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  1. https://www.uscis.gov/forms/forms-information/how-to-make-an-expedite-request The ones I have seen successful here are usually due to financial plus another valid reason. Also, it does not impact the processing of your CR1 otherwise. It’s a long shot though and many more get rejected than accepted. But it’s worth a shot if you qualify. When were you DQ’ed? Yes, the wait is pretty awful, it’s slowing down a lot of people’s lives. Is there a way you can visit your spouse? Very few countries are issuing visas to Pakistanis due to Covid, so he does not have too many options to go anywhere either way.
  2. My sister-in-law who works closely with the embassy said that they were scheduling interviews last week and expected that we would have an announcement by the end of last week. Well last week came and went with no news. But we had members on VJ state that the ones who had their interviews initially canceled due to Covid are being scheduled for interviews October 13th. However as far as I know these are the only interviews being scheduled and this may be the case for the next couple of weeks. These members were initially document qualified back in February 2020. My assumption is that once they have worked through the backlog of canceled interviews and start resuming NEW interviews, we will see an announcement. This is a worst case scenario as other embassies announced their opening within a week or two of scheduling their own canceled interviews. So let’s see, I think we will almost certainly see an announcement in the next 3 weeks, but I have been wrong before (about last week). The Islamabad embassy is opening much slower than others.
  3. Those immigrants why eventually become naturalized citizens, who have worked or their families have worked really hard to become US citizens, tend to vote at a lower rate than the rest of the US population. Not enough naturalized citizens take the right to vote seriously enough. At worst, folks should be prepared for more anti-immigration sentiment in the US in the future as well as increase in delays in visa processing. Here’s a quote: “As immigrant eligible voters have grown in number since 2000, their voter turnout rates in presidential general elections have lagged those of U.S.-born voters. In 2016, 62% of U.S.-born eligible voters cast a vote, compared with 54% of foreign-born voters.” https://www.pewresearch.org/hispanic/2020/02/26/naturalized-citizens-make-up-record-one-in-ten-u-s-eligible-voters-in-2020/
  4. It’s a case-by-case scenario. But yes, generally, Pakistani males will spend longer in AP than females from what I’ve seen on this board the last few years. I’m sure there is a way to check by combing through past members my timelines. It sucks but it is the way it is because naturalized citizens vote at a lower rate than others. If you don’t exercise your rights, you will invariably lose them.
  5. Last week of April for us. Hoping to get interview scheduled before the end of the new year. I will go back and would be able to accompany her to the interview if that happens.
  6. He stated in a previous post, Oct 13th. With those calculations, they have a backlog of about a month of interviews that were canceled.
  7. Great! Definitely agree with your prediction. I had a slightly more optimistic timeline since I’m guessing they will be working overtime to bring interview wait times to a manageable duration. This is what many other embassies are doing. Also, since other types of visas are suspended, they should have extra time to work on Spousal visas. In terms of why there hasn’t been an announcement. I’m expecting one later this week. From what I have seen, Interview requests preceded a formal announcement.
  8. No worries. I’m the petitioner for my wife. We are waiting for the interview. We DQ’ed in April and in the same boat as you. Since I know someone who works closely with the embassy, I was doing my beat to pass on whatever morsels of information I received.
  9. Yes, it’s been especially tough this year. I have seen two nikkah’s break as a result of the delay. It was already a year long process, now jade even longer. Forcing married couples stay apart for 18 months or more is quite terrible and inhumane. But since we finally have good news, things should move along much faster now.
  10. No embassy has closed down yet after reopen. Europe is experiencing a second wave and embassies are still open. I would be extremely surprised if it happens in Pakistan.
  11. Optimistically DQed end of February to mid-March: October interviews DQed mid-March to end-of-April: November interviews DQes May: December interviews (shorter month due to holidays) They will move fast seeing how other embassies are doing it, but November and December are shorter months due to holidays.
  12. From what’s been happening at other embassies, they usually start sending out interview dates before making a formal announcement. If the interview was scheduled for October 13th, then that’s great news and the announcement I have been told about could be about opening of CR1 interviews. We will know later this week, likely Thursday or Friday. I doubt they will close the embassy again due to Covid unless the case load becomes much, much worse. Hopefully they can get through the backlog of interviews quickly.
  13. There has been a drastic drop in new immigration to the US as well in the numbers of naturalized citizens this year. New citizens vote at lower rates than the general public. However, we are seeing firsthand that our votes do make a significant impact on immigration policy. So when those here waiting for their interviews do become citizens, please register to vote. https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2020/9/3/21408528/trump-naturalization-backlog-citizenship-voting https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/new-u-s-citizens-were-one-of-the-fastest-growing-voting-blocs-but-not-this-year/amp/
  14. It’s going to be a meaningful announcement. Hopefully about CR1/K1 interviews. The interviews for those previously in admin processing and emergency cases have been going on since July.
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