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Alekezam

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  1. Good to hear that you finally reached someone but as a reference for next time you can do this: First press 1 for English then continuously select 2 each time the menu requests a selection and eventually you'll get transferred to a live individual. The earlier in the day the quicker it takes to reach someone. But if you wait till say mid-day to closing expect to wait for up to an hour or even longer.
  2. So here's something I posted that essentially answered the questions your are asking. You'll notice that people reference packet's a lot on here and in our case these packets are one in the same as emails as explained below: Packet 3 - An email from the NVC to petitioner/beneficiary (whomever's email is on file)stating that they've sent off your case to the corresponding embassy. Packet 4 - An email from the the embassy to petitioner/beneficiary (whomever's email is on file) with instructions on how to schedule an interview and all the things that are required prior to the interview. They (NVC) send both a digital and physical copy of your case to the embassy. I confirmed this by asking the NVC directly. Digital copy gets there almost instantaneously while the physical copy takes a little more than a week so make sure to schedule your interview at least two weeks out minimum from the time that the NVC sends out the email (Packet 3) as they won't conduct the interview without the physical case in front of them. You can go ahead and submit the DS-160 and payment now, no need to wait. All they require is the new Case # that you were given from the NVC in order to do so. Once you've done that you can also schedule the interview by calling the embassy call center. I'm pretty sure they will schedule an interview as long as they've already received the digital copy. The key here is to make sure you allow enough time for the physical copy of your case to reach the embassy. They don't appear to be very busy at the moment so setting up an appointment as early as the same week you call or even the next day is possible. A good way to check if they've also received your actual physical case is to monitor the CEAC tracker site. Look at the date it was last touched. For example, it changes to "Ready" from "In Transit" when the embassy receives the electronic version of your case. Take note of that date because when the date changes again that almost more than likely means they got your physical package. So keep note of the dates on the CEAC Tracker site as they are good indicators. We got the email (Packet 4) right around 8 days after our case left the NVC so I think you'll probably be getting it either today or tomorrow. Hope that clears things up!
  3. Read the post I made just after the one you quoted me on where I actually called the NVC to confirm my suspicion. I think the key factor to all of this nonsense is the fact that government employees are not incentivized (not sure that word officially even exists but you know what I mean) to do anything beyond their given job function. I agree though, can't blame them for it all but I can say this. If you had a mishap like the one I or many have experienced due to something that was not our fault then you would be somewhat negatively biased too. (You'll have to read up on some of my past posts to see what happened to our case that set us back an extra 5 months for nothing). Not here to argue, just giving you the background behind why I might sound a little frustrated with it all.
  4. Good point. Agreed, they facilitate that part of it, otherwise, cases would be mistakenly sent all over the place. What I was trying to convey was that they don't simply just take cases and send them off no questions asked.
  5. I just called the NVC to ask out of curiosity and they told me they do look at the case to make sure everything is in order. If they find something they deem to be wrong with the case they will send it back to the USCIS (whatever that means). I suppose there has to be layers upon layers of checking what's already been checked.....sigh. That's on top of them creating a case number and inputting the case into their system. Just another step in the process that could potentially result in a delay. I'm with you on that they should do nothing but just send it off but we all know nothing is ever that simple when dealing with a government entity. I mean honestly, why add another step to the process if all they're going to do is drop it right back in the mail?
  6. Believe it or not the NVC can jack with the process too. They aren't purely a middleman that does nothing but hand it off. If that were the case then why even exist. Like payxibka said, they sit on those hands for a hell of a long time if they are doing nothing but passing the buck. I can't say for sure what they do but if I were to guess, the whole notion of "Administrative Processing" they always fall back on when people call to ask about the status of their case is them spot checking the package for any excuse to either sit on it longer or send it back to the USCIS. Because hey! Why not throw out the power trip and show everyone they can jack with you if they want with no repercussion.
  7. I'd only be worried if it was the other way around and you hadn't received a hard copy yet. Long story short, I never got my hardcopy due to a clerical error on USCIS's part and it ultimately delayed us an extra 5 months. After all said and done I got a scanned copy of my original I=129 Form showing an official stamp of approval from the USCIS for June but get this, it was crossed out by hand with a new approval date of September hand written in with sloppy writing! Even the expiration date was scribbled out with a new date hand written in. The USCIS essentially proved their guilt in doing so! How sloppy is that for a process that they put so much critique on? Good thing is now that we're past all that and finally have visa in hand we can now look back and know that despite all this the wait was worth it. If anything, we can help other through our experience.
  8. I like how instead of just answering the question straight up, there always has to be those who throw out the sarcasm. I agree with payxibka, he/she conveyed the proper format. That aside, what you have is legible and would more than likely be satisfactory, however, it would be best to type it in or write it in block letter format just to be safe.
  9. Alekezam

