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    OK so I received the i-797 approving the I-130 I applied for my wife - a Chinese Citizen.
    The whole thing will be sent to the NVC in Portsmouth, NH and they will contact her.

    I was wondering, although they say allow 90 days in their letter, how long will this typically take?
    It seems they will not copy me on the letter. We are concerned the letter might get misdirected. Chinese postal system may be a bit unreliable.

    How can I amend the mailing address or get notification?
    BTW I have never received any notification on anything from the USCIS automated web system, does it actually work?


    Secondly, what is the NVC process? What kind of things will the interview (in China, presumably) involve?
    What kind of things do we need to prepare?
    How long after the interview is the visa / green card issued?


    Thanks in advance - I have got a lot of help from these web boards.

    Also, thanks to those of you who like to comment on fictional scenarios of their own creation. I particularly liked the bit about my wife sewing sheets for Wal-M*rt. Keep 'em coming
    Wolf. Right Here and Now

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    OK so I received the i-797 approving the I-130 I applied for my wife - a Chinese Citizen.
    The whole thing will be sent to the NVC in Portsmouth, NH and they will contact her.

    I was wondering, although they say allow 90 days in their letter, how long will this typically take?
    It seems they will not copy me on the letter. We are concerned the letter might get misdirected. Chinese postal system may be a bit unreliable.

    How can I amend the mailing address or get notification?
    BTW I have never received any notification on anything from the USCIS automated web system, does it actually work?


    Secondly, what is the NVC process? What kind of things will the interview (in China, presumably) involve?
    What kind of things do we need to prepare?
    How long after the interview is the visa / green card issued?


    Thanks in advance - I have got a lot of help from these web boards.

    Also, thanks to those of you who like to comment on fictional scenarios of their own creation. I particularly liked the bit about my wife sewing sheets for Wal-M*rt. Keep 'em coming
    Wolf. Right Here and Now

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    • #3
      NVC will first contact you and ask you to pay $70 for affidavit of support. At the same time they will send letter to your wife to sign Choice of Agent letter. You will also get it. You can scan and send it to your wife and she can sign and scan signed letter and send back to you. You can then mail of fax this letter to NVC. She can chose you as her Agent and you will get all the letters and she will get copy.

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      • #4
        Actually, the NVC will send a series of bills for their processing fees etc.

        Having a look back at my time-line, NVC assigned case numbers within 2 weeks, then sent the choice of agent forms and generated the AoS bill about 2 weeks after that. We had a slight delay because my file got stuck in admin processing for 2 months, so my count on them sending the IV Fee is a little off and I didn't document when my sons got theirs, however the AoS instructions were sent on the same day as the IV fee (IV being immigrant visa).

        At this point, everything is sent to you even though your wife needs to fill out the choice of agent form and the DS-230 Part 1, which comes after the IV Fee has been paid.

        Once that DS-230 Part 1 is returned, the NVC will sign off on the case and then forward it to the Consulate. That's when your wife gets to take over.

        They'll send her instructions on how to obtain the police check, medical exam as well as the DS-2001 with her biographical data. Once she's sent that back along with a slip she should've received to let them know she had all her documentation and was ready for the interview, they'll schedule it.

        The time on that will vary as it depends on how busy the Consulate is - some countries will have a much higher caseload than others so it will take longer.

        As far as the NVC goes, aside from that two months, most things averaged around 3 weeks.

        I hope this helps, even though it sounds scary!
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        The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it - Plutarch

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        • #5
          They may not accept scanned signatures so she may have to mail things back to you to forward on to the NVC.

          We actually found a barcode creator and printed out the barcodes, so as soon as the paperwork arrived at my husbands, I filled out copies I'd downloaded from the USCIS site, attached the printed barcodes and sent them to my husband. It shaved a good couple of weeks off him having to mail things to me.
          **************************************
          The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it - Plutarch

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          • #6
            Wow - thanks for the input. This sounds so complicated ! I'll look into this DS-230 form.

            And DS2001 ...

            I really appreciate the help!

            Thanks
            Wolf. Right Here and Now

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            • #7
              NVC accepts scaned copy of at least of Choice of Agent letter. I did it for my mothe's case.

