SabRob's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Rob
Beneficiary's Name: Sab
VJ Member: SabRob
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2021-08-07
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Immigration Checklist for Rob & Sab:

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? Texas Service Center on 2017-03-23
Consulate : Bucharest, Romania
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-08-13
I-130 Sent : 2016-10-24
I-130 NOA1 : 2016-10-31
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-04-01
NVC Received : 2017-04-20
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2017-04-27
Pay AOS Bill : 2017-04-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2017-04-27
Pay IV Bill : 2017-04-27
Send IV Package : 2017-04-14
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2017-08-02
Case Completed at NVC : 2017-07-21
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2017-08-02
Interview Date : 2017-09-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-09-21
US Entry : 2017-10-25
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 323 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Nebraska Service Center
Date Filed : 2019-09-25
NOA Date : 2019-10-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2019-11-01
Interview Date : 2021-07-14
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-07-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Had Joint N-400 and I-751 interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2020-10-30
NOA Date : 2020-11-02
Bio. Appt. : 2020-11-02
Interview Date : 2021-07-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-08-06
Comments : Interview at the Atlanta Field Office was a breeze. The USCIS Officer was very nice and pleasant. The interview notice said my appointment time was at 12:55PM but I had to wait until 2PM for my turn to be interviewed. The officer lead me into a interviewing room, asked to see my appointment letter and my green card. He then said that he was going to start with the test portion and asked me the following 6 questions: 1. Why did the colonists come to America? 2. What is an amendment? 3. Name 3 of the original colonies. 4. Name one of the writers of the Federalist papers. 5. What is the highest court in the United States? 6. What group of people was taken to America and sold as slaves? He then asked me to read something off a tablet (Which state has the most people?) and asked me to write "California has the most people" on the same tablet. He then said that I passed this portion of the test and went onto the eligibility questions. After all of those were answered, I was informed that my application was approved and that my Oath ceremony will be scheduled within the next 4-5 weeks.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 20, 2017
Embassy Review : My interview was at 1PM. I arrived at approx 12.40PM and waited outside the embassy along with 2 other people who were being interviewed that day as well.
At 12:55PM, an embassy employee checked our passports and we were then allowed to go inside the embassy.

Security check: they look through everything including your wallet. One of the security guards took my phone (which had to be switched off) and gave me a tag with a number on it so that I can retrieve it after the interview.

I then arrived into the waiting area which was empty and was directed to go to the first window and was asked to provide the following:
- 2 photos
- original documents (marriage certificate, birth certificate)
- current passport + old passport with tourist visa in it
- sealed medical envelope
- proof of relationship (I had a photo album containing around 100 photos, flight confirmations for both of us, engagement/wedding announcements along with comments from family and friends)

30 mins later, window 8 opened and a US Consul and I was the second one to be called for the interview.
He swore me in, returned my original documents and old passport and he told me he was going to ask me a few basic questions. The whole interview took about 10 mins only because he was typing so much on his computer and would ask me a question every 2 mins or so. The questions were:
1. Who is the petitioner?
2. When and how did you meet?
3. What does he do for a living?
4. Where does he live?
5. He pointed at one of the pictures in the photo album I provided and asked me where it was taken.
6. How many times did he visit you and how many times did you visit him?

He then stamped something onto a document and signed it, told me everything looked good and that I should receive my passport with the visa in a few days.

MY OVERALL IMPRESSION: Everyone was just...borderline nice (if that's a thing) - they were nice enough so that you couldn't complain.

A piece of advice for everyone who is going through the process in Romania: DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES have your medical done at the BIOMEDICA clinic. The embassy appointed doctor will recommend pointless additional medical examinations (such as ENT, Dermatology, Endocrinology) which you will have to pay for yourself (apart from the 600-750lei you already pay for the medical examination). Everyone who was at the interview that day said they were forced to have these additional medical examinations, otherwise the embassy doctor would not give them their results back). When I had my medical done, the doctor palpated my submandibular ganglia and said I needed an ENT consultation. He did not even look at my throat or my nose (which he was supposed to do). Anyway, avoid this clinic, they will try to take advantage of you as much as they can.
Rating : Moderate


POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2017-10-25
Embassy Review : Such a long wait...over an hour. I sat down in the Tripod waiting area and waited for the officer to call my name. He then handed me my passport with the endorsed visa and told me I should be receiving my GC in max 120 days. No questions asked.
Harassment Level : Low


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