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Hey VJers,

After twelve long months, it's a good feeling today to know that this leg of our immigration journey has been completed.

Interview experience:

My appointment was set for 9:00am at the Embassy in Jamaica. I got to the embassy early and entered through the main entrance at about 7:15am. Went in and sat down for the process to begin. I sat for one hour before my name was called for the first time (8:15am) to hand in my Medical Report, Police Report and Passport. Five minutes later I was called again to do fingerprints. Sat down again to await the interview.

At approximately 9:45am, I was called for the interview. I approached window 7 and the process began. Asked to swear or affirm whether all the information I will be sharing with the Officer, was true. I swore.

CO: Good morning Mrs. xxxxxx

Me: Good morning maam.

CO: Flipping through my file, said "Have you ever traveled to the US before? and when was your last visit

Me: Yes maam. January 2014

CO: Have you ever visited your husband?

Me: Yes maam, January 2014

CO: Great

She asked about my husbands divorces and the names of the exes, to which I supplied the information.

In between her questions, she was nodding her head in affirmation. She then remarked,

CO: "I am impressed with your file...very organized..it's the best I've seen in a while. Not many persons come with the things in place."

Me: Thank you very much (smiling broadly)

I must admit that when my husband and I started the petition for USCIS, and the documents for NVC, using all the sample documents/letters found on VJ, we made sure we to organize the documents in order, stapling and labeling as necessary.

Back to the interview:

CO: Where did you get married? Do you have any pictures?

Me: Jamaica. Yes I do (pulled out about 13 photos of wedding and honeymoon and past them under the window.

CO: Looking at the photos. "Wow, these are lovely. Did you do your hair?

Me: No, I didn't. Got it done by the hairdresser.

She picked up the leaflet about Immigration Rights, and asked me if I saw it before
Me: Yes maam, I have a copy and have read it a couple times.

CO: Ok, great.

She completed her questions, handed me my Marriage and Birth Certificates, and informed me that my package will be mailed out to me. Have a good day.

When I walked away from the window, it was 10:00am.

It is so important to ensure that from the get go, you organize the contents/documents that you will be sending out. Always keep in mind, the reaction of the person who would be assessing your file. If your documents are not properly labeled, complied, organize, it may prove a challenge for the Officer, which can have a bearing on the interview experience at the end.

Hope the information provided would be helpful to someone.

Christine



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April 2, 2014: I-130 Filed with Chicago Lockbox

April 7, 2014: Packaged received by USCIS

April 8, 2014: Received NOA 1

Sept. 17, 2014: Received NOA 2. Case APPROVED with no RFEs

Oct. 17, 2014: Case # Assigned by NVC (Same day case was received, according to Julian # calculation)

Oct. 21, 2014: Received letter from NVC

Oct. 22, 2014: DS-261 completed and submitted to NVC

Oct. 31, 2014: Paid AOS invoice


Dec 08, 2014: Sent in IV & AoS packages

Dec 11, 2014: Package received by NVC

Dec 12, 2014: Received email from NVC acknowledging receipt. I assume this is our scan date

Dec 25, 2014: Paid IV bill

Dec 29, 2014: Funds deducted from bank account. DS-260 became available, and was completed

Dec 30, 2014: Submitted DS-260

Feb. 12, 2015: Case Complete with NO checklist! whoot, whoot!

Mar. 25, 2015: Received P4. Interview

April 29,2015: Completed medical examination

May 13, 2015: Interview Date APPROVED :dancing:

May 19, 2015: Received Package

Oct. 22, 2015: Travelled to my new home :) (In order to get IR-1 Green Card) Expiration date on IR-1/CR-1 Visa - Oct. 29, 2015

Nov 10, 2015: Received Social Security Card

Jan 4, 2016: LPR Green Card arrived.

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Congratulations!!!!!

Bring mi a banana chips when yu come.


