Petitioner's First Name: LaShawnda Beneficiary's First Name: Olumide VJ Member olumides_wife:Profile - Homepage
Timeline Updated: 2013-04-17
Immigration Checklist for LaShawnda & Olumide:
USCIS I-130 Petition:
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:
USCIS I-751 Petition:
USCIS N-400 Petition:
Service Center :
California Service Center
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent :
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved :
NVC Received :
Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill :
Pay I-864 Bill
Receive I-864 Package :
Return Completed I-864 :
Return Completed DS-3032 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Receive Instruction Package :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview (If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Processing Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 148 days from your NOA1 date.
Your interview took 272 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.
Consulate Review: Nigeria Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Review Date :
April 17, 2013
Embassy Review :
First of all I want to give all praise and adoration to God because without him we would not have made it on this journey. Secondly I want to thank all of the help and advice that my husband and I received here on VJ, thank you so much. Okay so without further hesitation let me get to our review!
My husband lives in Ibadan and so we left for Lagos on Wed 4/15/13 at about 4pm to be in Lagos for our 4/16/13 7 am appointment. We arrived in Lagos 4 hours later, got a room and logged for the night. We planned to wake up early in the morning so we wouldn't be stuck in traffic. My husband had the alarm set for 3 am. Well he and I both were woke before then I laid in the bed while he prayed and read his Bible. Then he got up to take his shower and I prayed and listened to worship music. There was such a peace in my heart and I was not doubtful at all. After he came out the shower, I took mine and then we prayed together. We were no longer asking God to do anything but instead thanking him for what we knew he had already done. I knew this trip to Nigeria was not in vain and we were going to leave Lagos with joy...my husband was not nervous even though I did ask him. We left about 4:30 am to head to the embassy. Even the reception area wasn't open yet so we had to leave the key with the guard we finally departed close to 5 am and we were on our way. My husband and I went over interview questions again in the car and we laughed about it bc my husband was so calm and said "there is nothing they can not ask me that I won't be ready for"... As we drove to the embassy there was no traffic at all and we arrived at the embassy at 5:30. We had a driver (one of my husband's church members) so we had to park and we were informed by some of the guards there were no parking places so we paid 1,000N to park outside the gate and we were about the 6th car down. My husband decided to go and check the que but I guess half way there he realized how far down the US embassy building was and came back and said maybe he should just go. He gathered all of his stuff, we gave each other a kiss and he was on his way. As for me I sat in the car fighting off mosquitoes lol but they eventually went away when the sun came up. I watched car after car come, paying to park and people coming and going on foot as the time went by. I brought my cd player so I put it on and listened to worship music and prayed. I read my husband's Bible and I just sat back and waited. About 9 am came and I was still waiting and I was seeing people that went in after my husband come out I wasn't nervous but I won't lie the waiting can drive you crazy lol and every tall slender guy I seen coming buy my heart jumped a bit thinking it was my husband well I wasn't about to get all antsy now lol...I begin to pray and speak in tongues for about 30 mins and the Holy Spirit just kept telling me this would not be in vain and was already done. Finally at 10:30 am my husband comes out...and he had a look on his face like something was wrong and for a second my heart sank...I was like "he didn't get it"...he walked straight passed the car, his church member was not there with me...I got out the car and called to him but he didn't here me. He kept walking and ran into his friend and they headed back to the car. When he got in he was trying to act like he didn't get it and I would have been convinced if I hadn't already talked to God and if I didn't see the original marriage certificate in his hand....I knew he got it!
His part: (I'm typing this for him)
Once he got to the US embassy they assembled at one side of the building and then the police guard came to get them to assemble in another place and they were checked by security (1st check), then they were divided between immigrant and non-immigrant. My husband was #5 at that time, then they started directing them to the next place. Then some people in his line were in the wrong line so he was shifted to 3rd place. Then he was checked again (2nd check). Then he was moved to an African American lady that checked for the appointment letter, and handed him 2 papers to fill out (this is all taking place outside the embassy), then he was checked again (3rd check), then he was asked to go across the street and was checked again (4th check). Then he finally faced American guards and was checked again and asked to open the sealed envelop of the medical (5th check). Then he was given a number B402 and then was told to pay attention to his # and was then guided inside. After about 30 mins he was called to another AA lady and she asked for the medical, copy of his birth certificate and the 2 papers he filled out, then told him to have a seat and to pay attention to his #. After about 20 mins the CO's came out and started calling numbers the first lady B400 and she was approved but then after her they started calling older people and some lottery people and some of the ladies that brought their children finally at about 10am they started calling numbers again and his number was blinking on the wall and he stepped up the CO which was a young white guy, he greeted him good morning how are you doing my husband responded (with a smile) and after then the interview started:
First he did the fingerprinting and then the swearing in
CO: How did you meet your wife?
CO: What does your wife do for a living?
CO: Was your wife married before?
CO: Does she have any children?
CO: how old are they?
CO: have the kids ever come to Nigeria?
CO: where is your wife living?
CO: does she live alone?
CO: Which area do you think you can work in when you get to the US?
CO: when was your marriage?
CO: can you show me pictures of the wedding/reception?
my husband brought out the photo album and started explaining the wedding and reception to him, telling him who was in the pictures
CO: does your wife come here one time?
answer: this will be her 3rd trip here and she is outside waiting for me
CO: do we stay in Lagos?
answer: we stay in Ibadan
at this point the CO brought out the white piece of paper and he circled the address on the form and the CO said your visa is approved and you can come back next Tuesday to pick up your visa and gave him the DS-230 form to sign!
The interview didn't last even 10 minutes. My husband said when he pulled out the white form he knew he was approved because he had watched the CO attend to people before him. He said the CO was just approving everyone lol
My husband said you need to make sure you just stay calm and focus on the CO and make sure to make eye contact. He said it's just like a miracle and was not hard. However although we were very confident he said that by the time you pass through all those guards and see all those people the spirit of fear can try to grip you but you have to rebuke it and start praying and singing to God and that fear will go away and that is what he did as he remained confident in God.
1. First of all trust God
2. Just be well organized and ready to give an answer
3. Be confident, smile and be friendly
I hope our review will help others on this journey! May God bless you and may you find favor as we did!
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