How To Track Your Visa Status and Passport (USEM Passport Tracker, CEAC Visa Status Checker)
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It’s another waiting game! But first, I must congratulate you for surviving the K1 Visa Interview. And now, you must be itching to track your visa, right? Below you will find tools on how to track your visa status on CEAC, how to track your passport if the visa has already been issued by the US Embassy Manila (USEM) and if it is already in the hands of the courier, 2Go.
IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT buy your plane tickets until you have your Visa and Passport on hand. There are a lot of unforseen circumstances that might happen and might cause inconvenience (ie. possible headaches AND heartaches). There is no set timeframe for how long your case will be on Administrative Processing / Review. No one can even tell you exactly when you’re going to get your Visa/Passport after its issued. It all depends on USEM, the courier, and other factors like weather and shipping/handling.
Track Your Visa Status on the CEAC Website
You’ve used CEAC before to track your Case if it has been received by the Consulate, now you’re using the same website to track your visa status!
You are going to put your Case Number again to track your visa status. My interview was on June 13th, 2012 and my status kept on updating almost everyday (updated date) but was stuck on Administrative Processing. (We were issued a 221G but that’s another story.) Almost a month later, the status switched to Ready. Approved cases on the Interview day itself will usually get an “Administrative Processing”, “Ready”, another “Administrative Processing” (or sometimes it skips to), “Issued” within a week or so.
Visa Status “READY”
My Actual Visa Status on July 5, 2012; “READY” | ©2013, US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)
- This means that your case has been reopened for final evaluation.
Visa Status “ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING”
My Actual Visa Status on July 8, 2012; “Administrative Processing” | ©2013, US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)
- This means your case is undergoing necessary administrative processing. These are final case and background checks to make sure everything is in order before switching to a decision.
Visa Status “ISSUED”
My Actual Visa Status on July 10, 2012; “ISSUED” | ©2013, US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)
- Congratulations! Your visa is ISSUED. That means, you’ve been approved. There are necessary processing involved though. But after this status, proceed onto checking your passport status with US Travel Docs as outlined below.
Note: There is no automated way of checking your status. You have to go to the CEAC Website everyday to check your status manually.
Congratulations! Now you’re going to track where your Passport is using US Travel Docs.
Sometimes the Passport Tracker at the US Travel Docs Website works. Sometimes it doesn’t. It’s kind of a hit and miss. You have two (2) options:
- Track your Passport Directly from the US Travel Docs Website by entering your Passport Number, or;
“There is no status update available for the Passport Number submitted” | How To Track Your Visa Status and Passport (USEM Passport Tracker, CEAC Visa Status Checker) | ©2013, US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)
Track your Passport through email. All you have to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put JUST your passport number in the subject and body of the email. You will get an automated response in your mail.
“The current status of your passport is In Transit From Post” | How To Track Your Visa Status and Passport (USEM Passport Tracker, CEAC Visa Status Checker) | ©2013, US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Life As Mrs. Presson (www.mrspresson.com)
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