MMteam's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: M
VJ Member: MMteam
Country: Egypt

Last Updated: 2019-01-15
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Immigration Checklist for M & M:

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 : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Egypt
Marriage (if applicable): 2015-08-05
I-130 Sent : 2016-01-25
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-01-28
I-130 RFE : 2016-04-04
I-130 RFE Sent : 2016-05-29
I-130 Approved : 2016-06-17
NVC Received : 2016-06-28
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-07-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-07-17
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-08-13
Submit DS-261 : 2016-07-14
Receive IV Bill : 2016-07-18
Pay IV Bill : 2016-07-23
Send IV Package : 2016-08-13
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2016-12-02
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-11-22
NVC Left : 2016-12-05
Consulate Received : 2016-12-08
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2016-12-02
Interview Date : 2017-01-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-01-26
US Entry : 2017-02-17
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 141 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 348 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2019-01-09
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Egypt
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 11, 2017
Embassy Review : We arrived at the US Embassy in Cairo at 6:00AM and waited out in the cold across the street from the entrance until 7:30am.

Our recommendations for arrival, comfort, and preparedness:

1. Dress warmly in layers because the weather has been quite cold in the early mornings!
2. Be prepared to walk quickly to secure a first place in the line at the entrance. You want to be the first face the consul sees that morning, inshallah.
3. Have your Aramex, two photographs, interview letter ready to be checked when you line up.
4. Leave your electronics at home except your mobile which you can leave with security.

We finally got into the immigration and non-immigration waiting area with our number 600. We waited for our number to be called for about 30 minutes. We handed our birth certificate, copiy of it, marriage certificate, police certificate and copy of it, passport, two photographs to the Egyptian lady in the window. She asked us some basic questions: When did you get married? How long have you been married? Do you (US citizen petitioner) have a job in the US? How long have you been in Egypt? She had the US citizen petitioner (me, the wife) write a statement saying why I am not working. I stated that I have a residency permit here in Egypt that does not allow me to work and that I am a graduate student.

This lady gave us back nearly everything we sent in. It was a huge packet. She said the consular officer may want to see some it, but they did not want it.

Finally, about an hour and a half later, we were called to the consular officer interview in Window 15 which is a private room at the end of the hallway behind a door.

Our consular office was pleasant and around our age (thirties). He swore in my husband and asked us:

- How did you meet?
- When did you decide to get married?
- DId your family attend the wedding? (asked to US citizen)
- How long were you in the United States? (asked to my husband, a former Fulbright scholar, who studied in the USA for 17 months)
- How long have you been in Egypt? (asked to me about my length of stay here in Egypt with my husband)
- When were you last in the United States (asked to me to check my domicile)
- Do you have a home in the US? (asked to me to check my domicile)
We then produced evidence of my US domicile consisting of voter registration and voting record, financial statements, investment accounts, graduate studies enrollment verfication certificate and transcripts from my American college, our pet's passport showing my US address, letter from my parents inviting us to stay with them at their home upon arrival)

He typed quite a while on the computer and then congratulated us, said our visa was approved and would take up to two weeks to process. He kept my husband's passport and handed us a paper with the green card fee $165 to be paid online upon receipt of the passport from Aramex.

Our advice to others is to arrive well-rested, organized, each file easily accessible, dress smartly, and don't worry yourself into a frenzy. And be sure to keep your answers short and to the point with pleasant tone of voice. Remember to breathe and smile. Best of luck to everyone. Take care : )

(updated on January 11, 2017)
Rating : Good

POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-02-17
Embassy Review : Very basic now questions asked at all all done in 20 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
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
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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