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  1. filed - Dec 2020 petitioner local - Atlanta, GA service center - Potomac beneficiary's country - India (Mumbai consulate) 130 approved - Sep 2021 NVC account created - Oct 2021 NVC documents submitted - Oct 2021 Document Qualified - Apr 2022 now waiting for Interview... expedite petition (undergoing shoulder surgery, and also a new born now stuck in India) but got expedite req declined - May 2022 can someone please shed some light. how long is the wait in Mumbai/India my wife and my baby now in India with uncertainty
  2. My parents who live in New Delhi, got their I-130 processed with a DQ date of Jan 4, 2022.Does anyone have an idea what DQ dates is Mumbai consulate processing now? Four months have passed since DQ status and no interview letter yet. They are in IR5 category.
  3. Hello everyone, I am the beneficiary and my case has been DQ'D at NVC and I am waiting for interview at Mumbai Embassy. My daughter who is a step child of my husband, her case has been approved at USCIS, but we decided to put it on hold before applying at NVC as they're documents we are awaiting for her to be DQ'D. My question is will it be okay at the interview if I say that my daughter will be joining later on and that she lives with my parents here in India, while I will be travelling back and forth for her. I read somewhere that if the dependent's case is pending at uscis or nvc, the embassy refuses the visa stating that it'll approve once the child's case is approved. Does the embassy takes interviews together of parents and kids in CR1 category or is it separate? Thank you in advance.
  4. Hello, My wife (spouse of US citizen) is eagerly waiting for the interview date at the Mumbai consulate. We got Documentarily qualified on 23rd March 2022. It has been close to 3 weeks and there is no response in-spite of being current. Our CEAC portal still shows that the case is at the NVC. We started the process 1 year and 4 months ago and still do not have a visa in hand. If there is anyone else in a similar boat please let us know how long it took for you to get a visa interview in 2022 at Mumbai. We are stressed out just waiting in limbo. The US should really fix this. Keeping newly married families apart from each other for so long is just terrible and unfair. Thank you, Storm
  5. Hi Folks, Created this thread specifically for December '21 submissions. I submitted all my documents to NVC on December 19th 2021. Looks like it's a 3 month's process. I happened to upload my passport copy facing sideways, so a bit worried about that. I again uploaded another copy facing right side up under additional documents. I hope they consider it. Hope to hear from NVC soon. Please update your NVC case status here.
  6. Hi guys, I had my IR2 visa interview on 4th of November 2019, and I would like to share my experience. I searched through the internet and I could find only two experiences for IR2 for children who are close to 20 years old (have mentioned the links below). Hope this post might help someone in the future. First I'll dive into the actual interview day directly, following I'll share a brief paragraphs about Medical, Biometrics and other stuffs if any. Interview Time: 7:15 AM. Went to the consulate around 6:45 AM in Formal dress, and were waiting opposite to the consulate. Then they called applicants with 7:15 AM interview and formed a queue outside, where an Indian guy/officer checked for the Interview Email Printout from NVC, DS260 with a stamp from our Biometrics and our passport. Then there'll be a screening process like in the Airport. I just took my Wallet and other files. Electronic and food items are prohibited, and they have a locker for the electronic items if you bring any (I believe that you have to pay some amount for this). I then arrived to the place where the interview takes place. Few Indian officers will instruct you to take specific documents in the language you are comfortable with. The documents they asked to takeout from us are: Passport, Birth & Police Clearance Certificate - Copy and Original DS260 with a stamp from our Biometric interview Two 50x50 White Background Photographs Sealed Medical Envelope. Then we get a token number according to the language we choose. There were 15 counters and the officers in the counters call up the token numbers on a First come First serve basis. An Indian officer will be present for this initial calling from the counter. He asked me to hand over the documents which was mentioned above and asked the following questions after greeting him with a Good Morning: Who's calling you (Who's you petitioner)? When's your birthdate? Have you been to USA? Have you been outside India? (Answered him with the places I have been) How long have you