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  1. Riya

    Mumbai consulate- K1 visa

    Hi, All the threads about Mumbai are really old and I could not find much information. My NVC status says Ready. Can someone please explain the process after that. I note on other forums that people usually start medical and schedule interview once the status is ready, but I checked on Rele clinic website and they asked to bring interview letter which I have not received. I have not received any packet 3 or 4 as well. Please advise the timeline for receiving interview letter and the visa process in Mumbai. Any information will be helpful. Thank you.
  2. Hi VJ Family, First off, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for sharing your stories, and giving the best advice -- if it was not for you guys, my process would have been more difficult. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Secondly, I do apologize in advance, as my story might get long. Please bear with me. I have been going back and forth for the past week, contemplating whether or not to share my story. Today, I woke up and finally decided to share my journey in hopes of receiving sound advice and possibly helping others who are going through / will go through this issue. Petitioner & Beneficiary Background I am a US Citizen and my wife is from India. My wife's family and my family have been very good friends for the past 30 - 40 years. As a result of the good friendship, I met my wife through my grandfather and wife's father / now my father in law. My wife and I are a mere 4 years apart in age (I am older). We are from the same caste/ community. We have the same religious background. My father and my father in law even went to school together when they were young. Our families definitely approve and support our relationship. That being said, as close as both of our families are, we are not related and did not get married for immigration purposes. My wife and I have always known about each other, but never in a million years would have imagined getting married to one another. We started "talking" in September 2017 and we decided to meet in person and got married in December 2017. I knew she was the one -- we just hit it off from the moment we met. This registered wedding was small and intimate -- around 250 attendees. (Side note: This past December 2018, we had a reception and day of rituals, since all of my friends and family were in India. This event was just a celebration. This date was not mentioned anywhere, like on social media or during the interview.) Yes, I did marry her upon my first visit, in India, to see her. In my defense, that is how arranged marriages work (or I think?) Everything happened so fast, and I knew if I would have not married her then, I would have lost a great girl and someone else would have swept her off her feet. Employment & Education Currently, I am employed and have a steady job. I make just a tad bit over the poverty limit for 2 people. I used my parents as household members for that extra little push in the Affidavit of Support portion. I had all the paperwork necessary and it passed the NVC stage. Financials were not brought up during the interview. So, I do not believe this was a cause for concern for the CO during the interview. My wife is currently studying Pharmacy at her local college. This got me thinking... since Pharmacy is on the TAL list, could this possibly be a red flag? or just overthinking on my part? Travel In the 15 months we have been married, I have visited my wife 2 times and have spent an average of 30 days with her each visit. I have boarding passes/ itineraries/ pictures from each trip. All of our travel is well documented. However, we have yet not had a chance to go on a honeymoon, since I have always had to attend family and friend's weddings and my wife cannot take much time away from school. Do you think us not going on a honey could be a red flag? Interview Process March 4, 2019 : According to my wife, the interview process was smooth. Albeit, she was quite nervous. They had asked her a total of 15 questions, which covered the topics below: Who is the petitioner? Where does the petitioner live? Who does the petitioner live with? Did you have a love or arranged marriage? What was the date of your wedding? (CO asked this question twice, and had her retake the oath for the second time) Asked if we had any pictures from our wedding? Wife had to explain who each person in the picture was and their relationship to her. Few questions about petitioner's siblings, nephew, and grand father Do you have any family in the US? Where do they live? When and if you go to the US, will you live with your husband? or your sister? What is your mother's maiden name? What are you plans if you reach the US? We had plenty of other evidence on hand, such as chat logs, call logs, money transfers, gift receipts, affidavits from friends and family, hotel receipts, social media posts, other photos of our relationship, etc. but the CO did not ask for anything other that wedding photos. Interview Result Upon finishing her interview, my wife was handed a white 221G letter stating that our file is incomplete and our visa application has been refused. The letter also went on to mention the case is currently under administrative processing and we would need to re-interview. I have attached the 221G letter for your review. My wife was quite surprised to hear this. She thought the CO liked her answers and was happy when looking at the wedding photos. What caught my attention about the letter was, the CO asked for a re-interview when we are ready, but there was no verbal or written reason for denial. Usually with 221G's, I have seen them ask for additional documents or actually give a reason for denial. Has anyone ever dealt with this before? or seen a letter like this? I have contacted the embassy in regards to this matter. The consulate's reply was pretty generic and just stated, "be patient as it could take 60 days to resolve" In conclusion Everything seems so great, but it has been a rough journey to say the least. In my eyes, our entire process is pretty normal and happens on a daily basis in India. But I have no idea why the CO would hand us a 221G with re-interview on it without mentioning why. Again, has anyone dealt with this before? Or can provide me with any information on what to do next? Should I start preparing anything? I understand waiting for the Embassy/ CO/ Consulate to give an answer is our only option right now. But, I am going crazy and overthinking the whole situation. Please HELP!!
