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Moved from IR-1/CR-1 Process & Procedures to Moving to the US and Your New Life In America forum.

Our journey:


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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that is where I asked the question

Don't worry some of us just look at all new posts and have no idea what region they are in.

After the visa is granted, you purchase the ticket in the name on the passport (I know it is not an issue in your case as he is still using his surname :)). He gets on an airplane and makes sure he has ready access to that brown "DO NOT OPEN" envelop he received at the Embassy/Consulate. Upon arriving in the US, he goes thru a CBP checkpoint and hands over the brown envelop and is inspected--this can take a few minutes to a few hours depending on the POE. He then collects his baggage and goes thru Customs where he declares any items of value and then if he has a connecting flight, he puts his baggage onto a conveyer belt so it goes to his final destination. He then makes his way to the gate for his connecting flight--most likely having to go thru security again, so plan on a long layover so he can make his connecting flight. He arrives and you greet him and the two of you begin your lives together. Then you begin the next phase of the visa journey.


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Thank you, but I know all this / I travel extensively / I was born here so don't need to know about life in US either/ I am asking what do I need to do next for immigration after he arrives?

Thanks for answering as I find it hard to get any answers on this site

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I can't tell you first hand, but upon arrival, I would assume you would have to go apply for his social security card and drivers license. I think they will stamp his passport with a valid temporary green card for a year so he will already be eligible to work.

Then it is Removal of Conditions which would be the next process you would have to go through: http://www.visajourney.com/content/751guide


K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Texas Service Center
Consulate : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2011-03-07
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-07-08
Interview Date : 2011-11-01
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2011-11-03
US Entry : 2012-02-28
Marriage : 2012-03-05
AOS sent: 05/16/2012
AOS received USCIS: 5/23/2012
EAD Delivered: 8/3/2012
AOS Interview: 08/20/2012.
Green Card Received: 08/27/2012

ROC Form Sent 07/17/2014

ROC NOA 07/24/2014
ROC Biometrics Appt. 8/21/2014
ROC RFE 10/2014 Evidence sent 1/4/2014

ROC Approval Letter received 1/13/2015

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Then it is Removal of Conditions which would be the next process you would have to go through: http://www.visajourney.com/content/751guide

Won't need to remove conditions, as been married over 2 years.

Will get a 10 year unconditional green card, but can apply for citizenship 2 years 9 months after POE

Edited by CJKylie

ROC Timeline

Service Center: California

90 Day Window Opened.....08/03/17

I-751 Packet Sent................08/04/17

NOA Dated...........................08/07/17

NOA Received......................08/09/17

Check Cashed......................08/09/17

Biometrics Letter Rcvd........08/26/17

Biometrics Appointment......09/07/17



Naturalization Timeline

Field Office: Santa Ana, CA

90 Day Window Opened.......08/03/18

N-400 Filed (Online)..............08/03/18

Receipt Notice.......................08/03/18

Biometrics Letter Rcvd..........08/20/18

Biometrics Appointment.......09/07/18

In Line For Interview.............

Interview Letter Rcvd............




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