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              • #8
                I also used scaned copy of DS-230, I. The reason is that Embassy or Consulate in the Country also sends the same form to fill again therefore, DS-230 also scaned work. My mother got visa last year and she is here. This make process little fater instead of dealing with mailing system.

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                • #9
                  We were told scanned wouldn't work, though they do also accept the choice of agent by email so I'm not surprised that one does.

                  I went through the process (me as the immigrant) last year as well and have been here 6 months.

                  Wolf, the DS-2001 goes directly to your wife in China, so no need to worry about that one.
                  **************************************
                  The whole of life is but a moment of time. It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it - Plutarch

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                  • #10
                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WolfRhan:

                    x x x


                    Thanks in advance - I have got a lot of help from these web boards.

                    Also, thanks to those of you who like to comment on fictional scenarios of their own creation. I particularly liked the bit about my wife sewing sheets for Wal-M*rt. Keep 'em coming </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                    Hi WolfRhan,

                    Good to see that our members Tak and Aroha answered your questions.

                    As for that last paragraph, that's a cool answer WolfRHAN. I don't know who assumed that your wife sews for Wal-Mart - it's ridiculous how SOME here think that just because you got an immigrant wife, she is a lowly person, or worse, a lowlife. It may be that your wife is a very successful businesswoman or even an accomplished doctor or lawyer in her own right, but no, in their puny narrow-minded thinking, they just assume that. Some here pretend to be so wise or pretend to be against illegal aliens only, but in reality, they're anti-immigrants, anti-_____(fill in the blank - any country/race/ethnicity)
                    Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.

                    --John Wesley

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                    • #11
                      hello everyone!

                      I got married to an american citizen from detroit, Nvc sent me the choice of agent and i sent it back to them!

                      What is going to be after this, i mean what kind of forms? Is it going to take much longer?

                      I know you guys must see those kind of questions everyday but i just want some people that went through this to help me a little!

                      Also what s the affidavit of support?


                      thank you so much
                      la patience est une vertue

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                      • #12
                        Wow I can answer this one. I am becoming an immigration expert.

                        Next thing, your husband gets notification he needs to pay processing fee for affadavit of support - its $70. He can pay on the NVC website using bank account details, if he has a checkbook or bank statement he can do it online. This gets processed really fast -they say 3-4 business days but mine was faster.

                        Next he has to fill out and submit AoS (Affadavit of Support) which basically shows he can afford to keep you without government help and he agrees to do that. This is form I-864 and it is a huge amount of stuff he has to pull together, you know citizenship papers, tax records etc. Luckily I'd already filled this out once before - its a lot of effort.

                        Then he submits I-864 and you wait some more, that's what I'm doing now. Waiting. I suppose it will be fast.

                        Then they notify him that I-864 is acceptable and he gets to pay another fee for Immigration Visa processing - another $70. Then you get to fill out form DS230 part one.

                        After that, you wait some more and get an interview in the consulate in whatever country you are in. No one can really promise how long these things take, it varies but guess 2-3 months.

                        You can see in this message board and some of my other threads I'm on this path ahead of you guys - I asked the same questions that you have and I am getting great answers

                        Good luck
                        Wolf. Right Here and Now

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                        • #13
                          Hi mrs_jaworski,

                          WolfRhan just finished his case similar to yours so there you go.
                          Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.

                          --John Wesley

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                          • #14
                            Actually I just had my IV fee accepted, it was $400 not $70 like I said before. So I'm not done but i am getting there

                            Next is to fil out this DS230 and gather some more information. The instructions are on the NVC website, you can be proactive and prepare befre getting authorization - but I wouldn't submit until you get the authorization. When you are authorized you get a cover sheet with barcode that you print and include with teh submission.
                            Wolf. Right Here and Now

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                            • #15
                              Hey

                              Thank you so much for your answers!

                              its such a long wait and i just wish things could go way faster. I am getting so excited about moving here but i am also getting kind of worried to see how long it takes!

                              i sent the choice of agent, they just need to notify me they got it and then we ll go through the affidavit of support!

                              I will let you know how it goes for me!

                              Thank you so much!

                              have a sunny day !

                              S
                              la patience est une vertue

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