Davis4130's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Ray
Beneficiary's Name: Yuka
VJ Member: Davis4130
Country: Japan

Last Updated: 2020-07-02
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Immigration Checklist for Ray & Yuka:

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? Vermont Service Center on 2020-02-23
Consulate : Armenia
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-10-24
I-130 Sent : 2019-12-31
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-01-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-05-12
NVC Received : 2020-05-11
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-05-13
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-05-13
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-05-27
Submit DS-261 : 2020-05-13
Receive IV Bill : 2020-05-13
Pay IV Bill : 2020-05-13
Send IV Package : 2020-05-28
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-06-01
NVC Left : 2020-06-03
Consulate Received : 2020-06-04
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2020-06-08
Interview Date : 2020-06-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 130 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 179 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 2, 2020
Embassy Review : My spouse was in and out in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Most of that was waiting. The interview itself was only 5 minutes. Things we learned:

1) Lots of confusing info on what to bring U.S. state website and embassy websites don't agree. Even the embassy would send emails telling us to bring certain documents and we'd call to clarify, and they'd say we didn't need to bring them. All we actually needed was:

Police Certificate
Her Japanese Passport
2 Pictures
Original Marriage Certificate
Self addressed Letter Pack Plus (don't get the Letter Pack Light version!!!)
Medical report was transmitted electronically from the Dr - so she didn't even need that.

That stated, she took everything (I-130, I-864, all of it). Given the importance, it's just paper and easier to have it in case.

2) It'll take 2 weeks to get your passport back while they apply the visa.
3) Interview questions are pretty normal, casual questions about how you met, shared hobbies and interests.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 13

IsItLekker on 2020-06-08 said:
Hi guys! It looks like you have made it through to the embassy stage. Does it seem like they are going to honor your interview date?
blank avatar Khloey on 2020-06-08 said:
Did you requested for expedite appointment?
blank avatar Nathan B on 2020-06-16 said:
We are waiting for an interview at the Tokyo consulate as well and seem to be on almost the exact same timeline. Did you submit a request for an emergency interview?
Davis4130 on 2020-06-16 said:
We requested expedited processing, but not emergency. Unsure if they’ll keep the date or not; guess we’ll see in two weeks...
blank avatar Nathan B on 2020-06-16 said:
Thanks for the info! I don't want to be too nosey and you definitely don't have to answer this, but what was the reason for the expedited processing request?
Davis4130 on 2020-06-19 said:
Long story there, but the short version is that we just missed the timeline to apply as active duty stationed in Japan (that enables you to file the entire package, I-130 and all, through the Embassy instead of USCIS and NVC). When able to file that way, you're in and out in ~ 3 months. I'd already taken orders back to the States, but decided to see if I could get a waiver to apply through the embassy anyway (all they can say is no, right?). They did, in fact, say no to that one, but they offered to expedite once our case hit the NVC... As for the COVID piece and the interview actually happening - I certainly hope it holds, but we'll see! Either way, they were super helpful, and we were pretty fortunate to get this far as quickly as we did.
blank avatar Nathan B on 2020-06-22 said:
Thank you very much for the reply. Good luck with the interview!
IsItLekker on 2020-06-30 said:
Good luck today at your interview!
Davis4130 on 2020-07-02 said:
Thanks for the notes! All went well, the interview itself was only about 5 minutes long...
Gi Deon on 2020-07-02 said:
Congratulations 🎆
blank avatar Nathan B on 2020-07-02 said:
Congratulations on your approval!
IsItLekker on 2020-07-03 said:
Congratulations you guys!
blank avatar CMT on 2020-07-07 said:
Congratulations!! I had heard from other people that it only took about 4 days to get the passport back (fiance visa) but maybe there's a delay because of covid... was it shipped to Tokyo or a different prefecture?
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