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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: child
Beneficiary's Name: mom
VJ Member: WorldTravelers
Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Last Updated: 2019-08-08
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Immigration Checklist for child & mom:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-5 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-5 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bosnia/Herzegovina
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2012-12-14
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-12-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-04-03
NVC Received : 2013-06-10
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-06-21
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-06-21
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-06-28
Submit DS-261 : 2013-06-19
Receive IV Bill : 2013-06-26
Pay IV Bill : 2013-06-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2013-06-26
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-07-26
NVC Left : 2013-08-08
Consulate Received : 2013-08-19
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-07-30
Interview Date : 2013-09-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-09-19
US Entry : 2013-12-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 106 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 272 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2013-12-14
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : From landing to exit it took about 1 hr 45 min, but most of that time spend in passport line. The room where they take new immigrants had about 25 people when my mom entered, but she was lucky to be called up next. The processing only took about 10 min. They confirmed the address for where to send the green card, asked her how many children she has and what they do. That was it. Very smooth process.

Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office : San Antonio TX
Date Filed : 2018-11-30
NOA Date : 2018-12-03
Bio. Appt. : 2018-12-27
Interview Date : 2019-07-02
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-08-22
Comments : Original interview date was 2019-05-30, but we rescheduled it because I was out of the country.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Review Topic: IR-5 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 17, 2013
Embassy Review : We had interview appointment at 1.30, but were not done until 3 PM. 95% of that time was just waiting, as immigrant visa interviews are done in the same place as all non-immigrant visa interviews. After getting through the security check , my mom (I was not allowed to enter the building) waited 45 min to submit her papers (passport, photo, and one other document), for a 2 min conversation. Then she waited another 45 min to speak to the consul ~ another 2 min. There is a room for interviews, but they are still done at the counter, where everyone else waiting can hear the conversation. Not cool.
The first person at the counter took the passport, took a look at our family photo, and asked again about the court certificate. We had it in the original documents sent to NVC, but since it's a smaller size paper, they didn't see it and just returned it to in stack of other papers, taking the other copy we happened to have with us. Mom brought with her the copies of every single paper we sent to NVC, which they didn't need - except the court certificate - and they returned to us the civil documents copies I sent to NVC.
The interview with the consul was very brief. She just asked why mom, who traveled every 1-2 years to the US for the last 15 years, has decided just now to apply for the immigrant visa. She answered it's because she is getting older and wants to be with her children - she couldn't say it's because I just recently became a US citizen.
At the end, the consul said to come pick up the visa in 3 days. This embassy started using DHL to send back passports with tourist visa, but it seems that's not the case for the immigrant visas, probably because of the sealed envelope we also need to pick up.
All in all, the interview part of this was quick, but waiting for it is why I can't give it a 5-star rating.
Rating : Good

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