MaryandMian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mary
Beneficiary's Name: Ishteaq
VJ Member: MaryandMian
Country: Pakistan

Last Updated: 2009-06-18
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Immigration Checklist for Mary & Ishteaq:

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): 2004-12-25
I-130 Sent : 2005-01-20
I-130 NOA1 : 2005-01-28
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2005-03-17
NVC Received : 2005-03-17
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2005-04-16
Pay AOS Bill : 2005-04-19
Receive I-864 Package : 2005-05-31
Send AOS Package : 2005-06-02
Submit DS-261 : 2005-04-16
Receive IV Bill : 2005-05-31
Pay IV Bill : 2005-06-02
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2005-06-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2005-07-18
NVC Left : 2005-07-27
Consulate Received : 2005-08-01
Packet 3 Received : 2005-08-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2005-08-19
Packet 4 Received : 2005-10-31
Interview Date : 2005-12-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-05-10
US Entry : 2006-05-23
Comments : Administrative Processing in our case was 148 days. No RFE's were issued during our process.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 48 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 318 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2006-05-23
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 10
Comments : Interrogated over 2 hours and I received a call at home and was questioned as well. They almost had him miss his plane home and his luggage was lost.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-02-23
NOA Date : 2008-06-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-02-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2009-02-26
Comments : Case filed with TSC and was transferred to VSC. Never got NOA or Bio so on 04/30/08 had to go to Atlanta for I-551 stamp. Contacted Homeland Security and have a formal inquiry started on May 29, 2008 as to why we are in limbo with nothing in writing from TSC or VSC. After Congressman Bachus office stepped in we got a NOA 1 dated for June 25, 2008. Finally touched case on 01/26/09 after Jeff Sessions office inquired since they had not had any updates since August 2008. Then the actual card was ordered on 02/18/09. Touched 02/19/9, 02/20/09, 02/21/09 and 02/22/09, 02/23/09, 02/24/09, 02/25/09. Received NOA (via USPS) stating his conditions were removed and expect card within 60 days on 02/23/09. The actual card arrived on 02/26/09. No RFE's or interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Texas Service Center
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2009-02-24
NOA Date : 2009-02-26
Bio. Appt. : 2009-04-01
Interview Date : 2009-06-18
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2009-06-18
Comments : Same day oath if you have all approved before they begin the ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Islamabad, Pakistan
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 17, 2005
Embassy Review : I have to give the embassy a mid range review. Our paperwork sat until I had the senator ask why we had not gotten an interview date for months? We got the date in December after the senator inquired on our behalf. The interview itself was not a bad experience at all. My only problem is the lack of information that they give you and slow in getting to their cases.
Ishteaq arrived on time and was admitted to the embassy. He had to take off his belt and ring on his finger. And in his paperwork he had a musical card I had given him that he took for evidence they took it and he forgot to get it back. They said it was not allowed inside the compound.
He was called at 9 a.m. to window 5 where they asked for his passport and made sure he had his copies of everything and was paid in full. Then told him to go back and wait for the next call.
The next call to window 6 was at 9:45 a.m. to see which language he wanted to take his interview. He told them in English. He was then returned his passport at this window. Male Pakistani CO only asked him which state I lived in the USA? What type of marriage did we have and when and where did it happen? And how long was I in Pakistan? He looked at our wedding pictures briefly and asked him if he had other proofs? Ishteaq picked up the stack and the man said okay and did not look at any of it. Then dismissed him back to await the third call.
The male English CO called him to window 2 at 10:50 a.m. The gentleman was drinking coffee and very relaxed. He asked him how we met and when? Then he asked for our first face to face meeting of when and where? Asked about my job, my children, thier names and ages, how many times each of us were married, did money exchange hands, about our co-sponsor relationship, his job, and family? Then he asked for him to submit both his index finger prints. Interview was only about 15 minutes long. CO was interrupted by others two times during the interview for help with thier cases.
Ishteaq asked him if all was okay? CO said your case is okay but we have to do some offical work on it and gave him two sheets of paper. No comments written on them just the top boxed checked saying needed more processing. So we are now on AR and praying for it to be resolved shortly.
My chief complaints were that they took forever to schedule us since both our K3 and CR1 were at the embassy from July until October for interview. Secondly, they did not tell us we needed a co sponsor for longest and only then found this out calling DOS for updates. I feel if they can get more staff or handle these matters more efficiently their score would be a 5.
Rating : Moderate


POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-05-23
Embassy Review : Interrogated over 2 hours and I received a call at home and was questioned as well. They almost had him miss his plane home and his luggage was lost.
Harassment Level : High


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