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  1. Hello all - this is a detailed version of our process from filing the i130 petition aboard in Australia to the NVC stage to prearping for the medical the consulate and getting the visa. It has been wild! I honestly didn't think we would ever get to this point. Filing i130 petition from Australia My husband (USC) was in Australia for all over 2019 (with no working rights). We decided to file the i130 petition in August, and we submitted in October 2019. We sent our petition via post (online was not an option) to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox facility as my US husband was aboard and 'living' in Australia. We sent the following documents in (aside form the normal i130/i130a and payment/e-notifcation) - it may be overkill, but we did not want to get a RFE that may delay the processing. -Marriage Certificate -Divorce decree -Child's birth certificate & Consular Report Birth Abroad -Lease agreement in joint names -joint Australian bank account statement (27 pages long that shows we actively use the account) -joint US bank accounts summary (only confirmed we have the accounts, did not show balance or usage) -victorian ambulance cover for the whole family -joint water bill -joint costa membership -evidence he is my emergency contact at work -picture of my US spouse military privilege card -letter that he is the beneficiary of my superannuation (Australian version of 401k). -my passport that showed I visited my husband -photos that showed the progression of our relationship (from the Marine Corps Ball, to being engaged, to getting married, our wedding, husband moving to Australia, the birth of a baby, husband meeting all my Australian family etc). We submitted 14 October 2019 and our PD was 18 October (or 24 October 2019) We had several date changes in the lead up to our i130 approval (as noted in my signature) but we were approved 15 May 2020. My husband left Australia for 3 reasons: The first, his Australian visa was about to expire. The Australian migration system is a bit more complicated and a lot more expense that the US system. Australia does not have relaxed migration laws, at all. I studied Aus Migration Law, its not easy. The second reason, he needed to get a full-time job in the US for the financial aspect of the process and lastly, to re-establish domicile as trying to prove intent seemed to be more difficult in the long run. It was the biggest sacrifice we have ever made, as he left his then 7 month old daughter behind not knowing when he will see her again. NVC stage: We got our case number from NVC 12 hours or something after our petition was approved. We were very surprised. We uploaded the following civil documents for me (beneficiary) *note: we found submitting in PDF was the best, and we ensured the PDF size was under 2MB* -Australian birth certificate -Passport photos (US size) - Australian Police Certificate - it is the ADF police certificate, not the state police one. I only did a name check. I did not provide fingerprints due to covid19. I had no issues. - Biographic page of Australian passport - Marriage certificate Documents we uploaded for the Affidavit of Support (petition): -i1864 -x3 IRS tax transcripts for 2019, 2018, 2017 -x3 W2's for those corresponding years, 2018, 2017, 2016. - employment letter for current income - all pay stubs received from current income -SF50 to confirm his full-time employment with the Federal Government -GI bill confirmation (he is studying Nursing) - proof of GI payments We uploaded at different times but we DID not SUBMIT until both of us had uploaded everything! We submitted everything at the same time on 28 May and become documentary qualified 2 June. Again, for some reason this happened really quickly. Note, there was no indication from the NVC that we may or may not need a joint sponsor. We really thought everything, except the medical, would be smooth sailing. Request to Expedite: After becoming DQ'd 2 June, the covid19 cases in Australia started to rise, specifically in my home state of Victoria. We thought about it for sometime and June 27 we submitted a request to expedite. We submitted under grounds of emotional hardship on both my husband, and our daughter (both USCs) and that my husband is an essential worker in the healthcare industry. We did not submit ANY support evidence, we only provided a detailed outline of the hardships we, as a family, were facing. We were approved for expedite on 7 July and 15 July the US Consulate Sydney scheduled my interview for 28 July 2020 for 11:10am. Medical experience and preparation: This gets personal. If you make any judgey comments, I will block you. I am sharing this part to help someone if they are going through the same thing and are riddled with anxiety. