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dwheels76's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: NKEM
Beneficiary's Name: JDBOSS
VJ Member: dwheels76
Country: Nigeria

Last Updated: 2020-06-22
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Immigration Checklist for NKEM & JDBOSS:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Nigeria
Marriage (if applicable): 2015-05-15
I-130 Sent : 2015-06-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2015-06-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2015-11-16
NVC Received : 2015-12-02
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-12-18
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-12-18
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2015-12-29
Submit DS-261 : 2015-12-18
Receive IV Bill : 2016-01-04
Pay IV Bill : 2016-01-04
Send IV Package : 2015-12-29
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2016-02-26
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-02-09
NVC Left : 2016-03-23
Consulate Received : 2016-03-29
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2016-02-26
Interview Date : 2016-04-28
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2016-05-20
US Entry : 2016-06-28
Comments : Put in AP for 5 days than approved and told to drop off passport.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 316 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2016-06-28
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Landed at 3:11pm and went to immigration line.
I was in the queue for like 10 minutes when I stepped up to the officer. The questions were:

1. How long are you staying?
2. Are you planning on going back?
3. Where is your brown envelope and passport?

I handed over and told to stand over by wall for someone to call for me.
and took me into secondary questioning. The system was done so it was very backlogged, There were many people there waiting.
I was there for 2 hrs.
Had bio-metrics. Was pretty easy no hassle. Just long, long time. Finally was able to go get luggage and go meet my wife almost 4 hours after landing. That was the hardest part.
I had been traveling since 11am the following day so it was too much.
But I am home now.
Houston is a beautiful POE and massive big.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2018-05-21
NOA Date : 2018-06-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-03-05
Interview Date : 2020-02-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-04-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2020-04-15
Comments : 12/28/2019 month extension letter expired today.
1/9/2020 had InfoPass appt. to get the 551 stamp in passport. Good for a year.

2/27/2020: Combo interview)I-751/N-400). Officer said she will send us the N-14 requesting what she want as more evidence.
4/7/2020: N-14 never was sent. Got message Card is in production and Oath ceremony will be schedule. Thank God.
4/8/2020:Received status Petition approved. Card should be here probably next week.
4/9/2020: Card has been mailed.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Houston TX
Date Filed : 2019-05-21
NOA Date : 2019-05-21
Bio. Appt. : 2019-06-13
Interview Date : 2020-02-27
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2020-07-08
Comments : 2/27/20:Citizenship interview was COMBO with ROC. Was Okay but they want more updated evidence since it's been 21 months since we filed.
Waiting for N-14 she didn't give - to us at interview said she would mail it.

4/7/2020: N-14 never was sent. Oath ceremony will be schedule. Thank God we were approved 40 days after interview.

06/19/2020: Oath has been scheduled.
6/22/2020: Letter uploaded of Oath date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Nigeria
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 23, 2014
Embassy Review : My Husbands review of his interview day.

Interview day April 29th, 2016, 7:00am

Well we left hotel about 6am we were just about 15 minutes drive away. Got to embassy and saw the line. I think they say the queue. About 100 people taking up 3 rows.

I got my binder/folder and 2 albums and my wife had all our stuff and stood under the tree. It was getting ready to rain.

At about 6:46am I was let in the security building (not the embassy we are across the street from there). I guess this is what you call the processing center.
Bags checked. Bodies scanned and then I presented my interview letter.

We were then taken across the street to the Embassy (it started pouring ran. My poor Nkem).
Once inside the embassy bags and books and thing are put on the scanner and we walk through metal detector machine. I make it beep. Oh Lord I think. I have to take off belt and shoes (which took me some working to get on).

All is fine and now I struggle to get redress and my shoes are making me sweat na o. I am now sweating crazy. Thank God for my hanky my wife gave me.

Now we get our number and stand in a line to hand over our original documents, passport. I hand over my wife's passport also to let them know she is here. They give back say they don't need it. This must have been 2 hours wait. Standing all this while.