been in those places? (Answered him: "A week each") He then returned the Xerox copies of the documents and kept the original, and said that an US officer will be calling you for the next interview(with the same token number). This should be around 730 I guess (Didn't carry my watch inside) For the interview of US officer, what I noted was they called in specific categories to a specific counter. And for the US officer interview there were only three counters active. One counter was processing Parents Visa(IR5), another was IR1/CR1 and another was processing group people (where father and kid comes together). I kept on waiting till my number was called upon (I was sleepy too as I had only 4 hrs of sleep and have to just stare at the closed counter in front of you :P). Finally around 11 AM, my number was called. Greeted him with a Good Morning. Asked me to raise my hand and took an oath saying that the information I provide today is true, then you’ll be asked to provide fingerprints here too. Then he proceeded with the following questions: Who’s is petitioning you? (He didn’t get my answer, hence asked it twice) How old are you? (Answered 22) Are you married? Have you applied or denied for a US Visa before? How did your father go to US? (Answered: Through employment) What did he do? (Answered with the title of his occupation) Did he go on a H1B? (Answered: Yes he went on a H1B, then got his Green card and then through naturalisation he got his citizenship) He was looking into his computer in between the questions and it took around 5 min for the entire interview Then he said the golden words “Your Visa is approved”! And gave the originals back and a sheet saying the next steps which was basically on how to pay the Green card fee (This should be paid before you enter US) He didn’t ask me any other documents, but I took the following documents which was present in the checklist (https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/appt%20letter_checklist%20for%20interview.pdf & https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Supplemental/BMB - Bombay.pdf): Affidavit of Support Tax Documents: Federal and W2 for last 3 years Pictures & Chat logs with my Dad Proof of US Domicile of my Dad PayStubs and Employment Letter of my Dad, Notarised document from my mother saying that she is okay with myself immigrating to US with my Dad (I am not sure if these is a compulsory doc, just in case if they ask I took, since my Mom will not be travelling with me to US) Other things which I carried is copies of my siblings and Mom’s VISA and Passport Copy, Dad’s driving license copy Few tips from people were: Read the DS260 answers well, be confident and truthful in your replies, answer strictly to the question and not give extra unnecessary replies. I had chosen pickup option for Passport, and it was available for Pickup at Chennai 3 days after the Interview. Medical process: I did my medical at Apollo Chennai. The base fee was around 15k with 5k extra for required vaccinations.Take: 6 50x50 White Background photographs Interview Email Printout Passport Original and Copy and DS-260 A report(original and copy) from a Doctor listing the vaccines you have taken from your birth until now. Initially, you’ll be giving your blood sample, then Vision and other general checkups will be done. You’ll be taking a Chest X-Ray then. Finally, a doctor will examine you and ask necessary questions and choose the vaccinations you must take. Then you’ll be taking the vaccinations. During the examination by the doctor, she’ll be entering the information you provide into the computer, make sure that the information is correct like dates and spelling. You can pick up the report the next day evening before 5. In case if they find any abnormality in the tests, they’ll call you else you can assume that you have passed the medical test. They’ll return the report sealed which you’ll be taking to the interview, then a sheet mentioning the vaccination’s you have taken and the ones you have to take in future and the a X-Ray disk (2 and 3 are not required for interview). Had my appointment at 9 am, the entire process got over close to 1pm. Biometrics process: I had my Biometrics at Chennai VAC, Kodambakkam 830 AM. Documents required: Passport, Biometrics Appointment Letter, DS-260. (In addition I also took the Visa Interview Email printout). You’ll be screened first. Avoid taking mobile phones. They’ll stick a couple of barcode stickers onto your passport. Don’t remove this. Then you’ll be called upon based on your token number. They’ll take fingerprints and a photograph and ask your birthdate, Visa type. This photograph will be present on your visa. Take care of your fingers before both Biometric and Visa interview, as there will be delays in you have a