Abbey B's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Abbey
Beneficiary's Name: Gal
VJ Member: Abbey B
Country: Israel

Last Updated: 2018-12-07
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Immigration Checklist for Abbey & Gal :

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Israel
I-129F Sent : 2018-03-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2018-03-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2018-10-03
NVC Received : 2018-10-19
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2018-10-23
NVC Left : 2018-10-30
Consulate Received : 2018-11-02
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-12-7
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 202 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 267 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Israel
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 15, 2019
Embassy Review : My fiance had his interview here in Jerusalem for the K-1 Visa. He said it was super easy and he did not wait long. There are "two" interviews...the first person speaks to you in Hebrew (or Arabic) and makes sure all of your paperwork is there. The one thing that was weird is that they ask you to go outside to open your medical exam results. We were told not to open them and that a consulate officer is supposed to open it. My fiance was confused and asked him if he is sure he is supposed to open it and the officer said yes..please step outside, open them and come back in. Kind of strange but it was fine.

Then the main interview was done in English and was super quick. He only asked my fiance 3 questions: 1) how did you two meet? 2) when was the last time you saw each other? 3) what does your fiance do for a living? That was it. He then said "you'll receive your visa in 2 weeks" and my fiance was confused at first if he got approved because the officer was very casual about it but yes he was approved

The only problem is that they said he would receive it in 2 weeks and instead he received it 4 weeks. His interview was December 7th and there was Hanukkah and Christmas and New Years so they must have been short-staffed and also my fiance was in a vey specialized unit in the military so it is possible that they needed extra approval and the person who gives final authorization was on vacation so we had to wait longer.

Other than that, it was very quick, he was in and out and in 1.5 hrs and got his visa 1 month later...arriving tomorrow and couldn't be more excited!
Rating : Good


Timeline Comments: 25

blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-17 said:
can I ask? we received noa2 at 0ct 06, 2018 and we received the nvc letter by email on nov 13, 2018. I do not know what the next step I will do. Your soonest possible reply on this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-17 said:
last November 13 I received an email from NVC telling me that our petition application was sent to US EMBASSY JERUSALEM and I checked online our application was in transit. while waiting for our application petition to be ready can i fillout ds-160 and pay the application fee and scheduling an interview and medical?
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
Yes! That means you are ready to fill out the ds160, pay the fee and schedule the medical and interview. You’ll need your case number to schedule the medical. It’s okay that it still says in transit. The website is not always as fast to update but in a few days/up to 1 week, it should eventually say ‘ready’. The closest interview times I saw are December 7 and then January 7. Good luck!
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
And of course make sure that your fiancé fills out the I-134 as well in addition to preparing tax returns, pay stubs etc. you’ll need those documents for the interview. Here is a list of all the documents that you need https://il.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/fiancee-visa/checklist-fiancee-visa-interview/
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Thank you so much, I called the US Embassy Jerusalem this morning they told me to wait for the email from US Embassy Jerusalem before I paid a visa fee and before I scheduled the interview and medical and fill out ds-160
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Thank you so much, I called the US Embassy Jerusalem this morning they told me to wait for the email from US Embassy Jerusalem before I paid a visa fee and before I scheduled the interview and medical and fill out ds-160
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Do you have medical schedule and interview and you pay the visa fee without email from US Embassy Jerulem? how i pay my visa fee? where will I get a mrv slip
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Do you have medical schedule and interview and you pay the visa fee without email from US Embassy Jerulem? how i pay my visa fee? where will I get a mrv slip
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Do you have medical schedule and interview and you pay the visa fee without email from US Embassy Jerulem? how i pay my visa fee? where will I get a mrv slip
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
They tell you that to be safe, but if you already received the email that said it is on the way to the Embassy in Jerusalem, then you can schedule your medical and interview and file the DS160...that is what we did. The link I'm going to share is where you create your account (using your case number and personal information) and where you pay the Visa Fee and Schedule your Interview... you will receive the MRV slip from this site (you can get it emailed to yourself or print it out directly from the site) https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-il/iv The DS 160 is filled out online and you will receive an email confirmation and application number once it has been submitted. You will need to print that page and bring it to the interview. Here is the link https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/ click on DS160 and then "applying in Jerusalem". The medical exam can only be done by one doctor in Jerusalem. You call and use your case number and interview date to schedule an appointment with them..it needs to be scheduled AFTER you've scheduled your interview and needs to be atleast 2 weeks BEFORE your interview. Here is the doctor: Dr. Jonty Maresky* Sunday to Thursday Family Medical Center 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 9 Diskin Street, Jerusalem Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon Tel: 02-5610297
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
When using this site https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-il/iv there are 3 choices it asks you when you register. Select this one: "I have received a Consular interview appointment date from the National Visa Center (NVC), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or the Consular Section and I have been instructed to register my appointment on this site." Although you have not received the interview date yet--I am assuming that your case says "your case is in transit to the consular section. Your interview date was provided to you by the National Visa Center". Is that what your tracker says? If so, then you can select the option above that I was mentioning ^^ when you register to pay the fee and scheduled the interview online.
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Thank you for helping me and sharing your knowledge. because I do not really know what to do next. I can fill out the ds-160 and pay the fee and schedule the medical and interview. even have not yet recieve email from embassy.
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
when i register Select this one: "I have received a Consular interview appointment date from the National Visa Center (NVC), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or the Consular Section and I have been instructed to register my appointment on this site." even i have not yet recieve email from US Embassy Jerusalem?
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
this is the link I used https://il.usembassy.gov/visas/how-to-apply/
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
When you tracked your case on the CEAC tracker, does it say this? "Your case is in transit to the consular section. Your interview date was provided to you by the National Visa Center"
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
yes, that's what it says when i track my case
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
If that's what it says, then yes, you will select "I have received a Consular interview appointment date from the National Visa Center (NVC), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or the Consular Section and I have been instructed to register my appointment on this site". Just so you know, I did not receive a letter either and I was able to make the interview appointment and medical appointment with no problem. About a week after I made the appointments, I ended up receiving confirmation that they received my case at the embassy and now the tracker says "ready". My lawyer (in tel aviv) also suggested to do this and he was right--we were able to make the appointment and then later they ended up receiving the case.
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
later ended up receiving the confirmation** that the embassy received the case AFTER we paid the fee, filled out the ds160 and scheduled the medical and the interview. It should take no longer than 1 week for the embassy to receive the case and it takes a little bit of extra time for the website to update to "ready" but we did this all with our lawyer's advice and I was nervous also to do this without the embassy officially receiving our case but it ended up working out just fine :)
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Thank you so much for helping me
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
Of course --We can support each other through private message if you ever need anything. Behatzleha!
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
if I have any other questions can i ask you again?
Abbey B on 2018-11-18 said:
Absolutely :) just private message me
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-18 said:
Thank you so much
blank avatar Allan Liezl on 2018-11-20 said:
Can I have your contact number please. if it's ok with you. Thank you
Abbey B on 2018-11-20 said:
I'd be happy to help here through private message if that's okay. I get notifications and check this everyday :)
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