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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: B
VJ Member: bamg
Country: Pakistan

Last Updated: 2017-05-22
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Immigration Checklist for M & B:

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 : United Arab Emirates
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-02-03
I-130 Sent : 2012-02-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-03-01
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-06-18
NVC Received : 2012-07-09
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-07-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-07-30
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-08-01
Submit DS-261 : 2012-07-26
Receive IV Bill : 2012-08-03
Pay IV Bill : 2012-08-03
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-08-03
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-08-14
NVC Left : 2012-09-20
Consulate Received : 2012-09-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-09-14
Interview Date : 2012-10-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-12-31
US Entry : 2014-03-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 109 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 215 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Abu Dhabi
POE Date : 2014-03-20
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,EAD Card
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Indianapolis IN
Date Filed : 2016-12-20
NOA Date : 2016-12-21
Bio. Appt. : 2017-01-17
Interview Date : 2017-03-29
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-05-19
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: United Arab Emirates
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 3, 2012
Embassy Review : I went to Abu Dhabi a day earlier. I checked-in a hotel near embassy. Next morning, woke up and left for embassy. I reached embassy at 7:15 am. There were 15 to 20 people already sitting on benches. There were more people in IV than in non-immigrant visa queue. I was the first non-Iranian there and after that few other nationalities came near 8:00 am. Security guard came and asked everyone for their interview letters. He dividing the IV queue in to two and asked us to move to a screening room near the waiting area.

They asked me to put all the things and empty my pockets in a basket. Then they asked me to walk through the metal detector. They took my cell phone and asked me to take my things after they did airport style X-Ray scanning. The guard asked me to go to the next room and then another guard directed me to the main building.

After entering the main building, was greeted by the security personnel and given a number and then asked to sit and wait. People were coming in one by one and the hall was getting full. Around 8:20 am couple of officers opened their windows and then started calling the numbers.

Around 8:40 my number came up on window 8. The officer was female (Iranian) asked me for my appointment letter and then she asked me to sit again and went inside to get my file. She called me again, she was holding my file. She asked me for my passport and then asked me following questions:

1. Who is calling me?
2. For how long we have been married?

Then she gave me my original documents that we sent to NVC but then she gave me my original police certificates and the wedding pictures back that we sent to NVC. She asked me to sit and wait for my number on Window 11. I was called on window 11 in 15 minutes. The officer took my finger prints and asked me to sit again.

As I was waiting, I saw only one approval and rest were put in AP.
At roughly 9:10, I was called to windows number 7 where an American CO (female who was in her late 30’s) took my interview. She asked me to raise my right hand took oath from me and gave me the DS-230 to sign. Then she asked me following questions:

1. Who is the M (Petitioner)?
2. How long we have been married?
3. How did we meet?
4. Who arranged it?
5. Where is she now?
6. Where does she live?
7. Where does she work?
8. What is her job?
9. When did she move to USA?
10. How long I have been in UAE?
11. What do I do?
12. Where is my family?
13. Do I have any relatives in USA?
14. Have I ever been to USA?

The whole time she was looking at the computer screen. Then she gave me my passport back and she then turned around and took a blue sheet out of a folder at her back. She wrote my name, case number, category and date on the sheet and tick mark the ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSING box. Then she said that “You are done for the day. Please visit the website mentioned on the sheet for the next steps. She closed my file and wrote “OO” or “00” on the file and put it aside. Before I left the window, she said, “It is going to take a while to complete the process and she can’t predict how long.”

I was out of the embassy by 9:30 am.

(updated on November 4, 2012)
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