Mrs. DPK's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Daniel
Beneficiary's Name: Francesca
VJ Member: Mrs. DPK
Country: Peru

Last Updated: 2018-11-11
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Immigration Checklist for Daniel & Francesca:

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 : Peru
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-06-13
I-130 Sent : 2017-04-20
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-04-21
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-10-16
NVC Received : 2017-11-23
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2017-12-05
Pay AOS Bill : 2017-12-05
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2017-12-01
Receive IV Bill : 2017-12-05
Pay IV Bill : 2017-12-05
Send IV Package : 2018-01-02
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2018-02-16
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-02-05
NVC Left : 2018-02-16
Consulate Received : 2018-02-21
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-02-16
Interview Date : 2018-03-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-03-24
US Entry : 2018-03-28
Comments : We used a lawyer therefore the agent was chosen by default. So we didn't actually have to submit/complete form DS 261.
It took 4 exact weeks from SD to CC. A week after the CC, I finally received an e-mail confirmation of my case being in queue for interview scheduling. Then, I got my interview date over the phone on 02/14/2018. The email came on the 15th.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 178 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 333 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2018-03-28
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : I was instructed to go through the usual line (the one I always followed when using any non-immigrant visa). I gave my envelope to an officer who seemed nice and only asked when/how I met my husband, but he told me he needed to call another officer who is in charge of immigrant admissions. This second officer seemed very distant and clearly did not have the same disposition as the first. After handling my documents, a third officer (a much more friendly one) came out of a little office and congratulated me, then went over my rights and duties as a LPR. Finally, he took my address and explained that the GC would arrive anytime from that day until 6 months past. They reconfirmed my anniversary date and proceeded to stamp my passport with the CR1 visa.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Peru
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 20, 2018
Embassy Review : Entered the Embassy around 9:20 am
I arrived around 9 am and there were a few people in line. There was a person making sure all applicants were in the right line. After seeing my appointment appeared in his list, he put me in front of the line so that I could enter on time (even though I was about an hour early). At the queue, you are requested to have in hand your 'Appointment Letter', passport and photos. In my opinion there is no benefit from being there in line 2 or 3 hours in advance. A father sponsoring his teenage son got in at 8 am, with an interview scheduled for 10:30 am, so he had to wait all those hours, as the Embassy goes by the appointment letter stated time.
After you passed security, and then walked to the waiting area (patio area), you are given a pamphlet with instructions on how to ensamble your documents.

Appointment scheduled at 10:15 am
The interview is conducted in two parts. In the first part, I was called to a window to submit my original documents. There is another waiting area here, so I had time to work on the intructions on how to ensamble the documents to be given to the 1st CO (Spanish speaker). It goes: (1) Beneficiary's passport, (2) 2 photos, (3) sealed envelope with medical results, (4) Beneficiary's original birth certificate from RENIEC, (5) original marriage certificate (from RENIEC if the marriage took place in Peru, or from the US or any other country where it took place), (6) previous marriages/divorces certificates, (7) Form 1040 of the latest declared year (the summary of tax declaration), (8) W2's of the latest declared year, (9 - 10- 11) original police clearence certificates: Policial, Penal and Judicial (no translations are requested), (12) a photocopy of Petitioner's proof of domicile (U.S. passport, GC, etc), (13) Waivers (if applicable). At this point, some questions are asked, but I believe is only to verify the documents that you submit there. The CO will open the medical results' envelope in your presence and give you back the CD with your X-rays. Once the CO confirms you are good to go, he gives you the 'domestic violence' panphlet and a laminated notice saying that during the interview (the 2nd part of the interview) you swear under penalty of perjury that all your statements are/will be true. At this moment, I was asked to be seated and waited to be called again. This CO was very nice. This is where they take your passport.

About 10 or 15 minutes later, I was called to another window (this one was slightly different because it was at a little room). The lady's (American speaker but chose to talk in spanish with me) questions were: (1) Where did you and your husband meet? (2) Do you have kids? (3) What does he do for a living? (4) How many J-1 programs did you do? (5) Have you ever lived in another country aside from the US? (6) Did you ever have any issues with the law, convictions or were arrested? (7) where does he leave? [I think these were all, rn my memory is fading]. I did have a little bump in my interview: 2016 tax's 1040 was a bit odd bcs my husband had a lot of jobs plus my income was included in it as I worked on my last J-1. This led to the CO not to be able to add up what my husband declared, so instead she took the 2017's information (which luckily I had in hand). So, as an advice, if you have multiple W2's have them meticoulously organized for it to be easy on the CO. She seemed very rushed and a bit cold, but overall satisfied with my answers.

I was given a white slip with instructions on how to retrieve my passport and how to create/log in into the IV portal. I took this as a sign of being granted the visa. She said: "The system is lagging right now, but once the documents are reviewed and if you didn't lie, then you'll have your passport back in 10 days or about 2 weeks". javascript:emoticon('') That was all. I noticed that an applicant (who entered this room before me) left with her passport in hand, which I'm assuming is the sign of a denied application. Some other interviews (again, I'm referring to this 2nd part of the interview) take place in the regular (outside) windows. Some CO's ask if they can conduct it in English, some start in Spanish at once. In both cases, out-side windows or the little-room window, sometimes they allowed the US spouse to be present or could be asked to leave at some point during the interview.

Left the Embassy at 11:49 am
03/20 Status at 01:29 pm showing 'Ready' on CEAC
03/21 Status at 09:39 am showing 'Administrative Processing' on CEAC
03/22 Status at 01:15 pm showing 'Issued' on CEAC
03/23 at 02:20 pm received E-mail with Tracking N. - Still not available for pick up

(updated on March 23, 2018)
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