Tuesday, February 8, 2011

DS-260!!

A little after 8pm, our IV bill finally appeared as paid! It took me a second to realise what I saw. I had been signing into the payment portal all afternoon, every 20 minutes or so, and nothing. But it finally changed! I hit the button to start the DS-260 application.

I'm very glad I went through the DS-260 screenshots. I saved a lot of time by finding out information that would have taken a few hours to get. Page after page, I entered in the correct information. At the end, there's a review page on each section.

I printed out each review section and sent a PDF version to Ben to review. I'm glad he did as I missed a question about the petitioner's email address. I swear, it didn't ask that in the form, but I clicked the edit button, and voila, it was there. Mysterious...

After we both reviewed, I digitally signed it (like with the DS-261) and then clicked the submit button. A confirmation page was presented and I printed that out as well.

Then it was time to send off the email for the supporting documents for the DS-260. I printed out my cover letter, signed it, and then scanned it. I added that, along with the cover sheet, to the package. While Ben's I-864 package was nearly 8 MB (reduced from 20 MB), my package was only 3 MB (and not reduced).

I prepped the email with the needed info, attached the package, and emailed it off.

So, within 7 days, Ben and I have finished paying all the bills and sending in all the forms and documents. Now all we have to do is wait for NVC to review them and complete our case. Very exciting!

~Lindsay

316 comments:

  1. It´s me again (Sarai)
    I read your post and says that you signed the DS260 form, do I have to do it to?
    And if so, how?

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  2. If you're doing the DS-260, then yes, you have to sign it. You can't submit the form without digitally signing it first. It's not like a real signature since it's an online form. You just have to answer a few questions and that's considered the signature.

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  3. oh IC, then my husband can do it for me? he´s the one who´s working at it... I´m in Mexico
    I also have another question about the pictures, I can go and get them done and print them out and then scan them with that size or, just get the pictures taken and make them that size (which I think that would be the way right?
    Sorry I must sound a bit dumb... computers are not my specialty...

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  4. Yes, your husband can do it for you, but technically it's supposed to be the beneficiary (foreign spouse) that fills it out. I think at the end, it asks if anyone helped you fill out this form, and you husband is going to have to put his information if he's the one that actually fills out the form.
    Yeah, make sure when you get the pictures that they're 2" x 2". Then just scan them back on the computer.

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  5. Sorry, another question about the police records... mine are in Spanish... I checked online and this is what it says:

    All documents not written in English, or in the official language of the country in which application for a visa is being made, must be accompanied by certified translations and submitted to the NVC. The translation must include a statement signed by the translator stating that the:

    * Translation is accurate, and
    * Translator is competent to translate.

    Do we have to translate them? I think the operator said not to, to my husband but I just want to make sure of it....
    Thanks so much, I think we should send you flowers or chocolates... but we don´t want Ben to get jealous,ha!

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  6. Since the official language of Mexico is Spanish, then, no, you don't need to translate them.

    Haha, I just won't tell Ben about receiving flowers or chocolates ;)

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  7. I know what we can do, when you move to the States... and get your apartment... I´ll get James to send you a gift card from some store so you can get something to decorate it... I like that idea...
    Another question.. James (that`s my husband) that when he logged in it says there are several documents pending, but didn´t mention the AOS, we alreay paid for it... 3 months ago... but you said to go ahead and send it... right? we are going to have joint sponsors...what form would that be? it´s good enough with their tax returns or they actually need a letter from their jobs?
    Lindsay, thanks so much

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  8. If the AOS is appearing as PAID in the payment portal, just print out the document cover sheet found online, and add that as the first page to the AOS package. Is the joint sponsor in the same household as James? And what year tax returns are they?
    No problem :)

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  9. Yeah they live at the same place... actually the sponsors are going to be Jame´s sister and brother in law and yeah they live at the same place for now... the tax returns would be from last year since they haven´t filed for this year yet... they are going to do it sometime soon I guess

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  10. If the sponsor is a household member, then they fill out the I-864A.
    If it's only 2009 tax returns, then they should include proof of current income (employment letter, pay stubs, etc). Also, if you're not submitting a tax transcript, then you have to submit both the 1040s AND W2s.
    By the time you have your interview, it will most likely be after April 18 (deadline for 2010 taxes), so you're going to need to bring a copy of 2010 tax returns with you to the interview.

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  11. Thanks a lot for the info..
    I just have another question about the DS 261
    The operator says that we shouldn´t file that one since we are not using a lawyer, but from what I understand we should do it and file specifying that right?
    Sorry this is the last question for today....
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND ANSWERS!

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  12. I didn't use a lawyer and used the DS-261. Technically, when you have a lawyer, they're automatically assigned as agent, so only those that don't have lawyers fill out the Choice of Agent form. The operator had it wrong completely.

    And no problem! Glad to help! :)

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  13. Hey Lindsay,
    Sorry it's me again.. just one question for today...
    To file my civil documents... should I send my kid's birth certificates and passports too?... they are american citizens so I guess not... right?
    P.S. Every night I keep you guys in my prayers to hear back regarding your interview ASAP
    Thanks!

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  14. If your children are US citizens, then no, I don't think you need to send their birth certificates or copies of passports in. Just to be safe though, I'd call an operator up on Monday and inquire if you need to send anything in about your kids. I'm not quite sure, but I'm leaning towards no, like you.
    And thank you :) Hopefully this week I can find out when my interview will be.

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  15. sorry to bother you... I´m fillig in the DS260 and I gave one address and says that there´s an error of leading space... what in the world is that? I have no idea
    this is the way i put it
    849 NE 87TH AVE
    what´s the error?

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  16. Um, I don't know what leading space means. Usually you put direction (NE, NW, SE, SW) at the end of an address, so: 849 87th Avenue NE. See if that makes a difference. If it doesn't, you're going to have to call an operator up tomorrow and ask because I have no idea what they mean by their error.

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  17. I finally found out that the leading space was "TH" I got rid of it and it was fine... I was so relieved... ha!
    I have a another question... where do I get the DS 261 form? I can't find it anywhere?

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  18. Hey another question... it says that when you pay then you gotta print the coversheets... and it will tell you where to send the info... each case has a different address where you send the info?

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  19. Oh wow, the "th" was the problem. Interesting. Never lived on a numbered street before, so I didn't have a problem when entering addresses on the DS-260.
    The DS-261 form is found online on the same site as the DS-260.
    Yes, on the cover sheets, there's an address, one specific for the AOS package and another address for the IV package. But I didn't have to worry about that since I was doing EP and emailed my packages, I didn't snail mail them.

