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  1. Hi everyone, My case was completed at the NVC 03/16/18 (over 70 days ago) and I am waiting for an interview date to be assigned at the Montreal Embassy. My visa category is EB-2. Is anyone in a similar situation (EB-2, Montreal) who can share their experience/wait time? This is taking much longer than anticipated. Thanks a lot!
  2. 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!
  3. Hi, My wife is from Iran and there is no US embassy in Iran. Usually, the choices for embassies are Ankara/Turkey, Yervan/Armenia or Abu Dhabi/UAE. Based on feedback from people on the forums, Ankara is extremely backlogged and very slow in scheduling interviews. People are waiting 9 months already and still have not heard anything after being DQd. My question is 1. Can we pick which embassy we prefer at NVC stage (or does NVC assign the embassy)? 2. Can one determine what the approximate wait time is for scheduling interviews at various embassies? I totally understand that there is a huge backlog of people waiting to be scheduled and there is a wait period. However, it appears certain embassies are faster than others due to volume or COVID shutdowns in those respective countries. lastly, once an embassy location is picked, how difficult is it to transfer the case to another country given the backlog situation? Appreciate your feedback.
  4. Hello All I thought I would make a Thread for Australian's who have their CASE COMPLETE at NVC and are waiting for an Interview to be scheduled at the US Consulate in Sydney! It might make it easy for us to keep in touch and update each other! I hope this is OK 🐨 We were DQ'd this morning so we will be waiting a while lol
  5. NVC DQed IR-5 cases Waiting for IV Interview Letter This topic is started to share the status and progress of IR-5 cases which have been DQed (Documentarily Qualified) and now waiting for getting the Interiew Letter from the NVC / Consulate . Notwithstanding the Ban on IR-5 till end of 2020 and hoping no further extension , all IR-5 applicants will be anxious to know their future . Therefore , all IR-5 applicants may share their information on following points - Priority Date , DQ date . Subsequently they may share progress of their respective case . They may also share their Interview Experiences . Such information will help all concerned members . Good Luck .
  6. Any other Lima Peru applicants stuck at the NVC still? It’s been since end of March 2020. Peru is no longer in quarantine and there is zero transparency on when they plan to resume things at a reasonable rate/speed. Im really curious when they will begin sending more applications from the NVC to consulate.
  7. Hey guys. I copied Greenbaums intro to create a group for NOA2 for March 2021. Here you go: This thread was created for those who are waiting for their NOA2 K-1 case assignment from NVC and then tracking your case on wards to your Embassy. Contained in the PDF below are many tips, tricks and hacks to help you along the way. These are items that everyone asks for, so I thought I just post a PDF of them here for you to refer to when it's necessary. If you are new to this thread please read as these are most asked questions multiple times. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nfin98c33IEpB0T0FlURERriblYmlm5O/view?usp=sharing
  8. Hi all, I hope everyone is doing well; it's been a long time since I was here. My partner and I were in the midst of the immigration process for him to move from the UK to the US. We began the process in 2016, but circumstances changed and I ended up moving to the UK in 2018. Since that time, I have called the NVC once or twice a year to make contact on our case and keep it open, just in case. Because 2020 was what it was, I didn't make contact on our case within a one-year period, and I recently received a termination letter. The letter reads in part: My questions are: If I renew contact on the case, but I don't complete the process, I'll continue in the same holding pattern as before, right? And if I do decide to restart the case, it seems like I will need to repay some fees again, but from which point—all of them, or...? I guess the most important question is, since we're deciding to live in the UK indefinitely, is it even worth keeping this case open? I think I asked about this before a year or two ago, and was advised that if we ever decide to apply in future, a new I-130 via DCF would be the way to go. I'm guessing that would still be the case? That seems to make sense to me given that I've been here for nearly 3 years now and we have no plans to leave for the forseeable future.
  9. Dear visa community, Thank you for reading my question. I'm applying for CR1 spousal US Green Card and am currently in NVC processing. I'm curious until where in the process I can still get into the US on an ESTA. This is because in my situation, it makes more sense for me to officially still live in the Netherlands for a few months while I'm on holiday in the US. I would travel to the US again within 6 months of approval in order to be in time to get my Green Card. To break it down, can I still travel on an ESTA: - when NVC approves application and schedules consulate interview? - after I had the consulate interview? - after I have had notice of CR1 approval after the interview? - after I have received my passport back from the consulate with the visa in there? - or if there's another point where it's not possible anymore to travel on an an ESTA Thanks in advance for your responses! Best, Paul
  10. 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?
