Derik-Lina's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Derick
Beneficiary's Name: Lina
VJ Member: Derik-Lina
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2019-10-30
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Immigration Checklist for Derick & Lina:

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 : Morocco
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2017-09-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-10-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-07-03
NVC Received : 2018-08-20
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-09-12
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-09-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-09-17
Submit DS-261 : 2018-09-17
Receive IV Bill : 2018-09-12
Pay IV Bill : 2018-09-12
Send IV Package : 2018-09-17
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-10-19
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2018-12-18
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-10-24
US Entry : 2019-10-29
Comments : Smooth, sweet and welcoming entry at JFK.
It took less than 10 minutes.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 273 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 441 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 19, 2018
Embassy Review : I will not list how my wife dressed or when she arrived nor left. With all due respect to other posters, I find it irrelevant as it has little to nothing to do with Visa approval or Denial.
My wife and I over prepared and prepared some more. Before she left for her Interview, we reviewed and double checked all documents. However, when she presented her documents, a young Moroccan man, clerk maybe, told my wife she was missing something. As I wrote earlier, we over prepared; She had extra copies and that took care of the issue. The young Moroccan man told her our Marriage Certificate Translation was not the same one I had submitted to CEAC. Indeed, It was the same Translation and my wife had yet another copy and another Translation. We are still trying to understand why the clerk insisted the Translation was not the same. Again, she handed both to the young fellow. Eventually, he told her to proceed to her Interview with the American Counsel Officer. Before, she left, she asked the young Moroccan if he had needed anything else. He replied he had everything.
My wife says the CO looked pleasant and welcoming. As she stood in front of the American man, she could see a 221G and a Yellow form next to his Laptop/Desktop, as if they were for her.
He asked:
1- When did your husband move the States? Why?
2- What does he do for living?
3- How many times has he visited you?
4- Was he married before?
She wanted to share passport stamps to show I had visited four times, but the CO pleasantly said it was not necessary.
However, he did look at some Photos and decided not to look through the Wedding album. My wife feels he was convinced our marriage was Bona Fide; His body language was positive. He did not seem to be concerned about our finances either as I had submitted Tax returns, Transcripts, W2 s, Pay-stubs, Employment records and more. I have had the same job for 20 years.
Surprisingly, the CO pushed my wife s passport back to her along with the dreadful 221G and a Yellow form Highlighting "Translation". Mind you the young fellow took the Translations already. My wife asked if her Visa was denied, the CO shook his head "NO" "We will email you some questions." My wife replied "DS?" He nodded yes and said "It will take little time…". The yellow form instructed us to submit the Translation along with her passport to Aremax and we did just that. Also, we received the DS-5535, completed it and emailed it.
There is a FB group" DS 5535 K1 and CR1 Morocco" where some have been waiting for over a year. I often argued with members on that page that people are not placed on AP just because they were from a certain region. Repeatedly, I was told I was wrong and that all from Fez, Northern and Eastern Morocco are subjects to long AP waits. I am trying to keep this short, but let me tell you that I make enough to support my wife four times over. I have a great career with full benefits. My wife has never been outside of Morocco. She has a record clean as a whistle, with a good career too. Not one person in her family has a criminal record.
My wife and I strongly believed we had a slam-dunk Visa in hand within days. I even made flight reservations and reserved a room at a nice Hotel in NYC with dinner reservations at a nice restaurant in Manhattan. The interview outcome was a shocker and a nightmarish outcome. Today, we are staring at the unknown. My wife is a beautiful young lady with Fashion and Cooking shows on her FB along with our pictures. She is the farthest person from causing any problems not in Morocco, not here and not anywhere. Bottom line, my Princess was put on AP and we have just submitted the DS-5535. We can only hope she receives her Visa soon to come home, but …. No buts. Let s remain hopeful and maybe, just maybe the new Congress will speed up the process. My wife and I are not apposed to Extreme Vetting. Actually, we would never ever oppose anything that is done doe the security of our Nation. We only hope there would be a faster system, and I suggest everyone must be Vetted.
Rating : Moderate


