JLJoseph's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: John
Beneficiary's Name: Angelica
VJ Member: JLJoseph
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2022-05-13
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Immigration Checklist for John & Angelica:

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 : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-06-21
I-130 Sent : 2018-07-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-07-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-12-14
NVC Received : 2019-01-03
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-02-20
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-02-22
Submit DS-261 : 2019-02-22
Receive IV Bill : 2019-02-20
Pay IV Bill : 2019-02-20
Send IV Package : 2019-02-22
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-04-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-03-19
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2019-04-16
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-05-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-05-29
US Entry : 2019-06-02
Comments : Expedite filed 4/16/2019
Expedite approved 4/18/2019
Appointment set on USEM website 4/22/2019
Interview date 5/22/2019
USEM changed date of interview to 5/28 on 5/8/2019 (this was a surprise but there was an earlier appointment availible)
I changed interview date to 5/21/2019 on 5/8 /2019
Medical at SLEC 5/7/2019 and 5/18/2019 no issues
CFO seminar and interview scheduled in Manila for 5/23 (READ UP ON THIS... IT IS A WILDCARD) (Thanks, Thomas Rheinhardt)
Interview on 5/21- They would not let me stand at the window (the interview is at a "window" like in a bank) with my wife and the gentleman who interviewed her was rude and impatient but she passed.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 150 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 308 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Nebraska Service Center
Date Filed : 2021-03-04
NOA Date : 2021-03-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2022-02-25
Interview Date : 2022-05-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2022-05-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : The interview was easy. They separated us and asked her questions about me and where we lived and about our dog. Then I was interviewed and they used her answers to ask me questions. All they wanted to see was if we had concurrent answers.
The woman said that because the initial submission packet was so complete that the only thing she needed was my 2021 IRS 1040 form. When the interview was done, she said that she foresaw no issues and we could expect to hear in 2 weeks.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 25, 2022
Embassy Review : The consulate interview was as expected. I was there to help my wife.

The worst part was the long line outside and the confusion as to where to go. The consulate employees who "direct traffic" are not helpful and often wrong. Once you get inside, it is easy. You are directed to the proper waiting area and you wait until your name is called.

In our case, the gentleman behind the window was nasty. He was in a hurry, impolite, and he did NOT want me any where near my wife. As a result, I had to be called back to the window by my wife five times to explain things to the person questioning. Among the things that he did NOT understand were: the fact that I was retired and had been for some time (I retired at 45); my assets were well in excess of the requirements but I was asked up to explain why my brokerage account was not a checking account; I was asked why the assets were not on a tax form (because we are not taxed on assets); I was also asked for my rent even though my wife had brought the deed to my house and the real estate tax receipt.(for some reason, the agent did not like that I didn't have a mortgage nor rent. )

Among the other questions the person asked my wife were:
-Where she met me. We met in person at the place I was renting in Bohol. The agent asked her FOUR TIMES if we met online. He even said, "But of course, you met online first?". We didn't. I was living in the Philippines. He seemed determined to find some fault with how we met.
-How long I lived in the Philippines.
-How many times we met (which really baffles me since we lived together in the Philippines for over a year...)
-What I liked to eat
-How many trips back to the US I made
-Where I lived in the US
-How I earned a living (even though he knew I was retired!)
-If she had children with anyone in the Philippines (he asked that twice)
-How long we had known each other (and "you really met online, didn't you...")

All in all, I would describe it as a little confusing for my wife and a little hostile toward me. I think he was pissed that I had initially gone to the window with my wife. (The woman directing people to the windows had said it was just fine.... ) After the interview, we were told alll was in order and we had to wait for biometrics to be taken.

The Embassy would give us no indication when they would get the passport back to us but it only took 2 or 3 days. It was a little tight because we had the CFO interview on day 3. The CFO doesn't allow the husbands to attend. Mostly they try to tell the women that these American men are evil and willing to sell women into prostitution and can beat them. I don't know where they come up with this. Remember that even though you have your visa to the US, you still need the CFO stamp to take her out of the country if you are married (if you are single you don't.... go figure....)
Rating : Moderate


Timeline Comments: 12

Thomas Reinhardt on 2019-04-16 said:
Did you encounter any problems at NVC?
JLJoseph on 2019-04-17 said:
Well they still haven't given me a date for the Interview. There was a delay once when they asked for new copies of her birth certificate and my divorce decree. That was almost 3 weeks. But the case was approved on 3/19 and I still haven't gotten an interview date. Calling just seems to piss them off. I am on hold right now. I filed an expedite on friday with the embassy. I dont know if they will accept it. I called them last week and they told me they had tons of open appointments. I looked at the online scheduling site for the embassy and there was one 3 days from my call..... The NVC has been as uninformative as the USCIS was. What are you seeing?
Thomas Reinhardt on 2019-04-17 said:
Call me when you get a chance 1704 674 9515 I'm off at 4pm est.
Thomas Reinhardt on 2019-05-04 said:
Thomas Reinhardt on 2019-05-04 said:
No interview date yet????
Thomas Reinhardt on 2019-05-09 said:
Hello again have you still not heard anything from the NVC about your interview date?
JLJoseph on 2019-05-09 said:
the medical was 2 days and no issues. The embassy changed our date from the 22nd to the 28th for no known reason. I was lucky that an appointment on the 21st opened up so I immediately changed it to that. CFO is on the 23rd
JLJoseph on 2019-05-09 said:
Im staying in Malate,almost in Ermita. There are a lot of homeless but its a good area to stay once you get used to the clubs and homeless. The embassy and St Lukes are both walking distance. Staying very neat Robinson's mall would be the best landmark. Just in case you are unsure where to stay.
Heri4me2 on 2019-05-09 said:
We stayed at time travelers hotel right across from cowboys. Pretty much right between slec and usem
blank avatar Zcrayfish on 2019-09-19 said:
Did you receive your visa packet already? If so, what date did you receive it? Trying to see how many days lately it has been taking folks to receive them... seems to be trending 5-13 mostly. Thanks
JLJoseph on 2019-09-19 said:
The interview was 5/21 and the visa packet arrived 5/29. I selected to pick it up so it was held at the 2GO facility near Malate. (Not much of a packet... just the passport with the visa and a few sheets of paper telling you that you owe another fee to get the green card). Oh... and there usually isn't a medical packet (the yellow envelope) these days. It is all electronic so don't panic when all you get is the passport with the visa. Don't forget the CFO seminar to get the sticker from the CFO so your wife can leave the Philippines. (Most foolish thing I encountered in the Philippines... )
Thomas Reinhardt on 2022-05-14 said:
Please tell me what all evidence you sent in.
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