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  1. Hello everyone, My fiance had his interview at the Sydney consulate a little over a week ago. He was given the 221(g) form since he did his medical exam a day before his interview. (Sydney allows people to do the medical exam a day before since they only have a few on their list of certified doctors for the interview). Firstly, I would like to know an estimate of how long it would take for the medical exam results to be sent to the consulate and how long it takes for the consulate to look over that before making a decision? Secondly, when we go onto the Consular Electronic Application Center to check the visa application status, it says "No Status". I read online somewhere that the status gets updated before you have your interview and after you pay the DS-160 fees. As I said we have already had our interview, so that means we have also paid the DS-160 fees. Is there something I am missing? I am honestly really worried that I missed a step. We were hoping that he would receive his passport back with the approved visa before October, but at this rate I am kinda getting worried that our plans will have to change.. Thanks! 😽
  2. Hi everyone 😊My case is now documentarily qualified as of 2/13/19, just out of curiosity how long did it take for an interview to be scheduled by NVC at consulate (preferably at Islamabad)
  3. Some advice needed as calling the NVC didn't help at all. Our situation: We have been approved through USCIS and now waiting for the NVC case number. All of the paperwork with I-130 has been filled out with my wife's maiden name. She will be getting a new passport soon and will be changing her name to her married name. We haven't started the DS-260 yet and she doesn't have the new passport to make a photocopy for the required documents. Should we fill out the DS-260 with her married name? Should we wait until the interview to show the new passport and have the name changed then? I fear that if the DS-260 doesn't have her married name, we will run into some problems at the interview. Any advice would be helpful. :-) (We will be going to the Ukrainian Consulate)
  4. I'm from US (Suburbs outside Detroit, MI) and my Fiance (Beneficiary) is in Colombia, we applied via a law firm and I reviewed all forms up front for our K1 Fiance visa. I will be going to see my fiance over Christmas and New Years and I think it would be a good time to overview some things together. RE: prep steps for NOA2 / Consulate meeting - If anyone has any Bogota / Colombia specific tips they are much appreciated (especially anything I need to prep for the meeting) My fiance and I are awaiting the NOA2 (at 141 days), and I have seen some get there in 163 days. Best guess is somewhere by 1/12/19 through 2/12/19 would be the earliest to hear something back on NOA2 or more info needed; I hope and pray...with some luck a case approval a case# and moving to next steps happens fairly early in the new year. I appreciate any insight on preparing for the meeting at the Consulate. She will fly there from another city in Colombia with her daughter. (I assume this needs to be some days ahead for anything that can be prepared early.... if they allow medical a certain number of days ahead, etc) Are there any updated guides? I had seen some guides where they say to start calling the Colombian embassy about a week or so after NOA2 to verify the Consulate has received the case package; then to call 2 days after receipt to get the "beneficiary/fiance packet" as it was stated it will not be mailed to the beneficiary. I'd like to stay on top of this to avoid delays. On those guides they list links to the packet 3 / 4 / DAS but they are broken links now. See below: https://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php?title=Colombia_Club_Guide_%26_Tips If anyone has a links or Bogota / Colombia specific tips are much appreciated. I just found this link when researching the medical items.... in case this is all I should need:> https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/iv-dv-supplemental/BGT - Bogota.pdf and https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7hB3bl9Snfkb0NiMVFUd2JsVjA/view but appreciate any other heads-up items outside the box that I should be aware of. I still need to put together my package of papers for the meeting as we have had 2 more trips to see each other between mailing the application and the consulate meeting. All of our text, voice, video chat communication is 99.5% on Whatsapp (some on facebook), so I'm not exactly sure how I will show that in the meeting hah... maybe print a bible of chat dialog from whatsapp? Thanks so much for any help or insight, Happy Holidays and best of luck to all! Don_aka_Arturo & Aura
  5. Help!!! I noticed when scheduling my interview for k-1 at Montreal, I wrote just my first and last name on the official US dos site when scheduling an appointment for my interview. I realized I forgot to add my middle name after my first name when it said given name!! I can't change it it's grayed out! Is this going to be an issue at all? has anybody done the same thing and had no issues at the interview? did they ask you for government ID to prove it is you? were you able to change that info at the consulate or was it not a big deal? I'm stressed out so bad and don't want to get denied or have any major delays. If I could get some responses quickly as I'm freaking out it would greatly be appreciated because my interview is October 9th 2019. Thank you!
