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  1. What I discovered is that the embassy really does not care about our cases, and if we are not following consistently, they will disregard our needs. When my girlfriend gave her e-mail address, the e-mail address was off by 1 letter, and therefore, the email from NVC went out on December 16, 2019 to the embassy, but she never received an e-mail with instructions. Every time I tried calling, they never gave me a clear answer. It was not until January 09, 2020, after questioning why the CEAC site gave me certain information and why I was not seeing any physical movement, that I finally got an agent in Bogota to schedule an interview. Because we never received actual instructions via e-mail, my girlfriend did not have her medical paperwork ready. The point here is, don't rely on good communication from the embassy and always try to push your case. Keep good track of all your e-mails.
  2. We had to set up our interview manually and we did not get the instructions or email from NVC. When my girl friend went to the interview, she did not have her medical done and they needed my tax documentations. She was give I believe a 221 (g). If you are in the K1 situation, ensure that have all documentation ready and whoever conducts the interview may also check your fiancees' phone. Tell her to review her social media and to erase anything that may raise red flags. In addition to that, you may receive a call from the embassy while is at the interview or the following day. Make sure that the information that you give them (depending the question) is the same. If she goes to the interview with all documentation required, she should get her visa within 1-2 weeks. Avoid my mistake. Jesus
  3. Louis, I believe that I got the news from a conversation in a topic on the Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia FB page. I think that people were asking questions and that a moderator was replying back. I believe that currently (please do not quote me), people are able to set-up interviews, something that was previously not possible. My fiancee had her interview in January 2019, but her case wend in Admin Review - reason that I am not up-to-date with the setting up the interview process, I am just waiting for our case to be resolved. From what I got from many websites (looking up "When is Colombia resuming International Flights"), is that there will start to be International Flights to Colombia during the beginning part of September (https://medellinguru.com/international-flights/). International flights opening should be correlated with the US Embassy in Bogota re-opening. This situation cannot last forever man, it almost cost me my relationship with my girl friend. So what is your situation? Are you waiting to set up the interview? Jesus
  4. I saw a conversation that mentioned that the embassy in Bogota may begin Routine Visa Services September 01, 2020. From what I read on a Facebook post, there are people making appointments for September 01, 2020. Just in case anyone is interested in this information.
  5. I am not quite sure why they are not making K1 Visas Mission Critical. As American Citizens, we have gone about this the correct and legal way. Our needs are very important. We should keep pushing this issue. Thanks for the update.
  6. Much thanks for your wonderful feedback. I will keep VisaJourney posted in regards to my case and my experience with the K1 Visa Process. In addition, as I discover more information, I will also keep people posted. By the way, I made the updates that you recommended. Anthony
  7. For those who are interested in the latest development of the US Embassy of Colombia: Event: COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension to August 30 COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension: On Tuesday, July 28, President Duque announced the extension of the isolation measures in Colombia until August 30. As of July 28, there are 267,385 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia according to the Colombian Ministry of Health. For the President’s full announcement, visit the Presidency website. For additional information on restrictions by department please visit our resource webpage. Travel for Humanitarian Flights: During the isolation measures travelers ARE permitted to go to the airport to take humanitarian flights out of Colombia if flights are available. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to change with little or no advance notice. If you are interested in returning to the United States, please take advantage of the humanitarian flights announced through the STEP program. The U.S. government cannot guarantee the ability to arrange flights indefinitely. U.S. citizens should return immediately to the United States unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government of Colombia’s Coronavirus Information Page for additional information on national measures and to register your contact and travel information. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-1 **************************************************************** Key Notes: Covid-19 Quarantine Extended to August 30 - How will this impact Routine Visa Services is anyone's guess. If you have additional information concerning the Routine Visa Services resuming in Bogota Colombia, please share.
