MrsGarcia's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jazmin
Beneficiary's Name: Henry
VJ Member: MrsGarcia
Country: Guatemala

Last Updated: 2019-12-04
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Immigration Checklist for Jazmin & Henry:

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 : Guatemala
Marriage (if applicable): 2017-02-10
I-130 Sent : 2017-09-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2017-10-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2018-05-22
NVC Received : 2019-07-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2018-06-24
Pay AOS Bill : 2018-06-24
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2019-08-02
Submit DS-261 : 2019-08-02
Receive IV Bill : 2018-06-24
Pay IV Bill : 2018-06-24
Send IV Package : 2019-08-02
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2019-10-25
Case Completed at NVC : 2019-30-09
NVC Left : 2019-10-24
Consulate Received : 2019-10-25
Packet 3 Received : 2019-10-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-10-25
Packet 4 Received : 2019-10-25
Interview Date : 2019-10-31
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2019-11-22
US Entry : 2019-11-24
Comments : Oct-23-2018 ---------------- Biometrics done at Albany Department of Homeland Security

June-3-2019 ----------------Approved I601A Waiver for unlawful presence

Aug-21-2019 --------------- 3 Rejected documents at NVC on. Resubmitted clearer copies on the same day

Sept-30-2019 ------------- Documentarily Qualified

Oct-1-2019 ---------------- Sent Expedite Request to NVC for my husband's interview date due to my medical condition with my current pregnancy (the petitioner)

Oct-2-2019 ---------------- Expedite Request under review e-mail

Oct-3-2019 ---------------- Expedite Request approved. Case being sent from NVC to U.S. Embassy in Guatemala

Oct-14-2019 -------------- Called NVC to see why case is still at NVC and not in transit. Case is on administrative processing because the I-601a still has not been sent from USCIS to NVC. Case cannot move forward until they receive that.

Oct-18-2019 -------------- Called USCIS because its been beyond the time frame for the approved I-601a waiver to be sent to NVC.

Oct-23-2019 -------------- USCIS Case Status Online:

On October 23, 2019, your inquiry about why your case is taking longer than our processing time, referral number SR1XXXXXXXXXXX, was completed.

On October 23, 2019, we sent a response to your inquiry about why your case is taking longer than our processing time, referral number SR1XXXXXXXXXXX.

On October 23, 2019, your inquiry about why your case is taking longer than our processing time, referral number SR1XXXXXXXXXXX, was assigned to an officer for response.

Oct-24-2019 ---------------- NVC received approved I-601a. Case expedited from NVC to US Guatamala Embassy and is currently in transit.

Oct-25-2019 -------------- US Guatamala embassy received case. Created appointment for October 31st at 7:20am.

Oct-27-2019 -------------- Flight to Guatemala from ALBANY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Oct-28-2019 -------------- Medical Exam @ 7:20am

Oct-29-2019 -------------- Medical Exam Results Received

Oct-31-2019 --------------- Immigrant Visa Interview: APPROVED

Nov-21-2019 --------------- CEAC shows ISSUED

Nov-23-2019 --------------- Picked up passport at Cargo Expreso//Paid USCIS Green Card fees online

Nov-24-2019 --------------- Flight to USA, POE Atlanta, Georgia Airport, then off to LaGuardia airport in New York.

Dec-3-2019 ---------------- Received SSN card
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 218 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 745 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2019-11-24
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very easy. If you have a layover make sure you have enough time in between flights. My husband had a 3 hour layover which was enough.

Biometrics was taken at Albany NY Dept of Homeland Security on 10-23-2018 (the year prior to interview.)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guatemala
Review Topic: Waiver/Admin Review
Event Description
Review Date : December 4, 2019
Embassy Review : My husband had an approved I-601a waiver at the time of his appointment for his interview in Guatemala. He traveled to Guatemala on 10-27-2019, had his medical exam 10-28-2019, got his results 10-29-2019 and had his IR1 immigrant visa interview 10-31-2019. He said everyone he encountered at the US embassy in Guatemala were friendly. I had organized all of his documents. Make sure if you have the approval notice for the I-601a waiver. My husband was asked for it, but we heard other people weren't asked. However, better safe then sorry. My husband did say it was crowded and slow but the actual interview was easy, no trick questions. He was approved on the spot and was told it would take 1-2 weeks to get his passport back with the visa issued in it. It took about 3 weeks in reality due to one holiday in Guatemala and one in the USA which the embassy closed for both.

CEAC showed Ready for 13 business days after the interview, on day 14 CEAC changed to Adminstrative Processing, then the following day (probably 12 hours later) it finally showed issued on November 21st. His Passport was ready for pickup on November 22nd (that's when we got the email). He picked it up November 23rd (a Saturday) and flew to the USA on November 24th.

I stayed in the USA because we have a young infant and I am pregnant, it isn't necessary to go with your spouse. I think it's better to stay in the states in case documents are requested, per other stories I have read about.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2019-11-24
Embassy Review : My husband said the airport is very big, but the whole POE immigration process for green card holders was about an hour and a half. He had a layover of 3 hours. He eventually made it to NYC LaGuardia airport at 11:30pm that night
Harassment Level : Low

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