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MUMBAI CONSULATE IR 1 INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE MARCH 2015

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I would like to start by thanking all the people on Visa journey for your guidance and suggestions. Without you my visa journey wouldn't have been complete. I made it a point to write this review for all those people who are still waiting at some stage on their visa journey, to reach the stage of interview and hear the 3 magic words YOUR VISA IS APPROVED. It is the successful visa stories of other members on this forum and their reviews that kept me going and boosted my moral, confidence and strength. Thats why i know how important it is to write a review of my interview on vj for others. And of course my lovely wife who has been with me throughout this rigorous journey of test and mental agony, without you my life is incomplete. :content:


Before i start the review, i would want you people to know a little about my situation. Im a doctor,aged 33, neither me or my wife have been married before. She is a year younger to me and is the petitioner. We have known each other since 8 years, have been married since almost 3 years and have been living together since over 2 years now in India. This is an inter-faith marriage, with her family still in denial of our marriage. :(


This is how my day went by at the Mumbai US consulate.


1) My wife and I reached the consulate at 7am. My interview time was 7.30am. We stood in line outside, my interview letter was checked and we were let in. Electronic devices and CDs(including X ray CD) are not allowed inside. You can carry cash and eatables along with you as you might have to wait a long time until your interview actually starts.


2) Once Inside the consulate, we were asked to go a window where we were given a token number. After receiving the token, we were asked to wait in a sitting area until our token number is called out. In about 15 mins my token number flashed on the screen. I went to the first window where an Indian lady took my PCC, medical report , DS 230 confirmation page stamped by the VAC during bio metrics and my marriage certificate. She started asking a few general questions like Who is calling me to the US? Who is the sponsor ? Where do u plan to live ? Where do you reside in India ? Which countries have i visited till date ? Where do i want my passport to be delivered if i get a visa approval ? and then i was handed a paper describing domestic violence and what i have to do if i get in that situation in the US. She also handed me some of my chats and documents which we had sent in to the USCIS and NVC. She then asked me to wait for my interview with the Case officer.


3)By now it was 7.45am. We waited and waited and waited. People behind me in the line had their interview done and had left .Only a few family visa applicants were remaining.


4)It had been almost three hours now and my token number flashed on the screen. It was time for my interview. My wife and I went up to the window. The Case officer was a young white guy in his late 20s, very polite and looked like a very nice person. Then the conversation went as follows.


ME: Good morning. How are you doing ?

CO: I'm fine. How are you doing today ? OH i see you are with your wife. Is she the petitioner ?

WIFE : Yes, im the petitioner.

CO asking my wife: Did you come for the interview from the US ?

WIFE : I live with my husband in India since over 2 years now.

CO : Thats nice. So how did you guys meet(qns for me ) ?

ME : Answered.(CO keeps looking in the computer and papers that he has of ours. He wasnt even listening to my answers. It seemed like he was asking qns just to make time pass by and that he had already made his decision before the interview had started )

CO : How long have you guys been married ?

ME : Answered.

CO : Where did you guys get married ?

ME : Answered ( He still keeps looking in his computer , typing something every now and then , isn't paying attention to my answers )


Then he pauses and says


CO : OHHH, this is an interfaith marriage ? Is it a love marriage ?

ME : I said Yes it is.

CO to my wife : So how do your parents feel about this ?

WIFE : Answers.( Now CO is paying attention completely )

CO to ME : Who attended the marriage from your wife side of the family and who attended from your side of the family ? Did you ever meet any of her family members and how did it go ?

ME : Answered all the qns .( My wife parents are not happy with our marriage. I have met my mother in law though )

CO to ME: How does your family members feel about your wife ?

ME : Answered.


CO is still looking in his computer and typing. He then stops and starts going through my civil documents and the sponsors tax papers.


CO to my wife : Who is the joint sponsor ?

WIFE: Answers

CO to ME: Did you read the paper about domestic violence from the first window ?

ME: I read a little of it.

CO : Explain to me about what you read .

ME : Its about domestic violence. If i get harassed in any way by my wife or in laws i can approach certain organisations that can help me.

CO : Do you have any close or far distant relatives from your side of the family in the US ?

ME : No.

CO(looking straight into my eyes) : Yes sir. You do not have to be in an abusive relationship. If something goes wrong, if you are harassed by your in laws in any way, contact the numbers on the particular paper and you will be guided properly. That doesn't mean you loose your immigration status.You can keep your immigration status with you and still get out of an abusive relationship. Do you understand ?

