Clobags2510's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: James
Beneficiary's Name: Chloe
VJ Member: Clobags2510
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2020-08-30
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Immigration Checklist for James & Chloe:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-09-10
I-130 Sent : 2020-01-25
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-02-04
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-04-23
NVC Received : 2020-04-24
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-06-15
Submit DS-261 : 2020-06-15
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package : 2020-06-15
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-07-02
NVC Left : 2020-07-02
Consulate Received : 2020-07-06
Packet 3 Received : 2020-07-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2020-07-06
Packet 4 Received : 2020-07-06
Interview Date : 2020-08-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-08-28
US Entry : 2020-08-29
Comments : Entered via Miami airport. The airport itself was deserted! I am used to having some long waits to go through immigration, but I was able to walk straight to an officer in a cubicle. Usually before hand, you usually would go to a machine and enter details regarding your entry. On this machine there is no option for a CR1 visa and the immigration officers who were waiting near the machines told me multiple different things so I guess not everyone is aware of the procedure. After a few attempts I spoke to one officer who informed me that I should just speak to an officer at the cubicle. After speaking to the officer, he then requested another officer take me to another room. After watching border security, I knew this was a detention room where you wait for your final checks. The room had a tv and vending machines and I’m guessing because of the current climate, it was very empty! I had a wait of around 45 mins before I was told I could go, and that was that 😃
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 79 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 198 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 20, 2020
Embassy Review : Interview today went very well, easy and straightforward.
I walked from the Vauxhall underground station and from there, the embassy is very to easy find. It’s hard to miss the giant flags and odd diamond shapes all over the building! The building itself is between a small moat type of water and a lovely garden with water/ pond like feature, very nice to sit and wait for your appointment time.
Two days before my interview, I received an email stating that it was best to get there for 15 minutes before my appointment time so I arrived at 10.15 for a 10.30 appointment. The entrance you need to go in is near the ‘garden side’ and is signposted as ‘south pavilion’. There is a small building you have to go through before you can go to the main embassy and this is where you go through an airport like security. At the door your printed appointment date is checked and you’re asked to open up your phone and use an app. After that, you are let in where you put your belongings through the X-ray machine and you walk through one yourself. After this, you exit the small security building on the other side and walk towards the main building (don’t panic - everything is well sign posted!)
After entering the main building, I was greeted by a woman at the main desk. She asked to see my passport and confirmation email where she put stickers on my confirmation. She then told me to go to the lifts on the right and press visa services then turn left and left. As I’ve read before, the door you enter lift is only for the ground floor, the door on the other side is the exit for visa services. After coming out of the lift, I was greeted by another lady who seemed to be double checking that I knew where I was going and again said left then left.
After following this, I came to a waiting area which had cubicles to the back where interviews were taking place. The stickers that were given had a number and where to wait. There is a tv screen in the waiting area that displays your number and cubicle number when it is your turn. I had only waited for 5 minutes and was called up. The guy I spoke to was very nice. He asked for my original documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate and police check). I then had my finger prints taken and had a light chit chat before I was asked to sit down and wait for my number to be called again.
After another short wait of around 10 minutes, I was called again. It was a lady this time and she was also very nice. After taking an oath to say all my statements were truthful, she asked questions which again felt like light chit chat. Questions like how did you meet? Why did you decide to get married? What does your husband do for work? All very easy questions.
After having a look through all the paperwork, there was a slight snag! The W2 that our co-sponsor has supplied was ‘incomplete’. After asking what this meant I was told that I have to get the full version sent to an email address (they supplied this to me on a piece of paper). I asked what would this mean in terms of processing time, that if I had this information uploaded today, how long would it take? I was informed I would have my passport back in 1-2 weeks. So it sounded like they view the information pretty quickly!
I am thinking because they kept my passport, after the complete W2 is uploaded, everything is complete 😃
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 7

Ann Blair on 2020-07-07 said:
Congratulations! So exciting to have an interview date! We’ve heard the medical has to be done in London and Mark will have to travel from Yorkshire for the medical and again for the interview since they can’t be done on the same day. Wondering if you’ve heard if they are allowing medicals in other locations due to Covid?
IsItLekker on 2020-07-07 said:
Hi guys! Congratulations on getting an interview date. Did you expedite your case at all? Have you been able to book your medical?
Clobags2510 on 2020-07-07 said:
Hi, My medical is booked for the 29th July and as far as I know London is still the only place you can do it. I’m going from Cheshire so not the most convenient! I have been extremely lucky with my visa application - 79 days wait for approval at Nebraska service centre without expediting! I did expedite at NVC stage and heard from the embassy three days later and could then make my appointment. The only problem I have now is that my passport has been sent in for a name change to my married name. Fingers crossed it will be back before my interview!
M_H on 2020-07-08 said:
Congratulations! Did you guys expedite the NVC stage or did they schedule your appointment for the interview? Good luck for the rest!
IsItLekker on 2020-08-20 said:
Good luck at your interview today! Keep us posted! :)
Appy on 2020-08-30 said:
Hi! I saw that you said you changed your name in your passport. Did you make your application in your maiden name? If so, did you then ask, at your interview or POE, for your GC to be in your married name?
Clobags2510 on 2020-08-30 said:
Hi, Yes I made my application in my maiden name. At my medical they changed it to my married name and they asked at interview. I also filed my DS-260 in my married name. It wasn’t an issue at any point and the visa that was put in my passport is in my married name so I guess the green card would follow and be in my married name
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