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  1. I copied this from the NVC forum. An update regarding the government shutdown. The US Govt is shutdown due to disagreements in the budget. How long will it be? unknown, my opinion is less than 1 week How will it effect Visa applications? it won't USCIS and the US embassy visa's are funded by the fees that we pay so they stay open. very very little effect at all maybe some phone operators are off but we won't know that until Monday. DON"T WORRY ABOUT IT!!! I was here in the last shutdown and pretty much nothing happened, How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Immigration Services. The last time it happened there was very very little effect on the family visa process (K1 included) USCIS and embassies continued to work like normal. The Department of State (DOS): Since DOS offices are usually funded for a two-year period, DOS will continue to process such applications as long as sufficient funds are available to execute consular services. Nevertheless, past experiences with similar shutdowns suggest that any applications filed during this period will experience significant delays in processing. If the shutdown becomes protracted, it is possible that DOS will suspend all services other than emergency support for U.S. citizens abroad. We, therefore recommend that applicants plan their travel accordingly and if they must apply for visas during the government shut-down, that they attempt to schedule the earliest appointment possible. NVC is part of DOS, and is funded by the fees they collect they are open but maybe the phone operators maybe off, the other workers continue to work and process applications. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) they continue to process I-129f and I-130's. But background checks with the FBI could be delayed. Key USCIS systems will be suspended or limited. The USCIS Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS), which includes E-Verify, will not be operational. While E-Verify is non-operational, companies will not be able to verify new employee eligibility or enroll them into the system. Why would the gov't shutdown? (no politcs) basically out gov't can not agree on a budget and the funding (money) stops. How long will the shutdown be? we don't even know if it will happen today or not, I say it would only last a few days at most. STATE DEPARTMENT Many State Department operations will continue in a shutdown. Passport and visa processing, which are largely self-funded by consumer fees, will not shut down. The agency's main headquarters in Washington, in consultation with the nearly 300 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions around the world, will draw up lists of nonessential employees who will be furloughed. HOMELAND SECURITY DEPARTMENT (includes USCIS ) A department spokesman said nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees are considered essential and will continue to perform their duties during a government shutdown. That means most Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration workers will stay on the job, according to the department's shutdown plan, dated Friday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be staffed at about 78 percent, meaning more than 15,000 of the agency's employees will keep working. The Secret Service, also part of Homeland Security, will retain more than 5,700 employees during the shutdown. Adjudications at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency at the US Department of Homeland Security that reviews nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and applications for immigration benefits, is fee-funded, and should continue on a normal schedule. Visa processing at US Department of State consular posts would likely not be affected for the same reason, at least initially, though an extended shutdown could lead to a suspension of services other than emergency support for US citizens. If posts are forced to scale back, past experience suggests that visa applications may be affected first. During the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns, which together lasted 27 days, an estimated 20,000–30,000 visa applications went unprocessed every day. Officers with US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are “essential” personnel, which means these agencies should also operate on a normal schedule.
  2. Thanks @Greenbaum Your wisdom is always welcome!
  3. I agree! Shoey helped us thru some hard times waiting. The May filers deserve a big after party for what we have been thru!
  4. USCIS might be catching up on their backlog. I just called NVC and found out they received my case on January 15th. My NOA2 approval date was December 8th. So it took 38 days. Now it's time to call every night after 8PM (usually when you call after 8 there is no waiting) to get my number.
  5. I'm happy to help out any way I can. Good Luck!
  6. Take a screen shot from the CEAC site and you can use that for the rest of your process.
  7. Me too. My RFE was regarding the IMBRA waiver which they approved so if anyone has made mistakes in the past and finally found the love of their life...don't give up!!!
  8. I wish you a speedy approval. I'm a firm believer that most of the people are trying their best to help us and if we show them our appreciation it sure won't hurt.
  9. It might just be a coincidence but I talked to a tier 2 adjudicator after waiting 23 days from RFE received. I was very polite and told him I understood some of the complications they have. He didn't tell me much except my case was being reviewed but I got my approval notice the next day.
  10. Thank you...I haven't posted in a while. My fiancé was heartbroken because of this waiting process and I couldn't do anything about it.
  11. FINALLY!!! NOA2 approval! Day 224. What a rough road! It took 25 days for the adjudicator to respond from the RFE received date in case anyone is interested. My fiancé wanted to get married first but I said the K1 process would be so much faster...boy was I wrong!
  12. I couldn't agree more! Day 171 for me. Trying to explain to my sweetheart why it is taking so long has been brutal. She wants to visit me so bad but it is almost impossible for her to get a travel visa. I finally got an RFE update on my USCIS app. I'll take that over nothing!!! I am thinking it is because I didn't include the TOS for the site we met on. I will post what it was for. I wouldn't have made it this far without the support of the great people in the VJ community.
  13. I will keep this forum updated. See my response above on this page for the first contact.
  14. I couldn't agree with you more...I don't know what I would do without the support and help from the VJ community. Here is the response from the USCIS Ombudsman: Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman’s Office). You may submit a case problem online through Form DHS-7001 to the Ombudsman’s Office. If you currently have a case pending with the Ombudsman’s Office and have already submitted your case online, you will receive a separate email acknowledging your case submission and addressing your question. If you have not submitted a Form DHS-7001, Case Assistance Form, or you have not submitted your case online, we will not respond to this email. Please see our website for additional information about your case submission. Please note the Ombudsman’s Office is independent of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Our statutory mission is to assist individuals and employers who experience problems when filing applications or petitions with USCIS. If you have a legal question, you should seek an experienced immigration legal service provider. Please see below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions, including information about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Department of State.
  15. Day 168. My fiancé did the same thing. We are both on edge watching all the cases around us get touched. I contacted the USCIS ombudsman and will let you know what results I get. I wish you guys good luck this week @Julie and Kerren.