Russ&Caro's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Russ
Beneficiary's Name: Caroline
VJ Member: Russ&Caro
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2018-09-24
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Immigration Checklist for Russ & Caroline:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-02-23
I-130 Sent : 2014-06-02
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-06-11
I-130 RFE : 2014-11-10
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-16
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-04
NVC Received : 2015-01-23
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-01-26
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-01-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2015-02-27
Submit DS-261 : 2015-01-27
Receive IV Bill : 2015-02-13
Pay IV Bill : 2015-02-13
Send IV Package : 2015-02-27
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2015-06-04
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-31
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2015-05-13
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2015-05-07
Interview Date : 2015-06-03
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-07-09
US Entry : 2015-07-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 176 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 357 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2015-07-13
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : "Tight" connection in Miami, i.e. 3 hours, and immigration/customs managed to take up 2.5 hrs with questions, processing, etc. Wife managed to get to her gate for connecting flight 5 mins before takeoff. Std suite of questions about relationship, etc.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2017-04-13
NOA Date : 2017-04-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2017-05-17
Interview Date : 2018-08-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-08-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : Received a combo I751/N400 interview. Both were approved.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Albuquerque NM
Date Filed : 2018-04-24
NOA Date : 2018-04-24
Bio. Appt. : 2018-05-16
Interview Date : 2018-08-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-09-24
Comments : Received a combo I751/N400 interview. Both were approved. Oath Ceremony in Santa Fe (not Abq) took around 4.5 hours but 2 hours of that was checking people in. Don't bother going early and standing in line. Might as well go at 9:30 and walk right in with a short wait til the ceremony. 200 people were naturalized which is similar to other reported #'s for Santa Fe oath ceremonies.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 12, 2015
Embassy Review : The interview was scheduled for 8:30 am, June 3, but they began pre-processing immediately when she arrived at 7:45. She only had to wait about 30 minutes before she was brought before the consul. His questions:

When did you meet your husband?
When did your husband last come for a visit?
What language does your husband speak?
Do you speak english?

It was here that he switched to english and asked her several more questions:

Where did you learn to speak english?
Have you visited the US before? On what type of visa? How long were you in the US?
Last time you spoke with your husband?

After the questions he stated that she was approved for the visa, pending receipt of documents from doctors. He told her the instructions for applying for a green card. Told her once the medical documents were received, the visa would be processed and sent via DHL. Over all, everyone at the consulate were very friendly.
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Albuquerque NM
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 17, 2018
Embassy Review : My wife (LPR) and I (USC) went for an appointment in Albuquerque for a combo interview, both I751 and N400. We arrived at 7:55 for an 8 o'clock appointment and they called on us at about 8:10 AM. They seem very prompt at this office. The immigration officer who handled my wife's cases was very nice. He chatted about 2 different restaurants in ABQ that serves Colombian food, only one of which we were familiar with. The I751 portion of the interview was pretty easy. He simply checked all of the info that we had submitted in the application and then added our 2017 tax transcript. He then invited us to talk about how we met and how our married life is going. I then left and my wife continued on with the N400 part of the interview. She answered 6 questions from the Civics test correctly. She also found the English writing/speaking/reading test to be very easy. The IO told her that both applications were approved and that they would be sending a new green card to her as well as an invitation to an oath ceremony which will occur about a month after the interview. Very nice experience.

As for how fast the process was, biometrics happened 1 month after filing, we receiving an invitation for interview about 2 months after filing, the interview occurred 3.5 months after filing, and the oath ceremony is likely to occur about 5 months after filing the N400.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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