Lynn n Sam's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lynn
Beneficiary's Name: Sumit
VJ Member: Lynn n Sam
Country: India

Last Updated: 2018-09-06
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Immigration Checklist for Lynn & Sumit:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Mumbai, India
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-01-30
I-130 Sent : 2014-04-07
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-04-10
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2014-11-13
NVC Received : 2014-11-26
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-12-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-02
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2015-01-19
Submit DS-261 : 2014-12-30
Receive IV Bill : 2015-01-13
Pay IV Bill : 2015-01-13
Send IV Package : 2015-01-19
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-03-25
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-12
NVC Left : 2015-04-01
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2015-03-25
Interview Date : 2015-05-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-05-20
US Entry : 2015-05-29
Comments : We originally had New Delhi as our Embassy of choice, but apparently it's NOT our choice and was assigned Mumbai. It's been very trying to get it changed, so Mumbai it is, whether we like or not.
No RFEs or Checklists - thank you God!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 217 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 403 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2015-05-29
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Newark was very easy and the CBP were polite according to my husband. The longest time spent was just waiting as there were quite a few people there at the same time (mostly with shipping visas). There were no questions asked of my husband!
My husband said there was a woman who told the CBP Officer that she had to catch a connecting flight so please hurry - wrong thing to say! The CBP Officer got angry and yelled "everyone has a connecting flight!" Word of advice people - leave enough time between flights for your POE, you just never know!

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-03-22
NOA Date : 2017-03-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-05-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-03-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2018-04-05
Comments : Case transfered and received at local office on 2/27/2018.
Name/ Address updated 3/3/18 (FYI-we didn’t submit a name/address update) We were one of the 9,000 “lucky recipients” that received an incorrectly dated green card regarding the “Residence Since” date. So we had to send the card back and they sent us a new card with the corrected date which took about two months.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Pittsburgh PA
Date Filed : 2018-04-09
NOA Date : 2018-04-09
Bio. Appt. : 2018-04-19
Interview Date : 2018-08-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-09-12
Comments : My husband’s N400 interview went very smoothly at the Pittsburgh USCIS field office. His appt was for 2:00pm and we arrived at 1:45. They ask you not to arrive more than 30 mins early. He was finally taken in for his interview at 2:25pm and he was done at 2:50pm. He passed the first 6 civics questions asked, he easily passed the reading and writing tests as well. The IO (male) made him feel comfortable and joked around, putting my husband at ease. The IO then asked several questions about me and then a few about my husband. He commented that our file, while not overly large in size (surprising since he also had our denied K1 paperwork there as well and I felt like we sent a ton of stuff!) it was very well organized. Everything went smoothly from the security check-in to the end of the interview. Happy day! We received notification a day later stating our Oath Ceremony letter was mailed.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 3, 2015
Embassy Review : My husband had his interview in Mumbai on May 18, 2015 and total time from entry to finish was about 2 hours. He submitted the initial documents necessary and waited for his number to be called. His appt was for 7:30. He was finally called to speak with the CO around 9:15. He was a young American genteleman, sitting alone, no translator or other person of Indian origin was seated with the CO. The first thing he commented on was the organized paperwork and he said he had no questions on any of that as it was perfect! (Yay!) He only asked about 5 questions and all dealt with our previously denied K1 from 2012, which was - were we married previously? My husband answered "No, we were married in January 2014" and at first the CO said he didn't believe him and to go sit and they will call him up later to ask the questions again. My husband said, that's fine, if you call me in 5 minutes or 5 hours, my answers will remain the same. After a little wait, he was called to the CO window a 2nd time and again asked if we were married before. Again, my husband stated no, we were married in January 2014. The CO looked unbelieving. My husband said "why would I marry with the same girl twice?" The CO typed for quite awhile on his computer, asked for the 2014 tax transcript and asked what proofs my husband brought with him. He told him he had boarding passes, hotel bills, phone logs, Skype screen shots, emails, photos, greeting cards etc and asked if he wished to see anything. The CO said no, that's ok, it's fine. He typed again and finally looked up and said to my husband "You're approved". My husband was so happy and relieved. He also said that even though the CO was unsure and said he didn't believe him at first - he still felt like he would be approved just based on the CO's demeanor. The CO never got mean, nasty or yelled - which was a complete opposite situation than the K1 interview experience! He was very good and professional with my husband. Finally! It's been a long 5 1/2 years apart!

(updated on June 3, 2015)
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