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2. I have a history of self-harm including a suicide attempt in 2012/2013. I have been in hospital on 3 occasions. The first was 2016 and the 2 most recent hospitalisations was 2019 (after the birth of my child) and in April of this year (2020). The hospital admissions were not in regards to self-harming/suicide etc but low mood and anxiety. I was aware that my mental health history can be a concern, especially are there associated harmful behaviours. I knew that I was not a risk of harm to self or to others presently and in the future, but my history did concern me. I assumed I would be considered 'class b' due to the nature of bipolar disorder. I also knew that my recent hospital admissions may also present as a problem. I am still engaged with my treatment team, so upon confirmation of my interview, I organised a detailed 4-page medical report from my treating psychiatrist; a letter from my GP and a letter from my maternal child health nurse. All of them included the line: "Zoe is of no risk of harm to self or to others". But detailed my recent hospital admissions and explained why it was required in the context of high stress, traumatic delivery, covid19, solo parenting, studying 2 degrees etc etc. I also prepared the following to physically take in with me: - Blood test confirming my serology to the required vaccines - my baby book also confirming I was vaccinated -a print out from mygov./medicare of my recent immunisation record (from 2003 - present). -all my medical reports re: bipolar disorder diagnosis I went to SonicHealth in the city. I would go there again over the Toorak Village Medical place that also does them. I've read reports about the doctor there and how he has examined peoples genitalia. Dr. Stephanie at SonicHealth was fantastic, and helped ease my anxiety of my mental health history, although, she could not confirm how it would go at the interview but the consulate would have my medical report from my doctors. Cost was $640. I had the medical on the 20th July and 23 July everything was uploaded to e-medical and ready for the consulate. Crossing the NSW/VIC Border in Covid Times: WOW. This was another stressor. I recognise that I am lucky in that I crossed the border before the interpretation of "legal obligation" was narrowed down. I prepared the following to assist me crossing the border: - NSW border permit 'legal obligation' -personal statement, 2 pages, explaining why I am crossing, details of my flight, where I am staying, and covid19 symptom declaration. -US consulate email confirming interview -flight itinerary proving intent to return home -hotel accomodation booking at the Travelodge. -email to US consulate requesting expedite -email form US consulate approving expedite -medical email that stated 'medical is valid for 6 months only' -US federal code that stated all interviews are to be conducted in person (to help argue I am there under a legal obligation) -printout from US consulate sydney website that state they are the only facility to conduct immigrant visa interviews -printout from the US consulate sydney website that state they are only conducting emergency services (to help argue its an emergency legal obligation) I landed, had my temperature checked and I passed through all 3 NSW Health officials with no problem. The only "issue" was that I had to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel and not public transport. I dressed professionally and had ALL my documents (from the visa interview AND the border crossing) with me. Interview: I have to admit, I had a bad feeling but I could not pinpoint as to why I had a bad feeling, I was thinking it was to do with my mental health history. Alas, I was wrong. I arrived at 830am, I was told to come back 30 minutes prior. So I did. I arrived at 10:40am, and was told to come back 10mins prior. I just waited in the front until I was given the all clear to go in. They made everyone wash their hands before entering. I washed my hands, and then entered the security area of the consulate. I handed all my documents to a lady. She flicked through everything and put all my documents in a clear document protector. I went through security, nothing fancy, I was then directed to the lifts to take me to level 55. I arrived on level 55. I went through a big heavy door that reminded me of prison (I worked in a prison). I took a number and sat down. My number was called and I supplied all my documents to the Consular Assistant. I scanned my fingerprints too. I sat down and waited while he processed my paperwork. When I was called back, he stated that the Consular Officer may request to see my public charge questionnaire. I think it was this moment I realised that we may need a joint sponsor and that it had something to do with bipolar or the fact my husband didnt work in 2019 and thus, his 2020 tax return was $0. I sat down with my documents until the Consular Official called my name. I