Pat&Vince's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Vince
Beneficiary's Name: Pat
VJ Member: Pat&Vince
Country: Belgium

Last Updated: 2018-01-05
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Immigration Checklist for Vince & Pat:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Belgium
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-01-04
I-130 Sent : 2017-01-30
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-02-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-07-12
NVC Received : 2017-07-28
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2017-07-28
Pay AOS Bill : 2017-07-31
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2017-09-08
Submit DS-261 : 2017-07-31
Receive IV Bill : 2017-08-04
Pay IV Bill : 2017-08-05
Send IV Package : 2017-09-08
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2017-11-15
Case Completed at NVC : 2017-10-30
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2017-11-15
Interview Date : 2017-12-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-12-13
US Entry : 2018-01-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 159 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 305 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Belgium
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 10, 2017
Embassy Review : My appointment was on DEC 5th at 2pm.
I showed up about 15 minutes prior to the interview and was somewhat surprised by how many people arrived at the same time (for very various reasons it appears).

The embassy is like a fort, all fenced up, multiple security guards and lines.
I entered through a first room that was very airport security like, then picked a ticket (new immigrant) and walked into the waiting room.

The area looks like a bank with several counters Sith thick windows. I was called at a first window where a very kind lady checked on my civil documents and explained a bunch of stuff (that I already knew) to me about the protocole and obligations. Easy so far...
I was invited to go back in the waiting area (for about 20 minutes) then was called to a different window where I was greeted by a very pleasant and smiling man, apparently the consul since Belgium doesn't have an ambassador since the president hasn't named one yet.

The discussion was very friendly. Few questions were asked :
* When/where we met ;
* Where my husband lives/works, which state he's from ;
* The address we will be living at (same as the one in the paperwork) ;
* How many times we had sen each other since we got married (where and when) ;

The consul then checked the civil documents again, joked about the phonebook thick like dossier we had... and stumbled on my police certificate (heart dropped for a second), then laughed and said "Oh speeding tickets, happens to everyone right?"

It took basically 5 minutes (maybe a couple more) and I was told, with a big grin, than I was approved and had the choice to either come back to pick up the enveloppe, or get it through courrier service, I opted for the latter since I had already paid for it.

Bottom line : a surprisingly pleasant and friendly experience (from the security staff to the embassy people). Everyone made this potentially nerve wracking experience a nice moment to remember fondly of.

Rating : Very Good

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