IsItLekker's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Parker
Beneficiary's Name: Luke
VJ Member: IsItLekker
Country: South Africa

Last Updated: 2020-10-08
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Immigration Checklist for Parker & Luke:

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 : South Africa
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-06-20
I-130 Sent : 2019-08-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-08-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-04-17
NVC Received : 2020-04-20
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-04-20
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-05-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-05-30
Submit DS-261 : 2020-04-22
Receive IV Bill : 2020-04-20
Pay IV Bill : 2020-05-12
Send IV Package : 2020-06-01
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-18
NVC Left : 2020-08-25
Consulate Received : 2020-08-27
Packet 3 Received : 2020-08-27
Packet 3 Sent : 2020-09-03
Packet 4 Received : 2020-09-03
Interview Date : 2020-09-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-09-25
US Entry : 2020-10-04
Comments : NVC Process was delayed due to NVC assigning us to the wrong consulate in Guangzhou, China. Had to wait for a new case number before we could proceed.

05-11-2020: New case number issued for Johannesburg, South Africa.

Delay in filing due to intent to file by paper mail-in application, but had to change to electronic filing per the NVC new policy after June 1st of electronic filing only.

06-02-2020: Received RFE for Chinese Police Clearance (they said the one we submitted was incorrect, *sigh*) and rejected our joint sponsor entirely. Asked us to reapply with joint sponsor as a household member due to being related and living at the same residence.

06-05-2020: Resubmitted requested documents to the NVC, including I-864a for Household Member.

08-10-2020: Applied to the NVC for an expedited interview via our lawyer (applying to the consulate directly on Aug 3 was a mistake).

08-21-2020: Expedite approved by the consulate!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 235 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 387 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2020-10-04
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very polite. Told me they had to take me to the back room to check the documents that were attached to my visa electronically on the system, but told me everything seemed fine. Process took about 10 minutes, probably due to the lack of travelers at the airport. Person at the counter was very warm and friendly, however the person in the backroom who checked my documents was a little cold and intimidating.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 23, 2020
Embassy Review : Visa interview scheduled for 9:15
At 9:00, everyone began queuing outside of the consulate, the guard will show you where to wait. At 9;15 they began checking that everyone had the correct photographs. Then they checked that everyone was on the list, I was not on the list but after showing them my visa interview invitation they added me onto the system. We waited outside the consulate until called, this took over an hour.

Families with children went first, and then they went according to where you were in the queue. Once entering the consulate you have to hand the guards your phone, they will put it into a lockbox and will give you a number to collect your phone when you are leaving. After that I was led into the visa interview area, and waited until called.

When I was called to the first desk I had to hand over all evidence and civil documents (make sure that your birth certificate and marriage certificate are unabridged). After this I was told to wait for about 30 minutes as the consulate officer reviewed the documents and was then called.

The consulate officer began the interview by swearing me is. She asked me hat my plan was and then confirmed several statements with me. Be careful as I had to correct several statements, I am not sure if this was intentional on her behalf but I suspect that it was. The consulate officer then advised me to fly with Qatar or Emirates (not through Europe) and congratulated me (she was very friendly and polite at this point, despite being very serious at the beginning of the interview) and told me that it would take about 10 days to get my visa.

After a day i logged into the ceac website and saw "administrative processing", this caused a lot of stress but is apparently normal. After 6 days it changed to " issued"
Rating : Moderate


Timeline Comments: 22

blank avatar GraandTim on 2020-01-08 said:
Hello, make sure you have a unabridged marriage certificate. We’re facing a delay because we had to apply for the longer marriage certificate.
IsItLekker on 2020-01-09 said:
Thanks for letting us know! I'll be sure to have my husband check ours to be sure. Which stage did they ask for it at? The I-130 or the NVC?
blank avatar GraandTim on 2020-01-09 said:
The nvc stage, when they ask for his supporting documents like his birth certificate and police clearance. That delayed our case by another 2 to 3 months
blank avatar Hamidparis on 2020-02-05 said:
Yes all together it took me 4 years roughly since I got the GC. When you start the application it seems like a long time, however don't think about it and live your happy life, your citizenship will arrive in no time ...
Ohcoffeeeyes on 2020-06-22 said:
Hello! You asked on our timeline if we ever got past the NVC stage, we're currently stuck on it and have been since about 24 April (so two months). We have a special case, our joint-sponsor is a small business owner who is retired military, so we are jumping through hoops... NVC is being unnecessarily hard, demanding 3 months of my wife's paystubs and extra stuff about his business. I am confident though.
blank avatar WilliamSmith on 2020-06-24 said:
Congrats on the NVC approval! Have you heard anything about interviews being resumed at the JHB Embassy? We finally got our NOA2 and now waiting for NVC approval!
blank avatar Tony1001 on 2020-09-04 said:
looks like your interview is coming up as well, congrats and good luck :)
Gi Deon on 2020-09-16 said:
Good luck on your interview. Praying for youπŸ’–
blank avatar MrSayed on 2020-09-16 said:
All the best for your interview.
Peony on 2020-09-16 said:
Wishing you the best at your interview!
Mimi@25 on 2020-09-16 said:
Good luck on your interview.
blank avatar MrSayed on 2020-09-16 said:
Congrats on your approval.
Gi Deon on 2020-09-16 said:
Congratulations on your visa approval. Finally! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Mimi@25 on 2020-09-16 said:
congratulations on your visa approval.
blank avatar Tony1001 on 2020-09-16 said:
Congratulations on your visa approval πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰
Rosemichelle on 2020-09-16 said:
πŸ”ŠCongratulations on your approval !!!!🎈🎈🎈
blank avatar B&ANZ on 2020-09-16 said:
Congrats on your approval!!!
M_H on 2020-09-16 said:
Congratulations on your approval πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰
blank avatar Enek And Alrock on 2020-09-24 said:
Congrats!! πŸ™Œ
blank avatar MegMarc on 2020-10-08 said:
Congrats!
blank avatar Ophoriwaa on 2020-10-12 said:
Congrats on your journey!!! However I'm a little confused. How long was it, from the NVC expedite acceptance email to the embassy contacting you? I received my expedite acceptance email on 10/10/20 yet it still says AT NVC on the CEAC tracker. Also, did you notice any changes on the CEAC summary page after the expedite was approved? I would really appreciate your response. Thanks
IsItLekker on 2020-12-27 said:
The embassy did not contact us until after the case left the NVC and was received by them, according to CEAC. If you check your status on CEAC, there should be an "in transit" status showing it has left the NVC. It will say "Ready" when the consulate has received it.
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