  3. Since people here have been so helpful, I'm posting this in case others find it helpful: My husband is applying for an IR-1 via DCF in Mumbai. We did not expect Rele Clinic in Mumbai to refer him for further TB testing after identifying what they said was a dark spot on his lung X-ray, but after eight weeks, which ended Feb. 16, the TB sputum test was negative, as we had expected. Rele said it sent the medical report to the consulate on Monday, which happened to be a U.S. government holiday. I inquired on Tuesday if the consulate had received it, but it had not, and whoever responded to my email said the consulate would automatically get in touch after it received the medical report. We weren't sure how to proceed with the rescheduling of the interview, and the appointment calendar online showed nothing open in the next three months. But early this morning the consulate emailed my husband to see if he could come in for an interview TOMORROW at 7:30 a.m. -- probably a last-minute cancellation. Someone later called to confirm whether my husband could make that appointment, saying that Monday was also a possibility but that he had to confirm a cancellation first. We went ahead and went with the Friday appointment. Fingers crossed!
  4. Hello All, We are ready to send the documents to Uscis but before doing that, we wanted experts opinion if whatever we are filing is enough to get approval or if we need more. Below are the copies which we will be sending: 1) petitioner’s and beneficiary’s birth certificate. 2) petitioner’s passport(front and back). 3) two photos of both petitioner’s and beneficiary’s. 4) marriage certificate. 5) I-130 form. 6) evidence of bonafide relationship: screenshots of our chat logs from the past two years(3-4 pages of every month whatsapp chat), whatsapp call logs(my lawyer suggested not to saying they are going to hear the recording coz they can but we are adding it anyway), wedding pictures, honeymoon pictures, 2-3 pictures from before when I was in the US with him, screenshot of a dating app(with conversation) where we met, life insurance policy stating I’m the beneficiary. 7) petitioners and beneficiary’s taxes for the past 5 years. 8. 5 years address proof of both of us. 9) bank statements and pay stubs of both of us. 10) petitioner’s passport stamp when he visited me. 11) my previous petitions when I was in the US on H1B. 12) My husband is planning to file his taxes for this year stating he is married. Will that be of any help? 13) petitioner’s mother photo ID( I have no idea why my lawyer asked to add this) Please let me know if this is fine. Also, is cover letter necessary? My lawyer said it’s not.
  5. Hello all, I am writing this post for my mom's F4 case filled by her brother. My mom has 3 kids. one daughter and two sons. DOB of daughter: 4th November 1988 DOB of elder son: 18th May 1992 DOB of younger son (i.e. Me): 30th June 1994 First I would provide timeline of our file processing and then I will raise my doubts. TIMELINE Petition Filled on: 9th April 2004 Petition Approved: 20th November 2009 (also received the letter saying it will take years for them to process file so do not give up your jobs or make any travel arrangement as of now etc.) Welcome Letter Received: 12th January 2016 I have read the definition of child as per USCIS which primarily says a kid has to be younger than 21 years and unmarried from here. By the time we received welcome letter and we logged in to ceac.state.gov the tool had name of only two people i.e. of my parents, that's obvious all of three kids are aged out by that time. Then we came to know about CSPA, which can provide protection to unmarried aged out kids by subtracting the processing time taken from biological age. Since my elder sister is married she is not eligible for CSPA and my dad passed in July of 2013 and as per our local agent both the sons are eligible for CSPA so we sent a request letter to NVC to remove my dad's name and include name of two sons. Sent CSPA request letter with request to remove my dad's name: 1st February 2016 With that letter NVC removed my dad's name but they haven't included name of either of son. Meanwhile we completed all the document work of my mom's case i.e. filled DS-260, paid $325 fees, paid $125 AoS fees and submitted all the civil and financial docs and in July 2016 we received letter from NVC stating all the document work is done and your case is awaiting for visa interview appointment overseas. As per the guidelines of our agent we did not mentioned anything about two sons in AoS forms. In June 2016 files retrograded from July 2003 to January 2001 so all activities stopped for our case I guess. In September 2016 files started moving again and since than it's moving at a decent pace. In between we also sent an email to NVC to know the status of our CSPA application for which they replied on 22nd July 2016 like this..... Although we send query to NVC we receive this reply from Mumbai Consulate office which was strange. And finally on 31st January 2017 we received similar email as we received in July 2016 stating.... We sent another CSPA request in February 2017 for which we neither received any acknowledgement of request letter nor we received any reply for the same. Now here are my doubts, DOUBTS Should we contact NVC again for CSPA?? Should we contact Mumbai Consulate for CSPA? Where is our file currently? Is it in NVC or is it in Mumbai