Crb1's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chad
Beneficiary's Name: Lorgepee
VJ Member: Crb1
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2020-09-06
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Immigration Checklist for Chad & Lorgepee:

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? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-06-03
I-130 Sent : 2019-06-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-06-06
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-05-19
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-06-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-06-16
Submit DS-261 : 2020-06-16
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2020-06-12
Send IV Package : 2020-06-16
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2020-07-08
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-17
NVC Left : 2020-07-09
Consulate Received : 2020-07-10
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2020-07-27
Interview Date : 2020-08-04
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-08-26
US Entry : 2020-09-05
Comments : Finally together.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 348 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 425 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 4, 2020
Embassy Review : My wife had her interview on Aug. 4, 2020 at 9:30 am
She got there around 8:15.

Her pre screening went well, provided the documents and then went for biometrics.
Approximately 9:30 she was interviewed. They asked her a bunch of questions and seemed very nice and had some small chit chat.
After the questions the reviewer provided my wife with two handouts regarding domestic violence and let her know that if she ever encountered DM in her marriage to call 911 as it would not have any impact on her status in the US. That is actually very good they tell people this. I am happy they provide the immigrant that information.

Then the officer let her know that she needed one final document that we didn't have, We both were surprised at we thought we had everything but we were missing the CENOMAR Certificate of Marriage.
We had the CENOMAR certificate of no Marriage for my wife prior to our marriage but no where that I saw we needed this other CENOMAR certificate of marriage.

So with the lockdown currently in place my wife can't get to the PSA to get this document so she has to do it online and have them mail it to her and then she needs to provide that document along with her passport and send it with a 2go courier back to the embassy. We hope this will only delay her departure to the US by about a week. For those of you who have an interview make sure you have the original marriage certificate, the CENOMAR certificate of no marriage and then the CENOMAR certificate of marriage.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 16

Crb1 on 2019-12-01 said:
We also filed I-129f, NOA Oct. 4, 2019
Rodrigo & Vanessa on 2020-04-20 said:
Congratulations, Mine i-130 is 04 June and also filed i-129f 18 October... Still waiting from Nebraska...
Crb1 on 2020-04-21 said:
Hang in there. Yours will be coming soon! Be well.
Tony&Jean on 2020-06-17 said:
Congratulations so did you get your interview appointment letter and your interview date
Crb1 on 2020-06-18 said:
No date just yet, they just said they will contact us shortly with a date.
IsItLekker on 2020-07-29 said:
Congrats on getting your interview date!
IsItLekker on 2020-08-04 said:
Good luck at the interview today you guys! Keep us posted!
Yumburger on 2020-08-04 said:
Have either one of you been married before? Im just wondering if we'll need a cenomar. I appreciate your review
Crb1 on 2020-08-05 said:
I was married previously, she was not. I had my divorce decree but apparently we need the a certificate of Marriage for her and for me from the PSA. That is what they wrote down as the document they needed to finish our visa process. Even though we registered our marriage through the PSA the same day we got married over a year ago.
Crb1 on 2020-08-05 said:
Also just to clarify it is called CENOMAR Certificate of No Marriage and CEMAR Certificate if Marriage.
Yumburger on 2020-08-05 said:
I see. We are CR1 also. And they said we need a CEMAR. Not a CENOMAR? Or do we need them both.
Yumburger on 2020-08-05 said:
I see. We are CR1 also. And they said we need a CEMAR. Not a CENOMAR? Or do we need them both.
blank avatar User555 on 2020-08-05 said:
Was the husband born in the Philippines? Or did you marry in the Philippines? The US Department of State lists this for Manila: "If you are married: Your original marriage certificate, and English translation. If celebrated in the Philippines – bring an Advisory on Marriage obtained from the PSA." This "Advisory on Marriage" is the CEMAR. You request a CENOMAR from PSA, but if you are married, they will send you a CEMAR. This is what the embassy wants. It shows the marriage of the Filipina. Unfortunately, the US Embassy in Manila doesn't state anything about a CEMAR (just a CENOMAR if applicable) in Step 5 (
Crb1 on 2020-08-05 said:
I am the US citizen my wife is the filipina. We married in Hong Kong. We needed both the CENOMAR and CEMAR from the PSA. We also registered our marriage with the PSA when we got married in Hong Kong the same day. I am guessing you can't get the CEMAR without having registered the marriage at PSA. Luckily we did that a long time ago as that took months to get that paperwork back and that was pre-covid.
blank avatar User555 on 2020-08-06 said:
Yes, the Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) is the only option that PSA has on their website. This is required in the PH before you get married to prove that the Filipina has not been married before. But if you request it, they will state that you are already married now and provide you with a a Certificate of Marriage (CEMAR).
Yumburger on 2020-08-08 said:
I see. Thank you very much! The way they worded it in the website makes it very confusing.
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