear to be IR5. I'm helping LPR mother-in-law with her F2A children (DQ since Apr2020). We have seen no real reason yet to request an expedited interview (not that I've been able to find any example of justifiable reasons to use either) and have just been waiting for the NVC to USEM transfer like everyone else. Based on some positive Immigration moves under new Administration and Jskibo's experience, I thought maybe now its time to reach out and see if I can get any information how things are moving and maybe how far back in the line we are. Since most respondents here are referencing the USEM, I'll share something I just saw from their Contact Us page (https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/contactus/) under the Visa Operations Update section. UPDATE: WE ARE NOW PROCESSING INQUIRIES DATED DECEMBER 7, 2021 "Immigrant Visa (IV): The Embassy is processing immigrant visas across all categories. However, with significant backlogs in most categories, wait times for interviews are lengthy for all but immediate relatives (IR-1 through IR-5). It is not possible to provide precise wait times as facilities, staffing resources, and local conditions all affect capacity and scheduling. As of November 30, 2021, most IR visa cases being scheduled for interview were documentarily complete at the National Visa Center in October 2021. Most K visa cases being scheduled were documentarily complete in July 2021. Most current employment-based cases being scheduled were documentarily complete in January 2020. Most current family preference cases were documentarily complete in June 2019." This has been the most transparent progress status I've seen and would seem to support VJers like Princesstammy and MarlaP to investigate what's going on with their cases.