made an oath and then he asked me when we were married and how we met. He asked how many children we have and if she has her US passport, which she does. He asked what I will do for work in the US or if I will stay home. I told him ultimately my goal is to be a lawyer but until then I may work in the legal industry or prison sector. He then looked at my husbands tax return for 2020 and commented it was $0 because he was in Australia. I confirmed that was accurate and that he left Australia to get work and to re-establidh domicile. He typed away and then said to me "i either have to issue or refuse a visa. I am refusing this visa as I need a joint sponsor. A credible joint sponsor, like a family member who will step in and help if needed". He then gave me the dreaded 221g white slip told me to upload to NVC and then email the consulate. I am not going to lie, I cried. I cried because the uncertainty of not seeing my husband again became real again. I felt blindsided too that we got the 221g for a joint sponsor. 221g + uploading joint sponsor: This was going to be hard. Our options for a joint sponsor were limited to my husbands uncle, who is a family over earning $100k as an engineer or his step dad, family of 4 earning $50k. We asked his Uncle, who got legal advice and from that legal advice he's answer to us was a firm "no". His wife, my husband aunt, also stated "I want NO part of this". Our only option was his step dad and mum. For a household of 5 (4 plus me is 5) the income was $50k. It was not a strong joint sponsor but it was our only hope. We uploaded our joint sponsor on 31 July and then I emailed the Consulate. We uploaded in the same section where we uploaded my husbands financial documents. We did not add a joint sponsor section. On 5 August we received an email from the Consulate confirming that had received the required document. On 7 August the case was put into administrative processing and on 10 August our visa was issued and by 6pm they had posted it! I received the passport with visa 12 August. I recognise I am very lucky that our process was relatively quick, especially in covid times. I feel so bad and sorry for everyone who is still waiting for their interview or have had their interviews cancelled. I feel sorry for those stuck in Victoria who cannot go to NSW for their interview because they've changed the interpretation of legal obligation. I really do feel sorry for you and I am here to support you in anyway I can. I am thankful the visa part of this journey is over. Now I face the battle of packing up my tiny apartment alone with our 14month old and travel to the States in an era where flights are limited! I hope this has been useful for those doing through this process and are filing abroad, have a mental health issue, trying to cross the NSW/VIC border or who received a 221g for joint sponsor at the interview! Good Luck to all, and thanks to everyone on VJ who helped me along the way too!
  2. I had my interview on May 8th and unfortunately I got the dreaded 221g due to a missing AKA on my NBI Clearance. It’s a freaking miss on my part and I am absolutely bummed! So I went to NBI right away and got another NBI Clearance with AKA yesterday, May 10 and went straight to 2Go. There was already another lady who had the 221g packet too waiting to be assisted. He told me to sit and wait with her because he is “assisting all the other customers first.” It’s not a wait in line thing... it was more like wait until there are no other “paying” customers who will walk in. So finally after 30 minutes we were assisted. I had not sealed my envelope at this point because I wanted to make sure everything I put in there is correct. He took my envelope, put it in a plastic shipping thing and gave me a form to fill out. He said I don’t need to seal my envelope because the plastic thing is sealed anyway. Once done, I asked for my envelope back because I really want to seal it myself. I even bought a glue for it. He couldn’t find my envelope. We both know for sure it was with him because I asked him the first time that I would like to seal it, he said no need. In his little corner there, he just couldn’t find my envelope and it was only about 1-2 minutes, which was the time I filled out the form. So we kept looking and it turns out, HE GAVE MY FOLDER TO ANOTHER CUSTOMER who had bought a bunch of those plastic packing things and it was already in his package box! He was so distracted and absolutely unprofessional to not have handled these very important documents properly. I am so upset and now am crazy worried if my 2 passports, my NBI and the whole packet will even arrive at the US Embassy. I prefer to deliver it myself but they wouldn’t let me. He told me the packet will reach the US Embassy on Tuesday - Monday being a holiday. I am so worried sick. My life depends on that envelope and he just casually gave it away!
