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Shelby Joji's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: shelby
Beneficiary's Name: sheethal
VJ Member: Shelby Joji
Country: India

Last Updated: 2023-08-28
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Immigration Checklist for shelby & sheethal:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2021-11-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2021-12-06
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2023-02-28
NVC Received : 2023-04-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2023-04-27
NVC Left : 2023-05-09
Consulate Received : 2023-05-15
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2023-06-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2023-06-12
US Entry : 2023-06-13
Marriage :
Comments : Received letter from Embassy by post on 2023-05-15
VAC and the consular appointment were scheduled by the applicant on 2023-05-15
VAC appointment date 2023-05-21
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 449 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 543 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Date Filed : 2023-07-13
NOA Date : 2023-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2023-08-11
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Raleigh NC
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2023-07-13
NOA Date : 2023-07-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2023-08-11
Approved Date : 2023-08-18
Date Card Received : 2023-08-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 36 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2023-07-13
NOA Date : 2023-07-14
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between January 26, 2024 and February 10, 2024*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 2, 2023
Embassy Review : The interview experience was rather straightforward. I arrived at the embassy promptly at 07:00 a.m. and was granted entry into the consulate by approximately 07:15 a.m. Upon entering, I received the token number 3, as I had decided against availing the services of a translator.

At the first counter, we met an Indian lady who enquired about a few specifics related to my fiancé and subsequently requested my passport along with some additional documents. Around 08:20, I was called to another counter where I met an affable American consular officer. The entirety of the interview was succinct, lasting just under 10 minutes. He asked the following questions:
1. Who is calling you?
2. Where does your fiance live?
3. What does the fiance do for a living?
4. Where are you planning to stay after marriage?
5. Where do you work?
6. Where are you planning to get married?

He further asked for evidence substantiating our relationship. The officer perused our shared photographs and call logs for a brief span of fewer than two minutes. Given that we both are employed in the IT industry, he made a light-hearted comment suggesting that our conversations would primarily revolve around coding. He maintained a friendly demeanor throughout our interaction.

As the interview concluded, he notified me that my visa application had been approved, and I could anticipate receiving my visa within a week. He retained my passport and provided me with a document delineating the subsequent steps.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 42

blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-05-16 said:
Hey, have you contacted NVC or USCIS once your case was approved?? Because my case was approved (NOA-2) on 3rd march. But i am still waiting for NVC to receive my case. Do we get any email notification once NVC Receive the case??
Shelby Joji on 2023-05-16 said:
You will get an email when case is forwarded to the embassy. You will have to fill out the NVC public inquiry form to find out your case number, invoice number, and beneficiary ID.
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-05-16 said:
Thank you for the info.
blank avatar Ashesh on 2023-05-16 said:
Congratulations! I have similar timeline. My case left NVC on 9th May 2023 and it is showing that the case is ready on 15th May 2023 when checking online. However, I have not received any welcome letter from Mumbai Embassy by post. Should I wait for the Embassy to send the welcome letter or should I go forward and schedule the appointment? Thank you in advance
Shelby Joji on 2023-05-16 said:
If the NVC Visa status says ready, fill out DS-160 and schedule visa appointment. You do not have to wait for the letter from the embassy.
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-05-16 said:
Where can we check the online status for NVC?
Shelby Joji on 2023-05-16 said:
Google NVC VISA Status check. You need your case ID from NVC to check it.
blank avatar Twinkle Kataria on 2023-06-02 said:
Hello! Please can you tell me How many days are taken to receive interview letter from nvc after shown case status is ready ?
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-02 said:
We received one mail from NVC on 05-15 informing us our case was forwarded to the embassy and another from Embassy a week later containing my original I-129F packet and instructions to schedule an interview.
blank avatar Twinkle Kataria on 2023-06-02 said:
You both are receiving same email ? Or your petitioner is receiving this email ?
blank avatar Twinkle Kataria on 2023-06-02 said:
You both are receiving same email ? Or your petitioner is receiving this email ?
Ok-Mix on 2023-06-02 said:
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-02 said:
I am talking about what beneficiary is receiving on postal mail. Petitioner will receive a copy of the NVC letter on email.
blank avatar Twinkle Kataria on 2023-06-02 said:
ok! thank you for help!
blank avatar Twinkle Kataria on 2023-06-03 said:
ok! thank you for help!
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-04 said:
Hey, I filled out nvc inquiry form and they provide me the case number. I might have to fill it out again and will ask the invoice number, and beneficiary ID as well. But my question is when I checked my NVC status online, it’s showing ‘at NVC’. Do we have to wait for the status to change to ‘ready’? Or we can fill out ds-160 and schedule an appointment now? Thank you in advance
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-04 said:
You can start on your DS-160 when it says 'In-transit.' I would recommend you to pay fees and schedule appointment only after the status says 'Ready'
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-05 said:
Do we need invoice id number and beneficiary id for fill out ds -160 ?
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-05 said:
We never had to use invoice ID or beneficiary ID at any point during the visa process. All you need is case status.
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-05 said:
All you need is case number
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-05 said:
Okay thank you
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-05 said:
I have tried to login and follow this link ‘ceac.state.gov/iv’ but they are asking me the case number and invoice id to continue the form
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-05 said:
I only see that they are only asking for case number. https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-05 said:
How much time did they took to get pcc ? Because i just find out it’s take 2 months where i live.
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-05 said:
3 weeks in our area
blank avatar Suresh Singh on 2023-06-05 said:
Did you get PCC from Regional Passport office or from SP office?
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-05 said:
Passport office
blank avatar Suresh Singh on 2023-06-06 said:
Thanks Shelby and Congratulations.
Lesh on 2023-06-11 said:
Hello, how did your book your OFC and interview appointment? I've tried to book several times for July-September slots but none of them are available.
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-11 said:
I booked through usatraveldocs under immigrant visa section.
Lesh on 2023-06-12 said:
Did you get the interview and VAC dates right away? I've been trying since yesterday but none of the dates are available right now. Please explain the process after you've entered the receipt number if you don't mind.
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-12 said:
Once my case status changed to ready, I completed DS160, created USAtraveldocs profile under immigrant visa, entered the information, and MVR fee payment receipt number ( after making payments). On the next window, I selected Mumbai for location, and I was directed to K1 visa appointment page where I selected VAC and K1 interview dates. If you are not seeing an appointment slot, try calling the embassy through customer care number. You have to talk to an agent. If this does not work, keep on checking for slots everyday.
Lesh on 2023-06-12 said:
Thanks for the response. I called the embassy and they told me the same- to keep on checking everyday. Hopefully I can get a date soon.
blank avatar Suresh Singh on 2023-06-13 said:
Is VAC appointment for Finger Printing ? Does it have to be in Mumbai or we can have it at some other place.
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-13 said:
Yes, it is for fingerprints. I believe you can take it anywhere in india.
blank avatar Micky04 on 2023-06-14 said:
NVC Left on 5/23 and embassy received 6/1but I still have not received my packet 4. Can we book vac and interview without that? Did you ever received packet 4 (welcome letter from embassy)?
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-14 said:
Yes, you can book VAC and interview without that. Packet 4 is available online. We did not receive packet 4 but we got a letter from embassy before our interview which contains online link to packet 4.
blank avatar DP & NP on 2023-06-15 said:
How do we get packet 4 online??
Shelby Joji on 2023-06-15 said:
Google K1 visa packet 4 us embassy Mumbai. They will send you the same on the letter
blank avatar Hiteshk1 on 2023-08-05 said:
My case was Ready on 21st July 2023 and I scheduled my consular appointment for 18th August. But for the medical they are asking for appointment letter from US consulate which I do not have. When I contact US Visa Service Desk, they ask for appointment letter fro. NVC. Its been over 2 weeks, any way I can get it or contact anyone to get it?
Shelby Joji on 2023-08-07 said:
If you schedule your consular appointment for K1 visa, you should be getting the appointment confirmation email, or you can print it from usatraveldocs by logging in and going to appointment history tab.
blank avatar Hiteshk1 on 2023-08-23 said:
Yes but that is the appointment confirmation details. Did you receive packet 4 instructions from Mumbai Embassy, till date? Do they ask about packet on interview date? I am from Mumbai, should I go ahead and schedule Medical in Delhi as Mumbai is not scheduling medical without packet 4? Thanks a lot for your response
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