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  1. Good day! My father was asked by the USEM to secure a Letter of Explanation from NBI because of the remarks NO CRIMINAL RECORD. He had an accident in 1978. However, the NBI required us to secure court order but per Metropolitan Trial Court certification states "This is to certify that all criminal cases filed before this Office from January 02, 1947 to June 11, 1988 were totally destroyed by fire." Please note that the case was dismissed and a court order was also submitted in 1984 when a NBI clearance was required for travel to Saudi Arabia. My father secured a Police Clearance from Quezon City (also where the accident took place) that states NO DEROGATORY RECORD. What other documents can we present to the NBI so that they will issue a new NBI clearance that says NO DEROGATORY RECORD.
  2. Hello everyone. I had my CR-1 interview on 1st of June 2022 at the US embassy in Ankara. Everything went well, but at the end of the interview the VO told me that because of my previous F1 visa overstay they need to do an Administrative Processing. He kept my passport and told me that in my case there is a good chance that I will be getting an approval soon. My question is; how long this AP would take? and I was actually nervous before the interview thinking what if I have an entry bar because of my previous f-1 overstay which was +3 years. Does this mean there is no bar, but my case only need further Administrative Processing? or there still is a possibility that they can issue an entry bar after the AP? Very confused 😕
  3. And it’s such a heartbreaking shame. I know the new administration said they were going to review the procedure, but this form is being passed out like candy, which in my opinion, isn’t the problem. The problem is the fact I’ve seen applicants wait upwards of 5 years to get this “clearance.” This should not be the black hole that it is. I completely respect national security concerns, but I’m sure their Mandamus lawsuit count and their email inbox would appreciate a little more clarity to those who are quite literally putting their lives on hold. Just my thoughts. -A 6-month & counting Victim of DS-5535
  4. Here is my story: Every checklist done and NVC arranged Interview in Islamabad Immigrant Visa, spouse Interview was on March 2019. At interview submitted my born dead child's birth certificate(Hospital AKU) as stronger evidence. I was given a paper saying "the case is in administrative process from now and your case is refused at this point. The paper I was given which indicates 221(g) pending. Doesn't say exactly what documents are further required. July 2019 Petitioner (My US citizen husband) contacted Islamabad Embassy through their inquiry website with the question "please let me know if further documents are required" in response to inquiry we have received an email from Embassy stated Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for writing to our office. Your immigrant visa case has been refused under INA Section 221(g) for administrative processing, an integral part of the visa adjudication and issuance process that can neither be expedited nor waived. Unfortunately, it is difficult to predict the amount of time the processing will take and timing varies based on the individual circumstances of each case. The visa application will be reconsidered when administrative processing is complete. Please be assured that we are aware of your concerns and will process the application to completion as quickly as possible, in accordance with U.S. laws. We recognize that this process can be frustrating for applicants and regret any inconvenience. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit Consular Section U.S. Embassy, Islamabad I have saved the document which states my inquiry "Please let me know if further documents required". In December 2019 we have new born baby and my husband came to Pakistan in Feb 2020, we went to US consulate for our baby's CRB and US Passport, all documents submitted for the process. we were told your pending case in Islamabad will be automatically updated, my husband went back to US end of Feb 2020, after completion of all procedure regarding baby's passport and CRB. On the following month I went to Consulate again to pick the passport and CRB pick up and it was all done smoothly. now after 15 months of the interview we received another email from embassy about case refusal. Dear Petitioner, Our records mention that the consular officer ask the applicant to submit documents establishing strong marital relationship with the petitioner but our office never received any response since the day of interview. Please be prepared to experience significant delays in further processing of your case. As of March 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad suspended routine visa services. We will resume routine services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. We appreciate your patience during this time. Sincerely, The Immigrant Visa Unit U.S. Embassy Pakistan Please leave your expertise so I may be able to know what actions can be taken now, in this matter. Regards SanaK
  5. Hello Everyone, I just finished my immigration process and I wanted to post this topic for people who have been placed in Administrative processing 221(g) and don't know what to expect. Back in 2012 when I was placed in Administrative Processing, I had no clue what to expect and found various posts with no clear guideline as to what should be done and what to expect. Whatever I post here is totally based on my experience and I am hoping it will help people that are going through the similar situation. We got married in June 2011 and I had applied for CR1 visa in fall of 2011. It took about 8 month from the day we filed our case until the interview date which took place at the consulate in Montreal. I would say the procedure was really smooth and we got the interview date within the expected time frame. My interview was very easy and lasted only 5 minutes. The officer barely asked any questions and did not ask for any proof what so ever. Once my interview concluded I was handed a welcome letter and the officer told me I should receive my visa within a few days. I was so excited, booked my ticket, quit my job and started packing. I didn't hear anything from the consulate for a week and I started getting a bit worried. Then about 10 days later, I received a letter in mail that gave me the shock of my life. The letter stated that my visa is refused due to a clause called 221(g) because my case needed further administrative processing. Me and my wife started freaking out and didn't know what to do. We contacted our lawyer and he had no idea what AP was and started emailing the US consulate which did not help at all. I started doing some research on it and didn't find any clear guideline. People had different opinion on this. Some people advised to involve congressman and others advised to wait. So here is my suggestion based on my experience. Even if one person benefits from this I'll be happy. I will use the abbreviation 'AP' for Administrative Processing which is also known as Administrative Review or 221(G). 