  3. Hi all, I am newly registered but have been reading the post for quite some time and it has been very helpful. My story goes as follow: I had my Eb-2 visa interview at Guangzhou Consulate around mid October 2018. I told the VO that I currently work for a state-owned employer in China but have never been a CCP (China Communist Party) member. At the end of interview I was issued a green slip "final processing letter". It said the visa has been preliminary approved, but I need to submit additional information regarding to my current employer. I submitted relevant info accordingly. A few days after my submission, the Consulate emailed me with a new white 221 (g) sheet says “SAO Sheet-D”, requesting a statement re CCP and a detailed resume, for “Administrative Processing”. I was confused because I have never been a CCP member, and I promptly submitted the requested information which clearly stated so. Unfortunately there was no further development on my case since then, except for a couple of case status "last update date" change about 2 weeks ago. Today the case status still remains as “Administrative Processing”. The passport is still with the Consulate since interview. Later I learned that SAO stands for "Security Advisory Opinion", and many people who were previous CCP members have been requested similar information and gone through the process which takes extensive time. In my case there is a key difference however: I have never been a CCP member at all. I thought maybe it has to do with my current employer which is state-owned, but my affiliation is solely because of employment, and it should not be a ground for inadmissibility. Therefore I’ve got a feeling that this might be a mistake. I wrote to the Consulate, to the Department of State and asked my district congressional representative to explain my situation and for further help. All inquiries were eventually directed to the Consulate (or it's IV unit) and the response were all like: "...case is currently under AP in accordance with Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.... AP often lasts several months, but in some instances it can take significantly longer". No case specific discussions were shared. It has been more than four months since the interview and I really don't know what to do at this point. I would appreciate if anyone could share any similar experience, resource to go to or advise on what I should do. Thanks in advance!
  4. Hello everyone, I am at a loss with several questions and I am not sure where to find these answers anymore. I hope someone can help. I am French, living in China. My wife is US citizen, we got married in 2017 in China, where we met. Planned for CR1 visa through DCF filing and then hoped to move together to the US last year. I had first interview in May 2019 in Guangzhou embassy but my case was denied with a 221g slip because of missing document. Our work visa and contract in China ended in July 2019. So I would have had to leave and go to France and she to the USA. But DCF is only when both spouses are living overseas; so we would have had to start over with normal process filing CR1. So instead, we renewed our contract in China for 1 more year and went on vacation abroad in summer. As the CR1 visa is only valid for 6 months, I couldnt get the interview too soon after, so we decided to schedule a new appointment in January - to then move to the USA together in July. But all appointments were cancelled for months due to COVID 19. We couldn't even send the requested missing documents by mail because their services were closed and they never officially agreed for us to use email. In May 2020 - 1 year after interview - my case status says REFUSED. Although it appears this happened for all cases delayed after Covid, as per July 15th, my status has still not changed After months of waiting, our 1 year contract ended again and this time my wife decided to leave China for good anyways because of prior commitments in the USA. As for me, I had the choice of going back to France or stay longer in China. As backlog of cases has increased immensely after all embassies were closed, I thought it would be help our case if I stayed in China to do the follow up interview. So I decided to stay for 6 more months on my own - new contract ends in January - and redo the appointment in August 2020 in Guangzhou. Here are my questions 1. According to instructions, I have to complete form DS 260 - again ? - but now my status has changed. Since my wife no longer lives overseas with me, are we still allowed to follow up on the same DCF filing or will my case automatically be denied, now that she is back in the USA ? 2. I had to renew my passport because no more visa pages available. Do I simply add new info on DS 260 form or should I provide the new data somewhere else ? Is this going to impact my case with more delays ? 3. The email states that if I fail to act within 1 year after first denial, my case will be terminated. The reason I failed is obviously due to the embassy being closed. But even after asking them so many times, I still don't know if my case is still valid. Anyone else in the same situation ? 