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  1. Interview was on 26 July at Islamabad embassy, all went well but they needed latest IRS transcripts so translator handed me 221g and said that you have to follow instructions on this paper to submit/upload documents on ceac and you will also receive an additional questionnaire. 1) I haven’t received any questionnaire till date(which people says is a good thing). 2) interviewer asked to submit documents on ceac while following the instructions on document and on document instructions were to submit documents via courier/pickup point. 3)we have two cspa in this case and I’ve read it’s mandatory to aquire visa within one year of visa being available and our visa was current in January 2019. 4) status on ceac shows REFUSED instead of administrative processing some says it’s good some says its not when i called nvc they said your status is administrative processing. 5) submitted documents on 28 july and sent two inquiries that if they’ve received documents or not but no reply. 6) on 221g its mentioned that contact after 2 months for your case status which i did and they didn’t replied. anyone else in the same boat as of me? what is the direct email of Islamabad embassy for inquiry instead of that inquiry form? any suggestions from seniors?
  2. Hello VJ community! I am in a bit of a confusion nowadays with the overall procedure of my immigration process. So basically my aunt ( mom's sister ) filed a petition on behalf of my mom and sponsored her to come to the US on a family based immigrant visa termed F41. The case took approx 15 years to complete and our case was qualifed by the NVC. As soon as our interview was scheduled hy the NVC in the Islamabad Embassy in Pakistan ( the country I reside in ), we prepared our documents and made our way to the consulate for our interview. The interview was a success. The officer congratulated us with a big smile and assured us that our application had been approved and our passports would be delivered to us within a week or so. Relieved, we left the embassy in anticipation of our visa-issued passports to return back to us. Our interview was on 9 August, 2019. Guess what? Our CEAC status is still 'Ready' with more than 60 days having passed and there is no sign of our passports being with us. I emailed the Embassy and this is what I get back: 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 MEAN, WHAT? So all of a sudden, we're getting a 221g by email and we have no timeframe to predict when our visas will be issued. My family has been through a lot and this visa means a lot to us. Does anybody have any idea how much longer can it take or anybody with a similar experience where you're approved on the spot and then put into 221g AP after a month via email, that too after YOU email them with an inquiry. This is getting on my nerves. I made this account specifically to enquire about my case, as I have been following VJ for the past couple of months to be updated with the whole process. I hope I get responded with help and wisdom! BIG FAT THANK YOU!
  3. Hi Guys i found a cosponsor from him i needed I134 and w2 only is enough am i right ? In relative picture .. thank you
  4. I just had my interview and I have all the documents presented based on the email instruction but then the consular asked me about my fiance's Pay Stub which I couldn't provide (because I have no idea if it's also one of the required documents). And the consular gave me a white paper which stated "Request for further information, Immigrant Visa" and told me to send them the requested document as soon as possible to their email. I asked if my visa got approved or not because the paper said that it got refused due to incomplete information and they said that they gonna wait until I send them the additional information before they can decide. They haven't return my passport yet and it makes me even more confuse. Can someone explain?
  5. 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.
  6. Hello guys! I have been reading here on this site for some time, but I would like to see if there are any others who are/were in the same same situation as mine. I am hoping if anyone is familiar with my situation who can shed some light. So I am a Filipina, formerly married, currently being petitioned for a K1 visa. After a few years in the US, my Filipino husband found someone else and got married for some years but eventually got divorced due to differences. He naturalized years after the divorce. Now it gets complicated since my ex-husband is also my current fiance, that is, he and I are getting back together and we have biological children that are in the US. We have submitted valid divorce decrees both for our divorce and his divorce with his 2nd wife. So the interview, 4 months back, went alright. Only a few questions were asked, but I was surprised that the consular officer asked for "Recognition of foreign divorce" in the form of a 221g document, as what I have read before mentions that my divorce does not need to be recognized in the Philippine courts as we would not be marrying here again. So with the help of an immigration attorney, we were somehow able to address this, and after a week or so, they issued me another 221g, this time without the need for additional documentation, but only mentions that my case is currently in AP. It has been around 4 months since my interview. I know it can take months or even years for AP to be completed, but I would like to know if anyone has been in the same situation. I know AP tends to be a little faster in the Manila embassy but some of the things I'm thinking that are delaying it would be the remarriage. Do I need to be doing anything else now, since the 221g is blank, other than watchful waiting? Thank you in advance for your replies!
