Kaskada's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: H
VJ Member: Kaskada
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2015-08-05
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Immigration Checklist for M & H:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Dominican Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-06-30
I-130 Sent : 2011-09-02
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-09-08
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-03-03
NVC Received : 2012-03-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-03-27
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-03-28
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-04-20
Submit DS-261 : 2012-05-14
Receive IV Bill : 2012-04-23
Pay IV Bill : 2012-04-23
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-05-23
NVC Left : 2012-06-06
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-06-06
Interview Date : 2012-07-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2012-07-30
Comments : POE was at JFK. It went pretty smoothly. They only asked him 3 questions:
What was his name?
Who petitioned for him?
How long we were married?
They the made my husband sign two papers, take his fingerprints and give him information about his social security.
The only thing I will complain about is how RUDE the people at the immigration office were. It really did upset me because half of the people waiting in the immigration room were first timers in America. And the thought that they couldn't even ask a question because they would just get attitude as a response really did upset me. But please tell your significant other that not everyone in America is like that. I wish everyone the best of luck :)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 177 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 319 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-05-02
NOA Date : 2014-05-06
RFE(s) : 2014-12-02
Bio. Appt. : 2014-05-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-12-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Philadelphia PA
Date Filed : 2015-04-30
NOA Date : 2015-05-06
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-04
Interview Date : 2015-08-05
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-08-10
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 24, 2012
Embassy Review : Sorry for the long review
We woke up at 3:10am. Took a shower and were out the house by 3:45am. We drove down from Moca which is about 30 minutes from Santiago. We arrived at the Consulate at 6:30am. Upon arriving there were many buscones but of course we just ignored them. When you first arrive there are four lines you may enter. My husband and I were not sure which line to enter so he asked an officer there but they were very rude. They completely ignored him. I wanted to punch them in the face but I let it go. So we just asked around until we finally got in the right line, which was line 4. Since our appointment wasnít until 830 they said we were not allowed in until 8am, so we just walked down to the gas station in the corner and got something to eat. (I met our fellow member Jolusa and her husband there). At around 7:50am we got back into the line. A man with info on the back of his shirt took our interview letter and gave us number 257. They separated men and woman and let motherís go in with their young children first. The line went by very quick. We were in by 8am. First of all the consulate was NOT what I expected. To me it seemed very unorganized. Numbers are being called at the same time someone was speaking through the speakers. We found a seat near the entrance because it was very packed. There I started to conversate with Jolusa. I felt like our number was never going to be called to the point that when they did actually call our number at 10:15am I didnít even take notice. We got called to window 16. There they asked for his police verification, cedula, passport and banco popular receipt. I ended up filling out another DS230 because apparently they did not accept papers that had been sent in scanned (which by the way I asked NVC THREE different times if that was ok and they said yes). They then sent us to window 13 where my husband got his fingerprints taken. After that we sat back down again. This wait felt like forever. I was hot, hungry and nervous all at the same time. We sat right in front of the windows where the interviews were being taken and it seemed like only two couples before us got approved. Everyone else was being sent to window 11. I was getting anxious. Finally at 12:30pm, we were called to window 23. We both jumped out of our seats. We kissed each other before we entered. There, a young African American man, in his early 30ís greeted us and swore us in. He asked me if I preferred English or Spanish and I answered whatever was best for him and he said English. So he spoke English to me and Spanish to my husband. He then asked my husband to sign two papers that informed him of the consequences of not signing up for the army once he gets to America. He then asked us together:
How did you meet?
How many times have I traveled to visit my husband since we met?
How many times I traveled to visit my husband since we got married?
Did my family attend the wedding?
Did we have a party after the wedding?
Do you have family in the States, if so who and where? (To my husband)
Where do your wifeís parents live in America?
Do I have close family in the Dominican Republic? (To me)
Did you bring photos (I showed him our scrapbook; I literally skimmed through it. I honestly do not think he even looked at it while I was flipping through the pages)
He then asked my husband to step outside and he would call him in once I was done being interviewed. He asked me; the questions are NOT in order:
What airline did I travel on?
What time did I arrive?
Was it at day or night?
Who was there to pick me up?
Whatís my husbandís best friendís name?
Who were the witnesses of our wedding?
Why did my mother not attend the wedding?
Did we go on a honey moon?
What type of car do I have in the States?
Does your husband have a car?
Where do you work? Name both places and what I do there?
What does your husband do?
What University do I attend?
What am I studying?
When will I be graduating?
When was the last time we had intimate relations?
Did we use protection?
Was it during the day or at night?
Did we watch television last night?
Who do I live with?
What did I give him for his birthday?
What did he give me for my birthday?
Does he know any of my friends?
What is your husband planning on doing once he arrived in the States?
What does he want to study?

He then called my husband in and asked me to wait outside. He was in there for about 5 minutes but it seemed like hours. He was asked the same questions. My husband then came out to get me. When I arrived, the man asked me again if we had watched television the night before. I said no, but we did watch it yesterday late afternoon early evening. He then asked me what we watched and I said Inside Man. (My husband later told me that the guy had asked him if we had watched television in the evening and he replied yes and when he asked what we watched, my husband said he did not remember, but it was a movie with Denzel Washington lol). He then asked why my father did not attend the wedding and I explained. He then started to type something on the computer and said Congratulations your visa has been approved and ripped the green slip in half and gave us the other half. We then went to pay domex. The lady said it should be ready in 3 days 
Rating : Moderate

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