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  1. Hi everyone. Please is the current processing time in Nigeria encouraging? My Priority date (CR-1) is 28th of May 2021 and I'm considering transferring my case to Lagos as I may not be able to get Germany tourist visa to go for my interview. Thank you in advance for your advice.
  2. Has anyone recently gotten a tourist visa in naija? I would like my future mother in law to come for our wedding but we are getting no feedback at all from the embassy and appointments are years out. Any help appreciated
  3. Hi everyone My husband and I have been waiting for NVC to schedule an interview. Our case was DQ October 28th 2020. Has anyone gotten an interview yet with similar DQ?
  4. I wanted to make sure that I am interpreting the "case processing" times correctly on the USCIS website. My I-130 is in Texas Center. It was received 8/3/2021. On USCIS, it shows that the average time to process at the TX center is between 10 to 13 months. Then under the "Receipt Date" column, it shows 10/01/2020. So does this mean, that they are backed up processing I-130 petitions to 10/1/2020, therefore the 10 to 13 months is from the 10/01/2020 date, which means add another 10 to 12 months to the posted processing time?
  5. Hi everyone! About a week ago I applied for a visitor visa to go see my fiancé in Lagos. I applied at the NYC office. Can anyone give me their experience with this process? The tracking says yesterday was the expected collection date, but I have not seen any movement. It is supposed to be overnighted to my home. I have heard some negative things about this consulate, and it really worries me as my travel date is coming up. There is NO ONE to talk to, I have called every number possible, even called other OIS offices. It is kind of scary that you drop all that money into the unknown ahh. Any positive or negative feedback would be great 😊 lauren
  6. Sorry, I’m not sure if this is the right forum to post this but my fiancé and I recently got engaged (Nigerian) and are now trying to figure out our next steps. We would prefer to get married in Nigeria but given the immigration ban that was placed last year, we are thinking now that it might be better to file for k1 and get married in America instead. Any advice?
  7. Hi. I'm petitioning for my wife to come and immigrate from Nigeria. We have an joint bank account but I see that most Nigeria banks don't have regular bank statements like we do in the USA. I can only show a screen shot the bank sends me through an email when we transfer funds. That's the only time it shows me and my wife's name. I went to the bank and they say they don't print bank statements and can't send me one. Seems some things are difficult for no reason in Nigeria 😂. I wanted to add world remit transactions but alot of people said it would be an bad idea to use it. What else can I use? We do share an house together in Lagos and have all the paperwork for that. We also are about to start an catering service and have all evidence and photos of that. Just want to make sure I have everything right before I submit my application. Want to get it done before everything shuts down again.
  8. PD: May 29, 2021 US citizen Nigeria Spouse waiting on approval.
  9. Hey guys, I haven’t been seeing new dates for interviews at the US embassy in Nigeria. Anyone know what’s going on? We were making a lot of progress! 😭
  10. Does I-130 approval take longer if the sponsor and petitioner don’t currently live in the US? I’m American and petitioning for my husband. We both live in Nigeria though. I filled for him in October 2020 and all I’ve received is an acknowledgment that my application was received. I feel like other people have moved farther along in the process so I’m just wondering whether my current situation is delaying the application process.
  11. Hello everybody, I have been documentarily qualified since January this year, my Priority date is Jan 5th 2016. Right now the visa bulletin board shows that the PD is still at July 2015. Is there any hope for me to get an interview appointment this year. I am not sure I can wait till next year for personal reasons.
  12. Hey friends! I am creating this topic for those of us waiting for interview dates at the Lagos embassy. I do know they are working through backlog right now. Please post your DQ dates so we all can get a gauge on the progress being made!
  13. In Nigeria, where would we get the Police Character Certificate? In Lagos or his hometown? Also, how long does it take to get the document?
  14. Sorry if silly question, but as far as I understood, K1 cases at NVC are there to mostly get assigned a case number and fowarded to appopriate consulate correct? My case has been assigned a case number and at NVC since April 2020 because of covid and stop on services, Lagos embassy has had no new K1 cases fowarded to them.Well I had sent an email to NVC 2 weeks ago asking a general question since Lagos has now resume scheduling interviews for cases that were already at the consulate prior to shutdown/ those whose interviews were cancelled. about nature of how they will start fowarding new cases, and this was their reply: " This petition is currently undergoing necessary administrative processing. You will be notified with further instructions when the processing is complete and the case is forwarded to the assigned US Embassy/Consulate General." And am so confused cause this is the first I have ever heard of K1 cases undergoing administrative processing at the NVC stage and honestly I had not asked any specific questions about my case at all. So I am thinking this may be just one of their generic replies?🤷🏽‍♀️
  15. We are eagerly awaiting our NOA2 this month and I’m wondering how our other Nigeria k-1-ers are doing for appointment times and such. Has anyone out there recently been denied their K-1 visa? Has anyone had to wait beyond 7 months for their NOA2? How soon after your NOA2 were you able to schedule an interview? TIA!