    I-134

    I posted this in another thread that was asking similar questions. Here is a link to an instruction document on how to fill out the I-134. https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-134instr.pdf?download=1 It lists out exactly what documents need to be provided in the section titled "Supporting Evidence" A tax return is not required unless you are self employed. Of course, it doesn't hurt to provide more than what is required but it's a little misleading and can be stressful/nerve-wracking for applicants if they go in with the impression that they are required to have all these documents when in reality they actually don't (multiple years of tax returns, W-2, pay stubs, etc.) I personally, provided extra information that wasn't necessary just in case as most of that extra info was easily accessible for me. It's all up to you on what you think is sufficient. If you do decide to include additional items I would limit them to the latest available year. For a tax return, one year is good enough. For pay stubs, I'd say the latest 4 or 5 is fine.
  10. I just contacted my employer's insurance and was told that all I needed to submit is the marriage certificate and they would simply update my coverage to include my fiancee. And just to make sure I also asked them if I needed to provide any other identification information such as SSN, GC, etc. and was told that I didn't need any of those items. Just the marriage certificate. So I suppose it just depends on your specific insurance provider. I forgot to ask about the time frame that you need to get this in due to a life changing event but I wasn't too concerned with that as we were planning on getting married within the same week she arrives. To answer your question on when the insurance kicks in, I was told that it is retroactive to the date of the actual marriage. Again, my information is based on my specific insurance provider so it may vary from provider to provider but I have no reason to believe yours would be similar. Hope that helps.
  11. Here is a link to an instruction document on how to fill out the I-134. https://www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-134instr.pdf?download=1 It lists out exactly what documents need to be provided in the section titled "Supporting Evidence" A tax return is not required unless you are self employed. Of course, it doesn't hurt to provide more than what is required but it's a little misleading and can be stressful/nerve-wracking for applicants if they go in with the impression that they are required to have all these documents when in reality they actually don't (multiple years of tax returns, W-2, pay stubs, etc.) I personally, provided extra information that wasn't necessary just in case as most of that extra info was easily accessible for me. It's all up to you on what you think is sufficient. If you do decide to include additional items I would limit them to the latest available year. For a tax return, one year is good enough. For pay stubs, I'd say the latest 4 or 5 is fine.
  12. Alekezam

    NVC and Embassy Stage

    I think you meant to say from the petitioner not the beneficiary. @Prof_Q you are correct in that the financial documents pertain only to the petitioner and not the beneficiary.
  13. My fiancee chose to have her passport and package sent to one of optional locations that were given to her when she filled out the DS-160 rather than to have it sent to a personal address. In this case it was a location in the Kyiv. A business center in the Forum Plaza to be exact. We both felt it to be too risky to send everything to a personal address so opted to go that route. She picked her passport and package up yesterday (10/24). The interview was last Thursday (10/18) so it took 6 days from the interview to pick up. The CEAC Status tracker is a good resource. Once the interview is complete it should change from "Ready" to "Administrative Processing". This happens either the same day or the day after the interview. It will then change to "Issued" a few days later. I suspect when it does that means they have mailed out everything. You will also get an email from them around the same time that the CEAC Tracker changes to "Issued" notifying you that your package has been mailed out (contains mailing address that you chose or optional location) along with a tracking number. So in summary, if you chose to pick it up at a location you can expect to get it within about 6-7 days of your interview. Not entirely sure how long it takes if you had it sent to your home or other personal address but I imagine it would take around the same time or a little longer. Hope that helps! Congrats on the approval!
  14. It confused me too at first as I kept expecting some sort of physical package with all sorts of documents. Not exactly sure, to this day, everyone keeps on referencing packets since it varies depending on country. So for Ukraine what people are referring to: Packet 3 - An email from the NVC to petitioner/beneficiary (whomever's email is on file)stating that they've sent off your case to the corresponding embassy. Packet 4 - An email from the the embassy to petitioner/beneficiary (whomever's email is on file) with instructions on how to schedule an interview and all the things that are required prior to the interview. They send both a digital and the physical copy. I confirmed this by asking the NVC directly. Digital copy gets there almost instantaneously while the physical copy takes a little more than a week so make sure to schedule your interview at least two weeks out minimum from the time that the NVC sends out the email (Packet 3) as they won't conduct the interview without the physical case in front of them. So the packets everyone is talking about are just emails when dealing with US Embassy in Ukraine. Hope that clears things up!
  15. Our case left the NVC on 9/27 and we got packet 4 in the form of an email on 10/5 so it took about 8 days for the physical case to reach the embassy. I had my fiancee schedule her interview at least two weeks out just to be safe. You may have been a little too optimistic when you scheduled your interview since you only allowed for 4 days of shipping time. But, no worries, it is easy to reschedule. There really isn't any backlog at the Kyiv embassy so you shouldn't have any problem scheduling another interview you may just delay yourself back by a week or two. We originally were approved way back in May. Our case made it all the way to the Embassy and we had an interview scheduled in July only to have our interview canceled abruptly and case sent back to the USCIS (added an extra 5 months to our timeline) all because of a clerical mistake the USCIS made. Most frustrating thing ever that I'm now glad to put in the past. Long story short, we weren't sure about the whole process of rescheduling the interview but it turns out the confirmation receipt and medical are both good for a year. The only thing you really need to pay attention to is the expiration date on your NOA2 which is 3 months from the date of issue. So it's actually okay to set up your interview before you receive packet 4 if you're dealing with Kyiv Embassy as it's not very busy and rescheduling is easy to do. My advice would be to just make sure you give yourself enough time once the packet leaves the NVC (2 weeks to be safe). A good way to check if they've also received your actual physical case is to check the CEAC tracker site. Look at the date it was last touched. For example, once the embassy receives the electronic file the date will change and it will say "Ready", Take note of that date because when it changes again that almost more than likely means they got your physical package. Your case went to ready on Oct 18th....has the date of the last time they last touched it changed yet? If not they either have not received it or they have received but have not yet processed it yet. Hope that helps. If you need anything else let me know.
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