srey's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Nick
Beneficiary's Name: Sindi
VJ Member: srey
Country: Cambodia

Last Updated: 2013-03-14
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Immigration Checklist for Nick & Sindi:

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 : Cambodia
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2012-04-20
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-04-24
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-11-14
NVC Received : 2012-11-21
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-11-26
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-11-26
Receive I-864 Package : 2012-11-26
Send AOS Package : 2012-11-27
Submit DS-261 : 2012-11-21
Receive IV Bill : 2012-11-28
Pay IV Bill : 2012-11-28
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-12-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-12-14
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-11
Interview Date : 2013-02-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-02-22
US Entry : 2013-03-01
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 204 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 295 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2013-03-01
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Cambodia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 16, 2013
Embassy Review : Overview:
There are about 4 different appointment time periods, 7am, 7.30am, 8am, and 8.30am. The appointment time does not matter, The line for IV starts at 6am. I got in line at 6.38 am for a 8am appointment. Security will start coming out and putting out signs for IV, NIV, and citizen services around 7.10 am. At 7.30 am security will start letting people into the embassy. 4 cases at a time and they rotate between IV and NIV. This embassy does follow the first come first serve. Get in line early and you will leave early. This embassy processes IV and NIV at the same time, so if you're #3 for IV, that means you're about #6 in the line.

This embassy processes about 30 cases a day, IV and NIV. There was 15 IV cases, including mine on Feb. 13. Of this 15, 5 got approved, while others were denied, put into AP, or required additional documents. Have all relationship documents ready, This embassy will take all documents you have and will review all of them. This will help your case. The petitioner can attend the interview. If the petitioner attends, most of the questions are ask to the petitioner.

Process:
Get in line early.
No bags are allowed, only documents. Security will make you remove all documents from any form of bags and hold it in your hands.
After security, there is a second security that checks your name off and gives the petitioner a visitor badge.
Enter, proceed to window 7; get a number and give your passport.
Take a seat and wait to be called at window 2-3.
Window 2-3 will take for document in-take and verify your applicant.
Take a seat and wait for finger prints at window 5.
Window 5 will call and take fingerprints.
Take a seat again and wait for interview from an american consular.
The american consular will call cases based on when it was completed during the pervious steps.
American consular will ask questions are make a decision. This part of the interview is about 5-15 minutes.

Questions:
Questions vary by cases. If your relationship is real, then there are no issues. The usual questions about how you're met, etc will be asked first followed by questions to prove a true relationship. Typically about 70-90% questions are asked to the petitioner and 10-30% to the beneficiary.

Timeline:
6.38am - joined line, 5 people ahead of me.
7.40am- got ticket from window 7.
8am- called for document in-take.
8.30am- fingerprints.
9.40am-interview.
10am- out of embassy.

Visa pick-up is the friday of the following week.
Rating : Very Good


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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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