NVC and CEAC Status Tracker

By Erika Presson
Last Updated: October 27, 2013



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): 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.

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)


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 – Your caseisreadyto 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)

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)

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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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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.



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  1. Angelica says:

    Hi there!

    I have been (religiously) reading your page. I found a lot of very useful information here too and thanks a lot! :)

    I have to share my experience, I haven’t gotten any mail yet since NOA…which was on October. We had to call the NVC for our case status and number. After the lady told us about our case, she then said to call the US Embassy after 10 days (since she said it’s supposed to be there 5-10 days and send it to me) and I did call after 2 weeks but no info, or anything. Weeks passed and still got no mail, email and answer from all the hotlines I found on their page… Sad.
    Now my status at CEAC states that I am Ready (who knows when it is updated, no information was released) but still no mail. We called and called and asked about it or why it hasn’t arrived and all plus sent email too..

    I wonder how can i proceed when it is always a requirement to have notices and letters to be photocopied…

    Anyways, if you know the same story, hope you can give me some heads up… :)
    Take care and thanks again! ^_^

  2. camille eldemire says:

    Good day. My application was send to the NVC about 3 months now and all now I don’t get back a reply. Do you know how long does it takes? Thank you

  3. NICA GONZALES says:

    Good day.THey are 5 applicants including my aunt opportunately her 3 children and her husband (principal applicant),ay kailangan na mauna na dahilsa enrolment na sa amerika naiwan ang aunt ko for the reason na kailangan niya na tapusin yung 2 months sa result ng sputum . after that of nagative result nagpa schedule na ng interview sa manila us embassy , the consult told her na she have to file ds-260 form online pero when we open the case ang nakalagay ay ‘not availlable” . what can ido? can you help me please?

  4. THOMAS LOVELAE says:

    hello
    nice here
    i checked NVC status two days ago and it said “Ready”..
    check today now its says “at NVC”..
    WHAT??

  5. Hi!

    First, I’d like to thank you for making this very helpful blog.

    I’d like to ask, what is “I-129F Petition Package” comprised of? Would the NOA1 and NOA2 suffice for the needed documentation? When do we possibly need to present them, and to whom?

    :)

    Thank you!

  6. Eunice says:

    Hello, I just wanna ask do they deliver the Embassy letter invitation to the beneficiaries mailing address?

    • Yes, they do. But depending on where you are, and which Post Office is handling the mail. Some beneficiaries don’t get their mails. But I hear that some beneficiaries get emails from the U.S. Embassy now.

  7. seela says:

    hello , i am a us citizen i applied for my husband for ir1/cr1 on may 3 2013 visa his case is now at the national visa center they assigned his case number on march 17 .. then they send us the affidavit of support bill and the iv bill we paid them and they asked us to submit his documents and to them then we received a checklist cover letter they told us that hey have reviewed th information and everything t but they asked us to correct some information in the affidavit of support and to fill in ds-260 we did that then after 2 days when they received the information they send another checklist cover letter stating that they reviewed ds-260 and they are waiting or response for the financial evidence but we already responded to it ,…. i clalled them and they told me to ignore the email ok i ignored it but what will happen next and when he is going to come to usa ?? his interview will be in Lebanon we sent everything how long it will take for him to get a visa ??? his case was approved after 9 month and now it is in the national via center from march 17 now it is june how long it will take ?

    • Hi Seela,

      I’m afraid the IR1 / CR1 process is something I’m not familiar with. It’s quite different from what I’ve gone through, which is the K1 / Fiancé(e) Visa. I hope you get good news soon. Good luck!

  8. Julie says:

    hello good day! happy easter!

    I just would like to ask if how many copies of Cenomar I should get. I heard that CFO seminar is requiring applicants of the seminar to have original cenomar copy, does that mean that I should get 2 copies? one for the US embassy interview and one for the seminar? I hope you can help me with this. Thanks and God bless

    Julie =)

    • Hi Julie!

      Happy Easter! Yup, to be safe, just get 2 CENOMARs. You’d have to submit one at the Visa Interview, and one *might* be required of you at the CFO Seminar. I say “might” because some counselors don’t even ask for it, some do. Better be safe than sorry.

      Also, I’m going to move your comment to the K1 Visa Interview Requirements and Checklist page. This thread is for NVC and CEAC discussions. :)

  9. Mj says:

    Hi Ma’am!

    I have the same issue with her, my form I-129F expired last November 23, 2013. I also have my Manila case number I got it last August 28, 2013. My expiration po ba ung manila case? Now pa lng po ako mgaaus for medical and interview. Thank you.

    • The MNL Case Number is just a case number assigned to your I-129F Petition. It still is the same thing. The I-129F Petition has an expiration.

      It’s probably best that you contact the US Embassy as soon as possible so they can help you with the extension of your I-129F Fiancee Petition.

  10. Hi maam!
    Good day! I would like to ask about my approved I-129F petition, it says there that this approval will valid only for 4 months..eh yung sa akin po expired na nung january 25,2014,,then ngayon plano namin ng aking fiancee to make an appointment for the interview and medical exam..itatanong ko lang po if is it ok if I schedule myself for the interview kahit expired na po yung I-129f form?Thank you!

    • Hi Theresa!

      You might want to call up the Embassy, or ask your fiancé to possibly call USCIS to extend the validity of the petition. Do this ASAP before scheduling an interview and doing your medical.

      Also, I will move this comment of yours to the NVC Ceac Status Tracker Thread.

      Let me know what happens! If you decide to call USEM or USCIS. :)


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