4. Last year, we applied for CR1, but now we have been technically married for more than 2 years, so we should be entitled to IR 1 instead. Is there any change in the process ? Should I provide any new document not mentioned in the email due to this change of status ? 5. If I manage to get the interview in August in Guangzhou, I'll have to leave the passport at the embassy. I need to fly there as I live in a different province. How do I fly back without my passport ? Do they provide any receipt or identity proof that I can use in China in the meantime ? Or can I mail them my passport a few days after once I'm back home ? If anyone could provide any information on the subject, I'd be very grateful This is the EMAIL I received Dear Applicants, /尊敬的申请人, Under the section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Consulate General is unable to issue you an immigrant visa (IV) at this time. If you have already submitted your passport to the Consulate General, we will keep your passport with your file pending the issuance of your visa. Please return to the Consulate for further consideration to your visa application. 根据移民国籍法案221(g)条款,本馆目前不能批准你的移民签证。如果你的护照已经提交至本馆,本馆将会保留你的护照及档案,直至签证批准。请回领事馆以便我们对你的签证申请作进一步的考虑。 NOTICE FOR APPLICANTS RETURNING TO THE CONSULATE: /回馆通知: • Please follow these steps to schedule your follow up visa interview: □ Once you receive this notice, please visit the ustraveldocs.com website and register your chosen delivery location. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again. Failure to register prior to your visa interview will result in delay of your visa application. □ Once registered, visit ustraveldocs.com and go to “New Application/ Schedule Appointment", select "Immigrant Visa", then select "Follow up appointment" to schedule your visa interview appointment. Please note that Tuesday afternoon is the only eligible day for follow up visa interviews. Appointments scheduled on any time other than Tuesday afternoon will be cancelled and the applicants will not be allowed to enter the Consulate. • For All Applicants: Please return to the Consulate General for a second interview. • For All Applicants: Please complete FORM DS-260 (Online Immigrant Visa Application & Registration) at https://ceac.state.gov/IV. For instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on completing the DS-260, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/forms/online-immigrant-visa-forms/ds-260-faqs.html. Once you have completed FORM DS-260, return to the Consulate General on the date/time designated above to submit the printed DS-260 confirmation page and have your oath taken in front of a consular officer. PLEASE BRING DOCUMENT(S) BELOW TO THE CONSULATE: /请回馆时带以下材料: • For All Applicants: Please submit a passport (with at least 8 months validity), all old passports which have valid USA visas, and two new visa photos taken within the past 6 months. Colored/eye altering contact lenses or eyeglasses is not allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html • For All Applicants: Please submit a notarized Police Certificate. • For All Applicants: Please return to the panel physician for a new medical examination and medical report and then submit the medical report. Please do not submit the chest X-ray • Please submit 1 complete set(s) of 2019 IRS Tax Transcripts and W-2s, from the joint sponsor. NOTICE FOR RETURNING TO THE CONSULATE: /回馆须知: WARNING: IF YOU FAIL TO TAKE THE ACTION REQUESTED WITHIN ONE YEAR FOLLOWING VISA DENIAL UNDER SECTION 221(g) OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT, SECTION 203(g) OF THE ACT REQUIRES THAT YOUR APPLICATION BE TERMINATED. IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS WHO WAIT MORE THAN A YEAR TO PURSUE THEIR CASE AFTER A 221(G) REFUSAL MUST REPAY THE IV APPLICATION FEE BEFORE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATION MAY RESUME. 警告:如果你是根据移民国籍法221条(g)项被拒签,在拒签之日起一年之内没有按要求办理,根据203条(g)项,你的移民申请将会被终止。另外,在被拒签超过一年后才打算继续办理申请的签证申请人,必须重新缴纳移民申请费。
  5. Hello, my wife applied for me who is an US citizen. I did my interview at US Embassy in Dhaka on April 2017. At the end, Consulate officer told me that my interview is approved and could collect my passport with visa within 10 to 15 days. But, unfortunately, my case went to administrative Processing which I realized by checking the ceac status. After six months, on November 2, 2017, Embassy emailed me for re-medical because previous one is expired. So, I done my new medical same day. Next week, I contacted with Embassy, then Embassy replied me: “We have received the new medical examination report of this case. Now, this case is under additional review. Once the review is complete our visa collection center will contact the applicant with updated instructions. This will take time. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter." Here, I don’t understand after receiving my new medical how come it went to again additional review. I thought Embassy finished my AP then emailed me for new medical. I am really frustrated.