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  20. IC, thanks so much...
    I checked again about the DS261 and it´s not there.. it could mean that we don´t need to file it... the other day the operator said to send an e-mail saying that we no longer will use the lawyer and that James was going to file for it...
    anyways... I´ll get James to call again regarding it...
    So the packages get send to NVCElectronic@state.gov. right?
    We are almost done with the DS260 but not nearly done with the AOS, woould you say to wait and send them at the same time? or should we go ahead and send the DS 260, would this matters on the date will be completed? Probably we would have to wait until de last one gets reviwed according to the date?

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  21. Perhaps because you had a lawyer, the DS-261 won't appear since the lawyer automatically gets selected as the agent. I'm not sure.
    Yes, the packages are emailed to NVCElectronic@state.gov. Make sure you put your case number in the subject line, and in the body include the names, dates of birth, and email addresses of both the petitioner and beneficiary.
    It doesn't matter which you email first. If one package is ready, then email it. Once the last one is ready, send that then.

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  22. Thanks for the info, hopefully today we'll make more progress the last few days James was working until 8 or 9 pm and we also need to get the paperwork from our sponsors... that's harder since you can't be too pushy (if it was me I would be) but James is a very polite person...

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  23. Yeah, I understand. You don't want to seem too pushy since they are doing you guys a favor by sponsoring you. Hopefully everything is done soon for you two :)

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  24. James went over to the lawyer's office to pick up our file since she had the police records, thank God they didn't get lost... but we found out that she had the wrong address on the I-130... are the lawyers supposed to help? there was another mistake too... now James has to write the NVC to correct those... I just pray that there's no problems because of it...
    Hopefully you get to hear back about your interview this week...

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  25. Wow, I hope everything gets fixed. Glad my husband and I didn't hire a lawyer for this.
    I'm hoping to hear of the interview date this week as well. As soon as we hear, there will be a blog post ;)

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  26. Hey Lindsay, I hope you are having a good day...
    I just have a question, I've been reading about which AOS forms we should file and so this is what I understand we should do:
    Jame's income from last year isn't enough for him to be the sponsor, so we are asking his brother in law and sister to be the sponsors... his brother in law makes enough to be the only joint sponsor but him and his wife file their taxes together so there has to be two joint sponsor, then:
    James needs to file an I-184 anyways
    His brother in law needs to file another I-184 and specify that there's two joint sponsors on the form
    And James' sister needs to file an I-184A
    They all live in the same place (including James)
    That´s what I came with...
    Another question, since the W2's cover last year they would only have to prove income from this year on right? I don´t see the point of sending pay stubs from last year too since it's covered on the W2's would that be correct?
    I'm sorry to keep coming to you... it's just that I need someone's second opinion...
    Thank you so much you have been a great help to us...Thank God I found you!

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  27. Don't worry about asking questions a lot, I'm more than glad to help! :)
    I'm not sure which forms you have to fill out with sponsors since we didn't have one, but if an operator told you which you needed, you'll be fine then.
    If you have 2010 tax returns and W2s, then no, you don't need to send in pay stubs from 2010. The only reason my husband sent in pay stubs is because he didn't do his 2010 taxes yet and pay stubs were the only proof of his current $40k/year salary since he got the new job in June 2010.

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  28. I'm about to fill out the DS-260 in a few days here but I can't find any information about a question I have. I read that I have to list everywhere I've lived more than 6 months since I was 16 - I've moved around quite a bit and have lived lots of places for only a few months, if I don't list those (because they're under 6 months) there will be gaps of time unaccounted for (which freaks the US government out), should I just list the places I was at for short periods of time or not? I'm worried I'll get an RFE if I don't but also that I'll confuse the situation if I do. Any suggestions?

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  29. On the DS-260, it's ANYWHERE you lived since 16, whether it's more than 6 months or less. It's only on the DS-230 that it states it has to be more than 6 months. So you're going to have to list ALL the places you've lived since 16.

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  30. oh man, they find every way possible to make this a grim process! lol. thanks for the update. do you know if they've taken out the exact day you moved and just made it month/year? because i'd have to guess at like ALL the dates

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  31. Good news, yes, they removed the requirement for having days. It's just month and year now. I've been told this by I think 3 people now. They changed it sometime in March. But when I did it in February, you needed exact dates, which I was able to obtain, thankfully. They also removed a few other things. I know you're not going through Montreal, but Mexico is required to do EP and the online forms, so the wiki I wrote can still help you. I made an update of what has changed on the DS-260 since I did it. You can read it here: http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/NVC_for_Montreal_Beneficiaries_%E2%80%93_Electronic_Processing_and_New_Online_Forms#Steps. Just look for the paragraph that starts with "Update (3/15/11)".

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  32. Hi, im also submitting for a DS-260 but ive completed the form and when i hit the sign in and submit button nothing seems to happen, am i missing something or what should i do?

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  33. Not sure if this is the same person who tweeted me the same question, but just in case if it's not (and for others if it helps), I'll answer. Most times I see someone not able to submit the DS-260 is because they haven't viewed the PDF on selective service. You can't submit until you do, even if you're a female.

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  34. Hmmmm, no i didnt tweet you.
    Ohhhh ok, i've alredy clicked it but for some reason it didnt work but tried it again and worked, thanks :D

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  35. Good thing I answered then! Literally a few minutes after your comment, someone tweeted me with the EXACT same question!

    Anyways, glad it worked!

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  36. Haha so weird!
    By the way, if before ive sent off all documents to NVC what do i need to do now?
    Like they are going to e-mail me a confirmation or anything like that?

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  37. Your second sentence doesn't make any sense :S What are you asking?
    NVC doesn't send any confirmation emails they've reviewed packages. The second to last email you get from NVC is about the case complete and then the last email is about the interview date.

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  38. Ooohh sorry haha.
    I hope everything turns out ok for the case. :)
    ( and Omg sorry for spamming you with questions D: )

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  39. I'm sure everything will be okay! :)

    And don't worry about spamming with questions. You've only asked me a few, I've gone on pages and pages with some people :D

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  40. Question do i need a lawyer to do the DS-260 for me because i been doing thid for my wife and now i just dont want to make any mistake

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  41. Nope, you don't need a lawyer at all! Just a waste of money IMO as they charge WAY too much. Once you're done, just go over it a few times before submitting. That's what I did :)

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  42. Hi i'm looking for the AOS selection, though my husband already paid the AOS fee, I can't find it. I would like to download the cover sheet. I can see my daughters, it shows the AOS and states that the fee is paid. But when I log into mines, i only see the amount of $404.00 paid. I went into the invoice, and I saw the AOS selection, but I couldn't click on it. I printed out the "Case Number Bar Code"..a document that states that you should use it when sending supporting documents or forms...is it the same as the i-864 cover sheet though ?

