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El Cachalote

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Dear Visa Journey members,

Recently, my wife was approved for a immigrant visa. She has this visa in hand and is waiting to come to the USA.

I found this site by chance and google...and it is wonderful. Starting a relationship with a foreign national is difficult at best; but the immigration process is complex and discouraging. Many people in the same situation as us turn to immigration attorneys or the like. How unfortunate. Lawyers may serve a function in complex cases but offer little to those without sophisticated cases or those of us who can follow simple directions.

I do not like lawyers and reseigned myself to do this visa journey alone, but I found VJ and recieved the knowledge and expertice of thousands of people in the same situation...for free. I was helped by many and I hope I helped as many.

Besides saving thousands of dollars I also have the feeling of a grand sense of satisfaction...that we all did it together. We did it....and my Peruvian wife and I are so happy.

For some...those that have not succeeded in obtaining a visa for a variety of reasons - I wish them well. But for those of us who have obtained the treasured visa...it is ambrosia!

The point is this...we can accomplish anything together. All we need is to try to do it...and with VJ.com...the members have the knowledge of the thousands of circumstances and problems we may encounter. And with this think-tank of information...anything is possible, solutions are available.

We have the visa....but the journey is just beginning!!! :thumbs:

I salute you Visa Journey.com and every member for aiding us all in this complex process of immigration.

VJ is "priceless"!!!!!

Sincerely,

Sonia & Magnus

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:yes: VJ is God-sent!

01/01/2008 - Met
04/27/2010 - Engaged
08/23/2011 - Married
USCIS
10/03/2011 - I-130 Sent (USPS priority w/ delivery confirmation)
10/05/2011 - Package arrived at chicago lockbox
10/06/2011 - NOA1
11/09/2011 - NOA2 (no RFE's)
NVC
11/14/2011 - Petition received by NVC/ Received NOA2 by mail
11/21/2011 - NVC case # received by email/ Got AOS fee by email/ Called NVC to provide beneficiary email
11/27/2011 - Choice of agent (DS-3023) sent to NVC by email
.....took a break from process to delay interview....
01/26/2012 - Payed IV fee
01/27/2012 - IV fee status shown as PAID
02/07/2012 - Payed AOS fee
02/08/2012 - AOS fee status shown as PAID
02/09/ 2012 - DS-230 package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/06/2012 - AOS package sent to NVC (priority mail)
03/12/2012 - Called NVC and found out about checklist. Sent revision to NVC that same day.
03/16/2012 - CASE COMPLETE!
04/11/2012 - Informed of interview via phone by DOS/ Got P4 email from NVC a few hours later that same day (May 4th)
SANTO DOMINGO CONSULATE
04/19/2012 - Medical
05/04/2012 - Interview (APPROVED)
05/10/2012 - Visa ready and picked up at domex
05/15/2012 - POE in Boston (together)
U. S. A
05/29/2012 - Went to SS office to apply for SS card
06/01/2012 - Welcome letter arrived (Received about 3 of these)
06/05/2012 - Green card arrived
06/15/2012- Back to SS office with green card to reapply and inquire about delay
06/18/2012 - Picked up SSN at SSA office
06/22/2012 - SS card arrived by mail

04/24/14 - Sent I-751 to remove conditions

06/09/14 - Biometrics

11/2014 - RFE from USCIS requesting more evidence before approval

Late Jan - Sent further evidence of marriage

03/05/2015 - Got letter of approval for removal of conditions

03/15/2015 - Permanent 10 yr green card received via mail

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I totally agree with you El Cachalote!

Three months into the whole I-130 process, I can totally see how wonderful VJ is! :) I'm very happy I was referred to it. :)

I used to be a little daunted by all the steps in this process but I see how, even if you get stuck somewhere and are confused, someone on VJ is able to help out with valuable advice. God-willing, it will be great all the way. =)

Thank you VJ!

Edited by princess18

Priority date: 14th October 2011

NOA 2: 23rd March 2012

Case Complete at NVC: 29th May 2012

Interview schedule for 30th July 2012 > Result: Administrative Processing / Green slip 221(g)

AP ended on 29th August - Passport in hand!!

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El Cachalote

I completly agree with you and congratulations on you andd your spouse being together...

I found VJ after being shocked with a denial of my K1, hurt, helpless and overwhelmed.

Now it is hope again for our future to b together....

I love the Empowerment with all the knowledge the site and kind people offer.

Kudos to VJ members.

I hope I can pay it forward one day

Edited by inluvnwaiting

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Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.

OP: Congratulations on the recent approval and best wishes to you in the journey that is life!


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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OP: I think a BIGGG congrats are in order! I wish you the best of luck and a wonderful life with your spouse in the U.S.

I agree that VJ has been an amazing place to be, a wonderful resource and filled with tons of people willing to help, or just chat, or at least make you feel at ease that you aren't the only one going through all this. It's very comforting to have so many great people here to help and offer advice all the time and they do it all for free. I am glad I found this site and have been able to easily follow the guides and outlines made by other users to make my collection of applications, petitions, "evidence", etc. go much smoother than it would have on my own.

Thanks to all the VJ members that are here daily providing support for others and I too hope that I have been (and will be able to in the future) help others along the way as well.

