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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: P
Beneficiary's Name: K
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2018-07-25
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Immigration Checklist for P & K:

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 : South Africa
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-04-24
I-130 Sent : 2012-09-17
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-09-24
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-03-05
NVC Received : 2013-03-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-04-08
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-04-19
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2013-04-08
Pay IV Bill : 2013-04-08
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2013-05-14
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-06-10
NVC Left : 2013-07-17
Consulate Received : 2013-07-22
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-07-12
Interview Date : 2013-08-01 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-08-12
US Entry : 2013-08-15
Comments : * Completed a DS-230 not DS-3032
* 05-24-2013 - Returned checklist
* 06-17-2013 - NVC case complete email
* 07-12-2013 - Interview date given
* 07-23-2013 - Medical Exam (Told to call back 07-25-2013)
* 07-25-2013 - Sealed medical results given to beneficiary to take to the interview.
* 08-01-2013 - Interview was a breeze. Just need to bring back our (Unabridged) marriage certificate.
* 08-06-2013 - Unabridged Marriage Certificate obtained. I don't know how my little lady did it but she did. My little hero.
* 08-07-2013 - Unabridged Marriage Certificate taken to the Consulate. *** Fingers Crossed *** waiting on the response.
* 08-12-2013 - Visa Approved and given to us about 10:20 South Africa time / 3:20am US time. Visa given after more interrogation. About 3+ hours inside the embassy. Still feeling BLESSED....
* 08-12-2013 - Flight ticket purchased at an unbelievable price. She will be here in two nights. Amazed!!!! After all the waiting.... we had a few miracles.
* 08-14-2013 - My wife's flight took off about 20:10 South Africa 13:10 US Time. Excited to See her tomorrow.
* 08-15-2013 - My wife's plane arrived sometime between 13:35pm and 13:45pm US time. My first glimpse of the queen was at 14:53pm. She had no trouble entering. I feel so Lucky.
* 03-09-2014 - Wow!!! Can't believe I've been gone so long that I couldn't remember how to update my timeline. Since my queens arrival there have been some ruff patches, but you live and you learn. We are doing well now both working and about to purchase a home in the next few weeks. Sometimes you have to look back at what you went through and reflect on what is valuable. You have to be able to REMEMBER what it was like to be apart once your together. The best thing you can do is always be appreciative of what you have and remember what it was like when you didn't. Truly BLESSED this little woman gives me strength.

PLEASE be very aware that you may be Marrying someone that you may never truly know.
Peoples desire to reach their goal *Possibly citizenship* can be masked fairly easily.
In the end the blame belongs to the person that did not do their research into the person they're allowing to get close to them.
If you start to doubt this person... Look into it... You mind is telling you the TRUTH.
ADVICE: PLEASE take your time. If the person will not let you completely understand them = there is a reason.

GOOD LUCK!!! to everyone.... and PLEASE BE OVERLY CAUTIOUS the EFFORT your putting into this person will be 10 fold if you want out from that same person.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 162 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 311 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2013-08-15 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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