Interview date

The next step after a case complete, is the assignment of an interview date at your local consulate.

Which has happened. *yay* *squee*. Unfortunately it has also happened later than I had hoped (and, frankly, expected). Not that it matters all that much, because an appointment is an appointment and as far as visa timelines go we’ve been incredibly lucky (and pretty well organized) and are ahead of the curve in terms of how long these processes frequently take.

A quick timeline:

  • NOA1 (confirmation of petition received by USCIS) November 8, 2012
  • NOA2 (USCIS approves petition by US citizen and allows case to progress to national Visa Center) January 2, 2013
  • Case Complete (National Visa Center has formally ‘accepted’  original petition by USCIS + evidence of monetary sufficiency by US Citizen + visa application by foreign spouse), April 15, 2013
  • Interview Date (with local consulate), June 24, 2013

General counsel is to not make any travel arrangements until after the interview is passed and the visa is ‘ in hand’. However, the summer holidays are coming, ticket prices are skyrocketing and we’ve got a lease on an apartment that starts June 1st. So, we’re seriously considering booking tickets already. Due to the time needed to actually put the visa in my passport, we’re not comfortable leaving less than 8 days after the interview. Which places us right in the first week of the high season (and the 4th of July rush).

We’ll have to see about how to handle that one..

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6 Responses to “Interview date”


  1. 1 Daria May 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Yeah, that isn’t the easiest of times to travel :-/ Though I’ll enjoy having you here a bit longer!! 😉

    • 2 thesmittenimmigrant May 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks! I had honestly secretly hoped to leave a month earlier, but all in all, I really am not allowed to complain.

      See you soon!

  2. 3 Tania Elizabeth May 8, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Congrats on getting an interview date! Hopefully everything goes smoothly 🙂

    • 4 thesmittenimmigrant May 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you! I’m a little nervous, but have plenty of evidence to bring, so I am reasonably sure it will go well.

  3. 5 Amanda May 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This is so exciting. Crossing my fingers so everything goes smoothly and you will be able to get answers and cheap flights soon. We went to Berkeley, came back in love with San Francisco (except it was kind of harsh to see the huge social differences, the homeless people for whom the government does not seem to be doing much…).

    • 6 thesmittenimmigrant May 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Yeah, the social contrast is huge, and it will take getting used to. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the Bay Area though!


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