nomadicepiphany's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Sandra
Beneficiary's Name: Derek
VJ Member: nomadicepiphany
Country: Saudi Arabia

Last Updated: 2017-05-23
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Immigration Checklist for Sandra & Derek:

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 : Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Marriage (if applicable): 2015-04-10
I-130 Sent : 2016-01-31
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-02-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-06-22
NVC Received : 2016-07-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-07-27
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-07-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-07-27
Submit DS-261 : 2016-07-27
Receive IV Bill : 2016-08-09
Pay IV Bill : 2016-08-10
Send IV Package : 2016-10-03
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left : 2016-12-09
Consulate Received : 2016-12-16
Packet 3 Received : 2016-12-16
Packet 3 Sent : 2016-12-16
Packet 4 Received : 2016-12-16
Interview Date : 2017-01-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-02-01
US Entry : 2017-04-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 117 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 331 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : CDN-USA Border
POE Date : 2017-04-13
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Entry was at the Calgary, Alberta airport (YYC) in the USA pre-clearance. The process took a little over 20 minutes and the staff were all very courteous and helpful, although you are waiting for 15+ minutes in a waiting area with no cell phone.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 26, 2017
Embassy Review : The process at the USA Embassy Riyadh was smooth, although the extra security precautions created some challenges finding a parking location. Entry to the Embassy is only permitted at the specified time, with the control area advising when you may enter and complete the security protocols. Once inside the embassy, the process can be slow, taking approximately 2-3 hours. You will need to leave the embassy at one point to obtain a SMSA courier receipt for the return of your passport. This could be done in advance if you desire; you will need to know the case number and put this on the package. It does not take much extra time, but it can save about 20 minutes. The SMSA office is close, and also surrounded by restaurants so that is a good time to take in some food for those who travelled to the embassy. The staff are good and there are multiple steps to complete, but they are efficient and polite.

When you go, be sure that you have all of the items you might need. These should be in good condition and readily accessible. The most important items are the originals. While you might not need all items, it is best to take copies of all items you sent during the application process and the originals for each.
Rating : Very Good

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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.

** Not all cases are transfered

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