Kris & Crystal's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Crystal
Beneficiary's Name: Kris
VJ Member: Kris & Crystal
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-10-30
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Immigration Checklist for Crystal & Kris:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-11-07
I-130 Sent : 2018-12-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2018-12-24
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-07-03
NVC Received : 2019-07-16
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-08-07
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-08-10
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-08-11
Submit DS-261 : 2019-08-11
Receive IV Bill : 2019-08-07
Pay IV Bill : 2019-08-10
Send IV Package : 2019-08-11
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-09-20
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-09-13
NVC Left : 2019-09-13
Consulate Received : 2019-09-20
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-10-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-10-19
US Entry : 2019-11-21
Comments : 2019-10-02 - Medical.
2019-10-15 - Interview.
2019-10-16 at 08:04 - Status changed to 'Administrative Processing'.
2019-10-16 at 14:00 - Status changed to 'Issued'.
2019-10-17 at 14:35 - Received email with a tracking number and saying the passport with the visa was dispatched.
2019-10-18 - Called DX Couriers as I was in a rural area and the status of the tracking number said: "Your item has been sent via 3rd party. Please contact your service provider." - They told me they sent it via Royal Mail Special Delivery that morning. It took a while to register but at 15:40 it was in the South Midlands Mail Centre.
2019-10-19 at 10:04 - Received the delivery.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 191 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 295 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 15, 2019
Embassy Review : CR-1 Interview in London, United Kingdom.

Today is the day...

Getting to London

My appointment was at 09:30.

I had some bad experiences travelling to London last time for the medical, they weren't the best this time. I swear London doesn't like me. I was flying BA1471 from Inverness to London Heathrow. Leaving at 19:05, arriving at 20:35 and staying overnight.

Unfortunately the day I was travelling London had Yellow and Amber weather warnings, with all the airports having IFR flying conditions or worse -- though knowing London that could have just been for a mild drizzle... sorry Londoners -- this meant I was paranoid all day the flight would be cancelled... luckily it wasn't, it just arrived about 20 minutes late.

I was also worried about the Revolution Rebellion LARPers slowing things down also but that didn't happen either

I'd recommend going for a mid to late morning appointment if you can as it would make things easier than my experience.

In conclusion, every time I'm in London, Caledonia starts playing in my head --

Getting to the Appointment

I recommend storing any luggage above a small backpack or bag, there are various options for this.

I stayed in the Heathrow Central Travelodge. I got one of the many buses going to Heathrow back to the airport. Took the Heathrow Express to Paddington Station. Then it was on to the Underground, took the Bakerloo - Southbound Line from Paddington until Oxford Circus for 5 stops, then switched to the Victoria - Southbound Line for 4 stops until Vauxhall station. There are 4 exits from that station, exit number 4 is the best to take in my mind.

Then it was just a short leisurely walk (12 to 15 minutes) to the Embassy. There are two entrances, you want to go to the South Pavillion -- it's the one with the line.

I arrived at 08:20, I skipped to the front of the line, a woman asked for my DS-260 and Passport, wrote on the DS-260 and told me to come back at 09:00. Walked around for a bit and came back at 09:00-ish she put a sticker on the DS-260 then I went through security, skipped the line -- death stares all round from those queueing -- took the lift to the first floor then left and left again... you'll know when you get there, there's a smaller area with a few windows and seats -- numbers 19 to 24 -- one of these windows is a cashier.

I took some crappy pictures if it helps anyone know what to look for

At the Appointment

I waited a few minutes then went up to present my documents. I had to have my fingerprints taken. Answer if I was ever married before, did military service, lived in any other country, if I was adopted, etc. Then despite bringing a massive binder full of stuff all I had to provide was my passport, a visa/passport style photograph, the courier confirmation, birth certificate, marriage certificate, police certificate and that was it.

Everything else was consulted through the NVC uploads. Everything was fine I was given a handout on domestic violence, sex trafficking, etc and told to sit down and wait for the interview portion.

This next bit took a bit longer as there were belligerent people holding up two windows. Complaining about how much money they had already spent, and how the embassy was conspiring against them, etc.

When I got to the interview portion I had to swear what I was telling was the truth, give my fingerprints again and answer a few questions (How we met? When we met? If I met her parents) and that was it, was given everything back except the passport, told I was approved and that I should receive it in 1 to 2 weeks, based on previous experiences though I'm hoping it's a bit faster.

I was out of there by 10:20, probably would have been faster were it not for the belligerent people.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 5

JSNV90 on 2019-08-23 said:
Hi From a fellow Scot, I hope that your process moves along quickly and I hope you don't mind that I follow your timeline for your journey as we only just at the same part. Nervous is an understatement :-)
JSNV90 on 2019-09-21 said:
Congratulations on moving to the next step. Not long to go now! All the best for you both.
blank avatar Kris & Crystal on 2019-09-21 said:
@JSNV90, Hopefully yours goes well too. Biggest annoyances for me were the USCIS wait and waiting for documents to be checked at the NVC. I've still to go through the annoyance of travelling to London and back though.
JSNV90 on 2019-09-21 said:
Yeah I know. It’s horrible. We only submitted documents on 28th of August. As I was in Chicago when we moved to next step. So it delayed me 4 weeks as was in the states for 3 months and came back in August. This whole waiting for NVC is a nightmare. And yeah it’s going to be annoying for me to go London also. Once is bad enough. But twice for medical. You would think they would have one in all major cities. But yeah ya scots have to travel. And I see you’re further north than me. But it’s all going to work out for us all :-)
blank avatar Kris & Crystal on 2019-09-21 said:
@JSNV90 Argh, yeah. I'm not looking forward to having to travel for two to three days at a time to London -- depending on if I'm fast enough to catch a certain return flight -- at a time, and then make my way from the accomodation to the medical/interview and then to the airport. Countries smaller than Scotland have an embassy that handles immigration. It's annoying as the interview seems like a box ticking exercise. You think they'd be able to assign an officer to come up to Scotland when there are interviews, there can't be that many.
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