DylanandLaura's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Dylan
Beneficiary's Name: Laura
VJ Member: DylanandLaura
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2019-09-12
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Immigration Checklist for Dylan & Laura:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bogota, Colombia
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-10-31
I-130 Sent : 2018-11-14
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-11-29
I-130 RFE : N/A
I-130 RFE Sent : N/A
I-130 Approved : 2019-04-30
NVC Received : 2019-05-08
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-05-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-05-30
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-06-05
Submit DS-261 : 2019-06-05
Receive IV Bill : 2019-05-30
Pay IV Bill : 2019-05-30
Send IV Package : 2019-06-05
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-08-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-07-24
NVC Left : 2019-08-12
Consulate Received : 2019-08-12
Packet 3 Received : 2019-08-12
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : N/A Combined 3 and 4 packets
Interview Date : 2019-09-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-09-12
US Entry :
Comments : Emailed embassy requesting a quicker interview because the interview date was the same day as my wife's due date. Got a response that said to submit an expedite request through the AIS interview appointment portal. We did not submit the request and kept our original interview date.

Upon case complete, the NVC sent case to embassy the same day and it arrived within 2 hours.

Applied for expedited NVC processing and received a message from the NVC saying "Dear Sir/Madam: The U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia is willing to expedite this case when we have received and reviewed all the required fees, forms, and documents." The NVC didn't send the case directly to the embassy.

Received a request for evidence from the NVC on 6/28/2019. They require a W2 form for a Joint Sponsor, even though I submitted tax transcripts and salary verification from the employer. It can take up to three weeks from 6/28 for the NVC to review the W2. Received case complete on 7/24 after requesting a supervisor review because the case was outside of normal processing time (3 weeks).
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 152 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 285 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 10, 2019
Embassy Review : We had an appointment at 9:00 and arrived at 7:30. As others have said there are a lot of people there for tourist visa and they stand outside the embassy. You don't need to wait with the tourist visa applicants, you can walk right up to the visa entrance and show them the passport with the immigrant visa sticker and they will usher you to line 3. They will let you right in to the first check point where an embassy worker will review your original registro de nacimento, registro de matrimonio, police report, 2 passport style photos and your spouses birth certificate (if they attend the interview). After the Embassy worker checks the documents, you need to proceed through security screening similar to an airport. After security, you enter the immigrant visa line which is different than the non immigrant visa line and they will again check your documents to make sure you have everything and you need to wait for a consular officer to call you, who then scans your original documents.

After they scan the documents you are given a number which will be called for your interview. The interview lasted about 5-10 minutes and the consular officer asked for my wife's passport and documents. Then the CO asked some basic question about who she was, who I was, what I did for work, how we met. She asked what the name of my employer was (I am self employed) and also about my family member who filed an I-864A. Just basic stuff such as where I live in the US, about my family member sponsor and about our newborn child. The consular officer was really nice because my wife has just given birth 5 days before via c -section and was experiencing a lot of pain and didn't ask us for pictures, documents or anything. She said the visa was approved and handed her the domestic violence package and approval letter, while reminding us to register our baby's birth with the embassy before we travel. The consular officer never asked to speak to me (petitioner).

From entering the embassy to the actual interview was about 2 hours, it is a little cold in Bogota so I suggest a light jacket. I checked CEAC a few hours later and it said "Issued".
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 11

blank avatar DylanandLaura on 2019-05-02 said:
Requested an emergency expedite with USCIS due to medical issues, NOA 2 was 4/30/2019
blank avatar LB&OB on 2019-05-12 said:
How do you request a emergency expedite what reason and how much are those fees
MrsMRB786 on 2019-05-15 said:
Any update on your petition?
blank avatar LB&OB on 2019-05-15 said:
No none at all
blank avatar LB&OB on 2019-05-15 said:
What do I need to do to request a emergency expedite with USCIS
blank avatar DylanandLaura on 2019-05-15 said:
https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/689098-i-130-november-2018-filers/?page=9&tab=comments#comment-9695109 I described my situation in detail, the biggest thing you need is an emergency. My wife and future baby's life is at risk. I applied for an expedite with the NVC today to try to get the NVC process sent to the Embassy.
blank avatar DylanandLaura on 2019-05-15 said:
https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/689098-i-130-november-2018-filers/?page=9&tab=comments#comment-9695109 I described my situation in detail, the biggest thing you need is an emergency. My wife and future baby's life is at risk. I applied for an expedite with the NVC today to try to get the NVC process sent to the Embassy.
blank avatar DylanandLaura on 2019-05-15 said:
I described my situation in detail, the biggest thing you need is an emergency. My wife and future baby's life is at risk. I applied for an expedite with the NVC today to try to get the NVC process sent to the Embassy. https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/689098-i-130-november-2018-filers/?page=9&tab=comments#comment-9695109
blank avatar LB&OB on 2019-05-15 said:
The only health issue I have at the moment is extremely high blood pressure and Anxiety which has cause me to be off from work 2 months now do you think that will help my case
blank avatar DylanandLaura on 2019-05-15 said:
I do not think you will get approved for an medical expedite. You need to have a life or death emergency and even then the USCIS could still deny it. I understand the difficulty in waiting so long for an approval, but it would be best if you waited the duration of the process. If you have a genuine life or death situation, I recommend you submit the expedite. Before you submit a medical emergency expedite, think about people with a terminal illness such as cancer or something similar to my wife where we can lose our baby.
blank avatar LB&OB on 2019-05-15 said:
Ok I understand thanks
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