VJ Member Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: C
VJ Member cordoba2015:
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Last Updated: 2017-05-23


Immigration Checklist for J & C:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Argentina
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2016-07-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-08-02
I-130 RFE : N/A
I-130 RFE Sent : N/A
I-130 Approved : 2017-02-17
NVC Received : 2017-03-03
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2017-03-09
Pay AOS Bill : 2017-03-09
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2017-03-16
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2017-03-09
Pay IV Bill : 2017-03-09
Send IV Package : 2017-03-16
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2017-04-15
Case Completed at NVC : 2017-04-06
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2017-04-18
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2017-04-15
Interview Date : 2017-05-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-05-19
US Entry : 2017-05-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 199 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 286 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2017-05-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Arrived at 5am, went through with no lines. Very quick and painless, in and out in less than 5 minutes. Officer went through documents, stamped passport, and that was it!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Argentina
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 15, 2017
Embassy Review : We arrived at the embassy at 8:30 am. There was a very long line of people out front along Colombia street waiting to enter the embassy for tourist visas. We knew we didn't have to wait in the line, thankfully, so we figured we would try and see if they would let us in early. At the front of the embassy there are several numbered windows with embassy workers on the inside who communicate by microphone through the bulletproof glass to us people on the outside. We went directly up to window 1 (furthest to the right) and my wife stated her name and said we had an appointment at 9:00. Even though we were a half hour early, they let us in right then and there. We were given a green folder which is recognized as a VIP pass that lets you through from one station to the next without waiting in any lines.

We entered through a door to the left of the window furthest to the left, or the side opposite window 1. My wife entered, and I followed her in. A security guard outside told me to open my coat to make sure I didn't have any weapons or anything. She was not particularly pleasant, but understandably so. On the other side of the door is a small room for security screening. Inside, we had to remove everything from our pockets and go through an airport-type security scan. Everything metal (belt, glasses) and everything in our pockets, along with coats and documents had to go into a plastic bin on and placed on a conveyor belt to be scanned by security. I walked through the scanner and collected my belongings at the end of the conveyor belt. We went out another door which takes you to an outdoor hallway.

In the outdoor hallway, there are a few numbered stations. We went to station 4, which is the fingerprint scan. My wife was instructed by a woman speaking in English on a microphone through a bulletproof glass window just like the windows outside at the front of the embassy, to place her four fingers, one hand at a time, on the scanner. We were then directed to station 5, which is a large room with multiple booths with bulletproof glass windows with people on microphones, just like the others. This is the room where the interviews are held. You walk in and along the wall facing you, you see embassy workers sitting on the other side of those window booths asking questions of people who are there for tourist visas. The far left wall has a bathroom, and the door between the bathroom and the wall of glass window booths is the door to an a small, enclosed booth, with the same glass window and microphone setup. That is where we had our interview. We were seated in some plastic chairs right outside the bathroom along the left side of the room, facing the booths.

We were called into that booth shortly after entering the room and a woman looked over all of our documents very carefully, after we passed them to her under the glass. There is a plastic chair identical to the ones in the waiting room directly in front of the glass window microphone where the officer asks the questions. My wife sat there. I sat in another chair placed directly behind her. She looked over everything and checked each item off the list. She said everything looked good and that we would be called back into the room for the interview. We were told to be patient because sometimes it could take awhile for them to get ready for the interview. We waited an hour for them to call us back in, at which point we entered the same booth for the interview.

As soon as we entered, the first thing my wife was asked was to swear that everything she was to say in the interview was true. We were then asked how we met, how many trips I had made to visit my wife before we were married, when I had made those trips, and I told her I had been living in Argentina for the past year after our wedding to avoid being separated from my wife. I was asked what I had been doing with my time in Argentina this past year. My wife was asked what she would be doing in the United States. We were asked if my parents had met my wife's parents and if there were good family relations and if they approved of our marriage. They noticed we had applied for a K1 visa before and wanted to know why we had a change of plans and switched plans to getting married in Argentina and getting the CR-1 instead. She then said she had everything to approve the visa and asked if my wife was excited to go to the United States. We answered every question smoothly and the consul said the visa was approved. She proceeded to explain about the expiration date of the visa being 6 months after the medical exam and that if my wife didn't use the visa by then we would have to start all over. She gave us a piece of paper explaining that the visa had been approved and told us about paying the USCIS immigrant fee. We thanked her and walked out. We exited through a revolving door of metal bars which leads right out in front of window 1 where we started.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dallas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-05-20
Embassy Review : We arrived together at Dallas at 5am with a large group of tourists from Argentina. All of the tourists went into one line and we were the only ones going through the other line. I told a security officer that my wife was immigrating, which is what allowed us to pass through the other line. There was nobody else passing through our line, so we went straight through to the officer without any waiting just as soon as we arrived. He was very laid-back and calm with us. He looked at our passports, opened the packet with my wife's immigration documents, then took my wife's photo and fingerprints. He asked her how long we had been married and then indicated that we would have the CR-1 and not the IR-1. He stamped her passport and wrote CR-1 on the stamp, then let us through, saying "congratulations, welcome to the US". And that was all, super smooth, less than 5 minutes, got right through and took our connecting flight home without any issues whatsoever.
Harassment Level : Low

*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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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