  7. Hi guys, My fiance and I applied for a K1 visa, and I went to the CO for an interview a month ago while he put me on "administrative processing", asking for my resume (i guess im under TAL, since I work in a technical field). 2 days ago it changed to "READY", with this statement under- "Your case is open and ready for your interview, fingerprints, and required documents. If you have already had your interview, please check your status after two business days. If no interview was required, please check back in two business days for the status of your application." 2 more things happened- 1. "Case Created" was changed to the same date as 2 days ago (it originally opened on January 2017) 2. It changed from "IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION" to "NONIMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION" Today (48h after ==2 business days) it changed to "Application Received", without a change to "Case Last Updated" (remained 2 days ago). What does "Application Received" means? there's nothing on google about it. Thank you all in advance! Regards, Dave
  8. hello, will someone please expalin what the "case last updated" changing of the DATE means ,especially during administrative processing, is it a good sign or not. there has been several opinions on the matter, some people said it is good since it shows that the case is being worked on and others said it is insignificant since it is probable automated. please can some on answer this case? thanks
  9. Hi Everyone, My fiance had her interview in Mumbai on Aug 9th 2019. Her process was smooth and the CO approved her but she said that she needed to translate her Birth Certificate to a notarized English version, then once she has completed that she should submit her passport to any VAC and should receive it within 4-5 business days. Long story short it took her 3 weeks to get her Birth Certificate, she then dropped her passport off on Aug 30th at local VAC and it reached Mumbai on Sep 3rd. Since then these were the updates as follows. Sep 3rd - Visa changed from immigrant to non immigrant on CEAC to Application Received Case updated on Sep 10th I emailed on Sep 12th inquiring more information (And I think this made the Case update again - can someone also confirm this with me) - Case Updated To Date - Still in Application Received Do you think there is any reason for concern? Why would the CO inform us 4-5 business days as it has been over double that so far. Is Mumbai backed up? We have wedding plans and are running on a tight deadline here. Thanks for reading and god bless!
  10. IS THIS GOOD OR BAD? 44 days.. first AP status on CEAC on Aug 14 after I-601 waiver approval, received 221G form dated Sep 10 thru 2GO date changes: 8/19, 8/31, 9/3, 9/4, 9/6, 9/11, 9/12, 9/13, 9/14 ,9/16 ,9/17.. so many date changes but actual status change is illusive
  11. My father's initial status was Administrative Processing after his immigrant visa interview on June 27. He had to submit a few documents like updated police certificate and family registry and i864-A so he was given 221g. After submitting the documents on July 17, my mother's visa went from READY TO ISSUED on Aug 1 and my father's visa went from AP to READY FOR INTERVIEW. The date has been updated a few times but case still ready for interview. No feedback from embassy. Please help if you know anything about this scenario!
  12. Hi VJ peeps, Both my parents had their interview together end of June 2019. They had some documents missing so received a 221g sheet to submit the required. They submitted the documents on July 18. Throughout this period, my dad's status was at Administrative Processing and my mom's was at ready [for interview]. On August 1, my mom's status changed from Ready to Issued and she received her passport with the visa the next day. My dad's status changed from AP to Ready [for interview]. It's almost been a month now and my dad's status has not changed. We have tried e-mailing and calling. No feedback. Anyone in/or has been in the same boat? Appreciate any input.
  13. Hello my fiance was interviewed Aug 15th for her K1 fiance visa. She passed with flying colors except they asked her to submit Cenomar for her fiance (me) with a 221g. We filed for the Cenomar for me which arrived Aug 23rd and we mailed it immediately to the US embassy as instructed on the forms. The tracker says last updated on Sept 4 but has not moved since. Can someone who was in this situation PLEASE HELP...
  14. 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
  15. I and my fiance (petitioner) had our interview on 30th of August 2019 in Mumbai. The interviewer asked a few questions and after that started asking about our previously refused k1 Visa application. Before I and my fiance had met in person, we had applied for k1 because he was in US army flight school and was not allowed to travel or leave the country and I didn't have a travel visa to the US. So they refused our request for waiver and denied us. We filed again after we had met (and got engaged with the ring and stuff) and within 3 months we had got accepted. Did everything else which we were asked to do and then this happened at the interview. My morale is at an all time low. I am heartbroken. My fiancee even went to the interview with me. The interviewer asked me to send him our Whatsapp correspondence before we had met in person so I will do that now. I also think he asked me to send my passport along with it. Now I am not sure about that. Everything feels like a haze to me so I am pretty sure that he asked me to send the passport along with the proof but my brain is raising doubts. So do they ask you to send your passport with the proof?
