N & Nancy's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: N
Beneficiary's Name: Nancy
VJ Member: N & Nancy
Country: Costa Rica

Last Updated: 2019-04-23
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Immigration Checklist for N & Nancy:

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 : Costa Rica
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-02-23
I-130 Sent : 2018-04-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-04-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-11-01
NVC Received : 2018-11-21
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-01-11
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-01-11
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-01-16
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2019-01-11
Pay IV Bill : 2019-01-11
Send IV Package : 2019-01-17
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-03-13
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-02-14
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-04-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-04-05
US Entry : 2019-04-13
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 199 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 350 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2019-04-13
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Easy, but long entry process through ATL. Whole process took almost 2 hours, but that was mostly due to the length of the regular international line. Zero questions were asked and everyone was friendly.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Costa Rica
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 16, 2019
Embassy Review : My wife’s interview at the US Embassy in San Jose went very smoothly. I also attended without any problem. The appointment was at 1pm, and we arrived a little after 12pm just to be safe. Just follow the instructions you are sent (no electronics, bags etc.) and entry is easy. There was only one family in front of us, and one couple behind us, at the entrance. We waited about 10 minutes and then the guards checked our appointment letter, our IDs, and let us in.

We proceeded through the security line, past an atrium, and into the waiting room. There are about 10 DMV style windows, with only one being used. There were several USCs getting passport renewals and other services in one section, and CR citizens applying for visas on the other side of the room. We pulled a number from and were called almost immediately to the window.

The first person that we spoke to only collected our paperwork (medical packet, Correo de Costa Rica registration, marriage cert, birth cert, and police cert in our case). She also took my collection of photos for bone fide evidence. She was extremely polite and completely bi-lingual. She explained the entry process to my wife; specifically, that she didn’t require the sealed packet upon entry at the POE, since everything is electronic in CR.

My wife’s first birth certificate had been rejected by CEAC. We were specifically asked for the rejected document by the document number. Fortunately, I had both the accepted and rejected versions with me. After about 10 minutes of processing we sat down and waited for the CO.

We were called to another widow, after about 45 minutes, for my wife’s interview with the CO. He was very friendly, polite, and was also completely bi-lingual. I had “side-loaded” in the NVC process with lots of pictures, passport stamps, and tickets. I’m not sure if that helped, but we were not asked for any additional information. The CO was bilingual and spoke to me in English, after asking if I spoke Spanish (I do but it’s not great). My wife’s interview was completely in Spanish, but he asked us both questions:
- How did we meet?
- When and where were we married?
- What does my wife do for a living?
- What do I do for a living?
- Where in the US do I live?
- He looked through the pictures (with family, wedding, and trips together) and asked a couple of questions. I mentioned that I had visited 6 times since the wedding and we had two trips in two foreign countries together.
- What does my wife plan to do in the US for work?

I may be forgetting one or two, but all the questions were straightforward. He then said everything was in order and she was approved! Here passport/visa was received at a Correo de Costa Rica office 4 business days later.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 4

blank avatar I130 on 2018-11-02 said:
Holaa aún esperan aprobación?
Cari & Andy UB on 2018-11-16 said:
Hi!!! Our timelines should hopefully be around the same time frames. Our I-130 approval date was 11/05/18 and I just got a notification yesterday, 11/15/18, that USCIS has sent my case to the Dept. of State/NVC for visa processing. Just wondering if you've heard anything from NVC about a case number?
blank avatar N & Nancy on 2018-11-16 said:
Hi, yes I'll be following your timeline as well. No case number yet, it should take about 6-8 week's total from NOA2. I'll be updating frequently.
Cari & Andy UB on 2018-11-20 said:
Great! Yes, I've been calling NVC once a week since the approval. In some cases it has only taken 2 weeks. Best wishes for a number soon!
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