zochu's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Andrew
Beneficiary's Name: Zoe
VJ Member: zochu
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2020-11-15
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Immigration Checklist for Andrew & Zoe:

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? Nebraska Service Center on 2020-02-23
Consulate : Sydney, Australia
Marriage (if applicable): 2018-04-02
I-130 Sent : 2019-10-14
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-10-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-05-15
NVC Received : 2020-05-16
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-05-16
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-05-16
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-05-28
Submit DS-261 : 2020-05-26
Receive IV Bill : 2020-05-16
Pay IV Bill : 2020-05-16
Send IV Package : 2020-05-28
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-02
NVC Left : 2020-07-07
Consulate Received : 2020-07-08
Packet 3 Received : 2020-07-15
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2020-07-15
Interview Date : 2020-07-28
Interview Result : Denied
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2020-08-12
US Entry : 2020-10-08
Comments : 8 October 2020 - Entered the US via LAX
19 October 2020 - received SSN in the post
13 November 2020 - received Green card in the post
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 210 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 284 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2020-10-08
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : They tried to process me through immigration at the first stop because I had a crying 1 year old but I had to go back to secondary anyway.

Spent around 20min in secondary. There was a lot of people waiting but with a screaming, overtired 1 year old they processed me quickly.

Airline (Air NZ) helped me with all my luggage.

Really easy. Such a relief to be on US soil!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 10, 2020
Embassy Review : What a journey!

We became DQ’d 2 June much to our surprise. We filed an expedite request 27 June for emotional hardship. This was approved 7 July and 15 July our interview was scheduled for 28 July 2020.

Flying from Victoria to NSW required more preparation during COVID19 due to border restrictions. I had about 10 documents as evidence of my “legal requirement” to be in NSW. This was accepted by all 3 NSW health officials at Sydney Airport.

I stayed at the Travelodge in Martin Place. I was there from the 27-29 July. I would give them a 3.5/5 stars - mainly for cleanliness of the room. Really easy to get to the Consulate though. So I would stay there again if I had to go back.

My interview was scheduled for 11:10am. I arrived at 8:30am and was told to come back 30 mins prior to interview. Arrived back 30 minutes prior and was told to come back 10 minutes prior. I think this was due to covid.

I was eventually allowed in. Security is similar to that of a prison or an airport. I went to level 55. I took a ticket and sat down and waited.

After around 20 minutes I was called to the counter and supplied them everything I had. This include the public charge document(s). After a further 20 minutes I went back to the counter to collect my documents and the man said that the consular official may request my public charge document. At this point, I had a bad feeling.

Around 30 minutes later, I was called to the “window” where they conduct the interview.

1. I made an oath
2. Asked when we were married
3. Asked how we met
4. Asked how many children we have
5. Asked what I’ll do for work or if I’ll stay home with our child
6. Asked if my husband was in Australia last year - it was at this point I knew we would have a refusal as he asked when he returned and that he looks at his most recent tax return.

After a while the consular official said that he can either issue or refuse and he has to refuse as he requires a joint sponsor “that will be willing to step in and help if needed”.

I was issued the 221g form. Left the consulate and cried.

Uploaded joint sponsor 31 July 2020, went into administrative processing 7 August and 10 August (today) was approved or “issued”.

It has been an emotional roller coaster.

I would have loved an approval on the day but that was not meant to be. I am glad they approved our joint sponsor and I can finally reunite our daughter to her dad after over 7 months apart. Our lives are finally going to start
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 12

IsItLekker on 2020-07-15 said:
Congratulations on receiving your interview date! Did you expedite your case or was it a rescheduled interview? Have you been able to book a medical yet?
Zochu on 2020-07-15 said:
Hi thank you. Our case was expedited! Medical has been booked but not yet completed.
Sabi76 on 2020-07-18 said:
Excited for you!
IsItLekker on 2020-07-28 said:
Good luck today, you guys! Keep us posted!
Sabi76 on 2020-07-29 said:
Something just tells me that this went well for you. With all the efforts you have two have made this was probably a little nerve wracking and hopefully just felt like a routine thing but that all has gone well for you all to be reunited.
Zochu on 2020-07-29 said:
We were denied
IsItLekker on 2020-07-29 said:
T.T I'm so sorry.
_C&C_ on 2020-07-31 said:
Hi, might I ask why they denied during interview? Doesnt happen often at that stage
_C&C_ on 2020-07-31 said:
Ok i saw your post, sorry to hear
Zochu on 2020-08-10 said:
Approved today 10 August 2020 🙌
IsItLekker on 2020-08-10 said:
Congratulations you guys! So happy for you! That was a really scary delay, but you finally won!
MiriamAndDylan on 2020-08-10 said:
Been following your case for some time- so thrilled for you both can finally be together <3
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