Stressed Out's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Natalie
Beneficiary's Name: Linus
VJ Member: Stressed Out
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2020-10-26
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Immigration Checklist for Natalie & Linus:

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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-07-08
I-130 Sent : 2014-09-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-09-13
I-130 RFE : 2014-09-13
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-09-30
I-130 Approved : 2014-10-20
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2014-11-17
Submit DS-261 : 2014-11-04
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package : 2014-11-17
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2014-10-30
Packet 3 Received : 2014-11-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2014-11-17
Packet 4 Received : 2014-11-20
Interview Date : 2014-12-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2014-12-04
US Entry : 2015-01-18
Comments : Error on the Immigrant Data Summary sheet on top of the sealed package. They listed my husband's birthplace and city of residence in Germany as the same city, but he was born in a neighboring town. They told us we'd have to send the packet back to them so the visa could be reissued.

Visa was reissued Dec. 9, 2014. Received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014.

Green Card arrived in mail March 10, 2015!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 37 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 81 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dublin
POE Date : 2015-01-18
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Just be sure to allow at least 2 hours connection time between flights as ours was 1:35 and we made it as the last couple on final call onto the plane. Overall very easy.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Frankfurt, Germany
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 3, 2014
Embassy Review : (I'm the USC petitioner...I accompanied my husband during his interview)

Our appointment was for 07:30 and we showed up at 07:10, went to the right line (for everything other than non-immigrant visas) where we waited maybe 3 minutes before a voice on the speaker system asked for the one next in line from the US Citizen Services line. The lady was real friendly, wanted to see both of our passports and gave us a green slip and a W-number and told us to go to security screening.

At security outside the man had us empty our pockets and asked us if we had any electronics. Our passports and everything we were carrying in our pockets were all put into a plastic bag that was xrayed inside with the rest of our stuff. (jacket, purse, can stay on) They kept the headphones in my purse and gave me a laminated pick-up number so I could retrieve them when we left the consulate.

Once inside the interview hall we were greeted by a man behind a podium who looked at our W-number and told us to go to Window 22 (the cashier counter) in the back left corner of the hall. There a man asked for my husband's passport and for us to pay the $325 IV fee. He then told us to sit down and wait for our number to be called.

The woman at the second counter (Window 20) was German and just verified information we had entered on the DS-260/Document Delivery Registration online. She went into great detail explaining how things went from here and what to expect after entering the US as an LPR, how long it takes to get your green card, etc. I actually learned a couple things from her that I hadn't learned yet on this website, lol.

After that lady asked us to take a seat again, only about 5 minutes later our number popped up for Window 17 where a man greeted us in a friendly manner. He double-checked the fingerprints taken by the woman at the previous counter and proceeded on with the actual interview. He asked my husband "How did you guys meet?" and then me "What are your all's plans after you move to the US?" and then the rest was just small talk to tie up ends on our story. The CO actually turned out to be from a city only about 45 minutes from my hometown in Oklahoma, so we quickly exchanged a few stories between us over the Sooner State, haha. He asked us to wait a moment as he typed some stuff into the computer and my husband just nervously chattered in English and German, lol. He then told us my husband's IR-1 visa was approved and that it should take no longer than a week to receive it in the mail.

It couldn't have been easier! From the time we left our car to the time we sat back in it had only been 40 minutes.
Rating : Very Good

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