ME : Yes sir. :huh:

CO : Well ,then Sir ,YOUR VISA IS APPROVED. :thumbs:

ME & my WIFE : Thank you so much Sir. :yes:

CO( gives a white slip) : You have to pay 165$ as Green card fee. Details of how to make payment is in the paper i gave you now. You will get your passport by mail. You will be updated by sms and email on that.

ME : Thank you so much Sir.

CO : Have a good day.

ME ( i waved TA TA bye to the CO. He smiles and waves back)


CO didn't even ask for any evidence from us .We had about 4-5 bags of evidence, documents etc.


The whole interview lasted for 7-8 mins total. Came home and checked the visa status online says ISSUED

Be confident. Answer properly and the most important point is stick to the truth. Seems like CO makes the decision about your case prior to the interview. Im sure the CO must be studying his cases few days before the interview ,so the CO gets an idea on whether to approve or dissapprove at the time of interview.


Best of luck to all the VJ members. I hope everyone gets their visa asap so they can begin their lives with their loved ones. My Visa journey has finished here and my new life journey is about to start soon. Wish me all the luck . Thank you for your support once again.

Please feel free to ask any qns if you have one. I will answer them if im able to.


Thank you :)


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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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wow!! Great story...Happy for u.. :jest:

Didnt know the petitioner can attend the interview with you...Did you make any special appointment for your wife?I wish I could do that too..I m waiting for my case to complete. Don't worry about your inlaw side..You will get back together..Happy journey!! :luv: Best of Luck.. :thumbs:


Sep 4th 2014 Wedding 

Oct 31st 2014 I130 sent

Nov 7th 2014 NOA 1

Dec 8th 2014 NOA 2

Dec 23th 2014 NVC received

Feb 4th 2015 Case number 

Feb 5th 2015 DS261 completed 

Feb 6th 2015 AOS fee (paid in process) 

Feb 9th 2015 Sent AOS and IV package 

Feb10th 2015 AOS fee PAID and DS261 reviewed 

Feb 10th 2015 AOS and IV package received(SCAN DATE) Got email confirmation  60days

Feb 11th 2015 IV fee (paid in process) 

Feb 12th 2015 DS260 available 

Feb 12th 2015 IV fee PAID

Feb 16th 2015 DS260 completed 

Mar 20th 2015 Case Complete without checklist 

May 20th 2015 Interview @ Mumbai  (got P4 email 3/25/2015)

May 20th 2015 Result AP (need proof of assets) 

May 29th 2015 Dropped off the docs (Mumbai) 

Jun 1st 2015 Date updated 

Jun 2nd 2015 Visa Issued(Ceac site updated) 

Jun 3rd 2015 Passport ready to pick up

Jun 4th 2015 Visa Picked up 

Jun 4th 2015 GC fee paid

July 4th 2015 POE 

5/3/2017 ROC Package sent

5/15/2017 NOA dated 5/8/2107

6/10/2017 Got biometrics letter _Bio appt 6/23/2017)

6/12/2017 Biometrics  early walk-in

 

 

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Wondering the same.. Mumbai consulate allows in the USC petitioner? I've read otherwise, curious..

Congrats on your approval!


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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wow!! Great story...Happy for u.. :jest:

Didnt know the petitioner can attend the interview with you...Did you make any special appointment for your wife?I wish I could do that too..I m waiting for my case to complete. Don't worry about your inlaw side..You will get back together..Happy journey!! :luv: Best of Luck.. :thumbs:

Thank you. The petitioner can attend the interview with the beneficiary. No special arrangements have to be made. American citizens can walk into any US embassy/consulate without prior appointment. Just make sure to carry your American passport during the interview.

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Wondering the same.. Mumbai consulate allows in the USC petitioner? I've read otherwise, curious..

Congrats on your approval![/

Thank you. American citizens can walk into any US embassy/consulate with the beneficiary. Make sure to carry your American passport

Congrats! See you on the sunny side.

Thanks?

