Madison S.'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Madison
Beneficiary's Name: Marcelo
VJ Member: Madison S.
Country: Portugal

Last Updated: 2020-01-02
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Immigration Checklist for Madison & Marcelo:

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 : France
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-12-28
I-130 Sent : 2019-02-24
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-03-07
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-05-31
NVC Received : 2019-06-19
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2019-08-28
Pay AOS Bill : 2019-08-28
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-09-20
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2019-08-28
Pay IV Bill : 2019-08-28
Send IV Package : 2019-09-05
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-10-24
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-10-08
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2019-11-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-01-02
US Entry :
Comments : Due to the short notice of the interview (9 business days), the panel physician in Portugal was unable to complete the write-up for the medical exam packet/results in time for the interview. Consular officers said they would complete processing with a final decision upon receiving the medical packet. Interview outcome was AP with visa issued on Jan 2, 2020.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 244 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: France
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 11, 2019
Embassy Review : Waited about 2h for the whole thing, at the entrance they verified my DS-260, passport and Chronopost envelope.
Security was a bit intimidating, and I wasn't allowed to take my phone in -- security held it before I could enter. Everything else in my pockets (wallet, cash, etc.) was fine to enter with me. Upon arriving I waited in line and had to give the receptionist my passport, DS-260 confirmation, birth certificate, police certificate, and Chronopost envelope with my address written on it. All of the workers were friendly.

Afterwards I was told to wait until my name was called for the actual interview. When it was my turn, I was asked the following:
1. Favorite photo of us
2. When we got married
3. When we met
4. If I lived anywhere other than Portugal
5. How we met
6. Asked to see recent photos (and asked for me to point out my wife in a group photo)
7. If he has any children
8. If I have any children
9. What I do for a living
10. Asked when we got married again

At the end of the interview, they said thank you, took my passport, and said everything is in order but that I need to submit my medical exam documentation. Due to the short notice we received for the interview, the panel physician had not completed my write-up of the medical results yet. The consular officer told me I will be notified of a final decision once they receive that documentation.
Rating : Good


Timeline Comments: 33

blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-03 said:
Hello! Has your timeline also increased dramatically this week?
Madison S. on 2019-06-03 said:
Yes :( It went from a July estimate to November.
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-03 said:
Yes! Mine also went from July to October 20 :( ...I did not understand the reason
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-09 said:
Hello!How are you? Something new? Thank God they went back to the analysis and the estimate went back to normal🙏🏻
Madison S. on 2019-06-11 said:
No news here, just waiting still! Yes glad the estimates are back to normal... that was concerning. Any news for you?
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-12 said:
Nothing too, but how did you say happy and thrilled with each new approved case, it motivates me because I know it's coming💗
Madison S. on 2019-06-12 said:
I actually just got my NOA2 :)
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-12 said:
Wowwwwww...Too happy for you🥰🥰🥰
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-12 said:
How did the NOA2 notification get to you?
Madison S. on 2019-06-12 said:
I was signed up for electronic notifications and received my NOA1 electronically and via mail. My NOA2 came only via mail, though
Madison S. on 2019-06-12 said:
I’d imagine you’d hear sometime soon given when you got your NOA1. A colleague of mine got her NOA2 today too (for an I-129 for a K1 for her fiancé in Brazil) and applied the same week.
blank avatar L??F on 2019-06-12 said:
May the angels say amen, very anxious🙏🏻! Congratulations celebrate a lot because this is a relief.🥳🍾🥂
blank avatar GraandTim on 2019-06-26 said:
Hello, just wanted to check if you’ve decided your NVC notification yet?
Madison S. on 2019-06-26 said:
No, not yet. I got the 'unofficial' notice (NOA2) and am waiting for the official notice from NVC receipt still.
blank avatar GraandTim on 2019-06-27 said:
Same here, hope we both get it soon. Best of luck.
blank avatar Peterandwife on 2019-07-09 said:
Hi! How did you know that NVC received the package from USCIS? Did you call them or is there any way to check it online?
blank avatar Peterandwife on 2019-07-09 said:
Hi! How did you know that NVC received the package from USCIS? Did you call them or is there any way to check it online?
blank avatar Peterandwife on 2019-07-09 said:
Hi! How did you know that NVC received the package from USCIS? Did you call them or is there any way to check it online?
Madison S. on 2019-07-09 said:
Hello! I called NVC and (after waiting a long time to speak to an operator), I gave them the USCIS tracking number and they were able to confirm they received it but no case # at that point. Still nothing
Madison S. on 2019-07-09 said:
Hello! I called NVC and (after waiting a long time to speak to an operator), I gave them the USCIS tracking number and they were able to confirm they received it but no case number at that point. Still nothing
Madison S. on 2019-07-09 said:
Hello! I called NVC and (after waiting a long time to speak to an operator), I gave them the USCIS tracking number and they were able to confirm they received it but no case number at that point. Still nothing
blank avatar Ginwill on 2019-08-05 said:
Hi NVC received my case on june 21st and i received my case number on july 15.
blank avatar Ginwill on 2019-08-05 said:
Hi NVC received my case on june 21st and i received my case number on july 15.
blank avatar Ginwill on 2019-08-05 said:
Hi NVC received my case on june 21st and i received my case number on july 15.
blank avatar Ginwill on 2019-08-30 said:
congrats fonally you got your case number 🎉
Madison S. on 2019-09-01 said:
Yes finally! Thank you :)
Madison S. on 2019-09-01 said:
Yes finally! Thank you :)
Portorusa on 2019-11-08 said:
Hello! How was the interview? Was your husband approved for the visa? Please share your experience! Thanks!
blank avatar GraandTim on 2019-11-11 said:
How did the interview go? Hope it all went well for you guys.
Madison S. on 2019-11-11 said:
Hi, Interview went well we think. The medical exam results weren't finished in time by the panel physician due to short notice of the interview, so we are waiting for that to be finalized and for the consulate to receive it. We were told we will receive a final decision then, but were told at the interview that everything looks like it's in order and not to worry.
blank avatar GraandTim on 2019-11-11 said:
Congratulations!!!! At least this journey is over for you. All the best in your marriage ❤️
Portorusa on 2020-01-03 said:
The visa is finally issued, yeeeey! Very happy for you guys. And why so long between Nov.6 and Jan.2, were you placed in Administrative Processing? Did it take that long for medical results to reach the Embassy?
Madison S. on 2020-01-08 said:
Yes, we were placed into AP immediately following the interview, since they did not have the completed documents. After some issues, the consulate finally received the medical results on Nov 27, 2019. We were issued the visa on Dec 31, 2019 and notified/updated on Jan 2, 2019.
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