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SorrowL's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: M
VJ Member: SorrowL
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2023-09-16
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Immigration Checklist for S & M:

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 : Frankfurt, Germany
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-09-11
I-130 Sent : 2019-10-02
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-10-25
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2019-12-11
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2019-12-16
Packet 3 Received : 2019-12-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2019-12-27
Packet 4 Received : 2020-01-22
Interview Date : 2020-01-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-02-10
US Entry : 2020-02-25
Comments : This is a DCF case! I-130 adjudicated in Frankfurt USCIS field office. NVC skipped.
Additional documents sent to Consulate: 2020-01-11
Medical exam: 2020-01-23 (Scheduled 1 week ahead of time in Munich)
Interview scheduled on: 2020-01-23 (After Medical exam)
Visa approved pending medical exam arrival to consulate: 2020-01-30
Administrative Processing
Start date: 2020-01-30
End date: 2020-02-07
(8 days)
Confirmation email from consulate that medical arrived and visa is in process of being issued: 2020-02-05
CEAC status issued: 2020-02-07
SSN arrived: 2020-03-13 (two 1/2 weeks post entry, yes on DS-260)
LPR Card arrived: 2020-04-03
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 47 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 97 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2020-02-25
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE: Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Only photograph taken. One question asked: when did we get married? Total time at CBP: 20 minutes

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2021-11-29
NOA Date : 2022-01-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2022-02-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2023-03-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments : National benefits center.
2 year NOA paper extension

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Saint Louis MO
Date Filed : 2022-11-28
NOA Date : 2022-11-28
Bio. Appt. : 2022-11-28
Interview Date : 2023-07-25
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2023-09-15
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Frankfurt, Germany
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 30, 2020
Embassy Review : Waited outside the Consulate for approximately 45 minutes. Once inside went through security and then outside again to the main consular atrium. We were directed to the payment window as we are a DCF case. Once paid we were called to a document review station, where additional documents can be added to the case.

After the documents were reviewed, we sat down again and awaited to see the consular Officer, which was at a window. Once our number was called, we went to the designated window, took an oath and was asked some minor questions:
How did we meet?
When did we meet face to face?
Who the I-864 joint sponsor is?
How long has the petitioner lived in Germany?

After review, we were told the visa will be issued once the medical exam reaches the consulate.

All persons were very friendly and super kind to us.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 220-02-25
Embassy Review : Detroit Wayne Airport (DTW)
Since the new Public Charge rule came into effect, I was slightly worried regarding my entry into the US. My entry into the US couldn’t have been easier.

The whole process at CBP took I would say 20 minutes in total, including the line, CR1 entry, and picking up my bags.

Only one single question was asked by CBP to me in my case:
When did I get married to my spouse?

Entered at 1PM, via Amsterdam.

(updated on February 25, 2020)

(updated on February 25, 2020)
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 15

SorrowL on 2019-12-16 said:
Petition was adjudicated in Frankfurt USCIS field office
SorrowL on 2019-12-17 said:
Petition was not expedited, it was directly filed (DCF) with USCIS field office Frankfurt.
blank avatar Rob Beri on 2020-01-04 said:
How did you get your petition expedited. Military?
SorrowL on 2020-01-04 said:
Petition was NOT expedited. It is a Direct consular filing in Frankfurt, bypassing US based USCIS centers
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-20 said:
Hey did the consulate contacted you because of missing documents? Did they say how long it will take till your application is processed?
SorrowL on 2020-01-20 said:
Hey Perser, no they did not. I contacted them that I had realized I didn’t send in an I-864 from my sponsor/spouse, we only sent an I-864 from our co-sponsor. If I hear anything important, I’ll put it up here. :)
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-20 said:
Thanks that would be great!
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-23 said:
So you got your email ?? Im still waiting for the second mail to make an appointment :/
SorrowL on 2020-01-23 said:
I just got the Packet 4 yesterday, notification that my case is in final stages and I should schedule an appointment, so I applied for an appointment at the website they linked.
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-23 said:
Ok im at the same stage, just that I Applied a day before you.
SorrowL on 2020-01-23 said:
You actually got your Packet 3 out a week faster than I did. Took me one week longer cause of the Polizeifuhrungszeugnis. My medical went smoothly. Doctor didn’t have any concerns.
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-23 said:
Well looks like you didn’t lost any time because of the week delay. I got an email that the process of being approved to make an appointment can take several business days..
blank avatar Perser on 2020-01-23 said:
We got the email and scheduled an interview for January 30th!!
Germerican on 2020-01-30 said:
Congratulations!! Feels good do be done, doesn’t it!
SorrowL on 2020-01-30 said:
Yes it’s fantastic! Just need the medical to arrive and it’ll be issued.
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Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
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