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NVC and CEAC Status Tracker

By Erika Presson
Last Updated: October 27, 2013


READ THESE IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE SCROLLING DOWN TO THE ARTICLE:

  • The reader has the DUTY/RESPONSIBILITY to verify information from the aforementioned government agencies on their own - Not through hearsays, forums, or blogs (YES, including this blog). Please read my disclaimer here.
  • Make sure you've read ALL the articles under the "Immigration" Menu up top, because I've written and covered all pertinent information about the whole I-129F/K1/AOS/ROC Processes.
  • Search through Frequently Asked Questions about the whole process from I-129F - K1 Visa - AOS - ROC and other processes. Read about the KnowledgeBase here »
  • The articles found on this blog are applicable to all I-129F Petitions, K1 Visa Applicants, AOS (from a K1 Visa), and ROC applicants unless otherwise noted. The I-129F Process and AOS is the same for all foreign beneficiaries/spouses. Some K1 Visa Process articles are written specifically for applicants from the Philippines. Please refer to your country's U.S. Consulate/Embassy website for country-specific instructions.


So… What happens after petition approval (NOA2)? Call NVC first.

After you get your petition approval notice (Notice of Action 2 / NOA2), there are 2 things that you as the petitioner need to do.

Our I-129F Petition Approval! April 25th, 2013. Also called Notice of Action 2 or NOA2 | Our I-129F Process | ©2013, USCIS, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

Our I-129F Petition Approval! April 25th, 2013. Also called Notice of Action 2 or NOA2 | Our I-129F Process | ©2013, USCIS, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)




(1) You must call the National Visa Center to check if USCIS has already forwarded your Approved Petition to them and they (NVC) will give you your Case Number. The beneficiary may call too, but it’s an overseas call and may be costly, plus the NVC Call center agent will more likely to entertain the USC/Petitioner. Based on experience? Some of them can be rude sometimes. Even if the NOA2 says it has been forwarded directly to the beneficiary’s consulate, ask them for a Case Number. ALL cases go through NVC first before getting shipped out to the consulate.

NVC

  • Phone Number: +1 (603) 334-0700
  • Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Information Needed

  • USCIS Receipt Number
  • Petitioner’s Full Name and Date of Birth
  • Beneficiary’s Full Name and Date of Birth

Some people get their case numbers 4 days after approval. Some don’t. Some wait for 8 weeks (NVC’s script line). And some, well, they get shipped out elsewhere. And that’s what happened to our case and you need to be on top of it. People say wait at least a week before you start calling though.

Country-specific Note (Philippines): Though it is not required, it may be less of a hassle for your beneficiary to have actual confirmation from NVC regarding your Case Number. The Beneficiary may be asked of it during her Medical Exam. Response time is around 1-2 weeks from the time the email inquiry was sent to NVC. Use a personal email address and send an email to NVCINQUIRY@state.gov with the following information.

  • SUBJECT: [USCIS Receipt Number]
  • BODY: Petitioner’s Full Name and Birthdate; Applicant’s Full Name and Birthdate

Sometime after acquiring your case number, your case will be shipped to the beneficiary’s consulate.

(2) Send the duplicate I-129F Petition Package to your beneficiary along with other documentary requirements for the K1 Visa.

Country-specific Note (Philippines): You can start gathering paperwork for your Fiancé(e)’s K1 Visa Interview, and if you already have your MNL Case Number, your Fiancé(e) can start with paying the Visa Fees at BPI, Medical Exam and CFO Seminar.

“Packet 3 or 4 / Letter of Eligibility” may or may not reach you in time for your interview. (I got mine when I was already done with everything. You know how slow our Postal System is. It might never even get delivered!) You don’t have to wait for “Packet 3 or 4 / Letter of Eligibility”. It can be downloaded online at:

***This however CAN change. The U.S. Department of State / U.S. Embassy Manila has the AUTHORITY to switch/update their procedures however they please. This means, they MAY soon require eligibility letters before doing any step after acquiring the case number. Please read my disclaimer here.***

For other countries: When the NVC Case Number is issued, your beneficiary will still have to wait for “Packet 3” to be delivered. Packet 3 comes from the beneficiary’s consulate and contains instructions on what to do next.