Consulate? As per the last letter we received it says most of appointments are scheduled within 3 months but looking at current speed of file processing, there is time for file of April 2004 to be current So when Mumbai Consulate will arrange interview within 3 months or file will be in queue till April 2004 dose not become current? In ceac.state.gov tool since last several days the status of AoS fees has changed NA which used to be paid earlier so is there anything we have to from our end? Likewise our entire process is complete for my mom yet the status of AoS documents and Civil Documents are never updated as completed they are still NA so should we contact NVC for the same? What are the chances of getting CSPA protection at time of my mom's visa interview? Is it mandatory to mentioned about aged out sons in the forms of AoS to get the benefit of CSPA? Can someone provide some concrete example of CSPA with F4 case? some sort of link would work. Any other suggestion for our case. When I wrote this post the latest visa bulletin i.e. March 2003 says currently they are processing files of 22 July 2003 visa bulletin of April 2003 dues in 7-10 days. Any suggestions/answers would be a great help. Thank you in advance. Thank you for reading so far and sorry for misusing quote box.
  6. CR1/IR1 K VISA STUCK IN AP ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING before interview i have 2 questions my dear VJ 1.what is it ,i hear after interview but not before interview 2.and how long it will take almost 2 months waiting for appointment Thanks all
  7. My interview was scheduled for 07:30 IST Jan 2018 at the Mumbai consulate for EB3 visa. Arrived at 06:50 IST and was asked to wait across the road, opposite the consulate. Immediately, all immigration visa applicants were called forward to the consulate to form the line irrespective of the time slot. We grouped into the queue as a family of 4 and were asked to keep the following documents ready for check: § P4 Letter § Passport Original § Visa Centre stamped DS-260 (received after biometrics) At 07:05 IST the line started to move forward and initial checked the DS-260 and passport and then into the building for security checks. No electronics gadgets such as Cellphones, Power Banks, SIM enabled watches, CDs are allowed. Place all the wallets, purses, documents, bags into the x-ray scanner trays. If you have kids, snacks and juices are allowed. Since there are also chances of long waits for any unforeseen reasons, you can carry books to read while waiting. After the security check, we will be directed to the next building where the Immigration counters available and the Counter Window #1 issues the token number which will be used throughout the process. Counter Windows 1 -16 will be available for Immigration visas. Counter #2-6 for Documentation Checks, Counter #7-16 for Immigration Officers. We got called to Counter Window 3 for setting our Documentation in order, ensuring whatever required for the Visa officer to study the case and interview. We are asked to produce copies of marriage certificate, birth certificate, original Police clearance, 2 photos, offer letter. Once completed we were asked to wait at the lounge for our Token number to be called for the VO Interview. This waiting for us took at least 3 hours of waiting. Finally when our token number flashed, the VO greeted and introduced himself as the VO for our case. He then asked us lift our right hand up and swear whatever we say from this point is the truth and nothing but the truth. As the primary applicant, initial questions were directed to me and later my spouse. No queries were directed to the kids. Note that kids can really get restless at this point so ensure to occupy them with something so that they may not disturb the interview. The following are the questions raised by the VO: Primary Applicant 1) Who is calling you to the US? 2) How did you know about this agency? 3) Will the agency support your salary in case you loose a job or they are unable to find an opening? 4) What will you be working for the agency as? 5) Why is the reporting location different than the work site address? 6) Where did you do Master’s? What all subjects did you learn in your masters? What courses did you do apart from Masters? 7) How many years of experience you have in your profession? 8) Where were you born? Spouse/Dependent Applicant 1) Where were you born? 2) What is your current job? Explain the roles and responsibilities 3) Did you visit US before? What were the job roles in US? 4) What Team did you lead? 5) Who did you work for during the period of H1 and L1? ( ince he had already been in the US before on H1 and L1) The interview seemed very nerve wracking to me. But after 20 mins of questions and answers back and forth. The VO took some time of typing on his system and discussing with his colleague/Supervisor about this case. Once he completed that he paused for a while and told us that all 4 of our visas were approved and gave us 2 forms. We sighed with relief. One form explained how to pay the GC fees, the other form explained that our visa was approved – in bold letters and a tick mark against it (It also contained instructions what next after this interview). We thanked God and the officer for the approval. Overall the experience was different from what I had in mind. The officials and workers at the consulate were helpful. Special attention was given to senior citizens or differently abled applicants, helping them in arranging their documents in order, language support / translator in case applicant does not know English. After a week of getting our visa approved, we were intimated by email that our passport were ready for pickup. We got a large grey packet that had a sealed packet and our passports with visa on it. The yellow sealed packet is to be handed over to the Immigration Officer at the POE along with our X ray CD. This has been our visa interview journey. Thanks VJers for your constant support and help. God bless you all.