visible cuts or injuries in your hand. The earlier you go, the earlier you complete the process. For me it was over in around 20 min. NVC Received: 18-Jan-2019. Case Complete: 21-May-2019 Submitted all docs on April 12, and I was notified to re-upload the passport scan so that it can be read from left to right. This verification of scanned passport took more than a month. Interview Scheduled email: 15-Oct-2019 (Mumbai had a backlog at that time). Both VisaJourney and a Mumbai folks WhatsApp group were very helpful for the part from Interview letter waiting process to the end of the Interview. Other experience links: https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/486953-ir2-visa-interview-experience/ https://wynonapauline.blogspot.com/2017/07/my-detailed-us-immigrant-visa-interview.html
  7. My husband (the applicant) had his IR1 interview in Mumbai and received a 221g letter asking for submission of additional documents to prove that I intend to reestablish domicile in the US. (I have been living in India for a few years.) We live in New Delhi and planned to drop the documents and passport, as requested in the 221g letter there. However when we make an appointment with the VAC on US Travel Docs, we have to select a date for the appointment and the location by default is Mumbai. We are confused. Do we drop the documents (and passport?) in Delhi? Do we need to travel with them to Mumbai again? What is a "Follow Up Appointment" and do we need to submit additional documents there or to a drop box anywhere beforehand? I've seen a few queries like this here. Would appreciate any help.
  8. People who are waiting for interview date after Document Qualified notification and Priority Date Current as per visa bulletin.
  9. Hello everyone, I would just need to confirm that what is going on with Mumbai embassy , why they have stopped giving cr1 visa from last 3 months, anyone knows when they will start giving interview letter for cr1/ir1 visa, my dq date is 6 Jan 2021, currently they are at 10 November 2020, how long it will take ? Thanks in advance
  10. Hi, What is the latest update on F2A visas from Mumbai NVC? Cases of which documentarily qualified date are getting ILs? Mine DQ is Feb-2020.
  11. Hi Folks, Question, post approval at USCIS the application gets sent to NVC right. Once we have a case number from NVC do we hear back from the embassy? Visa : K1, Mumbai Consulate India. Does it help to speak to NVC and ask them as to when they are going to send the application to the embassy? Can someone please guide me who has been through this process?
  12. Dee & Will

    PCC IN INDIA

    I’m applying for a PCC online. I need it for my K1 visa. However, I’ve come across a question that I’m conflicted over the answer. “ Purpose for which PCC is required” do i state : Immigration purposes other than Citizenship. or : Long term visit / Stay. Please help!
  13. Is there anyone here who was able to get a K1 visa consular appointment for the month of March, 2021 at the Mumbai Consulate, India? I was randomly checking my ustravel docs yesterday and just dumbluck (hopefully) was able to schedule my consular appointment for 12th of March, 2021 but am not sure if it was some sort of glitch. It still shows on my UStraveldocs account though. Asking because I would have to go through the police clearances and medical exams again.
  14. I'm planning to apply for I-130 through DCF for my wife from India. - I have been residing here for over the past 6 months and am a USC. - I have received a job offer from the US and would like to go there asap along with my wife, and would like to apply for the green card for her at the consulate in Mumbai. - I understand that I need permission from the consulate in order to be able to apply at the consulate. I'm planning to attach my job offer letter in my email requesting for consular processing. Do I need to include any other documents? Thanks in advance, s
  15. Hello, this question is for my cousin who recently applied for tourist (B2) visa at Mumbai consulate in India. When he got his passport back he noticed that he only got single entry with 3 month visa validity (US visa expires in June). The thing is that he was not planning to travel until later this year as he has commitments in India in June (medical clearance exams, pending covid vaccine etc). What are his options at this point? If he doesn't come to US on this visa before June, is he eligible to apply again or renew it? How will that application go (what are his chances of approval or renewal at that point?)? I want to know if someone was in similar situation and can offer any inputs. Thank you for your help in advance.
  16. 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!!
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