joanderson's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jay
Beneficiary's Name: Kittsya
VJ Member: joanderson
Country: Mexico

Last Updated: 2015-04-17
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Immigration Checklist for Jay & Kittsya:

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? Nebraska Service Center on 2013-12-19
Consulate : Juarez, Mexico
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-01-26
I-130 Sent : 2013-05-31
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-06-05
I-130 RFE : 2014-03-04
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-03-08
I-130 Approved : 2014-04-08
NVC Received : 2014-04-28
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-05-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-06-02
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2014-06-09
Submit DS-261 : 2014-05-30
Receive IV Bill : 2014-07-29
Pay IV Bill : 2014-07-29
Send IV Package : 2014-08-04
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2014-10-16
Case Completed at NVC : 2014-10-09
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2014-11-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : finally have a flight date for the 6th of May!!!! our limit is May 13th, i hope there isn't a problem for waiting almost 180 days after the interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 307 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 527 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Juarez, Mexico
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 20, 2014
Embassy Review : OK so I finally got around to posting my review about our experience in Ciudad Juarez Embassy. We had the interview on Friday November 14th, and because of my job and I wanted to travel with my wife, we decided to risk things and do the biometrics appointment and the doctor's appointment the same day and things worked out fine.

Wednesday, November 12th we arrived at the airport at around 5 pm and it was freezing, apparently there was a cold front plus we were flying from a very warm city that never gets cold, so it was a big shock for us, so we took a taxi to our hotel "Ibis hotel" which is located in the same parking area as two of the authorized medical offices. the hotel was clean and the service was good, except the fact that the heater in the entire building was out of service until the next day javascript:emoticon('') we weren't too happy about that.

Thursday 13th, We had an appointment for 6:00 AM with the medical office "Clinica Medica Internacional" since we had our 7 month old baby with us who like us is not used to the cold weather of 30 degrees!!!! I stayed in the hotel room with him while my wife walked to the clinic, but once they saw her walking out of the hotel a few guards told her come this way to the medical office, its a short cut to get you out of the cold!!! Well it turned out to be a different medical office, it was the "Servicios Medicos en la Frontera" and the cost with tax of this should be about $221 USD, my wife had with her evidence of all vaccines required, but they told her that it wasn't good enough for them and they still had to give her the shots, or she would have to submit an immunity exam to see if she was immune to these diseases, but this exam would take up to 3 days to get the result and the cost was more than the vaccines, so they ended up giving her 3 shots even though she had received all of these shots, some being recent, but after talking to a few other applicants, it looks like they give them to the majority of the people. after the check up they told her to return at 12:00 to check her x-ray because there was a possibility she had problems!!! we were shocked and worried all morning, when we returned the doctor didn't even ask her questions about a cough or sicknesses, he only asked questions about me and our children and if they were all mine and many other personal questions than had nothing to do with her health, and we found out the x-ray wasn't taken correctly and thats why she supposedly had a possibility of tb!!! We ended up paying $390 USD there and were very disappointed in the treatment and service provided by them. Any way we left the doctors office at 1:00 to go to the bio-metrics appointment which was for 1:20, and since it is only around the corner basically we got there in 5 minutes but had to wait until they put 1:20 in the window which was at about 1:18 and she came back out at about 1:50, so we went back to the doctor's office to get the results and they said we couldn't pick them up until the next day at 9:00, Which wasn't good news but luckily the interview wasn't until 10:15.

Friday 14th, we got up and to our surprise the weather had changed, it was nice. kinda chilly but definetly tollerable. so we went and had breakfast at a little restaurant in a strip mall where many guys are outside with menus offering the food, which wasn't bad nor very good. at 9 we went and picked up the black package from the doctors, and we were out in less than 5 minutes, and walked to the embassy's waiting room where the interview process begins, (same parking lot as the bio-metrics appointment) we arrived exactly one hour before the appointment and there were already about 15 people ahead of us with the same appointment time, and went in the embassy at about 10:30, I waited until about 11:30 and went back to the hotel with our baby, and my wife arrived at 1:10, which is about what I expected because in the embassy it states this type of interview takes between 3-5 hrs. and we celebrated!!!!

In the interview, the only questions asked were when we met, how long I have been living in Mexico, where I was at the moment, and if the US address we provided was still the same. And he said your documents will arrive to Mazatlan in 3-10 business days, here are the instructions to track your package, and have a great day.

My wife had brought a police certificate (no antecedentes penales) with her along with my taxes and co-sponsors taxes and many other things, which were not requested, and in the interview she offered them and he said he didn't need any more evidence than what we had already sent to the NVC.

Over all a great experience, the people in Juarez overall are very friendly, which we were worried about because here in Mazatlan we here bad stories about that city and it has a very bad reputation, which we didn't leave the area the embassy is in, but it wasn't necessary either, and we were just fine and never felt unsafe what so ever,
Rating : Good

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