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Ismael&Blair's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Blair
Beneficiary's Name: Ismail
VJ Member: Ismael&Blair
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2016-09-07
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Immigration Checklist for Blair & Ismail:

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? No
Consulate : Morocco
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-07-17
I-130 Sent : 2012-11-09
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-11-13
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-03-08
NVC Received : 2013-04-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-04-12
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-04-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-05-02
Submit DS-261 : 2013-04-15
Receive IV Bill : 2013-04-26
Pay IV Bill : 2013-04-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2013-04-27
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-06-25
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-08-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-08-13
US Entry : 2013-09-10
Comments : We are just so happy & excited to be reunited here in Cali! :)
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 115 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 267 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2013-09-10
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-06-23
NOA Date : 2015-06-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-08-20
Interview Date : 2016-09-07
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-09-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : 07-18-2016 Got I-551 stamp to extend permanent residency one year. Valid until 07-17-2017.
09-07-2016 Quick 10 minutes interview and got approved!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 9, 2013
Embassy Review : My hubby arrived at 8:00am There was a line that was for people who had 8:00 & 8:30 appointments. He had to wait a while before he was able to get in line for the 9:00 appointment. When he finally was able to get in line, he was 5th . The security guy checked his interview letter and he was able to proceed to a window near by the entrance. He was asked for his passport and the two pics.

After that he went inside where he had to turn off his mobile phone and take off his belt to pass through security. One important note he told me was he actually left his laptop bag which he carried all of our paperwork with a parking attendant at a nearby parking lot by there. He stressed that you cannot bring a suitcase inside.

He found a seat & waited for them to call him. He noticed that he was about the only one with a lot of papers. At this point, I asked my hubby did he see any of the familiar faces that was mentioned on Visa Journey. He told me he saw the old lady that was tough. She was calling people and took their finger prints and she interviewed some too. He also saw the Chinese woman that was mentioned previously on some of the VJ consulate reviews.

He eventually got called to window number 6 after a girl who also had the petition for spousal visa. He said he got the guy with the goatee and that guy was handing back papers from our file. They were all the evidence we had submitted to NVC. My hubby said our file was the biggest of them all!(Thanks to frontloading) He said the guy gave him more than the half of what was in the file. Then the guy started the questioning. I am happy to say that they were all questions that were mentioned in the previous Visa Journey consulate reviews here. The questions are: Have you traveled out of Morocco before? Do you have kids?

Then the interviewer asked my hubby if he spoke English?? So this was when I realized that the interviewer was speaking to my hubby in Arabic all this time. Then the interviewer said in English. "You speak English?" He said yes. He asked him how he learned English. My hubby replied in school and gave his answers. Then he asked him what town he got his schooling?? Then he was asked how he felt about his town? I thought that was an odd question to be asked. Then I thought maybe he was trying to see if he liked his town or not.

Then came the tricky question. He asked him… Is “BLEEP” the name of your wife’s son? (I have no kids yet haha)My hubby looked at him with a sarcastic face and said noooooo…that it is the name of her father! Hahahaha I was shocked but not surprised because I’ve read from other people’s VJ consulate reviews that this can happen to see if you really know your spouse.
Overall, my hubby said the goatee guy was very polite and warm. So I would say he is the interviewer that you hope to get. The goatee guy told my hubby to go have a seat and that they will call him shortly.

Well that "shortly" wait turned out to be from 9:30am to 12:00pm. He said he was thirsty from the fast, sleepy coz he didn't sleep, tired from sitting and scared because while he was waiting, he can hear the other people before him getting interviewed and he heard there were two denials. He saw the first one came out with a very sad face. So it turned out he was the last one to be interviewed by a woman who has beautiful eyes, fair skin and brown hair.
She told him to put his finger in a scanner and raise his right hand to swear. These were the questions asked by her:

How did you meet your wife?
What kind of game is this?
When did u meet her?
When did she come to visit? (My hubby said the woman wanted actual dates for all the visits)
How long did you talked to her before she went to visit you?
How did we communicate with each other?
Who was in your wedding? My hubby showed the photo book I had made and pointed out pictures from all the events and activities we did.
She went through the photo book and saw photos of two ring sets. So she asked:
Did you buy her that ring? My hubby said Yes. She then saw another pic of another ring set. So he told her. “One was at engagement and other set was at marriage.”
Then she continued her questions:
What does she do for à living?
Does she have any siblings?
How much money does she make?
He told her he brought my current pay check stub and income papers. But she said not needed & didn’t want to see them. After that, she said come back on Tuesday to pick up the visa because all the people who are approved will be back on that day to get it. He was given a pink ticket stub with a number on it like a ticket claim! As I was typing all this out and it’s now early Friday morning, I checked the CEAC website and the status says visa has been ISSUED.
HAMDOALLAH! So happy EID and best wishes to everyone. I hope this review helps because I believed by us reading the Morocco reviews played a major part of getting my hubby prepared for his interview. Good luck!

(updated on August 13, 2013)
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