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Change of interview location for a nurse on packet 3 working currently in saudi...

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Specializes in NICU and Med-surg.

Hi...i have this situation to share..I am currently employed here in saudi arabia for two months now, this month my lawyer told me that the NVC just send them my packet 3 and that they are already awaiting for my ds230..My representaive asked me where would I prefer to have my interview so they could change the location of my future interview,they asked if me to let them know asap....here in saudi or in the philippines where I originally came from. Does anyone here who's in the same boat as mine?please advice...and if the interview will be done here would there be no problem?...

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

I know someone posted a while back that her original address was Philippines but moved to the UK and ended up having her interview in the UK with no problems.

khirbz

Specializes in Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics. Has 12 years experience.

Would that be possible? Will it change anything? Like will it affect your chances of having an immigrant visa?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

It will not change your chances as it is done on place of birth not place of residence. As long as you meet requirements and if living in a foreign country over 6 months at time of interview you usually need a police clearance from that country as well as any other countries you have lived over 6 months then there should be no problems if living away from original country

mpoova

Has 12 years experience.

Would that be possible? Will it change anything? Like will it affect your chances of having an immigrant visa?

Since PD in the VB appears to change abruptly in the coming months, your selection of interview place is crucial sometimes, as it is the consulate that determines the interview schedule!:twocents:

canterbury009

Specializes in NICU and Med-surg.

I am still weighing things out though cos if it happens that I'll have my interview here I could save money and effort rather than going home to Philippines..But If in case (and I do hope) that my interview is a success I don't think I can exit from here directly to USA right? WHat I know is that we have to go back to our point of origin...how true is this? And I am not also sure about the hospitals here in saudi accredited by US for my medical..ohhh I am still thinking a lot of things...the pros and cons....I don't want to think negative but what if I opted to go home and have my interview there in my homeland and it wasn't successful?Then I would loss my work here...I don't want to be a home bound nurse when I get home...I don't know maybe I'm just so paranoid...are there cases wherein nurse immigrant visa applicant get denied?like what common reasons?...oh sorry i've mixed up all my queries...:rolleyes:

Medicals can be done where you are, they are accepted from there all of the time. You just need to make sure that you go to one on the approved list from the US Embassy there.

Personally, I would go for the interview where you are, there are much fewer that interview there in the first place, so easier to get it done there, if possible for you.

But again, do you have a completed file in its entirety? Saw mention in another post about the DS-230 being submitted and not sure if you already have approval on a previous one. If not, having a current PD date will not matter, you need to have approval on everything first.

canterbury009

Specializes in NICU and Med-surg.

Hi suzzane...This is my 3rd time to send DS230..first was year 2006, 2007 and this third one year 2008. the first two ds230 were not submitted i guess due to the retrogression issue and our employer changed our immigration lawyer. But when we checked before my status at NVC, it is said that my status is "awaiting for biographic form" that is year 2007.I haven't checked lately with the NVC cos we were adviced that doing so may delay our papers....

mpoova

Has 12 years experience.

I am still weighing things out though cos if it happens that I'll have my interview here I could save money and effort rather than going home to Philippines..But If in case (and I do hope) that my interview is a success I don't think I can exit from here directly to USA right? WHat I know is that we have to go back to our point of origin...how true is this? And I am not also sure about the hospitals here in saudi accredited by US for my medical..ohhh I am still thinking a lot of things...the pros and cons....I don't want to think negative but what if I opted to go home and have my interview there in my homeland and it wasn't successful?Then I would loss my work here...I don't want to be a home bound nurse when I get home...I don't know maybe I'm just so paranoid...are there cases wherein nurse immigrant visa applicant get denied?like what common reasons?...oh sorry i've mixed up all my queries...:rolleyes:

You may choose the place where you have the earliest chance of getting interviewed, if your file is Ok and complete. Since VB is valid for a month, there is no schedule A visa, it is safe to get the interview date on that month itself, when your PD is current. or else you may get canclled the schedule, if the schedule goes beyong that month as the PD can get retrogressed in the next bulletin. I know people who exited directly once GC received without going to home country. I do not think it is an issue.

There is nothing wrong with checking with NVC once in a while. That is why they provide an e-mail add. and a contact number specifically for status inquiry in the first place.

In addition, status inquiry via phone is fully automated if you just want a status inquiry. You get a prepared voice prompt on your current status so there is minimal disturbance. E-mail responses are semi-automatic as well, people sometimes get an e-mail response from a staff if the inquiry is specific but if it's just status inquiry it is pretty much an auto-response as well.

Also, all your recent queries such as how to best fill-in the DS-230 form, etc.. is supposed to be the job of your lawyer. You also need to give out his name on the form as the one who assisted you in answering the form so that if something doesn't add up you are covered by the lawyer.

