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Lucre's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jacob
Beneficiary's Name: Lucrecia
VJ Member: Lucre
Country: Argentina

Last Updated: 2024-05-15
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Immigration Checklist for Jacob & Lucrecia:

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 : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Argentina
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-08-16
I-130 Sent : 2019-09-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-09-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-05-29
NVC Received : 2020-05-29
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 : 2020-08-06
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-07-08
NVC Left : 2020-08-06
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2020-09-17
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-09-25
US Entry : 2020-10-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 246 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 357 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2020-10-04
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2022-08-06
NOA Date : 2022-08-11
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2022-09-09
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2023-05-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2023-05-10
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Indianapolis IN
Date Filed : 2024-02-29
NOA Date : 2024-02-29
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2024-04-11
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2024-05-14
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Argentina
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 17, 2020
Embassy Review : It went faster than I was expecting. We were only two people witing at 8am. They call you by your name to the outside window where they give you a post it with a stamp, they dont ask for anything there and they ask you to go through the door on the left.
There is a security guard there that brakes the post it and lets you in the building where you go through security
A security guard leads you to the main building where you can sit. I waited there for 45'.

They call your name and tell you to go to box 5 where a lady asks for your papers. You can listen everything from the main room so it's a little bit uncomfortable. She asks for your papers one by one and checks them before going to the next one.
She treats you kinda bad, but it's not a huge deal. She told me and everyone else that was with me that day that "the instructions" are clear about what papers you need but I don't think I ever read clear rules anywhere about what papers they need. Some things like "we need the original birth certificate and we dont accept anything else" and at least in Cordoba we dont have access to the actual originals.
She asked for:
* New and old passports
* Courier confirmation
* Original birth certificate. Something important here: they want it to have a real stamp, we dont have access to the actual originals, they're in books in the civil registry. You can get copias fieles but what they want is that copia fiel with stamps, it means, not the digital version. So I would recommend to get your birth certificate in the civil registry where they are going to give you a copia fiel and put a real (usually purple) stamp on it
* Picture 5x5 with white background. Take two different pictures because they were very strict to the guy before me about it
* Marriage certificate. Same thing as with the birth certificate
* Police records with "excepcion del articulo 51"
* Medical exams. Since I had them all digital she just asked for the vaccine paper the doctor gives you. She said it wasn't mandatory tho but I had them with me
* Evidence
* Tax return transcript but I had them on the CEAC so I didn't need them.

I waited around 30' for this part
The consul calls you to box 5
They get your finger prints on both hands.
You take an oath.
While they constantly check everything on the system they ask you questions. All my questions were simple and I tried to reply just what was asked. My questions were:
* Who's the petitionary?
* What's his name?
* When did you get married?
* Is this your first marriage?
* Is this his first marriage?
* How old are you?
* How old is your husband?
* Does he live in the USA?
* Was he born there o was he naturalized?
* Do you have his birth certificate or passport copy? (have a copy ready, I had both)
* Have you ever lived in another country for more than 6 months?
* Have you ever had trouble with the police?
* Have you ever been arrested?
* Have you ever had problems with the police in another country?
* Do you have any other nationality?
* Have you traveled to the US with a different visa?
* Have you ever overstayed in the US?
* Have you ever worked in the US?
* Is this your first marriage? (repeated question)
* Is this your husband's first marriage? (repeated question)
* When did you met your husband?
* When did you two got married? (repeated question)

In that moment he explained that because we've been married less than 2 years I will have a conditional visa so I have to remove the condition at the 2 year anniversary and I shouldn't forget to do it because it would mean that I have to start all over.
He gave me a paper with my Alien Registration Number and instructions to pay for the next fee.

In my case my marriage certificate was not considered original so he told me I needed to forward them the email that the civil registry sent me with the link to my digital marriage certificate and the marriage certificate pdf attached. He told me to do it asap. My visa was going to be approved after he was able to check the email but he wasn't able to approve it now. He kept my passport and gave me a paper with the embassy email. He gave me all my papers back.

I left at 10am. I sent the email as soon as I got home, at 5pm my lawyer texted me saying the visa status changed from Ready to Issued.

The lady asking for the papers was kinda mean, the consul was polite and nice, not friendly, it felt like answering questions to a software with a face. Everything was solved pretty fast
Rating : Good

