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ALittleBritish's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Henry
Beneficiary's Name: Deb
VJ Member: ALittleBritish
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2022-06-09
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Immigration Checklist for Henry & Deb:

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 : Montreal, Canada
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-07-01
I-130 Sent : 2017-07-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-07-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-01-30
NVC Received : 2018-02-21
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-05-02
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-05-02
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-05-14
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2018-05-02
Pay IV Bill : 2018-05-02
Send IV Package : 2018-05-14
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-05-31
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2018-08-02
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-07-06
Interview Date : 2018-08-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : Case sent to the NVC on 2/13/18
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 188 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 377 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2020-06-01
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2020-06-16
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2022-06-06
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : No actual biometrics appointment happened, they reused my fingerprints from a previous appointment due to COVID. Was told I would be scheduled for an interview since March 2021 but didn't have an interview. Was just approved June 6th.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Montreal, Canada
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 7, 2018
Embassy Review : I had my CR1 immigrant visa interview this morning. My appointment was scheduled for 8am. I arrived at the consulate at 7.20. The security guard came out at 7.30 and asked us to line up. We were then called in to the building one at a time, based on our interview time.

Once inside, I handed my passport to the woman at the podium by the front door who also asked my name. She put a sticker on it for tracking and handed it back along with a laminated card with a number and instructions on it. She then asked me to wait at the next door to be called in for security screening, which they did one person at a time. Inside security, they had my put all my belongings into a plastic tray and I walked through the metal detector. They then took my cell phone and gave me a ticket to retrieve it after. I was then sent down the stairs to the left where there is a waiting room.

Another security guard then came out and let us all into an elevator that had been roped up. Inside it only has two options for floors - 19 and RC. We went up to the 19th floor where there was another waiting room. There's a small play are for kids and the US citizen services on the left when you enter and immigrant and non-immigrant services on the right.

They called us one by one according to our number. When I was called they asked for the documents in the following order (which is on the laminated card):
The laminated card
2 US passport size photos
Medical results
Original birth certificate
Original marriage certificate
Original police certificates
Original affidavit of support.
She verified all the information was the same as what I submitted to NVC and double checked mine and my husband's addresses. I was then told to sit down again.

Eventually I was called to a window down a small corridor where windows 6-12 are located. They are in small rooms with the interviewer on the other side of the glass. My interviewer was very friendly and kind. She first asked me to take an oath to tell the truth. She verified some of my information again and handed back my original documents. She then said, let's talk about your husband! And asked me the following questions:
When did you meet?
Who messaged who first?
It was about x weeks until you first met up?
It was an instant connection?
When did you feel like you two became serious?
Have you traveled anywhere internationally in the last 5 years? Where?

She then told me everything looked good, handed me a blue slip of paper, and said I'm happy to welcome you to the United States of America! She then told me I could expect my visa in about 1 to 2 weeks.

Overall, a good experience. Just lots of waiting!
Rating : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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