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My wife's visa was approved today. I'm wondering if it's safe for me to go ahead and purchase tickets for the week of July 18. Is that enough time for processing and getting the visa in hand? That gives them a week. Is it enough? Thanks for any responses.


IR-1 Visa

Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Manilla, Philipines

Our Journey

Civil marriage: 2008-05-26

Catholic ceremony: 2008-06-28

I-130 mailed to lock box: 2010-02-08

I-130 NOA1: 2010-02-22

I-130 Approved: 2010-04-29

NVC Received: 2010-05-03

Called NVC to give email addresses: 2010-05-04

DS-3032/I-864 Bill received via email: 2010-05-06

Pay I-864 Bill online: 2010-05-06

Emailed DS-3032: 2010-05-06

Downloaded I-864: 2010-05-07

IV Bill activated online: 2010-05-11

Pay IV Bill online: 2010-05-11

Mailed Completed I-864 to NVC: 2010-05-15

Received DS 230 package from Philippines: 2010-05-19

Sent DS 230 package to NVC via FedEx: 2010-05-19

NVC AVR acknowledges receipt of documents 2010-05-26

Sign-in failure 2010-06-08

NVC case completed 2010-06-08

Received interview notice email: 2010-06-14

Medical: 2010-06-21

Interview date: 2010-07-09

Visa approved: 2010-07-09

I-130 approved in 66 days from NOA1 date.

Interview took 137 days from I-130 NOA1 date.

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I know you are excited to be with your wife again but the delivery date is not guaranteed by any certain date. If it was me, I would play it safe and wait until she has the visa in her hands before scheduling the flight. That's not to say that she wont received the visa by the 18th but its a risk you have to take. I'd play it safe.


* Aug 2008...........Initial meeting

* July 2009...........Proposed

* Nov 24, 2009.....Married in Philippines

USCIS PROCESS

* April 11, 2010...I-130 mailed to Chicago LockBox

* April 14, 2010...I-130 package received at CSC

* April 21, 2010...Checks cashed

* April 21, 2010...NOA1

* July 15, 2010....NOA2

NVC PROCESS

* July 26, 2010...Cases received

* July 29, 2010...Received DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill

* July 29, 2010...Returned DS-3032s by Email

* July 29, 2010...Paid AOS Fee Bill online

* Aug 03, 2010...Mailed AOS Package

* Aug 03, 2010...Case complete, forwarded to Embassy

CONSULATE PROCESS

* Aug 09, 2010...Our Nightmare with USEM begins

* Aug 09, 2010...USEM received Package from NVC (verified delivered by DHL tracking number)

* Aug 09, 2010...USEM losses Package.

* Aug 16, 2010...USEM claims case not received from NVC

* Aug 16 through Sept 16...Many phone calls and faxes to try to get embassy straightened out

* Sep 16, 2010...Finally received Interview Appts. (Oct 12, 7:00 am)

* Oct 04-07, 2010...Medical Exams - Passed

* Oct 12, 2010, 07:00 ...Interview --- Approved!

POE and more

* Oct 26, 2010...POE Houston, Texas - Very quick and easy immigration process. No problems.

SSN Received 2 weeks after POE.

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Don't book anything until the visa is in hand. Too much can happen between now and then and you don't want to be caught with HUGE penalties for trying to change flights

Good luck and congrats on the visa


USCIS
August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2
178 DAYS FROM NOA-1


NVC
February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete
25 DAY TRIP THROUGH NVC


Medical
May 4, 2009


Interview
May, 26, 2009


POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011
209 DAY TRIP TO REMOVE CONDITIONS

Citizenship

April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony

Waited...

September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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Congrats!!! :dance:


K1 Visa
Sept.2009 Sent Petition
Oct.2009 Petition Approved
Nov.2009 Visa Recieved
-------------------------
AOS
Feb. 2010 Sent AOS
Mar. 2010 Biometrics
May 2010 Interview
Jun 2010 GC Recieved
-------------------------
Removing of Condition:
Mar.19,2012---------ROC sent
Mar.20,2012---------VSC received signed by D. Renaud
Mar.23,2012---------Check encashed
Mar.24,2012---------NOA1
Apr.19,2012----------Biometrics (Early Bio 4/11/2012)
May 2012 ------------Biometrics redo

Nov.30,2012---------RFE (fingerprint can't read needs to submit police clearance)

May 2013-------------Received Permanent Residence Card


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I'd wait till the visa is in her hands. The girl that I met during my interview got her visa after 5 days but the embassy spelled her name incorrectly. She had to go back and get it corrected, had to wait for 2 weeks to get her passport back and ended up having her ticket re-booked.

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I'd wait till the visa is in her hands. The girl that I met during my interview got her visa after 5 days but the embassy spelled her name incorrectly. She had to go back and get it corrected, had to wait for 2 weeks to get her passport back and ended up having her ticket re-booked.

^^^ :o


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I would agree to wait till the visa is in her hand. Ours took nearly 2 weeks to receive.

Adam & May


----------------K1 Journey---------------

02/01/2010 - Sent I-129F sent to CSC Express Mail

02/03/2010 - Date on NOA1

02/09/2010 - NOA1 Hardcopy arrived in mail

03/18/2010 - NOA2 approval mailed by CSC (per USCIS.org)43 Days from NOA1

03/23/2010 - NOA2 Hardcopy Received

06/18/2010 - Interview Passed PINK!!!! PINK!!!! PINK!!!! PINK!!!! PINK!!!!

07/02/2010 - Visa received!

07/03/2010 & 07/05/2010 - PRISM Seminar & CFO Sticker (We are all set

08/08/2010 - May's POE Detroit, MI USA

09/24/2010 - Received SSN Card

10/08/2010 - Wedding

----------------AOS Journey---------------

12/07/2010 - Submitted AOS/EAD Package

12/14/2010 - NOA1 Received

12/27/2010 - Biometrics Completed

01/20/2011 - AOS Transfered to CSC

01/26/2011 - AOS Received by CSC

02/16/2011 - EAD Approved

N/A - AOS Appointment

02/22/2011 - AOS Appproved

02/26/2011 - EAD Card Received

02/27/2011 - Green Card Received

01/19/2013 - Mailed I-751

##/##/2013 - NOA1 Received

##/##/2013 - BIometrics Appointment

##/##/2013 - Interview

##/##/2013 - 10 Year Green Card Issued

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Thanks for the replies everyone. We're going to wait till she has the visa in hand.


IR-1 Visa

Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Manilla, Philipines

Our Journey

Civil marriage: 2008-05-26

Catholic ceremony: 2008-06-28

I-130 mailed to lock box: 2010-02-08

I-130 NOA1: 2010-02-22

I-130 Approved: 2010-04-29

NVC Received: 2010-05-03

Called NVC to give email addresses: 2010-05-04

DS-3032/I-864 Bill received via email: 2010-05-06

Pay I-864 Bill online: 2010-05-06

Emailed DS-3032: 2010-05-06

Downloaded I-864: 2010-05-07

IV Bill activated online: 2010-05-11

Pay IV Bill online: 2010-05-11

Mailed Completed I-864 to NVC: 2010-05-15

Received DS 230 package from Philippines: 2010-05-19

Sent DS 230 package to NVC via FedEx: 2010-05-19

NVC AVR acknowledges receipt of documents 2010-05-26

Sign-in failure 2010-06-08

NVC case completed 2010-06-08

Received interview notice email: 2010-06-14

Medical: 2010-06-21

Interview date: 2010-07-09

Visa approved: 2010-07-09

I-130 approved in 66 days from NOA1 date.

Interview took 137 days from I-130 NOA1 date.

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