1) If you're born in MENA country/Muslim country such as Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan or have a Muslim name such as Khan, Muhamad or have visit any of these countries previously or have parents who immigrated from there, chances are you will be placed in AP. The name does Not have to be a common muslim name. Also if you're from India and your last name is Singh, Patel or any other common name you may also be place in AP. Women usually don't go through AP as much as men do. 2) You may be approved at the interview initially and the officer might hand you a welcome letter stating that your visa is approved you'll be receiving it soon but you may still be placed in AP. 3) Once in AP, the consulate will NOT give any details or reasoning as to why you were placed in AP and how long it may take (Unless its document related). You can email them 10 million times and will receive the same response. "Your case is currently undergoing mandatory AP, we will let you know once the process is completed". 4) You can involve a congressman, Senator, President or a Prime minister. It will NOT speed up the process or help you in any way. Trust me on this one. We involved a Congressman because people posted online that it speeds up the process but it doesn't help much. The ONLY way it helps is that instead of waiting 2-3 weeks to get a response from the Consulate, you only have to wait one week because they're obligated to respond to congressman within that time frame. The response would still be the same. 5) Please DO NOT contact the consulate for inquiry for at least 2 months from the date you're placed in AP. It does frustrate them. 6) If you're a Canadian Citizen i.e, have a Canadian Passport, AP will take 12 months. Yes there are cases that are resolved sooner but 12 months is the maximum time consulate can take and usually it does take that long. So be prepared. My interview was on September 17, 2012 and my AP was completed on September 17, 2013. They cannot take longer than 1 year for Canadian citizens. If you have a Pakistani Passport, AP could take any where form 2 to 5 years, so be prepared to wait. 7) Now lets get to what really goes on in AP. Well, it could be anything we don't know. But from what my lawyer told me, they run security checks and various other checks on you. My lawyer told me they run checks from up to nine different agencies and it takes time to get the checks completed. 8) Calling DOS won't help much either. I used to call them once a week but they didn't help. They will tell you the same thing as consulate so don't waste your time calling them. 9) Once AP is completed, you will either receive an email or a letter in mail stating that your visa is ready for further processing. They might request some updated documents such as Medical and Police report. Depending on what got expired. 10) DOS will not update their system until the visa is issued so don't freak out if they still say you're case is still in AP. 12) Once you submit your paperwork, you can submit an online inquiry to the consulate to make sure they received it. Usually it takes about 20 days for an officer to have your documents in hand for processing. Then hopefully if everything goes well, you should receive your visa package within 45 days of submitting everything. You can check your visa status on CAEC website to see whether its issued or not. Hope this post helps. People might have different experiences but whatever I posted is totally based on my experience. Let me know if you have any questions with regards to this and I will try to answer to the best of my ability. Thank you and I hope and Pray that you can be with your spouse soon Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fayyaz (Fez) Khan.
  6. Hi I had my interview on 24th Feb 2021 at Islamabad Embassy, everything was good but i was issued 221g slip for further documents W-2 and I-864a both from my joint sponsor, which i uploaded on 6th March 2021. there was no update on my case until 22nd June 2021 my ceac case status changed to Administrative Processing from Refused. I am so much confused and worried that what to do as earlier there was no AP mentioned on 221g issued. Further more CO kept my Passport and pictures and returned my original documents and clearly told me that i won't have to come again for interview.
  7. If my parents received a 221(g) during the IR5 interview, to find a joint sponsor, how much time do we have to do so? Like how late can we respond to the request?
  8. Hello everyone, my case is currently going through the administrative processing at US embassy montreal for almost three years now. my lawyer used to contact them every time. can i contact directly to the embassy instead of going through my lawyer or it have to do it with my lawyer. thanks
  9. is there any one this group who is stuck in administrative processing in us embassy montreal for more than 2yrs?
  10. Hello guys!! Quick question, I had my interview today and I was given a 221(g) form and the consular officer has ticked on “further consideration will be given to your visa application after we receive the items checked below” so he has checked financial documents and evidence of relationship. And I submitted them just now. Is this a bad sign? They kept my passport and original birth certificate and marriage certificate and the translations. What could happen next? At the interview the consular officer didn’t even wanna look at the evidence I brought there. If I’m getting the visa will I have to be interviewed again? Any possible red flags about my experience today?
  11. Hi, I had received a 221 (g) green slip during my H1-B stamping. The VO at the interview said that my visa was approved and kept my passport. But it had a green slip with a request to submit a new passport when I went to pick it up a week later. My passport was stamped with the H1B visa but ‘Cancelled without prejudice’ was also stamped on it. I submitted a new passport shortly and got the H1b visa in the new one without any problems. I’m now applying for my green card and am wondering if I need to say yes where it asks if I have ever been denied a visa in some of the forms. It is confusing as the green slip does say refusal but it was overcome easily and quickly. Also, the actual visa wasn’t denied as my H1b status had already started in October the year before and I had the I797A that showed the approval. Please let me know if anyone has been in a similar situation. Thanks in advance:)
  12. Dear , I had my interview recently and the councilor approved my visa , also provided the approval letter starting with congratulations. BUT TODAY I HAVE RECEIVED A MAIL WITH 221g , also it seems to be expired. PLEASE PROVIDE FOR GUIDANCE . If anyone has gone through the same situation.
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