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I am currently waiting for updates regarding my mom's petition. NVC received the AOS & IV package I sent last Nov 10 and based on their website, it takes them 60 days to review the documents. So while waiting, I want to plan ahead. For those of you who've already gone through the interview process, can you please tell me what questions were asked by the CO? And any tips or advice? I know I've been there myself but it was back when I was in the K1 process so I'm thinking it's gonna be different with my mom this time. Your replies will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance :) :)


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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It is a lot easier at the interview stage for parents (IR-5 category) then CR-1/IR-1 or K1. The reason is the documents presented show a family connection between the US Citizen sponsor and the visa applicants.

My wife went with my in-laws to their interview at the Embassy in October. The interview was conducted in their native language. The officer asked my wife were she lives, who she works for, her job title, and who else lives in her house currently. In terms of paperwork, any copies that been submitted to NVC you need to submit the original at the interview, and any civil documents that are more then a year old at the time of the interview needs to be reissued. We got an email from the embassy asking for a I-864A from me, a copy of my citizenship status, copy of pay stubs and/or employment letters within the last six weeks. They asked my wife to also supply updated pay stubs and/or employment letter issued within the last six weeks.


Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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It is a lot easier at the interview stage for parents (IR-5 category) then CR-1/IR-1 or K1. The reason is the documents presented show a family connection between the US Citizen sponsor and the visa applicants.

My wife went with my in-laws to their interview at the Embassy in October. The interview was conducted in their native language. The officer asked my wife were she lives, who she works for, her job title, and who else lives in her house currently. In terms of paperwork, any copies that been submitted to NVC you need to submit the original at the interview, and any civil documents that are more then a year old at the time of the interview needs to be reissued. We got an email from the embassy asking for a I-864A from me, a copy of my citizenship status, copy of pay stubs and/or employment letters within the last six weeks. They asked my wife to also supply updated pay stubs and/or employment letter issued within the last six weeks.

Thanks for sharing. Now I can prepare the documents for her upcoming interview soon.

I am currently waiting for updates regarding my mom's petition. NVC received the AOS & IV package I sent last Nov 10 and based on their website, it takes them 60 days to review the documents. So while waiting, I want to plan ahead. For those of you who've already gone through the interview process, can you please tell me what questions were asked by the CO? And any tips or advice? I know I've been there myself but it was back when I was in the K1 process so I'm thinking it's gonna be different with my mom this time. Your replies will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance :) :)

HI did you call the NVC? Your 60 days is almost over.

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It is a lot easier at the interview stage for parents (IR-5 category) then CR-1/IR-1 or K1. The reason is the documents presented show a family connection between the US Citizen sponsor and the visa applicants.

My wife went with my in-laws to their interview at the Embassy in October. The interview was conducted in their native language. The officer asked my wife were she lives, who she works for, her job title, and who else lives in her house currently. In terms of paperwork, any copies that been submitted to NVC you need to submit the original at the interview, and any civil documents that are more then a year old at the time of the interview needs to be reissued. We got an email from the embassy asking for a I-864A from me, a copy of my citizenship status, copy of pay stubs and/or employment letters within the last six weeks. They asked my wife to also supply updated pay stubs and/or employment letter issued within the last six weeks.

Thank you so much for your helpful reply :) :) :)

I made sure I submitted originals & copies of documents they asked on their website. But to be on the safe side I told my mom to bring all the originals and make copies of everything again in case they're not fully satisfied. I am just wondering though if she has her interview before April 15, do you think they will ask for our current year's tax papers? We submitted 2011, 2012, 2013.


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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Thanks for sharing. Now I can prepare the documents for her upcoming interview soon.

HI did you call the NVC? Your 60 days is almost over.

Wow, I didn't realize my 60 days is over tomorrow. I will call them today. Thank you for reminding me :) :)


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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Wow thats pretty darn long 60 days i heard that they go by priority date im not sure.

Yes 60 days is quite long. But I dont mind waiting as long as we get it done soon, with no problems. Her priority date is August 11.


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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Thank you so much for your helpful reply :) :) :)

I made sure I submitted originals & copies of documents they asked on their website. But to be on the safe side I told my mom to bring all the originals and make copies of everything again in case they're not fully satisfied. I am just wondering though if she has her interview before April 15, do you think they will ask for our current year's tax papers? We submitted 2011, 2012, 2013.