  16. Hello. For anyone who has been through the K1 process in Nigeria, I’m trying to get some insight and be prepared for when they start doing K1 interviews. I hear things are starting to move so want to be on top of things. Please how long did it take to get your police certificate? Is the police report only acceptable from the Ikoyi location? Or any police station? Also for the medical exam, if you don’t have your immunization records can they test to make sure you’re immune or offer vaccines? what else do you need for the interview? Please help. Thanks
  17. Hello everybody. I am currently waiting for an interview appointment. My priority date is 5 Jan 2016. I noticed the visa bulletin is stuck in June 2015. I hope I will be able to get my interview soon. When is your priority date?
  18. Hi VJ’ers, after receiving our NOA1 we are patiently waiting until the 6month month mark in March to hear about our NOA2. I saw here as well as several other places to file our I-129F packet at the TX service center but I am now seeing that they aren’t even processing K-1 visas but California is?! Is there something we can do? Should we resubmit to the California center? If anyone has tips or advice we’d love to hear it. Thanks!
  19. Good evening house, after a year of filing I 130 I was approved on the 29th of January 2021. I filed January of 2020 and I am now At NVC. I just finished uploading and submitting all documents that were required. I would love to know about how long does it take for nvc to review the documents. And when can I expect they call my husband for interview? Hubby is in Nigeria. I am filing as a USA citizen. We have 1 child together.
  20. My Nigerian Spouse just received his visa but no packet or none of his info was returned?! I’m reading he will need to present the sealed packet that should have been given to him when he goes through customs, is this normal for him to not receive this? Will he still be able to come? Help!
  21. Hello everyone! Honestly I’m FRUSTRATED with Lagos embassy. They cite COVID as the reason they are not processing K1 visas but have been processing IR-1/CR-1 visas since late last year! We need to raise our voices and fight for our rights! We have been separated from our loved ones for far too long. It’s been a year for me and I’m still stuck at the NVC. You can’t talk to anyone at the embassy except the operator who is RUDE. And the emails just give you the standard automated response. Please who is with me? I’m so angry. What can we do? I know there’s a petition but there are less than 1000 signatures https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-resume-k1-visa-processing-in-nigeria?redirect=false Does anyone have suggestions? Our love and relationships are not less important than others. We too desire to marry and begin our families!
  22. TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA at the bottom of the post. My husband (Nigerian) and I (female U.S. Citizen) met in mid-2019, and began dating in Los Angeles, while he was in the US for the 4th time on a Business Visitor Visa (B1). After a whirlwind romance, and basically being inseparable, we married at a Chapel (in a mall) in Las Vegas in late November 2019. We used https://simplecitizen.com/, instead of a lawyer, to file our initial Marriage-Based Adjustment of Status Petition (I-485), Petition For Alien Relative (I-130), Application for Travel Document (I-131), and Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) in Los Angeles, CA on February 3rd, 2020 (we filed on paper, not electronically, and sent it using UPS to receive tracking). Simple Citizen was an inexpensive and very thorough alternative to a traditional filing with a lawyer. They also easily included our information about using a joint sponsor. They had all of our documents quickly prepared and we experienced no requests for information or delays from USCIS. The Chicago lockbox received our petition on February 5th and we received our receipt numbers via text on February 13th (the physical receipt followed soon after). My husband went in for his biometrics on March 3rd, 2020; a few weeks before the COVID closures began (were also reused for a later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID from USCIS). The Case Tracker App updated to “Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview” sometime in April 2020. My husband was approved for his Employment Authorization Document (EAD I-765)/Advance Parole (AP I-131) Combo Card, 5 months after filing on June 29th and received it on July 22nd. We also moved to another apartment in LA during the petition process and promptly informed them of our new address by filling out form AR-11 online. USCIS confirmed our new address through email about a week later. Our interview was scheduled for February 3rd, 2021 (informed it was scheduled via Case Tracker on December 24, 2020 and notice received January 4th, 2021) at the USCIS Field Office in Los Angeles (300 N Los Angeles St rm 7631, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We woke up bright and early at 4:30 AM and left for the Field Office at 6:00 AM. A few days prior, we chose business casual attire to wear. My husband wore a plaid burgundy button-down shirt, black dress pants, his wedding band, and black dress shoes. I wore a pretty blue and gray floral sleeveless blouse, black dress pants, and black flats. I also wore short, dangly silver