KLS2010's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Troy
Beneficiary's Name: Kristie
VJ Member: KLS2010
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2014-03-24
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Immigration Checklist for Troy & Kristie:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Sydney, Australia
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-07-08
I-130 Sent : 2010-11-30
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-12-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-04-18
NVC Received : 2011-04-29
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-05-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-05-05
Receive I-864 Package : 2011-05-05
Send AOS Package : 2011-05-07
Submit DS-261 : 2011-05-03
Receive IV Bill : 2011-05-07
Pay IV Bill : 2011-05-07
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-06-30
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-07-20
Interview Date : 2011-08-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-12
US Entry : 2011-08-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 130 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 243 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-08-24
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-07-01
NOA Date : 2013-07-03
RFE(s) : 2014-02-04
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-03-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Filing with divorce waiver

Case transfered from VSC to CSC in September 2013.
RFE Feb 4 2014. RFE response received by USCIS Mar 17 2014.
Approval email received Mar 24 2014.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 9, 2011
Embassy Review : My interview at Sydney was fairly straight forward.
I arrived at 9.30am for my 10am interview, but the consulate must have been pretty busy because I was asked to come back at 10am.
After going back at 10am and clearing security I was allowed up to the Consulate where I took a number and waited to be called up to the window. I only had to wait around 5mins to be called up.
I was asked to hand them my passport, my 3kg Platinum Envelope and my medical results. I waited while the lady checked over my file containing all documents and forms that we had submitted previously. She then scanned my fingerprints. She told me all my documents looked to be in order and asked me when I was planning on travelling. I was then asked to sit back down and wait to be called again for the interview.
I only waited about another 5mins before being called up to a different window for the interview. I was asked the following questions:
Is this my first marriage?
Is it my husband's first marriage?
Names of mine and my husband's prior spouses
Do we have children together?
Do I have children from my previous marriage?
Does my husband have children from his prior marriage?
How many? Ages? Boys or girls?
Custody of/child support arrangements for my husband's youngest child
My husband's employment/what type of work he does
How did we meet? When did we meet?
When was my first trip to the US? How long for? How many trips in total?
Has my husband ever been to Australia?
When did we get married? Who attended?
What type of work I do here in Australia
What are my plans once I'm in the US? What type of work?
When was I planning to travel to the US?

There were probably a few other questions but these are all I can remember right now. Basically just simple questions that are easy enough to answer.
The CO scared me a little at the end...he said there was something missing from my file and he needed to find it. He came back with small piece of paper and told me 'This is what I was looking for. This is the one you want...it's the one that says your approved!' He handed me the approval notice and told me that it would take about a week for me to get my visa.

All in all a pretty easy experience. The staff were all friendly. The questions were straight forward and I wasn't asked to show any of the further evidence I had brought with me.
Rating : Very Good

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