Finally I get to sit down. I am listening to all the interviews and seems everyone is getting Approved. I knew I would have no wahala.

Then my number comes up about 45 minutes after I sit. It's about 9:00am. I get window 13. With a white woman CO. She says hello, raise my right hand I take the oath, Than my fingerprints are done.

Now the interview begins. Here are the questions she asked in order.

1. Who's calling you? typing typing typing
2. Her middle name are you the one giving that to her? typing typing typing,
She smiles and says "that's nice".
3. How many times has she visited you? typing typing typing
4. When last you saw her? (I say she's out side, the CO said "Really, that's great")
she's typing typing typing
5. Have you ever been married before? typing typing typing
6. Do you have any children? typing typing typing

*******she said excuse me and left the booth to go to another room to talk to someone or something. Came back after about 4 minutes.**********

7. Has your wife been married before? typing typing typing
8. To who? What is his name? typing typing typing
9. Is he a Nigerian? typing typing typing...stop o and Looked and got up and left.

She left again for a while it seemed forever. Came back said "sorry, You have answered all our questions, We have everything we need from you. But our system is not accessing the information we need to complete our processing.
We will not be able to resolve this today. Please give us 60 days and we will call or email you. If we haven't contacted you within 60 days do feel free to contact us. I am sorry for the inconvenience to you. And I apologize".

She handed me the paper saying AP and told me to hold on to my passport until they need it.

My face was not kind at this point I was in shock. She kept saying sorry. I just said fine and tuned and dropped my papers on the floor. Not happy as it seemed every face in the room was looking upon me.

I don't understand this process at all. How can this happen and no one tells you nothing. Our case was received at embassy March 29th. The first update was 2 days before interview. Does that mean they let our case sit for almost a month. Then 2 days before they start preparing for our interview. She seemed not very prepared.

All I could think about was going outside to tell my wife this sad news. I was disappointed and mad at same time.

The CO lady seemed friendly never rude, listening to me, asking me questions. It was like talking to a friend.

Me and my wife have faith that the process will be fine we aren't worried. Nothing can break us. We have a saying between us "it's us against the world". So we will wait, however long it takes. We commit it to God's hands now.

I thank God for the opportunity and the privilege to have had this experience with US Immigration. Thanks to my wife, I have learned so much. But let me say this here and now, I am most grateful to my beautiful great wife Nkem. You know her as Dwheels76. She is the best

Yes at 9:47am got this email. Hubby is leaving in morning to take that longgggggg bus ride to Lagos. We don't even mind. WOW all the planning can start now. I am so happy. Thank you God and Thank you Lagos embassy.

"According to our records, he is required to drop off his International passport. He should print and fill out the attached document and drop them off at any of the DHL Collection Centers listed".

I left yesterday (May 4th) for Lagos to drop off Passport at the DHL Collection Center. I don't even mind the 8 hr bus ride there and back. This is so worth it to see my Nkem smile again.

(updated on May 27, 2016)
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 6

blank avatar Bure on 2018-09-30 said:
What is the name of the hotel you lodged in close to the embassy?
Rosemichelle on 2019-09-16 said:
Thank you for all of your information and support. Your journey has been an example to us all; nothing is too impossible for God. I am happy to say that I have learned a lot from reading about your experience. May you continue to be blessed and happy. Congratulations on your endeavor. .
blank avatar Yellowtulips on 2020-01-02 said:
Wow, amazing. Thank you so much!
Mac_skendy on 2020-01-14 said:
Dwheels76 you are very strong woman.... thank you for being selfless.....Heaven will reward you
blank avatar VersaVersa on 2022-01-17 said:
Any hope for K1 visa applicants? Case approved and forwarded to the US embassy Lagos Nigeria for interview by the NVC since July 2021, interview date currently unavailable since then... Any information that can be of help?
blank avatar VersaVersa on 2022-01-17 said:
Any hope for K1 visa applicants? Case approved and forwarded to the US embassy Lagos Nigeria for interview by the NVC since July 2021, interview date currently unavailable since then... Any information that can be of help?
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