  16. Hi all, I've been a long term reader of this very helpful and supportive site! As I've been reading so long, I'd like to share and ask if anyone is going through a similar situation as my fiance and me. 1) My fiance had his interview in Guangzhou on 2019-01-24. The interview was ~10 min, and the CO did ask about his PhD in Materials Science & Eng and also kept the resume my fiance brought. None of the instructions asked to bring a resume, but we wanted to be very prepared as my fiance is in a TAL field. Atfer the interview, the CO gave my fiance the blue slip with only "Administrative Processing" marked and informed him there were no problems and the processing would take ~3 wks. 2) On 2019-01-28, we received a follow-up instructions email from the consulate with a Word doc attached named "SAO-M" (we presume SAO indicates Security Advisory Opinion-Mantis"??). When we opened the doc, the header was "Administrative Processing". The doc asked for my fiance's detailed resume in both English and Chinese (format resembled the DS-5535). And on 2019-01-29, we emailed the resume as instructed by the consulate, and we have been waiting every since.. 3) We have emailed the consulate multiple times. I have called and emailed both my senators and my congressman. My congressman has been very helpful in contacting the consulate and then the DOS (Bureau of Consular Affairs). But each time, we still receive the same AP comment. I did call NVC last Fri, and received conflicting responses: 1st response said a note had been placed into the system stating the case has been returned to the USCIS on 2019-05-31. When I called again to confirm, the 2nd response said there was no such note. One of my senator's office did say the consulate will often return cases for further background checks. Right now, we are just very confused and frustrated. Any tips would be much appreciated; thanks!
  17. Hello community, I need some guidance my fiancé is Venezuela born living in Colombia, but her parents are colombian she had her interview on 4/8/2019 in Bogota Colombia, she was drilled for over 30min. She was asked some really crazy questions like how are you able to community with your fiancé petitioner, which she really replied both his parents are Latinos and grew up learning both Languages. Other important docs like income proof wasn’t even asked for, but I know I make the more then required income and had given her 4 months pay stubs, 3 years of tax filings, bank info etc in the packet she took to her interview. Anyway, here is my question/concern after interview her passport was kept, but she was given a 221g because counselor stated her criminal records for venezuela & colombia were not recent enough do to being 6 months old from the day we printed it, like to note she has a clean record as well as i. Anyway Counselor also wanted to see more proof our relationship specifically text messages and not just pictures or phone call logs. Again her PASSPORT kept, from what others have stated this is a good sign when it comes Colombia embassy K-1 visa interview! She was given instructions on how to submitted required evidence to proceed with K-1 Visa process. On 4/16/2018 we submitted updated criminal records & 100+ images of text various dates and times to the email provided by counselor. Its been 15 days since we submitted requested documents and there have been 2 updates on Ceac site. One on 4/22/2019 & one on 4/30/2019 still says Administrative processing. Is this normal, because the documents they requested pretty straight forward and we submitted with no issues! In terms of how Interview went and how long we’ve waited after submitting required documents? Because she had a family friend do her interview last year in Colombia and they only asked her 1 question, how did they meet and didn’t ask to see anything else and was approved on the spot and received her passport stamp with visa in the mail within 10 business days. I feel like my fiancée was singled out due to her being Venezuelan born, reason I’m saying this is in my travels, maybe I’m wrong but I’ve seen uprise of a lot of Latin American countries being very strong with Venezuelans trying to migrate to another country. Any help or guidance would be helpful. Thanks.
  18. Hi, This topic might be redundant but has anyone from July 2019 interviewed in Pakistan been issued visa yet. We have been placed under administrative processing for a missing document. The case updated a few times and they confirmed that they have received the documents. We only got case refused on documentation incomplete box checked.
  19. Wondering if anyone is or was stuck in AP in Tbilisi. My dad had his interview 5-29-19. Was missing a military record statement. Embassy received it via TNT on 6-17 (Baku filers). On 6-27 emailed few questions, to which he responded same day. No updates since then. At the interview The consul said it would take 8-9 to issue visa after he'd mail the missing doc. Nearly 2 months and still under AP. Anyone else?
  20. Hi VJ members, I had an interview today for CR1 in Islamabad. Everything was very smooth the interview was hardly 5 minutes and at the end, that lady gave me this 1-page white form, initially I was not sure that what this form is and I didn't even read it at the counter. I asked her to what to do with this form and she said just keep it with yourself and the form title is Immigrant Visa Section (Modernized Immigrant Visas) and it says you visa has been refused under the provision of the immigration and nationality act and also section 221g (your visa application is refused for AP) is tick marked. Under this, there is General Requirements and Evidence of economic solvency and they both are highlighted with yellow ink. Also about the passport, she said that you will get it after 1 month. My wife was also there with me and we went together to the counter but the lady asked her to stay there in the waiting area. Now I don't know what to do or what to upload and the status of my case is not changed on CEAC website. 1 more thing that initially we submitted the birth certificate from the hospital with my SSC certificate to USCIS and then NVC wasn't accepting it then we uploaded the FRC from Nadra and now on interview we took the original birth certificate from Union Council and we also gave them FRC and the hospital issued birth certificate. Please share your thoughts. Thanks alot!
