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  1. I was a regular reader of the last London thread to keep myself updated with current timelines etc before it went to 70+ pages and way off topic. I thought it was such a useful resource so I’ve decided to start the ball rolling again so we can keep each other updated on news as it comes in. To kick us off, me and my wife were DQ 10th July so we’re hoping to get our interview appointment email early November. It appears June DQ dates have been scheduled so hoping this is our time after literally years of waiting. Fingers crossed for no Tier 3 lockdown in London!
  2. I had my medical yesterday at Knightsbridge’s and my experience echos the positive accounts shared by other users. It’s nowhere near invasive as one would imagine and the people working there really are lovely. One thing that really made the experience an easy one (other than turning up with everything they asked for) was the medical letter I acquired from my GP regarding my long history of depression and agoraphobia. The physician conducting the medical assessment remarked that the letter was excellent and provided all the necessary information. The only question I was asked was if I had received counselling to which my answer was no, I wasn’t questioned any further. If you need a medical letter from your GP especially from one that doesn’t know you (as was the case with me) consider providing them with this outline and a note explaining your history in your own words and how you currently feel. It might provide some helpful insight and gives them something to refer to once you have left. This is the outline I provided the GP with as the basis for my letter: Diagnosis? Treatment? Duration of treatment and illness? Any prior or subsequent mental health or illness? Have there been any incidents of self harm, harm to others or suicide attempts? What is the prognosis and your opinion of the patients mental state. Is she a risk to herself or to others? I used my appointment to discuss my history and current mental state and explained that these questions needed to be addressed in the letter which they were and she even included parts of the note which I wasn’t expecting. I know it won’t guarantee the same results but it helped me and the Knightsbridge physician’s reaction made it feel worth sharing. 🤓
  3. Hello, I am at a complete loss and need advice. My husband and I were DQ'd on 26/02/21. On 04/06/21 we received an email from NVC regarding their acceptance of our expedite request. We are almost waiting for 4 weeks now for ANY movement regarding NVC transferring our case to the London Embassy. We have been told 6 times via phone call that our case was transferring. Yesterday, we were given entirely new information regarding the process and that London Embassy need to request the case from NVC??? I feel like nobody knows what way the process works each time we call. New information, false information, false hope, EVERY TIME. What on earth is going on? Does anyone know anything in relation to how we can actually speak with someone at the embassy? A press office number even? Our little girl has been missing her father for the majority of her life now. It's so unfair. Why did they even send us the expedite approval if they couldn't move things faster???
  4. Hi, I was just wondering if there is anyone out there who has filed their i130 direct with the London US embassy in 2021? Most thread seem to be for people who filed in 2020 just before the general DCF closed/ at the start of the pandemic. My USC husband filed last Friday and they were happy to approve our request to file under exceptional circumstances (short notice of job relocation) and I am just wanting to connect with anyone who is in a similar boat waiting to hear back or if anyone who has filed earlier this year and has a success story to share!
  5. Hello! I'm hoping someone can advise us about what to do. My fiancé is a dual UK and French citizen. He resides in the UK, and our current embassy is London. The backlog at London is huge (easily 1500-2000+ cases based on historical data), and there's a new mandamus lawsuit being filed that we're considering joining, but we only just got our NOA2 and are worried we're not really going to see much movement in our case despite being a part of the lawsuit. However, we recently learned that Paris seems to be transferring new cases from NVC to embassy only a few months after the NOA2 date. Have they basically cleared their backlog already? Should we email to try to transfer our case to Paris? My fiancé's not technically a resident, but other members of his family live there, and we could theoretically use their addresses. Or should we continue with London and join the lawsuit? My thoughts are if Paris has capacity and allows us to, we join the line there and potentially get an interview later this year which will also be one less case for London to process. But if that wouldn't work, I don't want to miss out on the opportunity to participate in the London lawsuit. Based on the lawyers' Q&A earlier today, they did encourage people to transfer cases if possible - another beneficiary was stuck at London but preferred Dublin due to having Irish citizenship. They said to go for it if there wasn't a backlog in Dublin. Would appreciate any insight/advice, thanks!
  6. Hello! So our case has been stuck at the NVC for awhile, and I've seen a lot of people who submitted theirs after us get through to the London Embassy because of that lawsuit that happened until around beginning of June. I'm just curious, is there anyone out there who's petition has gone to the London Embassy recently who wasn't apart of that lawsuit? It feels like everyone who has gotten through has been apart of it, and it's making me nervous/anxious/worried/etc.
  7. Hi Everyone, So let's start with the fact that my petition was filed a month before I was turning 21. (almost 2 years ago) Throughout the whole process I was advised that my category was going to be IR-2 and it was. My petition was USCIS approved and then I got DQed in May 2020. I had my interview scheduled for October 2020 at the London Embassy, I have gone through the medical examination and vaccinations which have been paid for and then a day before my interview the US Embassy in London called me and advised me not to come to the interview because I was affected by the Trump proclamations. Recently I have logged into the NVC CEAC and realized that my Visa Category have changed from IR-2 to F11. I thought my age should freeze at the time of the application and I shouldn't age out. Obviously I am worried on how long this process is going to take as this isn't IR-2 but F11. I have already submitted the NVC Contact Form to advise that the category shouldn't been changed to F11. This whole process created so much stress and loss of money considering my police certificates have expired as well as the medical examination. Can you please help? Did you guys came across this? I appreciate any help, have a great day.