My "Packet 3" from U.S. Embassy Manila. It arrived on May 30, 2013 when I was already done with my K1 Visa Payment, Scheduling my K1 Visa Interview, Medical Exam and CFO Seminar. Haha. It also contained a copy of our approved I-129F Fiancé(e) Petition | NVC CEAC Status Tracker  | ©2013, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

My “Packet 3” from U.S. Embassy Manila. It arrived on May 30, 2013 when I was already done with my K1 Visa Payment, Scheduling my K1 Visa Interview, Medical Exam and CFO Seminar. Haha. It also contained a copy of our approved I-129F Fiancé(e) Petition | NVC CEAC Status Tracker | ©2013, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)

If you still haven’t gotten an NVC Letter or Case Number, What do you do?

Read the Knowledgebase: My I-129F Petition has been approved for more than a month now and I still don’t have a Case Number.  My petition expires in 3 months. What do I do?


How do I know if our petition / case is already at my Fiancé(e)’s consulate?

After you acquire your case number from NVC, you can check the whereabouts of your case on the Consular Electronic Application Center or CEAC website. This is also what you will in the future to check the status of your Visa after the interview.

CEAC Case Status Check | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

CEAC Case Status Check | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

Type in your Case Number including the 3-letter consulate indicator (MNL). K1 is a nonimmigrant visa but is treated like an immigrant visa so leave the upper dropdown selection for Visa Application type at “Immigrant Visa (IV)”.

There are 3 results / scenarios at this point.

  • At NVC – Yourcaseisreadyto be shipped to the beneficiary’s consulate.

    CEAC Case Status "At NVC" | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

    CEAC Case Status “At NVC” | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

  • In Transit – Your case is on its way to the consulate

    CEAC Case Status "In Transit" | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

    CEAC Case Status “In Transit” | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

  • Ready – Your case has already been received and is ready for your visa interview.

    CEAC Case Status "Ready" | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

    CEAC Case Status “Ready” | NVC and CEAC Status Tracker | © 2013, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State (www.mrspresson.com)

Country-specific Note (Philippines): You can move forward with preparing for your interview HOWEVER you cannot move forward to the interview stage itself if your status doesn’t say “READY” and your physical file still isn’t at the U.S. Embassy / Consulate. They send in physical files in batches. Allot / estimate proper timing when scheduling your interview.

  • If your status is “READY”, it means your files are already at the Consulate and *should* be ready for interview.
  • If your status is still “At NVC” / “In Transit”, it means your files are still being sent to the Consulate.

***This however CAN change. The U.S. Department of State / U.S. Embassy Manila has the AUTHORITY to switch/update their procedures however they please. This means, they MAY soon require eligibility letters before doing any step after acquiring the case number. Please read my disclaimer here.***

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UPDATE (2 January 2014): A very generous reader of “Life As Mrs. Presson” has contributed this valuable information found below. This happened because his fiancée worked in another country before coming back home to the Philippines. They just went through this particular step and wishes to stay Anonymous, though. Thank you for the info and best of luck to you!

My file was sent to a different Embassy. What happens now?

When a file is misrouted to a different Embassy (other than the one specified on the I-129F) and the request from the target Embassy (i.e. Manila) is processed by the receiving Embassy (i.e. Kuwait) the file is sent to the target Embassy via diplomatic mail – not DHL. It is shipped to DoS in Washington, DC first!

The beneficiary must request that the file be moved from one embassy to another. The reason must also be cited. The letter can be scanned and email to the Target Embassy and they will direct the receiving Embassy to ship the file. In our case Kuwait received our NVC file 17 Nov (READY) and we had the request to ship in CEAC by 27 Nov (IN TRANSIT). The shipping takes the most time.

When Washington, DC receives your file the CEAC will still status show IN TRANSIT but the date will refresh to the date (Update Date) DoS shipped it to the target embassy. There is also a message stating that the file was shipped to another Diplomatic Office (Embassy)

 

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL PETITIONERS/APPLICANTS: Take good care of your NOA1 and NOA2 (USCIS Form I-797C and I-797). Don’t lose it. You will need both documents later in the process.

 

 

What’s next after acquiring the Case Number?

Is your case number at hand? Is your file is at the correct U.S. Embassy / Consulate?

Read on. You’re ready for your K1 Visa Process »

 

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  1. Star says:

    Hi!

