xmaricrisx's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Maricris
Beneficiary's Name: Anton
VJ Member: xmaricrisx
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2016-10-27
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Immigration Checklist for Maricris & Anton:

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 : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-04-10
I-130 Sent : 2016-02-20
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-02-25
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-05-06
NVC Received : 2016-05-11
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-05-27
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-05-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-06-08
Submit DS-261 : 2016-05-27
Receive IV Bill : 2016-06-03
Pay IV Bill : 2016-06-03
Send IV Package : 2016-06-08
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2016-08-05
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-07-14
NVC Left : 2016-08-17
Consulate Received : 2016-08-18
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2016-10-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2016-10-27
US Entry : 2016-11-06
Comments : My husband was originally scheduled by NVC to have his interview 9/12/16, but he had to undergo sputum examination, causing a delay.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 71 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 242 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 25, 2016
Embassy Review : My husband's interview was scheduled for 6:45AM. He arrived rather early (around 5AM) and found that there were a lot of people in line already. At around 6:30 he entered the embassy. Everything went very smoothly and quickly.

During his pre-interview, the Filipino consul asked for the original copies of his civil documents (birth certificate, NBI clearance, marriage certificate), his CEMAR, my CEMAR (it was a good thing I had told him to retrieve mine as well because I had read here on VJ about people receiving 221g for it), and pictures of us. He was asked the following questions:
1.) What is your name?
2.) When is your birthday?
3.) What is your wife's name?
4.) When did you get married?

His interview with the American consul was very casual. It seemed more like small talk than an interview. The CO recognized my hometown (which is amazing because it's a small city in northeast Pennsylvania); and he made a comment about where we got married. The only actual question the CO asked pertaining to the case was "What does your wife do?" After my husband answered, the CO quickly looked through the financial documents, and said "Ok, you passed! You can expect your visa to be available in 5-10 working days." And that was it! He was finished and out of the embassy by 8AM.

My husband believes that his interview went so well because he smiled a lot and he did not stutter or hesitate to answer/reply when he was asked questions. Confidence is key! And it also helps that we were very meticulous about the paperwork, so he was well prepared.

*edit: My husband's case status on CEAC changed to ISSUED a few hours after his interview. His passport was ready for pickup at MOA after 2 working days... he picked it up the next day

(updated on October 27, 2016)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2016-11-06
Embassy Review : My husband arrived at around 11AM at Terminal 4 via Asiana Airlines. He was one of the first to arrive at the immigration/customs area. He greeted the officer and handed him the packet from the embassy and the CD from SLEC. The officer returned the CD saying he didn't need it and continued to look through the papers; he then stamped my husband's passport, and said "Welcome to the United States!" That was it! It didn't take any longer than 3 minutes... the wait for his luggage was 1hr though, which really sucked, but at least going through immigration was a breeze

We received my husband's SSN a week after he arrived.
Harassment Level : Low

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