sberendt's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: sean
Beneficiary's Name: grettel
VJ Member: sberendt
Country: Costa Rica

Last Updated: 2012-12-06
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Immigration Checklist for sean & grettel:

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 : Costa Rica
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-09-29
I-130 Sent : 2011-12-17
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-12-22
I-130 RFE : 2012-05-23
I-130 RFE Sent : 2012-06-21
I-130 Approved : 2012-07-02
NVC Received : 2012-07-09
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-08-02
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-08-08
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-08-16
Submit DS-261 : 2012-08-09
Receive IV Bill : 2012-08-22
Pay IV Bill : 2012-08-24
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2012-10-03
Packet 3 Received : 2012-10-03
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-10-03
Interview Date : 2012-11-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-11-26
US Entry : 2012-11-29
Comments : Easy...The Embassy called us several times at home (Moravia) the morning of the interview. We arrived to the Embassy at 11:15 a.m. and they were calling my wife before we entered the building. Upon entry, we were sent directly to the interview without waiting.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 193 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 333 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Fort Lauderdale
POE Date : 2012-11-29
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : We arrived in Fort Lauderdale (Hollywood International Airport) at 5:30 a.m. we waited in the immigrant line for nearly an hour. The first agent we made contact with did not speak spanish. Fortunately, I speak spanish and I was able to offer assistance while the agent studied our documents and collected digital fingerprints from my wife. Afterwards, we were sent to a small waiting room with several other immigrant families. There, my wife had to sign another form and leave an ink fingerprint. When we were free to leave, I realized that the agent had not given back any of our original birth certificate, marriage document; which I was told would be returned by the NVC. I asked the agent to return my wifes original documents. The only document he was willing to return was our marriage document from Costa Rica.
I recommend for those of you following the same path, to obtain several originals as back-up, as in my case, the original documents I sent to the NVC.
Good Luck

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Costa Rica
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 6, 2012
Embassy Review : Easy...The Embassy called us several times at our home (Moravia) the morning of the interview. We arrived to the Embassy at 11:15 a.m. and they were calling my wife before we entered the building. Upon entry, we were sent directly to the interview window without waiting a minute. All of the questions were in spanish, as my wife does not speak english. My wife was asked some pretty simple questions: Where did we meet; How did we meet; How many times had I visited and Where do I live. We were then asked to provide evidence of an on-going relationship. We submitted an entire photo album full of pictures (I travel to CR every three months). In addition, I submitted a years worth of phone records from my wireless company. I was asked to submit my most recent tax returns. My wife was sent to another window for digital fingerprints. We were then told to come back at 1:00 p.m. for a follow-up interview. We returned at 12:45 p.m. and maybe waited 10 minutes before being sent to another window for a follow-up interview. The lady interviewing my wife asked some similar questions from the previous interview. The lady then began questioning me in spanish. She asked me what I do for a career, where do I live and how may times I have been to CR. After she was finished with her questions she said the Visa has been approved.
She then told us we can return the following Monday to pick-up the Visa packet at 3:00 p.m.
We returned the following Monday 11/26/2012 to pick up our Visa. We waited maybe 10 minutes. We were directed to a window where a man was waiting with a packet a my wife's passport containing the Visa. He explained to us the conditions of the Visa pertaining to CR-1's how much we have to leave the country before the Visa expires and informed us approximately when we can expect a green card in the mail.
It was only at that point when I new I could finally purchase airfare.

Rating : Very Good

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