sten3564's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: SNT
Beneficiary's Name: PDS
VJ Member: sten3564
Country: India

Last Updated: 2021-05-11
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Immigration Checklist for SNT & PDS:

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 : Mumbai, India
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-04-12
I-130 Sent : 2017-05-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-05-19
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2017-12-08
NVC Received : 2018-01-30
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-02-15
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-02-17
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-02-22
Submit DS-261 : 2018-02-15
Receive IV Bill : 2018-02-24
Pay IV Bill : 2018-02-24
Send IV Package : 2018-02-22
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-03-30
NVC Left : 2018-04-17
Consulate Received : 2018-04-24
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-04-12
Interview Date : 2018-05-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-05-23
US Entry : 2018-05-31
Comments : Full Timeline:

05/06/2017: Sent I-130 petition to USCIS Chicago Lockbox
05/17/2017: I-130 petition received at USCIS Chicago Lockbox and sent to TSC
05/18/2017: I-130 petition received at USCIS Texas Service Center
05/22/2017: Received email notification that I-130 petition was received
05/26/2017: NOA1 received in the mail

12/01/2017: Sent help form to my US Congressman's office asking for update
12/05/2017: US Congressman's office sent online inquiry to Texas Service Center
12/08/2017: I-130 petition approved
12/11/2017: Notified by Congressman's office that petition has been approved
12/13/2017: NOA2 received in the mail

01/24/2018: USCIS sent petition to NVC
01/30/2018: NVC received petition

02/15/2018: NVC Case Number and Invoice Number Assigned
02/15/2018: DS-261 form completed and submitted
02/17/2018: AOS Fee Invoice received via email
02/17/2018: AOS Fee paid
02/22/2018: AOS Fee cleared
02/22/2018: DS-261 reviewed by phone
02/22/2018: AOS and IV Document package submitted
02/24/2018: IV Fee Invoice received via email
02/24/2018: IV Fee paid
02/26/2018: AOS and IV Document package received
02/28/2018: AOS and IV Document package scanned
02/28/2018: IV Fee cleared
03/01/2018: DS-260 application completed and submitted

03/30/2018: Case Complete
03/31/2018: Status changed on CEAC website
04/02/2018: Called NVC and confirmed a Case Complete
04/06/2018: Received email letter confirming a Case Complete
04/10/2018: Called NVC and notified of interview date
04/11/2018: Scheduled biometrics appointment and medical appointment
04/13/2018: Interview letter sent by email
04/21/2018: Saw status on CEAC website change to 'In Transit'. Went to DHL website to see that a shipment to India was made on April 17th
04/24/2018: Status changed on CEAC to 'Ready'
04/25/2018: Biometrics Appointment at Chennai VAC
04/26/2018: Medical Appointment at APHC Block, Chennai

05/21/2018: Visa Interview at Mumbai Consulate (APPROVED!!!!!!!!)
05/23/2018: Passport delivered to home via premium delivery
05/31/2018: Wife lands and successfully goes through POE in Boston
06/11/2018: Social Security Card received in mail
06/30/2018: Permanent Resident Card received in mail
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 203 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 367 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2020-03-04
NOA Date : 2020-03-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2021-04-02
Interview Date : 2021-05-11
Approval / Denial Date : 2021-05-11
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : 03/04/2020: Sent I-751 Petition via FedEx
03/09/2020: Received by USCIS Dallas
03/12/2020: NOA Date
03/13/2020: Check amounts of $595 and $85 were cashed. Notified by text that petition was received
03/14/2020: NOA (18-month extension letter) was received via mail

11/27/2020: Biometrics Appointment letter received via mail
12/17/2020: Biometrics Appointment Date
(cancelled due to bad weather)

04/02/2021: Rescheduled Biometrics Appointment Date

05/11/2021: I-751 ROC Interview
05/11/2021: I-751 Approval

Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2021-03-11
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2021-05-11
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-05-11
Comments : Had a combined I-751/N-400 interview. Wife did not prepare much for citizenship interview, but officer was nice and reviewed the questions while technical issues were being handled. Wife passed and was able to take the oath and naturalization certificate on the same day.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : May 21, 2018
Embassy Review : Review of Mumbai interview experience, May 21st 2018

My wife reached the consulate early, at around 6:20. She mentioned that there were already people waiting around that time, and it was hot. So she waited under a tree until the purple shirt guy came out at around 7am. He called out for immigrant visa applicants first. My wife was one of the first people in line, as she crossed the street immediately after she saw him.

After going inside had to go through security. For some reason the scanner at the security checkpoint was malfunctioning and kept detecting CDs for everyone. My wife told him she is not carrying a CD. He checked my wife’s bag and folders, opened all the folders and the sheets, at some point the documents fell down too, so had to rearrange the documents again. Ultimately security guy checked and said no CD, and let my wife go.

Then she was called by the lady at the counter. Questions asked there were:
1. Who's calling you?
2. what's his name?
3. where does he stay?
4. when did you see him last?
5. Have you visited other countries?
6. Where and how long?
The lady also asked for 2017 tax returns.

Later my wife had a meeting with the CO who asked her the following questions.

1. Who is calling you?
2. How did you meet? (Ours was arranged marriage)
3. How do your parents know each other? (met through my wife’s relative)
4. How do your husband’s parents know him? (Family friend)
5. Why did you visit the US in 2016? Where all did you stay?
6. Did you meet him during this time?
7. What does your husband do?
8. Where does he work?
9. Does he stay alone?
10. What is your highest qualification?

After this, he said the magic words. “Visa approved”

My wife was finished and left the consulate by around 8:25am.

Few tips:
1. Good to dress in comfortable clothes, the wait outside is hot.
2. Good to have an unsealed cloth bag which is definitely better than paper or plastic bags etc.
3. Keeping documents handy may not be the best option, it’s best to keep it arranged in a folder, because security people turn things up and down.
4. It totally helps to get in the line early, because the worst part is the waiting.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Boston
Event Description
Entry Date : 2018-05-31
Embassy Review : Quite painless. Beneficiary walked up and gave the sealed envelope that she got from the consulate. She was not even asked for the CD-ROM. After the flight landed, she finished departing the aircraft, immigration, baggage claim, and customs all in 45 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low

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