SerbUS's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Helen
Beneficiary's Name: Milan
VJ Member: SerbUS
Country: Serbia

Last Updated: 2020-07-27
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Immigration Checklist for Helen & Milan:

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 : Serbia
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-06-20
I-130 Sent : 2019-07-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-07-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-02-06
NVC Received : 2020-02-12
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-02-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-02-14
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-02-20
Submit DS-261 : 2020-02-14
Receive IV Bill : 2020-02-14
Pay IV Bill : 2020-02-14
Send IV Package : 2020-02-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2020-06-22
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-05-11
NVC Left : 2020-06-22
Consulate Received : 2020-06-22
Packet 3 Received : 2020-06-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2020-06-22
Packet 4 Received : 2020-06-22
Interview Date : 2020-07-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-07-27
US Entry : 2020-07-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 218 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 384 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 21, 2020
Embassy Review : We arrived at 7:55 for an 8:30 interview. The guard allowed us to sit outside on the benches until they were ready to do the initial security screen. We only had a backpack with our documents and our IDs, so this went easily. We were the only ones on the list for the day. We passed through secondary security, then walked back and were given a number, even though we were the only ones there...we sat for nearly 30 minutes until the preliminary documents were asked for at the side window, and then another 5 minutes until Milan's fingerprints were taken. Then we were both called up to the center window for the interview. The consular officer was kind, and the interview lasted no more than 15 minutes. She asked how and when we met, how often we'd seen each other, what I did for work, what his profession was, where I went to church, what his relationship with my children was, how our wedding was...? She didn't even want to see any other proofs of relationship, or more financials. We started getting nervous about halfway through, but she finally smiled, and said I'm going to approve the visa for you. We could not stop the tears of joy. Unfortunately, the medical documents had not yet been transferred over, so issuing the visa may take an extra day, but that is a minor issue, and we are so ready to go home to Michigan and our children. Blessings and prayers for all those who are yet waiting for their Serbian loved ones.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 12

blank avatar Boki & Nem on 2018-12-04 said:
Hi Helen and Milan! I am excitedly following your timeline because ours is similar. I hope your interview will be soon! Is there a packet 3 and 4 requirement for the Belgrade consulate? Thanks, Bojana
SerbUS on 2018-12-04 said:
Zdravo! We have completed the 160 and medical. The application is READY on the CEAC website, so we are eagerly awaiting the packet 3, which should be coming soon. Mili emailed the embassy, but they haven't processed it yet. Hope your process goes smoothly. Helena
blank avatar Boki & Nem on 2018-12-20 said:
Zdravo! Have you received any news about the interview date? Bojana
IsItLekker on 2020-02-07 said:
Congratulations on your NOA2!
SerbUS on 2020-02-08 said:
Vielen Dank!
IsItLekker on 2020-06-23 said:
Hi guys! Congratulations on getting an interview! Did you apply for an expedite? Have you been able to get a medical scheduled?
SerbUS on 2020-06-23 said:
We did not apply for an expedite, but I was going to this week...:). Milan is calling tomorrow for a medical appointment. Thanks for the congrats.
SerbUS on 2020-07-05 said:
Medical is scheduled for the 16th. I’m flying out to Serbia on the 18th. Hopefully we can come back together.
IsItLekker on 2020-07-21 said:
Good luck at the interview today you guys! I hope that when you return to the US, you come back together. <3
blank avatar Jana Ozvat on 2020-07-21 said:
Good luck today 😊 let us know how it goes 😊
Mryrth on 2020-07-21 said:
Congratulations on your approval today! So happy for you guys!
Gi Deon on 2020-07-21 said:
Wow.... Congrats guys
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