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  43. If you're talking about the AOS cover sheet, that's found on the payment portal. It's listed as 'Document Cover Sheet'. If you have multiple applications under one case (you, your daughters), then you only paid one AOS fee, so you can just use your daughter's. It's the same thing.

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  44. Have you got your interview yet?

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  45. Um, I think you need to read the rest of my blog and look at the time stamps O_o I've been in the US for almost 2 years now, lol.

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  46. Do I have to put the places I worked at in form ds260? My spouses sponsoring me. I did work but I don't have a Ssn

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    1. You're the beneficiary, right? Yes, there's a question on the DS-260 about current and past employment. And being that you're not a US citizen, of course you don't have a SSN.

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  47. Yes I am the beneficiary. I did work but was considered illegally.

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  48. Yes I did. My spuse is sponsoring me and I'm currently living in the us

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    1. If you're within the US, are you adjusting status then? If you are, the DS-230/DS-260 isn't part of the AoS package...

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  49. I'm not adjusting status. I will have to leave the country pretty soon for an interview in Mexico.

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    1. You say you're "living" in the US currently, what visa are you on?

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  50. Hello. In the DS-260 form there is this question: "Is your spouse immigrating to the US with you?". I am the petitioner and I am filling out the form instated of my husband, who is the beneficiary. Since I live in the US and my husband is the only one who will immigrate to the US, I think I have to mark "NO" to that question. Am I right?....thank you

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    1. Yup, the correct answer is "no" as the spouse in the case of spousal visas is a US citizen or resident, thus not immigrating to the US.

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  51. I think I qualify to fill out the form I-864EZ because my husband is the only applicant and my income of two W-2 are fine, but just in case I prefer to fill out form I-864....is that okay?

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    1. If you don't want to fill out the I-864EZ, you can certainly use the longer I-864 if you wish. Just because one may be eligible for the I-864EZ doesn't mean they HAVE to use it. It's just an option for those with "simpler" cases to fill out a shorter form.

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  52. Hello, you know that when we do our tax return, we get a package with a lot of sheets. Do I have to scan all those sheets to the NVC? Please, can you tell me what pages of the tax return I have to send to the NVC? And the other question is: Do I have to put in just one file the I-864 and all the other documents, or one file for the I-864 and other for the documents? Thank you

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    1. If you're not sending tax transcripts (which are much preferred by NVC, and are free from IRS), then you have to send the ENTIRE tax return. So, the entire 1040, all W2s, all 1099s, all schedules, and all worksheets. Everything you sent to the IRS is what NVC needs.
      And you include the entire AOS package (I-864 and supporting documents) into one envelope and send that off to NVC.

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  53. anybody know what to do after having the interview?? im in cd juarez, i had the interview last week, they took my passport and im waiting, but i dont know what is the next step... i know that i have to wait for the package but after that what?

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    1. Were you approved? If yes, the passport and package should be sent back to you. You can then immigrate to the US by the date on the visa (typically 6 months).

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  54. hello
    i have a question
    i need to fill ou the ds260 form online and when i do i need to call and make the appt in the consulate
    but i need the nvc # and the invoice # and i entered it but it says theres an error,that i have to contact the nvc
    but i actually called them and their the ones that gave me the numbers,

    what should i do im confused

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    1. Just to verify, what consulate/embassy are you going through?
      And at what point are you having issues? When logging into the forms portal to access the DS-260? Not exactly sure where you're getting the error...

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  55. HI I HAVE A QUESTION WHAT IS THE NEXT STEPS AFTER PAYING VISA FEE. TENKS

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    1. First off, please don't yell. Writing all in caps = yelling.
      Second, are you talking about the IV fee at NVC or the immigrant fee you pay to USCIS once you have your visa back from the consulate/embassy?
      And what country is the beneficiary in?

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  56. hello Saylin,
    i fill ds260 online and send my civil document with iv bill paid cover sheet but have not send ds260 form....my question is do i have to send ds260 form also or just fill form online and signature online,

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    1. You don't mail the DS-260 form. It's just an online form. Once you've completed it and submitted it online, that's all you need to do!

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  57. For Mexico, do you need to provide police certificates? I'm getting conflicting information. Can you advise. Thanks

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    1. According to NVC's website (http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_5455.html?cid=9684#docs scroll down to police certificates), police records are unavailable for Mexico.

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  58. hello Saylin,
    I send everything and all fees paid,form and all civic documents submitted.
    1-so from your experience how long for case complete?
    2-how long for interview date in Mumbai India ?

    I know its depend on embassy but just estimated time so i can finish my work here.

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    1. 1. It used to take just NVC about 2 weeks once they received everything. But, with the recent DS-260 change, they're currently going through a backlog, so it's taking quite a bit longer. They used to have a standard time frame of 20 business days, but since the change on September 1st, they've extended it to 30 business days. My suggestion is to just keep calling once a day and inquiring about the status on your two packages.

      2. Time frames for interviews to be scheduled will vary by consulate/embassy. The world average is typically two months from case complete date to interview date. For a more accurate time, YOU will have to do the time and research it. Start here: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?cfl=0&op1=3&op2=d&op3=5&op4=1&op5=5,6,8,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18,20,21,22,25,26,27,28,108,110,111,208,210,211&op6=All&op66=All&op7=India&dfile=No&adv= Keep in mind, when opening up the timelines, disregard other consulates/embassies than yours (since there's multiple ones in India).

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  59. Good Day Ma'am.... i have a question
    we had already paid IV for 230 dollars and status is paid but when i check after 4 days status payment is rejected.... how is this happen?

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    1. Are you sure you inputted the bank account numbers correctly? Is the money still in the bank? You can call up NVC to confirm, but you'll likely need to re-pay it.

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    2. yes cos i check in the status it says PAID... what happen? when i check after 4 days it says rejected

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    3. yes.... coz the status was Paid. but when i check after 4 days it says rejected....

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    4. You only need to reply once :P

      And even if you THINK you inputted the numbers right, you could have been off by just one. Did the money ever leave the bank account? Have you called NVC yet to inquire? They have access to your case, I don't.

