JJShoulder's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stephanie
Beneficiary's Name: James
VJ Member: JJShoulder
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2023-03-13
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Immigration Checklist for Stephanie & James:

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 : Potomac Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Madrid, Spain
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-06-19
I-130 Sent : 2020-10-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-10-29
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2021-10-07
NVC Received : 2021-10-12
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2022-08-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2022-08-30
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2022-08-30
Submit DS-261 : 2022-08-30
Receive IV Bill : 2022-08-30
Pay IV Bill : 2022-08-30
Send IV Package : 2022-08-30
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2023-01-31
Case Completed at NVC : 2023-01-31
NVC Left : 2023-01-31
Consulate Received : 2023-01-31
Packet 3 Received : 2023-01-31
Packet 3 Sent : 2023-01-31
Packet 4 Received : 2023-01-31
Interview Date : 2023-03-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2023-03-10
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 343 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 859 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Madrid, Spain
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 8, 2023
Embassy Review : Attended my interview on 7th March 2023. I was there in total 2.5 hours. You are not allowed to bring any bags into the embassy which is important to note, if you can't help but bring a bag, you can leave your bag at the Kiosk directly across the street for 5 euros. Once you enter, your items are scanned and your electronics are taken away until you leave including your phone! If you do not have photos or the photos you brought are not to the specifications they require, they do have a photo booth where you can print appropriate photos for 5 euros.

Once you enter the room. It is a fairly small room with 15 windowed booths with chairs around the perimeter to wait. 4 of the windows are for the initial step where you must wait in line and present documents, I was asked for my birth certificate, marriage and certificate and my police certificates. Once this is done, you are given a number to be called to one of 3 windows dedicated to the actual interview. This process took around 2h 20 mins before I was finally called to my window for my interview.

I was asked to do an oath and then the interview again, I was asked if my wife is the petitioner and how we met, this was followed by asking me when I moved to Spain and confirmed my joint sponsor's name, these were the only questions asked of me before she told me they had everything they needed and i would be approved today after they completed a final name check, I was then handed my 'Welcome to the US' letter and my interview was over lasting around 7 minutes.

The whole process was lengthy but it was a busy day for the embassy and everything went very smoothly despite this and I came away very pleased with the outcome but also my experience
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 1

blank avatar Marlon305 on 2023-03-08 said:
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