Last night around midnight here in Morocco I checked my email and noticed a new email from the National Visa Center.
My husband and I got extremely excited – hoping that on day 22 of our 30 day business day wait – we would be getting the good news of getting a case complete and my husband’s interview date for the consulate in Casablanca.
Instead we got the disappointing letter stating the following, “Dear Sir/Madam,
The National Visa Center (NVC) received your documents on 08-JUL-14.
We are currently receiving an increased number of approved petitions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As a result, we are experiencing increased review times for documents received.
We expect it will be at least 60 days from the date we received your mail before we complete the review of your documents. We will notify you when we review your documents.
We are working to reduce these processing times and we appreciate your patience.”
So AT LEAST 60 DAYS – we now have to wait in additional 38 maybe more days in addition to the 22 days we have already waited for – God willing – our case complete and interview date.
This is all because USCIS – has now reached its 5 month processing goal and NO ONE WITH BRAINS thought to hire more people at the National Visa Center to handle the increased work load coming down the pipeline to them. Given that USCIS and NVC are both self funding – meaning they make money from the visa process and can support themselves when the government shuts down due to budget crisis BS – they could afford to hire more worker to face the increased workload.
Either way – the new 60 day wait period sucks.
Our wait goes from August 18th of when we should hear back based on the 30 business day wait period – to hearing from the National Visa Center by September 30th – maybe.
That officially puts our CR-1 visa process at over a year of time, effort and energy invested – hoping that I will be able to bring my husband home to the US already.
By the time we hear from the National Visa Center I will be 21 weeks pregnant which is my last week of my fifth month of pregnancy.
However the National Visa Center doesn’t care it keeps spouse and families apart for over a year or more – no apologies, no ways to expedite the process are offered and they certainly are not offering to pick up the airfare tab for those traveling back and forth to see either spouse or family during this process. They don’t care if my husband doesn’t see the birth of our first child.
Just a big blank wall of bureaucracy.
I am so frustrated and disappointed by my government right now. It shouldn’t be so difficult to bring the one your married to back to your home country.
Send positive thoughts, prayers and love our way – we need all we can get so we can get through this process and get home to the USA from Morocco.
*Update 8/5/2014* My mom very generously called NVC for us and asked them to clarify if it was business days or regular days we should count? NVC said just count 60 days from the document scan in date. She also asked if they had looked at our paperwork and they said no.