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Katelyn_Wray

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About Katelyn_Wray

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  • Location Durango, CO, USA

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    Durango
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    Colorado

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    IR-1/CR-1 Visa
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    National Benefits Center
  • Local Office
    Denver CO
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    Ethiopia

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  1. Congrats 🎉 I’m impressed at how smooth that was for you guys! It sounds like it was 5 days from the interview to pick up the passport?
  2. They have been cancelling immigrant visa interviews for the past three weeks now. I know of two IR1 interviews coming up on Thursday (one expedited and one DQ July 9, 2020), who were told over the phone that they are welcome to show up to the embassy but they are most likely going to be turned away. Even expedites for parents of US citizen toddlers who need to escort their children out of the country are being ignored and told at the embassy gates there is nothing to be done, so I fully assume they are not doing any visa processing at all despite their messaging that they may be doing emergency appointments. It’s all very disheartening after waiting so long. We have been waiting 16 months for an interview already and were finally getting close ☹️
  3. Wow, congrats, that was super fast! Were you required to go to Djibouti after your case got DQ in order for them to schedule your interview, or are you able to come over from Yemen once you have been scheduled? And thanks for the reply above
  4. Hey did you ever find out a timeline for your interview? I think Ethiopia is about to close down and so I’m also looking to transfer my case there.
  5. The last F2A Addis Ababa DQ I heard was scheduled was March 26, 2020 and they were interviewed at the end of September. I know an April 14, 2020 DQ that has not been scheduled, so we can assume they are somewhere between March 26 and April 14 and moving glacially. Even for IR1, they are only now working up to June 6, 2020 DQs.
  6. Bummed the month is closing out... it appears our embassy didn't schedule any interviews (in any category as far as I am aware) for the month of July. Here's to hoping they can at least wrap up April 2020 DQs and get a good chunk of May DQs done in August 🤞
  7. Mmm I don't think it's a solid rule anymore when they send out interview letters. The past couple months our embassy has been sending out IR1 letters on the second Friday of the month for the following month, and F- categories on the 3rd day of the month (lol) for appointments at the end of that same month. But it seems inconsistent all over the world, and even individual embassies change it up.
  8. I don't know the rules on final action dates and interviews, but if your case was documentarily qualified in December 2020, even if your case was eligible for an interview you have a long wait for interview. The embassy hasn't scheduled interviews for DQ May 2020 IR categories, or March 2020 DQ F2A categories. They are probably farther behind for F2B, but based on DQs getting interviews now you are still at least 9 months away from an interview
  9. Hey @Kanke! I'm also processing through the u.s embassy in Addis Ababa. Just wondering how your case is going? When did you apply, and how close you are to being scheduled for an interview?

    1. Kanke

      Kanke

      Hi...

      The current status of my case is DQ and waiting for arrangment of interview. So far I haven't heard any update from NVC regarding the interview. How about yours?

    2. Katelyn_Wray

      Katelyn_Wray

      Thanks for the reply!

       

      We were DQ August 2020 and have been waiting ever since. I'm guessing we still have ~6 months before we will be scheduled for interview. When were you DQ?

    3. Kanke

      Kanke

      I was DQ in February. 

       

