Petitioner's First Name: matthew Beneficiary's First Name: caroline VJ Member carolp:Profile - Homepage
Timeline Updated: 2011-05-14
Immigration Checklist for matthew & caroline:
USCIS DCF 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 85 days from your NOA1 date.
Your interview took 245 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.
Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Review Date :
May 12, 2011
Embassy Review :
I just wanna share my CR1 visa interview experience to all who are just starting their journey so u can all have an idea before u go to your respective dates...
I woke up at 1AM to get ready since i'll be travelling from Tarlac to Manila with my brother.We left Tarlac at exactly 2:30AM and arrived 4:30AM (dang it was too early) we decided to eat breakfast to kill the time..(i'm glad we did ate breakfast because it took a long time to get it done).. we went to the USEM at 5:30AM and by surprise there was a long line but the immigrant, non-immigrant and sea farer has different lines so don't worry bout it and besides they don't really follow the number it depends on how fast your eyes is so you need to watch your number or else you'll be sorry..lol..it also depends on your paper because they still review it one more time before u get interviewed..
ok let's go down to a detailed one
FIRST, u need to follow the line for the immigrant/fiancée, the guard will let u know where to go, reminder also if u can ask someone to help u and watch your things much better or if no one is available then better not bring electronic gadgets like cellphone/iPod, usb, also liquids like water,perfume,cologne etc. and no foods allowed inside..well, if u really need the cellphone there are people who volunteers to watch your things but its not free so better not bring it or it will cost u money
Before u can enter the embassy u need to prepare your appointment letter and your passport and then they put a sticker on your passport i don't know what it is but its some sort of a bar code or something..
SECOND, once you entered the embassy just follow the line, the guard will check your things of course then they tell you to submit the appointment letter to the window and they will give u a paper which is your number. After that u need to drop the appointment letter to window 39. Watch the queuing board all the time because they flashed your number there with respective window..So, my number flashed into the screen and went to window 40 for finger scanning. After that u need to wait again for your number for the Filipino pre-screener.. so check your documents and prepare everything. My number flashed again at window 56 this time,,its a Filipino pre-screener so no need to worry bout speaking in English because u can use Tagalog. First, she asked me what's my name, who petitioned me, name of the petitioner, how we met, when is the first we met in person and the last time he visited me (need to know those dates but i got nervous i nearly forgot my date of birth when she asked me and even the year of his last visit my gosh i'm glad i got it right)..She asked me to give her my CENOMAR and i didn't really expect she would ask for it i'm glad i brought it because i thought they would ask for a CEMAR since we're already married..She asked if i have copies of his letters, card, e-mails, voice/chat logs, phone records etc.. I said i have all of it but then she didn't look at it.. She then asked for pictures and i gave her an album, she kept browsing it and just smiled,, the pre-screener was nice and friendly so just stay focus Oh by the way she also ask me bout my husband's previous divorce, when he got divorce and the reason why... I guess that's all i can remember,, she just said take a seat and wait for Final interview..this is the time when i got so worried...so nervous! well, its normal right? Lol
LASTLY, The final interview started at 9AM,, u just have to wait till u see your number flashed on the screen.. I got paranoid because i thought they won't call my number,, I went there first but then i got interviewed last,, they said it depends on the consul which one they wanna interview first.. it depends on the paper..they actually review it very carefully.. So when my number flashed i went to window 68 and a young American girl consul interviewed me.. I started it by saying good morning and smiled.. She asked me the same thing, my name, my petitioner's name, when is the first time we met and his last visit, she also asked my husband's previous divorce and the reason... She asked for our wedding pictures and i flashed it on the window... it was just 2 minutes i guess and we're done.. she just keep reading the papers from the NVC.. and then signed it.. then i heard the magical words,, i'm glad to inform u that your VISA IS APPROVED!!! yehey... so , i waited again for window 71 for the courier.. after that you can peacefully go home... THAT was IT... I hope it helps
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