  6. I had my stamping (H1B) in January 2020 at Chennai consulate and was issued 221g blue slip - VO returned my Passport ,In March my status changed to “AP” from Refused (date also updated) and on May 6 ,2020 got changed from AP to “Application Received” (date also updated)... please can anyone say what does it mean ? Note: Very next day after the interview my employer had submitted the documents that had been asked in the interview.....consulate had acknowledged the documents in the same day..
  7. I would like to share my recent experience with mumbai (india) US embassy this the questions are asked Indian officer 1.what is your phone number ;Ans 2.where is wife now (state and city ) ;Ans Then Please wait i will call you ,after 2 Hrs they call me another counter american officer asked me the following quastions 1.who is calling;ans 2.last time u have seen u r wife ; ans 3.show me photos ;Ans 4.do u communicate with her : Ans 5.Have any proof for communication (showed facebook chat ,viber ,call logs,financial support) 6.what her mother do; Ans 7.What she do;Ans Then wait ........after 1 mint typing something....... then he said i will give you latter , printed it and hands its over me its say and the paper is section 221(g) visa refusal latter-white paper , please read the attachment latter,it dos not say anything. then I asked Sir the latter says nothing like bring this and that ,what did i tell my wife. He said take that latter when you are contacted present this latter and your passport any one of our 5 VAC document drop-off. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- here is My questions; 1.do u think they send my case to NVC 2.how long it will take in Mumbai for AP 3.anyone have similar problem Thank You for your Help and I so sorry for my bad English.
  8. Hello Today my wife had her CR-1 Interview in Islamabad, Pakistan. They gave her 221G ( See attached Image ) form asking to upload Petitioner and Beneficiary previous marriage photographs my wife told the CO /interpreter that we don't have photos of our previous marriage she told her that is your problem and walked away . I was able to find 2 pictures of me with my ex. But my wife she can't find any pictures of herself with her ex or other family members from her previous wedding day. What should we do ? Upload what we have? They kept her Passport original marriage certificates and previous marriage termination documents for both wedding photos and NADRA FRC Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated
  9. Hi everyone, I am positing behalf of my friend. My friend got 221G for his H1B visa interview and asked to submit the documents. He went for interview on 12th March and VO seems to be happy and asked to submit the documents and he submitted them. After the interview his case was updated to "REFUSED" and on March 19th it changed to "Administrative Processing" and on April 2nd it changed to "REFUSED". Now my friend is stuck in India as his passport is with embassy. Is anyone facing the same issue changing from AP to Refused after US closing the embassies in India or other countries? March 12th - Interview March 12th- Refused March 19th - AP April 2nd - Refused
  10. Long story short i was studying in LA 2012-2014, took a leave of absence with intention to return fall 2015, in march 2015 i went to renew my visa which was expiring in may, the visa was renewed, in may i flew over to LA to spend the summer there before school started. I was turned away at POE because my sevis was cancelled (which i had no clue about and was not informed when i renewed my visa). I was given a 5yr ban because i didnt have $3k on me to pay for a return ticket. I want to finish my degree so I got a lawyer who prepped the 212(d)(3), went for the interview this july. The officer asked me to explain what happened and why I got the expedited removal. I told her what happened she said she believed me. She gave me a green 221g but said she didn't need the waiver packet and didn't look at it. I tried to insist but she said it wasn't necessary, she was going to 'make my application nice' and would get back to me. She said she wanted to keep my passport so that I could just "pick up the visa". The only document she looked at was my i-20. Its been 3 weeks and they havent requested any documents, status is still under AP. Uni starts in 2 weeks. I cannot find anything online anywhere about a 5yr ban 212(a)(7) waived with a 221(g) with zero documents so i dont get whats going on. Anyone know anything about this or had a similar experience? TIA
  11. Has anyone had experience with the DNA request process? My fiancee was given a 221g with a request for dna to prove she is the mother of her daughter. This is even after supplying a birth certificate and several other documents. With in hours after finding this out I placed the order for the dna test from a company in Cincinnati Ohio called DDC. They are on the list that the US embassy in Manila accepts. They mailed the swab kit out the very next day. The problem we are having is when the package arrived in Philippines customs it seems to have stalled there. The company used DHL for shipping. It just updates daily with the terms "clearance event" and states the "the shipment is being cleared under Diplomatic entry". Has anyone had experience with shipping to the embassy and does this seem normal? Thanks for any help provided.