My Mom had an interview this last November. I also asked her to bring originals and copies of everything we already submitted. She did not need any of that. She had to bring few more passport photos, as those she had were not enough, but was able to have her pic taken with an automated photo booth at the embassy. She was not grilled with too many questions as our documents showed everything. The interview was conducted in her language, and I was not allowed to attend even though I am the USC petitioning for her. I waited outside and stressed over nothing, while she had an easy-breezy experience. interview for parents of USCs are much easier. At POE, though, the immigration officer asked her few questions, such as if she is immigrating, and then he turned to me and asked me how I got my US citizenship. I told him - no big deal if he is nosy - even though, I felt it was none-of-his-business kind of question.

Best of luck to your mom at the interview. Tell her not to stress out and get her immunization record ready in the meantime, so she would not have to get too many shots at the medical.


I-130 Sent: 08/28/2013

I-130 NOA1: 08/29/2013

Xfer to CSC: 01/26/2014

NOA2: 03/27/2014

NVC received: 04/07/2014

DS-261/AOS Bill received: 05/12/2014

AOS Bill paid: 05/12/2014

DS-261 completed: 05/12/2014

AOS packet sent:06/02/2014

AOS packet scanned: 06/05/2014

DS-261 resubmitted: 6/12/2014 (error, but the date was reset)

AOS checklist: 07/18/2014

AOS checklist response scanned: 7/22/2014

DS-261 reviewed and IV invoice email received: 08/06/2014

IV invoice available and paid: 08/07/2014

IV packet sent: 08/08/2014

DS-260 completed 08/12/2014

NVC Case Completed: OCTOBER 2ND, 2014

Interview scheduled: 10/03/2014

Interview in Sofia, Bulgaria: 11/20/2014

POA DFW airport: December 3rd, 2014

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My Mom had an interview this last November. I also asked her to bring originals and copies of everything we already submitted. She did not need any of that. She had to bring few more passport photos, as those she had were not enough, but was able to have her pic taken with an automated photo booth at the embassy. She was not grilled with too many questions as our documents showed everything. The interview was conducted in her language, and I was not allowed to attend even though I am the USC petitioning for her. I waited outside and stressed over nothing, while she had an easy-breezy experience. interview for parents of USCs are much easier. At POE, though, the immigration officer asked her few questions, such as if she is immigrating, and then he turned to me and asked me how I got my US citizenship. I told him - no big deal if he is nosy - even though, I felt it was none-of-his-business kind of question.

Best of luck to your mom at the interview. Tell her not to stress out and get her immunization record ready in the meantime, so she would not have to get too many shots at the medical.

Wow thank you so much for sharing your mom's experience :) :) It is relieving to know that they dont grill parents of USC's as much as they did on the K1 process. I have to admit, I am stressing out a bit (I am more nervous than my mom :unsure: ) because I want to make sure she'll have an easy breezy experience. I am also glad you mentioned the POE part where the IO asked her some more questions coz I alsowasn't sure how that goes. Although I kinda remember they did ask me few questions as well on my POE but it was a few years ago (I already forgot what they asked). Anyway I'll keep all these in mind. :thumbs:

Thanks again and God bless! :D :D


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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case close ka na?

Hindi pa. I just checked on CEAC website. I tried calling NVC many times today pero busy ang lines nila. Tomorrow is officially 60 days so hopefully may balita nako about her case.


Jenny


~ IR-5 Timeline (Mom) ~
08/07/14 - sent I-130 to Chicago Lockbox
08/11/14 - delivered
08/11/14 - Priority Date
08/12/14 - NOA1
08/14/14 - check cashed!
09/18/14 - NOA2 (approved!)
--NVC--
10/09/14 - NVC Welcome Letter via email (case # MNL2014xxxxxx)
10/10/14 - completed DS-261 (choice of agent)

10/15/14 - AOS fee paid
10/23/14 - NVC received DS-261 (per phone call to NVC)
10/28/14 - IV fee paid
11/05/14 - AOS & IV package sent
11/10/14 - NVC received package
01/05/15 - Case complete! (per phone call to NVC)
01/14/15 - received P4 (Interview) Letter via email

--MANILA---

01/26/15 - Medical at St. Lukes

02/10/15 - Interview (canceled)

02/09,10,11/15 - 3 Day Sputum Test

04/14/15 - Culture Test (passed!)

04/20/15 - Immunization

04/23/15 - Interview (PASSED!! Thank you God!!)

05/17/15 - US arrival! (POE: JFK)








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