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Visa received; overview of our timeline (DCF in Sydney, Australia)

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Hello Everyone,

 

It has been extremely helpful perusing the threads here over the past few months. My wife and I filed for her CR1 visa in Sydney Australia where we currently live (as an 'exceptional circumstance'; I am American and she is Japanese). I have a job beginning very soon in the USA, and she is 6-months pregnant with our first child. Here was our timeline. I hope this can offer hope to those currently in the process:

 

JUL-7: Wedding!

AUG-29: Emailed US consulate in Sydney requesting to file I-130 as a DCF 'exceptional circumstance' (job on short notice)
AUG-30: Reply that my petition was forwarded to the USCIS office in Bangkok for approval
SEP-6: Petition approved to file I-130 directly with consulate (told to bring it to interview on SEPT-17)
SEP-17: I-130 submitted; petitioner interview passed
SEP-17 (4 hours after submitting I-130): Packet received in email; immigrant interview scheduled for NOV-26
OCT-2: Enquired to reschedule interview to an earlier date
OCT-3: Interview rescheduled for OCT-15
OCT-15: Immigrant interview passed (very easy, only ~3 minutes of questions. But we did not have police check, so we mailed that later)
OCT-18: Police check received and mailed to consulate
OCT-21: Consulate received police check
OCT-22: Visa issued (police check looked fine)
OCT-23: Visa in-hand

NOV-7: Leaving Australia! Back to the USA!!!

 

Overall, it took us 36 days to go from submitting I-130 => visa in-hand, and this was with one delay (not having police check on time). The Sydney consulate was extremely friendly, helpful, and fast. 

 

I was allowed to attend my wife's interview, so I did. We were asked only 4 questions:

  1. Together: Have you met each other's families?
  2. Only petitioner: Who are you going to work for in the USA?
  3. Only petitioner: What kind of work will you do?
  4. Only petitioner: Where do you intend for you both to live?

 

We gave honest, short, answers to each question and the officer said "OK" and that was it. I was not expecting it to be so easy and casual- but a nice surprise. They kept our joint sponsor I-864 (despite us having ~$190k assets, but most in foreign bank accounts). Also, despite our delay with the police check, we had no issues with any other documents we submitted. 

 

The visa process was extremely stressful on top of having a wedding, moving overseas soon, starting a job soon, having a baby soon, and submitting my doctoral thesis. The amount of important things we've had to juggle has been overwhelming on most days- but we're extremely relieved the visa ended with a success. Thank you all for helping us via posting on this forum. I hope my information here provides some form of help to someone else. 

 

Cheers,

Jess and Haruha

 

Edited by Jess&Haruha

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