SierraTenTango's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Husband
Beneficiary's Name: Wife
VJ Member: SierraTenTango
Country: Poland

Last Updated: 2019-01-06
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Immigration Checklist for Husband & Wife:

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 : Warsaw, Poland
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-07-10
I-130 Sent : 2017-12-07
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-12-14
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-07-25
NVC Received : 2018-08-10
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-08-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-08-30
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-09-10
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2018-08-30
Pay IV Bill : 2018-08-30
Send IV Package : 2018-09-10
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2018-10-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-09-17
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2018-10-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-10-18
Interview Date : 2018-11-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-11-13
US Entry : 2018-12-20
Comments : Edit 01. It took us a while but we finally sent the I-130 supporting papers and all we could think of to USCIS. It started.
Edit 02. Hubby got a text from USCIS with NOA1! Now we wait for the hard copy and no RFE's later.
Edit 03. A hard copy of NOA1 in hubby's hands. Turns out it's December 14 and not 15 as we initially thought!
Edit 04. NOA2 came, finally :)
Edit 05. NVC Received the case (electronic case access).
Edit 06. We got the case number after 19 days wow!
Edit 07. Everything submitted as of SEPT/10/2018
Edit 08. An e-mail that they accepted documents :)! Although at the site it looks like not all Joint Sponsor and household member document's are all accepted yet.
Edit 09. A couple of hours later all documents gt accepted <3 Waiting for the interview date now!
Edit 10. It's been exactly one month from documents accepted to consulate received.
Edit 11. Interview date set up!!!!! <3
Edit 12. Visa APPROVED <3
Edit 13. Arrived at USA in Tampa on 20th of December.
Edit 14. SSN Card came in on 2nd of January.
Edit 15. Green Card Arrived in mail on 5th of January :)

388 days between NOA1 and Green Card in hand!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 223 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 329 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Tampa
POE Date : 201-12-20
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : They send me off to the electronic stand at first which is wrong. Then they send me to the right line but unfortunately the officer in the booth didn't know about electronic processing of the documents so he send me to the secondary inspection. He was very nice though! He said" Welcome to the USA and have a great Christmas and Happy New Year :).
On the secondary inspection I was called out as a second person to check after the US citizen. That officer was really nice as well. He asked me a couple of questions about my relationship with my husband and my education (probably to check if I didn't lie about my background or something) but then he even made a couple of jokes. He seemed serious but I still felt very comfortable around him.
I was glad they only scanned my luggage and didn't want to open anything cause I had a lot with me :D 2 big suitcases, and basically two carry on's! That would take forever haha!

Anyway, for me it's 5/5 experience!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Warsaw, Poland
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 8, 2018
Embassy Review : All good

Turns out that the hour they set up is not the hour you will talk to the consular officer but the time when they will let you into the embassy. I was at 9AM and was in the last group of people who were coming in. Most of them were for tourist visas.
Obviously, no electronic devices allowed. You can leave your phone at the deposit but not much more than that. Don't bring any backpacks with you or anything like it! All I had was my documents and keys
People in there are very helpful and nice so no stress at all.

After screening like at the airport I followed the instructions and went to a lady who scanned the barcode I received at the (this determines how I want my passport back). Then to another lady, who checked some of the original documents (in my case no financial documents were checked, only my birth certificate, police clearance, divorce papers from previous marriage and marriage certificate). She also updated my last name over there Then told me to sit down and wait for her to call me for fingertips scans. After that, she gave me the number to wait for the interview itself. I have been waiting for a long time but the interview itself took maybe 4 minutes?
The consular officer (a very nice young lady) asked me a couple of easy questions although one was a catch question - one that would determine if I still have contact with my husband. She asked me if he is in Idaho and I know she knew he is in Florida by now .
Other questions (not necessarily in this order):
- Where we met and a follow-up question to my answer.
- Is he a citizen.
- Does he have children.
- If the children lives with him ( I think she actually asked us )
- Do I have children.
- Is this my first marriage.
- Is this his first marriage.
- Where does he work and what does he do.
- If he visited Poland and when I said yes she asked what he liked about it the most (She actually asked if he eats pierogi!)
- Does he speaks Polish.
Maybe something else easy I can't recall anything else at the moment. No questions at all about our joint sponsor.

In the end, she thanked me she could finally speak with somebody in English! Haha, poor girl. She speaks Polish or Ukrainian all day, I can't blame her. She was really cool and nice. Best regards to her! She said that I am approved and wished me luck

That's it!

Aside from the long waiting time the whole process was very smooth and stress-free
Rating : Very Good

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