  8. It does not make any sense. My partner had her interview on January 22 and the case was put under Administrative Processing, and then COVID happened. This situation really sucks. If you happen to hear anything from the Embassy in Bogota, please keep us posted. Reply back from an e-mail I sent on July, 29, 2020: (English below.) Gracias por contactarse con la Unidad de Visas de Inmigrante de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Bogotá.   Por favor, tenga en cuenta que todas las citas para visa de inmigrante han sido canceladas en este momento. No es posible programar una cita hasta nuevo aviso. Tan pronto podamos reanudar las entrevistas para visa, contactaremos y reprogramaremos a los solicitantes cuyas citas fueron canceladas. Anunciaremos a través de nuestra página web y nuestras redes sociales una vez se reanuden las operaciones de visa. Si su cita para visa de inmigrante fue programada en Bogotá y posteriormente cancelada, por favor espere a que reanudemos nuestra operación regular de visas para reprogramarla. Sí tiene una razón de emergencia para viajar, puede escribirnos por correo electrónico a IVbogota@state.gov. Se requiere una descripción detallada de las circunstancias por las cuáles solicita una cita de emergencia para que se considere su solicitud. El lunes 22 de junio, el presidente de Los Estados Unidos, Donald Trump firmó una proclamación que suspende la entrada a los Estados Unidos de ciertos inmigrantes y no inmigrantes que presentan un riesgo para el mercado laboral estadounidense tras el brote de coronavirus. La proclamación vencerá el 31 de diciembre de 2020, a menos que el Presidente la renueve posteriormente. Los ciudadanos estadounidenses, los residentes legales permanentes y aquellos que posean visas de inmigrantes válidas en la fecha de vigencia de la Proclamación (23 de abril de 2020) no están sujetos a la proclamación. La Proclamación no es retroactiva. No se revocarán visas válidas bajo esta Proclamación. La proclamación proporciona excepciones a sus restricciones para ciertas categorías de inmigrantes, incluidos: ciertos profesionales de la salud, extranjeros que desean ingresar a los Estados Unidos de conformidad con una visa de inversionista EB-5, cónyuges e hijos de ciudadanos estadounidenses (categorías IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4). Además, los casos que involucran a un niño solicitante que puede "vencer" pueden considerarse una excepción de interés nacional. Consulte la proclamación (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-us-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/) para obtener una lista completa de excepciones. Si está solicitando una visa de inmigrante en cualquier otra clase de visa, su caso se suspende y no podemos completar su solicitud de visa en este momento. No hay necesidad de contactarnos para preguntar sobre el estado de su caso; su caso permanecerá suspendido hasta el vencimiento de la proclamación. Esto incluye a los seleccionados y/o participantes del programa de Diversity Visa 2020. Por ley, el programa de Visa de Diversidad opera de acuerdo con cada año fiscal. El programa Diversity Visa 2020 se ejecuta hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2020, y todos los seleccionados / participantes de Visa de Diversidad deben calificar y recibir su Visa de Diversidad antes del 30 de septiembre. Dado que la Proclamación Presidencial 10014 se suspende la emisión de nuevas bajo este programa no es posible procesar las visas de las personas beneficiadas con el Diversity Visa 2020 y a su vez, no es posible extender el cronograma de Diversity Visa 2020. Por favor tenga en cuenta la siguiente información: • La Embajada organiza regularmente vuelos desde Colombia hacia los Estados Unidos, a través de la aerolínea Spirit. Los titulares de visas de inmigrante vigentes, son elegibles para comprar estos tiquetes. Para mayor información consulte: https://co.usembassy.gov/es/news-events-es/ y https://www.spirit.com/. • Si usted y / o su familiar tienen actualmente una visa de inmigrante o una Carta de Transporte, verifique la fecha de vencimiento. Si su visa ha caducado o caducará y sabe que no podrá viajar, se le solicitará que obtenga una nueva visa y (en algunos casos) un examen médico y el pago de las tarifas asociadas. NO ES POSIBLE EXTENDER LA VISA; ya que la vigencia de la visa, esta sujeta a la fecha de vencimiento de los exámenes médicos. En la mayoría de los casos, podemos volver a utilizar la petición y los documentos. Para los solicitantes Venezolanos, si su guía prepaga de DHL ha expirado, será necesario comprar una nueva. Generalmente, para la mayoría de los solicitantes, podemos usar nuevamente su petición y documentos anteriores. • Si perdió su Tarjeta de Residente Legal Permanente “Green Card,” le fue robada o expiró durante su estancia en Colombia, debe solicitar una carta de transporte una vez la sección consular permita agendar citas para este proceso. Para más información