Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Finally our NOA2 Arrived

Yesterday I finally received our official NOA2 in the mail. It was called:

I-797, Notice of Action
Notice Type: Approval Notice 
Valid from 04/23/2013 to 08/22/2013
Consulate: KIEV (Are you kidding me? She lives in Russia not Ukraine)

The Letter said 
The above petition has been approved, and forwarded to the listed consulate. Please contact the consulate with any questions about visa issuance, or if you would now like them to forward the petition to a different consulate. The petitioner can also file a Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, to request that we notify another consulate of the petition approval for visa processing purposes. THIS FORM IS NOT A VISA AND MAY NOT BE USED IN PLACE OF A VISA.
When the person this petition is for enters the U.S. based on this visa, he or she will be admitted for ninety (90) days in order to marry the petitioner, and based on that marriage file for adjustment to permanent resident status on form I-485. The form to apply for adjustment can be obtained at any local USCIS office or USCIS forms center. Please attach a copy of this notice to the adjustment application when you file it.
 If the petitioner and the fiancé(e) do not marry within these 90 days, status will expire, and he or she will be in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Action if he or she does not depart. An extension cannot be granted. It is requested that the petitioner inform his or her local USCIS office if he or she determines that the marriage will not take place within the 90 day period. Please attach a copy of this notice to any correspondence about this case.
Notice: Although this application/petition has been approved, USCIS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reserve the right to verify the information submitted in this application, petition and/or supporting documentation to ensure conformity with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and other authorities. Methods used for verifying information may include, but are not limited to, the review of public information and records, contact by correspondence, the internet, or telephone, and site inspections of businesses and residence. Information obtained during the course of verification will be used to determine whether revocation, rescission, and/or removal proceedings are appropriate. Applicants, petitioners, and representatives will be provide an opportunity to address derogatory information before any formal proceeding is initiated.
Anna and I were pleased when we finally received the notice. Both of us have been collecting documents and preparing for Anna's interview at the US Embassy in Moscow (Oh wait, they are sending it to KIEV Ukraine. The Federal Government at it's best!). 
We hope she will have her interview within the next few months. After that, she can purchase the Visas and plane tickets and finally come here. We will finally be together again, but this time neither of us will have to leave again. Here is a photo we took on my last day in Russia.


  1. Hey!!
    So happy for the both of you!!
    I got a similar letter from VSC and was wondering...when it says "forwarded to listed consulate", do they mean to NVC or straight to Ukraine? What has your experience been?

    Thanks!! :)

    1. It means they send it to the National Visa Center for "processing" which only means they wait for about one month before sending it to the embassy nearest to your Fiance. In our case it was sent to The U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Fortunately, the reference to Ukraine in the NOA2 was a mistake.
      I hope that answers your question.
      Good luck to you and your Fiance. I would love to hear your story.

    2. Thanks a ton for the clarification!!
      And we thought we were done with the waiting...

      Goodluck to you both!! I have been reading through our posts! Beautiful story!