Cal & Chat's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Cal
Beneficiary's Name: Chat
VJ Member: Cal & Chat
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2018-04-22
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Immigration Checklist for Cal & Chat:

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): 2017-05-05
I-130 Sent : 2017-05-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-05-24
I-130 RFE : 2017-11-16
I-130 RFE Sent : 2017-11-27
I-130 Approved : 2017-12-13
NVC Received : 2018-03-14
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-03-29
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-03-29
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-04-16 at Embassy
Submit DS-261 : 2018-03-28
Receive IV Bill : 2018-04-16 at Embassy
Pay IV Bill : 2018-04-16 at Embassy
Send IV Package : N/A
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2018-04-04
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-03-29
NVC Left : 2018-03-29
Consulate Received : 2018-04-02
Packet 3 Received : 2018-04-04
Packet 3 Sent : 2018-04-04
Packet 4 Received : 2018-04-04
Interview Date : 2018-04-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-04-20
US Entry :
Comments : NOA2 previously received on 12/13/2017 but for Adjustment of Status, not for Consulate processing. Updated NOA2 was then issued 02/16/2018 that was sent to NVC on 03/06/2018.
03/29/18 - Approved for Expedited process at NVC stage, awaiting for US Embassy Manila instruction for interview scheduling.
04/06/18 - Scheduled interview online for 04/16/18
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 203 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 327 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 17, 2018
Embassy Review : Experience was great! It's very humbling experience for us.

Our schedule was at 8:40 but arrived at the Embassy gate at 6am. Went in the standing line and was able to get in at 7:40am. Me and my son was assigned different letters for interview line but was instructed to go on mine anyway because my son is a minor. Got to Pre-interview with a very nice Pinay so we spoke Tagalog and English, she asked my personal information, where and when we met (on Tinder), if we met IRL and how often. She also asked when did we got married. She also asked my son if they are also talking. All of these were asked while she's asking for our civil documents. She also asked for a photo, I brought a lot of photos but decided to show her the one with my husband's family in Cabo, Mexico. She told me to show that to the Consul if she ask for it. And then because our case was expedited at NVC stage, she asked for my husband's recent W2 and individual tax return, which I have prepared. I asked if she also need my husband's real estate documents as we thought his W2 isn't enough for 4 total households, she said it depends with the consul's assessment. She checked that we haven't paid the IV fee yet so we were given a yellow invoice and pay at the cashier upstairs and proceed to finger scanning. This first step only took about 10 minutes.

The person at the finger scanning was an American but also talks in Tagalog. He's very nice too. After getting our scans, we were told to go to Window 60. We were ushered to go to Window 68 anyway for final interview with the consul. She's very nice American lady. She told us to raise our right hands and swear that everything we say is true. Then she verified my personal information and asked when and where we first meet. She also saw in my DS-260 that I was denied with the Transit visa application and asked where I supposed to go with that. I told her my husband's family reunion is held in Cabo, Mexico every two years so I was invited to go so I just took a different route thru Tokyo. She asked me if I have a job, I told her I am a government employee in our province. She then asked my son if he likes my husband and if they also talk, my son told her they play online games on weekends with my stepson. Then I verified if my husband's income in the file is enough and told her that I have his real estate documents, she said she will ask for it if she needs it, which she didn't. Then she said she will recommend our visa for approval and wait 7 to 10 days for our passports to be delivered and she said "Congratulations!" We were so happy, we thanked her and she smiled. The final interview went only for less than 5 minutes. She didn't even ask for a photo. 😊😎
Rating : Very Good

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