  10. If they listed it and mentioned "even if he or she is not accompanying" I would assume it is a requirement. Can I ask when NVC approved your documents and sent the email about scheduling an interview? Has your mom been scheduled yet?
  11. Hi @Ahava. Thanks, same to you! I still don't have an interview date. I wouldn't say IR1 cases are moving fast in Addis... When I wrote that post almost 2 months ago I knew of an IR1 who's DQ date was April 6, 2020 who had been scheduled for May. Since then, the embassy has only moved up to April 21, 2020 DQ dates who had interviews this month, and I know a couple May 5, 2020 DQ IR1 that still haven't been scheduled.... So, in the last two months they have moved through maybe 3 weeks of cases? They still haven't started May 2020 cases, and as far as I know nobody in any immigrant visa categories got scheduled for interviews in July (wondering if they are working on DV/Student??) Although I have heard of 2 separate F2A cases that were DQ on March 3, 2020 that both have interviews next week. So they are moving through F2a and getting them caught up it looks like! We have a telegram group with 120 members in it now for immigrant visa processing through Ethiopia. Feel free to message me here and I can add you to the group, if you're not already part of it.
  12. Do some research on the backlog in Lebanon. Check here for other VJ member's timelines for a start: https://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?cfl=0&op1=3&op2=d&op3=&op4=1&op5=5,6,8,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18,20,21,22,25,26,27,28,108,110,111,208,210,211&op6=All&op66=All&op7=Lebanon&dfile=No&adv=
  13. Hi ahava. My husband is also waiting for an interview at the consulate in Ethiopia, so I can try to give you some information. IR1/CR1 categories were never banned so they were eligible for processing during the pandemic, but this category is also really backed up which tells you the Ethiopian consulate has limited capacity and is working very slowly. The embassy was completely closed for interviews from March 2020 until January 2021 for ALL categories (except for a few emergency cases) and in January 2021 they started interviewing IR1&K1 cases that were DQ December 2019 that had cancelled interviews from last year. Now, IR1 DQ from early April 2020 are scheduled for interview next month. This probably means that for F2A they are still on Nov/Dec. 2019 DQs since they have been paused since March 2020, and I don't think they have resumed interviews for any category outside of IR and K1s. I have no idea when they might resume interviews for f categories. But when they do resume, you will still probably have at least 6 months until your interview if you are June 2020 DQ. Keep an eye out for the monthly immigrant visa issuance statistics and you will be able to see if they have started f category interviews or not. The statistics usually come out around the 20th day of every month for the previous month, and can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/visa-law0/visa-statistics/immigrant-visa-statistics/monthly-immigrant-visa-issuances.html
  14. I'm so frustrated - our embassy is doing things that make absolutely no sense, and I thought to rant here because maybe other people are seeing the same thing after cases are complete with the NVC. The embassy has worked very little since the shutdown last March, so they have a sizeable backlog of both IR1 and K1 cases. Up until last month, it looked like they had moved slowly but equally on IR1 and K1 cases and had caught up to about March 2020 DQ/NVC CC. Then, around 3/16/21, the embassy requested EVERY SINGLE complete K1 from NVC. Like at least 4/2020 - 12/2020, and maybe even through 3/2021. They were all sent to the embassy at the same time. Considering the embassy has only worked through like 3 months of backlog total in this past year, I was surprised but happy that they finally seemed to be picking up speed. But now after hearing from various k1s, it seems like if they weren't fast enough to pay the fees, the embassy didn't actually have enough interview slots and they weren't able to schedule. This chaos has lead to k1s who had NOA2s at the end of 2020 (11/20-12/20) already scheduled, and NOA2 from summer 2020 didn't get to schedule. It's completely unequal (possibly 6 months or more difference) for waiting time for an interview now, which is great for those that got in fast enough, but really, really awful for those that had earlier noa2 and didn't pay quickly enough. And then there's the situation with IR1s. They did not send IR1s to the embassy like they did with k1s. This week, April 6 2020 DQ got their interview letter for mid May interview, so logically I would say the embassy is working on April 2020 DQ. But we are seeing unequal scheduling in this category as well. From credible sources, we have learned that in March a July 2020 DQ was given an interview, seemingly randomly and with no expedite. Then just today, we learned of another case with Jan 2021 DQ who got an interview letter, also without expedite. I guess any work that the embassy is doing at this point is a step in the right direction, but this situation seems really wrong. Especially after we've all been waiting so long. I've personally been trying to make at least a semblance of a plan for helping my husband get situated once he gets to the US, and I've been using DQ as a metric to guess timeframes (since it's really the only information we have). But with the embassy scheduling so erratically, it just throws our lives further down the chaos rabbit hole. Has anyone else seen this at their embassies? Any insight as to why they are doing things like this? Honestly, is what they're doing even legal?
  15. Let's hope the consular officers have been vaccinated and can start/keep working despite rising numbers. The wait is so hard, but everyday that passes brings you guys closer to being reunited. Hang in there.
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