finally we got visas early this morning!.. wheww! after 5 days of hearthrobbing wait from sms courier and embassy's decision. thanks to my very quick & supportive employer and agency (we worked jointly) who contacted consulate and took immediate action regarding my unconditional job offer, faxed it to us embassy & finally done within 5 days... it took us a total of 16 months processing from my pd!
to give you my time line:
feb 2005 -nclex taken in london
jun 2005 -ielts taken
jul 2005 -i-140 started calif service center (p.d.)
jan 2006 -i-140 transfered to tx due to backlog
apr 2006 -i-140 approved (sooo long wait)
jun 2006 -fees paid, ds230-1 & forwarded to nvc
jul 28 -nvc received our docs, fees, etc
aug 23 -nvc approved / documentarily qualified
aug 29 -nvc forwarded to us consulate
oct 19 -received pkt-4
oct 25 -medicals done w/ family
nov 24 -interviewed in london w/ family, x-ray given
nov 29 -all ex visas received w/ a sealed envelop
i am so happy to say that i was one of the lucky nurses who got a share of the last slices of the remaining 50k sched a visas... million thanks for this forum and members, i've learned a lot... those who are still waiting on the process, bear in mind us badly needs nurses, i only feel that visa nos will be available sooner or later but not so long.
"the joyful heart is good medicine"... "faith is to be sure of the things we hoped for".