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  60. hello Saylin,

    please advice what should i do or not.

    my wife is pregnant and her due date in USA is 16th of oct. is there anything i can do ...as i have submitted every thing but case is not complete.

    nvc advice me to expidate case and bla bla with pregnancy letter but what you suggest.

    as i am my last state of process.

    thanks

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    1. Pregnancy isn't a criteria for expedition. You can try, but it'll likely be denied. Worth a shot though *shrug*

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  61. Hello Saylin,

    My husband was deported 5 years ago from the US and has been living in Mexico since then (never tried coming back, that has been his only removal and was arrested only for driving without a drivers' license. No felonies were involved). I have started his I-130 process and we are currently at the NVC. I have paid the AOS fee and even sent the AOS package as well. Yesterday I just paid the IV Invoice and right now it's "processing". To my understanding, my next step is to file the DS-260 (once the payment shows as PAID). My question is, since he has been deported will I need to consult with a lawyer before submitting the DS-260 since we might need to send in police reports and deportation records (which we have no records of at all, my husband lost them on his way to Mexico)? I figured I would fill out the first few forms myself since they are pretty self explanatory but now that his deportation/removal information needs to be researched I am really wondering whether I should go ahead and continue the process myself or if I should just hire a lawyer just to be on the safe side. What do you suggest. Sorry for the LONG story but I wanted to be as specifc as possible. By the way, I am a US citizen and we have a daughter together.

    Thank you in advance for any input you can give me.

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    1. If your husband was deported, then you need to include deportation documentation in the IV package. You or your husband will need to get new copies somehow. If you're not sure how, then an immigration lawyer, specializing in deportation, might be a good idea. You'll also need to overcome an I-212 waiver at the interview after he's denied, so keep this in mind too. If you feel you can do this on your own, then go for it, but if you can't, then a lawyer might be the best option for you two. Good luck!

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    2. I'm am aware about him possibly needing a I-212 if he is denied (hoping his bar entry was no more than 5 years so that he won't be denied). I believe I am capable of doing most of this on my own but the only thing I will possibly need help with is requesting his deportation documentation which I have been researching about and it looks like I will have to file an FOIA request. Do you happen to be familiar with that?

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    3. I unfortunately don't know anything about obtaining deportation records. If you want some good, free advice, you can try posting your story on VisaJourney, and I'm sure someone will come along and help point you in the right direction.

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    4. Thank you! I have already gotten in contact with someone who can provide me assistance on the FOIA. I do have one more question for you, we are filling out the DS-260 and it is asking my husband " Is your spouse (me) immigrating to the US with you?" I clicked "NO" because I am a US Citizen but then it asks "Is your spouse immigrating at a later date or not at all" That is another "NO" as well right? Same goes to when I entered the information about my daughter on his form. They are asking if she is immigrating with him but she was born in the US as well as me. Just some tricky questions since there is no other explanation given as an answer for that question.

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    5. Yes, that's correct. You would put "no" since you're both US citizens. This question only applies when the spouse and children are not a US citizen, which isn't your case. So, just put NO and carry on :)

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  62. what if the police report is sealed should I open it to scan to nvc?

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    1. This depends. What country is the beneficiary in? If they're in a country eligible for EP, then yes, you obviously need to open it to scan. But if you're not eligible for EP and have to mail documents to NVC, I'd say no, keep it sealed.

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  63. hello....
    how long will i wait for may appointment after i submit all my documents?
    thanks...

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    1. First NVC needs to accept all packages and documents. Once that's done, your case is closed and put into queue for an interview date to be assigned. The time frame for that varies by country. Some people find out their interview date within a few days from case complete, others a few weeks, then the unfortunate who wait a few months.

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  64. hello Saylin,
    my case Aos is accepted and Iv bill has passed 20 days already. hopefully my case will be completed in next week.
    they scheduled interview on what week of month and do i have chance of getting interview in November.

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    1. So, you sent the AOS package and it was accepted? What about your IV package and the DS-260; what's the status on that?

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  65. Hi thr,

    I have paid aos fee and IV fee to NVC. I have completed the ds 260 online but i have not submit it yet to NVC because i am waiting for aos i 864 from my friend as he is completing it as the only joint sponsor for my husband as i am living abroad with my husband. Should i send the ds 260 before sending AOS I 864 or vice versa!!!

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    1. It doesn't matter which you send first as they're both part of two separate tracks (AOS and IV tracks). Both need to be completed before NVC can close your case. If the DS-260 is all done, submit it, why wait?

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    2. Thanks.. I will send the ds 260 then. One more question about the aos i 864 as i am us citizen by birth but after the age of 14 i never went back to us so currently i am living with my husband in pakistan from the last 2 and half years but this year we planned to immigrate to US so i have filed two separate petitions, one for my husband and one for my daughter(1year old) so kindly tell me that should i send two separate aos i 864 to nvc? Is it necessary for the petitioner to sign Aos i 864 even if she doesnt have any income? In my case i have asked my friend to fill I 864 as a joint sponsor for my husband and daughter.. So is it correct? Thanks for the guidance!!

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  66. I have filled ds 260 and all document and they started reviewing and i am hopeful that they will fined by end of this week.
    yes when i called they said that my AOS is accepted.
    My question is as soon as they accepted Ds 260 and document how long for case complete and how long for interview letter as i am IR 1.

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    1. Once they review (and accept) the IV package and DS-260, then your case is complete. It'll be put into a queue for an interview date to be assigned. The time frame for an interview date will always vary by country. Some people get their date assigned within a few days from case complete, others a few weeks, and then the few unfortunate a few months.

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  67. Thanks.. I will send the ds 260 then. One more question about the aos i 864 as i am us citizen by birth but after the age of 14 i never went back to us so currently i am living with my husband in pakistan from the last 2 and half years but this year we planned to immigrate to US so i have filed two separate petitions, one for my husband and one for my daughter(1year old) so kindly tell me that should i send two separate aos i 864 to nvc? Is it necessary for the petitioner to sign Aos i 864 even if she doesnt have any income? In my case i have asked my friend to fill I 864 as a joint sponsor for my husband and daughter.. So is it correct? Thanks for the guidance!!

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    1. Are the two petitions joined up together at NVC?

      Yes, whether the petitioner has income or not, you still need to fill out your own I-864 and include tax information (if you didn't file taxes, you then need to include a statement saying why you didn't file taxes).

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    2. No , both the petitions are separate and having separate case number.

