mrss13's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: C.
Beneficiary's Name: E.
VJ Member: mrss13
Country: Canada

Last Updated: 2019-11-07
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Immigration Checklist for C. & E.:

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 : Seoul
Marriage (if applicable): 2013-04-23
I-130 Sent : 2013-06-11
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-06-11
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-07-03
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 : 2013-06-11
Packet 3 Received : 2013-07-03
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-10-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-10-31
US Entry : 2014-01-06
Comments : Direct Consular Filing: Seoul, South Korea

Approved after 1 week in Additional Processing for an FBI Name Check.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 22 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 135 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2014-01-06
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-10-24
NOA Date : 2015-10-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-11-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-10-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2016-10-12
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Charleston WV
Date Filed : 2019-08-26
NOA Date : 2019-08-29
Bio. Appt. : 2019-09-10
Interview Date : 2019-12-05
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Korea
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 25, 2013
Embassy Review : We arrived at around 7:10am and were third in line. The doors opened at 7:30 and we were allowed to go in. Only my husband's name was on the list, but as a passport holding US citizen and his sponsor I was allowed to join him without any issues. We were directed to the third floor. Took our number, sat down. At 8 am on the dot they opened the windows. Two ladies dealt with paperwork and one window was for the interviews. First, they take your documents. The lady reviews all of them carefully. We had copies of the criminal record checks but we had to provide the originals. Thankfully we had them on hand. We had a copy of our marriage license and certified translation. She asked to see the original but permitted us to keep it after she compared it to the copies. So be sure to bring the originals of all of your documents, just in case. She took the items from our checklist. I asked if she need the relationship proofs and the proof of domicile (I am a US citizen living abroad while my husband is a Canadian). She took the domicile proofs but said the relationship documentation would only be needed if requested by the interviewer.

Another important note: even though I told her that we were leaving Korea and our jobs were not continuing in the US, she told me that my income was to be counted as sufficient for sponsorship. I had prepared paperwork for my father to be the co-sponsor but she gave it back because it wasn't needed. It seems that each consulate varies on if they accept income earned in their country for DCF. I would probably prepare documents for a co-sponsor anyway, just in case.

The cashier didn't open until 8:30, so we waited. Paid 230 USD and went back upstairs. We didn't need to take another number. We just presented the receipt to the same lady. My husband was then called up to get his fingerprints taken. Not long after that, we had our interview.

Our interview was very short. He looked through the documents. He didn't look at our relationship proofs. He asked how we met and how long we were married. Then he looked at his computer screen for a long time... left, looked again, left again... we were very nervous at this point. He said that my husband has a very common English name and even said "Don't name your children such a common name. It will cause them many troubles". Apparently his name caused a "hit" on the database of another person who.. broke a law? Overstayed a visa? Not sure. We pointed out that we had submitted several fingerprint based background checks and forms of ID but it didn't matter. Still, he seemed like he was trying to find a solution and said to wait. He wanted to review it with his supervisor to see what could be done.

We waited for about an hour. He called us up again and said that he had to send our papers to another agency to verify that my husband wasn't this other individual. We were so sad and upset! Even so, he was kind and he really seemed like he had tried to help the outcome be different. He said that everything else was in order and that it would probably just take a few weeks. He kept our passport and said they would mail it to us when the visa was approved and that we would be contacted if they needed anything else.

So yeah.. if you have a common first and last name, it's very possible that your visa will be delayed.

It's hard to rate the embassy.. we were very hurt and annoyed that all the hard work and expensive background checks were for nothing (why not just check everyone with the database instead of requiring background checks?!), but I have to say that everyone at the embassy was kind and seemed to be doing their best. I cannot fault the gentleman for just trying to do his job. I just hope that we get our visa within a few weeks, as he said.
Rating : Good

POE Review: CDN-USA Border
Event Description
Entry Date : 2014-01-06
Embassy Review : We did our POE at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY. My in-laws were driving and my husband (the immigrant) and I were in the backseat. We arrived around 9am during a day with really crappy weather and there was no wait at the booths. The officer at the booth seemed nice enough. I told him my husband was arriving on a CR-1 immigrant visa and my in laws were just giving us a ride. He had to call the front and then he asked if we had the packet. I said yes and showed it to him. He was irritated that I hadn't shown him the packet at the beginning, so you might want to be sure to do that if you are driving across.

Anyway, we parked and came inside. I was annoyed that we had to leave the cat in the car.. it was around 30 degrees, but I didn't have a choice. Luckily, there wasn't much of a wait. We waited about 15 minutes to be called back to the immigration booth. The young lady who helped us had to speak to all four of us. After she heard that my in laws were just staying overnight, she asked them to have a seat and my husband and I remained. We weren't questioned about anything, other than a few curious questions about what it was like to live in South Korea (We did DCF in Seoul). It took her about 20 minutes to complete the paperwork. We signed a document stating that we understood that we had to file to remove his conditions in two years. She stamped the passport and returned it to us, and I had to verify that the stamp would serve as the temporary green card. We were in and out in about 45 minutes. All in all it was pretty easy and stress free.
Harassment Level : Low

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