Lucre's US Immigration Timeline

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

Last Updated: 2020-09-17
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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 :
US Entry :
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.

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

Timeline Comments: 10

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
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