  8. We had our interview which went very well, 6 questions. As soon as we told the consul that we have been together since 2014 they gave us a 221g asking for more proof of relationship. Has anyone actually experienced this, and got approved after submission? How long did it take to get approved? Did you have to interview again? Thanks!
  9. faithful12

    EB3 visa approval

    My interview was scheduled for 07:30 IST Jan 2018 at the Mumbai consulate for EB3 visa. Arrived at 06:50 IST and was asked to wait across the road, opposite the consulate. Immediately, all immigration visa applicants were called forward to the consulate to form the line irrespective of the time slot. We grouped into the queue as a family of 4 and were asked to keep the following documents ready for check: § P4 Letter § Passport Original § Visa Centre stamped DS-260 (received after biometrics) At 07:05 IST the line started to move forward and initial checked the DS-260 and passport and then into the building for security checks. No electronics gadgets such as Cellphones, Power Banks, SIM enabled watches, CDs are allowed. Place all the wallets, purses, documents, bags into the x-ray scanner trays. If you have kids, snacks and juices are allowed. Since there are also chances of long waits for any unforeseen reasons, you can carry books to read while waiting. After the security check, we will be directed to the next building where the Immigration counters available and the Counter Window #1 issues the token number which will be used throughout the process. Counter Windows 1 -16 will be available for Immigration visas. Counter #2-6 for Documentation Checks, Counter #7-16 for Immigration Officers. We got called to Counter Window 3 for setting our Documentation in order, ensuring whatever required for the Visa officer to study the case and interview. We are asked to produce copies of marriage certificate, birth certificate, original Police clearance, 2 photos, offer letter. Once completed we were asked to wait at the lounge for our Token number to be called for the VO Interview. This waiting for us took at least 3 hours of waiting. Finally when our token number flashed, the VO greeted and introduced himself as the VO for our case. He then asked us lift our right hand up and swear whatever we say from this point is the truth and nothing but the truth. As the primary applicant, initial questions were directed to me and later my spouse. No queries were directed to the kids. Note that kids can really get restless at this point so ensure to occupy them with something so that they may not disturb the interview. The following are the questions raised by the VO: Primary Applicant 1) Who is calling you to the US? 2) How did you know about this agency? 3) Will the agency support your salary in case you loose a job or they are unable to find an opening? 4) What will you be working for the agency as? 5) Why is the reporting location different than the work site address? 6) Where did you do Master’s? What all subjects did you learn in your masters? What courses did you do apart from Masters? 7) How many years of experience you have in your profession? 8) Where were you born? Spouse/Dependent Applicant 1) Where were you born? 2) What is your current job? Explain the roles and responsibilities 3) Did you visit US before? What were the job roles in US? 4) What Team did you lead? 5) Who did you work for during the period of H1 and L1? ( ince he had already been in the US before on H1 and L1) The interview seemed very nerve wracking to me. But after 20 mins of questions and answers back and forth. The VO took some time of typing on his system and discussing with his colleague/Supervisor about this case. Once he completed that he paused for a while and told us that all 4 of our visas were approved and gave us 2 forms. We sighed with relief. One form explained how to pay the GC fees, the other form explained that our visa was approved – in bold letters and a tick mark against it (It also contained instructions what next after this interview). We thanked God and the officer for the approval. Overall the experience was different from what I had in mind. The officials and workers at the consulate were helpful. Special attention was given to senior citizens or differently abled applicants, helping them in arranging their documents in order, language support / translator in case applicant does not know English. After a week of getting our visa approved, we were intimated by email that our passport were ready for pickup. We got a large grey packet that had a sealed packet and our passports with visa on it. The yellow sealed packet is to be handed over to the Immigration Officer at the POE along with our X ray CD. This has been our visa interview journey. Thanks VJers for your constant support and help. God bless you all.
