valentinasc's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Tyler
Beneficiary's Name: Valentina
VJ Member: valentinasc
Country: Italy

Last Updated: 2018-09-23
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Immigration Checklist for Tyler & Valentina:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-08-22
I-130 Sent : 2017-10-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-10-10
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-05-03
NVC Received : 2018-05-15
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-07-18
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-07-18
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2018-07-25
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2018-07-18
Pay IV Bill : 2018-07-18
Send IV Package : 2018-07-25
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2018-08-14
Case Completed at NVC : 2018-08-07
NVC Left : 2018-08-14
Consulate Received : 2018-08-21
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2018-08-14
Interview Date : 2018-09-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2018-09-19
US Entry : 2018-09-21
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 205 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 342 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 19, 2018
Embassy Review : Full review from Blood tests to Interview Date.
- 6 days in Bogota in which it took me 4 business days to do it all -

Wednesday • September 12 (Clinic)
Instituto y Laboratorio Clínico
-Showed up at 06:30 and I was the 7th in line. At 07:00 they opened the door and upon entry I was required to give my passport and a copy of it. Once inside i sat down and eventually I’ve been called to reception to pay $420.000 (CASH ONLY) and give a passport size photo (5x5).
After that I’ve been sent to see a lady and she gave me a cup to pee in, came back with it gave it to the lady, made me sit down and took blood tests. After that she sent me back to the room where everyone was waiting and another lady called me in a different room. Performed X-Rays and gave me my passport back and told me that was it. I was inside the clinic for about 20 minutes.

Thursday • September 13 (Biometrics)
Biometrics at ASC I got there at 07:30 and I was in for about 4 minutes, been taken a photo and fingerprints.

Thursday • September 13 (Medical)
Dr. Jairo Roa B.
Got inside the Medical Centre and a lady requested my passport with 4 passport size photos, a copy of it and vaccine records. Paid $245.000 and gave me a form to read, understand and sign in order to acknowledge laws and Dr’s rights.
Went inside in a waiting room and a lady called me to measure my height, weight and tested my vision, with and without glasses (I wear glasses for distances). That thing took 5 minutes. She sent me back to the waiting room and another lady called me in and took me to the doctors office. I had to remove my clothes, stay in underwear and put on a vest and wait for the Dr. He came in, looked at my eyes, ears, lungs, knees, strength in arms and legs and asked me to lay on the bed and quickly checked my breasts and lifted my undies for about a second. ( I was scared for this, but it was very simple, he just did it for a second - I believe it was to make sure I was a female). Oh while he was performing the physical test there was a nurse in the room checking so don’t worry if you’re a female - I did not feel uncomfortable. After that I’ve put on my clothes back and been instructed to wait in his office. He came back and asked me a couple of questions like : where’s your husband at the moment, how come you are in Colombia if you’re Italian, how long have you been living in Colombia and where did I live prior to Colombia. So after those questions he told me I was very healthy and gave me a paper with a list of vaccines and told me: I’ll just have you get a Flu shot, you should get a Tetanus shot too but I’ll let you pass on it, I’m being nice, so that’s all with me, go back to the waiting room and give your passport and shot list to the lady at reception. I paid $56.000 for the shot and a few people in the room called me lucky for it since it seemed most people had to get 3 to 4 shots. I paid, got in the Vaccines room, been given the shot and that was it. Went back to the very first reception and the lady told me : ok, now you’re done, you can come anytime tomorrow at 18:30 to collect results, have a good day.

Friday • September 14 : (Results pickup)
Cued up in line at the Medical Centre and they let us upstairs at 18:30 sharp. Called about 5 patients (me included) and I was handed my envelope and other 2 forms of documents and wished me good luck and successful approval.

Monday • September 17 : INTERVIEW!!
Interview @7:00 showed up @06:20
Been let in at 7 am in the residents line and a guy asked me for original : birth certificate of me and my husband, marriage certificate, 2 passport size photos and police records and been given a green sticker. Walked in and a lady required me to write Down email and telephone number and told me to wait to be called. Been called and a Colombian guy asked me when I got married and organized my papers. (Phone to communicate wasn’t working properly so I stayed with him some good 15 minutes). After that I went to the waiting section where I’ve had my interview with the Consular officer. As soon as I gave him my documents sorted by the previous guy he went to grab my folder with all of my documents submitted to USCIS & NVC. 20 minutes checking my documents ! But what he mostly cared about was to see if I had any problems with the law from the 4 police certificates I got from the countries I’ve lived in. And finally he started asking me questions :
1. Where did u meet? Tell me more about it.
2. When did u meet up again after first encounter?
3. When and where did u get married?
4. How long have u been living in Colombia?
5. Have u been to the states to visit him?
6. Were u in the states before?
7. From when to when ? - I explained to him I was in the states from ‘09 to ‘13 entered on an ESTA and overstayed with my family however none of my family live there any more and I left 3 months after turning 18 years old so I did not accrue unlawful presence.
8. You applied for an Esta and Tourist visa last year and got denied correct? -Yes
9. What does your husband do?
10. Where is he staying?
He typed and typed on his computer however about 5 minutes before I would get approved I already saw he had a paper saying Congratulations Valentina blah blah... anyways total of 20 minutes flicking documents and about 10 minutes Interviewing me.. LONGEST INTERVIEW EVER! Compared to the rest.. I saw people next to me spending a max of 5 minutes per interview and me 30... anyways, he said : Congratulations Valentina, you’ve been approved!
He then explained to me procedures on how to pay Green Card fee, expected waiting time of passport pickup and good luck on my life in the States with my husband

Paid Green Card fee an hour after interview and received an Email from DHL within 24 hours of approval with tracking number and estimated time to receive passport back (2-3 business days)
Rating : Good


POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2018-09-21
Embassy Review : Oh boy was it busy that airport?!
There were lines for us citizens, esta waivers, and so many others I just can’t remember, all I can tell you is that it was busy!!! Luckily I’ve asked about 3 people working at the airport on which line to take, and the last person was very nice that took me to an express line, in which I lined up for only 4 minutes. When it was my turn a nice officer asked me purpose of my trip and I told her I was moving there on a spouse visa, kept checking my passport and looked at me and I added : I have a package from the embassy, and she said: Yep, i need that, come with me. She then took me to a room and on the way she was asking me about my age because I’m considered young to be married and told her my husband’s the same age and that he is in the military and she then said “that explains why” but was very friendly all the way and wished me the best. Once inside the room she left and said someone would call me up shortly. There were already 30 people in the room waiting, and I could hear some people complaining saying they’ve missed their flight. Luckily I’ve been called after only 5 minutes and another officer asked me for the package, asked me some personal questions and saying jokes and made sure my address was right and was very nice all along. He then stamped my passport and said : welcome home, have a good one
Time from first officer at passport check to being in the room it took me 15 minutes total. Everyone was very nice !
Harassment Level : Low


Timeline Comments: 3

Bmc&Cah on 2018-09-17 said:
I am so happy for your approval!!!
blank avatar Johnnatan on 2018-09-17 said:
Hi, Congrats for your approval. Do you know any forum where I can follow timeline's people attending their interviews in Bogota?
Bmc&Cah on 2018-09-24 said:
Thank you for sharing your experienced which is very helpful.
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