I thought I would start a thread for tracking the Fiancee visa process. For anyone who wishes to participate, I think we should be clear on the details of our cases, i.e. which USCIS center, date of filing, requests for additional info, which embassy is involved; things of that nature. Of course this would only apply to us Yanks, but the other "colonies" are welcome to start their own threads.
My petition was mailed off as of today (4-6-05) and will be handled through the Vermont Center. It should be the fastest center, but that may not be saying much. Valentina's interview will be in Kiev. We are hoping for late June or early July. Let's see how good an estimate it is.
I had a headstart. I guess that is something we could add to the list: who is doing the paperwork, self or lawyer and who the lawyer is.
Start the bank stuff right away. Some are slow in collecting info you might need. I was able to send copies of my last 12 statements instead of the bank letter. It saved time. Check with Roth though.
Valentina wants to jump in somebody's suitcase. She's already tired of waiting. She's panicked about the interview and immigration.
Mid October is the earliest Lena can come over. Her mother turns 55 and she already promised her she'd be there to help her with the party. Turning 55 is a big deal for women there.
Other than that, she's ready to leave the day after the party. Although i doubt it could happen before December. Well see..
The prospect of her spending another winter alone is major turn off for her after I told her how we live during our California winters..:))
Ditto- I am one state west of you and must use the Nebraska district. Sent it off about two weeks and got a confirmation and case number a week later and yesterday got an e-mail stating that a letter was being sent and it was approved . (whatever that means) I'll have to wait for the letter. ( I am doing this without a lawyer)
wow... Time really moves when you are having fun....
I wish you guys the best of luck, and I hope your prosess will be fast and without setbacks. I will follow this thread with interest even if I am not an American, it cannot be that different where I live... I think...
If I am correct, after the Service Center approval it goes to NIS(?) for background checks and upon approval goes to the embassy, so there are basically 3 steps of which the first 2 are easy.
I am tracking cycle times through the government site and the lawyer's, but its difficult to get a clear picture. There's one case that has been at USCIS for 68 weeks. It would be helpful if they would weed out the serial murderer cases from the rest of ours. Although for some of you it could be a good measuring stick.
Hey Toad, did you tell her about your 2 seasons: drought and mudslides?
We have APPROVAL!!! At least from USCIS (Vermont Center). That took 21 days (15 working- ha that's a joke). On to National Visa Center (3-4 weeks) and then Embassy. Tried to call her. Figures the phones are down....again!!! Guess I'll have to stay up until midnight and try again.
The phone is constantly down for me almost anytime of the day or night. . Almost all of the time. It is sickening. And if it does connect we can barely hear each other and then it disconnects. This sucks.
Update!!! Interview set for July 11 at 10:15 AM. I'm thinking my departure will be somewhere around the 20th. She wants some time to tell family and friends of the approval before I show up. I didn't ask, but maybe if I was there on the 12th, there would be a shotgun waiting for me.
Congrats Ditto! She is rounding third and heading for home! My Jenia has her interview today. I won't know the results until tomorrow when she gets home from Romania. I am sure that she will do fine and that Sunday she will be here cooking my dinner (beet root soup)and washing my clothes (She refuses to use the dryer but that will be short lived). :o)