      Ok so you are guiding me that i should fill the aos i 864 aswel as i am housewife and i am out of usa since i was 14 so i never worked there. So what kind of statement should i need to give to NVC ? can you please guide!! Thanks for the Guidance :)

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    3. If they're separate, then ya, they'll both have their own AOS packages. And yes, the petitioner, no matter the circumstances, ALWAYS has to fill out their own I-864. As for the statement, just explain your situation and how you don't have any income, thus no tax records. Doesn't have to be anything fancy.

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    4. Thanks,

      So I'll be sending email to nvc Aos i 864 one filled by me and one filled by my joint sponsor (two AOS i 864 in one email for my husband) and same set for my daughter in another email correct?
      Thanks :)

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    5. Pakistan isn't eligible for EP (electronic processing). You need to snail mail all packages.

      One AOS package will be for your husband; this will contain your I-864, your statement, your joint sponsor's I-864, their tax information, proof of employment, and their US citizenship/residency proof.

      In the second AOS package, it'll be for your daughter and it'll contain a new I-864 from you with her information on it, your tax statement, another sponsor's I-864, their tax information, proof of employment, and their proof of US citizenship/residency.

      In both packages, YOU also have to include proof of US domicile.

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  68. I have filled the DS 260 online as i got portal access so can i send it electronically as its almost completed? or should i have to send it through courier ?

    Following are the instructions when i was filling ds 260 :

    Once you have submitted the DS-260 forms for you and your accompanying family members, you must then submit your required civil documents, photographs and embassy-specific documents to the NVC.

    If your case is NOT processing electronically, please submit your documents to:
    National Visa Center
    Attn: CMR/DR
    31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100
    Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914

    If your case IS processing electronically, please scan and email your documents to:
    NVCElectronic@state.gov

    So here i got confused as i am filling and send ds 260 online so isnt it called EP ?
    Sorry i am bit confused here. thanks

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    1. There's a HUGE difference between online forms and EP. Online forms is just that, forms that are online. EP is where you email the AOS and IV packages (instead of snail mailing). Everyone is now required to do online forms (as of 9/1/13), but EP is not currently available to everyone. The list of eligible countries for EP can be found here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_5165.html If your country is NOT on the list, then you can only snail mail packages, email is not an option for packages.

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    2. OK thanks got your point.
      Can I send the aos n civil documents of my husband n duaghter in one envelope to NVC through courier?

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    3. Yup, you can. Just put each package for each person in their own separate manila envelope and mark it clearly (name of package, name of applicant, case number). Then put all 4 manila envelopes into the courier envelope.

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    4. OK then on which address do I need to send this courier n to whom I should write attention?

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    5. The address is on the bar-coded cover sheet.

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    6. Hey saylin.. hope you are doing good.
      I have submitted both Packages(iv and aos) same day along with the cover sheets to the NVC.. my question is that how many days NVC will take to accept both packages and close case !! Have already submitted the ds260.

      Thanks

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    7. NVC representatives are telling folks when they call up that it can take up to 30 business days for packages to be reviewed.

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    8. I have not submitted the job letter along with the aos filled by my joint sponsor but I have submitted his tax statement.. can it be accepted without it?? If not then what happen?
      Thanks

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    9. The job letter is optional. I'd suggest bringing it to the interview though and handing it over.

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  69. hey..
    can you please tell me that should i have to send the original civil documents like (marriage certificate, birth certificate, police certificate etc) to NVC or photocopies of civil documents will be fine.
    If you guide me the procedure of sending these documents i will be thankful.

    Thanks

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    1. It has to be the original/certified copies of documents. You also have to include photocopies (except for the police certificate, although make a copy for your records), so you can get the originals/certified copies back (you won't get the PCC back). If you ONLY send photocopies, you'll get a checklist.

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    2. Hey.. I have submitted the aos I 864 for my 18 months old daughter to NVC last month. after NVC review I got checklist which says I 864w . As I am Us national is my daughter is exempted from aos I 864 ? Thanks

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    3. Yes, I believe she'll become a US citizen upon POE, so an I-864W, not an I-864, should be filed for her.

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    4. Hey Saylin..hope you are doing good. I called NVC on 11th Jan and they told me that they have closed the case of my husband on 9th jan .. can you please tell me that how many days NVC will take to email me the interview letter. I am from Pakistan. Thanks

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    5. Congrats on the case complete! Wait times vary for each country. You'll need to do your own research. Start here for Pakistan: http://www.visajourney.com/timeline/k1list.php?cfl=0&op1=3&op2=d&op3=5&op4=1&op5=5,6,8,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18,20,21,22,25,26,27,28,108,110,111,208,210,211&op6=All&op66=All&op7=Pakistan&dfile=No&adv=

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    6. Thank for the wishes and guidance :) .. i am still waiting for the interview email.. I will go with my husband's and daughters interview.. any tips for the interview :) thanks

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    7. Make sure you bring your US passport to the interview to be let inside! Make sure you have all documents gathered ahead of time. And practice possible interview questions. There's a long list here: http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/Consular_Interview_Questions

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  71. hi, pls. help I already pay IV fees and its say's there in process, while waiting it get paid can I send the document that they need like civil documents and birth certificate to make the procedure go fast. and about this ds-260 I cant find it anywher. thanks

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    1. Hi! Technically, since the bar-coded cover sheet is available as soon as the respective bill is paid, you can send the IV package as soon as you pay the bill. But I recommend waiting until the payment has at least cleared the bank account.
      As for the DS-260, it's found on the online forms portal. You can find that here: https://ceac.state.gov/IV/default.aspx I'm not sure if NVC changed it or not in the 2 years since I went through NVC, but the DS-260 was only available AFTER the IV bill appeared as paid in the payment portal.

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  72. Thank's now Im waiting for NVC to give the sched. For interview and medical, it feels like waitng forever.

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  73. Thanks Saylin for all the answers even for me who didnt write i got tones of info!!

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  74. I just submitted my DS 260 and got a confirmation and wanted to go back and fill for my daughter (shes not American and im travelling with her) but i cant :( is that one confirmation enough for the two of us??

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    1. Does she have her own petition? Is she also immigrating?

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    2. Yes shes immigrating. I called them and apparently she needs to be filed for her own petition :(
      Thanks anyway..youve been a great help..

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    3. Yes, anyone who's immigrating needs their own petition. Good luck.

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  75. From Pakistan, there was only paper version i.e., DS-230, but from 1st Sept 2013, NVC introduced new system of submitting IV application online i.e., DS-260.

    My question is:

    I submitted my petition in April 2012 and it was approved in May 2012.

