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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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I have asked this question before in the "CR-1 Columbia Club" thread, but didn't get much response.

Before the Visa interview, medical and clincal exams are required.

1. How many days before the visa interview should we plan to be in Bogotá?

2. Is there anything else (besides medical stuff) that needs to be done in Bogotá before the visa interview?

I need to plan for my plane tickets, etc.

Thanks in advance...


USCIS (CR-1)

06/30/2006 Mailed I-130 USPS Overnight Mail to Nebraska (NSC)

07/03/2006 Express Mail signed for at NSC

07/08/2006 Found out on VJ that my case is transferred to California (CSC)

07/21/2006 NOA1

11/02/2006 NOA2

NVC

11/13/2006 NVC Case # Assigned

11/20/2006 DS-3032 and AOS Fee Bill generated

11/21/2006 Emailed Choice of Agent (from wife/non-USC) in lieu of DS-3032

11/21/2006 Sent AOS Fee Bill Payment via USPS Overnight Mail

11/30/2006 NVC Processed AOS Fee Bill Payment (still no record of receiving Choice of Agent Email)

12/04/2006 Sent DS-3032 Choice of Agent USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Received I-864 Affidavit of Support (AOS) in mail

12/11/2006 Sent I-864 AOS to NVC via USPS Overnight

12/11/2006 Immigrant Visa (IV) Fee Bill Generated

12/18/2006 Received IV Fee Bill in the mail

12/18/2006 Sent IV Fee Bill payment to NVC via USPS Overnight

01/03/2007 Sent DS-230 USPS Overnight

01/08/2007 NVC processed DS-230

01/12/2007 Received DS-230 (Part 1) and the list of "Documents You Need to Obtain" for Embassy Interview in mail

02/06/2007 Case Complete @ NVC

02/13/2007 Case sent to Embassy

Embassy

03/15/2007 Received Interview Instructions (aka Packet 4)

04/03/2007 Lab Tests

04/04/2007 Medical Exam

04/10/2007 Interview (Conditional Approval)

04/12/2007 Visa Approved!

04/18/2007 Visa in Hand, Gracias a Dios !!!

04/19/2007 Arrival in USA !!! (POE = Atlanta)

05/29/2007 Received Green Card in mail

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Colombia
Timeline
I have asked this question before in the "CR-1 Columbia Club" thread, but didn't get much response.

Before the Visa interview, medical and clincal exams are required.

1. How many days before the visa interview should we plan to be in Bogotá?

2. Is there anything else (besides medical stuff) that needs to be done in Bogotá before the visa interview?

I need to plan for my plane tickets, etc.

Thanks in advance...

If you plan on getting the DAS Certificado de Migratorio in Bogota then I believe you need to allow 3 business days (it is 2 or 3 days; someone else can clarify). You can normally get the results from the medical exam the next day. She has to go a lab before going to the medical appt. And I personally would build in AT LEAST one day for problems, unexpected issues, etc. This is Colombia we are talking about after all. We are building a couple of days to be safe. My wife's interview is the 27th and we are arriving the night of the 20th in Bogota. Our planned schedule is below. If you already have the Certificado de Migratorio then you could do the medical 2 days before the interview if you want to cut it close; which means you might want to arrive 3 days ahead of time (minimum). Also, check to make sure there are no American or Colombian holidays which occur on those days.

Our Schedule (March)

20th - Arrive Bogota at night

21st - Lab (Extra Day #1); this can be done same day as medical appt.

22nd- Medical appt

23rd - Receive Medical Results

24th - Saturday

25th - Sunday

26th - Extra Day (Extra Day #2)

27th - Interview

28th - Receive Visa (we hope)

29th - Fly back to Miami

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I-130 Timeline

08-15-06: Married in Barranquilla, Colombia

08-23-06: I-130 mailed to Texas Service Center

08-28-06: I-130 received by CSC

09-06-06: NOA 1

09-12-06: Touched

11-02-06: NOA 2 Approval E-mail (71 Days)!!

NVC

11-15-06: Case received by NVC and case # assigned

11-20-06: DS-3032 and AOS Bill Generated

11-21-06: E-Mailed Choice of Agent

11-24-06: AOS Bill Mailed to NVC

11-29-06: Received email acceptance of DS-3032

12-04-06: IV Fee Bill and I-864 Generated

12-11-06: Received IV Fee Bill and I-864

12-12-06: Mailed IV Fee Bill and I-864 to NVC (overnight)

12-18-06: IV Fee Bill entered into system by NVC

12-27-06: DS-230 Generated by NVC

12-27-06: Mailed DS-230 to NVC (overnight)

02-01-07: Case Completed by NVC!!

02-07-07: Case Sent to U.S. Embassy in Bogota

Embassy - Bogota

02-09-07: Case received by Embassy (estimated)

03-27-07: Interview Scheduled

03-29-07: Visa Issued!!

03-29-07: Arrival In USA

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Colombia
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Bogota is a really nice place. If you can see past this visa ####### it makes a great vacation. Unless you are seriously under pressure take a few extra days and enjoy the city. It is sad to see people run in and out that never know how great the city is.


10 Nov mailed I 129F to TSC

16 Nov 29 Nov Notice date

3 Dec Received NOA 1

3 Jan 05 Please I just want to be touched

3 may 05 NOA2 E mail notification

7 May 05 Mail NOA2

11 May 05 sent petition to Bogota

18 May Packet 3 arrived

19 May Checklist taken to consulate

31 May Packet 4 delivered

29 June visa granted

1 July Visa delivered

Sometime in July Lucero came to US

13 Sept 05 Married

1 Nov 05 -USCIS recieved 485 and EAD

13 December RFE stupid things I should have included Returned very quickly

27 March received bio letter for New Orleans

7 Apr_06 Bio done in New Orleans

20 April 06 Touched on all applications

21 April Email received EAD approved

27 Apr Received EAD card

30 May 2006 Received appointment letter for JaX on 13 July 2006

13 July Interview successful approved

20 July Received green card

30 June 08 Sent I751 to remove conditions

25 July 08 Application returned erroneously incorrect fee

27 July mailed new application with separate checks

15 Sept 08 Application returned erroneously K2 not within 90 day timeframe

17 Sept Mailed 3rd application with mountains of proof of error copied Senator Mel Martinez

09 October 4th application package sent. This time they said the app signature page was a copy

10 Oct Sent package again 4th time.

25 Oct Received another NOA for Wife with $625 for the amount with one year extension

30 Oct 2008 Still nothing for step daughter. Checks still haven't cleared the bank

24 November Checks finally cleared the bank

February biometrics for wife Nothing for daughter.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Colombia
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You can also try to get the vaccines taken care of now before the medical. They are TD, MMR, and varicela, she can get them done at the Red Cross if she wants to. Also she can pay her 156 at the bank and that's another thing you won't have pending.


CR-1

02/05/07 - I-130 sent to NSC

05/03/07 - NOA2

05/10/07 - NVC receives petition, case # assigned

08/08/07 - Case Complete

09/27/07 - Interview, visa granted

10/02/07 - POE

11/16/07 - Received green card and Welcome to America letter in the mail

Removing Conditions

07/06/09 - I-751 sent to CSC

08/14/09 - Biometrics

09/27/09 - Approved

10/01/09 - Received 10 year green card

U.S. Citizenship

03/30/11 - N-400 sent via Priority Mail w/ delivery confirmation

05/12/11 - Biometrics

07/20/11 - Interview - passed

07/20/11 - Oath ceremony - same day as interview

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