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  Petitioner's Name: Luke
Beneficiary's Name: Norma
VJ Member: ElGuapo
Country: Mexico

Last Updated: 2015-09-23
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Immigration Checklist for Luke & Norma:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Juarez, Mexico
I-129F Sent : 2015-04-16
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-04-21
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-05-21
NVC Received : 2015-06-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-06-10
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2015-07-03
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-09-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-09-21
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : Not as much of a headache at the actual consulate as people think. Honestly, try not to stress out too much. Just make a nice case and do your best.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 30 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 143 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Juarez, Mexico
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 17, 2015
Embassy Review : Where to start?


Well, first off, me and my fianceé both were under the impression that this was going to be a really rough area because the name Ciudad Juarez alone has a bad rep, but I for one was pleasantly surprised.

The airport left a little to be desired (such as handsoap in the men's room and a functional lock in the stall), but the area around the consulate was nice.

We stayed at the Ibis Juarez. It was a really clean hotel and has an AC that will turn your room into a freezer if you are not careful. A lot of people do hang out outside of the hotel which I found to be a bit strange, but it was really nice to be honest. And I booked it a little over a week in advance on hotels.com for about $25 a night. The hotel is a hotspot for people awaiting interviews as we say many couples staying there for that reason. The only downside is that the hotel has a booth that provides document support at a cost, which to me was a little bit shady. However, they never tried to pressure us or anyone into using the services, they were just there if you needed it (which per the consulate website is not recommended). Also, the 25 MXP beer special in the lobby wasn't bad either.

The area surrounding the consulate was really clean with a nice mall and has many restaurants including Wendy's, Denny's and Buffalo Wild Wings all within walking distance. However, if you are there on the weekends, Barrigas is definitely where it is at! The breakfast buffet is phenomenal and the staff there treated us and everyone else like gold (and we were even dressed down compared to everyone else!) Also, there is a local store where you can get your water and refreshments if you need to (in the plaza next to the consulate).

I don't want to give the impression that it was Disney World, but honestly Ciudad Juarez was a lot nicer than advertised around the consulate. Granted though, the areas outside of the consulate did appear a little dangerous.


The day of the interview, I waited 3 hours outside (La sala de espera was slap full) for her while she did her interview. No one approached me once, not even for "document help" as the website warns about (however I am not denying that it could be a possibility, so be careful). I was wise though to not talk to strangers and the only inquiries were to consulate security staff.

Even though I was never hassled by anyone, being a few shades whiter than paste, I did get a lovely sunburn on the top of my head. It was worth it though when she left the building and told me that she was approved.

She told me that they asked her for the financial forms, photos, medical and of course the forms such as the DS-160 and letter (which were checked when we arrived). They didn't even need to see proof (probably because we had a nice but not too exhaustive front load). I would still advise that you take all documents though as you never know.

During the interview, they asked her the following in Spanish:

1. How did you meet your fianceé?
2. How many times has your fianceé been to Mexico?
3. How do you he is the man for you if he has only been there twice? (to which she answered "I have been to the US three times" )
4. Is he handsome? (actual question, not lying!)
5. Is he smart? (ditto)
6. Do you think he will be the only husband you will ever have?
7. Do you think you will be the only wife he will ever have?

"Muy bien. ¡Tu visa está aprobada!"

All in all, we had a really good experience. If you have any questions, feel free to ask

(updated on September 18, 2015)
Rating : Very Good

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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
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