sulhaq's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Harry
Beneficiary's Name: Arisha
VJ Member: sulhaq
Country: Pakistan

Last Updated: 2015-09-21
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Immigration Checklist for Harry & Arisha:

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 : Islamabad, Pakistan
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-06-28
I-130 Sent : 2011-07-09
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-07-12
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-01-23
NVC Received : 2012-02-06
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-02-09
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-02-10
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-02-18
Submit DS-261 : 2012-02-09
Receive IV Bill : 2012-02-12
Pay IV Bill : 2012-02-12
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-02-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-03-09
NVC Left : 2012-03-09
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-04-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-04-10
US Entry : 2012-05-08
Comments : Entered from JFK - New York.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 195 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 269 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2012-05-08
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Everything went smooth. I was with my wife at the POE. They did not even ask her a single question. Simply took her immigration package and fingerprints, made her sign a form and stamped her passport. We were literally done in 3 minutes.

The line up to the immigration counter took longer than to actually go through immigration.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-04-12
NOA Date : 2014-04-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-10-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2015-09-15
NOA Date : 2015-09-17
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Islamabad, Pakistan
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 6, 2012
Embassy Review : My wife was at the diplomatic enclave that houses all foreign embassies at 7 am sharp. As soon as she arrived, the bus that takes applicants from the waiting area to the actual embassy was already standing there. The officials rushed her immediately right from the door and hurriedly told her to get on the bus immediately. She barely had time to give her belongings to her parents, quickly check if she had all her documentation and then be ushered in. She reached the embassy, got off the bus and stood in line for Immigrant Visa applicants. When her number came she was told to hand in her sealed medical envelope and appointment letter and then was told to wait in the waiting room. Her interview was scheduled for 8 am but she had to wait until 10 am.

At 10 am she was called by the consular officer, who had all her originals in front of him. There was an Urdu translator standing behind the CO. He first asked her if she would like to give the interview in Urdu or English. My wife chose English, although the translator still stood there for the entire interview, even though my wife chose English.

The CO started the interview and asked her these questions (in no particular order):

Who is sponsoring you?
How did you meet your husband?
What is your relation to your husband?
When was your marriage ceremony?
Where does your husband work and what does he do?
What are your husband's hobbies?

The CO then asked to see our marriage album. My wife had neatly arranged a select number of pictures from our marriage ceremony, time spent together on dates and a few childhood pictures of us together. The CO flipped through the album and asked a few questions about different pictures here and there.

The CO then handed the album back to my wife and also gathered up all of the originals we had sent to the NVC and returned those to my wife as well. He then smiled and told my wife congratulations! Your visa has been approved and you should receive your passport in 8 - 10 days time. He handed her the slip for the American express courier that will be delivering the passport.
Rating : Very Good

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