  10. Ok, so long story short, due to some issue, I wasn't able to book the appointment-date for our k1 visa today but here's the thing, like 12 hours ago, I was seeing "First Available Appointment Is Friday February 1, 2019", & now, I'm seeing "First Available Appointment Is Friday February 22, 2019". Is this for real? I mean how is that all of those slots got filled so rapidly within hours? And, if this is how fast they typically get filled, then how in the world was I possibly able to see the date that I did earlier in the day? Can anybody clue me in on what's going on here? Is this "normal" somehow? At first, I was so happy that I was going to get a date about 3 weeks out but now, it's 6 weeks, & who knows what it will be when I actually get down to booking my appointment tomorrow.
  11. Dee & Will

    Any idea about Mumbai consulate?

    Hello guys, my fiancé and I met 10 months ago on OkCupid. When he visited me for the 2nd time we went to Thailand together where he proposed to me. A month later we filed our application. We do not have an age gap. But we are an interracial couple. I was wondering how Mumbai consulate treats interracial couples who met online like us. We do have substantial proof of relationship. And I know everything about him. I just want to know what to expect. thank you!
  12. I am a resident of India. I am currently 23 years old, My Aunt applied for an F4 visa for my father on 7, April 2004. The website currently shows that "On March 19, 2009, we received your Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative" I have a few question, I am trying to understand. 1) My question is why is still not the application approved yet? 2) Will I be aged out when the visa will be available or I am eligible for CSPA? 3) What is average time will it take to get my visa? 4) From Visa bulletin which date should I follow, FINAL ACTION DATES or DATES FOR FILING? P.S. Sorry for asking a silly question, not really an expert in this subject.
  13. Hey All, Happy Friday! A quick query with an eye on the next couple of months of our process. Background - We are currently awaiting our NOA2 (pending any RFE) from Nebraska - I am an Indian citizen, currently working and staying in Myanmar (Burma) along with my Spouse - the US petitioner Question - My family just sold our house in Mumbai. This address is on my Passport and also on my I130A. We are buying another house, the address of which might only be confirmed by End November - Mid December - I might have to change my Passport to reflect the new address - When we do the next steps - I864 and DS-260, will have the new address and new passport number (We ll put a covering note to explain that) - Will that suffice? Alternately, If I use my current passport with the old address for my the next steps - like interview and eventual submission, and apply for a new passport after, would that be an issue? - If, I get a police certificate, from India and Uganda, on my current passport - would that be OK or should I wait to get the new Passport and then apply for the Police Certificates? . (I am traveling to India next week and wanted to apply for the Police certificate) Thanks and have a great weekend everyone. EmMo
  14. Me and my family had our visa on 10th September 2018. The VO said everything looks good but we need some documents from you before we can issue you your visa for F4 Category. We submitted the request documents on 19th of September and then ceac status changed to AP , later that week on 24th of September the case changed to ready .. but it said ready for interview so we thought it might be some glitch. It is still in the ready for interview status. Anyone with similar experience please share your reviews.
  15. I a US citizen applied I 130 for my mom and dad in early Sept 2017. Got RFE for my birth certificate, supplied in May 2018. My mom's case got approved in July 2018 , went to NVC and is now nearing being sent to US consulate in India. But my dad's case lying with USCIS for over 13 months. Since it was outside normal processing time, I submitted online request in Sept 2018 to which they replied " your case is under review , may contact us if no response within 60 days". Its with Potomac centre. Plz guide as what to do? Is it normal?
