animax's US Immigration Timeline
Petitioner's Name: Max
Beneficiary's Name: Elif
VJ Member: animax
Last Updated: 2023-12-04
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Timeline Comments: 10
Inveigh on 2023-02-18 said:
Greetings Animax, Did the consulate receive your petition on 2023-02-03? And finally create your case number on 2023-02-14? Ours was received Feb. 1st but still has not gotten a response.
Animax on 2023-02-18 said:
Hi Inveigh!! We sent an inquiry to NVC on 1/31 and got a response with our case number on 2/3. We put Armenia on our I-129F, but the case number they assigned was for Abu Dhabi (it started with ABD instead of YRV)! So quickly we sent another inquiry on 2/5 to transfer to Armenia before it left NVC and would be more difficult. On 2/9 they replied with a new Armenian case number. On 2/14 the status in CEAC went from "At NVC" to "In Transit." On 2/16 the status in CEAC went from "In Transit" to "Ready." We never received any other information from NVC and are currently waiting on the invitation email from the US Embassy in Armenia, which I understand is required for us to continue with scheduling our medical exam and interview. Honestly I am not sure when NVC received our case or how to tell. I just know when they responded to our inquiry with the case number. Sorry if I misunderstood but feel free to message me if you need to. This really is a stressful and confusing process and we all need all the help we can get! :)
Inveigh on 2023-02-18 said:
Animax!! Youre awesome thank you so much for giving me so much insight to your journey! So happy you got your case number finally given to you and we're finally able to set everything up, despite the fact that they put the wrong embassy. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and journey with me. I appreciate your willingness to help and provide insight into the visa process and I'm glad to hear that you're now waiting for the invitation email from the US Embassy in Armenia :) Although I am curious about the mistake with the case number that was initially assigned to you. Do you think it was a simple mistake on the part of NVC or was it due to a backlog in Armenia? Thats so strange. Either way good luck to you and your fiance. I wish you all the best in your visa journey, and thank you again for your help and support! Oh also if you could share, how long did it take for you to fill out the CEAC forms! That would be so helpful too. Thanks again !!
Animax on 2023-02-18 said:
Aw, you're welcome! It's absolutely no problem at all!! I met another person on VJ who also got assigned to Abu Dhabi instead of Armenia, and I made a post about it and got the advice that this is common, so you should make sure to be careful too, in case it happens to you! I don't think it was due to a backlog, honestly. I have heard wait times for Abu Dhabi interviews are now ~3 months, while the other person I know who had their interview in Armenia only had to wait 1 month, so I hope it hasn't changed much. For the CEAC forms: do you mean the DS-160, or something else? The DS-160 doesn't take too long but is frustrating because it asks a lot of short questions and it times out if you take too long to type it all in. We need to finish it up still.
Inveigh on 2023-02-21 said:
Hey again Animax. being another person doing a journey together with our fiancÃ© being from Iran (unless youâ€™re from Iran yourself) I was wondering, what made you chose the Armenian Yerevan embassy instead of the Turkish Embassy at Ankara. I noticed you mentioned wait times before. Did what you find have an impact on this? Or is it just preference based instead of researched based. If you could let me know that would be great because we are both thinking about switching potentially
Animax on 2023-02-21 said:
Hi Inveigh! Indeed I am American and my fiancee is Iranian. :) We just chose Armenia because it is closer to her, and cheaper, and not as hot as Abu Dhabi. I know wait times do differ between embassies, and it might be faster in Armenia --but it wasn't why we chose it and I don't have much proof of this, except for what 2 other members of VisaJourney told me. One scheduled an interview in 2022 and had to wait 1 month for the appointment, while another scheduled an interview just recently in February and their interview will be in early May. I think the only way to know about wait times is to search for people with similar timelines and ask them.
Inveigh on 2023-02-22 said:
Ahhh I got you. Will you be going with her to the embassy too in that case too? I hear that most people from Iran I've asked dont go with their fiances if they chose Armenia. I wanted to choose armenia too because its easier for her but because the flights were so expensive (and she wanted to come with me) we just realized it would be easier to go to her interview with her if we chose ankara. Also my fiance wanted me to ask you, how did your fiance validate her birth certificate and translated documents? My fiance says she needs some type of stamp that makes documents validated but was unsure if she needed a translators stamp or otherwise. I know this alot of questions but talking to you has been so helpful and awesome. Thank you so much, I feel so lucky to talk to someone like you only being one month behind your case.
Animax on 2023-02-22 said:
I will go to Armenia with her but they won't allow me to come inside the embassy, according to their website! I think it is this way for most embassies. My fiance got her documents translated in one of the translation centers and they provided the official translation certification stamps. I don't think it is absolutely required for translations--I think technically you just need someone proficient in both languages and a written statement along with the original document + the translation. But this definitely seems like the best way and what other people she has asked have done as well. It's no problem, I know how this process is and well all need this kind of help! :)
Inveigh on 2023-07-14 said:
Hey did you get administrative processing? DS 5535?
Animax on 2023-07-14 said:
Hey Inveigh! No, we did not get AP, it was approved right away. I've been following threads from you and other couples on here, I'm so sorry for all the added difficulties. ?
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