  21. Hey everyone I hope you are doing great!, Well, I had my K1 interview yesterday in the US Embassy Algiers,Algeria, the whole process was smooth, not too many applicants, the staff was very friendly, the embassy officer asked me usual question : What is your fiancé's name? How long have you been together? How did you meet? Where did you meet in person? How many days you spent together and where? How did your relationship became romantic? What do you love about him? What does he do for living? Can you list his family memebers and where do they live? Does he live alone? And then he told me "Congratulations! Your visa has been approved" I was very happy and felt a mountain was off of my back, then he told me i will be back with you, he went for about 10 mins, when he came back he gave me a a form to fill that contains my informations such us Name Address Siblings and their date of birth Employers (name, address and employement date) My emails My social media accounts Told me to fill it and give it back to him After i did, he gave me a white slip (221g) and told me my case needs some administrative processing and he gave me back my passport and told me we will email you when we are done and ask you to send us your passport, I left the embassy heart broken, waiting for (god's know how long) they email me... What made me feel sad is because they gave me back my passport. And i am more confused because he approved my application at first, so can you please tell me if you know cases like this or what do you think about it?
  22. I am writing to see if there is anyone who has been in the same situation as me. The other day, I had my interview for my fiancé visa at the US Embassy in Tokyo. Upon completion of the interview, I was issued the attached denial letter stating that I was missing two points pertaining to supporting evidence that my fiancé submitted under Section 221(g). My fiancé has a joint sponsor, and his joint sponsor submitted form I-864 instead of I-134. In addition to this, due to the fact that my fiancé is currently living in Japan now, he needed to submit more substantial information pertaining to reestablishing domicile in the US (such as obtaining an official from the US employer stating employment upon arrival to the US, and official document stating where the sponsor will live in the US). I was wondering how long it will take to resume my visa processing, once I submit my joint sponsor’s I-134 and the evidence showing that my fiancé will reestablish domicile in the US? Upon completion of the interview, my passport was not returned to me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  23. 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
  24. Looking to see if anyone faced a similar situation at the same or any other consulate. My father was missing a doc showing he had no military affiliations at his May 29th interview. He received a 221g pink form. The embassy received the doc and his passport on June 17th. June 27th they emailed him asking to answer 6 questions (names of siblings, travel, work description, prior passport numbers). Responded same day. They responded to wait for an email with further instructions. Still nothing. Country of citizenship Azerbaijan. My dad never served in military, clean record, retired but was an engineer with a steel recycling facility. Anyone else?
  25. Hello Everyone Long time listener, first time caller. Thank you first of all for this group. Ive been lurking for so long and unsure if I wanted to create a profile but for the first time today read somewhere there were separate groups for middle east K1. I hope one day I can be of help but today I need help especially from those who are going through the same. We are a bit devastated. My fiance had his interview on July 9th. I did not attend the interview with him but was in Jordan. I didnt go with him per the request of our Jordanian lawyer who we hired in Jordan. We are a red-flagged couple so he wanted us to avoid issues. I would have preferred to go but lawyer said they are really judgmental there but dont act like it and if we appear to be an unlikely couple in their eyes it triggers additional unnecessary questions to trip us up. My fiance was also glad I didnt attend because he felt a bit of pressure just being alone. We had a perfect package, tons of evidence, front loaded like crazy, and the new security questions were covered with extra information volunteered by us and ready on a separate piece of paper. Everything was reviewed by our lawyer but the interviewer still told us we needed additional security clearance. He was given a form and he told my fiance how to email the information which we have already submitted. Lawyer did tell us to prepare for AP and it was unlikely we get approved on the spot but if everything clears later, we certainly can get approved BUT Im worried since after asking him, he said 2 were denied this month after being put into AP like everyone and sent back to USA. We took things farther and we included full print outs of our Face book profile pages, chats and online dating info, comments by friends and family members under our photos. We listed any changes of names on the facebook history so nothing was hidden per our lawyer (my name was changed 3 times in the last year and a half).Then we wanted his family history and whereabouts of beneficiaries family members their dates of birth and want their addresses etc. Done. BUT then they called his sister even though we never included her phone number.! The interviewer asked questions about my fiances siblings which were on the DS 160 but still asked. She asked about my divorce (red flag for jordan) She asked what my religion was ( I was born catholic, he is muslim and we are both not religious but its still another red flag again) She asked how we met, what platform it was and then asked when I went to jordan for first time. She asked how old I was and how old he was (Im 33 and he is 28) another red flag! She asked where I was right now, he said having lunch with my mom in downtown. She asked him what my favorite color was and he said blue which is true and she smiled at him as most of our pics and my facebook posts im wearing blue. She asked if we had wedding plans and he said yes She gave him a sheet a paper and said to have a seat and wait to be called again. We submitted everthing they asked a week later and 2 days after that they called his sister. Two updates on C.E.A.C web and nothing else. Lawyer said everyones getting a 221 g lately Im scared because he said 2 of his clients this month were denied after going into this AP review and eventually got sent back to USA. Is there anyone else that experienced the same? Why so many 221g everywhere. Its all I am reading.
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