  16. Hi All, I am switching my husband's IR-1 interview from Montreal to Mumbai. I called NVC to ask them about how to do this. They told us you need to submit a request for the consulate transfer to the "Ask NVC" form, and include proof of eligibility to interview at the consulate you are requesting. If anyone has had any experience with this, is this all that one needs to do to change embassies? I have seen some threads where people said they had to contact the embassy they wanted to switch to as well, to make the transfer happen. How long did it take for the entire transfer to be completed (e.g. 2 weeks, one month, etc.)? Any information one has would be appreciated!
  17. Hi all, I am planning to got to India for my wife's CR1 interview. So I am purchasing a return ticket for myself. So I was wondering what I can do to ensure to bring my wife together in the same flight since I don't think it is a good idea to buy her ticket without getting her visa. How can I book my return flight along with her as an added companion on the return leg? I will have about 5-7 days after her interview date for the return flight. I am worried I might not get her ticket on the same flight itinerary if I purchase her ticket that late.
  18. Hello All, I am writing this from my recent experience with CR1 visa. Me and my husband are Muslims - I am an Indian citizen and my husband is a US citizen. We only had a Nikahnaama from Qaazi at the time of submitting documents to USCIS for i130, and were afraid if it will be accepted. So we submitted some photographs from our marriage and sworn affidavits from people from India and USA who attended our wedding that happened in India. By God's grace, we never received any RFE. So, I would say that if husband and wife are both muslims and the wedding happened in India, and one of the spouses is an Indian citizen, you don't have to get your marriage registered, and can submit Nikahnaama from your Qaazi along with some sworn affidavits from wedding attendees both from USA and India. The Nikahnaama has a number on its top which the nikah committee submits to the government. You can also confirm this with your Qaazi who issue it to confirm if it gets registered with the government. Also, you don't have to worry about it at the NVC too. And also at the time of interview at US embassy in India. Our Nikahnaama was well accepted at all of these places and we did get my green card at the end of this process. Just wanted to share this information as I could find nothing when I was eagerly looking for it. Also you can look at this image and this source link to confirm what I said - https://in.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/marriage/ Thank You! P.S - This is what I am sharing from my experience and you may want to confirm from other places too as every case is different in its own.
  19. Hello all, I am writing this post for my mom's F4 case filled by her brother. My mom has 3 kids. one daughter and two sons. DOB of daughter: 4th November 1988 DOB of elder son: 18th May 1992 DOB of younger son (i.e. Me): 30th June 1994 First I would provide timeline of our file processing and then I will raise my doubts. TIMELINE Petition Filled on: 9th April 2004 Petition Approved: 20th November 2009 (also received the letter saying it will take years for them to process file so do not give up your jobs or make any travel arrangement as of now etc.) Welcome Letter Received: 12th January 2016 I have read the definition of child as per USCIS which primarily says a kid has to be younger than 21 years and unmarried from here. By the time we received welcome letter and we logged in to ceac.state.gov the tool had name of only two people i.e. of my parents, that's obvious all of three kids are aged out by that time. Then we came to know about CSPA, which can provide protection to unmarried aged out kids by subtracting the processing time taken from biological age. Since my elder sister is married she is not eligible for CSPA and my dad passed in July of 2013 and as per our local agent both the sons are eligible for CSPA so we sent a request letter to NVC to remove my dad's name and include name of two sons. Sent CSPA request letter with request to remove my dad's name: 1st February 2016 With that letter NVC removed my dad's name but they haven't included name of either of son. Meanwhile we completed all the document work of my mom's case i.e. filled DS-260, paid $325 fees, paid $125 AoS fees and submitted all the civil and financial docs and in July 2016 we received letter from NVC stating all the document work is done and your case is awaiting for visa interview appointment overseas. As per the guidelines of our agent we did not mentioned anything about two sons in AoS forms. In June 2016 files retrograded from July 2003 to January 2001 so all activities stopped for our case I guess. In September 2016 files started moving again and since than it's moving at a decent pace. In between we also sent an email to NVC to know the status of our CSPA application for which they replied on 22nd July 2016 like this..... Although we send query to NVC we receive this reply from Mumbai Consulate office which was strange. And finally on 31st January 2017 we received similar email as