Timeline Comments: 29

Josie333 on 2018-11-16 said:
I'm glad to see you have an interview date. Many blessings to you both!
Derik-Lina on 2018-11-16 said:
Thank you :)
blank avatar Hobidyali on 2018-12-11 said:
Good luck on your upcoming interview, wishing you the best.
blank avatar CappuccinoMo on 2018-12-18 said:
Allah ysser! good luck
blank avatar CappuccinoMo on 2018-12-18 said:
Allah ysser! good luck
Josie333 on 2018-12-19 said:
I hope things went well for you. Blessings.
Josie333 on 2018-12-19 said:
I hope things went well for you. Blessings.
Derik-Lina on 2018-12-19 said:
My wife was put on AP and we have just submitted the DS-5535. We have submitted more than enough documents to prove solid Finances and a Bona Fide Marriage. Unfortunately, the CO decided to give her a 221G and a DS-5535. Why? We can not think of any other reason than that she was born in Fez. My wife and I were in Denial that all Applicants from Fez, the North and East of Morocco, are put put on Ap with Extreme Vetting. The great news goes out to those who are not from the mentioned regions. Almost everyone from the other regions were approved.
Derik-Lina on 2018-12-19 said:
My wife was put on AP and we have just submitted the DS-5535. We have submitted more than enough documents to prove solid Finances and a Bona Fide Marriage. Unfortunately, the CO decided to give her a 221G and a DS-5535. Why? We can not think of any other reason than that she was born in Fez. My wife and I were in Denial that all Applicants from Fez, the North and East of Morocco, are put put on Ap with Extreme Vetting. The great news goes out to those who are not from the mentioned regions. Almost everyone from the other regions were approved.
Josie333 on 2018-12-19 said:
Oh my goodness I'm so sorry to hear this. If anyone has a solid case it's you. This is ridiculous. I agree with your conclusion about the relationship of Fez with the DS-5535. Knowing your diligence I'm sure you'll provided more than sufficient evidence and promptness in submitting the requested information. I hope for a speedy process for you. Blessings.
Derik-Lina on 2018-12-19 said:
Thanks :) I will visit my wife soon nshlah and we will remain proactive until she comes home. I hope and pray no one goes thru what we have endured. It is brutal and I owe lots of people an apology for doubting them about the Carpet Ds.
Apple Bee on 2018-12-19 said:
Sorry to read that your wife received that dreaded DS5535 form. Hopefully things are resolved quickly and she can soon come to the US. Where in Morocco is she from?
Apple Bee on 2018-12-19 said:
Sorry to read that your wife received that dreaded DS5535 form. Hopefully things are resolved quickly and she can soon come to the US. Where in Morocco is she from?
Apple Bee on 2018-12-19 said:
Never mind I just read your comment that she is from Fes
Apple Bee on 2018-12-19 said:
Never mind I just read your comment that she is from Fes
Apple Bee on 2018-12-19 said:
Never mind I just read your comment that she is from Fes
Derik-Lina on 2018-12-19 said:
Yes, born and raised in Fez and that we can never change lol A beautiful imperial city, but apparently not very well liked.
blank avatar Tawakol on 2019-02-19 said:
@Derik-Lina Thanks no they only ask for Passport and to fill the CB paper nothing else.
Derik-Lina on 2019-02-19 said:
Ok. Thanks.
Josie333 on 2019-04-16 said:
Are you still in AP?
Derik-Lina on 2019-04-16 said:
Yes :) R u?
Josie333 on 2019-04-16 said:
Yes we're still in AP. We submitted 2018 Tax Return March 3rd I think. Then they addled for transcripts and we submitted it March 20. The CO spoke to my husband via phone Thursday. I'm hoping for good news soon.
Derik-Lina on 2019-04-16 said:
Nshlah :)
blank avatar TE And AE on 2019-07-16 said:
Hi there are you still in AP? By chance did you use an attorney?Thanks
blank avatar TE And AE on 2019-07-16 said:
Hi there are you still in AP? By chance did you use an attorney?Thanks
blank avatar TE And AE on 2019-07-16 said:
Hi there are you still in AP? By chance did you use an attorney?Thanks
Derik-Lina on 2019-10-30 said:
Lhmdulah The nightmare is over ... hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel and all that pain and suffering is gone once you are home together nshlah.
Derik-Lina on 2019-10-30 said:
Lhmdulah The nightmare is over ... hang in there. There is light at the end of the tunnel and all that pain and suffering is gone once you are home together nshlah.
Josie333 on 2019-10-30 said:
Thank God! So happy for you brother! 10.5 months in AP finally you'll be reunited. Congratulations!❤
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