Kerstin + Faisal's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kerstin
Beneficiary's Name: Faisal
VJ Member: Kerstin + Faisal
Country: Saudi Arabia

Last Updated: 2014-11-30
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Immigration Checklist for Kerstin & Faisal:

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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? California Service Center on 2013-12-17
Consulate : Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-08-29
I-130 Sent : 2013-05-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-05-29
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-12-30
NVC Received : 2014-01-10
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-02-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-02-19
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2014-02-14
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2014-03-07
Send IV Package : 2014-07-22
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2014-10-07
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-09-19
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2014-10-13
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2014-11-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-11-06
US Entry : 2014-11-29
Comments : POE at Seattle Tacoma (SEA)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 215 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 523 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Seattle
POE Date : 2014-11-29
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Everything went smooth. Only took 30 mins to get through custom and he was on his way! Hamdullah!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 3, 2014
Embassy Review : My husband went into the US Embassy at 12:00pm. His appointment for 12:30pm. He went through security. Showed them his passport and appointment letter. My husband just took his documents with him inside and just left everything not allowed in his car.

He took a number, waited until his number was called. He was greeted by a india officer. Took his finger prints. They didn't need any of photo passports he brought or the DS-260 Confirmation document even tho he tried to hand it over.

He was told that your wife seem like she dosen't make enough and would be a public charge, but my husband had brought a new I-864 with increase in wage and assets combined. My husband told him about the increase in wage and assets in the documents he had.

The officer said to give them to the next officer when his number was called for the actual interview. When they finally called him. He was greeted by a white american women. He did the oath of raising the right hand to swear to tell the truth. After that he handed over the New I-864/pay stabs/bank statements. She looked them over. Asked questions about what's put on the forms of what they are.

She said base on the new income increase/assets your wife has and of my husband's career and education. (He's an aircraft mechanic for 2 years now. Has diploma with Computer Science along with aircraft mechanic diploma with Jordan license and will be getting the Saudi license before he come overs to the USA.) She decided we wouldn't be a public charge and everything look okay.

Questions asked:

How did you meet?
Do you have job offer in the US?
What's your plan when you get to the US?

Looked over our photos my husband brought with him. Some had pictures with our trip to New Zealand where we got married.

Why did you decide to marry in New Zealand?

After that she said everything looks good. Kept his passport and read him his rights on abuse. Told him to go to the Fedex courier. He paid the delivery fee. Took the option to delivery to Makkah. Give him a tracking number and he was free to go. ^_^

As long as you tell them the truth and have all your documents with you to the interview just in case they need something or they lost it. Always bring everything. The interview will be very smooth sailing.

Blessed that officer for approving us and this community! May you all get rewarded for your good deeds. Without you all we would have been lost and going through such hardship. Thank you everyone!!!

Rating : Very Good

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