sherydenise's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: K
Beneficiary's Name: S
VJ Member: sherydenise
Country: New Zealand

Last Updated: 2019-06-03
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Immigration Checklist for K & S:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State F-2A Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

F-2A Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Auckland, New Zealand
Marriage (if applicable): 2016-09-14
I-130 Sent :
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-02-13
I-130 RFE : 2018-09-13
I-130 RFE Sent : 2018-09-27
I-130 Approved : 2018-10-22
NVC Received : 2018-11-02
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-04-19
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-03-16
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
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 : 2019-05-21
US Entry : 2019-06-16
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 616 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 822 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Auckland, New Zealand
Review Topic: F-2A Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 16, 2019
Embassy Review : Arrived a couple of minutes before my interview appointment time slot, security were lovely and I was told to go to window 5 - where the calming presence of "B" waited for me. She told me to take a couple of deep breaths and calm down as she could sense my excitement/nervousness. I then gave her my passport (and old passport), she asked when I am hoping to arrive in the US, then got my fingerprints done before sitting down to wait.

I waited for around an hour (no clocks inside, but there is a water cooler, small room for children to play in, and a tv that plays the CNN channel) before being called to the interview window (they will speak your name over a loudspeaker/microphone). I had to raise my right hand and swear that everything in my file etc was truthful and was then asked a few questions about my husband and how we met, what he does in the US, what I plan to do, etc. The consular officer then told me everything was good, handed me my pile of papers that I had sent in a couple of weeks prior to my interview (as mine will all be electronic - no yellow envelope required at port of entry!), given a domestic violence pamphlet paper thing that they are required to hand out, and told that I will have my passport back within a couple of weeks, most definitely before my planned departure date. And good luck in MA!

Interview took 10 minutes or less, probably more like 5 but its hard to tell in the moment (lol). An overall good experience. Friendly staff.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2019-06-16
Embassy Review : Super easy, went to the customs area and waited in line for 30 seconds, got my passport stamped with the date and fingerprints scanned from one hand. After that, the officer said my card will be mailed to my address. Had to take my luggage through the xrays and then I walked straight out the doors to the airport. No going into an office or any other waiting.

Before leaving my own country I had to get bags and shoes swabbed and that took one minute.

Very quick process for me, I was out of the airport before my plane was even originally due to land (landed an hour early).
Harassment Level : Low

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