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Michi
02-19-2004, 10:39 AM
Hi everyone, I was just wondering if everybody could kindly post what
their experiences have been....how lond did it take for your guy's case
to get from NVC to the embassy? What is the "norm"?

I'm getting pretty
frustrated because tomorrow will be 2 weeks, and still nothing, the
embassy doesn't have our case yet. This is so unfair, first MSC/NBC
took forever to approve us, and now who knows when the embassy will
receive our case. 2 weeks just seems ridiculous to me. And then I look
at Hyper's and Sibsie's timeline (we're going through the same embassy)
and their's was there much quicker than mine :( This is so unfair!!


Sorry for the little rant, but I feel much more better know :)


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Noorah101
02-19-2004, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by Michi
Hi everyone, I was just
wondering if everybody could kindly post what their experiences have
been....how lond did it take for your guy's case to get from NVC to the
embassy? What is the "norm"?
I'm getting pretty frustrated because
tomorrow will be 2 weeks, and still nothing, the embassy doesn't have
our case yet. This is so unfair, first MSC/NBC took forever to approve
us, and now who knows when the embassy will receive our case. 2 weeks
just seems ridiculous to me. And then I look at Hyper's and Sibsie's
timeline (we're going through the same embassy) and their's was there
much quicker than mine :( This is so unfair!!
Sorry for the
little rant, but I feel much more better know :)
Hi Michi,


Call NVC at 603-334-0700 Mon - Fri between 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Eastern time. Press 1, then 2, to get a live operator. If you get a
recording that says "please use our auto system", just hang up, you'll
be on hold forever. If they say "you may wait X number of minutes",
then stay on hold and you'll get a live operator. She can at least tell
you if your file is there at NVC, and whether it's been forwarded to the
consulate.

Good Luck!
Rene


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Michi
02-19-2004, 11:20 AM
Thanks Rene, actually, I've already done that, it war forwarded on Feb.
6th. I was just wondering what everybody else's experience has been,
how long does it take from when NVC sends it to the consulate till the
consulate actually receives it? 1 week? 2 weeks? just curious :)


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Noorah101
02-19-2004, 11:22 AM
Originally posted by Michi
Thanks Rene, actually, I've
already done that, it war forwarded on Feb. 6th. I was just wondering
what everybody else's experience has been, how long does it take from
when NVC sends it to the consulate till the consulate actually receives
it? 1 week? 2 weeks? just curious :)
Ohhhh, ok. Sorry, I
misunderstood your question. From what I've read on here, it seems to
sometimes depend on when your file gets put in a bin for delivery to the
consulate. If it's at the top of a bin ready to go out, it gets sent
out sooner. If it gets at the bottom of a new bin and has to wait for
that bin to fill up, it gets sent later.

Good luck, and I hope it gets
to the destination soon! :)

Rene


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KimJ
02-19-2004, 11:48 AM
Originally posted by Noorah101
Ohhhh, ok. Sorry, I
misunderstood your question. From what I've read on here, it seems to
sometimes depend on when your file gets put in a bin for delivery to the
consulate. If it's at the top of a bin ready to go out, it gets sent
out sooner. If it gets at the bottom of a new bin and has to wait for
that bin to fill up, it gets sent later.
Good luck, and I hope it
gets to the destination soon! :)
Rene

Hmmm... I assume
it takes a longer time for the 'Sweden' bin to get filled...

Drat!


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tmushen
02-19-2004, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by Michi
Thanks Rene, actually, I've
already done that, it war forwarded on Feb. 6th. I was just wondering
what everybody else's experience has been, how long does it take from
when NVC sends it to the consulate till the consulate actually receives
it? 1 week? 2 weeks? just curious :)

My file was forwarded
to Turkey on 2/5 and just got to the Embassy yesterday. I hope that
helps as it should be there any day now.


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mrs.jar2b
02-19-2004, 12:55 PM
Hi Michi,
I'm still waiting too, although not quite as long as you've
been yet. I emailed London a couple of days ago to see if they got our
case yet and this is what they wrote back:

"We have not yet received a
file for your husband from the national Visa
Center (NVC) but it can
take 2-3 weeks to arrive here after being dispatched.

We can check
again for you next week."

Fair enough. It's been just over a week for
us now.

Good luck and keep me posted!
Jackie


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souls canuck
02-19-2004, 01:21 PM
I think our case was there less then a week.. while some are there for
weeks on end.. it doesnt seem to be the same for everyone.. sadly.. I
wish all service centers worked at the same speed so it would be
somewhat fair for all of us lovebirds waiting.. some take a month or
two, while you nebraska people.. that's awful...


