Petitioner's First Name: Christian Beneficiary's First Name: Sara VJ Member sear:Profile - Homepage
Timeline Updated: 2012-07-02
Immigration Checklist for Christian & Sara:
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 176 days from your NOA1 date.
Your interview took 280 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.
Consulate Review: Finland Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Review Date :
July 3, 2012
Embassy Review :
I had my interview at 10am, rang the buzzer a few minutes early, and was sent to the 5th floor. The security checked whatever stuff I had on me (very friendly!) and I was let into the consulate area with a few people in the waiting room. I was called to the first counter, gave them all the docs and was asked to wait. Was called back after a while for my fingerprints, and then had to wait again. The CO that interviewed me after a 10-15 minute wait was very friendly, asked me to sign a form and then proceeded to ask me questions, which were:
- When did you get married?
- Where did you get married?
- How did you meet?
- Which city was this in?
- What is your current occupation?
- When are you due to graduate? (I am a grad student)
- What do you plan on doing once you get to the US? (Answered 'undecided' on the DS-230)
- What does your husband do in the Navy?
- Is he attached to a squadron?
- How long will he be stationed in City X?
- Do you plan on staying in that state indefinitely?
- You were an exchange student, did you get into any trouble during that time?
I answered all questions and blabbed on for more than the CO probably was interested in hearing (I was nervous!), but she ended it with a "everything looks fine, do you think you'll be alright without your passport for a week? We'll have it sent to you with the visa on it since you don't live in Helsinki". I was more than happy with that and she wished me good luck and I was out.
The entire thing took about 45 minutes, which was not bad at all. There were several students being interviewed for J-1s, who were processed before I was, but with a different CO. The lady that interviewed me only came out when my name was called. If I remember correctly she was the one who interviewed me for my J-1 a few years ago too.
All in all, a very good experience with the best possible outcome!
*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.