09/27/14 Married :content:

12/03/14 Became a US citizen :star:

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02/25/15 130 Petition sent

02/27/15 NOA1 date :clock:

07/23/15 NOA2 date

08/03/15 Mailed to NVC

08/07/15 NVC Received

08/19/15 Case number assigned, submitted DS-261

08/20/15 Paid AOS bill

08/25/15 Received welcome letter

08/25/15 Sent AOS & IV package

08/31/15 DS-261 reviewed

08/31/15 AOS & IV scan date confirmed by Sup.

09/02/15 Received IV bill by email

09/03/15 Paid IV bill

09/09/15 Submitted DS-260

09/17/15 Case Completed @ NVC

10/06/15 Expedite Request sent to NVC

11/12/15 Contacted Sen. Marco Rubio for assistance with expedite by email

11/19/15 Expedite Approved

12/9/15 Medical

12/11/15 Interview (Approved)

12/14/15 CEAC Status changed to AP

12/15/15 CEAC Status Changed to Issued

12/18/15 Picked up Passport & booked hubby's ticket.

12/31/15 Ring in the New Years together after 4 years!!!! :dancing:

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Congratulations!!!!!

Bring mi a banana chips when yu come.

Haha! Thanks JCV and kamw. I certainly would, but yuh deh too far from where I'll be going. Lol!



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April 2, 2014: I-130 Filed with Chicago Lockbox

April 7, 2014: Packaged received by USCIS

April 8, 2014: Received NOA 1

Sept. 17, 2014: Received NOA 2. Case APPROVED with no RFEs

Oct. 17, 2014: Case # Assigned by NVC (Same day case was received, according to Julian # calculation)

Oct. 21, 2014: Received letter from NVC

Oct. 22, 2014: DS-261 completed and submitted to NVC

Oct. 31, 2014: Paid AOS invoice


Dec 08, 2014: Sent in IV & AoS packages

Dec 11, 2014: Package received by NVC

Dec 12, 2014: Received email from NVC acknowledging receipt. I assume this is our scan date

Dec 25, 2014: Paid IV bill

Dec 29, 2014: Funds deducted from bank account. DS-260 became available, and was completed

Dec 30, 2014: Submitted DS-260

Feb. 12, 2015: Case Complete with NO checklist! whoot, whoot!

Mar. 25, 2015: Received P4. Interview

April 29,2015: Completed medical examination

May 13, 2015: Interview Date APPROVED :dancing:

May 19, 2015: Received Package

Oct. 22, 2015: Travelled to my new home :) (In order to get IR-1 Green Card) Expiration date on IR-1/CR-1 Visa - Oct. 29, 2015

Nov 10, 2015: Received Social Security Card

Jan 4, 2016: LPR Green Card arrived.

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congratz happy for u. can u plz tell me how u organized ur file? i have interview on 19th of may


Citizenship Timeline:

 

Service Center : Online  |  CIS Office : Philadelphia  |  Date Filed : 2018-08-23  |  NOA Date : 2018-08-24  |  Bio. Appt. : 2018-09-20  |  Interview Date : TBC  |  Approved : TBC  |  Oath Ceremony : TBC    

 

USCIS

13-12-2013 - Sent i-130 received

17-12-2013 - NOA1 hard copy

06-06-2014-I-130 RFE

13-06-2014 - RFE hard copy

25-06-2014 - RFE sent

01-07-2014 - RFE response review email received

22-07-2014 - NOA2 (approved in 221 days)

30-07-2014=i-130 Sent to NVC

NVC

12-08-2014 - NVC received the case

22-08-2014 - NVC case number assigned

23-08-2014 - I-864(AOS) Bill Generated

25-08-2014 - DS-261 completed online

25-08-2014 -AOS Bill paid ($ 88)

26-08-2014--AOS bill appeared as PAID

29-08-2014 - Sent I-864(AOS) Package (via USPS Certified Mail)

02-09-2014 - AOS Package Received and scanned at NVC

26-09-2014 --IV bill invoiced and paid

02-10-2014 --Iv package sent via usps

06-10-2014 --Iv package Received and scanned at nvc

08-10-2014--DS-260 completed online

14-11-2014--- checklist (AOS)

17-11-2014---- checklist sent via USPS

19-11-2014 checklist received at nvc

12-02-2015--- checklist (IV-police certificate)

17-02-2015 checklist received at nvc

11-03-2015 Case Complete

25-03-2015 - Interview scheduled

Consulate
16-04-2015 - Medical
19-05-2015 - Interview (approved) but put me on AP for no reason.

