My brief background-
H4 EAD. Spouse H1B with 485 Current since April 2022(We have not submitted our application yet since I am stuck with 221G, by this time we could have gotten our 485 approved).
March 15th- Pune Drop Box appointment, I received 221G in an envelope on March 28th. Asked for documents.
March 31st- in person interview at Mumbai Consulate, got another 221G white slip. The VO collected the documents they requested for. The VO asked two specific questions, and I answered them truthfully. I had a court case in 2016 which was eventually dismissed. (I am in the US since 2001). There was no plea agreement, no convictions. The case was completely dismissed.
Today is the 77th day with no information on it. Wife (Indian Citizen), Kids (US citizens) are already back in the US. Our 485 got current while we were in India, and we are unable to file our 485 until I am back in the US as well. Spouse’s immigration law firm reached out to the Embassy first week of June, to which they received a generic email response that it is still under review.
From researching various websites and resources, I gather that my application would be in a pile somewhere with more 221Gs stacked on it. The DOS itself says that most background checks/Security clearances are done within 60 days. I have reached out to the consulate phoneline few times, but again its the same generic answers they are trained to give.
My question is NOT about how long it would take (Probably no one knows an answer to that one)
But if there any similar cases that might shed some light on the timeline that would be of great help.
I wonder why should it take this long for them to cross check all the information provided. This information came directly from their own court systems. I wonder what would keep them from holding it for so long. I can understand if some one takes time to retrieve documents from various sources, and then submit, and then they do their due diligence in verifying. But how much time is too much for them?