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Appointment was at 9:30 AM.  Both husband (Applicant) and self (US Citizen/Petitioner) attended.  We were in there by 9:15, documents reviewed, no copies taken, only one picture was required.  We sat for about 20 minutes and then interviewed by second CO and asked:  1)  How did you meet?  2)  When did you first meet in person?  3) When did US Citizen arrive in the UK for this interview trip?  4)  How many times had applicant been in the US?  After these questions, the CO said he was happy and returned our original documents and said he would approve the visa and took my husband's passport.  Very smooth, done by 9:45.  I was in shock.  Both CO's were very polite, professional and respectful, even light hearted.  They did not review any relationship evidence despite us bringing pictures, chat logs, co owned bank statements, etc.  Overall experience was extremely good and the easiest part of our Visa Journey thus far. 


As an added note - we hired a lawyer in the hope that it would expedite our process and that forms that we found difficult to complete would be filled in well, accurately and save us time.  However, the woman we used only filled out the I130 and Affadavit of Support, had us do the rest.  The two forms were riddled with errors (typographical).  She held our paperwork for over 5 weeks before filing initially.  In addition, failed to give us basic information that my husband, having lived in another country, would require two police certificates, which took a further 3 weeks to obtain.  She or her team uploaded documents to CEAC that hadn't been proof read and were rejected due to not showing irrelevant wording at the bottom.  Overall, we paid $2,500 for a service that was inadequate and cost us 9 weeks of time.  If English is your first language, save yourself the money and time and do it yourself.  It really wasn't difficult at all.  The worse part is the waiting for answers.

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Congratulations 👍 on your approval and enjoy the years ahead!!! In my estimation (although I don't have data on immigrant visa approvals to back up my claim), immigrant visa applications for Canadian and British immediate family petitions will have the highest approval rates and lowest number of required evidence.


Low fraud highly developed affluent English speaking countries, doesn't get easier than that in the application pool.

Edited by Just Observing

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Hi, first of all congratulations! 


You say that you also attended the interview, I am the applicant and my wife is the petitioner so I'd just like to know if we should plan for he to fly over around the interview date as I was under the impression only I had to attend. 



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

Moved from Process & Procedures to Progress Reports.

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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