Divs's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Bobby
Beneficiary's Name: Divya
VJ Member: Divs
Country: India

Last Updated: 2019-10-01
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Immigration Checklist for Bobby & Divya:

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 : Mumbai, India
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-07-14
I-130 Sent : 2011-08-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-08-19
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-02-22
NVC Received : 2012-02-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-03-13
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-03-13
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-03-14
Submit DS-261 : 2012-03-14
Receive IV Bill : 2012-03-19
Pay IV Bill : 2012-03-19
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-03-22
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-04-10
Interview Date : 2012-05-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-05-11
US Entry : 2012-05-25
Comments : Reached the consulate at 7 am. In a matter of minutes, they'd formed separate lines for the immigrant and non-immigrant visas. We were let into the consulate only at 8 am. Went in, got the token, went through security clearance and later was sent to the immigration visa section. Was called for biometrics at 9 am. All my original documents were returned. The officer then asked me a few questions.
- Who has petitioned?
- What's your husband's name?
- How did you meet?
- When did you get married?
I was then asked to wait. Was finally called for interview around 12.10 pm. There was an american consular officer as well as an indian officer. All questions were asked by the american lady.
- Who has petitioned?
- How did you meet?
- Why did you choose an online marriage portal?
- What did you like about him?
- Show me your wedding pictures
- Do you have any correspondence from before the wedding?
And then she said, you're approved and you can collect your passport tomorrow. It was a very pleasant experience overall.

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 187 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 264 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Toronto
POE Date : 2012-05-25
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Extremely easy going through the POE at Toronto. I'd recommend that to everyone :-)

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-02-27
NOA Date : 2014-02-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-21
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-06-22
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2015-03-02
NOA Date : 2015-03-13
Bio. Appt. : 2015-03-31
Interview Date : 2015-07-23
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-08-19
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 10, 2012
Embassy Review : I got to the consulate at 7. In a matter of minutes, separate queues were formed for the immigration and non-immigration visas. Was let inside the consulate at 8 am. Got the token number and then was asked to place all files, my wallet, and watch on a tray to be scanned. Once done with that, was sent to another section of the consulate. There, immigrant visa applicants were sent to counters 1 through 15. I was called for my biometrics at 9 am. After fingerprinting, all original documents were returned to me. Then the officer asked me the following questions.
- Who has petitioned for you?
- When did you get married?
- Were you aware that your husband was married before?
- What went wrong?
- Did he get a divorce?
- What about your previous marriage? Did you submit your divorce decree?
- Are you a malayalee?
- Where are you from? Where in Trivandrum?
- What other names were you known by?
- What are you working as?
The officer also spoke to me in malayalam. He later told me to be seated and that I'd be called for the interview. At around 12.15 pm, I was called for the interview. After taking the oath, the lady gave me the ds230 part 2 and asked me to sign. There was an indian officer sitting by her side, observing body language. All questions were asked by the american lady.
- Who is petitioning for you?
- When did you get married?
- How did you meet?
- Which online marriage portal did you meet on?
- When was it?
- Did he marry his ex wife in the US?
- So did he petition for her too?
- What went wrong with that relationship?
- Why did you get divorced from your ex?
- When was it?
- After meeting online, how long was it before you got romantically involved?
- Were your families aware?
- Do you have your wedding pictures?
- Who is the little boy in the picture?
- Where is your brother?
- What does he do?
- Do you have any correspondence from before the wedding? I handed over one huge bundle of emails to her. She read through most of it. And then she asked me what I liked about him. After that, she said your visa is approved and will be sent to you within a week.
I'd like to state here that from her questions, I never felt that she was grilling me. I felt like she was trying to understand the situation. Overall, it was a very good experience. Also, there's a cafe where you could get tea/coffee and sandwiches, muffins, coke/pepsi etc.
Rating : Very Good

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