You may choose the place where you have the earliest chance of getting interviewed, if your file is Ok and complete. Since VB is valid for a month, there is no schedule A visa, it is safe to get the interview date on that month itself, when your PD is current. or else you may get canclled the schedule, if the schedule goes beyong that month as the PD can get retrogressed in the next bulletin. I know people who exited directly once GC received without going to home country. I do not think it is an issue.

There has not been any Schedule A visas in more than a year, actually going on 14 months now. All are lumped into the same EB-3 category.

Hi suzzane...This is my 3rd time to send DS230..first was year 2006, 2007 and this third one year 2008. the first two ds230 were not submitted i guess due to the retrogression issue and our employer changed our immigration lawyer. But when we checked before my status at NVC, it is said that my status is "awaiting for biographic form" that is year 2007.I haven't checked lately with the NVC cos we were adviced that doing so may delay our papers....

Checking with NVC does not delay anything, looks like problems on the side of your agency and attorney, and not the US government.

If the other two were not submitted, then you do not have a completed file; that is the point that I am trying to make. And not sure why it was not submitted before if it had the barcode on it as well. The government will do a thorough search and investigation on the information that is included in the DS-230 before they will consider it complete. And if just being submitted now for the first time, there is no way to get a visa at this time.

There have been open times during the periods of retrogression, but it looks like you never had a completed file to be offered a visa before. How old is your PD date? There is something quite fishy going on here, that is for sure.

canterbury009

Specializes in NICU and Med-surg.

Yeah there were problems we encountered before with our previous agency that's why it took us ages..my PD is june 2005..so you mean, it is impossible for us to have a visa this year?even if were done with the interview?what is this schedule A?...sorry i really don't have any idea about it..so I guess its better for me to have my interview here in saudi so if incase the process will still take too long at least I still have a job here while waiting.

Previous agency? PD dates do not remain with you if you change employers, no matter what happened in the past.

You must have approval on the DS-230 before you will get scheduled for an interview to begin with. This is the point that I am trying to make, just because your PD is current, if your file is not, then there is no interview that will be scheduled. That is why I was asking if you were just submitting an updated DS-230 for one that was already approved in the past, and you told me that you did not think that the others were submitted.

You will be scheduled for an interview only if you have a completed file and there is a visa number for you at this point in time.

If your PD date was that long ago, there were many issues with everything; that is a definite. You should have been in the US more than two years ago.

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You mentioned before that there was a new attorney involved, but did you change employers as well? If so, then the original PD date is not in place any longer. They do not get transferred if you change employers.

And we have seen some employers back out at the time of the interview so the nurse has to start all over again with petitioning from the beginning, they do not get to keep the original date.

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Schedule A is what was created when the RNs first started getting fast-tracked about four years ago and were getting the green card quite rapidly. But the request for the green card far exceeds the number of applicants per year so the retrogression came into place again. And Schedule A was removed from the Visa Bulletin back in February, 2007.

It just does not exist any longer, though you still see mention of it at times.

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What exactly do you have approval on? Not what was submitted, but what the government has told you via writing or whatever has been approved?

canterbury009

Specializes in NICU and Med-surg.

Hi susanne...we just changed the lawyer, we still have the same petitioner/employer. As of the moment, we don't have any local agency representative as they had some problem with our employer so they were turned down..my new lawyer said that they received my packet 3 this april so he asked me to fill up the new set of Ds230 with new expiration date since the last one has been expired(2007).That's all I know regarding my case...I have though a copy of my receipt noticeI-140,IV bill, etc.,

Did you ever get approval on the original DS-230? If not, then even with submitting just an update now, there is no way to get a visa at this time.

There must have been many disasters with this agency if you are now going on four years and you did make mention of "our previous agency" so that means that this one is not the first, at least by what you did post.

If the attorney just received the Packet #3 this past month, how are you expecting to get it done right away if you never had approval that you are aware of on the other ones?

Does not matter what your PD date is but if the file is not complete, then they are going to skip over you and go onto others that have completed files, that is one of the reasons that the PD dates jumped ahead by so much, many did not have completed files and that is what the government here is looking for at this time.

If you already had approval on the DS-230, and they are just wanting an update, that is something else entirely, but if it was never approved, then there is no way to even expect an interview at this time.

Sounds like your attorney as well as the agency have not been real up front with you about what is going on. Which agency has had you waiting for this long? You can send it to me in a pm, have a sneaking suspicion of which one that it may be.

Since the Dept. of State started forwarding cut-off dates a little bit earlier than usual I think there might still be chance that you can get through this fiscal year but that is if your agency/lawyer does it the right way the first time around. There is little room for an error.

But if she does not have approval on the original DS-230, then it is highly unlikely; as that is why the PD dates have been jumping forward because others do not have completed files.

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