earrings, my wedding ring, a silver bracelet, and I brought a black blazer just in case I got cold. I didn’t wear any makeup because I never wear it anyway. We had a straightforward and enjoyable interview that was scheduled for 7:15 am (one of the first ones of the day). We received the interview notice about a month prior to the scheduled appointment, but I was notified that it was scheduled 42 days before the actual appointment through the case tracker app. I couldn’t see the actual interview date in the app or on the USCIS system. Case Tracker App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/case-tracker-for-uscis/id921827126 We parked in the garage (221 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012) across from the Field Office but it was early in the day, parking was not hard at all. When we left the interview and returned to our car the garage was almost completely full, so plan accordingly for parking. We arrived about 20 or 30 minutes late to the interview office due to the long line to enter USCIS Los Angeles in DTLA. We arrived at 6:40 am in the parking garage and had some trouble finding the correct building because we mistakenly went all around the courthouse looking for USCIS, so that delayed us some. This happened because we foolishly followed behind a different couple and lost track of where they walked. This caused us to go to the courthouse instead. Luckily, we still had our phones, which are allowed as long as they are turned off during the interview, and found our way using google maps. Once we found the Field Office the line to enter the building from the right was super long and slow-moving (this was the only line we could see at the time). Later, after already waiting in the slow line, we learned that there was another line on the left, if looking directly at the building, which was faster according to a man we thought was an Officer. I later learned that he was just a good samaritan who wanted to help people with early appointments get in on time (he was in the fast line and had been to this Field Office numerous times). We tested this theory by splitting up to see who would get near the front of the line first and periodically speaking on the phone to keep each other updated on our progress. I also called my mom to distract myself from the growing anxiety about being late (which could lead to a canceled interview/denied petition which then could lead to the deportation of my husband or restarting the whole tedious Petition process-as you could see I was getting frantic). Luckily I was able to stay calm. Soon, my husband called and said he was near the front and I came back to the slow line. As I walked back to join my husband in the other line an Officer in the front of the building also confirmed that the other line was faster (the Officer wanted to know why I was leaving the fast line). The slow line/fast line theory seemed true based on my experience but I went back to join my husband in the slow line because he mistakenly thought he was closer than me. Thankfully, we had absolutely no problems as a result of being late (we both were worried while waiting outside in the line. I was probably more worried though). As you can see the anxiety of being late is no fun. I would recommend you arrive really early to be on the safe side. While going through the metal detectors and having our belongings x-rayed; I asked the Officer what was the fastest way to the USCIS Field Office. He let us know the way and once we got to the office, on the 8th floor, we were called into the interview soon after being checked in. In the interview room, we were sworn in and then started the interview. The Officer (who was a very kind and chatty Latinx woman) wanted to see our passports and original birth certificates, our certified marriage certificate, my husband's EAD and DMV real ID application, my California driver’s license, and evidence of our relationship. Some of the questions she asked were: how we met, describe our first few dates, when we met each other’s parents, when we got married, questions about our siblings, what my husband does for work, what I do for work, when my husband entered the U.S. and on what visa, and when we moved in together. We were able to answer these questions together or she directed them to my husband. In all, she directed most of the questions at my husband and asked us our respective verification questions (SSN, mailing address, residential address, phone number, our parent’s names, and date of birth). I barely had to say anything the entire interview and all of the questions directed at us were easy as pie. We also brought a photo album and the Officer looked through it. I definitely over-prepared for the interview with all the documents and evidence (I started prepping as soon as we got the interview notice on January 4th, 2021). We also brought our joint sponsor’s tax returns and W-2’s from 2018 and 2019, employment letters from 2020 and 2021, and his last 2 month’s pay stubs. The Officer didn’t ask for any of those documents, which made up the bulk of all the things I printed (around 1200 pages). For some of the printing, Staples print services came in handy and I used CVS to print the pictures. The only thing the Officer asked us about our sponsor was how we knew him (he is a friend of my husband; they met through a previous contracting job). I also re-printed our entire Adjustment of Status