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I have two questions. My husband's CR1 interview is on Thursday June 20th. I applied from the states. Will they care that I've been with him most of time since July ?? I came on a spouse visa to the UK in July but I kept my USA address and applied to the Chicago lock box using my Usa address. Will they ask him about that or does it not matter to them? Also, if we are traveling and are not home when they deliver the visa, will they leave it at the post office for us to pick up when we return? Or will the take it back to London. We live in Scotland thanks everyone. I love this site !


Cecilee Mathieson

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I don't know the first bit of your question, but as for visa delivery - it's done by courier. So if you're not there when they deliver it, you'll need to reschedule delivery. It needs a signature. It won't get left somewhere for you.

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* I-130/CR-1 visa by Direct Consular Filing in London
3rd May 2013 - Married in London

7th May 2013 - I-130 filed
4th June 2013 - NOA2 (approved)
16th July 2013 - Interview (approved)
30th July 2013 - POE San Francisco
29th August 2013 - 2 year green card arrived

 

* How? Read my DCF London I-130 for CR1/IR1 Spouse Guide

* Removal of Conditions (RoC) via California Service Centre
1st May 2015 - 90 day RoC window opened
6th May 2015 - I-751 filed (delivered 8th May, cheque cashed 18th May)
7th August 2015 - Approved / GC production

27th August 2015 - 10 year green card arrived

* Naturalisation (Citizenship) via Phoenix Lockbox

* San Francisco Field Office:
1st May 2016 - N-400 window opened
20th August 2016 - N-400 filed

26th August 2016 - NOA1
13th September 2016 - Biometrics

12th January 2017 - Biometrics (again)
30th May 2017 - Interview (approved)
7th June 2017 - Oath

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It's a good thing that you lvied together for a while, it shows you have a bonafide marriage.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Hello VJ people,

I have two questions. My husband's CR1 interview is on Thursday June 20th. I applied from the states. Will they care that I've been with him most of time since July ?? I came on a spouse visa to the UK in July but I kept my USA address and applied to the Chicago lock box using my Usa address. Will they ask him about that or does it not matter to them? Also, if we are traveling and are not home when they deliver the visa, will they leave it at the post office for us to pick up when we return? Or will the take it back to London. We live in Scotland thanks everyone. I love this site !

You can give any address to the courier when you make arrangements on interview day for passport and visa delivery. If you have a friend or relative who will be at home during the day, they can receive the visa for you. They say the receiving person needs some kind of ID from you like a credit card, a bill, driver license, but often the courier never asks. You do know that the passport is left at the embassy so make sure your travels don't require having your passport.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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You can give any address to the courier when you make arrangements on interview day for passport and visa delivery. If you have a friend or relative who will be at home during the day, they can receive the visa for you. They say the receiving person needs some kind of ID from you like a credit card, a bill, driver license, but often the courier never asks. You do know that the passport is left at the embassy so make sure your travels don't require having your passport.


Cecilee Mathieson

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Would they allow us just to pick the visa up from the embassy a few days later instead of sending it thru the post? Also, do they arrange a specific day to deliver the package or is it a general estimate. If they arrange an exact day and time with us it won't be a problem. If its just an estimate we won't know if we would be back home in time. His interview is this Thursday and we won't be home until next Tuesday evenin June 25th.


Cecilee Mathieson

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To give you some idea, I had my interview on a Tuesday and the visa was delivered to my home the following Monday. I was able to specify the time of day, but not the date. Good luck to your husband


05/11: Met online, began exchanging emails, texts, and Skype
10/01/11: First meeting
10/06/11: He proposed
07/17/12: Married in Irving
08/21/12: Mailed I-130 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox
08/28/12: NOA 1, Priority Date, Routed to CSC
09/02/12: transferred to NBC
09/05/12: transferred to local office, Dallas Field Office
01/12/13: NOA 2


01.24.13: NVC Received
02.12.13: Case/IIN Received
02.12.13: AOS bill invoiced
02.19.13: Pay AOS bill
02.22.13: AOS bill shows PAID
02.25.13: AOS package sent
02.19.13: DS-3032 sent
03.01.13: DS-3032 re-sent for Supervisor Review
03.01.13: DS-3032 accepted
03.08.13: IV bill invoiced
03.11.13: Pay IV bill
03.11.13: AOS package accepted
03.15.13: IV bill shows PAID
03.15.13: IV package sent
03.27.13: Case complete
04.22.13 Medical
05.14.13 INTERVIEW - APPROVED!!!!!

04.15.15 I751 sent off

04.20.15 NOA

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Would they allow us just to pick the visa up from the embassy a few days later instead of sending it thru the post? Also, do they arrange a specific day to deliver the package or is it a general estimate. If they arrange an exact day and time with us it won't be a problem. If its just an estimate we won't know if we would be back home in time. His interview is this Thursday and we won't be home until next Tuesday evenin June 25th.

You aren't allowed to pop back in the embassy to pick up a visa.

It's possible you could get it on Tuesday but some people wait a week to 10 days. The time to print it and turn over to the courier varies. Why don't you make arrangements with the courier to note it "do not deliver before Wednesday, June 26" and they could schedule you accordingly if it happens to get to them quickly.


England.gifENGLAND ---

K-1 Timeline 4 months, 19 days 03-10-08 VSC to 7-29-08 Interview London

10-05-08 Married

AOS Timeline 5 months, 14 days 10-9-08 to 3-23-09 No interview

Removing Conditions Timeline 5 months, 20 days12-27-10 to 06-10-11 No interview

Citizenship Timeline 3 months, 26 days 12-31-11 Dallas to 4-26-12 Interview Houston

05-16-12 Oath ceremony

The journey from Fiancé to US citizenship:

4 years, 2 months, 6 days

243 pages of forms/documents submitted

No RFEs

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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Progress Reports to UK regional forum; topic is primarily about return of passport after the interview which is a country specific subject.


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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