HDia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: HDia
Beneficiary's Name: HDia
VJ Member: HDia
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2020-06-30
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Immigration Checklist for HDia & HDia:

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 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2019-06-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-06-24
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-11-08
NVC Received : 2019-11-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-12-31
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-01-02
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-01-15
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2019-12-31
Pay IV Bill : 2020-01-02
Send IV Package : 2020-01-15
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-03-11
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2020-06-30 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 137 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 372 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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Timeline Comments: 33

blank avatar YasArr on 2019-11-23 said:
On my NOA2, approval notice, they say I need to follow instructions... So any idea what it can be??
HDia on 2019-11-28 said:
Hi, after my NOA2, I received a second notification by text/email about 11 days later saying my package is sent to NVC. I'll probably wait for a bit before calling NVC to get my case number: Please follow the guide here for NVC phase: https://www.visajourney.com/wiki/nvc_process/ I'm new to the process myself. :) Good luck!
blank avatar YasArr on 2020-01-01 said:
Hello,... So you got Welcome Letter or you got the case number??
HDia on 2020-01-02 said:
My case was received by NVC on November 27th. I got the case number & invoice number on December 31st. Try to call them to see if they received your file from USCIS yet. Then check your received date with 'Currente case file creation time from here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/after-petition-approved/begin-nat-visa-center.html The link is pretty accurate on case creation time, when your case is created, you will receive an email from NVC if your email is provided in I-130 from USCIS.
HDia on 2020-01-02 said:
In the email, it will contain case number and invoice number, you will use that to log into the NVC website to proceed.
blank avatar YasArr on 2020-01-02 said:
Thank you Soo much....
HDia on 2020-01-02 said:
No problem, please let me know if you have any other questions!
blank avatar YasArr on 2020-01-02 said:
As you can see my profile, my case approved in November 22... Dec 6 sent to Department of the state. And now waiting for Welcome letter... I will text you for any help if I need. Thank you for your kind reply. God bless you and make your process easier.
HDia on 2020-01-02 said:
God bless you too!
FlyGuy83 on 2020-01-15 said:
Hello! I submitted about a month after you and I’ve only received confirmation of receipt. Did you do anything to expedite the process? Or is the difference maybe because my processing center is different (Nebraska)?
HDia on 2020-01-15 said:
Hi, I'm thinking it might be due to holidays that is why your process is delaying. I did not expedite my petition. I would just try to call NVC every week to keep in touch about where they are with your case!
HDia on 2020-01-15 said:
Base on the NVC website, they're creating cases that are received on Dec 11, 2019.
FlyGuy83 on 2020-01-16 said:
It hasn’t been sent to the NVC yet, it’s still with the Nebraska processing center. I called the USCIS yesterday and was told that the processing center may take 12.5-16 months before they send it to the NVC. (It’s already been 6 months.) Thanks.
HDia on 2020-01-16 said:
Ah, if that is the case, I think Nebraska is just slow, I've read that is the case for a lot of people who are going through Nebraska service center. In the meantime, I think all you can do is wait for a NOA2 in your mail.
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-05-04 said:
Hello HDIA, My wife is is Vietnam and also will have the interview at the Consulate in HCMC. Did you need to fill out DS-5540 and submit to CEAC prior the interview?. Also I'm confused with questions about insurance, how can my wife has insurance in the US when she is not in the country yet. Thank you
HDia on 2020-05-04 said:
Hey Ronniesu, I did not submit DS 5540 to CEAC. I did prepared the form for my wife for her upcoming interview so she can bring it to the interview. For the insurance part, I asked my employer to provide a verification letter that my wife will be able to enroll on my health insurance plan within 30 days of her arrival in the US. I also printed my insurance coverage summary from the insurance website as proof. On the question that ask about the plan name and coverage date. I put the plan name from the health insurance coverage summary. For coverage begin date, I put the 1st of the month of the estimated month that my wife will arrive. Let me know if you have any other questions.
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-26 said:
Hi HDia, CONGRATULATION!! for having the interview soon, best of wishes to you. Was your previous interview cancelled due to the pandemic and the consulate rescheduled it now? If then, how long you receives the interview letter after your case completed at NVC? Thank you
HDia on 2020-06-26 said:
Hey Ronniesu. Thank you! Yes, your first interview on May 11th was cancelled due to the pandemic. Last week the consulate sent out an email to my wife stating that they will reopen for CR1/2 and IR1/2 on June 29th and we can reschedule our interview through ustraveldoc.com. We have to reschedule it ourself, the consulate just notify us and that's it. The timeline from case complete at NVC to our first interview letter notification is 3 weeks for us. :)
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-26 said:
3 weeks from NVC completed? What a fortunate. If it is not because the pandemic, your wife should be in the US already (; Are you able to travel to VN and attend the interview with her?
