PandO's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Phil
Beneficiary's Name: Oanh
VJ Member: PandO
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2020-02-25
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Immigration Checklist for Phil & Oanh:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-01-18
I-130 Sent : 2016-04-11
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-04-13
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-08-26
NVC Received : 2016-09-20
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-10-05
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-10-06
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-10-07
Submit DS-261 : 2016-10-04
Receive IV Bill : 2016-10-05
Pay IV Bill : 2016-10-06
Send IV Package : 2016-10-07
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2016-12-15
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2016-12-28
Interview Date : 2017-02-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-02-14
US Entry : 2017-02-21
Comments : Nearly 10 months to the day, from when the K-3/CR-1 was filed to interview and approval!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 135 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 302 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2017-02-21
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Absolutely no questions asked. They looked at the sealed doc's, they were suffice with what they saw and let us on our way. The only thing is....

First went through as a family (CR-1 Wife & USC Child). The initial officer was cool, professional, took the fingerprints and asked us to stand aside because we had to go to another place to complete the CR-1 Visa (to get it stamped with the 1 year temp green card).

Standing aside took about 30 minutes.

Another officer see's us waiting and asks what we're doing. Officer is informed we are waiting by the initial officers directions, and confirms and walks away. Returns 15 minutes later and ponders why we're still there - he decides to take us there himself now (real cool fellow)

Now we're downstairs being led to the old baggage claim (carousel 2) and behind there is a makeshift immigration office - cool.

Our sealed documents are handed over to a 3rd immigration officer, and we are told to wait. Total of 4 officers sitting in this makeshift office. After waiting almost an hour, I begin walking my baby around as he is becoming restless. I approach the officer that the packet was given to and as I'm about to ask my question, he looks down and, VOILA! he picks up my packet.

Mind you this is after watching them for an hour, giggling and talking shit with each other. At this point I've actually began to lose my patience until they started moving on it. 5 minutes later, my wife (beneficiary) was asked to sign a couple documents, and we were on our way to claim our bags and proceed to customs.

It literally took 1h30m to complete a task that should've tooken only 30 minutes maximum. I blame this on a lack of organization on their part, as well as poor work ethic. I think this department needs to be looked once over.

Otherwise I was happy just to get the hell out of LAX.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2019-07-02
NOA Date : 2019-07-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-07-31
Interview Date : 2020-02-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2020-02-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Sent in minimal documentation with original filing. Basically the application, a letter apologizing for a late filing (~4 Months late), and some pictures of my wife and I, as well as our children.

No RFEs received, however I did prepare and take with me the following:
-3 years tax returns
-3 months bank statements
-joint vehicle purchase contract
-medical, auto, and life policies
-more photos

Some doubted my case would pass. Some of those on these forums (damn ocd nerdy pessimists some of you are).

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : October 17, 2016
Embassy Review : Filed CRBA Form DS-2029 in person @ consulate. Researched what needed to be done, and completed the checklist for DS-2029 prior to scheduling appointment. After arriving with wife and child at consulate to file CRBA docs, we ended up waiting for our number to be called for about 2.5 hrs. On this particular visit, it seemed there were 3-4 other CRBA applicants waiting, and we were tended to last although we weren't the last to arrive. After filing all docs, and receiving interview, they told us we needed to provide one more document (translation of child's birth certificate), and gave me a "hall pass" to enter quickly once I had that document prepared. Went back home, went online and had the document translated within 24 hours. Returned the next day as soon as I got the document, and submitted to CO. They didn't deny the application, which ultimately meant they approved it. Dealt with EMS for delivery of documents once Consulate received, and 2 weeks later my son had his CRBA certificate, and US Passport. WOOHOO!

Dealing with any consulate can be a PITA considering everything has to be done to protocol. There are no cutting corners when dealing with Dept. of State. Don't even try to cut corners, or you will end up wasting tons of precious time. Do what needs to be done (according to checklists), and git'r'done right the first time, so you don't have to return for a second, third, or more times. In my case, as soon as the BC for my son came available, we made an appointment. Luckily there were no significant delays in my case, as the CO saw that I did my due diligence in providing every other document required.
Rating : Good

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