Melc's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: T
VJ Member: Melc
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2020-07-13
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Immigration Checklist for M & T:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-05-03
I-130 Sent : 2019-05-26
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-06-04
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-08-13
NVC Received :
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 :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2020-07-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-07-13
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 70 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 398 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 6, 2020
Embassy Review : Some of the 'normal' visa processing has started again for spousal visas amid COVID-19, so I figured I'd write own my experience.

My USC spouse was not allowed inside as he wasn't on the list. (In spite of having requested it multiple times.)
After passing through security, there were no lines anywhere since non-immigrant visas have not begun processing yet. I was told to make my way to the first floor and towards the immigration visa section.

Once I arrived I was asked to provide all my documentation (no DS 5540) along with photocopies of the police certificates and civil documents. Since we were doing the affidavit of support based on assets, I'd brought extra paperwork. They were not interested in all details; just picked one of the assets meeting the minimum and kept only that statement.

I was asked to pay the consular fee. My card declined since it flagged a USD denominated transaction inside the UK as a potential threat. Fortunately I had a back-up card on me.

After that I was called to another window, affirm to be telling the truth, and was asked:
* how I'd met my husband
* where his family lives
* whether I/we would have health insurance. (they appear to be asking this question to everyone now)

After that, I was told they were going to approve my visa and I'd receive my passport back in 1-2 weeks.

In total there were maybe a maximum of 3 applicants in the area at all times, but processing was quick. I was in and out within 40 minutes.

(updated on July 12, 2020)
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 9

blank avatar Melc on 2019-08-15 said:
We filed our I-130 directly with the USCIS office in London, hence the short time to be approved.
blank avatar FD21 on 2020-05-12 said:
hi @Melc I noticed that you mentioned you have an interview for July - is that currently still listed as on? thank you!
blank avatar Melc on 2020-05-12 said:
Yes! London is allowing people to book appointments again, but the earliest date available was the 6th of July.
blank avatar FD21 on 2020-05-20 said:
ooh awesome, at least that's relatively soon! were you able to book an appointment for July? rooting for you!
blank avatar Melc on 2020-05-20 said:
Yeah! The appointment is booked. Hoping it doesn’t get cancelled or rescheduled! Fingers crossed.
IsItLekker on 2020-07-07 said:
Congratulations on your approval you guys! XD
M_H on 2020-07-07 said:
M_H on 2020-07-07 said:
Congrats! Did you have insurance for your spouse and yourself? If yes, what kind of insurance are they asking for?
blank avatar Melc on 2020-07-07 said:
Thanks! I didn’t have any insurance. I just mentioned I’d get some through a job, but that we’d also picked out plans on the exchange
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