    May I know if I should wait for the NVC letter before I scheduled an interview? I entered our Manila Case number to CEAC and says: “Your case is in transit to the Consular Section. Your interview date was provided to you by the National Visa Center.”

  2. Jennifer Batista says:

    Hey, I wanted to know when do I have to send in the affidavit ? And if I’m not working no more will that affect My fiancé in something ? Thank you and congrats

  3. Davito says:

    Everyone please be aware,
    Receiving an k1 Fiance visa does not mean they will allow you to enter the USA.
    Here’s what happened in a shorter version to me.

    After the petition, exams and fees and interview a 14month process we became the luckiest and happiest people on the planet earth.
    I immediately was able to arrange for a flight 4-5 days after she received her visa/passport back in the Manila, Philippines.
    Never being more than 100 miles from her home, she was super excited and super nervous but our love helped her to get on a plane for a 20hour flight to LAX, CA then transfer to a local plane to Miami.

    The CBP officers at LAX took her in for interrogation.
    The asked her why she would come to marry someone who is 55 and she is 28.
    Then they asked her about my ex-wife who still maintains the same mailing address as me but lives with her family in Russia now. They bluntly said he is married, and she replied no divorced otherwise the petitions would never be approved.
    The said and I quote, “you’re a liar, you’re coming to the US to find a job then divorce your husband”.
    No, replied.
    Then the officer said “no you lie, he found you on social site, and when u go to the us u will divorce him, your lying,
    you have an agreement to become his & his wife’s domestic helper. Replied No again

    Then more intimidation, “if you don’t tell the truth we can lock you in jail for 5 years for lying”.
    Then more accusations of coming strictly to work and not marriage intentions.
    And finally asking her to sign a paper, shes said “NO” they kept pushing her to sign and said this will make it easier on you SIGN!
    Fragile girl who never travelled on a plane before at 28 honest god fearing, no totally in tears and emotionally distressed finally gave in and signed off on a 5yr ban not to return to the US without understanding at the time what she was actually signing.
    Then with a red pen the crossed out her visa in her passport writing “REVOKED”
    Not provided any communications with outside world, taking away her cell phone and locking her up in a closet for 15hours till her next plane ride for returning back to Manila, making a connection in Shanghai China.

    Oh yeah and they gave her food in the 15 hour hold, 1 cup of water & 1 cup of noodles. (probably microwaved)
    Her phone was given to China Eastern to hold till she got back to manila.
    I wish I had prepared her better and gave her money to take with her as she messed up due to the initial Philippino airport departure tax which is 1650php not 550php.

    In shanghai, China eastern put her in a locked room till her next plane was ready for manila.
    15 more hours, to go to the bathroom she had to ask for permission.
    When she was hungry or thirsty, they replied we don’t have free food her.
    Mind you I paid for a 1way ticket to Miami $900, she didn’t complete the trip and they couldn’t even give her water and some stale bread as a courtesy. NEVER EVER FLY with them, this must be an example of how in humane that airline is to it’s passengers. To a further kick is the last plane was delayed by another 4 hours to get home.

    So she left on Monday 5am (their time) and returned at 8am on Thursday, a 4 day flight and prisoner holding.
    So don’t be so happy just because you finally got the visa, its not over. The worst part of your experience awaits you when you land in the US by their Gistapo squad.

    PS. I wish I was making this all up…

  4. jess says:

    When our IR-5 case first arrived at NVC (October ’15) the CEAC always said AT NVC. A week and a half after we received our letter from NVC for forwarding to NVC, it still says AT NVC. I’m not sure your interpretation that it is ready to be shipped to the beneficiary’s consulate is accurate.

    • I-129F Petitions (for K1 Visas) are handled differently than other petitions / visa categories, especially IR-5s. My blog is entirely about the I-129F Petition / K1 Visas as suggested by the blog title. It may not be accurate for your case, but it is accurate for others that has the same category as mine.

  5. Jen says:

    Hi!
    Good day! I would like to ask about where can I ask the status of petition? It was about 27 years when my father petitioned me as married daughter. I received a letter from US Embassy after 2 years. Unfortunately, I lost the letter from US Embassy stating my case number. Is there a way to check my father’s application for us?
    Hope you could help me. Thank you!


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