Gracenp2's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Sander
Beneficiary's Name: Alba
VJ Member: Gracenp2
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2017-04-25
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Immigration Checklist for Sander & Alba:

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 : Dominican Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-04-21
I-130 Sent : 2012-05-09
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-05-14
I-130 RFE : NONE
I-130 RFE Sent : NONE
I-130 Approved : 2012-08-13
NVC Received : 2012-08-17
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-09-13
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-09-13
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-09-14
Submit DS-261 : 2012-09-13
Receive IV Bill : 2012-09-19
Pay IV Bill : 2012-09-19
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-10-01
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-10-26
NVC Left : 2012-10-30
Consulate Received : 2012-11-05
Packet 3 Received : 2012-11-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-11-05
Packet 4 Received : 2012-11-05
Interview Date : 2012-12-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-12-27
US Entry : 2013-01-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 91 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 218 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2013-01-02
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The experience was very pleasant. Had to wait about 2 hours but it was all worth the wait.!!

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-10-17
NOA Date : 2014-10-24
RFE(s) : 2015-05-19
Bio. Appt. : 2014-11-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-07-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2015-08-20
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2016-07-08
NOA Date : 2016-07-11
Bio. Appt. : 2016-08-03
Interview Date : 2017-04-04
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-04-25
Comments : The Ceremony was very impressive. My wife loved it!!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 3, 2013
Embassy Review : Sorry it took so long for this posting. I flew into Santiago on the 16th. Relaxed with our families. On the Morning of the 18th we left La Vega at 5:30 am. We got to the consulate at 7:15 am. We immidiately got in line (Received Ticket number 120). We made it in at 7:45. At 8:15 pm we were called to window 21 at which point the gentlemen asks us if we have kids in common and if we had received the analysis from the Medical. My wife responded no because she was advised that it would be sent to the consulate. He then advised us to take a seat and that we would be called for the fingerprints. At 8:30 am we were called to window 15 for her fingerprints.

I will say that those benches were not that bad!! however sitting on them for a while will cause you some serious pain.

Anyways we waited and waited and at 11:15 am were were called back to window 22 at which we were sworn in.
The following are the questions in order:

My wife was asked her name.
I was asked my name.
He asked me where I live in the US and with whom?
I responded alone with my (Two Cats)He actually laughed at that!!
Where I work and What do I do there.
He asked if I had kids and where they live.
He also asked me how many times have I been married.
He then asked my wife the same question regarding how many times she had been married before and when my wife responded once he laughed and stated and hopefully the last.

After that he turned to me and asked:
"So Tell me how did you guys meet?"
I went ahead and actually told him how.

He then asked to see pictures.
I proceeded to show him our wedding album.
Not once did he asked who were on the pictures being that I jump ahead and told him anyways. He simply kept saying "Beautiful" "Lovely"

I went ahead and also showed him our Honeymoon pics.
He just asked if they were recent and which I responded yes.

He then asked my wife for her Medical results.
My wife advised him that she was told they would be sent to the consulate. At that time I saw the GREEN TICKET in his hand and he then told us that we can go and pay Domex but that we must bring the Medical results back on to window 28 which was located outside.

At this point it actually took me a few seconds to realize what he meant and proceeded to pay Domex immidiately!! (PAID THE $12.50 TO PICK UP IN SANTIAGO)

At 11:30 am we left the consulate and headed to consultorios de visas and retrieved the medical. We attempted to hand them in to window 28 outside but were advised that they were already closed and that they would be open in the morning at 7:30 am. We had to drive back to the consulate in the morning but at that point we did not mind AT ALL!!

Overall the only drawback was the wait other than that, the questioning part was about 7 minutes long. The gentlemen asking the questions was very friendly throughout the process.
Rating : Very Good

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