consulte la siguiente página: https://co.usembassy.gov/es/visas-es/immigrant-visas-es/servicios-para-los-residentes-legales-permanentes. • Si usted ha estado más de un año por fuera de los Estados Unidos, deberá presentar una solicitud para Residente que Regresa (Returning Resident). Para más información por favor consulte la siguiente página: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html • Si el período de validez para su solicitud de visa de prometido (a) K ha vencido o está próximo a vencer, el oficial consular puede extender este período por cuatro meses al momento de emitir la visa o en la entrevista. Tenga en cuenta que la fecha de vencimiento de la Petición y la fecha de vencimiento de la visa son diferentes. Sí usted ya tiene una visa, y ha expirado, o expirará antes de su viaje a Estados Unidos, debe tramitar una nueva visa. • Los consultorios médicos también han suspendido las operaciones hasta tanto no se retomen los servicios regulares de visas en la Embajada. • Si su caso está pendiente de documentación adicional, tenga en cuenta que en este momento NO estamos aceptando ni revisando documentos que fueron radicados. Si ingresó al programa Diversity Visa 2021, puede verificar el estado de su entrada en https://dvprogram.state.gov. Los participantes / seleccionados en el programa 2021 no serán entrevistados hasta 2021, una vez que expire la versión actual de la Proclamación Presidencial 10014. Las medidas de aislamiento pueden variar ampliamente, de acuerdo al Departamento y a menudo según la ciudad. Usted debe cumplir con las medidas del lugar donde reside, independientemente de su estatus migratorio en Colombia. Consulte las recomendaciones locales, regionales y nacionales para asegurarse de cumplirlas en su totalidad. Visite la página web de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos para obtener información adicional sobre las regulaciones de la cuarentena por Departamento y por Ciudad. Visite la página oficial del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Colombia para consultar información adicional sobre las medidas de la cuarentena en Colombia, y para registrar su contacto e información de viaje. Tenga en cuenta que si no cumple con la ley colombiana, podría estar sujeto a multas u otras medidas legales. Todas las fronteras nacionales terrestres, marítimas y fluviales ahora están cerradas, incluida la frontera con Venezuela.   Durante su permanencia en Colombia, los ciudadanos estadounidenses, sus familiares que estén en un proceso de Visa de Inmigrante y los Residentes Permanentes de Estados Unidos, deben cumplir con las medidas y regulaciones de la cuarentena. Las autoridades colombianas harán cumplir la cuarentena, y los ciudadanos estadounidenses y los residentes legales permanentes (LPR) podrían estar sujetos a detención o arresto si no la cumplen.   Tenga en cuenta que no hay servicios rutinarios de visas de los Estados Unidos, y que un cambio en la cuarentena en Colombia no necesariamente dará como resultado la reanudación de las entrevistas de visa de inmigrante.     Permítanos reafirmar que actualizaremos a nuestros solicitantes sobre la situación actual, tan pronto como sea posible. Cordialmente, Sección de Visas de Inmigrantes Embajada de Los Estados Unidos ----------------------- Thank you for contacting the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Please note that all immigrant visa appointments have been canceled and it is not possible to make an appointment until further notice. As soon as we are able to resume visa interviews, we will contact and reschedule applicants whose appointments were canceled. Announcements will appear on our website and social media when we resume visa operations.   If your immigrant visa appointment was scheduled in Bogota and subsequently canceled, please wait to reschedule until we resume regular visa operations. If you have an emergency reason to travel, you may write to us by emailing IVBogota@state.gov. A detailed description of the circumstances necessitating your need for an emergency appointment are required for the request to be considered. On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. The proclamation will expire December 31, 2020, unless it is subsequently renewed by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation (April 23, 2020) are not subject to the proclamation. The Proclamation is not retroactive. