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First, I would like to say thank you to everybody for being helpful. Without VJ I would have made many mistakes and I would have failed. Now on to interview day:


Trang arrived around 6:30am. There were a lot of girls already waiting. Anyways, she was one of the first ones to go in. Trang described the CO as being a handsome Caucasian male in his late 30's or early 40's. He only asked my wife 3 questions:

1) How do you spell your husband's first name? Answer: T R A V I S (correct)

2) How many times has your husband visited you in Vietnam? Answer: 4 times (correct)

3) What is your wedding date? Answer: September 30, 2009 (correct)

After he asked the questions, he did some typing on his computer. After that, he gave my wife a Pink Slip that was already signed. She wasn't able to see the Pink Slip during the interview because the CO hid the slip underneath some of his paperwork.


Trang and I are both 35 years old and have never been married before. We both hold Bachelor's degree's and have good incomes. Trang has no relatives in the US. We met each other on a business trip in Ho Chi Minh City in 2007. From 2007 to 2009, I made a total of 4 trips to VN, each for 10 days. Our big red flag was that since we got ripped of in VN, we got married in Singapore.


We did not have many red flags. The only big red flag was that we married in Singapore instead of VN. Initially, I wanted to front load the heck out of the petition but my wife talked me out of it. In the end, I submitted a bare bone I-130 petition with just the regular requirements, maybe just a little bit more then was required but overall it was bare bone. I did include a detailed explanation of why our wedding took place in Singapore instead of VN. I guess it was good enough, because none of it ever came up at the interview. I guess NOT having any of the "classic" HCMC Consulate red flags (divorce, children from previous marriage, beneficiary family in the US, introduced by family members) is what saved the day for us. I don't know for sure, but right now I don't really care :)

That's all! My wife is scheduled to pick up the visa on August 9th so we are not done yet. Words cannot describe how happy both our families are right now. We are still celebrating!


I want to thank everybody for their contributions to this forum. I promise to make a better effort to contribute as well and help others that are going through the process. Thank you and God bless!


Edited by BurningFinger

1/10/2010-----> Mailed I-130

1/17/2010-----> NOA 1 - Hard Copy

3/28/2010-----> NOA 2 - Email

4/02/2010-----> NOA 2 - Hard Copy

6/14/2010-----> NVC Processing Complete

8/02/2010-----> Interview Date @ 8:00am - Result = PINK!!!

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F1 Category USCIS

01-25-2006 Case Approved.


03-10-2010 Case completed

06-26-2010 Interview Date Assigned

Embassy :

07-29-2010 : Medical Exam

08-10-2010 : Interview Date @ 6: 15 AM. Approved

10-07-2010 : Visa Received


10/30/2010 : POE @ EWR

11/10/2010 Recieved auto SSN, 11 days after POE

12/07/2010 Welcome letter received

12/11/2010 Green Card on hand.


03/26/2016 N-400 Filing Date (Sent package to Dallas, TX via USPS Priority Mail)

03/29/2016 N-400 package delivered

04/01/2016 Payment Charged to Credit Card.

04/04/2016 NOA Received via E-mail and Tex

t04/08/2016 NOA Received via USPS First Class mail (04/02/2016).

04/25/2016 Fingerprints. (Letter received on 04/15/16)

04/29/2016 In Line.

06/20/2016 Interview Letter

07/25/2016 Interview

08/01/2016 Oath Ceremony

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Congrat, my friend.

IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Service Center: California Service Center

Consulate: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I-130 Sent: 2010-04-02

I-130 NOA1: 2010-04-13

I-130 RFE: 2010-10-04

I-130 RFE Sent: 2010-10-08

I-130 Approved: 2010-10-25

NVC Received: 2010-10-29

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 2010-11-09

Pay I-864 Bill: 2010-11-10

Receive I-864 Package:

Return Completed I-864: 2010-11-18

Return Completed DS-3032: 2010-11-22

Receive IV Bill: 2010-12-02

Pay IV Bill: 2010-12-03

Receive Instruction Package: 2010-12-28

Case Completed at NVC: 2011-01-11

Visa Received : 2011-04-30

Thank Visajourney! Couldn't have done without you guys!!!!!!

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