<3

Jaym


Met Through Mutual Friends: Early March 2009

Began dating: June 24th, 2010

Met in Manchester, England: October 20, 2010 to Oct 25, 2010

"Officially" became a couple: November 25, 2010

New Years together in England: Dec 26, 2010 to Jan 2, 2011

Visit to meet my family: February 19, 2011 to February 26, 2011

Visit to spend Easter/Spring Break together: April 16, 2011 to April 30, 2011

Spent the summer together in New York: June 23, 2011 to August 1, 2011

Came to visit just after my birthday: October 13, 2011 to October 23, 2011

Officially Announced Our Engagement: November 30, 2011

Trip to NY for New Years: December 27, 2011 to January 9, 2012

Wedding Day: January 4th, 2012

Trip to England & Italy for Valentine's Day: February 10, 2012 to February 20, 2012

Visit to NY for our 2 year dating anniversary: June 20th, 2012 to July 4th, 2012

Timeline

USCIS

01/08/2012: I-130 Sent from NY

01/11/2012: USPS Delivery Confirmation

01/12/2012: NOA1 E-mail & Text

XX/XX/2012: NOA2 E-mail & Text(STILL waitinggg... Ahhh!)

NVC

XX/XX/2012: NVC received

XX/XX/2012: Case number/IIN

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 sent

XX/XX/2012: DS-3032 accepted

XX/XX/2012: AOS Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: AOS Package sent

XX/XX/2012: IV Bill PAID

XX/XX/2012: IV Package sent

XX/XX/2012: Case complete at NVC

XX/XX/2012: Interview scheduled (Interview Date: XX/XX/2012)

US Embassy London

XX/XX/2012: Embassy received

XX/XX/2012: Medical

XX/XX/2012: Interview

XX/XX/2012: Visa

XX/XX/2012: POE Boston

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OP: I think a BIGGG congrats are in order! I wish you the best of luck and a wonderful life with your spouse in the U.S.

I agree that VJ has been an amazing place to be, a wonderful resource and filled with tons of people willing to help, or just chat, or at least make you feel at ease that you aren't the only one going through all this. It's very comforting to have so many great people here to help and offer advice all the time and they do it all for free. I am glad I found this site and have been able to easily follow the guides and outlines made by other users to make my collection of applications, petitions, "evidence", etc. go much smoother than it would have on my own.

Thanks to all the VJ members that are here daily providing support for others and I too hope that I have been (and will be able to in the future) help others along the way as well.

<3

Jaym

Thanks you for the congrats and the agreement that VJ.com is so wonderful! Thank you all VJers! :thumbs:

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I also stumbled upon this website via Google. It is amazing the wealth of knowledge here. I honestly do not think I could figure any of this out without the help and support offered here. I initially thought I was going to have to get an immigration lawyer and pay big $$$. But now I'm doing it all myself.


Our Journey
12/31/10 - Met my future wife, Dr. Sara
3/1/11 - Approved for B2 Tourist Visa (1 year)
6/1/11 - 3 weeks’ vacation together in USA
9/10/11 - 4 weeks’ vacation together in USA
12/4/11 - 4 weeks’ vacation together in USA
12/28/11 - Married in USA
1/23/12 - Renewed B2 Visa (10 year)

USCIS – Lima Peru - DCF
2/2/12 - Submitted I-130 Petition for Alien Relative (Dr. Sara) via DCF – Lima Peru
3/5/12 - Received "Packet 3 & Packet 4"
3/16/12 - Medical examination - Completed!!!!!!!
3/29/12 - Visa Interview - APPROVED!!! 56 Freakin' Days!!!!!
4/3/12 - Picked up Passport & Visa!!!
4/21/12 - POE at Atlanta. No problems or issues!!!!

5/15/12 - Dr. Sara received her Green Card in the mail
5/21/12 - Dr. Sara got her Social Security Card in the mail
6/21/12 - Dr. Sara got her Michigan Drivers License (watch out!)

4/21/13 - Dr. Sara 1st year anniversary in the USA!

Removal of Conditions

1/30/14 - Submitted I-751 Removal Of Conditions

2/18/14 - NOA I-797, I-751 Receipt Notice - Extended Conditional Residence 1 Year :-)

3/19/14 - Biometrics appointment

12/16/14 - 10 year Permanent Resident Green Card approved and received!!

Citizenship

5/4/15 - Submitted N-400 Application for Citizenship

5/6/15 - NOA for Priority Date of May 06, 2015

5/20/15 - Received NOA for Biometrics appointment

6/1/15 - Biometrics appointment

12/9/15 - Naturalization Interview - Passed!

12/15/15 - Citizenship Ceremony & Oath

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Magnus congrats on your approval!!! :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

I also found VJ just googling for info about this process, and how helpful it became!


10-24-2012: AOS, EAD, AP Sent

11-04-2012: NOA1 AOS, EAD, AP

11-06-2012: Biometrics App Letter

11-16-2012: My baby boy was born

11-19-2012: Biometrics Appointment

12-29-2012: AP Approved

01-04-2013: EAD Approved

01-10-2013: Combo Card Arrived

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