Holly2234's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Chad
Beneficiary's Name: Holly
VJ Member: Holly2234
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2015-02-12
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Immigration Checklist for Chad & Holly:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-07-01
I-130 Sent : 2012-05-10
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-05-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-07-26
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-08-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-08-15
Packet 4 Received : 2012-09-22
Interview Date : 2012-10-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-10-10
US Entry : 2012-10-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 69 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 138 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-05-08
NOA Date : 2014-05-13
RFE(s) : 2014-11-21
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-18
Interview Date : 2015-02-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-02-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 3, 2012
Embassy Review : This is a review of a CR-1 interview when doing DCF.

When i got to Goulds at around 6:55, it was closed so i went for a walk down to the Embassy and there was nobody there. Not even the beginnings of a queue. Back to Goulds i went and they opened up around 7:10 and i stored my things for £3.

Back at the Embassy by about 7:15, there were about 15 people there. They were all there for Citizen Services or Non-Immigrant visas. At about 7:25, they brought out the desk and started checking peoples appointment letters and passports and let people into the security room 4 at a time, giving plastic bags to people to put belts and watches into.

When i got inside, i got my number at the desk. I was I901. I was inside and sat down by 7:40. At 7:58, they called the first N numbers. After about 5 of those, at 8am i was called up to desk number 1. It was the famous \"dragon lady\". If her lanyard is anything to go by, she is probably Malaysian. She was friendly and complimented my filing! She told me she is sick of people who turn up without the right documents... She asked me for everything she needed, birth certificate, police certificate, marriage certificate (and copies), passport, I-864. She then gave back my X-ray disk. She then had me put my fingers on the scanner to take my finger prints. Then she sent me to pay for the visa ($230) at the cashiers desk number 12. I went back to desk 1 to return the receipt and got stuck waiting for 20 minutes because a man didnt bring his documents! By this time it was around 8:30.

Once i managed to give it to her, i went to fill in the courier form and wait to be called up again.

At about 9:05, i was called by name over the speaker to window 16. It was the Chinese American looking guy. He said \"Good morning\" and gave back my original documents. He then asked me to raise my right hand and he asked if i swear everything is true to the best of my knowledge.

He got to a speedy start and asked:
How long have you been married?
How did you meet each other?
When was that?
Why do you want to move?
Who is (joint sponsors name)?
Do you have children?
How old are they?
What job will your husband do in the US?
What do you do?

I then asked him if he would like the employers letter etc which i had got for intent to establish domicile but he refused and said \"Your visa has been approved, do you have any questions?\"

When i type that out, it sounds like the interview dragged on, but it reality i was stood there for 3 or 4 minutes and it didnt seem intimidating or anything.

So off i go to pay the courier and discover a queue half way up the room! I paid the £14.80 and went to get my phone back and share the good news! I was back at Goulds by 9:25. In all, they were pretty relaxed and made it seem very routine rather than a hurdle to overcome.

Throughout this process, i have not submitted any relationship evidence or intent to domicile.

(updated on October 4, 2012)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Philadelphia
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-10-22
Embassy Review : When we landed at Philadelphia, we went up a long corridor after going up some stairs (there are elevators for strollers and wheelchairs etc) and continued right to the end. There are toilets just before you reach the customs desks so no need to all rush for the plain toilet during landing like 50 people decided to do on my plane!

We asked two officers who were directing passengers which line to join. I (UKC with CR-1) travelled with my husband (USC) and daughter (dual UKC and USC) and since we were married, they said we could all join the citizens and permanent resident queue which was a lot shorter. We got to the front of the line in 5-10 minutes and were met by a frosty female officer. She asked me to put my fingers on the scanner and have a photo taken. Then she asked how much money we had and advised that the candy i had declared on the customs form was fine to take through. She put my passport and my daughters (somebody had not scanned her boarding pass but scanned my husbands twice so there was no record of her being on the plane) into a folder and we went to secondary inspection where we went straight up to the desk and they opened my envelope and told me to sit down. He shuffled through the papers and checked everything was in order then called me back up. We went over to a table and he told me to stand in front of him with my right arm by the table. He dipped my finger in ink and then he put it down on the paper instructing me not to press down. He did this twice. Then he asked me to sign my name twice. Both the finger print and signature would appear on my green card. He then told me where i could wash the ink off or offered me a paper towel but i had baby wipes in my bag. He gave back the passports and advised that my green card would arrive within 6 months. If it did not, call USCIS. I asked about my SSN since i ticked the box on my visa application to receive one but he did not know anything about it.

He then said "Welcome home guys" and off we went. All in all it was a pleasant experience and everybody was friendly apart from the first woman at the desk who was simply very blunt and refused to make herself clear when we said we did not understand one of her questions.

We then had to collect our bags and take them to be scanned and put on the next plane. It was $4 for a luggage trolley so make sure you have a card or some cash if you will be needing one!
Harassment Level : Low

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