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SteveInBostonI130's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Stephen
Beneficiary's Name: Tetiana
VJ Member: SteveInBostonI130
Country: Ukraine

Last Updated: 2022-10-14
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Immigration Checklist for Stephen & Tetiana:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ukraine
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-04-26
I-130 Sent : 2020-02-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-02-06
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-05-06
NVC Received : 2020-05-09
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-05-09
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-05-09
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-06-01
Submit DS-261 : 2020-06-01
Receive IV Bill : 2020-05-09
Pay IV Bill : 2020-05-09
Send IV Package : 2020-06-10
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-18
NVC Left : 2020-07-16
Consulate Received : 2020-07-17
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2020-07-16
Interview Date : 2020-08-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-08-27
US Entry : 2020-11-25
Comments : Took about a month to get the police clearance certificate. Otherwise we would have submitted the AOS and IV earlier.

Embassy interview was straightforward. 5 Basic questions were asked. Wife had to wait a bit after entering due to many student visa interviews conducted that day.

Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 90 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 196 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Boston
POE Date : 2020-11-25
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was at Logan Airport, Boston. Took about 15 minutes to process.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2022-08-31
NOA Date : 2022-09-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2022-10-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ukraine
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 31, 2020
Embassy Review : My wife had her interview scheduled at 11:30 AM, 20-Aug-2020

She had to wait until a little after 12:00 PM to be allowed to enter. The place was packed to Covid capacity with student visa applicants. Some student visa interviewee's were turned away at the entrance due to high temperature at the health checkpoint.

When she entered she handed her paperwork to an agent at a window and was told to wait. After about an hour the CO called her in for the interview.

The CO asked 5 questions:
- How we met
- Why she left the US (she entered last year on K1 but left due to family emergency. We didn't adjust status)
- Where I worked
- When/where we saw each other after she returned to Ukraine
- My first and last name.

She was approved and given a letter stating that the passport will be delivered by the courier service to the designated location in 5 working days.
The visa was "Issued" on working day 3 and ready for pickup at the 5th working day, as promised.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 5

IsItLekker on 2020-07-17 said:
Hi guys! Congratulations on receiving your interview date! Did you end up expediting at all?
blank avatar SteveInBostonI130 on 2020-07-20 said:
No, we did not. We thought about it. We were going to request an expedite if there were no update to our case by the end of the month.
blank avatar Munamubarak20@gma on 2020-08-28 said:
Hi guys,,,did you hire lawyer ?
blank avatar SteveInBostonI130 on 2020-08-31 said:
No, no lawyer.
blank avatar SteveInBostonI130 on 2020-08-31 said:
For those who are wondering why our case was so fast...we are not sure, but I think it is because we already went through the K-1 process in 2018-2019 and was approved. I think that helped get our I-130 approved pretty quick, because we were already in the system and had clean background checks.
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