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Well, we are almost at the end, just have to pick a date for the interview (Manila US Embassy). Now the available dates are at the last week of June. If an earlier date pops up, can we reschedule to the earlier date?

Also, any tips that you could give for my wife when she goes to the interview? Any do's and dont's, etc. I am a US citizen currently in the US and she is in the Philippines and she will be going to the interview alone.

Thanks.

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if you are married and are doing the Ir-1/Cr-1 visa then the NVC will schedule your wife interview. If you was doing the K-1 fiancée visa then you will have to schedule the interview

You will have to schedule the medical once you know the interview date

As far as the interview. My wife told me it was fairly easy, she was only ask 3 questions. As long as your wife has all the documents that is needed it should be a easy interview for her too

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ROC
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09
 

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017

   

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to US Embassy & Consulate Discussion; topic is about this phase of the process.


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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Well, we are almost at the end, just have to pick a date for the interview (Manila US Embassy). Now the available dates are at the last week of June. If an earlier date pops up, can we reschedule to the earlier date?

Also, any tips that you could give for my wife when she goes to the interview? Any do's and dont's, etc. I am a US citizen currently in the US and she is in the Philippines and she will be going to the interview alone.

Thanks.

tip would be to relax, take a deep breath and practice answering sample questions.. Consuls were really nice, there's nothing really to be worried about. :)

review the documents you have submitted as they just ask questions that's on the paperwork you guys submitted.

goodluck! :)

oh and please remind her to not forget the DS260 confirmation page and 2x2 picture.. (the picture wasn't asked but the ushers would mention to prepare some 2x2 pictures for some reason) this is so she wouldnt be talked into paying a crazy amount of money outside the embassy (she will be in line before the embassy opens) the ones I was with in line forgot their confirmation page and were talked into paying php 400 for just one piece of paper.. and for the picture, one lady was charged around php3000 for pictures and a piece of that confirmation page...

Edited by curiousgeorgina

CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27

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if you are married and are doing the Ir-1/Cr-1 visa then the NVC will schedule your wife interview. If you was doing the K-1 fiancée visa then you will have to schedule the interview

You will have to schedule the medical once you know the interview date

As far as the interview. My wife told me it was fairly easy, she was only ask 3 questions. As long as your wife has all the documents that is needed it should be a easy interview for her too

Woops, I forgot to provide more info. Yes we are doing the IR1/CR1 route. Her interview was rescheduled two months ago because of the TB test. After we got the result (negative), we ended up rescheduling ourselves.

tip would be to relax, take a deep breath and practice answering sample questions.. Consuls were really nice, there's nothing really to be worried about. :)

review the documents you have submitted as they just ask questions that's on the paperwork you guys submitted.

goodluck! :)

oh and please remind her to not forget the DS260 confirmation page and 2x2 picture.. (the picture wasn't asked but the ushers would mention to prepare some 2x2 pictures for some reason) this is so she wouldnt be talked into paying a crazy amount of money outside the embassy (she will be in line before the embassy opens) the ones I was with in line forgot their confirmation page and were talked into paying php 400 for just one piece of paper.. and for the picture, one lady was charged around php3000 for pictures and a piece of that confirmation page...

Thanks for the info, I will definitely make sure my wife will have all the necessary paperworks and pictures.

Now a friend mentioned that the US embassy may ask for my most recent income tax return (2014) but the transcript is not yet available from the IRS (filed my taxes through snail mail and filed it late). Would it cause any problems if we do not have the most recent transcript? I have my W-2 if they need proof of my income.

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Well, we are almost at the end, just have to pick a date for the interview (Manila US Embassy). Now the available dates are at the last week of June. If an earlier date pops up, can we reschedule to the earlier date?

Also, any tips that you could give for my wife when she goes to the interview? Any do's and dont's, etc. I am a US citizen currently in the US and she is in the Philippines and she will be going to the interview alone.

Thanks.

Once you receive your appointment from NVC you can schedule a appointment in ustraveldocs if you want a earlier one. NVC gave me June 23rd and I went ahead and scheduled for June 4th. This was done by another member without any problems. Just make sure your file is there before your appointment if you do make a earlier appointment.


