MattAndOana's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Matt
Beneficiary's Name: Oana
VJ Member: MattAndOana
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2019-05-16
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Immigration Checklist for Matt & Oana:

USCIS DCF 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 : Bucharest, Romania
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-04-22
I-130 Sent : 2017-11-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-11-15
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-05-21
NVC Received : 2018-06-23
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-10-28
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-01-24
Submit DS-261 : 2019-01-24
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2018-10-28
Send IV Package : 2019-01-24
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-04-17
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-03-15
NVC Left : 2019-04-10
Consulate Received : 2019-04-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-05-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 187 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 547 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 16, 2019
Embassy Review : We arrived at the Embassy about 30 minutes in advance, and there were 4 or 5 people waiting across the street under the little covered area they put up. Security came to let us in 5 minutes before the scheduled interview time. They checked our passports (I sent the Embassy an email in advance asking to be allowed to attend the interview with my wife, and they wrote back saying they would add me to the list, which they did.) and took our phones, checked our belongings, etc.

We entered the consulate area, and one by one, were called up to the first window to give the required documents: DS-260 confirmation, original birth and marriage certificates, police records, passports, passport pictures, TNT registration (to have the passport/visa sent to us at home) and proof of relationship (photos, proof of past shared addresses, etc.). Then we waited as the Consul Officer called us over for the interview. Of the 5 people / couples there, we got called up second.

The CO was nice, and asked very simple questions:
(to my wife)
How did you meet?
What were you doing in France (where my wife and I met)?
How often have you been to the US?
What do you do in your hometown?
You had the civil ceremony in Romania. Where did you have your other wedding? (It shows he looked at the pictures)
What are your plans once you move to the states?

(to me)
What do you do in Romania?

He then gave us back all our original documents and pictures, cancelled my wife's previous tourist visa, and said everything looked fine to him. We'd have our visa in a few days. He also gave us some advice about international travel once my wife has her green card, since he saw that we have lived in several different countries. He wanted us to be sure we understood the residence requirements for the green card (you can't be out the US for more than a year) so we don't have to go through all this again. I thought that was nice of him to point out.

And that was it really. The whole thing took an hour (and a half if you count waiting outside the Embassy). Everyone was nice, professional, straightforward, and honest.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 9

Musicsaves on 2019-03-14 said:
Hi, I see you are also from Romania! I was just wondering, it seems like your case has been at NVC a long time, does that have anything to do with the country? Have you been given an interview date yet? Just trying to get a timeline! Thanks!
MattAndOana on 2019-03-14 said:
We decided, for personal reasons, to wait on sending our paperwork to NVC. So we didn't start the AOS or IV stuff in June 2018 when our case arrived at NVC. We started our paperwork in January 2019, so technically it's only been processing for 6 weeks. We ran into some problems with joint sponsor paperwork, which I detail in this post:
Musicsaves on 2019-03-14 said:
Thank you so much I look forward to reading this!
Musicsaves on 2019-04-10 said:
Good luck at your interview! Are you both allowed to attend? Let me know how it goes at the embassy?
MattAndOana on 2019-04-10 said:
Thanks! From what I've heard from other Romanian / American couples, as long as we contact the Embassy in advance, I am allowed to attend the interview with my wife. Once we get through everything, I'll post a review (including the medical exam) to the timeline.
Musicsaves on 2019-04-10 said:
Awesome, thank you Matt, best of luck!!!
Musicsaves on 2019-05-07 said:
Can I ask how long after you got case complete did they notify you of interview date? Thank you and good luck next week!!!!
MattAndOana on 2019-05-07 said:
We got our interview date 4-10-19 (the NVC Left in the timeline). So 25 days.
Musicsaves on 2019-05-16 said:
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