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Awhh!!! Thank you... I wish I can go with my hubby..Lets see..:)


Sep 4th 2014 Wedding 

Oct 31st 2014 I130 sent

Nov 7th 2014 NOA 1

Dec 8th 2014 NOA 2

Dec 23th 2014 NVC received

Feb 4th 2015 Case number 

Feb 5th 2015 DS261 completed 

Feb 6th 2015 AOS fee (paid in process) 

Feb 9th 2015 Sent AOS and IV package 

Feb10th 2015 AOS fee PAID and DS261 reviewed 

Feb 10th 2015 AOS and IV package received(SCAN DATE) Got email confirmation  60days

Feb 11th 2015 IV fee (paid in process) 

Feb 12th 2015 DS260 available 

Feb 12th 2015 IV fee PAID

Feb 16th 2015 DS260 completed 

Mar 20th 2015 Case Complete without checklist 

May 20th 2015 Interview @ Mumbai  (got P4 email 3/25/2015)

May 20th 2015 Result AP (need proof of assets) 

May 29th 2015 Dropped off the docs (Mumbai) 

Jun 1st 2015 Date updated 

Jun 2nd 2015 Visa Issued(Ceac site updated) 

Jun 3rd 2015 Passport ready to pick up

Jun 4th 2015 Visa Picked up 

Jun 4th 2015 GC fee paid

July 4th 2015 POE 

5/3/2017 ROC Package sent

5/15/2017 NOA dated 5/8/2107

6/10/2017 Got biometrics letter _Bio appt 6/23/2017)

6/12/2017 Biometrics  early walk-in

 

 

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Thank you sharing your story, useful insight.


USCIS

16/Sep/2014 - Case mailed to USCIS
23/Sep/2014 - Case accepted at USCIS - NOA 1
23/Sep/2014 - Case routed to Nebraska processing center
17/Mar/2015 - Case approved by USCIS - NOA 2

NVC

02/Apr/2015 - Case received at NVC

16/Apr/2015 - Received case no. and invoice number via call center

16/Apr/2015 - Paid AOS bill

16/Apr/2015 - Completed DS-261

04/Mat/2015 - DS-261 reviewed over phone

04/May/2015 - AOS & IV package sent

06/May/2015 - NVC received package

08/May/2015 - NVC invoiced our IV fee

09/May/2015- Payment website encountered error, unable to make payment.

19/May/2015 - Sent IV fee via check to NVC

29/May/2015 - NVC acknowledge IV fees payment via check.

03/June/2015 - NVC website still not showing payment information.

03/June/2015 - Waiting for DS-260 to be enabled.

19/June/2015 - Check list documents scan date.

06/July/2015 - Filled DS-260.

15/July/2015 - Case Complete

01/Oct/2015 - Interview date, Mumbai India :energy:

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Congrats to you n your wife!!! Thanks alot for the detailed review helps us to know what we can expect on the interview day


USCIS I-130

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : New Delhi, India
I-130 Sent: 03-31-2014
I-130 NOA1 (PD): 04-07-2014
I-130 TRANSFERRED FIRST EMAIL: 08-14-2014
I-130 TRANSFERRED SECOND EMAIL: 08-15-2014
I-130 TRANSFERRED HARD COPY: 08-22-2014 (CALIFORNIA SERVICE CENTER)
1-130 TRANSFERRED FINAL EMAIL(PROCESSING): 08-25-2014

1-130 APPROVED: 09-08-2014

NVC

NVC WELCOME LETTER: 10/2/2014

NVC AOS FEE INVOICE EMAIL: 10/3/2014

COMPLETED DS-261, AOS FEE PAID: 10/4/2014

AOS DOCUMENTS SENT: 10/7/2014

AOS DOCUMENTS RECIEVED BY NVC: 10/14/2014

IV FEE PAID: 10/16/2014

IV APPLICATION SUBMITTED: 10/17/2014

IV CIVIL DOCUMENTS SENT: 11/20/2014

IV CIVIL DOCUMENTS SCANNED: 12/17/14

CASE COMPLETE: 02/17/15

APPOINTMENT LETTER (P4): 03/02/15

APPOINTMENT DATE: 04/06/15

VISA APPROVED: 04/06/15 :dancing: :dancing: :dancing:

POE: 04/16/15 (L)(L)(L)(L)

USCIS I-751

I-751 ROC: 02/11/17

I-751 NOA1: 02/13/17

BIOMETRICS: 03/08/17

I-751 TRANSFERRED: FROM CALIFORNIA TO TEXAS SERVICE CENTER

I-751 APPROVED: 04/17/18

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NiRshd what financial documents did they ask you ? Did you carry your most recent tax returns along with you ?

You HAVE to carry the sponsors or joint sponsors latest tax returns & W2 at the interview. It is compulsory. If your interview is on or after 1st April 2015 then your latest returns is 2014 tax returns & W2.

The CO didn't ask for my sponsors tax returns but I had submitted it at the NVC. I took a copy of it with me too. I did see him going through it during my interview.

Best of luck to you.

Congratulations!! Have fun on your trip to the US! :)

Thanks ?

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