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#1 BLOVESH

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 12:57 AM

We have been on AR since the 19th of October. We emailed the Embassy in Manila and got standard canned replies back. I called the embassy three times and couldn't get anyone to answer the telephones. Yesterday I tried the Department of State number and was told via recording at 9:10AM that they opened at 8:30AM and to please call back during normal business hours. Huh??? I thought that maybe the time change had them confused so I called again today. At 9:00 I got the same thing so then I called at 12:20.

They actually answered and I even got to talk to a real person who said that she was a visa specialist. She asked for our case number and our names and then the phone went silent for about a minute. She came back and said "The visa was either issued yesterday or it will be today." Has anyone else had this happen for the DOS? We're waiting on pins and needles now. We don't know if it's too good to be true or if Hazel will get a call today telling her that the visa has been issued, or will it be when it's in the passport and ready for delivery, or will it be when the courier gets it for delivery? We're so happy we could dance, but now we're wondering how much longer we'll need to wait.

If anyone is interested I called the Department of State at (202) 663-1225. You can listen to about 6 or 7 minutes of call this number for that and call that number for this or you can press 1 and then 0 to speak to a real person.

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K1 Journey
Met online Jan. 2011
Met in person Apr. 2011
Submitted i129f May 31, 2011
Received NOA 1 Jun. 2, 2011
Notice of Approval i129f Sept. 8, 2011
Received NOA 2 Sept. 11, 2011
Case # assigned Sept. 21, 2011
Medical Exam Oct.5, 2011
Result(Had immunizations and my cd) Oct. 6,2011
Interview Oct. 19, 2011
Placed on AR Oct. 19, 2011
Called Department Of State Nov. 8, 2011 they said the visa will be issued today
No call from the Embassy so I called DOS today Nov. 9, 2011. Still on AR.
Visa Delivered Nov. 10, 2011 YES!!!!!!
CFO Completed Nov. 15,2011
Air Line ticket in hand Nov. 16, 2011
Arrive USA Nov. 19, 2011
Married Jan. 18, 2012
AOS
AOS package sent February 13, 2012
Email Notification of receipt(I-485, I-765) Feb. 21, 2012
ASC Appointment Notice Feb. 27,2012
Biometrics Appointment March 26, 2012
EAD received - Apr. 2012
Card/Document Production(GC) Sept. 8, 2012
Green card received- Sept. 15, 2012
K2
Emailed USEM for k2- Aug. 3, 2012
Received reply from USEM- Aug. 5, 2012
Paid visa fee-Aug. 8, 2012
Medical- Sept.17, 2012
Interview schedule- Sept. 24, 2012
Visa received- Sept. 28, 2012


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#2 MrkGrismer

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 02:20 PM

We have been on AR since the 19th of October. We emailed the Embassy in Manila and got standard canned replies back. I called the embassy three times and couldn't get anyone to answer the telephones. Yesterday I tried the Department of State number and was told via recording at 9:10AM that they opened at 8:30AM and to please call back during normal business hours. Huh??? I thought that maybe the time change had them confused so I called again today. At 9:00 I got the same thing so then I called at 12:20.


What time zone were you calling from and what time zone did they say they were in? Area code 202 is D.C.

They actually answered and I even got to talk to a real person who said that she was a visa specialist. She asked for our case number and our names and then the phone went silent for about a minute. She came back and said "The visa was either issued yesterday or it will be today." Has anyone else had this happen for the DOS? We're waiting on pins and needles now. We don't know if it's too good to be true or if Hazel will get a call today telling her that the visa has been issued, or will it be when it's in the passport and ready for delivery, or will it be when the courier gets it for delivery? We're so happy we could dance, but now we're wondering how much longer we'll need to wait.

If anyone is interested I called the Department of State at (202) 663-1225. You can listen to about 6 or 7 minutes of call this number for that and call that number for this or you can press 1 and then 0 to speak to a real person.


There are a number of databases that information is entered into when issuing a visa, the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), the Immigrant Visa Overseas (IVO) system, (see: http://www.state.gov...ation/87502.pdf and http://www.state.gov...ation/87503.pdf for nonimmigrant and http://www.state.gov...ation/87909.pdf for immigrant visas). Since these are Department of State databases I would think DOS offices would have access to them. The 'either today or tomorrow' probably has more to do with the time difference than anything else.

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Medical Exams – A caller explained that the civil surgeon who completed the medical exam used the wrong form and then wanted to charge an indigent refugee to reprocess the paperwork on the correct form. What recourse does an applicant have if this occurs?

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#3 BLOVESH

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:17 PM

They are in Washington DC and I'm EST as well. The saga continues...

