cookiesandcream's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jon
Beneficiary's Name: Anna
VJ Member: cookiesandcream
Country: Japan

Last Updated: 2014-08-15
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Immigration Checklist for Jon & Anna:

USCIS DCF 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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Tokyo, Japan
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-11-26
I-130 Sent : 2012-12-10
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-12-19
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-01-25
NVC Received : 2013-02-05
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-02-28
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-02-28
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2013-03-08
Receive IV Bill : 2013-02-12
Pay IV Bill : 2013-03-12
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-04-22
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-06-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 37 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 166 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 3, 2013
Embassy Review : I am the applicant (UK citizen, CR-1), I live in Japan with my husband.
Our interview was for 8.30, but we arrived at the embassy at 7.30, we were second in the queue, but by 8 am there were at least 20 people behind us. We were done by 9.30, so I think getting there early is a good idea.
First the embassy staff will give you a clear file where you put any additional documents in order. For us this was just photos, passport, tax returns for the new tax year, letter pack 500 (you DO still need this!) and medical. They weren't interested in seeing any additional documents.
After that they returned my X-ray, birth certificate and marriage certificate, and then we waited again. After some time I was called up for fingerprints.
Then came the interview: it was very relaxed and the consular officer was very nice, he asked how we met, when we got married and if I'd met my husband's family. It was like a conversation though not like a formal interview. It was painless. Halfway through my husband came up and we talked together.

We were done in just over an hour, but I think getting there early helps a lot.
Rating : Very Good


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