    My question is do I need to submit DS-230 or DS-260 ?

    I will submit my IV form i.e., DS-230 or DS-260 now in October 2013.

    Please clarify whether they have initiated this for IV form submission after 1st Sept 2013 or Petition submission after 1st Sept 2013?

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    1. Everyone is required to submit the DS-260 now (as of Sept 1), no matter when you filed the petition or what country you're from. If you submit the DS-230, you're just going to get a checklist for the DS-260.

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    2. My Payment receipt for IV case says that:

      When the IV fee payment status is PAID, each applicant must submit an Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. If your case was initiated after October 4, 2010 and your case number begins with AMM, ATH, BGH, LMA, MEP, or MTL you must submit your visa application form online. Otherwise you must submit the paper version of the form.


      1a.) To submit your application form online, go to http://ceac.state.gov/iv and follow the instructions displayed.
      1b.) To submit the paper version log in to http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_3190.html and follow the instructions for the DS-230 Application.

      2.) To complete your Immigrant Visa application you must also submit civil documents. Go to www.ImmigrantVisas.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_5165.html to learn about document submission requirements and options for your case.

      3.) If you are required to submit physical documents, you must include a barcoded cover sheet to identify the documents as belonging to your case.

      From the above points I understand that we have the option for submitting DS-230 or DS-260. Please clarify on above points.

      My case number does not begin with any of the mentioned above.

      Also please tell me what is DS-260 checklist?

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    3. As I said above, the DS-260 is required by everyone, from all countries. If you send in the paper DS-230, NVC will send you a checklist asking you to fill out the DS-260 online. The DS-230 is obsolete. I'm assuming they haven't updated everything yet, as is evident of the above.
      If you still don't believe me, you can read it for yourself directly from the NVC site: http://travel.state.gov/visa/questions/news/news_4413.html (click on the news article heading 'Department of State transititions to online immigrant visa application')

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  76. for the ds-260 they want the last 10 years of employment, do I have to list when my wife was unemployed?

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    1. If she was unemployed in between jobs, that's fine. They understand that lots of people don't have back-to-back jobs (like, literally, one day you end one job, the very next day you start another). Gaps in employment are fine (as long as it's unemployment). It's gaps in addresses that they're concerned about.

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  77. thanks so much...

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  78. Not clear on this: I live in the Philippines and doing DCF with the US Embassy here in Manila, the DS-260 I will complete on line and then I have to mail my docs to:
    National Visa Center
    Attn: CMR/DR
    31 Rochester Ave. Suite 100
    Portsmouth, NH 03801-2914

    I'm I correct on this address? Seems strange to mail my docs to Portsmouth, NH. and not to the US Embassy in Manila.

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    1. If you're doing DCF, then you're just dealing with the embassy. The address and instructions on the DS-260 are just general ones for those going the "normal" route and have to do NVC processing. Just send all your paperwork, as you've been doing, to the Manila embassy.

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  79. Since I'm living in the Philippines with my wife and her daughter, there is a question on the DS-260 about your spouse immigrating to the United States. I'm the spouse, a US Citizen and I live in the Philippines..so the answer is NO?? I'm not going to immigrate to the United States? correct?

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    1. Exactly. US citizens can't immigrate, you're already a citizen of the US. You're merely just moving back. Only non-US citizens can immigrate to the US.

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  80. double thank you....

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  81. Thanks for all the help and advice you provide. My wife has her appointment in Cd Juarez in 2 weeks. While entering the site to complete her DS260, we found that the attorney had done it but with numerous errors. She then contacted the NVC who referred her to the Consulate since the documents were already there. The attorney wrote up a letter today that she is forwarding and which she wants my wife to take with her. However, today when we tried to print the confirmation, we are locked out of the site. From what I've read, Security personnel at the Exam clinics and at the ASC require that confirmation to let you in. I doubt they care about a letter from an incompetent lawyer. Any ideas what we should do about the 260?

    Also, my wife is a former surgical nurse who was part of a team who was charged with medical negligence by a patient. She was detained and held for about six hours. In Mexico, they detain you until an investigation is complete unless an attorney can get you out. In her case, the investigation showed that she was not at fault. We are bringing this investigation but it is in Spanish. We believe we do not have to get this 42 page document translated, but I did see in a web site that for this type of case, you must bring a translated copy of the statute. Does that mean a translated copy of the law that says you will not be medically negligent?? Any thoughts?

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    1. Let me make sure I understand, you need the DS-260 confirmation page to have a medical/biometrics done? If so, there should be no reason why you can't access the DS-260 and re-print the confirmation page. Even 2 years later, I'm still able to log into the online forms portal and view my DS-260. Try accessing the site on different browsers and see if that helps.

      If you were submitting that information at NVC, I'd say to translate it. But since it's being brought to the interview, I'm thinking it would be okay for it to be in Spanish (as that's the official language there). But, I'm not 100% positive on this. They may still want it all translated. Have you tried contacting the embassy and asking if the document needs to be translated to English?

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  82. I submitted my wife's DS-260 and her daughters DS-260. DFC with Manila. Went to schedule our interview appts, now confused again. I'm the petitioner and I had to enter my name, my passport info etc., but put in my wife's MNL case number., was this correct? I tried to enter my Wife's info but the system said that her info was use by someone else..(I think that someone else is me). When I first saw that profile page it seemed to have my passport #, but Philippines was the place of issue, does this make sense to you???

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    1. Since the interview is for the beneficiary, it should be her information you're signing up with, not your own as the interview isn't for the petitioner.

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  83. Still need some help...so will go step by step with you about this...On the site"Apply for US Visa", (this is where I make the Visa interview, the profile page is in my name, the petitioner. Is this correct??

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    1. I'm not sure what site you're referring to, but if it's to make the visa interview, then it'll likely be asking information about the beneficiary, the person actually going to the interview and getting the visa.

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  84. Here is the website: https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/

    I cannot put my wife the beneficiary on the profile page. when I first opened it I found my passport # , listed under Philippines. If I try to put her passport# etc., when the page loads I get an error stating that the e-mail address is used by someone else. I have put my e-mail address on all the forms dealing with her visa and her daughters visa. Any suggestions??

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    1. I can't really help you since I've never used that site. I'd suggest calling them and asking for help.