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Michi
02-19-2004, 01:27 PM
Originally posted by mrs.jar2b
Hi Michi, I'm still
waiting too, although not quite as long as you've been yet. I emailed
London a couple of days ago to see if they got our case yet and this is
what they wrote back:
"We have not yet received a file for your
husband from the national Visa
Center (NVC) but it can take 2-3 weeks
to arrive here after being dispatched.
We can check again for you
next week."
Fair enough. It's been just over a week for us now.
Good luck and keep me posted! Jackie

The good thing is
that we were out of NVC pretty fast, it could've been worse, we could've
been stuck at NVC forever, oh well. I just must have some pretty bad
luck...lol. The bad thing is that we can only call the embassy in
Madrid between 2:30 - 4:30 .... 2 whole hours!! And of course, there
are days like today, when they won't even answer the phone :(


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utopiacowboy
02-19-2004, 01:30 PM
You are lucky dealing with London. They actually respond to inquiries.
The gang in Bogota leave the phone off the hook so they don't have to
answer it and don't answer their emails. The NVC sent me a letter saying
they had sent the file to Bogota on January 22. It is now February 19
and still no word from Bogota on the packet. My congressman's
immigration liason says to give them a couple more weeks and then they
will apply some pressure. So close and yet so far.

Originally
posted by mrs.jar2b
Hi Michi, I'm still waiting too, although
not quite as long as you've been yet. I emailed London a couple of days
ago to see if they got our case yet and this is what they wrote back:

"We have not yet received a file for your husband from the national
Visa
Center (NVC) but it can take 2-3 weeks to arrive here after being
dispatched.
We can check again for you next week." Fair
enough. It's been just over a week for us now.
Good luck and keep
me posted!
Jackie


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mrs.jar2b
02-19-2004, 01:41 PM
Originally posted by utopiacowboy
You are lucky dealing
with London. They actually respond to inquiries. The gang in Bogota
leave the phone off the hook so they don't have to answer it and don't
answer their emails. The NVC sent me a letter saying they had sent the
file to Bogota on January 22. It is now February 19 and still no word
from Bogota on the packet. My congressman's immigration liason says to
give them a couple more weeks and then they will apply some pressure. So
close and yet so far.

Ugh!! How frustrating! Since getting
out of MSC/NBC I'm almost floating on cloud 9 because I'm actually
seeing progress after three months of seeing nothing. And any little
thing helps. Yesterday I got the letter from NVC saying that they
forwarded our case to London on Feb 12 and I felt that much closer to
the end result. But I think a lot of my feeling of relief is coming from
the fact that I know that London is reachable and if I have a question
or concern I know I'll get a response from them. Don't feel so much like
a number as I did when our case was hanging around MSC.

Hang in there
cowboy! It's *gotta* happen soon for you!

And, Lily, I'm sure you are
just a day or two away!


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jeffreyhy
02-19-2004, 01:43 PM
Michi,

I think what you want to know is not how long from the NVC to
the embassy, but how long from the NVC to the IV unit of the embassy's
consular section. There can be a difference, depending on how big and
busy the embassy is and how it's internal mail distribution is handled.
The embassy may have the file but it hasn't yet gotten to the people who
will be working it.

In my case it took 3 weeks from the time the NVC
sent the case until the time the IV unit had it.

I've heard of cases
that have taken well over a month in a certain country because shipments
from the NVC sat in the country's Customs house until the embassy could
get them cleared.

Regards, JEff

Originally posted by Michi

Hi everyone, I was just wondering if everybody could kindly post
what their experiences have been....how lond did it take for your guy's
case to get from NVC to the embassy? What is the "norm"?
I'm
getting pretty frustrated because tomorrow will be 2 weeks, and still
nothing, the embassy doesn't have our case yet. This is so unfair,
first MSC/NBC took forever to approve us, and now who knows when the
embassy will receive our case. 2 weeks just seems ridiculous to me.
And then I look at Hyper's and Sibsie's timeline (we're going through
the same embassy) and their's was there much quicker than mine :( This
is so unfair!!

Sorry for the little rant, but I feel much more
better know :)


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mrs.jar2b
02-19-2004, 01:57 PM
Originally posted by jeffreyhy
Michi, I think what
you want to know is not how long from the NVC to the embassy, but how
long from the NVC to the IV unit of the embassy's consular section.
There can be a difference, depending on how big and busy the embassy is
and how it's internal mail distribution is handled. The embassy may
have the file but it hasn't yet gotten to the people who will be working
it.
In my case it took 3 weeks from the time the NVC sent the case
until the time the IV unit had it.
I've heard of cases that have
taken well over a month in a certain country because shipments from the
NVC sat in the country's Customs house until the embassy could get them
cleared.
Regards, JEff

JEff,
Just curious ... what does
the IV stand for (IV unit of the embassy's consular section)? Immigrant
Visa (even tho a K3 isn't an immigrant visa)?

I'm one of those
inquisitive idiots! heheh :)

Thanks for your response to Michi, by the
way ... that makes sense!