  6. Unfortunately our Embassy, Amman Jordan, is NOTORIOUS for not mailing/emailing packet 3. Its up to us to figure out instructions on our own. Some may get lucky and get someone from the Embassy on the phone to detail it but that hasnt happened for awhile. Very unfortunate. So Im depending on you guys to help some of us here. Perhaps Jordanian members here too? My biggest concern is the required ORIGINAL documents we must provide. I did find an outdated list on the Embassy website. Let me know what I am missing here: - Original I-134 signed in black ink from petitioner plus a copy and a signed I-134 copy from Co-Sponsor - with extra copy of each - Original Employment letter from both petitioner and co-sponsor - Original paystubs plus copies for petitioner and co-sponsor (co-sponsor will also include copy of business license since self employed) - Original certified signed 2018 tax returns or transcripts for petitioner and signed copy from co-sponsor - Original Certified Copy of Birth Certificates plus 1 copy of each for both Petitioner and Beneficiary - Original Certificate of Non-Conviction plus 1 copy for Beneficiary - Original Civil Certificate Letter plus copy for Beneficiary - Original Divorce Decree plus 1 copy - Sealed Medical Examination Envelope - 2-4 passport photos Also - Valid passport and copy of Passport for Beneficiary - Copy of I-129F - Copy of NOA2 letter - DS-160 confirmation - Photos of us - Chat/Video/Call logs Then...what from the above must be dropped off prior to our interview? Our Embassy indicates no less than 1 week, no more than 2 weeks prior to interview , documents must be dropped off at Embassy between hours of 11-12pm on working days. They do not indicate exactly where, what needs to be attached to it, NOTHING. If anyone knows, I would appreciate it. Then last but not least, IN WHAT ORDER DO THESE DOCUMENTS HAVE TO BE IN on day of interview? Again, no one has received instructions or packet 3. Even those way ahead of me as far as I know. Thank you! @A.Na. @leng22 @nkayx @C&M.2018 @Shrouq615
  7. My fiance is in the process of becoming a Japanese citizen (she is currently a Filipino citizen; we wanted it be easier for her to visit countries as well as visit me); however, I just got the NOA2 letter. She will become a Japanese citizen before her fiance visa interview. Will that affect the K-1 visa process at all? Do I have to fill out more forms to show that change of citizenship? Or can she just bring all the Japanese citizenship paperwork to her fiance visa interview and show them there? Would they deny her at her interview for that reason? Sorry for all the questions. Any helpful information is appreciated. Thank you very much!
  8. Hello All, I'm curious to find out how long did it take the applicant to get an interview appointment once they received a letter from the NVC stating that their case is in queue awaiting an interview appointment? Date of letter is Oct 4, 2018. Our interview will be held in Cuidad Juarez (CDJ).
  9. Hello everyone I have just received our NOA 2 (K1 petition approved) and are getting prepared for when the time comes to head to Cuidad Juarez, Mexico for my fiancee's interview. I seem to have a decent grasp on most of the things that are needed however, I need some clarification as to how the Consulate determines income eligibility. I currently reside in a family home with 8 people (including myself) which puts me BELOW the poverty guidelines (based on 2019 Poverty Guidelines). Please keep in mind, when i say household, i am talking about a physical home that 7 people (family) reside together. I do not care financially for all 7 people (only my two grandparents) My job pays very well, I do not have to pay rent, or in any sort of debt, i have enough money saved in my bank and i know I can provide for my fiancee. It is not very clear as to how USCIS determines whether or not I meet the poverty guidelines for caring for my fiancee given that I KNOW, i can take care of my fiancee Has anyone every had a similar situation? Did you meet the income requirements having a large "household"/family that lives together? Thank you !!! *p.s This is the Poverty Guideline I am referring to https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines Also anything else I should know about Cuidad Juarez? Did they ask for anything in particular from you guys?
