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.
(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.
- Phone Number: +1 (603) 334-0700
- Hours: Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Eastern Time)
- 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): While you gather 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″ may or may not reach you in time. I got mine when I was already done with everything. You don’t have to wait for “Packet 3″. It can be downloaded online at the U.S. Embassy Manila Website: Forms & Packets.
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.
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.
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.
After the status has changed to READY, the beneficiary can now start his/her K1 Visa Process »
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)
Is your case number at hand? Is your file is at the correct U.S. Embassy / Consulate?
Disclaimer: I do not work for nor am I affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. This guide was made with the sole intention of helping other I-129F/K1 beneficiaries to track their case status online. For the full disclaimer, please click here.