Hazel waited all day for a call saying that the visa had been issued and heard nothing all day. Today I called again and talked to another visa specialist. This one told me that we are still on AR. Apparently the first one either didn't know what she was talking about or just wanted me out of her hair. We're back to waiting impatiently because apparently you can't believe what they tell you at the Department of State.

Bill
K1 Journey
Met online Jan. 2011
Met in person Apr. 2011
Submitted i129f May 31, 2011
Received NOA 1 Jun. 2, 2011
Notice of Approval i129f Sept. 8, 2011
Received NOA 2 Sept. 11, 2011
Case # assigned Sept. 21, 2011
Medical Exam Oct.5, 2011
Result(Had immunizations and my cd) Oct. 6,2011
Interview Oct. 19, 2011
Placed on AR Oct. 19, 2011
Called Department Of State Nov. 8, 2011 they said the visa will be issued today
No call from the Embassy so I called DOS today Nov. 9, 2011. Still on AR.
Visa Delivered Nov. 10, 2011 YES!!!!!!
CFO Completed Nov. 15,2011
Air Line ticket in hand Nov. 16, 2011
Arrive USA Nov. 19, 2011
Married Jan. 18, 2012
AOS
AOS package sent February 13, 2012
Email Notification of receipt(I-485, I-765) Feb. 21, 2012
ASC Appointment Notice Feb. 27,2012
Biometrics Appointment March 26, 2012
EAD received - Apr. 2012
Card/Document Production(GC) Sept. 8, 2012
Green card received- Sept. 15, 2012
K2
Emailed USEM for k2- Aug. 3, 2012
Received reply from USEM- Aug. 5, 2012
Paid visa fee-Aug. 8, 2012
Medical- Sept.17, 2012
Interview schedule- Sept. 24, 2012
Visa received- Sept. 28, 2012


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#4 MrkGrismer

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 03:25 PM

Apparently the first one was correct, since you got the visa today ;) :D

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http://www.uscis.gov...0004718190aRCRD
 

Medical Exams – A caller explained that the civil surgeon who completed the medical exam used the wrong form and then wanted to charge an indigent refugee to reprocess the paperwork on the correct form. What recourse does an applicant have if this occurs?

USCIS Response: Customers should notify the Director of their local office when they have a complaint about a civil surgeon.


#5 BLOVESH

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 11:05 PM

Yes in fact I feel kind of bad about that post. I was frustrated with the change of info and I owe her a mental apology. Sorry Ms whoeveryouare.


Bill
K1 Journey
Met online Jan. 2011
Met in person Apr. 2011
Submitted i129f May 31, 2011
Received NOA 1 Jun. 2, 2011
Notice of Approval i129f Sept. 8, 2011
Received NOA 2 Sept. 11, 2011
Case # assigned Sept. 21, 2011
Medical Exam Oct.5, 2011
Result(Had immunizations and my cd) Oct. 6,2011
Interview Oct. 19, 2011
Placed on AR Oct. 19, 2011
Called Department Of State Nov. 8, 2011 they said the visa will be issued today
No call from the Embassy so I called DOS today Nov. 9, 2011. Still on AR.
Visa Delivered Nov. 10, 2011 YES!!!!!!
CFO Completed Nov. 15,2011
Air Line ticket in hand Nov. 16, 2011
Arrive USA Nov. 19, 2011
Married Jan. 18, 2012
AOS
AOS package sent February 13, 2012
Email Notification of receipt(I-485, I-765) Feb. 21, 2012
ASC Appointment Notice Feb. 27,2012
Biometrics Appointment March 26, 2012
EAD received - Apr. 2012
Card/Document Production(GC) Sept. 8, 2012
Green card received- Sept. 15, 2012
K2
Emailed USEM for k2- Aug. 3, 2012
Received reply from USEM- Aug. 5, 2012
Paid visa fee-Aug. 8, 2012
Medical- Sept.17, 2012
Interview schedule- Sept. 24, 2012
Visa received- Sept. 28, 2012


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#6 MrkGrismer

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 02:23 PM

Waiting can be frustrating.

If you believe Modern Sporting Rifles have a legitimate use, please like, share and participate on: https://www.facebook...tamateSportsmen

http://www.uscis.gov...0004718190aRCRD
 

Medical Exams – A caller explained that the civil surgeon who completed the medical exam used the wrong form and then wanted to charge an indigent refugee to reprocess the paperwork on the correct form. What recourse does an applicant have if this occurs?

USCIS Response: Customers should notify the Director of their local office when they have a complaint about a civil surgeon.





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