Consulate Manila, Philippines
Nebraska Service Center

2014-09-26 Marriage

USCIS

2014-10-16 I-130 Received
2014-10-24 NOA 1 Received
2014-11-07 RFE Received Online
2014-12-05 NSO Marriage Certificate received
2014-12-14 I-130 petition approved by USCIS
2014-12-15 Email from USCIS stating file has been sent to NVC

NVC

2014-12-19 NVC received our case
2015-01-23 NVC case number available
2015-01-24 Submitted DS 261
2015-01-26 Paid AOS fee
2015-01-29 Scanned the AOS & IV documents
2015-02-18 NVC IV fee was marked as paid on CEAC
2015-02-18 DS 260 Completed
2015-03-31 Received Expected Checklist for Singapore Police Certificates
2015-04-12 NVC Certificate of Clearance received

2015-05-08 Case Complete

2015 -05-21 Case sent to Manila via DHL

MANILA

2015-05-11 SLEC Medical
2015-05-15 CFO Certificate issued

2015-05-25 Case received by Manila Emabssy

2015-06-04 Interview Scheduled

2015-06-02 Manila Embassy didn't have Hong Kong Police Certificate. Apparently Phil Post didn't deliver it per their tracking.

2015-06-08 Hong Kong Police sent another Police Certificate.

2015-06-23 Hong Kong Police Certificate received by Embassy

2015-07-15 Ready for Interview on CEAC (already had interview)

2015-07-22 Visa ready at 2GO

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Woops, I forgot to provide more info. Yes we are doing the IR1/CR1 route. Her interview was rescheduled two months ago because of the TB test. After we got the result (negative), we ended up rescheduling ourselves.

Thanks for the info, I will definitely make sure my wife will have all the necessary paperworks and pictures.

Now a friend mentioned that the US embassy may ask for my most recent income tax return (2014) but the transcript is not yet available from the IRS (filed my taxes through snail mail and filed it late). Would it cause any problems if we do not have the most recent transcript? I have my W-2 if they need proof of my income.

My husband didn't get his irs transcript online and so he got me his 1040/1099 form.. The embassy accepted that one from me when I was interviewed last week.


CR1

  • Consulate : Manila, Philippines
  • Marriage: 2014-10-01
  • I-130 Sent : 2014-10-16
  • I-130 NOA1 (Email) : 2014-10-22
  • I-130 NOA1 (Hardcopy) : 2014-10-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Email) : 2014-11-26
  • I-130 NOA2 (Hardcopy) : 2014-12-03
  • NVC Case Received : 2014-12-10
  • Case Number Received : 2015-01-15
  • Submitted DS-261 : 2015-01-20
  • NVC Received AOS and IV Packages : 2015-02-25
  • Case Completed at NVC: 2015-03-30
  • Interview Scheduled: 2015-04-18
  • Interview Date: 2015-05-27
  • Interview Result: Approved
  • Visa Received: 2015-06-05
  • POE: 2015-07-03 (JFK)
  • Received Greencard: 2015-08-15
  • Returned Greencard: 2015-08-23
  • Recieved Corrected Greencard: 2015-11-16 (JFK)

 

ROC

  • Sent I-751 Packet: 2017-05-19
  • VSC Received: 2017-05-22
  • Check Cashed: 2017-05-26
  • NOA1 Received2017-05-30
  • Biometrics Letter Received2017-06-16
  • Biometrics Appointment2017-06-27

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Once you receive your appointment from NVC you can schedule a appointment in ustraveldocs if you want a earlier one. NVC gave me June 23rd and I went ahead and scheduled for June 4th. This was done by another member without any problems. Just make sure your file is there before your appointment if you do make a earlier appointment.

After seeing this post, my wife immediately checked the available schedules and we got an earlier date too. We got a spot for June 5 :D

My husband didn't get his irs transcript online and so he got me his 1040/1099 form.. The embassy accepted that one from me when I was interviewed last week.

Awesome, thanks!

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