Rexxx's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: LS
Beneficiary's Name: MK
VJ Member: Rexxx
Country: Japan

Last Updated: 2019-08-17
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Immigration Checklist for LS & MK:

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 : Tokyo, Japan
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2019-03-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-03-29
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-05-15
NVC Received : 2019-06-19
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 : 2019-06-19
Consulate Received : 2019-06-20
Packet 3 Received : 2019-06-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-06-24
Packet 4 Received : 2019-06-20
Interview Date : 2019-08-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-08-16
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 47 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 137 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 15, 2019
Embassy Review : I didn't go with her myself and I've left Japan, only my wife went to the interview, and I can only post review based on what she told me.
Long story short, the visa is approved after some extra waiting.
The question asked on the interview was pretty short,


She was really really bad in English, she told me after she answered the first question(based on translation, it's just where did we met?"), and she can't answer in English anymore, started conversation in Japanese.

We've submitted all documents under her maiden name, she then changed her name a month before the interview, she has my married name right now, and still gets approved for the visa, and interviewer added the her maiden name as middle name on visa based on what she told me.

Overall I feel like it was much easier than I thought, based on what she told me. It's Japan, how hard can they be?

(updated on August 15, 2019)
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 6

blank avatar AresCarrys on 2019-07-04 said:
How did you get the process to move so fast?
blank avatar Rexxx on 2019-07-07 said:
Hi, A, sorry to reply you late. Maybe I am just lucky, as you can see from the form, I was fall under IOE electronic filing, USCIS has processed my case super fast. In additional to that, I have been talking with US Embassy Tokyo since I started preparing I130, they pre-approvd my expedite request during our email conversation. Therefore, as soon as my case reached NVC, NVC sent the case to Tokyo right away, then had my interview date the second date. You can too reach out to their Immigrant Visa Unit and talk about your situation, they are extremely nice and willing to help!
Yumburger on 2019-07-10 said:
Do you need to be in certain situation to qualify for an expedite?
blank avatar Rexxx on 2019-07-11 said:
there is a list of expedite criteria in USCIS website, but I would say whether you meet them or not, give a try. I didn't meet any and they approved mine.
Yumburger on 2019-07-11 said:
Thats awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Cculbertson81 on 2019-08-13 said:
Congratulations on your approval! I'm glad you and your wife were able to get everything taken care of in such a quick time frame. I hope she can join you stateside soon!
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