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elmcitymaven's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Maven
Beneficiary's Name: Bruce
VJ Member: elmcitymaven
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-02-10
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Immigration Checklist for Maven & Bruce:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2006-12-29
I-130 Sent : 2007-01-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-01-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2007-04-19
NVC Received :
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 :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-04-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-04-26
Packet 4 Received : 2007-05-18
Interview Date : 2007-06-19
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-06-21
US Entry : 2007-08-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 153 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2007-08-19
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : No harassment, but a royal pain nevertheless. Bruce was stuck in secondary waiting to get his passport stamped for 2 hours because they 'forgot' about him. Not impressed. Glad we never have to do this again!

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2009-06-03
NOA Date : 2009-06-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2009-07-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-07-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2009-08-03
Comments : Just a quick review of biometrics at the Van Nuys ASC: Because someone around here is paranoid about being late, we arrived at 1.25pm for a 2pm appointment. Fed the meter, Bruce filled out a form with some biographical detail (totally didn't look like an official form, just an internal one), went in to the processing area while I waited in the waiting room. Bruce waited 5 minutes to be seen, and apparently the guy was really nice. He said they took his fingerprints about 12 times -- stationary, moving, just thumbs, just fingers, different permutations -- and then his photo. We were out the door at 1.43pm, his biometrics notice stamped as biometrics complete. Very quick, very professional, very friendly.

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2018-01-02
NOA Date : 2018-01-02
Bio. Appt. : 2018-02-02
Interview Date : 2018-03-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-04-17
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : June 20, 2007
Embassy Review : The interview was at 8.30am on 19 June. We got to the Embassy at around 7.20am, and there were about 15 people in front of us. A queue quickly formed behind us so I was glad we arrived so early. We were absolutely fascinated by the group of about 6 "businessmen" in extremely dodgy suits that were last in style around 1979 (and I'm being generous that they were EVER in style) and truly horrific shoes. They provided us with the opportunity for a lot of speculation as to how six men of various ages could all have similarly bad taste, and this made the time pass quickly! I peeked at other people's paperwork they were clutching and it looked like most of the people were there for work and student visas.

The marshal arrived at 7.30 and started shepherding us into queues for the security hut. We were pretty much at the hut by 7.50, but were held up by one of the Bad Taste Brigade who it took 8 minutes to inspect -- according to a security guard I overheard, he had a laptop, Ipod, mobile, Blackberry, a belt he hadn't taken off and steel toed boots! Anyway, we were in at 8am, with ticket number 003. We watched the non-immigrant numbers go by for at least 15 minutes until they called the first immigrant applicants. Ticket 001 looked and sounded like British parents joining kids, and 002 was a mom, dad and son. We amused ourselves people-watching and trying to avoid the sight of a young and plump woman who was wearing a multi-stranded thong VERY high, and kept bending over, thus exposing all these...straps and flesh. Yum.

We were called to -- you guessed it! -- window 13 at 8.30 exactly. The CO was very business-like and efficient, but caused a brief moment of panic when she asked for Bruce's police certificate for Russia! I said, "I thought you didn't need one if you'd lived there less than a year..." She noted Bruce's time in Russia was far less than 12 months and admitted an oversight. Phew! She asked about if I'd re-established domicile and looked at my various proofs (US bank accounts, stuff about a job I'm being headhunted for in NYC, etc) and that was fine. It was a tad more searching than I expected given previous reports on VJ, so I'm glad I threw everything in! My I-864 and my mom's last-minute-amended I-864 as joint sponsor were fine too. Bruce gave fingerprints for both fingers and thumbs on both hands. We paid the fee, got the HUGEASS x-ray envelope and went to sit down again with a magazine in the waiting room. We were told it wouldn't be very long until we were called, but my reaction was pretty much, "yeah right!"

About 10 minutes later, we were called back for the interview -- we were so absorbed in the mag we very nearly missed it! We were both allowed to go to the window for the interview -- I wasn't sure if this would be okay but the CO didn't stop me. Bruce gave his fingerprints (fingers of right hand only) again, and then he was asked to swear the oath that his statements were true. The CO (young American guy this time, very nice) asked him, "So you want to move to the US?" just to break the ice. Then the real questions -- where did you meet your wife -- in the US or UK, when did you first meet, what do you want to do in America for a living, and where would we be living. Bruce answered, and apparently it was good enough becuase the CO started telling him about paying the courier fee and that the passport would be returned in about a week. He also explained very carefully the Mysterious Brown Envelope which must not be opened -- or else we'd have to have it resealed. If we lost it, we'd have to start over again. His Social Security and green cards would be with him within a couple of weeks of arriving. Off we went to pay the courier (extra £20 for before 8am -- we paid it, we need it!) and they told us 3-5 working days. Out we went down the stairs, with me shrieking, "WE DID IT!" and skipping to the exit with the x-ray clutched in my sweaty palm. I'm such a tool. We were out by 9.05am. After all the agonising, it's finally over. We both thought the experience was quite smooth and almost refreshingly banal!
Rating : Very Good

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