  10. Review - Montreal Consulate Interview: I wanted to review my experience at the consulate in the hopes this will be helpful for others. I arrived a little after 6 am at the consulate and I was the first one there. At 7:30 the door was opened, and we were allowed inside one at a time. While waiting I had the opportunity to talk with many of the other applicants who were really nice, which was great. After I was allowed inside I was greeted by a lady who asked for my appointment confirmation email and passport. She then gave me a laminated sheet with a number #1 and then I went through security. The rules I read on the door outside was no liquids, gels, powders, etc. in our purse and the purse must be small. I only had a few items in my purse and I didn't bring my phone (others brought theirs but I'm not sure where they put them). I went through security with no problems. I then went into a room where we had a chance to arrange our documents in the order specified on the laminated sheet. We were all then escorted to an elevator that took us to the main room where the interview would be. Shortly after, I was called up to one of the booths and was asked to give my papers one by one through the designated slot under the glass. The lady who took the papers was very nice. A couple of key things that I think may help other applicants regarding paperwork: ~For the Affidavit of Support I gave as much evidence as possible having read multiple VJ reviews: * Brought 3 years of tax returns, transcripts and W2s (she only wanted last years) * Employment letter and additional email proof of my fiance's company's policies as to why the letter doesn't mention whether the position is temp or permanent (and explained this to the lady who said that's fine) * 6 recent paystubs * Signed letter from the bank stating current total, date opened, etc - Due to another policy at the bank I also brought 12 months of bank statements to show the total amount deposited since the signed bank letter did not include this total for the previous year (again I mentioned this to the lady and she was okay with that) I had originals and copies of the required Packet 3 documents, a copy of my passport bio-metrics page, and in my case I also had my foreign birth certificate translated professionally. I was also asked to show the email with proof of payment for the interview. After handing her all the documents asked for I sat back down and waited about 15 min or so until I was called up to another booth where the actual interviewer was. The interview itself was pretty quick and the questions were nothing too surprising. I was asked about the details of my immigration/citizenship in Canada, how/when I met my fiance, how/why we decided to marry (mainly because we got engaged not too long after meeting) and lastly, about his employment. The lady interviewing me was super nice and put me right at ease. I was able to explain things in a calm and comfortable fashion which was great. She then gave me the long awaited for pink slip and explained to me the steps to receiving my visa in the mail. In total it took just under 1 hour from the time I entered the building to complete everything. After the interview, I checked our case status on the CEAC case tracker and saw that on the same day the status changed from "Ready" to "Application Received". The next day after my interview it went to "Administrative Processing". This morning, 2 days after, it was Issued !! About 2 hours later I got a email notification from Canada Post with info to track my package. 😄
  11. Just recieved the email minutes ago. What's next? Do I contact them (Juarez consulate)? Any guidance here would be GREATLY appreciated!
  12. Hey everyone, So we just registered to get our interview and we are still waiting. Does anyone know how long the Johannesburg consulate takes to get the interview ball rolling?? Right now it states there are "No available appointments". Our email letter from the consulate on next steps for K-1 visa/instructions was sent on May 10th. Then it says something about 1-4 weeks to schedule interview from the date the NVC receives package from consulate, is this said "package" the DS-160 form?? I am totally lost on that bit. I am in hypervigilant mode and don't want to miss a thing! Thanks everyone for ANY help on these issues. Best, Megan
  13. Hi everyone, I'm currently 22 years old and my sponsorship process started at the end of 2016 with a priority date in November 2016. My permanent resident mother sponsored me and I am an international student in Germany. In December of 2018 I submitted my DS-260 and all of my documents were accepted, however because I had aged out, the system automatically pushed me into the F2B category. Then I found out about CSPA, and contacted the NVC, as well as the congressman's office of my mother's district in order to make them aware of my situation. My priority date in the F2A category became current in Feb 2018 so that wasn't an issue, nonetheless it still took a few months for me to be returned to the F2A category. The last information I received was from the NVC on May 20th, 2019 saying that I am now in the interview queue awaiting an interview at the consulate in Frankfurt. I would like to hear from other people who have been in similar situations, how long it should take from this point on. I am honestly astonished that it has taken so long to even get into the interview queue given that my date was current in February and that I have been ahead of the deadlines by quite a large margin, and on top of this, my congressman submitted a form for expedition to the NVC. Waiting itself would not be a major issue apart from the fact that I am an international student in Germany, so I can't wait here forever, but I also risk pushing myself back even further if I try and change my address from this point onward and that is assuming it's even possible to do so. If anyone can provide their anecdotal experiences regarding how long it should take from this point on, I would really appreciate it. Thank you
  14. Hi everyone! We're hopeful that our interview will be coming up soon, and originally I was planning to go to Turkey to be with my fiance, Yehia, when he does his interview. However, I am in Turkey now visiting and the process has actually gone quicker than we expected, and it would potentially mean going back to Turkey soon. That isn't a bad thing, except flying back and forth can be expensive. Just wondering if petitioners are usually there for the interviews or not? If the petitioner is there, do they ask them questions. Suggestions on if the petitioner should be there or not? While we're at it, what were some of the questions they asked during the interview??? Thanks in advance! Sam
  15. Hello my fiance and I received P3 from the SA Consulate in Johannesburg and I am trying to book an appointment for an interview however, it keeps saying to check back in a few days, does anyone know how often they post new dates?
  16. Hello guys, My interview consulate is in Taipei, Taiwan. I just received the interview letter from NVC on 6/17/19, anyone know when I can expect to receive the second interview letter (in Chinese) from AIT? Also, can I go ahead and schedule for medical examination even though I haven’t receive the second letter from AIT? Thanks for your help!
  17. Hi Everyone, Im wondering if its possible to transfer Embassy's from Amman to Beirut due to the fact that there are NO AVAILABLE K1 fiance interview time slots anywhere in the next few months ahead and Amman Embassy only has 8 slots open per month for K1 which is why we are having this problem. Way too many K1's this year. I can easily travel with my fiance to Beirut of course if they accept the transfer. Anyone try this and any luck?
