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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Chile

Yesterday morning at approximately 6:30AM EDT my wife and step-daughter entered the USA and became legal permanent residents. I still can't believe it! When I woke up this morning with my wife in bed next to me I was so happy.

We entered the US at the Atlanta airport. It was a very smooth process. I wasn't sure which line to wait in so I picked the US Citizen/Permanent Resident line. Once we made it to an officer he immediately re-directed us to another line nearby which fortunately didn't have anyone standing in it. This line was for K-packet holders and immigrant visas. We were called up right away and the visa officer first processed my entry and then asked how long we had been married. I told him 11 months and then he proceeded to open both visa packets and looked through the documents. The only other question he asked was if our address was correct. We then signed a form that stated that we understood that the visas were only good for 2 years and that we would have to renew 90-days or less before the expiration date. He then stamped both visas told us that the stamped visa would be valid for up to one year and that we should receive the green cards in the mail in 6 months or less and that we could file for a SSN the next day. I would estimate it took about 10 minutes from the time he called us up to completion.

Question to those that have recently immigrated to the US. Did you select yes on question 43 on the DS-230 regarding issuing a Social Security Card? If so, did you get a social security card eventually or did you just go to the office and request one in person? We aren't in a rush to get Social Security Numbers, but I also don't want to wait too long to get one.

06/10/11 - Married

USCIS: (224 days)

07/22/11 - Mailed I-130 petitions for wife and step-daughter

07/28/11 - NOA1 for both

02/21/12 - RFE for both (received hardcopy on 2/25)

02/28/12 - Responded to RFE for both(received by CSC on 2/29)

03/02/12 - NOA2 for both(received hardcopy on 3/8)

NVC: (37 days)

03/12/12 - NVC Received both

03/21/12 - NVC case number and IIN received for both & Emailed Choice of Agent for both

03/23/12 - AOS bill invoiced & paid for both

03/26/12 - AOS bill shows paid & AOS Packets mailed for both

03/27/12 - Choice of Agent accepted for wife (sent another for step-daughter via email and express mail)

03/28/12 - Choice of Agent accepted for step-daughter & IV bill invoiced & paid for wife

03/29/12 - IV bill shows paid for wife & IV bill invoiced & paid for step-daughter

03/30/12 - IV bill shows paid for step-daughter & IV Packets mailed for both

04/04/12 - IV Packets reviewed. Checklist issued for Divorce Decree for my wife. Step-daughter's was accepted and her case closed

04/10/12 - Divorce Decree accepted after supervisor review & wife's case closed

04/16/12 - Expedite requested for both cases due to NVC error

04/18/12 - Expedite request approved for both cases and sent to Santiago Embassy

Embassy: (15 days)

04/24/12 - Embassy received both cases from NVC

04/25/12 - Wife went to Embassy for document review. Interview date assigned for both cases.

04/26/12 - Medical Exam for both. Result - approved.

05/07/12 - Interview date for both. Result - approved!

05/09/12 - Received both Visas

05/16/12 - POE Atlanta

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China


Wishing you continued good fortune on your immigration journey.

Completed: K1/K2 (271 days) - AOS/EAD/AP (134 days) - ROC (279 days)

"Si vis amari, ama" - Seneca




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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Philippines

ConGraTuLaTions :):dance::star:

Sent I-129 Application to VSC 2/1/12
NOA1 2/8/12
RFE 8/2/12
RFE reply 8/3/12
NOA2 8/16/12
NVC received 8/27/12
NVC left 8/29/12
Manila Embassy received 9/5/12
Visa appointment & approval 9/7/12
Arrived in US 10/5/2012
Married 11/24/2012
AOS application sent 12/19/12

AOS approved 8/24/13

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Brazil

OMG! Congratulations! I can't wait to wake up at my husband's side in our bed too! Best of luck!

Marriage: June 21, 2011

USCIS (179 days - 5 months and 27 days)

I-130 mailed: August 24, 2011

NOA1: September 1, 2011

Touched: September 6, 2011

NOA2: February 27, 2012

NVC - 30 days

NVC Received: March 05, 2012

NVC assigns case #: March 09, 2012

E-mailed choice of agent according to VJ's sample: March 13, 2012

Received AOS package and I-864 bill: March 14, 2012

Paid I-864 bill: March 15, 2012

I-864 bill status PAID: March 16, 2012

Mailed AOS package: March 19, 2012

NVC’s operator informed on the phone they accepted AOS package: March 23, 2012

Received checklist for the DS-3032: March 23, 2012 (the first electronic choice of agent didn’t get through…)

Resent electronic choice of agent to NVC: March 23, 2012

NVC accepts electronic choice of agent: March 26, 2012

IV bill invoiced: March 27, 2012

IV bill paid: March 28, 2012

IV bill status PAID: March 29, 2012

Mailed IV package: March 29, 2012

CASE COMPLETE: April 04, 2012

NVC left and interview scheduled: April 06, 2012

Interview date: May 30, 2012

Result: APPROVED!!!!


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Egypt

We checked the DS-230 for SSN but I heard people were waiting 8 weeks or more for the card to be sent so we went 5 days after POE and applied in person and the SSN had his name wrong so they corrected it in the SSN office and he got it 11 days after POE

May 24, 2011 NOA1

Sept 11, 2011 NOA2-took 19 days to get case number

Sept 30, 2011 NVC number and IIN received Friday-gotta wait till Monday

Oct 13, 2011 Case Completed- 13 days from receiving case number Took 32 days from NOA2

Nov 30, 2011 Notified of Interview date

January 19, 2012 Interview- 240 days from NOA1

INTERVIEW RESULTS-APPROVED WITH 14 WEEKS AP--but he got his visa in 56 days!!!!!!


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