R1CH1991's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jen
Beneficiary's Name: Rich
VJ Member: R1CH1991
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2020-12-16
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Immigration Checklist for Jen & Rich:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? Texas Service Center
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-10-04
I-130 Sent : 2019-07-10
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-07-12
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-02-25
NVC Received : 2020-04-02
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-04-02
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-04-05
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-06-28
Submit DS-261 : 2020-06-28
Receive IV Bill : 2020-04-02
Pay IV Bill : 2020-04-05
Send IV Package : 2020-06-28
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2020-11-13
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-07-10
NVC Left : 2020-11-14
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2020-11-13
Interview Date : 2020-12-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-12-04
US Entry : 2020-12-16
Comments : I-129F filed 30th September 2019.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 228 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 508 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2020-12-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : IR1 visa activated and not required to visit secondary.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 2, 2020
Embassy Review : I received interview notification on Friday 13th November 2020 at 7 am. At 09:30 am I was calling up visa medicals to book the next available appointment as the interview itself was scheduled for 1st December and I with work schedules I wanted to be organised. I would recommend preparing your medical documents and patient summary record from the GP in advance so when your interview slot is announced, you can get booked in as soon as possible.

On the night before the interview I checked into the Travel Lodge Vauxhall which is approximately ten minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel is also conveniently located 1 minute walk from the tube station. I was worried that it would only take one road traffic collision on the motorway and I'd be done for, so I paid £45 for the night which seemed fair. The room is basic and simple but beautiful for the peace of mind it gave!

On the interview day my appointment was set for 10:30. I arrived at around 10:10 and attended to the South Pavillion entrance as advised on an email you receive a few days before the appointment. I came with all the documents and a face mask. I decided to put a shirt and trousers on (no tie) because whilst I know you don't get judged for wearing jeans and a t-shirt, I would rather be over dressed then under dressed for an important meeting.

You go through an airport style security and have to remove belt, watches etc. After this you walk into the reception and I was given a sticker number that was placed on my DS-260 and instructed to take the lift to the visa floor and turn left into the immigration waiting area.

The immigration waiting area has a heightened atmosphere but this was made better as I bumped into a fellow VJ member as we sort of said we might bump into one another. The waiting room is clean and tidy and the screens 'ping' every few minutes.

I was called up to the first window after about ten minutes. I handed over my passport, documents and scanned my fingerprints. I was asked some questions in relation to whether I ever served in the army (I hadn't) and a few other house keeping bits. I was handed a leaflet about domestic abuse and then I sat down again.

The next time I went to the window I had to raise my hand and agree to tell the truth. I was asked two questions.

1. Where did you meet your spouse? and then I gave a brief concise account and from that the second question was
2. How old is the boy your wife works with.

We briefly chatted and the consular officer was very friendly. I could tell she was listening carefully and put me at ease by smiling encouragingly. After a minute or two she said she could go ahead and issue the visa. I thanked her and then left the window.

My expereince was very positive. I decided after waiting for so long I was just going to go and enjoy the day regardless of the outcome. I am so happy to be approved. The following day I got an email telling me my passport would be available to be picked up the next day (two days after interview).

Im happy the process is now concluded but I would also just wish to say thank you to USCIS, NVC and the State Dept for their diligence and kindness in processing our case and allowing us to reunite in the United States.

Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 5

IsItLekker on 2020-02-25 said:
Hi! Did you guys file an expedite request or a I-129f? Your case was processed extremely quickly for Nebraska. :O
R1CH1991 on 2020-02-25 said:
Hi! We filed a I-129F and my wife wrote to a local senator to ask for assistance. I believe it must’ve been the senators letter that greased the gears!
Ohcoffeeeyes on 2020-08-29 said:
Ah! Yeah. That's quite funny actually. You were originally at Nebraska like us then got moved to Texas, then approved at around the same time, did you also face issues at NVC with RFE's or was the delay just trying to find the documents and paying the fees? We would have been approved in May if it wasn't for stupid RFE's :/ Also yes, in it to win it! I hope we can get an expedite too. I don't want to wait until December for this interview!
Ohcoffeeeyes on 2020-12-06 said:
Congratulations on the interview and the pass! It seems we had the same interviewer too, she was the only female in the office when I was there. I hope the POE is easy for you like it was for me. Next is the long wait for the physical green card
R1CH1991 on 2020-12-07 said:
Thank you! Relieved it was such a positive experience! She was really kind and I appreciated that :) I have a flight booked for 16th December and I’m traveling with my wife back. Hopefully it will be a smooth process! I’ve paid the fee so the wait for the physical card to arrive will soon start ticking I guess!!! Hoping to get into the DMV and get car licensed pretty soon too! They only take 10 days to come so that might be quicker and easier it seems!
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