we received in July 2016 stating.... We sent another CSPA request in February 2017 for which we neither received any acknowledgement of request letter nor we received any reply for the same. Now here are my doubts, DOUBTS Should we contact NVC again for CSPA?? Should we contact Mumbai Consulate for CSPA? Where is our file currently? Is it in NVC or is it in Mumbai Consulate? As per the last letter we received it says most of appointments are scheduled within 3 months but looking at current speed of file processing, there is time for file of April 2004 to be current So when Mumbai Consulate will arrange interview within 3 months or file will be in queue till April 2004 dose not become current? In ceac.state.gov tool since last several days the status of AoS fees has changed NA which used to be paid earlier so is there anything we have to from our end? Likewise our entire process is complete for my mom yet the status of AoS documents and Civil Documents are never updated as completed they are still NA so should we contact NVC for the same? What are the chances of getting CSPA protection at time of my mom's visa interview? Is it mandatory to mentioned about aged out sons in the forms of AoS to get the benefit of CSPA? Can someone provide some concrete example of CSPA with F4 case? some sort of link would work. Any other suggestion for our case. When I wrote this post the latest visa bulletin i.e. March 2003 says currently they are processing files of 22 July 2003 visa bulletin of April 2003 dues in 7-10 days. Any suggestions/answers would be a great help. Thank you in advance. Thank you for reading so far and sorry for misusing quote box.
  20. SMcNally

    Process after NOA2

    Hi, We're in the process of applying for a K-1 visa. We got the first NOA on 11th September. Our case has been sent to the California Service Centre. We are expecting the petition to get approved mid March 2018 (assuming everything goes well and we get no RFEs). I'm based in Bangalore at the moment. While I am clear about the broader process of how things work once we get the second NOA, I'm not completely sure on the specifics. I'd like to get prepared as much as I can with the paperwork beforehand, so that things don't get delayed due to an oversight on our part. Here is how I understand it. Please correct me if I'm wrong. 1) The case gets forwarded to the NVC. The NVC does its own processing. 2) The NVC forwards the case to the embassy, which in India would be Mumbai, and they get in touch with me. 3) The embassy sends me some forms to fill out. I courier the forms back to them. Once they finish processing that, then I am ready for the final processing i.e. the interview. 4) I get my PCC. 5) I schedule the two interviews and fill out the DS-160, and make the payment. 6) I schedule the medical check-up which should be at least 7 days before the interview. 7) Go to the interview. If the above is correct, I have a few questions: A) When the NVC is processing the application do they contact my fiancée (the petitioner) to submit any more forms or do we just wait for them to forward the case to the embassy? At this juncture, do we have to submit or fill out anything? B) Mumbai is the only embassy in India where K1 visas are processed, right? When the embassy contacts me, do they contact me electronically or via snail mail? There is a possibility that there will be no one at home to collect my mail. Do I contact the embassy first or just wait for them? What is Packet 3 and Packet 4? I've read a lot of forums posts referring to them. C) Are the results of the medical checkup given to me to take to the interview? Seems like the medical checkup can in done in Chennai, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Since I am based in Bangalore, does this mean I have to stay in Mumbai for at least 7 days (medical + interview)? D) Regarding vaccinations, I got the Tdap and MMR shots as a kid. So, what further vaccinations did you get to get your K1 visa? Is it worth getting some of these vaccinations done now? I have no proof of my previous vaccinations. E) On the traveldocs website, it says the PCC is valid for a year? So, can I get my PCC for India now and save some time? Has anybody done this i.e. get the PCC months in advance? Do I need multiple copies of the PCC? F) Also, I have to get PCCs from 3 other countries, two of which require me to show a “Photocopy of document from relevant consulate/immigration authority/government bodies or other requester to establish that the certificate is required by such authority.” When in the K1 process am I officially notified that I need a PCC? I think the PCCs are what is going to take some time and the sooner I can apply for them the better. G) The I-134, Affidavit of Support can be filled in my someone other than my fiancée, right? She's going back to university and is not employed as a result. Can I have multiple I-134s? Thank you, Siddharth