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  85. Hi ma'am
    My question is that How do I know I have electronic processing since I'm doing everything online like sending ds261 apetitoner l fees payments .I'm a petitoner who is with beneficary in his country and trying to gather n then will send documents for iv supporting civil documents to nvc .I'm sorry little confusedhere

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    1. There's a big difference between EP (electronic processing) and online forms. Online forms (as of Sept. 1, 2013) are required by everyone. EP though is still not available to everyone, only a few select countries are eligible. To see eligibility, view the table at the bottom of this page: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_5165.html

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  86. Want to thank u by saying we love u and may god keep u happy n prosperous always...

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  87. hello,
    i got visa approved and now making arrangement for flying.
    embassy told me to pay $165 for green card.
    but when i pay through elis it say i have wrong format for Alien number.
    i got Alien number from Embassy but its A----- its 8 digit and elis website demand 9 digit after A.
    What should i do in this situation.
    please need your advice or should i put 0 after A so its make 9 digit.

    Thanks

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    1. Yes, if your A number isn't 9 digits, then you add a zero at the beginning.

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    2. Congrats USMAN.. I have read your previous posts. My question is from you is that how many days NVC took to send you case close email after submitting the final documents(civil n ds260) and 2nd question is that did they send interview date email along with case close email? Thanks bro

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    3. Thanks mate and sorry that i reply late.?

      I started my nvc journey on 27 august in nvc and my case complete on 2013-10-09. and they posted my document to embassy in india on 2013-10-18 and my interview was on 2013-11-01.
      i Don't get email from NVC for case complete my wife call them and they say your case complete and very next day got email for interview.

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    4. Thanks bro for sharing your experience.. Good luck for your to journey to the us. My case is similar with yours. I am expecting my interview with in few weeks. Can I have your email is? Need to ask few questions or you can email me .. my I'd is delta.adnan@gmail. com thanks alot bro
      . Tc

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  88. Hello Saylin,

    what is "optin email"?

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    1. It's for those eligible to participate in EP. The optin email is to opt into the EP program.

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  89. Question on the DS-261 form. I'm doing IR-1 and IR-2 through DFC in Manila, I completed and submitted the DS-260 for each. My question is how do I fill out the DS-261? I did a visa status check on the CEAC website and both visa case's are ready:

    "Your case is ready for your interview when scheduled at the U.S. Consular section. If you have already scheduled an appointment for an interview, please prepare your documents as directed in your appointment letter and appear at the consulate on the appointed date and time. Otherwise, please wait until you have received interview scheduling instructions."

    I never filled out the DS-261 form...I take it I do not have to???? I have already scheduled the visa apts...

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    1. I don't know the DCF process very well, but I'm guessing you don't need to fill it out. The purpose of the DS-261 is to choose an agent and after the form is submitted, the IV bill is invoiced. If you've already filled out the DS-260 though, you're already past that point, so ya, guessing it's not needed for you.

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  90. OK thank you, your the best...

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  91. forgive my ignorance but i can't sign and submit my ds260. i read that it may have something to do with the selective service form but i can't find that option/button on the screen. where is it exactly?

    thanks.

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    1. Sorry, but it's been 2.5 years since I've filled out the form. I don't remember where it is. If you still can't find it, then call NVC up tomorrow morning and ask them.

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  92. Hi Saylin,
    How are you?

    I ahve submitted my AOS, IV fees and it is showing "PAID" status. After then I mailed them Immigrant Visa Application Form along with civil documents and Affidavit of support (I-864) with joint sponsor in one package with different bar coded sheets for each payments.

    Today I received this email with Subject Line: CASE NO (CHECKLIST COVER LETTER).
    There was an attachment in which it says:
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    INSTRUCTIONS FOR: Name of Benificiary
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    ______CORRESPONDENCE INSTRUCTIONS:_________________________________
    When responding to the National Visa Center, please include the bar code sheet that came with this letter. Failure to include the bar code sheet may cause a delay in the processing of your case. The bar code sheet should be placed on top of all documents being submitted for this case and mailed to the
    address provided.

    ______1 - IMMIGRANT VISA APPLICATION PART 1:_______________________
    The NVC has received information on the referenced case. However, we are still waiting for the Immigrant Visa Application, the Affidavit of Support form (I-864) and/or the related fees. Please submit the forms and/or fees according to the instructions.

    Please clarify on this, I have already submitted both the packages and still this generic checlist.

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    1. This is a checklist based on them reviewing your IV package. The part about sending in the AOS package, that part is false; they just haven't gotten around to reviewing that package yet. What concerns me is the part asking for the IV application. You said you mailed the form in, but the form is done online. It's called the DS-260. If you mailed the DS-230, that was wrong. The form is no longer used. As of September 1st, everyone is required to fill out the DS-260 online.

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  93. Hi Saylin. I'm filling up the DS-260 and it was stated there that the name on my passport should be the same name on my other documents submitted to the NVC.The name my husband used in filing for the petition was my maiden name but now i'm about to renew my Philippine passport and wants to change my status and use my husband's surname(got married last year,by the way). Will this be okay?

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    1. If you're filling out the DS-260 NOW and you don't have the new passport in your married name, I'd suggest using your maiden name on the form. If by the time of the interview, you have a new passport with the married name, that's the name that'll be issued on the visa (and later the green card).

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  94. I'm learning a lot lol thank you!

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  95. Hi! Not sure if you received my first comment but okay won't hurt to send another one.

    Okay so hi I'm a child of a LPR and my PD is now current. A letter from the USEM in Manila arrived at my mom's mail (she's in the US) saying I can now schedule an interview which I did and it's set on Feb 2014. However, when I asked her about the AOS and IV fees, she said she has no idea what I'm talking about. She only said she already sent her AOS but said no fee was asked from her. Now I'm confused. I haven't even received DS-261. Also, I cannot fill-out my DS-260 because it's asking for an invoice ID number and I don't know mine. What do you think I should do? I'm wondering why the USEM in my country sent that letter to my mom. Should I just proceed with my interview without the DS-261? I am still waiting for the reply from NVS re my IIN once I received that and submitted my DS260, do you think there will be no problem getting my visa approved? I'm just so confused right now my mom is so busy so I'm trying to learn about this whole thing we don't have a lawyer, obviously. In case you're wondering, I scheduled an interview because I read in a forum that once you received your case number and your PD is current, you can now start scheduling one. So there I'm sorry if this is too long but yoir inputs might help me. Thank you very much!