  8. Hello, all! Has anyone had a medical exam done in London or do you know what the process is usually like? My fiancé has been getting tests done to see if he may have a heart condition which his sister recently passed away from. He has high heart rate and the tests they’ve had him do haven’t really come up with anything. What is the process like for the visa medical and would his high heart rate be a problem?
  9. Hi everyone, Our expedite request was finally approved on Friday 4th June. We were expecting to be in the May batch of interviews as we were DQ'd at the end of February 2021 but I guess this is promising considering they didn't release any last month. Just wondered had anyone else recently heard anything about an expedite request they had filed in London? What were the wait times like between NVC emailing to tell you the expedite was accepted and your case status changing to “Ready”? We keep checking our CEAC status but it still is saying "At NVC" after 5 days now. I feel like based on what I've been reading, this is a long time? I am most likely wrong. We have the "Case has been expedited to post" message in our message folder but that's about it. As always, thank you in advance.
  10. My husband (Austrian citizen, lives in UK with me US citizen) became DQ on March 18th 2021. Do you know when I can expect the interview to be scheduled in London? We have just had a baby and I am due to start a PhD in California in August 2021. Do you think we can expect his interview to be scheduled and cleared before then. I have submitted an expedite last week (21 May 2021) and have not heard anything back yet. Has anyone here recently had their expedite requests accepted? I really do not want to be seprated from my husband/ cannot afford to due to the little one in August and desperately need my husband to have his visa/ greencard cleared by then. Also, we are thinking if he does not have an interview scheduled, he could help me move and settle in California traveling on the his Austrian passport/ travel visa that he can obtian online and come back to interview in London. The caveat is that the travel visa is only valid for 3 months maximum. If his visa interview is not scheduled within the 3 months, then we could be separated on separate continents. Thanks for your insight.
  11. I filed an I-130 for my wife directly with the London embassy on April 26 due to exceptional circumstances. Today, I emailed to ask how we’d be contacted with next steps. The response I got was peculiar. Apparently our I-130 was approved the day it was filed, but the beneficiary will not be contacted for at least 12 weeks from the day of approval. The file is clearly with the consular section in London, since the I-130 was filed there. The London embassy site says that for I-130s that were processed by the USCIS field office in London, they send you the LND case number within 8 weeks of I-130 approval. And for K1 visas, they send the case number within 2 weeks of the file arriving at the embassy. It seems like the embassy in London is working at a decent pace these days, and the reason we were allowed to file locally is that our case warrants a level of urgency. So the 12 week delay seems unusual to me. Does anyone have any idea what might be happening or if there’s anything I can do to help the process not have a 3 month hiatus, effectively. I know I should be grateful the process has moved this quickly so far, but I’d like to do whatever I can do to help it along.
  12. I have to re-submit the i-864 because I didn't realise I needed to provide the original not a copy. I have the original now and the instructions state: "sign in to your account at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb click on the link 'print instructions' and then 'View Courier-in Receipt' at the bottom of the page and print the Courier-In Authorization Certificate." The problem is that second courier link is not there?! And I can't for the life of me find any relevant contanct details to get this sorted, can anyone help? I'm doing DCF London Embassy IR1 Spouse VISA. Cheers
  13. Hi, sorry for not starting a new thread but seeing as most In here are from the UK, can I ask what the process is for travel declaration when travelling to the US after obtaining your visa?
  14. Hi Everyone ! I am a US citizen married to a UK citizen and have been living in the UK for the last 6-7 years. I applied for my husband back in 2018 and he was given an interview in 2019 but because of my domicile it was rejected and were advised to contact again when we are planning to move. The Embassy put our application on hold till we were ready to move. I have sent in all the documents to the embassy in March 2021 as we are ready to move in July/August. It DQ on March 22nd and we are waiting for an interview. Based on the timeline, it seems like we will hear back sometimes in June/July. My question is, do I have to file US taxes as I am not living in the US and have 0 income. Also, my parents filed me under them for the last couple of years. Thanks !
  15. Hey Everyone, I just recently submitted my I-129F - preparing for the long wait ahead. As we know, London isn't doing routine K-1 interviews yet and I imagine there's quite the backlog from interviews not being done for over a year now. I just wanted to see how everyone is doing...depends on the day for me. Feel free to vent or share some hope!
  16. Hi folks, We've been in the K1 visa process waiting for contact from the NVC and/or the UK Embassy in London for over a year now. Today I checked on our NVC Status to find out that our visa application has expired after a year(?!?). We've been waiting for an Invoice # so we could sign up with CEAC, but we've never gotten one so I'm going crazy right now. I'm pouring over our old contacts from the NVC and UK Embassy, to see if there might have been something that we missed or overlooked on our end and I noticed this {REL1} marking at the bottom of the letter we received from the London Embassy. Maybe it could have been a bad mail merge that was supposed to contain more information for us? The attached letter was sent to us in January of 2020. We really don't know what has happened, or what to do now. Please, any help that anyone can give would be very much appreciated. I'm just hoping somebody on this website has received the same letter and can confirm that this {REL1} mark is on theirs as well. Thank you.