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. The proclamation provides exceptions to its restrictions for certain categories of immigrants, including: certain healthcare professionals, aliens seeking to enter the United States pursuant to an EB-5 investor visa, spouses and children of U.S. citizens (categories IR1, IR2, CR1, CR2, IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4). In addition, cases involving a child applicant who may "age out" may be considered for a national interest exception. Please refer to the proclamation (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-immigrants-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-economic-recovery-following-covid-19-outbreak/) for a full list of exceptions. If you are applying for an immigrant visa in any other visa class your case is suspended and we are unable to complete your visa application at this time. There is no need to contact us to inquire about the status of your case; your case will remain suspended until the expiration of the proclamation. This includes Diversity Visa 2020 selectees/entrants. By law, the Diversity Visa program operates according to each fiscal year. The Diversity Visa 2020 program runs until September 30, 2020, and all Diversity Visa selectees/entrants must qualify for and be issued their Diversity Visa on or before September 30. Since Presidential Proclamation 10014 suspends the issuance of new Diversity Visas, we are unable to process Diversity Visa 2020 selectees/entrants for the Diversity Visa 2020 program. It is not possible to extend the Diversity Visa 2020 timeline. Please note:   • The Embassy is regularly arranging humanitarian flights from Colombia to the United States via Spirit Airlines and valid immigrant visa holders are eligible to purchase these tickets. For more information, please visit https://co.usembassy.gov/news-events/ and https://www.spirit.com. • If you and/or your family member currently have an immigrant visa or boarding foil, check the expiration date. If your visa has expired or will expire and you were unable to travel, you will be required to obtain a new visa and (in some cases) medical exam and pay the associated fees. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO EXTEND THE VISA as the expiration date is tied to the validity of the required medical exam.  For most applicants, we can re-use the petition and documents. For Venezuelan applicants, if your DHL pre-paid guide has expired, it will be necessary to purchase a new one. Usually, for most applicants, we can re-use your prior petition and documents. • If you have lost your permanent residence card (“green card”), you must schedule an appointment with the Embassy once interviews resume. For more information, please visit https://co.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/services-legal-permanent-residents/. • If you have been outside of the US for more than one year, you will need to file an Application for a Returning Resident. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html. • If the validation period for your K visa petition expires soon or has expired, the consular officer can extend this period by four months at the time of issuing the visa or the interview. Note that the petition expiration date and the visa expiration date are different. If you already have a visa and it has expired/ will expire before you travel, you must obtain a new visa in your passport. • The panel physicians have also suspended operations pending resumption of visa services. • If your case is currently pending additional documentation, please note that we are NOT accepting or reviewing document submissions at this time. If you entered the Diversity Visa 2021 program, you can check the status of your entry at https://dvprogram.state.gov. Entrants/selectees in the 2021 program will not be interviewed until 2021, after the current version of Presidential Proclamation 10014 expires. Quarantine regulations vary widely by department and often by city. You must comply with the regulations where you reside, regardless of your status in Colombia. Consult the local, regional, and national regulations to ensure you are compliant. Visit the U.S. Embassy’s webpage for additional information on quarantine regulations by department and city. Visit the website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional information on Colombia's quarantine measures and to register your contact and travel information. If you fail to follow Colombian law, you could be subject to fines or other legal measures. All national land, maritime, and riverine borders are now closed to citizens and non-citizens, including the border with Venezuela.   While in Colombia, U.S. citizens, their family members undergoing the Immigrant Visa process, and LPRs should expect to comply with quarantine regulations.  Colombian authorities will enforce the quarantine and U.S. citizens and LPRs could be subject to detention or arrest if out of compliance.   Please note that there are no routine U.S. visa services and that a change in the quarantine in Colombia will not necessarily result in the resumption of immigrant visa interviews. We would like to reassure you that we will update applicants on this current situation as quickly as possible. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit Embassy of the United States of America Bogota, Colombia IVBogota@state.gov
  9. Porfavor nos puede mantener informado si tienen cualquier informacion de Embajada en Bogota. Yo tengo un caso de Visa K. Gracias.