  18. My wife had her interview on May 20 for her f21 visa at US Embassy in Nepal and she was approved at the interview and was given a white approval card which says approved and instruction to collect passport. The status on ceac shows Aministrative processing since then and after looking up on VJ, it sounds like normal after interview. Now when I log in into ceac on page where we uploaded all our AOS documents and civil documents, the AOS section shows INCOMPLETE and has 864EZ line item as missing. I already submitted the regular 864 during the NVC process and everything showed completed until after interview. They din't ask for any further documents at the interview or even after interview. They didn't keep any documents at the interview as well beside Medical and kept passport. All the copies of original documents, 864, tax documents and even the passport photo was returned back after interview. I was in impression that they keep copies of civil documents and the tax documents but they didn't and i am kinda confused. May be they just use the scanned copies that we uploaded during NVC?? Is it normal or did embassy mess up something ? May be that can bring impact on the admin processing ? Can anyone who recently got approved verify for me if they have similar situation ?
  19. NVC has sent our petition to the Embassy/Consulate in Rio De Janeiro, which is the only location in Brazil that processes K1 visas. Currently our status on the CEAC website says 'In Transit'. NVC emailed us that our case was being sent 4 days ago. My question is: "Does anyone know the approximate timeline from NVC (In Transit) to when the Consultate will email us the information we need to schedule our interview?" We completed our DS-160 online 2 days ago. Just looking for an approximation, as we have held off everything with the wedding until we knew when we would be closer to getting her Visa. This site, and its members, have been an incredible lifeline throughout this long process. I can't thank everyone enough for the information they've shared up to this point.
  20. The I-130 form asks what US Embassy or Consulate the beneficiary will apply for an immigrant visa from. Am I correct in thinking that Montreal is the only option (since it looks like that's the only place they do CR1 visa interviews in Canada)?
  21. For anyone whose case was part of the NVC Shipment of April 2, 2019, be advised that it will likely take longer than normal for the shipment to make it to the Montreal consulate. "Why?", you ask. It was sent to Puerto Rico by mistake, and now has to make its way to Canada, slowly but surely.
  22. Today: April 21, 2019 When I was submitting the I-129F (Nov 2018), in the "Consular Processing Information", I put the Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan because that's where my fiance lived. Now for safety reasons due to the ongoing protesting and the government being overthrown last week in Khartoum, he/my fiance is moving to another country, Uganda. We have not received the NOA2 yet, but we just hit the 5 month mark and we can see a response anytime between now and June. I have been reading through different forum discussions and I am not sure what the steps I need to take are. Is it better to wait for the NOA2 approval, the NVC receipt, then give the NVC my Fiance's new residency address in Uganda and request for a new consulate/embassy? I want to make sure the NVC does not send our packet to Sudan but does send it to Uganda or Kenya (where Uganda K1 cases are sent) Me and my fiance have been contemplating how to handle this. Please provide us any advice on how to do this. Thank you! I-129F screenshot: (NOA1: 11/19/2018)
  23. Hello guys I did my interview on tuesday And it was Good ( although the black woman who was the interviewer was a bit tough but we thank God)....she told us we are approved ..and she even gave me and my Brother a form to fill declaring that we wont get married till we get to d US..but she then told us to tell our Petitioner to ask her spouse to fill in I-864A since she is married ( which was written in a letter ).. And we should drop d I-864A form at the DHL office at VI along with our international passport!!! So guys I want to ask how many Days do you think it would take for us to get the visa issued after submitting it? And do we still need to upload the I-864A on CEAC website or we should just submit those documents as requested ...I will appreciate your replies Thanks
  24. Hello VisaJourney's - I was wondering what is the average wait time between having the NVC say my case is "DOCUMENTARILY QUALIFIED" and the NVC providing an interview date in bogota? My case has been "DOCUMENTARILY QUALIFIED" since Feb 13 and I still haven't received notice of an interview date for the consulate in Bogota and the state.gov site says my case is still at the NVC. Some background: This is a CR-1
  25. The whole process was very professional and straightforward. We brought way too many documents than requested but it turned out that's better than not having enough! We showed everything they wanted on the Chiang Mai CRBA checklist, had a short interview, and was told it was approved! The next week we picked up the CRBA and passport. We had passport stamps showing we were together in the same place at the same time, both names on the birth certificate, Thailand passport was obtained by both of us, we had everything in Thai translated for 300 baht a page, and brought it all to the interview. It was quick and painless. The week before we talked to a married couple that went and they said it was a breeze, but we were still nervous! Haha, it turns out we didn't have to be! Next step is the K-1 visa interview and hopefully to America! Whoa! What a process!
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