Marlon&Fallon's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Fallon
Beneficiary's Name: Marlon
VJ Member: Marlon&Fallon
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2015-04-20
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Immigration Checklist for Fallon & Marlon:

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 : Jamaica
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-11-01
I-130 Sent : 2011-12-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-01-05
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-05-11
NVC Received : 2012-05-28
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-06-13
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-06-13
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-06-19
Submit DS-261 : 2012-06-13
Receive IV Bill : 2012-06-21
Pay IV Bill : 2012-06-21
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-06-29
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-07-16
NVC Left : 2012-07-16
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-09-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-20
US Entry : 2012-09-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 127 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 256 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-09-15
NOA Date : 2014-09-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-10-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-04-10
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : September 18, 2012
Embassy Review : My wife and I arrive at the embassy at about 7:10am for my 7:30am appointment. We saw quite a few people already lined up in two lines, a long line and short line. We first left our digital devices and anything not allowed in the embassy with one of the persons outside who offered to keep them at a cost.

After approaching the line, we were greeted by a lady who works at the embassy, who then checked our documents. She directed us to the shorter line for immigrant visa and told my wife that because she was the petitioner, she will not be allowed into the interviewing area, but can wait in the court yard located inside the embassy compound.

We weren't let into the embassy until about 7:40am as they had to wait until each processing area had space before allowing more people from the outside to go in.

After going through security checks I was happy to see a snack shop inside the court yard, being that my wife is pregnant, at least there was some where for her to grab something small to eat until we got the chance to get a proper meal. We didn't really eat much due waking up early and rushing out to the embassy.

After leaving my wife in the court yard, I proceed through a metal door to the front desk and joined the line where I handed in my interview letter and was given a DHL yellow slip for visa delivery info as well as assigned a number and told to go to the section to the right.

When I got to that section, there were more than 40 people seated there. All the seats were filled so myself and those who had just arrived in that section had to stand by the counter to the right.

I stood there for an hour, then finally I was called to a window. It was a Jamaican lady. She asked to see my passport and medical results. She then finger printed me and told me to wait until an interviewer calls my name or my number.

I had to stand for more than an hour before seats finally became available. It was such a relief to finally get a seat as my feet were hurting plus I was hungry. Little did I know I had to wait another 2 hours before hearing my number called for an interview.

It was about 10:45am when I was called up to a window to be interviewed. I had a neat folder with documents and a lot of evidence filed in alphabetical order that my wife had helped me to prepare. I also had our photo album with our wedding pictures and pictures form our honeymoon and from her other trips.

The CO that I went to was a white American male, possibly in his late 20's to early 30's. He seemed very pleasant. He swore me in, then said, "so, your wife is filing for you? He then asked the following questions:
When did you get married?
What does your wife do for work?
When and how did you meet your wife?
When was the first time you met her?
How do you get to see her? I told him we do a lot of video chats with each other.
Where did you get married?
Is she from Jamaica?
When was the last time she visited? I told him she was here at the interview with me. When he heard that he ask if she had a small child with her waiting in the court yard, I told him no, and continued that she was only expecting. He responded ok, that's great. He asked to see the wedding photos and told me whenever he wanted me to flip through the pages. I took the initiative to identify each person in our wedding pics and told him what aspect of the wedding the pics were from and where they were taken. He was pleased with the pics so told me that everything looked great. He then asked for my passport and gave me a DHL ticket and told me to pay at the DHL window. He continued by saying, "that's it... have a great day." At which point I realized I was approved. I said thank you and left.

The interview lasted for about 5 minutes.

(updated on September 18, 2012)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Miami
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-09-29
Embassy Review : My POE was at MIA. I got to immigration around 9:30am. It was rather surprising to find the lines empty. It seems like only the people there were from the half filled plane I came on; however, I followed suggestions from other reviews and joined the residence line. I was finger printed and photographed. I was then told by the officer to wait to be processed after handing in my packet.

A few minutes later I was directed to an immigration room where I saw around 20 people waiting . I had to wait for about an hour before I was called by a pleasant female officer of Spanish descent. She asked me quite a few questions, then had me read and sign a sheet regarding my conditional permanent residency, basically info that I had already read here on VJ, that I'll need to file removal of condition at least 90 days before my conditional green card expired. After I signed, she stamped my passport and told me my cr1 visa will be valid to travel in and out of the US for a year, and that I should receive my green card in the mail between 6 weeks to 8 months.

After that she took me to a room where she fingerprinted me and ask me to sign. I was then given my passport back and a copy of the conditional green card document I had signed to, and told that was it, and that I should go and claim my luggage. All in all it was a good experience. It took about 1 1/2hr.
Harassment Level : Low

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