E and Kari's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Karina
Beneficiary's Name: Espirman
VJ Member: E and Kari
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2012-11-26
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Immigration Checklist for Karina & Espirman:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Dominican Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-12-02
I-130 Sent : 2012-02-13
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-02-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-07-31
NVC Received : 2012-08-06
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-08-31
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-08-31
Receive I-864 Package : 2012-08-31
Send AOS Package : 2012-09-19
Submit DS-261 : 2012-09-01
Receive IV Bill : 2012-09-17
Pay IV Bill : 2012-09-17
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-10-03
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2012-10-11
Interview Date : 2012-11-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-11-21
US Entry : 2012-11-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 166 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 277 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 14, 2012
Embassy Review : Sorry it is a long review...
Our interview was scheduled for Monday 11/19 at 08:30 am. We stayed at the Barcelo up the street and walked down to the conculate, the buscones were every where. We were told by someone with the 'info' shirt that we had to wait until 07:30 to get on the line. At 07:30 we got online # 4, which was moving very fast, we were given #213 and were seperated to enter. Of course the mens line was going faster and my husband was inside before me. Once inside we started looking for a seat under a fan on the famous benches. (to me the consulate was not what I expected it to be)

We waited for about 40 minutes when we saw our number flashing on the screen for window 23. A nice blonde lady asked for the docs; passport, cedula, Banco Popular receipt and the Acta de buena conducta. She asked my husband who was petitioning him, if we had children and then send us over to window 15 for fingerprints. Then again to the benches to wait.

After a little more than an hour and a cup of juice (de chinola my favorite) we again saw our number flashing on the screen this time for window 25. This time it was a man, who didnt seem very happy, and first asked us to raise our right hand, to swear us in and the questions begin (all the while looking at our file):

Hubby: is your name....?
to me: your name is....?
Hubby: who is petitioning you?
to me: how did you meet?
Hubby: your parents are....?
to me: what do you do?
hubby: do you have children together?
to me: do you have family here?
Hubby: do you have family in the US?

He asked if we had pictures. We had an album put together from when we met until my last trip, as I was flipping the pages for him to see he was just nodding his head. Until we reached one picture, which the night before as we were organizing the album I told my husband they are going to ask about my nephew, this picture of you and him together I know it, and just as I said that is the only picture in the album the man asked about. He asked my husband who was that little boy with him. He then asked us to sit that we would be called again shortly.

We waited for a long time, over 3 hrs. I was sleepy, tired, bored and getting frustrated with the wait. As my husband was walking back from the cafe his name was called over the loud speaker for window #13 (investigation)! we head over to the investigation room and my husband is rushed into a small room and I am directed into a waiting area. As I sat down on the first chair I found, the agent turns around and tells me to sit at the other end of the room, away from the door. After what seemed like forever, it was actualy 10 minutes, my husband and the agent walk out and he asks me in the room.

And the questioning begins (in no particular order):
What is your name?
Who are you petitioning?
When and how did you meet?
when is your husbands birthday?
what did you give him for his birthday?
what airline did you come in on?
when did you arrive?
who picked you up?
what gifts did you bring him on this trip?
who do you live with?
where do you work?
what is your work schedule?
how do you get to work?
how long have you worked there?
up to what grade did he complete?
what did he study?
do you have children together?
where did you sleep last night?
did you watch tv last night?
what did you watch?
did you have sex last night?
lights on or off?
what kind of protectiong do you use?
when and where was your first kiss?
when did you have sex the first time?
how did you get there?
(may have forgotten 1 or 2 questions)

After he was done questioning us he told us to have a seat and we would be called shortly. As we waited to be called again my husband and I compared questions and answers and we realized we answered everything the same with different words LOL. We both stayed calm and relax and both noticed that the agent wasnt really into what he was doing.

Within 30 minutes we were once again called, this time to window 20. This time it was a yound lady who again began asking questions, I just thought not again! She asked my husband if he had traveled to the US before and if we had children. While she was asking I was noticing her taking pages out of our file and stamping pages and then as she closed the file she said "Felicidades su visa hacido aprovada". I didnt really capture what she said until my husband kissed and hugged me and so she said it again, as she told us we could go pay DomEx and celebrate!

My advise is not to be nervous. Stay calmed and relax, and be confident about your relationship and ehat you know about each other!
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