HDia on 2020-06-26 said:
Unfortunately I can't, the interview is next week and I will be quarantine for 2 weeks when I get to Vietnam for sure. Yea I'm feeling fortunate too. Every step in this process was pretty smooth for us. Let's hope we will get to finish line with no problem as well. :)
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-27 said:
Hopefully the consulate officer understands this situation. My case is similar to you. I had my "đám cưới" scheduled last month, obviously I needed to postpone it until "God knows when". HCM Consulate is very strict but nothing we can do in this situation expect hoping for their understanding. Please share with me how it goes so I can prepare everything for my wife. Thank you and Good Luck
HDia on 2020-06-29 said:
HDia on 2020-06-29 said:
This virus has been very stressful, I wish you both luck. Tomorrow morning my wife will have her interview, I will update here as to how it went. So nervous right now.
IsItLekker on 2020-06-30 said:
Good luck today you guys!!! Cheering for you. Let us know how busy the consulate is. :)
HDia on 2020-06-30 said:
Thank you for your support guys. Today my wife went to the interview and she PASSED! :) I'm so happy right now. She said the interview was not difficult for her. She was there around 6:30 am, they let everyone line up around 7:00 am. Her interview was at around 9:30. The consulate was not busy as usually, since they're only processing CR1/2 and IR1/2 visas right now. During the interview, she was asked around 4 questions: 1. How we met 2. Did any of us get married before 3. What was the last time I visit 4. What do I do for work We prepared hundreds of pictures, relationship timeline, airplane tickets, visas, chat log, receipts etc. None of those were look at. My wife said the CO was mostly looking at the computer screen and just nodding his head. I feel like the reason her interview was not difficult because when I filed the petition, I already put a lot of relationship evidence from above as part of the petition and the interview result was most likely determine beforehand. We got our wedding after I file for the petition, but they never asked my wife for our wedding photos either. I think we're really lucky throughout this process. I wish you all luck, and if you run into things with questions, I will be happy to answer them here. Now I'll just wait for our visa and hopefully everything will be OK for that. Thank you!
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-30 said:
Awesome. BIG CONGRATULATION!!! The interview seems very smooth with those questions being asked, very basic questions about relationship. Does she come to the US alone as soon as she gets her Visa or she will wait for you whenever you can travel to VN and take her here?
HDia on 2020-06-30 said:
Thank you! I really wish I could go back and take her with me, I only have 1 week of PTO left from work so that is not possible, I spent most of my vacation days earlier this year for my last visit. She will come here as soon as she has the visa. With the virus and all the uncertainties, we don't want to risk any visa expiration and we want to be together as soon as possible. :)
HDia on 2020-06-30 said:
I want to add that I was so stressful throughout this process, we all are. But everyone of us will be together eventually. I feel very fortunate, my wife said a lot of other people also passed. I guess we should be prepared, but don't be afraid of the interview if the relationship is real. :)
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-30 said:
Agree, with complicated immigration situation now, we should travel to the US as soon as possible. Also I have a question about timeline. I just need to create the document the way I want or there is a form or a sample that I need to follow? and what should I include in it? Thank you
HDia on 2020-06-30 said:
My wife wrote a 22 pages timeline (I thought this is too much haha). She wrote it as in essay format, where each paragraph will describe an important event. For example, 1 introduction paragraph explaining our relationship and how we met. 1 paragraph for each of the date or vacation trips (Da Nang, Nha Trang, HCMC etc). The conclusion paragraph was 1 page by itself, explaining how everything evolved our relationship to this point, how we really want to unite with each other in the US, and hope that the CO will take careful consideration for our petition. Make sure you sign your name on the last page. We also got it translated to English and notarized, since my wife wrote it in Vietnamese. I guess you can write it how you want, but our timeline was never look at, so take my advice for this with a grain of salt. But that's how we wrote it.
blank avatar Ronniesu on 2020-06-30 said:
I'm so done with English 101 lol, I will summarize it and make sure I have all important events note down. Thank you very much
HDia on 2020-06-30 said:
Yea I'm so done with that too, and my English sucks haha. My wife did a great job though in my opinion. And no problem!
Gi Deon on 2020-07-02 said:
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