20-09-2015-Visa Issued at CEAC website
21-09-2015 - Visa in hand
01-10-2015 - POE

11-01-2016- Received 10 years green card

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Hey VJers,

After twelve long months, it's a good feeling today to know that this leg of our immigration journey has been completed.

Interview experience:

My appointment was set for 9:00am at the Embassy in Jamaica. I got to the embassy early and entered through the main entrance at about 7:15am. Went in and sat down for the process to begin. I sat for one hour before my name was called for the first time (8:15am) to hand in my Medical Report, Police Report and Passport. Five minutes later I was called again to do fingerprints. Sat down again to await the interview.

At approximately 9:45am, I was called for the interview. I approached window 7 and the process began. Asked to swear or affirm whether all the information I will be sharing with the Officer, was true. I swore.

CO: Good morning Mrs. xxxxxx

Me: Good morning maam.

CO: Flipping through my file, said "Have you ever traveled to the US before? and when was your last visit

Me: Yes maam. January 2014

CO: Have you ever visited your husband?

Me: Yes maam, January 2014

CO: Great

She asked about my husbands divorces and the names of the exes, to which I supplied the information.

In between her questions, she was nodding her head in affirmation. She then remarked,

CO: "I am impressed with your file...very organized..it's the best I've seen in a while. Not many persons come with the things in place."

Me: Thank you very much (smiling broadly)

I must admit that when my husband and I started the petition for USCIS, and the documents for NVC, using all the sample documents/letters found on VJ, we made sure we to organize the documents in order, stapling and labeling as necessary.

Back to the interview:

CO: Where did you get married? Do you have any pictures?

Me: Jamaica. Yes I do (pulled out about 13 photos of wedding and honeymoon and past them under the window.

CO: Looking at the photos. "Wow, these are lovely. Did you do your hair?

Me: No, I didn't. Got it done by the hairdresser.

She picked up the leaflet about Immigration Rights, and asked me if I saw it before

Me: Yes maam, I have a copy and have read it a couple times.

CO: Ok, great.

She completed her questions, handed me my Marriage and Birth Certificates, and informed me that my package will be mailed out to me. Have a good day.

When I walked away from the window, it was 10:00am.

It is so important to ensure that from the get go, you organize the contents/documents that you will be sending out. Always keep in mind, the reaction of the person who would be assessing your file. If your documents are not properly labeled, complied, organize, it may prove a challenge for the Officer, which can have a bearing on the interview experience at the end.

Hope the information provided would be helpful to someone.

Christine

Congratulations.

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Congrats!


ROC Timeline!

Service Center : California Service Center

NOA1 : 2017-09-01

Biometrics : 2017-09-28

 

AOS Timeline!

Marriage : 2015-01-10

AOS/EAD/AP NOA1 : 2015-01-20

Biometrics : 2015-02-17

EAD/AP Approved : 2015-03-17

EAD/AP Card Received : 2015-03-27

NPIW : 2015-06-11

AOS Approved : 2015-11-24

GC Received : 2015-12-01

 

K-1 Visa Timeline!

Service Center : Texas Service Center

Transferred? No

Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany

I-129F NOA1 : 2014-03-11

I-129F NOA2 : 2014-08-12

Consulate Received : 2014-09-15

Interview Date : 2014-11-13

Interview Result : Approved

Visa Received : 2014-11-15

US Entry : 2014-12-31

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