lost_at_sea's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: A
Beneficiary's Name: F
VJ Member: lost_at_sea
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2017-05-31
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Immigration Checklist for A & F:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2013-05-03
I-130 Sent : 2013-05-07
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-05-14
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-06-04
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2013-06-05
Packet 3 Received : 2013-06-14
Packet 3 Sent : 2013-06-17
Packet 4 Received : 2013-06-28
Interview Date : 2013-07-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-07-22
US Entry : 2013-07-30
Comments : DCF London

18th June 2013 - Packet 3 forms delivered to embassy
20th June 2013 - Medical
27th June 2013 - Phoned for, and received, interview date (interview letter was printed 25th June)


4th August 2013 - SSN Card received (printed 2nd August)

-- Green card production --
22nd July 2013 - ELIS status "accepted" (IV fee paid)
23rd August 2013 - ELIS status "optimized" (case received 5th August)
23rd August 2013 - Green card live on USCIS status update / printing.
26th August 2013 - Green card sent out 2 day shipping via USPS (with tracking)
26th August 2013 - ELIS status "closed"
29th August 2013 - Green card delivered (2 year expiry)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 21 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 63 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2013-07-30
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : SFO had a new immigrant queue with only 1 family in it, so joined that one (me and USC husband) and was out again before most of the other people who got off our plane. Was simple enough - the guy on the desk seemed to know what he was doing and didn't keep us there very long.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-05-06
NOA Date : 2015-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-10
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-08-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2015-08-25
Comments : 2015-05-08 - I-751 delivered
2015-05-18 - Cheque cashed, NOA1 physically received.
No interview, no RFEs.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2016-08-20
NOA Date : 2016-08-26
Bio. Appt. : 2016-09-13
Interview Date : 2017-05-30
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-06-07
Comments : 2nd biometric 6th January 2017 In-line for interview 6th January 2017

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 16, 2013
Embassy Review : DCF CR-1 Visa interview review.

Arrived around 7:30 for an 8am appointment. There was already a queue, but it got moving pretty quickly. A woman was checking people's appointment letters in the queue, and when she got to me with my husband she asked if I'd put him on the access list - said yes, she went off to check, and returned with my interview letter with husband's name written on it.

Went through security then through to reception, where we got our ticket number (I904) and went on into the ugly waiting area. It was pretty busy and even busier by the time we left - looked like a lot of student visas being processed.

After about 20 - 30 minutes, our number came up for window 1. We had a young-ish American man go through our forms. He was fairly jovial. Took my passport, photos, birth certificate and police certificate and my fingerprints.

When we got to the I-864, I let my husband explain what he'd included (our taxes are a little complicated) and clerk took what he needed and gave a majority of our paperwork back. He ended up taking most recent year tax return, a statement about husband's stock assets (even though we weren't using those for sponsorship) and a letter of his on-going US employment (mostly for the domicile aspect, I assumed, as we were DCF).

He gave us the courier form, and I asked if we needed to do anything with it right then and there and he said no, that's for the end then sent us away (I was confused, because I thought we paid for the visa at least before the interview) - but I asked if he'd like our marriage certificate (which he hadn't taken so far) and said oops, yes, he would need that. Guess he was on a slow warm-up. Then he sent us away.

A few minutes later, he called us back up, as he'd forgotten to send us to pay for the visa! So, we did that (again, payment taking lady was extremely friendly, suggested my husband pay then take me shopping in the sales) and returned with the receipt. Went back to wait again.

About 10 - 15 minutes later, our number was called again to window 16. A friendly, young American woman greeted us (she seemed younger than the American guy we had first) and was very nice to us. She returned all my original documents that we'd given earlier to the other clerk. She then took my fingerprints again, asked me to sign the DS-230 Part II, and had me swear that I was telling the truth.

She asked me some very simple questions - Have I ever lived anywhere other than the UK? How did we meet? When did we decide to get married? Had I met his parents? Did he have any siblings? What was our wedding like? Mostly very chatty and we were laughing a lot because my husband and I are sarcastic joke makers, and she seemed to like that. We didn't show her any of the evidence I had brought with me. We were probably at her window for about 15 - 20 minutes tops.

A little bit more computer processing and finally she seemed extremely happy to tell me that we were approved! Yay!

I asked if there was anything else we needed to do, and she said no, and we should expect my passport back within 10 days. We then went and paid for the courier (who was also really nice, gave us some info on how to track the passport etc.). We weren't wearing watches, but a glance at the payment receipt for the courier shows we paid for that at 9:21, so we were only there about 2 hours total.

All in all, very simple, very friendly.
Rating : Very Good

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