  10. In comparing May 2019 K-1 Visa issuances (124) with May 2020 K-1 Visa issuances (10), I can see that the K-1 Visas that were issued may have been because of emergency situations. Well, at this point I'm just hoping for the Embassy in Bogota to reopen soon for Routine Visa Services. It is what it is, and right now it is just a waiting game. I appreciate your time in replying back. Jesus
  11. Thank you for your reply back. In digging more into this matter and going to the Colombia Embassy website (https://co.usembassy.gov/health-alert-covid-19-quarantine-update-and-extension-2/), I got retrieved the following information: COVID-19 Quarantine Update and Extension: As of July 21, there are 211,038 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colombia according to the Colombian Ministry of Health. Nationwide isolation measures continue until August 1, with some municipalities enforcing additional measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Nationwide Isolation Measures Until August 1: On Tuesday, July 7, President Duque announced the extension of isolation measures in Colombia until August 1, with new exceptions only in areas with low rates of infection. International Airports and Colombian land and sea borders remain closed, but Colombia has resumed some national flights under a reopening pilot program. For the President’s full announcement, visit the Presidency website. So my best guess would be that August 01, 2020 (or next week) will be a key date. As someone who studies processes, I think it would only make sense to get old cases out the door first, and then to focus on new ones. Someone shared the attachment which says that 10 K1 Visas were issued in the Month of May by the post Bogota. I am wondering how is that possible? Once again, thank you for your reply. Jesus MAY 2020 - NIV Issuances by Post and Visa Class[2374].pdf
  12. My fiancee completed her interview Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and we sent it additional documents that the consulate had requested. Our case is currently in refused status which I have read is similar to Administrative Processing. Our case was in administrative processing for approximately 45 days and then COVID-19 hit. My question is the following: 1) Does anyone have any idea when the US Embassy in Bogota open up for routine visa services? 2) Once the embassy opens up, what is the possibility/ probability that they will review old cases first? I know that this is insider information and this is more of an operations questions which no one may be able to answer. I know that many of you are going through the same situation right now. If you can please keep me informed as to how your case is going, I would appreciate it. I will also keep you updated regarding my situation and if I discover any more information regarding Routine Visa Services in Bogota, Colombia. On my last e-mail the the embassy: ivbogota@state.gov I wrote: I hope that all staff is well. My fiancee' submitted additional paperwork on January 29, 2020, she had her interview on January 22, 2020. I am wondering how this pandemic will impact her k-1 Visa Process. We have done everything according to US Law, and we want to ensure that her case is still valid. If there is something that we need to do, than I would like to know. If this is still a waiting game, than I also understand that. It has been over 180 days since January 29, 2020, that is the reason I am following-up. Can you please provide me with further instructions. Thank you. I received the following reply: Thank you for contacting the Immigrant Visa Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the proclamation. Visa services have been suspended globally since late March 2020. We do not currently have an estimate as to when we may restart visa processing. Exceptions may only be considered in life-or-death emergencies or when it is in the U.S. national interest. The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/ Please note: If the validation period for your K visa petition expires soon or has expired, the consular officer can extend this period by four months at the time of issuing the visa or the interview. The panel physicians have also suspended operations until the conclusion of the nation-wide quarantine, currently scheduled to end on July 15, 2020. If your case is currently pending additional documentation, please note that we are NOT accepting or reviewing document submissions at this time. You may check the status of your application online by following the instructions on our Visa Application Status page. Please use your BGT XXXXXXXXXX or CRSXXXXXXXXXX. https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx In the light of COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of applicants and Embassy employees is our top priority at this time. There are currently no routine U.S. visa services worldwide and the easing or ending of the quarantine in Colombia will not mean an immediate resumption in our operations. As soon as we are able announce the resumption of visa services, will be announced via our website https://co.usembassy.gov/ and social media. Please follow these communication outlets for regular updates regarding our operating status. As of March 23, the President of Colombia grounded international flights. The Government of Colombia also declared the extensión of the national quarantine to last until July 31 that requires everyone to shelter-in-place. Following the President's orders, commercial airlines have suspended operations and are unlikely to resume prior to July 31, 2020. All national land, maritime, and riverine borders are now closed to citizens and non-citizens, including the border with Venezuela. Domestic air travel within Colombia has also been suspended until July 31 under nationwide quarantine procedures. If you wish to travel to the United States as soon as possible, please contact your airline to make travel arrangements for when flights become available. While we are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage you to continue working with your airline and/or travel arranger. The Embassy is aware of the hardship border closures and flight cancellations are creating for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) and their families who need to get to the United States. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit | Unidad de Visas de Inmigrante Embassy of the United States Bogotá, Colombia +57-1-275-2000 | IVBogota@state.gov https://co.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/ JL
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