... in response to Ray, posted by Keith NC on Jul 25, 2005
I donít know Keith. I heard recently that they are running about a 4-month delay from the time they receive your petition from NVC until the interview. I guess that would put you around October or November maybe. I think they send out the packets about 6-8 weeks before the interview date.
I would wait another month and then start calling to check on the status. That published phone number for visa info is just some know-nothing contractors outside the embassy without much access to real status info so you might want to try to contact the Immigrant Visa Unit directly through the Manila Embassy switchboard operator.
They usually seem to get backlogged around this time of year, probably because of many staff people going on vacation back to the States during the summer months. Maybe the backlog will improve soon.
Donít worry about the 4-month validity date. As long as the petition is active they will extend it automatically until approval.