HtBlack's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jason
Beneficiary's Name: Erika
VJ Member: HtBlack
Country: Italy

Last Updated: 2017-06-13
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Immigration Checklist for Jason & Erika:

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 : Rome, Italy
Marriage (if applicable): 12-20-2013
I-130 Sent : 2014-12-03
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-19
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 : 2014-12-24
Packet 3 Received : 2014-12-30
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-02-03
Packet 4 Received : 2015-02-04
Interview Date : 2015-02-25
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-02-26
US Entry : 2015-05-22
Comments : Everything went super smooth. So happy!
Estimates/Stats :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-05-01
NOA Date : 2017-05-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-06-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Naples, Italy
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : June 18, 2015
Embassy Review : My first day was the medical. It was a long process with long waiting time in between the chest x-ray, blood work and medical but each of those lasted very little; even the medical exam. I was examined fully dressed, I only took my shoes off to be weighed - the exam was so relaxed that when I did the eye exam they didn't even test each eye of mine separately and I could keep my glasses off; and I have a blind eye which, like this, they didn't notice! I had to specify that after we were done with everything and the doctor was sort of bothered that I hadn't told him before, which was funny.

Next day was the consulate interview. I arrived there twenty minutes before my appointment and was first in line. I was told to wait outside until they opened the office (my appointment time must have been right at opening time). I ended up going in second because a couple with a baby and small kid were let in before me; it was a nice gesture towards them, I appreciated it.

To go inside, I passed by a small room in which they passed my stuff under a metal detector and I think they kept my phone there, and my manicure set (I had a small scissor in it and a metallic nail file). Gave me a small plastic ticket with my number.
Went into the building in a large room. The process was double: first I was called at one booth where a lady collected my documents. She asked me for each document in turn, together with one copy of it, and assembled all of them in a folder and took a few of my originals such as marriage certificate and birth certificate, telling me that they'd give them back after they copied and checked it all; she was nice and polite. Then I went back to sit down and wait for the actual interview. Oh, by the way, she was Italian and we spoke Italian.

I was called after around ten minutes to my interview, in a nearby booth. The officer was obviously not Italian, and although he started speaking in Italian he soon asked me if I spoke English and if I'd like the interview to be conducted in English, and I agreed. My interview felt more like a chat with an acquaintance than an actual "interrogation": he was friendly and smiled often. I was asked how did I meet my husband, where did each of us live when we met, when did we meet in person for the first time, where did we get married. Then he asked about my co-sponsor (father-in-law), who is my husband's stepfather - asked when did he come into my husband's life, when did my husband's parent divorce and when did his stepfather marry his mother. Funny thing was that I wasn't sure about those dates since we hadn't talked too much about it! Must have been the only thing I DIDN'T know. But I ballparked and turns out I was right, haha.

Then he excused himself as he went out to get my documents, he reviewed them as I went to pay the fee at another booth and then waited for him, gave me the originals back, explained how the passport process worked and told me I passed the interview, and I was free to go! A very simple process with very pleasant people all-around.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2015-05-22
Embassy Review : My experience at JFK was awesome. The officers weren't particularly nice - almost bothered, actually. They made me write my i-94 form (the lady in the plane didn't give me one because she said that "with immigrant visas you don't need it" with a pen that didn't work, just to make an example - but I was so relieved because of the general situation that I just didn't care.

And the situation was: I didn't have to go through the customs line at ALL. When getting out of the plane, going towards the customs "main" hall, I saw a sign pointing to the left saying "first time immigrants with visa packet" and so I followed the sign into a small room. There was only one person in front of me, and one with an officer already being processed. So in ten minutes, it was my turn; fingerprints, passport stamp, i-94 (see above) and I was on my way in twenty minutes total (without a "welcome to America" or any similar nicety, but as said, these officers were sort of gloomy)! When out, I could go directly to baggage drop and our suitcases hadn't even arrived yet: the process had been THAT fast. It took much longer to actually re-check the baggage, get inside the airport through security again and find my gate; almost an hour and a half total.

I had a three-hour layover and I got to my gate forty minutes before flight departure. Swift and painless, I wish it could be like that for everyone!
Harassment Level : Moderate

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