  11. I am absolutely heartbroken and gutted. I need some advice and help everyone. I have been watching visa journey for a long time and trusted everyone here and am thankful for the help but I have just lost big time. let me explain. I learned so much here that I felt I didn’t need a lawyer to help me through this process. I filed a I-129f petition for my fiancé on august 2020 and supplied ironclad evidence for it and fulfilled all the requirements. I included pictures from our time together in the last 2 years as well as family photos and everything else. However, the problem was my fiancé was 16 at the time I filed it. I did this because I knew with all the delays she would be 18 by the time she gets her visa. I filed from California to the California service center and waited very patiently for 7 months and got a RFE on March 16th 2021. Here is the RFE: “LEGALLY ABLE TO MARRY The evidence shows that your beneficiary was approximately 16 at the time of filing the petition. Generally, a person must be at least 18 years old to marry. Therefore, please submit evidence of the marriage requirements of the state in which you and the beneficiary plan to wed. Also, submit evidence that you and the beneficiary are able to comply with the states marriage requirements” when I saw this I searched everywhere on visajourney and found great advice so I compiled an amazing response with the evidences as follows. I stated the state we plan to marry was the STATE OF HAWAII. I did this because I needed a state where it was easy to get married at the age of 16 and California also allows it but the process would involve getting a court order and seemed very difficult. So I printed the marriage requirements of the state of Hawaii and put that in my response and Hawaii allows marriage at the age of 16 with parental consent, requires a birth certificate, and a drivers license of those over 18. I attached a notarized affidavit of consent signed by both parents and her birth certificate along with my drivers license. Everything was crystal clear and I confirmed with a marriage license agent these requirements and they said yes to all. However I just received a denial of form I-129f today I haven’t received the paper yet but it will be about this age discrepancy nonsense. they said in the RFE! That the state in which we plan to marry. So why would they deny if I provided that, a paralegal I called said they would probably want the evidence of marriage in California but I told her what the RFE said and that Americans are allowed to marry in whatever state they choose so she said you are absolutely correct about that. I need everyone’s advice. What should I do? This sounds like a big mistake on uscis, they sound have approved this petition. Also the problem is I don’t want to wait until she’s 18 to get married in Pakistan and then wait 2-3 years for her to come here maybe even longer since Covid is delaying everything. I can’t be without her that long. if I can get them to overturn this decision it would be the fastest way. Maybe appeal the decision, motion to reconsider? Or file a new I-129f petition? What do you guys think. And why the heck did this happen. Do I have a spot at a reconsider/ appeal. Please help. I’ll update the thread once I get the denial in the mail
  12. I am currently at NVC stage and recently filed an expedite request via NVC. My question is which agency is gonna review/approve the expedite request; is it NVC or my home country's embassy ? I am a little worried because my country's embassy has never for once approved an expedite request.
  13. Hello everyone, I am wondering if anyone has received an interview appointment at the Abu Dhabi Embassy after recently getting their DQ. it would be great if someone would share their experience.
  14. Hi all, We submitted a PDF compilation of beneficiary's Birth Certificate (original, pg 1), Birth Certificate (translation, pg 2), and note on the back of the translation certifying it (pg 3, below) Note that it's notarized. I don't know how more official you can get than that. I understand that translations can be done without being this official, but we had this sitting around from when spouse attained Irish Naturalization. The translated birth cert is pretty much identical in format to the original save for being in English, and is typed out, not hand written. NVC accepted this and we were DQ'd in October. After finally receiving our interview date we checked back today to review and found we received a "POST feedback" note, dated the 19th, see below Where do I go from here (reaching out via "Ask NVC," reuploading the same PDF with a note, something else?), is this their mistake or is the translation inadequate? I understand that the translation certification is not accompanied by any statement of "I understand both languages," could this be their rationale? Thanks for reading 🙏
  15. Hello! I hope you're all doing well. I know this process is really tough, but hopefully we will all see more and more movement soon! I was wondering if any of you have any advice with trying to get an expedite for an early interview appointment. I was stuck at NVC for months and they finally released the case to the embassy but the earliest appointment is not for another 4 months. Has anyone requested for an expedite successfully? And has anyone requested for an expedite with the Dakar Embassy?
  16. Hi. I recently at the end of march submitted all documents for my mother to NVC. So our consular country would be Almaty, Kazakhstan. Does anyone know how long it usually takes for NVC to send documents to Almaty? Given the fact that, Almaty embassy is not that busy as other consulates would i assume it is quick? Anyone here recently got their interview schedule in almaty?
