Duncan21's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Duncan
Beneficiary's Name: Lisa
VJ Member: Duncan21
Country: Guyana

Last Updated: 2020-06-21
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Immigration Checklist for Duncan & Lisa:

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 : Guyana
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2015-12-31
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-01-04
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2016-05-23
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2016-06-23
Pay AOS Bill : 2016-06-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2016-07-13
Submit DS-261 : 2016-07-07
Receive IV Bill : 2016-06-23
Pay IV Bill : 2016-06-27
Send IV Package : 2016-07-13
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2017-02-04
Case Completed at NVC : 2017-01-11
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2017-02-16
Packet 3 Received : 2017-02-16
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2017-02-04
Interview Date : 2017-03-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-03-06
US Entry : 2017-04-29
Comments : Please see my embassy review below. I forgot to mention that all civil documents (original birth certificates of petitioner and beneficiary, and marriage certificate) should have been recently issued. Please go to this site: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/immigrant-process/interview/prepare.html and scroll down to the middle of the page (under Step 2) and select the GEO PDF for complete instructions.

For the civil documents, it mentions that they should have been issued 2010 or after.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 140 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 422 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2017-04-29
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Smooth sailing through JFK. No questions were asked.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2019-02-01
NOA Date : 2019-02-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-03-01
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Newark NJ
Date Filed : 2020-06-11
NOA Date : 2020-06-16
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guyana
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 7, 2017
Embassy Review : The interview was scheduled for March 1, 2017 at 9 AM.  Both petitioner and beneficiary attended the interview.  If the petitioner is also attending the interview, please take your US passport because security will ask for it, as well as one of the officers you will meet.  After passing through security, we sat in the waiting area close to one of the speakers (it was raining so it was difficult to hear the names as they were announcing them).  When our name as called, we proceeded to the window where we were asked to submit the following documents:

* Interview letter
* Original birth certificate of beneficiary
* Original birth certificate of petitioner 
* Original marriage certificate
* Updated police certificate (you should not use the same one that you used at the NVC stage)
* Medical Examiner's Report (please ensure it remains sealed)
* Two 2x2 photos of applicant
* Passport of beneficiary (ensure that it is valid for at least 6 months from the interview date)

We were then asked to wait outside until our name was called.  We waited about 20 minutes and our names were called again.  We proceeded to a different window and a pleasant female officer greeted us.  Both of us (petitioner and applicant) were asked questions:

Questions to the applicant:

* Who sponsored you?
* Is this the person next to you?
* How did you meet and how long did you know each other?
* What does your spouse do for a living?
* Where does your spouse live?
* Did you all have a wedding?
* How many people attended the wedding?
* Did any of your spouse's family and friends attended the wedding?  Who?
* How did you communicate during the course of your relationship?
* Did you all had an engagement?  When was it?
* Did you travel to the US?  How many times, and for how long on each trip?

Questions to the petitioner:

* Remind me how long your relationship was from time you met to now?
The officer then repeated the timeline of our relationship to me, but I corrected her since she mentioned the incorrect year that we started our relationship
* Who do you live with in the US?
* When was your last relationship?
* How many times did you travel to Guyana to meet your spouse (including this trip)?
* When are you returning back to the US?

Those were all the questions we were asked.  We took a lot of evidence of our relationship (2 huge binders):

* Updated i-864 (AOS) and copy of tax return showing we filed jointly with applicant as a non-resident alien (NRA), and recent W2s
* Employment letter (of petitioner) showing the start date of employment, location of work, salary and job title
* Years worth of phone call records from calling cards, skype (screenshots) and whatsapp calls (screenshots)
* Facebook conversations and whatsapp conversations
* Pictures from all trips and, our engagement and our wedding.  Most pictures were with other people in them.  Pictures included family members of both sides
* Wedding album
* Flight itineraries and boarding passes of all trips to see each other, and hotel reservations/bills
* Greeting cards to each other (Birthdays, Christmas, Valentine's Day)
* Wedding cards from guests to us
* Life insurance policy showing applicant as beneficiary
* Retirement (401K) statement showing applicant as beneficiary
* Receipts of gifts bought for each other
* Confirmation of delivery for flowers bought for birthdays and Valentine's day
* Copy of same credit card of both beneficiary and petitioner (I added my wife's name on one of my credit cards as an authorized user [social security number is not needed for this])

We never opened any of the binders because we were not asked to show any evidence; however, it is better to be safe and take as much evidence as you can.

The entire interview lasted for 10-15 minutes.  The female officer told us that we were approved and mentioned the next steps.  She asked when my wife will be traveling to the US, and we said in a month's time.  She told us to come back for the passport and visa in 2 weeks time.  However, we did sign up for DHL delivery and we received an email notification on March 6 (5 days after the interview) to pick up the visa and passport from the DHL office.  

Before the interview, we reviewed questions from here: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/305724-what-are-the-possible-interview-questions-for-cr1/
and here: http://www.visajourney.com/wiki/index.php/Consular_Interview_Questions

There are also many posts on visajourney for evidence of a Bonafide relationship, but see our list above.  Any evidence of joint ownership or mingling of finances will definitely help.

For the interview, please be honest about everything because they will know if you are not. For the Guyana embassy, it is strongly recommended that the petitioner attends the interview as well.

God's blessings and good luck - all will be well!
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