  21. Category: F4 INDIA (US citizen brother filed for his sister in INDIA) Priority Date: 27-09-2004 Approval Date: 22-03-2010 Welcome letter received on: 26-04-2018 AOS fees paid on: 01-05-2018 Case Completed on: 15-06-2018 I am a son (derivative beneficiary) of principal applicant (my mother) in this case. My Date of birth: 09-09-1994 Current age: 23 years 9 months Petition pending duration: 5 years 5 months 24 days TIME LINE TILL NOW: After receiving welcome letter, on the CEAC website we were able to pay IV fees for my mother (principal applicant) and father only, my name (Son’s name) was there but I was unable to pay the IV fees as no invoice was generated for me. So we dropped an email to NVC explaining them applicability of CSPA to this case and to generate IV fee invoice for me(Son) and we got following reply from NVC to that email - “We reviewed this petition for eligibility under the CSPA and we determined that applicant does not benefit under CSPA”. After that we paid AOS fees and IV fees for my parents (mother and father) and completed IV application (DS-260) of mother and father. While filing that form; on particular question of WHETHER I AM IMMIGRATING WITH MY PARENTS, we filled YES in both the forms. Following that we mailed NVC all the requested documents of petitioner and applicant (mother and father). We also mailed them my documents along with all other documents. Then we send one more email to NVC insisting them for adjudication with a consular officer then NVC’s preliminary CSPA age assessment for applicability of CSPA to this case. To that email we again got same reply: “We reviewed this petition for eligibility under the CSPA and we determined the applicant is not eligible”. After that we got case completion letter on 15-06-2018. But now when I open CEAC website my name is completely missing from Applicant information and IV application processing fees sections (Name was visible in both the sections before) only the names of my mother and father are there. So my question is “what should we do next for applicability of CSPA? Should we wait until priority date becomes current OR is there anything else we can do? Can any one tell me exact procedure for CSPA with exact timing to do it? What about missing name from CEAC website? Should we hire an attorney?THANKS.
  22. Hey Guys! We are an Indian-American couple living in New Delhi and about to embark on this visa journey. This is the best place I could find on the internet so I'll be really glad if someone can help us with a couple of questions. 1.) My (soon to be) wife is in India on a work visa and has been working with the same company for over 3 years now. She's been living here since. 2.) We have been dating for past 2+ years and living together for more than a year. We just got engaged and started looking at the options of moving to the USA. 3.) What makes more sense. To apply for a K1 fiance visa or getting married here in India and applying for a CR1 visa? Thank you in advance!
  23. Hello I am an Indian citizen and my future wife is a US citizen. We were initially thinking about going the K1 visa route, but reconsidered and have decided to go with CR1. She is working full time and doesnt have time to fly across the globe for a Indian Wedding, so we have decided that we will have a small marriage (court marriage) in the Carribean ( Granada ), the marriage certificate from there will be in english and the process is quick. and then she will file the paperwork in USA to initiate my CR1, if all goes well, I will do the visa interview in the Mumbai Consulate. Our relationship is real, so Im not worried about proving that. Do you think the visa officer will have a problem with the marriage ? I have read here that visa officers ask for full photo albums , with specifics from hindu marriage ceremonies, where the husband is tying garland and sindoor. She is christian and Im hindu but both of us are very mildly religious, so it doesnt matter to us. Also I dont have money to fly out my parents/relatives for the marriage. What can i do to prove that the marriage is legit, should i take a lot of professional pictures ? Any documentation that I should be aware of for a foreign country wedding ? Also would Indian US consulate need some Indian marriage certificate or will the Grenada one be enough ?
  24. Hi all.. my green card interview is in July . Just wanted to know your thoughts on taking my wife to the embassey (US petetioner with US passport), she will be in Mumbai with me. We have a 11 months baby also so it is possible for them to come along with me and stay in the embassey till my interview gets over ? Thank you for all the replies in advance.
  25. Background: We both are originally from Nepal and I am currently permanent resident in USA. My wife is still in Nepal. I have applied i130 for her and is in process since march 2017 at California center. We have been in relationship since 2012 and officially married in 2017. We married under Hindu Marriage Act in India instead of Nepal and got our marriage certificate issued by Indian government. We submitted the same on our i130 application. Will the consular raise any issue about that as to why did I not go Nepal and married there instead of India? Will that be a red flag? The marriage was carried under Hindu act with witnessed signing the marriage certificate. We also had our parents and relatives. Pictures of wedding submitted. I would appreciate if anyone with similar situation could share their experience. Thank you...
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