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    1. Ummmm, I'm not sure how you were able to schedule an interview without first completing the NVC process. There are 2 bills that need to be paid: AOS ($88 per case) and IV ($230 per applicant). [And the IV bill is only invoiced after a DS-261 has been sent] The two bills need to be paid before the packages can be sent. There's also the DS-260 form that needs to be submitted online (which is only available after the IV is paid). If these things aren't done, then no, you will not get approved. I'm still baffled by how you got an interview set. You need to seriously sort out what's been done. If your mother can't figure it out, call up NVC, and ask what's been submitted and what they're waiting for. Don't delay.

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    2. I know! Even I got confused when it started dawning on me how they accepted my request. The guy on the other line just went, "oh yeah your PD is current blah blah blah..." and then voila! I'm officially scheduled for an interview. Anyway, thank you so much!!

      Oh, one more thing, can I just pay the AOS fee right away? I mean, without contacting NVC first? I can't track my case using CEAC because I still don't know my IIN.

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    3. Most people pay online, through the payment portal. And you need to know the IIN to log in. Your mother should have gotten something from NVC when they assigned the case number. It includes the case number and IIN. If you can't find that, call up NVC, give the case number, and explain you lost the IIN, and they'll give it to you.

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    4. Any by logging into the payment portal, you'll be able to see if the bills have been invoiced/paid. And if you log into the online forms portal (using the case number and IIN), you can see if the DS-261 and DS-260 have been completed.

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  96. Oh I see. So once I find out my IIN, I can start paying and submitting the online forms. Do you think I can finish it before the interview or just cancel the one scheduled on Feb? Thank you for taking your time to reply. I really appreciate it!

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    1. Yup, once you have the IIN, you can go online and pay the two bills and submit the forms online. Once the bills are showing as PAID, you can submit the packages. If you don't get any checklists, then yes, you should have enough time to finish before the interview. Hopefully NVC will forward the case correctly though as you already have an interview date. In most cases, after a case complete, the case gets put into a queue until an interview date is scheduled by NVC. Only then does the case get sent out. I'm hoping in your case it won't sit in queue mistakenly as you have a date already.

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  97. Hi! Thank you for taking your time in answering some of my queries. I already know my IIN but when I tried to click on the 'pay' button it said all fees must be paid at the consulate where I'll be interviewed and that NVC already sent my case to the consulate. I'm worried about the documents that I must submit to the NVC or if I'll have to submit them (docs) to them since my case is already at the consulate. I'm really so confused. :/

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    1. Hmm, weird. I'd suggest calling up the consulate then and asking what you need to do. You'll likely have to bring the packages to the interview and they'll review them there.

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  98. Hi ! Saylin
    Pls brief me where from i can get DS-260 snap shorts, for practicing to fill it.
    I cant find anywhere.
    Thanks a lot.

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    1. These are the ones I used to gather information: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/49845403/DS-260-screen-shots

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    2. I have checked it, but its asking some registration and then payment through visa card bla bla.... can u give me downloaded if you have pls.... i am not familiar with computer too much.
      thanks!

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    3. You don't download it, you just view it on the website.

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    4. mmmm ok thanks for prompt reply! take care

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  99. Hello Saylin! Got a letter from the NVC saying "You must now download and complete the Immigrant Visa Application and submit it with the required original civil documents for the principal applicant and each derivative applicant that will accompany him/her to the United States."

    Do I have to just scan the documents and send it through e-mail or personally mail them to the NVC or the embassy?

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    1. This depends. Since I don't know you, you'll have to tell me: what country are you from and what visa are you applying for.

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    2. I'm from the Philippines and we are under the F3 preference applying for immigrant visa.

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    3. Okay, the Philippines is NOT eligible for EP (electronic processing), so you have to snail mail both the AOS and IV packages. You can however pay the two bills online, and you're also required (everyone is, no matter the country) to fill out the two online forms: DS-261 and DS-260.

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    4. Thank you so much!

      One more thing. It has been decided that my husband would not be coming with my three daughters and I to the United States. Is he still required to submit his civil documents and to fill out the DS-260 Immigrant Visa Application for himself? The DS-260 forms of my daughters and I are already completed and submitted to the NVC for review and we are already about to mail the documents to the NVC.

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    5. Was a petition filed on his behalf? If yes, he's going to have to inform NVC that he no longer wishes to pursue a visa. No need to fill out the DS-260 or send in the IV package if he's not going to immigrate anymore.

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  100. No, I am the principal applicant since my father is the petitioner. If that is so, can I go send the civil documents now? Will the NVC be able to review the four DS-260 forms of my three daughters and I even if one is still unanswered? Is he still required to go with us to the interview since we were petitioned as a family?

    Sorry for all the questions, Saylin! I just can't wait for the NVC to mail back since I want our case to be completed. :D :)

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    1. Ohh, that's right, you're filing for a family visa (I typically answer IR-1/CR-1 questions). Hmm, you may want to call NVC tomorrow and ask them about this. I'm not actually sure how this would work for your type of visa as it's a little more complicated. He may still have to fill out the paperwork, I'm not sure.

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  101. Hi, thanks for helping all these people and possibly me! Thats so nice of you!!
    I'm waiting to hear back from the NVC if they received my affadiviat of support and I want to get the civil docs ready.. should I wait for my husbands police check to come in the mail then send the civil docs together .... also do I need a police check? I'm sponsoring him.

    Also I cannot open the DS 260 form, I have been trying for weeks, any tips? We have a mac..

    and we are planning on going to the states for a couple months while waiting for his visa but dont want problems at the border, any tips?

    thanks!

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    1. Yes, the police certificate is needed in the IV package. NVC won't complete the case until they have it.

      Have you paid the IV fee yet?

      As for the border, it will always be up to the officer to let foreign visitors in or not. Definitely make sure your husband has a return ticket. Bring all the paperwork relating to the visa process. And keep your fingers crossed. Some people are let, some others aren't.

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  102. Hi Saylin, my husband recently got an interview date in February,2014. In reviewing our checklist and finalizing all document for the interview, on the DS260 confirmation pages we noticed an error about his previous travel question, the question asked "have you ever been denied a us visa, refused admission to us", he answer no, in fact he was denied a visitor visa once, the embassy told him to try again in a few months, he never applied a visa again, this was about two year ago. How should we handled this error, do we write a letter to the consulate acknowledging the error and take it to the interview and mention before they asked about it?. As for my understanding, the ds260 is not finalized until a biometric fingerprinting is done, confirming everything on the application a is true Secondly my AOS for last year was not approve due to my income, this year I have made way more money to meet the poverty guideline, question do I fill out a new I864 and a copy on my recent tax return and send it with my husband on the day of the interview?. Please advice. Thanks in advance.

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