  12. Hi guys...my visa is Cr1...I had my interview in the end of jan 2020. My case has been pending in AP since then. As u all know that all of us got our status changed from AP to Refused around 3rd/4rth march I just want to ask anybody who got approved after that. I got few updates after 3rd march..like my date updated to 5th march...then 12th march...nd on 13th it got changed to AP again. My status went to AP again from refused on 13th march 2020. I have noticed in many cases that when a person goes to AP from refused, the person got issued visa the very next day. But, I did not get any update after 13th march when my status went from refused to AP again. Anybody with similar case? As per my understanding if a person goes from refused to AP, it can only mean that the case is done with the so called longer AP thing...otherwise why would the status change from refused to AP(when all other people still have refused status)....ANY SIMILAR CASES?
  13. We have our spousal interview March 24, 2020 in Manila. Well that is before they closed the Embassy to Visa services and put Manila on a lockdown. Anyway, last week we received a email from the Manila Embassy requesting us to provide them with a Certificate Of No Marriage (CENOMAR). Up until now we have had no delays or additional requests of any kind. It has all went smooth albeit very slow. We already summited every legal document proving our marriage is valid in the Philippines. They requested that the CENOMAR to have been issued in the past 12 months. Ours is 13 months old. Since the purpose of the CENOMAR is for a unmarried person seeking to get married, the PSA will not issue my wife a Certificate Of No Marriage. We have went to several locations and they all refuse to issue because, well, she is now married. Since I'm sure that the Embassy is very familiar with the Philippine marriage process I'm very concerned they asked for this because they know its impossible to obtain. Has anyone experienced this situation before and if so, what is the remedy.
  14. Hello, I had my Visa interview a couple days ago and was given a 221(g) with instructions to mail in a police clearance along with my passport. Has anyone else had this experience? If so, how long would it take for me to get my Visa after submitting the requirements? Pls share. Thank you! 🙏
  15. Hello I am new to this website so I am a little nervous but here is my past two weeks in a nutshell. I had my interview on the 26th of February at the Montreal Consulate and I was given a 221g to submit a new passport. I submitted my new passport on the 2nd of March and it got to the consulate on the 4th. On the ceac website it says that my case has been refused since the 26th of February. On Monday March the 9th my case has been updated to still say refused. I have emailed the Montreal consulate for clarification on what to do next. I'm very open to see if anyone would like to share their advice on what this means or if I should panic.
  16. My passport got damaged (threads came loose) during 221g administrate processing phase but I was able to renew it. For the visa stamping, I have no option but to submit both new+old since the old one is mentioned in the petition, I-797, DS-160 etc. Is there any reason that I will be subject to another interview or further administrative processing. Please advise how I can prevent further delays. Thanks, folks.
  17. Hi all, I was given 221G and asked to provide proof of domicile for petitioner. What are some qualifiying docs to overcome this?
  18. Has anyone been asked to submit documentation via DHL then asked to schedule a second interview? When i try to get the interview it says no appointments available at this time. Anyone know when they schedule interviews for Accra for 221g?