Thanks!
Jackie


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Michi
02-19-2004, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by jeffreyhy
Michi, I think what
you want to know is not how long from the NVC to the embassy, but how
long from the NVC to the IV unit of the embassy's consular section.
There can be a difference, depending on how big and busy the embassy is
and how it's internal mail distribution is handled. The embassy may
have the file but it hasn't yet gotten to the people who will be working
it.
In my case it took 3 weeks from the time the NVC sent the case
until the time the IV unit had it.
I've heard of cases that have
taken well over a month in a certain country because shipments from the
NVC sat in the country's Customs house until the embassy could get them
cleared.
Regards, JEff

Gosh Jeffrey, you always know the
right answer ;) Thanks so much for answering :D

So then, maybe, just
maybe, Madrid's embassy may have it, it's just that they are real busy
and it hasn't reached the IV unit..... well, that makes me feel a
"little" better :) I'll hold on to that thought, instead of thinking
that it's lost in the mail. Thanks again,

Lily,


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jeffreyhy
02-19-2004, 03:10 PM
Jackie,

Yes, IV stands for Immigrant Visa. I appologize for the
confusion over the use of the acronym.

Although the K visas are non-
immigrant visas they are processed by the Immigrant Visa units because
of concerns that are common with immigrant visa applications.

Regards,
JEff

Originally posted by mrs.jar2b
JEff, Just
curious ... what does the IV stand for (IV unit of the embassy's
consular section)? Immigrant Visa (even tho a K3 isn't an immigrant
visa)?
I'm one of those inquisitive idiots! heheh :) Thanks
for your response to Michi, by the way ... that makes sense!

Thanks!
Jackie


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jeffreyhy
02-19-2004, 03:17 PM
Michi,

Thanks for the compliment, but I freely admit that I don't
always know the right answer. But I try to keep my fingers off the
keyboard when I don't know, in an attempt to hide my ignorance.
Sometimes I am successfull.

I had exactly the same anxiety you do only
a few weeks ago. I KNOW how long it takes plain old first-class mail
to go from the USA to my wife's country - were was the file? Why
didn't they have it? Why wasn't my wife getting her Packet #3?

Don't
wait more than a month to inquire, but try to not panic quite yet!


Regards, JEff

Originally posted by Michi
Gosh
Jeffrey, you always know the right answer ;) Thanks so much for
answering :D
So then, maybe, just maybe, Madrid's embassy may
have it, it's just that they are real busy and it hasn't reached the IV
unit..... well, that makes me feel a "little" better :) I'll hold on
to that thought, instead of thinking that it's lost in the mail.
Thanks again,

Lily,


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Noorah101
02-19-2004, 03:25 PM
I might add that the whole immigration process is akin to an IV Unit.
Just a slow ***drip, drip, drip*** :D


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Eric S.
02-19-2004, 04:44 PM
I think the Madrid embassy generally handles things pretty quickly. One
tip, when you get your packet 3 and are ready to send everything in. Call
the embassy and see if they will let you schedule the interview on the
phone. My fiance had her K-1 interview in Madrid in December. She had
called with a question about something else and they told her she could
schedule on the phone. She never did send in the signed checklist. The
first interview they offered her was less than a week later! She knew that
was a little too soon, so she asked for a later date and got one about 2 1/2
weeks later.

Hypertweeky tried getting her interview on the phone and they wouldn't let
her. So it may not work.

By the way, it was only 2 or 3 weeks after I got the approval notice from
NVC that my fiance got her packet 3 from Madrid. Can't remember exactly,
sorry.

- Eric S.


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Originally posted by jeffreyhy
Michi, I think what you want to know is not how long from the NVC to the embassy, but how long from the NVC to the IV unit of the embassy's consular section. There can be a difference, depending on how big and busy the embassy is and how it's internal mail distribution is handled. The embassy may have the file but it hasn't yet gotten to the people who will be working it.
In my case it took 3 weeks from the time the NVC sent the case until the time the IV unit had it.
I've heard of cases that have taken well over a month in a certain country because shipments from the NVC sat in the country's Customs house until the embassy could get them cleared.
Regards, JEff Gosh Jeffrey, you always know the right answer ;) Thanks so much for answering :D So then, maybe, just maybe, Madrid's embassy may have it, it's just that they are real busy and it hasn't reached the IV unit..... well, that makes me feel a "little" better :) I'll hold on to that thought, instead of thinking that it's lost in the mail. Thanks again, Lily, -- Posted via http://britishexpats.com

Michi
02-20-2004, 07:41 AM
Originally posted by Eric S.
By the way, it was only 2
or 3 weeks after I got the approval notice from
NVC that my fiance
got her packet 3 from Madrid. Can't remember exactly,
sorry. -
Eric S.

Thanks Eric,

I just got done calling Madrid again,
but they still haven't received our case!!! 2 weeks today since NVC
sent it out to them. I'm just praying and hoping that they will get it
next week.


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