VACruz's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mr. Cruz
Beneficiary's Name: Mrs. Cruz
VJ Member: VACruz
Country: Brazil

Last Updated: 2014-01-20
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Immigration Checklist for Mr. Cruz & Mrs. Cruz:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-03-23
I-130 Sent : 2011-12-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-12-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-05-23
NVC Received : 2013-06-03
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-06-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-06-16
Receive I-864 Package : 2013-06-24
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2013-06-11
Receive IV Bill : 2013-06-25
Pay IV Bill : 2013-07-15
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left : 2013-12-18
Consulate Received : 2013-12-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-12-12
Interview Date : 2014-01-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : I-130 upgrade from F2A to IR1 on April 19, 2013
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 524 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 762 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 21, 2014
Embassy Review : I arrived at the consulate at about 6:30 am. I was the 4th on the line.
Before getting into the building a nice guy asks us where did we come from and give us a form, which we will be filling after receiving the instructions. Around 7 am we started to come inside going directly to the 1st floor.

There the same guy - Alex - gives us another 2 papers. Now we have 3 papers on our hands and he started to give us instructions:

1. The small form with a number - the one we received outside - we gotta fill with our name, RDJ(case number) and date. It has three parts that are receipts, at the end we will keep one piece of it.

2. The contact form we need to fill with our name, case number, address on RJ (if you're not from RJ don't forget to have the hotel/place you're staying contacts), petitioner address, telephone and e-mail.

3. The order of the documents we had to bring to the consulate IF it were not sent to NVC already.

* One important thing: if you'd received the consulate letter make sure you bring everything they are asking there. We've got both letters from the NVC and the consulate and I brought all documents NVC had asked. At the end I was just asked to show the docs the consulate was asking.

After filling up the papers he calls our names one by one to check and to separate the docs asked by them, it was about 7:25 am. Then we wait to be called again - now in one of the booths - to show the docs asked and to confirm some data.

I was the 3rd to be called, at 7:55 am. I was attended by a nice lady who received the docs, confirmed mine and my hubby addresses, took my fingerprints, and asked how many times I've entered the US. I handed her all docs and confirmed everything. Then she said to sit again and wait for the consul who would call us by name to the final interview.

My name was the 4th to be called by the consul, around 9:30 am. His name was John and he was very nice. The interview was in Portuguese, very fast, it took 5 minutes only. He asked me to swear that everything I would say was the truth, then started the interview:

- When did you meet your husband?
- Tell me about your relationship / why did you decide to get married?
- Where he lives?
- What does he do for a living?
- When was the last time he came to Brazil?
- How many times did he come after you got married?
- Do you have children?
- Ok. You have to pay the Sedex fee to receive your passport at home. Talk to Alex he will give you instructions.


I asked Alex where the post office - Correios - was located and he gave me a pamphlet with a map. Then, he told me to come back there and give him the receipt I'll receive from Correios. It is very close to the consulate, like 1-2 min walking. And it took less than 5 min to get back to the consulate with the receipt.

P.S.: Electronic devices are not allowed on the building. If you can't leave it at the place you're staying or with someone outside, there are some people with orange/blue shirts offering to take care of it. It costs only R$ 5. I used their services and it was fine.

That's all!! The whole process took only 3 1/2 hours. As soon as I get my phone back I called my husband - who was still sleeping - to give him the great news! :D

I'm sooooo happy!!

(updated on January 20, 2014)
Rating : Very Good

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