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urbangirluk's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jonathan
Beneficiary's Name: Melanie
VJ Member: urbangirluk
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2017-11-24
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Immigration Checklist for Jonathan & Melanie:

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 2014-03-03
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2013-09-07
I-130 Sent : 2013-09-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-09-20
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2014-03-07
NVC Received : 2014-03-18
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-04-28
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-04-28
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2014-04-29
Submit DS-261 : 2014-04-25
Receive IV Bill : 2014-04-30
Pay IV Bill : 2014-04-30
Send IV Package : 2014-05-01
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2014-07-11
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-07-08
NVC Left : 2014-07-15
Consulate Received : 2014-07-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2014-07-11
Interview Date : 2014-09-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-09-08
US Entry : 2014-09-25
Comments : Case was transferred to California 03/03/14.
Interview rescheduled from August 5th due to surgery.
Medical completed without a hitch.
Approved at interview.
Visa in hand.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 168 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 347 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2014-09-25
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-07-27
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2017-11-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2017-11-24
Comments : We didn't receive NOA1, had to get my passport stamped, application approved before stamp expired so had to get another stamp until approval.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 4, 2014
Embassy Review : My Embassy experience was fairly uneventful really. My interview time was 9am, I arrived at the Embassy just after 8am and the queue was already pretty long. I joined the back of the queue to then be told that I needed to check in at the blue desk first (I knew this already but my mind was totally fuzzy with nerves). So I headed to the blue desk, handed over my passport and DS-260, and the girls at the desk had a little conversation about Immigrant visas and that they had to be sent straight through as they were told off for sending them to the back of the queue, so, that's what happened, I didn't have to join the queue, they let me straight into the queue for security which was only 3 people long. Security was fairly uneventful, it's just like going through airport security, I only had my folder, my handbag and my mobile phone with me. Next I headed into the Embassy, where I again handed over my passport, interview letter and DS-260, they gave me a number and handed everything back to me. Into the waiting room next, it was quite full already, I found myself a seat and waited for my number to be called. I made a note of the time, it was 8.20am when I sat down. I'm not sure what time my number was called but it felt like I sat there for ages. When my number was called I went up to Desk No 1 and handed her my passport, DS-260 and Interview letter, she shuffled a lot of paperwork around, asked a couple of questions, she asked for my Police Certificate (even though I'd just seen her move it) and then she found it, took my finger prints, asked for my courier printout and then was told to go sit back down and wait for my number to be called again. This wait seemed like forever, again I'm sure it wasn't that long. I was eventually called to Window 16 (the interview windows are separate from the others) when I got there 3 people were still stood there, so as requested on the sign I held back and gave them privacy but they didn't seem to be moving, I was getting anxious by this time thinking had I seen the wrong number. After what seemed like forever the guy at window 14 said, are you number I907 to which I said yes, he said go to Window 15 (I know I was supposed to go to 16), when I got there the Agent apologised and said he had made a mistake, he should've called 15 but pressed the wrong button, doh! He shuffled some papers around, took my fingerprints, handed me my civil documents back and then he asked me quite a few questions, I was surprised as most people only got asked about 4. He asked how we met, when I said through mutual friends he wanted more indepth information about it, which I provided easily, what my husband did for work and where, how long he had worked there, what I did for work, how long I'd worked there, when I said almost 20 years he said, wow that's gonna be a big change for you, how many trips we had made back and forth, when we first met in person (he commented, so you were married right about 18 months after meeting), how we sustained the relationship over the distance, when we last spoke (when I said last night he said 'ah pre-interview conversation' and laughed). He then shuffled some more paperwork around and then said those all important words, 'I can tell you your visa has been approved, you'll receive it within 2 weeks'. I thanked him and left the Embassy. That was it, I was probably at the interview window about 5 minutes in total. I was out of the Embassy at 9.35am and called my hubby straight away.
Rating : Good

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