BocaChicaBabe's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: H
VJ Member: BocaChicaBabe
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2016-02-05
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Immigration Checklist for M & H:

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 : Dominican Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-01-18
I-130 Sent : 2011-02-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-02-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-05-24
NVC Received : 2011-06-07
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-06-08
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-06-09
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2011-06-14
Submit DS-261 : 2011-06-09
Receive IV Bill : 2011-06-15
Pay IV Bill : 2011-06-16
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2011-06-23
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-07-12
NVC Left : 2011-08-03
Consulate Received : 2011-08-05
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-08-03
Interview Date : 2011-09-12
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-09-20
US Entry :
Comments : Very good. The entire process from start to finish went very smoothly. No problems at the consulate.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 97 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 208 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2011-11-02
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments : We were with customs for about an hour. There were several people already waiting ahead of us. I think our flight landed around the same time as a few others, so things were kind of backed up. Once they finally got to us, things went quickly and smoothly.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-08-05
NOA Date : 2013-08-12
RFE(s) : 2013-12-13
Bio. Appt. : 2013-09-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-03-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-03-08
Comments : Biometrics appointment was scheduled for September 10, but we walked in on August 26 to get it done early.

Case was transferred to CSC on September 12.

RFE received the week of Dec 13. Mailed response to RFE on January 6. It was delivered on January 10.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2015-06-26
NOA Date : 2015-07-11
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-28
Interview Date : 2016-01-27
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 25, 2011
Embassy Review : Our appointment was at 9:30 so we missed out on all the super early morning excitement of waiting in line and people trying to misguide/ misinform us. We opted to stay in Boca Chica and take the bus in the morning rather than spend the night at a hotel near the consulate. By the time we arrived, it was around 7:15 and there was no line. We were told by security that it was too early for us to enter, so we waited across the street. While we waited we witnessed a woman being hit by a car (she managed to get up and walk away) and one bus rear end another. Around 8:00 some random guy on the street where we were waiting told my husband we should be able to enter. My husband went to confirm that with security and came back to get me. We walked up to an employee in the yellow shirt who gave us our number 530 and we made our way to security. There were less than 10 people trying to get through security at that point. It took longer than it should have taken considering there were very few people in line. The problem was itís a pretty small space and they had to check the purse of the woman in front of me and I couldnít get past her or the 2 kids that kept stepping in the way of me passing through the metal detector to get my bag (contained nothing but my 3 binders of documents/evidence and snacks) which security kept waving me to come through to get. We were inside by 8:15 and everything is just as others have described in previous reviews. We were called to window 15 around 10:00 where we submitted the necessary documents and answered the few simple questions asked by the gentleman behind the window. He asked me if I had any kids and if the address I provided is my current address. He asked my husband if heíd been married before. Then he asked my husband how long weíd been married. My husband responded with the entire length of our relationship rather than just the length of our marriage. He mentioned being worried about the mistake once we sat down, but the gentleman didnít even question it while we were at the window. At almost 11:00 our number was called to window 13 for fingerprints where there were about 4 other people waiting. I realize I didnít need to be there, but I went along anyway. As we were walking to the window, I noticed a married couple that had been sitting in front of us before we got called to window 15 was being separated during their interview. The wife was passing us to go sit down and her husband was still at the window being questioned. After the fingerprints, we sat back down and I noticed another married couple who left the interviewing window and came to sit in front of us. Thatís the point at which I really became aware of what was going on around me and I started paying more attention to who was going straight from the interviewing window to the exit without paying Domex and who was being asked to sit down and wait for further questioning. Prior to that I was more focused on paying attention to our number being called and I was pretty oblivious to anything else. While we waited I noticed another couple who was asked to sit for further questioning. Another couple leaving their interview and headed straight for the exit was asked by someone seated near us if they were approved and they shook their heads and proceeded to leave. The couple seated to the left of us was called to their interview and pretty much right after being called up to the window they were walking right back out to the exit; their denial happened that fast. The married couple directly in front of us looked rather worried as they waited to be called again, and all of the denials and further questioning started to scare my husband. Also, just before our number was called we noticed a couple being called to window 11.

Our consul was a young, pleasant, American male who thankfully spoke Spanish well enough for my husband to understand. I was worried because Iíd read reviews where the beneficiary couldnít understand the consulís bad Spanish and had a hard time getting through the interview. He asked me my name and I forgot and said my maiden name, but quickly corrected myself and gave my married name (Iím still getting used to it). He never even acknowledged that error. He asked my husband his name. Then he swore us in.

He asked me:

When/where we met
What/where is his job
Where he lives and with whom
If my husband has kids
If the city I currently live in is where I was born
To see my passport and asked if I had family there or if all my trips were to see my husband

He asked my husband:

Who I live with
Where I work
How we communicate if I donít speak fluent Spanish and he doesnít speak English
Why he never learned English since he works around a lot of people that speak English
If heíd ever been to the US
If he has family in the US

The consul looked through the photos I submitted with the petition, and then started typing something into the computer. During that time, I was listening to the couple nearby and the consul asked the man what was the last thing his woman sent him. He said underwear. The consul reacted like that wasnít an acceptable response. The woman began to explain in more detail the situation. I turned my attention back to my own window and the consul congratulated my husband and told him his visa was approved. He told him to go pay Domex and expect it to be delivered within two weeks. We were never separated and he never asked for any additional evidence. As we were walking away we could see all eyes on us watching to see if we were headed to pay Domex or headed out the door. Everything went smoothly and we were out of there by 12:30. Domex delivered his packet a week later.

During the NVC stage, I sent in additional evidence with the IV packet. The gentleman at window 15 returned most of the evidence except the copies of my passport stamps for the trips I made after I submitted my petition and the additional photos I sent of us together and me with his family.
Rating : Very Good

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