AmandaLane102's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Amanda
Beneficiary's Name: Chris
VJ Member: AmandaLane102
Country: Namibia

Last Updated: 2016-07-10
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Immigration Checklist for Amanda & Chris:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Namibia
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-06-21
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-11
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-20
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2014-10-31
NVC Received : 2014-11-10
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2014-12-11
Pay AOS Bill : 2014-12-24
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2015-10-20
Submit DS-261 : 2014-12-11
Receive IV Bill : 2015-01-13
Pay IV Bill : 2015-01-24
Send IV Package : 2015-10-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-12-03
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-12-03
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2015-12-02
Interview Date : 2016-03-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-04-02
US Entry : 2016-08-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 11 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 514 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Boston
POE Date : 2016-08-26
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 11, 2016
Embassy Review : They were very accommodating to our need to move the interview date from our original assigned date and responded promptly to e-mail correspondences.

I was not present for my husband's interview but he said that it was painless and efficient. The interviewer was not overly nice or overly intimidating - just no-nonsense and approved my husband straight away.

The only pain was that we had a strict timeline we imposed upon ourselves in terms of my husband moving to the States, and initially we had the medical done too early, not realizing that validity of the visa was based on the date of the medical (6 months from medical, not interview). This was problematic as we do not live in South Africa, so my husband had to then fly a second time for a newer medical but ended up combining this one with the 2nd interview trip.

Also - my husband had to DHL them his passport and wait for it to be sent back, which took about 2 weeks from date of interview, but that was fine.

All in all, a pretty painless experience.
Rating : Good

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