POE Review: Miami
Event Description
Entry Date : 2020-10-04
Embassy Review : I went through migration with everybody else and let the officer know I was migrating. He led me to a separated room. The room was kinda depressing but nothing too bad, just ugly colors, one tv and a vending machine. He told me to wait until they call my name and gave my passport to another officer that was behind the glass. After 10' they called my name, asked who was petitioning, how long have we been married, where was I going to live (address), told me to take seat and wait for my name to be called again. They called my name after another 10' and gave me my passport with the CR1 stamp and explained that that stamp woks to get a job or my driver's license, they gave me a paper with the same instructions and that was it. Since I entered migrations until I left to get my bag: 40' tops
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Indianapolis IN
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 12, 2024
Embassy Review : I was scheduled at 1:20pm but they started interviewing me after 2pm. The first thing the officer said is that I can't take the oath that day because the cut is at 2pm so if I pass I need to be scheduled for a different day, which was annoying but no biggie, I wanted to be over with the exam. She asked for my green card (I had two) and the NOA.
The system was not working so she complaint a little bit but (thanks to a review I read about officers complaining here) I didn't say much about it just smiled and said 'it's testing your patience' in an amicable tone. After at least 5 minutes of me sitting waiting in front of her and she complaining, she decided to give me a print exam instead. She read the questions, she wrote my answers and marked correct. For the reading part she held the paper and pointed to the first question and told me to read out loud, I did and she marked correct on the paper. For the writing section she handed me the sheet and made me write a sentence she said out loud, I did and she marked correct. She made me sign each piece of paper. Then she did something in the system that seemed to be working again and started asking questions about my N-400 form like:
- are you married? (yes)
- are you going to change your name? (no)
- even tho you are married you don't use your husband's last name? (no)
- have you ever owed taxes? (no)
- have you ever been arrested? (no)
- do you understand the oath of allegiance? (yes)
- what does it say? (it says that I renounce loyalty to any other countries and that I am going to follow the US laws)
She did something else in the system that was still working funky and printed some papers.
She kept the paper that I got with the interview date and gave me my green cards. Asked if I had any questions and told me I'm going to be receiving a letter with my appointment for the oath ceremony. When I left there were people still waiting to take the oath but I think I was the last one to be interviewed (I was very annoyed at that because I really wanted to be over with the whole thing and they obviously could have fit me in, but oh well).
The same day they updated my USCIS account.

She was mostly nice and everyone else in the office was friendly.
Harassment Level : Good

Timeline Comments: 14

IsItLekker on 2020-07-27 said:
Hi guys! Have you heard anything from the consulate about your interview date?
Lucre on 2020-07-27 said:
Nothing yet :( I'm waiting until the first week of August and if I don't hear anything by then, I'll call NVC
IsItLekker on 2020-07-27 said:
Well, it looks like they started scheduling interviews for the people who DQ'ed at the end of May, so maybe they are just doing it slowly? I noticed they haven't posted any helpful information on the embassy website, so before you reach out to the NVC, maybe you can try reaching out to the embassy via email. A lot of embassies are still "closed" but they are processing mission critical visas.
Lucre on 2020-07-27 said:
That's a good idea. I don't think Argentina's embassy is open yet
Zeitzen on 2020-07-27 said:
We called both the embassy and NVC this week. Apparently the embassy just sends NVC their schedule and NVC assigns those slots as they see fit, so if you're still waiting for your appointment it's because either the embassy is not sending them their schedule (possible given the pandemic) or NVC is still going through their appointment backlog. First email said: We are currently processing the visa cases that arrive at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires and are not subject to the Presidential proclamation. Once the NVC schedules your appointment the case will be sent to us. We don't have to authorize the scheduling the NVC works on a first come fist served basis and will schedule your interview once your turn arrives. Second one: Unfortunately, until the case arrives at post we don't have access to it so we can't update you. The Embassy, stopped processing of visas at the beginning of the quarantine, so that may be the reason for the delays. So... it's not clear if they're processing cases or not
Lucre on 2020-07-27 said:
On the bright side: I think there are only 4 cases right now waiting for interview dates, so I'm guessing that if Buenos Aires get to get their thing together soon, we all might have our interviews by October and luckily be able to spend Holidays with our spouses
IsItLekker on 2020-08-06 said:
Congratulations on receiving your interview date you guys!
Lucre on 2020-08-06 said:
Thank you! We're excited and already trying to plan how to travel to Buenos Aires for the interview. The lawyer told us not to schedule anything yet because some problem they had with the interview appointment yet, but she is working on it
IsItLekker on 2020-09-18 said:
Congrats on your visa approval! <3
Lucre on 2020-09-18 said:
Thank you very much :D
blank avatar BZZ on 2021-06-23 said:
Hi Lucre. Congrats on your process! I received my notification yesterday and my interview is on July 6th, I was not expecting the timeline to be so fast, this is great but I have two questions, I'm hoping you can help me. 1. How long does the whole medical process take? Dr Grillo is booked and I'm trying to get an appointment with Dr Kelly, but haven't received an answer yet, 2. I'm lost as to how to get the Police records with "excepcion del articulo 51", I'm not sure if I can request it digitally or if I have to ask in person somewhere, the Certificado de Antecedentes Penales that I download digitally does not say anything about articulo 51. Thanks a lot!!
Lucre on 2021-06-23 said:
That's amazing news! Congrats! 1. It takes one day to do everything. The doctor asked me to text her so she could confirm that the results were ok but I started at 8am and by 1pm I was done. 2. You can order it online. They dont have an option to get certificado de antecedentes penales con excepcion del articulo 51. You have to order the regular certificado de antecedentes penales and once you have it you have to submit a error or mistake (queja) form (on the same website) and attach the certificado pdf specifying it doesn't have execpcion del articulo 51. On the same they're going to send it back to you with excepcion del art 51
blank avatar BZZ on 2021-06-24 said:
Hi Lucre!! Thank you for your quick response!! So helpful. One more question, when requesting the Certificado de antecedentes penales, did you use your passport numer or DNI number to request it? The website gives me both options. Did they say anything about that at the embassy? Thanks!! - I also got my medical appointment on Wednesday! :)
Lucre on 2021-06-24 said:
No problem! 😊 I used my DNI I think. They didn't say anything about it. As long as it has con excepcion del articulo 51, you shouldn't have any problem. That's great!!! I hope everything goes well. And remember that if you have any problem with a document it's most likely that they're going to make you send it by email, so don't worry!! Suerte!
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