user555's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Man
Beneficiary's Name: Woman
VJ Member: user555
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2021-01-17
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Immigration Checklist for Man & Woman:

USCIS DCF 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 : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2019-05-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-05-27
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-10-23
NVC Received : 2019-12-11
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-02-03
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-06-15
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2020-03-03
Send IV Package : 2020-06-15
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-16
NVC Left : 2020-09-17
Consulate Received : 2020-09-18
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2020-12-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-01-05
US Entry : 2021-01-16
Comments : Sept 1 - Requested an expedite
Sept 8 - NVC acknowledged it and sent the request to Manila
Sept 17 - Manila approved it
Sept 29 - did the medical at SLEC, but got stuck at this phase for 2 months due to having an unclear x-ray/sputum exam.
Nov 13 - the embassy scheduled us an interview for Dec 22
Dec 2 - medical passed. no TB. The "lying crooks at SLEC who can't read an x-ray chart" deemed that she didn't have TB. I could have told them that 2 months ago.
Dec 14 - completed the interview part of CFO. 9 min total.
Dec 22 - Approved!
Dec 29 - CEAC shows "Issued"
Jan 5 - Visa was delivered by 2GO
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 149 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 575 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2021-01-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : LAX was a ghost town. Usually, there are Automated Passport Control Kiosks that you can walk to and enter your info. All 50 of them were shut down. We walked to the immigration officer booth, he looked confused about her visa, made a phone call, and then stamped her passport. His only question was verifying the mailing address for the green card, and then he said, "Welcome to the USA."

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 22, 2020
Embassy Review : My wife had an early interview, so she got there before 6 AM. She said she was twentieth in line. I was in Manila, but they are banning petitioners from attending the interview. The vendors were outside selling stuff and making up fake things about the embassy. My wife heard that only ballpoint pens (she had a different kind) were allowed inside, so she bought one. It turns out she didn't have to sign anything. (Don't listen to the vendors). The guard checked her DS-260 and passport. She didn't bring her phone in either. The group of applicants was let in around 6:30 AM, but my wife didn't have her interview until 8:30 AM. Her scheduled interview was way earlier than that though. She saw a Filipina mother and child turned away at the first check of documents station because they didn't even complete their medical exam yet.

She entered the building, and the Filipino employee asked her some basic questions about her birthday, name, petitioner's name, etc. She then did her fingerprint scanning and was sent to a waiting area. While she was waiting, she could hear a loud American officer interviewing people at a window. The Filipina applicant didn't speak English that well, so he called in an interpreter. She also saw another lady get a 221G because she worked overseas 10 years ago and didn't have a police clearance for that country. Another applicant got a 221G because they didn't have the CENOMAR/CEMAR. I blame the embassy for this. They are very vague on this and only say that you need it "if applicable." Every CR1-IR1 applicant needs it. The US Dept of State has clearer instructions. I wonder if the embassy does this on purpose just to mess with people.

My wife didn't want that loud officer, and luckily, she was sent to a closed room. There was still an officer behind a window, but there was a closed door behind her. The officer asked about her birthday, name, petitioner's name, what she would do once she went to the States, what address she will live at, and asked about my income. Last year, my income was under the requirement. This year, it was over the requirement. She looked at my pay stubs and proof of income, but only casually. The officer really didn't study it. I submitted 50 pages worth of income, assets, and domicile to CEAC weeks before the interview. No one reviewed it.

We got married in Manila. The officer asked why did the petitioner not return to the US after marrying you? (Um, the answer is because I didn't want to be away from my spouse, and I could work remotely. Who really wants to leave their spouse right away?).

My wife was approved. All in all, it was about 3 hours. She had to use a vendor's phone on the street to call for her ride who was waiting nearby. 40 pesos.

The US government needs to hire more people at USCIS, NVC, and the embassy. If it takes 18 months to get an approval, logic would dictate that more staff members would allow them to close down that gap to 6 months. The months of frustration, stress, and wondering if what you submitted is correct is now over.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 3

Jmeleecur on 2019-10-24 said:
So happy to see May approvals trickling in from Texas, congrats! Did you do the k3 or anything?
blank avatar User555 on 2019-10-24 said:
blank avatar TShayne on 2020-09-29 said:
Did you get an email from the NVC that your Interview appointment was canceled a few days after your expedite was approved?
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