  17. We’ve received DQ email in November 9th, my wife is a nurse, and our visa is EB3, as in the London embassy website says to contact NVC to expedite if healthcare professionals, we requested twice and we’ve been denied saying that they cannot expedite because they’re doing by the list. We know that before October they were granted some expedite for healthcare professionals. So I would like to know if someone requested expedite after October and have been accepted. And if someone has the interview scheduled already, when have been DQ.
  18. Hi All! I'm new here so please forgive me if i haven't posted this in the right place. I tried to use tags? Anyway... I was hoping for some advice. I had my K1 interview 2 days ago (24th March 2021) at the London Consulate. The interviewer was a little stern however the questions were as expected. At the end of the interview they explicitly said to me "I have everything I need and I am going to approve your visa". No 221g was handed over or anything like that nor was there any indication that they needed more evidence. They took my passport and then proceeded to tell me how many working days I should wait for my visa. We even had a discussion at the end about COVID restrictions leaving the UK at the moment and how the visa packet should be more than enough evidence for travel out of the UK at the border since emmigrating is a valid reason for travel. Hence, all very positive discussion indicating visa issuance. This is why now I am confused. I checked my ceac status out of curiosity and I have been placed in "Advanced processing". I thought this was normal and something that happens whilst they are preparing your visa HOWEVER people who interviewed the same day as me have said their status is "issued" with some people having already received their visa in the post (yes 2 days after the interview)! These developments are now making me worried about my case. Did they change their mind or something after giving me the verbal approval? Is this something that can happen? I did some digging and found that some people go into AP because they have specific careers that show up on security checks but I am not qualified for any of those careers. I have a british passport and everything but I do have a muslim name....and I do like to travel a lot and in my travels have visited the middle east (dubai, a common tourist location). Is this the cause? I also saw however that by this point the security checks have already been done? Honestly I don't know what to make of this situation and was hoping if the experienced people here would be able to shed some light on this as I am getting anxious about it. ps my status has changed from immigrant visa to "non-immigrant visa" on the ceac which I did read was a good sign so thats something.
  19. We became DQ yesterday, October 20! Does anyone have any idea how long it should take to have an interview scheduled at the London Embassy? Thanks!!
  20. Hey Everyone, I am new here and stumbled upon this forum looking for answers on the London Embassy Visa processing. We are waiting for an EB-3 visa interview and all information I find online doesn’t explain much. I saw online that EB-3’s were being processed right up until November. Curious if anyone knows if EB-3’s are still being processed in London at the moment? Any info would help. Thanks and wishing everyone else waiting on their visas good luck! Kyle
  21. I filed for the K1 November 2019 and in June 2020 I had a breakdown caused by external triggers in which I self harmed and got referred to a psychologist who went on to diagnose me with eupd/bpd. I am hoping to be discharged from the psychologist in two weeks time and the my next check in. i also have scars from self harm in 2014 which was the last time I’d self harmed before the breakdown and they were unreported to my gp. as of right now I’m completely stable and steady, and haven’t so much as thought about self harming since then. I have had a steady full time job since March 2020 and before then I held a job full time since September 2018, the only reason I changed jobs was because I was made redundant in february 2020. I take medication each night and both of the medications are the lowest doses of them. i know I will need a letter from my GP saying I’m not at risk to myself or others with my diagnosis and treatments and if I’m not discharged from my psychologist in two weeks I will get the same letter from them. is there anything else I need to do to make this go as smoothly as it can so I can be reunited with my fiancée?
  22. Hi everyone, happy new year. I have my interview in about 3 weeks and would need to register for the courier service for me to obtain my passport back on time etc. When registering it is asking me for my case number which is fine but also my DS260 confirmation number. I believe this was given to me when submitted the DS260 application. Unfortunately I cant seem to find this number anywhere and I think it is only given at that time when submitting. Can anyone advise on how to obtain this number? It would be much appreciated. Thanks,
  23. So here's the rundown: - Got a letter for my medical condition from Neurologist - Sent in email request to London Embassy on Dec 1st - Got email confrmation of appointment for Dec 8th - Went to interview (he's on his way back home as I type) got a green letter In the green letter there is check marks for "updated medical" - we were anticipating this bc he had his medical was done in March right before the world shut down. "Updated Police Cert" that we also anticipated as it was well out of the 6 months. There was also a check mark on "other" National Interest Exception. We will schedule out medical and all that what we are confused about is the National Interest Exception. Is there an application we need to fill in? I see one in Departent of state for work related visas but not anything about ours in particular. If we don't meet the requirements for this exception did we mess up our whole process. It should be noted that they DID keep his passport. I am not familiar with this at all and any information would be amazing.
  24. Hi, I had my interview on 24th august and I was refused because they had not received my medical yet. I had my medical on August 12th. They told me that I would be approved once they recieve my medical given that it Is all clear. Has anyone else been in that position? How long does it take for them to process my visa?
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