  17. Hello everyone, I have completed DS-260. The tab for submission of the civil documents does not appear in my platform. So, I am unable to submit my documents. Does NVC accept mailing documents in such case? Do I need to call them in advance ? thank you
  18. Subbmited all our NVC docs. Same day got a notice that a tax paper was missing for our joint sponsor. Uploaded it and within 1 day everything was accepted we are now DQ! The government website says an interview date is normally given within 3 months sometimes sooner sometimes later. Whatever the case we are super thankful to have made it this far. With all the talk of delays we really expected it to be longer to even get to this point. We are 7 months from filing our I-130 currently. Also I have done some research on the Archival marriage certificate as well as messaged the NVC directly about it. I've discovered it is not required if your marriage is less than 2 years old at the date of interview. But the civil marriage certificate must be accompanied by an Atestasyon paper from the Archives in order to be proved authentic. Which we were able to get already thanks to help from a friend. Now we wait AGAIN!
  19. 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?🤷🏽‍♀️
  20. Hello Everyone, I have 2 questions related to my case. 1- Is there any submission deadline for NVC? Our case was approved by USCIS on April 10, 2020. We have already paid NVC fees & only DS-260 is completed yet. 2- Me and my wife were living abroad since 2016. She came back to USA in September 2020 with a Job & annual income meeting the poverty guide lines annually. Her W2 was filed in Feb 2021 showing 11,000 some since she started in September. We have an employment letter with her annual income and more recent paystubs showing she is still earning the needed 125% for our family. Can we file our case with above stated work history ($11,000 on 2020 w2, no other w2 since she was living abroad) without a co-sponsor? Thank you 😊
  21. Dear members of this community, once you get access to the NVC online portal (after Form I-130 has been approved) and you've paid the fees for the Affidavit of Support and the Application, can you submit both of them the very same day? Or do you need to submit the AOS first and wait until it gets approved? Last but not least, as the petitioner, can you fill out the application for your beneficiary? Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.
  22. I received an RFE from NVC but I'm not sure if I should send the missing and corrected documents to NVC or bring it to the interview? I have tried calling NVC and we all know how looking the wait is on the line but I will continue calling! I hope someone on here can provide some answers I will paste parts of the email from NVC that are not clear to me and highlight them in bold letters and my questions will be highlighted in red. Thank in advance to those that will take time to answer my questions! ______CORRESPONDENCE INSTRUCTIONS:_________________________________ When responding to the National Visa Center, please include the bar code sheet that came with this letter. Failure to include the bar code sheet may cause a delay in the processing of your case. The bar code sheet should be placed on top of all documents being submitted for this case and mailed to the address provided. PLEASE NOTE: No interview will be scheduled until ALL of the information requested has been returned to the National Visa Center. ______3 - BIRTH CERTIFICATE:_______________________________________ The birth certificate we received is from the incorrect issuing authority. ______F - FINANCIAL EVIDENCE:______________________________________ We reviewed the Affidavit of Support form and supporting financial documents you submitted. While we will schedule your case for an interview, there is something incomplete or missing. This could affect the Consular Officer's ability to make a decision on your case. On the attached Affidavit of Support Assessment Letter, we have put an "X" by each item you need to correct. If your Affidavit of Support form needs correction:  Fill out a new form online.  Print, sign and send the form to the principal applicant so he or she can take them to the visa interview. Do not send the updated form to NVC. If there are supporting documents missing:  Send the missing documents to the principal applicant so he or she can take them to the visa interview. Do not send the documents to NVC. After NVC schedules the immigrant visa interview, we will send you an appointment letter with additional details. You do not need to contact NVC or send us additional financial information at this time. Do I send the documents to NVC or take them to the interview? It says that no interview will be scheduled until all of the information requested has been returned to NVC and then on the Financial evidence part it stays they will schedule the case for interview but there is something incomplete or missing? Then it says to take missing documents to the interview. So do I send the correct birth certificate to NVC then take missing financial evidence to interview or do I wait for an interview and take correct birth certificate and financial evidence? Do I send documents to NVC or not? Are they going to go ahead and schedule an interview or not? SO CONFUSING!!! ______10 - PHILIPPINES NBI CLEARANCE:______________________________ POLICE RECORDS Available and reasonably reliable. Philippine-born immigrant visa applicants 16 years and over are required to furnish certificates issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The green NBI certificate annotated for travel abroad is the correct certificate. ASSESSMENT LETTER for Financial Sponsor _____________Diana______________________ Regarding Your Form I-864 Affidavit of Support and Required Financial Evidence ===================================================================== ====== These instructions refer only to the Form I-864 completed by the financial sponsor named above. The National Visa Center (NVC) reviewed your Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. This form had one or more sections with missing or incorrect information; was missing required supporting documents; or both. Please review the instructions below. You will need to correct your Form I-864 and collect missing documents as requested. Do not send the corrected form and documents to NVC. Instead, give all requested documents to the visa applicant, who should present them to the consular officer during the visa interview. Please make the below corrections to your Form I-864 or gather the requested financial evidence: [x] You must submit the following financial evidence: [x] If you were not required to file a Federal income tax return under U.S. tax law because your income was too low, for the most recent tax year ____2015_______________________________ , attach a written explanation indicating why you did not file a Federal income tax return. If you were not required to file a Federal income tax return under U.S. tax law for any other reason, attach a typed or printed explanation including evidence of the exemption and how you are subject to it. [x] Your _________2015__________________________ IRS transcript from the most recent tax year. It says here that these instructions refer only to the Form I-864 completed by the financial sponsor named above, which is me BUT they are asking for 2015 IRS transcript or written explanation indicating why I did not file tax return on that year. I have been a stay at home mom since 2011, for years 2013-2016 my mom claimed my daughter and I as her dependents on her Federal income tax return. I provided my mom's IRS transcript for years 2014-2015-2016 on AOS packet (she is my co-sponsor and filled out form I-864a) . I have provided my mom's IRS transcript for year 2015 where it clearly shows that I am her dependent, I also provided a note saying that I am a stay at home mom with no income of my own therefore was not required to filed tax so I do not understand why there are asking me for 2015 IRS transcript or written explanation and evidence as to why I was not required to file tax. I'm not sure if they lost the 2015 tax transcript therefore they are asking for another copy? Do I just send another copy of my mom's 2015 tax return to my husband to bring to interview? and do I still provide a letter explaining why I don't have one even though I was a dependent on my moms tax return that year.
  23. Hi, can someone please help us out? My brother’s visa class all of a sudden changed from IR2 to F11 after his case was forwarded to the US eMbassy in manila. we already reached out to both the embassy and nvc but did not get a concrete answer other than his visa class is still IR2 on both of their ends. We are wondering if we need to do anything else prior to his interview on the 8th next month. Just want to make sure this does not affect his visa approval. Thanks in advance for anyone who will help.
  24. Hello everyone, I applied for my fiancé back in January of 2020 and a few months later, I got Request for Evidence (RFE) and I submitted what they asked for. A couple months after that, we got the approval from the USCIS after which they transferred the case to the National Visa Center (NVC). Now the case is at the NVC waiting to be transferred to the embassy in Amman. Do we need to do anything at this point or is it just a matter of waiting? I feel like it’s taking a really long time and everyone involved in this is getting worried. I am a single parent with full custody of my four kids who have developed a bond and strong relationship with my fiancé so we really really need her here ASAP. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  25. Hello all! Hope to receive some help...First off, im petitioning my husband who is here in the US. He has an approved i601a waiver, on January 22nd we mailed our supporting documents for ds260 to NVC and last Friday we received an email saying they need the Police Certificate, because the one we sent they can not accept. (im including what the email says) ______10 - GUATEMALA POLICE CERTIFICATE:___________________________ We cannot accept the police certificate document you sent. You must send us the correct document so we can continue to process your case. To see the guidelines for your document, go to our website at nvc.state.gov/find. Select your country from the menu on the left side of the page. The next page will be your country's "Reciprocity Schedule." Click on "Police, Court, Prison Records" on the bottom. This will take you to a page with the exact requirements for the type of police certificate you must submit to NVC. We sent Antecedentes Penales and Antecedentes policiacos. We have a lawyer and they were sure everything was correct. We look at the website it shows and it says this... Police Certificates Available Fees: Free service Document Name: Antecedentes Issuing Authority: Ministerio Publico (Public Ministry) Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: White sheet with authentication code at the bottom. Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Minister of the Public Ministry Registration Criteria: See registration requirements here Procedure for Obtaining: Application is made online. The applicant may pick up the report in person or send a representative with a signed consent letter and a copy of the applicant’s identity document. Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents I went on the website and it's the Ministerio Publico de Guatemala. Has anyone else had to get this document from this institution? Our lawyer says its the first they here of this and from everyone else I hadn't seen NVC ask for this different document. Since my husband is here in the US he has a lawyer in Guatemala get his documents then he sends it to us here in the US. But even that lawyer has never heard of this. If any one has had this experience, I would really appreciate to hear from you all. Thanks and good luck to all!!
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