  19. Hello! good day! My mom went to her interview in Juarez Mexico but the consular officer handed her a blue paper 221g asking for more documents. We sent them but after 2 weeks we received the same 221g paper asking for another document which we sent as soon as we could. I called 4 days ago to ask for information after 2 months of the last request and they said they had in the system that in order to continue with the case we have to send her passport. We send it that same day and arrived the next day. 1 day after they received it they updated the system in CEAC but still appears in "Administrative processing ". I was wondering what does it mean that they asked for the passport? Is it a good sign that her green card will get approved? But why is her case still in administrative processing? Thank you
  20. Hi, my PD Nov 16, I had my interview on March 2019 but CO gave me 221g in which I had to summit my birth certificate and he said you case is being returned to NVC. He need more proofs now there is no sound we asked through senator USCIS replied him case received and pending for review. Now my husband called USCIS and lady told him your case is not in USCIS. She gave him Homeland contact number and said you should ask here. I don’t know what we have to do? And where the case is ? Can you help. Thanks
  21. Hello everyone, my fiance had his interview on november 22 2016, at jamaican embassy in kingston. They issue him a white slip 221g. The additional documents they needed were my tax return transcript, and w2 1040. They gave me the option to email those documents. I emailed them the next day. When I go on the ceac website, it looks as though they've looked at his case, I see a date of december 12. This is the second time they've reviewed it, last time it was december 2. So it went from November 22, to dec 2, to dec 12. But status still says administrative processing. Can someone please tell me what's going? Im very nervous....im nervous because I'm hoping I have enough income to sponsor him. I have a household of 5 (including him) and made only 35,000 last year 2015. This year, I made 37,000. I see for a household of 5, I would have to have made at least 35,550. So I missed it by 550 dollars. Can someone please give me insight? Does k1 go by 100% or 125% poverty level? Will they turn him down because of This? I had to complete form i- 134 affidavit of support, if that helps. Thank you.
  22. Hey guys, I had my interview on September 25th. I was given a 221g for my fiance's divorce documents as they were not certified. After finally receiving the documents, I sent them via courier to Montreal Embassy, in which they were received on November 7th. I got a "date update" on November 21st, (which was I think because they sent me an email that day) as well as November 27th (which is currently the last update). I know it says 6-8 weeks of waiting... but is there any chance I'm gonna get issued before then? It will be 4 weeks this Thursday. Can people please share their experiences of their 221g, and how long it took to get issued? I really think I'm starting to go crazy... All I want is to spend Christmas in the U.S. with my love.
  23. HI All, So I asked my local Congresswoman to step in after hearing nothing for 2 months on our AP. She did and to my amazement got a detailed response. Backstory....So after my fiance had a very good interview back in September in Jordan and was told by interviewer "Everything looks good congratulations and have a seat" we got called to a final window where they returned his passport and said we will call you in a few days. That followed with another email saying we will call you shortly. Shortly turned into 2 months. Via email they requested proof of evidence of our relationship. Ok of all things????!!! That was the most obvious. But ok...we sent them the same stack we dropped off 2 week prior to interview and even more....chat logs, video logs, call logs, photos, photos with family, family statements and then some...I loaded them. He sent it them via Aramex. They said "Received! Give us 4-5 days". That was on November 5th. Congressional aid stepped in recently and sent them an email with a confusing reply from Embassy that read "They are refused under INA221g pending evidence. Once we are done Administrative Processing we will update you". The Congresswomans intern was confused. She said "I don't know what it is they actually confused me . You are either refused or under AP. However you submitted evidence 2 months ago". I filled her in. I told her we never received a 221g but I guess asking via email is the same? Never knew! At any rate, the evidence was sent in. By the way interview questions were simple...just 5, same as the others, I know my petition was flawless. No issues. Congress is sending another email today and will ask for clarification. However, has anyone in here gone through the same?
  24. Hi! My case has been in AP for about 63 days after sending out my documents for 221g. Today at 5pm when I checked ceac it changed to “Ready” Does anyone know how long it takes to change to “Issued”? If you have been through this, can I hear your experience?
  25. Hello, Fiancé had interview November 15 and was issued 221g for joint sponsor and W2. Have had updates every week and today I checked and the case creation date and last update date were updated to today’s date. Still in administrative processing. What’s your experience with this? Going in the right direction?
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