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[HOT] Stuff about IV processing that could cause delays/problems

Before you decide to take the consular processing (immigrant visa processing) route rather than I-485 AOS route, you should conduct a preliminary review of all IV applicants' records to avoid any possible delays/problems with IV issuance, especially since a primary reason you are choosing the consular processing over AOS route is because the consular processing times can be controlled and is more predictable.

Causes for potential delays are:

1. DUI records in the past. Specifically, a single DUI arrest or conviction record within last 3 years, or two DUI arrest or conviction records in any time period.

2. Medical issues, such as past TB records, which will require additional check-ups by authorized doctors that can delay IV issuance for up to two months.

3. Foreign documents issues that can cause delays and 222(g) denials.

4. Failing to supply all asked for documents to NVC, so NVC continues to hold on to the case file when it should be sending the case file to the Embassy abroad.

5. Unlawful presence issues. It can be a lot of fun figuring out if there is an unlawful presence issue. I am being sarcastic.

6. Third country police clearance issues. There are big gaps between what the U.S. requires and how other countries' police systems work. I would say the DOS info on other countries are sometimes inaccurate and out-dated. However, when you try to help them to update, you will not receive any "thank-you's" but just no responses.

7. Certain criminal arrests or convictions (including traffic-related crimes) occurring either in the United States or abroad. Getting all the records can be a big hassle.