MargotDarko's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kara
Beneficiary's Name: Chris
VJ Member: MargotDarko
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2007-10-30
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Immigration Checklist for Kara & Chris:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2006-09-17
I-130 Sent : 2007-02-24
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-03-02
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2007-05-25
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 :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-06-02
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-10-15
Packet 4 Received : 2007-10-29
Interview Date : 2007-11-05
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : Our NOA1 says our petition date is February 27, 2007. Our NOA2 approval date is May 25, but we didn't receive anything in the post until May 30.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 84 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 248 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : November 6, 2007
Embassy Review : Everything went swimmingly! We got in line at 8:30 AM almost on the nose and we were in the building with a number by 8:55 AM. We were called to the first counter by about 9:45 AM - the man was pleasant and it didn't take long at all. There weren't any snags with paying either ($380 USD in total on my British visa debit card). And I'm sorry I can't quite remember how long we waited to get called for the actual visa interview part, but it wasn't long. The woman was nice again as well and she didn't ask my husband any questions at all actually. She asked me if I was the petitioner and if I had a home in the US, and she found my answers acceptable. Then she said everything was complete and they just had to make sure Chris didn't have an FBI profile (she nicely said this in a joking manner) and that he should have his passport with visa back within the week!

There was a bit of a to-do with paying for the courier as it costs 21GBP in adddition to the standard 14 GBP to get the package delievered before 8am. Chris decided we needed to pay for it because we both work normal business hours and are always out of the house just a few minutes after 8am. The pink form they gave us to fill out says there's Saturday delivery, but the woman at the SMS counter said they don't do Saturdays anymore.

So overall, I thought it was quite good! It was little confusing where we were supposed to go sometimes, but even a couple of the British armed security guards outside were nice to us and told us. There's a lot of roadworks right around the buildling, so all the signs and paths right now are temporary and probably more confusing than normal.

Oh, and also, it was no trouble at all for me to go in even though the sign says only those with appts are allowed in. The first woman who looked at Chris's letter just wrote my name and "yes" on his interview letter for us and waved us through. I am quite sure it was because I am the petitioner and his spouse.
Rating : Good

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