application, but better to be too prepared than under right? The Officer looked at/kept roughly 100 pages of the stuff I brought. The Officer kept the evidence of our relationship (bank statements, health insurance, trips, our pandemic puppy’s AKC and ICA registration which showed both of our last names, leases for the 2 apartments we rented in our time together, SoCal Gas and LADWP utility bills for the past 3 months, renters insurance for both apartments, couples therapy bill and video call screenshots, and about 30 photos of us with descriptions and dates on the back of them. We also provided pictures of our 2 apartments. The Officer said she wanted to copy our passports, my husband’s EAD and DMV Real ID application, and my driver’s license. Then she came back with our approval letter! We are so happy and had a really simple Adjustment of status overall! The main issue was delays due to COVID closures but everyone has been dealing with that. Overall the waiting process has been, coincidentally, exactly a year (we sent in the petition on February 3rd, 2020 and we were approved Feb 3rd, 2021)! My husband sent in his medical exam (I-693) with our original petition in 2020 so that most likely allowed us to be approved during the interview. We are getting the conditional Green Card so we will apply for the 10-year green card (I-751 Petition) 3 months before the 2 year Green Card expires in November 2022. my thoughts to you is not to worry (easier said than done, I was worrying basically the entire process). As long as you are in a real, loving marriage everything will be fine. Just be sure to have all the documents, evidence, and original (non-expired) identification (follow the interview notice carefully). Don't be afraid to over-prepare (start preparing as soon as or before you get the interview notice so that you won’t get overwhelmed) and don't try to rehearse your answers, as that may send red flags. Also, take a ton of pictures of you and your spouse with family, friends, pets, in your home, on trips, and doing activities and print them (you can’t use any digital methods to show the pictures). Be sure to keep the pictures sorted so that you can use them in an album, with dates and descriptions. I got my album from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003WSUYOY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_itW1xSYVBpCqo) Wait patiently for the slow process to progress and eventually the interview notice will appear (make sure you have a secure location to receive the notices, we have a PO Box at UPS). Using https://www.visajourney.com/ was an especially helpful and reliable way to see when you may have petition milestones as everyone updates their timelines depending on the type of petition they are filing. Be sure to update your timeline on visajourney too so that you can help others. The subreddits r/USCIS and r/immigration were also good resources to read about other people's experiences and keep up with the latest immigration news. In the interview, just act natural and look at it like a conversation/sharing the journey of your relationship/marriage with the Officer. I hope this post helped to ease some of your anxiety about this process and I wish you all the best! TL;DR Timeline for Los Angeles,CA: Married in Las Vegas: 11/22/19 Sent in Petition via UPS (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765 and included Medical Exam I-693): 2/3/20 Petition Received at Chicago Lockbox (notified via Case Tracker App): 2/5/20 Receipt Numbers Texted to Us : 2/13/20 Receipt Numbers Received by Mail: 2/20/20 Biometrics Appointment Notice Received: 2/25/20 Biometrics (also reused for later biometrics notice that was canceled due to COVID): 3/3/20 Case Tracker App Updated to "Ready to be Scheduled for an Interview": Sometime in April 2020 EAD (I-765)/AP Combo Card (I-131) Approved, notified via Case tracker App: 6/29/20 EAD/AP Combo Card Received: 7/22/20 Case Tracker App Updated to Interview Scheduled: 12/24/20 Interview Date Notice Received in Mail: 1/4/21 Interview/Approval of I-485 (approved in interview, coincidentally, exactly a year later): 2/3/21 Conditional Green Card Received: I will update when it arrives
  23. Hi everyone! Ive been receiving MULTIPLE emails about the process I took and how come my own case seems to be going fast and first and fore most I’d like to inform everyone I did a lot of research, was very proactive and was consistent with emailing/calling NVC. So I’ve made notes on the steps and procedures I personally took after receiving my NOA2 and I will post them here for anyone interested. This is for the K1 VISA ONLY. Not the K3 spousal visa. Please be advised I am not asking anyone to follow my steps, step by step. I am just merely offering information on how I did ours. Thanks and Goodluck! 0. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/interview.html this link will provide information about the steps NVC takes once your case is approved by USCIS. ‭2. (603) 334-0888‬ This is the number for NVC you’ll call to obtain the case and invoice id numbers. You’ll need your USCIS case number, the full name of both the applicant and beneficiary and both birthdays in order to receive any information from them. So have that in handy. Some nvc officers will also ask for email address. If you don’t have one on file with them you can update it at this time. You can also request to add an email address to your case. They have an email address you can email to obtain information but their response time to the emails is terrible. You’d have to wait weeks, even months. Note: if you call them and it’s been 2 weeks or more since your case has been approved with USCIS and they’re still telling you they have not received your case, hang up. Call back again then tell the next person you need to expedite your case due to severe financial loss and you were told you needed your case id number to do so. It’ll be better if the petitioner calls NVC for this information. Remember to get both the case and invoice ID number 0. https://ceac.state.gov/ceacstattracker/status.aspx once you obtain a case number from NVC, this is the link you’ll use to check the status of your case at NVC. It’ll say “At NVC” if NVC is still working on your case. “In Transit” if it is on its way to the consulate. “Ready” once the consulate has received it and this is the time they’d prefer for you to set up your interview. Though they’ll be a slight delay waiting for them. As long as your status changes to ready before your interview date you should be fine. 0. https://ceac.state.gov/GenNIV/Default.aspx This is the link you’ll use to fill out the DS-160. You can either fill this out prior to paying the $265 visa fee at GTBank or after. I’d suggest after so you can set up interview immediately after filing the DS-160. 0. http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ This is the link you’ll use to set up interview. Have this in handy with you when setting up the interview: The confirmation number/visa application number from the DS-160 confirmation page. Your receipt number from the GTBank for the visa fee you paid, the case ID number and the USCIS case number. 0. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/family-immigration/nonimmigrant-visa-for-a-fiance-k-1.html#1 This link provides a guide on the steps and procedures for the K1 visa. It’ll give you information on the documentation you need to have ready, an overview or much more. 0. https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/iv-dv-supplemental/LGS-Lagos.pdf this link will provide you with the steps to take for medical exam. It’ll also have the pre-interview checklist and list of approved physicians. Please call them or rather go see them to make inquiries because the information the consulate gives online is inaccurate to what actually happens. Their hours of operation for medical exam is not what it says online. They are not open from 8am-5pm. They’re only open from 8am-10am. Make inquiries first! Call, go there! Don’t assume. 0. Here’s the information on how to obtain the police certificate : Applicants need to contact the Deputy Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Department, Nigeria Police Force, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. The applicant should bring information regarding their full name, place and date of birth, nationality, passport number, date and place of issuance (for current passport or passport used during applicant's stay in Nigeria), exact periods of residence in Nigeria and addresses where applicant resided. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country/Nigeria.html This is link I got the information from. 0. You’ll need your original birth certificate and a photo copy for the interview. Also I’d advise getting the declaration of age and having that handy. My uncle said you’ll need that once you migrate here. You can obtain your birth certificate from the local government/hospital you were born in. Make sure the name on the application filed with uscis matches the name on the birth certificate. I don’t know anything about name changes so you might have to make inquiries on your own about name changes. You can obtain the declaration of age at the National Population Commission. Here’s their link with their contact info, location e.t.c http://population.gov.ng/contact-us/ 0. For anything that you do throughout this process, I’d suggest having your international passport with you when you go make inquiries or go to these appointments. Get new passport photos. Remember they are only valid if you’ve gotten them done within 6 months and has not passed the 6 months gap. Also, make photocopies and also have the originals of every single document you are taking with you to your interview. People often get confused so let me elaborate on this, the DS-260 is for people filing spousal K3 visa. Their process is different. The K1 visa applicants fill out the DS-160. On the affidavit of support. The I-864 is for k3 visas/family based visas. The I-134 is for K1 visas, b1/b2 visas etc. I hope this information helps! Good luck on your process and I wish you all the best.
  24. I filed the i 130 January 2020 for my husband in Nigeria and I am still yet to get a response or an approval. I was only notified that my application was received and I was given a receipt number. Since then I have not heard from them or gotten a response on our case. Our application was sent to Potomac, and we filed online. Can anyone give me a clue on what’s going on? Has anyone else in Nigeria that is processing through Potomac of 2020 gotten a response?
  25. My husband does not have his original birth certificate. Is that going to be a problem? He does have a signed letter from the court about his DOB and the loss of a BC.
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