Tereza's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Reece
Beneficiary's Name: Tereza
VJ Member: Tereza
Country: Czech Republic

Last Updated: 2023-01-24
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Immigration Checklist for Reece & Tereza:

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? Vermont Service Center
Consulate : Czech Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2021-07-08
I-130 Sent : 2021-08-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2021-08-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2022-07-23
NVC Received : 2022-07-28
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2022-07-28
Pay AOS Bill : 2022-07-29
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2022-08-07
Submit DS-261 : 2022-08-02
Receive IV Bill : 2022-07-28
Pay IV Bill : 2022-07-29
Send IV Package : 2022-08-07
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2022-11-17
NVC Left : 2022-11-23
Consulate Received : 2022-11-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2022-11-23
Interview Date : 2023-01-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2023-01-18
US Entry : 2023-01-20
Comments : October 4th we got RFE from NVC (reason: missing w2 - we uploaded last 3 years tax transcripts which should have been enough).
DQed November 17th.
Received Interview date on November 23rd for January 26th.
After some struggles with the ustraveldocs website (it blocked me temporarily), I was able to reschedule, however the new medical center has very limited spots and their first free appointment was December 22nd. So I scheduled my visa interview for January 10, 2023. Hopefully the clinic will send them the results by then, as they claim it can take up to 10 work days to do so (and there's the holidays).
Apparently the US embassy in Prague is aware of the clinic's limited capacity and even accepts people for interviews before their medical (confirmed by the embassy via email), but I wanted to play it safe and scheduled my interview afterwards.
I have a plane ticket for January 20, hoping it will all go well and I'll finally get to move in with my husband :)
Interview went ez. The consul was nice and he only asked a few questions and I was approved. To his surprise, he was able to actually approve it right away, saying that "the big green button" doesn't usually work at that point lol.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 354 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 525 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2023-01-20
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : the line at cbp was surprisingly short this time around. The officer was very nice and asked a couple questions, mainly wanted to know my adress and phone number and what kind of stuff I was bringing in (food? alcohol? etc.). Then he handed my passport to another officer who took me to secondary processing. There was 4 of us in total and 3 officers who were checking our passports and doing something on their computers. I got called in 5-10 minutes. The officer was again very polite, asked me to confirm the adress and phone number, congratulated me and that was it :). I had 2 large bags with me and nobody wanted to see them either.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Czech Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 10, 2023
Embassy Review : I had the interview shceduled at 1pm. Came early, but asked the security guard if I could come in by any chance. He spoke Czech, was nice, but told me they have a lunch break so I can come after 1pm, saying the times for interview are more like estimates lol. I came back before 1pm and he asked me again to wait five minutes. Then he asked to see my passport and told me someone will pick me up soon. In the meantime there was a shift change and the new lady had zero chill. So I ended up waiting outside for total of about 30 minutes. Lesson learned - don't be there too early, it will probably not help at all and if the weather is bad, there is nowhere to hide.
I went in at 1:20 ish. Turned my phone off, handed in all electronics (watch, phone, headphones). The man at the reception was quite nice and showed me where to go in.
I was the only person there so it all went quick. There's a lady at the desk that will take your documents (she only asked for the originals), then ask you to sit down, then the consul will call you again, in my case the wait was not even 5 minutes (idk, because there was no clock).
Questions he asked:
Visa type (CR1)
"Who is the person you are married to?" - to which we both realised the answer was "my husband" and it was a little awkward/funny. He obviously wanted to know the name but worded it weird.
Give me a quick summary of your relationship (met online, long distance with us visiting each other 1-2 times a year)
Where did you get married
Where does your husband work
What is your plan, where did you go to school and where do you plan to work (Studied biology, worked elsewhere and Im hoping to get the same/similar remote job I had here in Czech rep.)
We talked about the possibility of me having previous visa I didnt know I had (I used to travel for competitions as a teen and so all of that was managed for me along with the team. He said it was fine, it would only be a problem if I had a visa that was still active)
Where will you live (Iowa)

At this point he said my visa was actually approved, he was even a bit surprised, because apparently it usually doesn't allow him to hit the "big button" right away.
Said the visa will be printed in a few work days and I chose the delivery option. He gave me a phone number for the delivery service in case I didnt hear from them. He assured me I should deffinitelly have it with me by the 20th (that's when I leave). I was out by 1:45, so total 20 minutes inside.

Appart from the awkward waiting outside and the lady staring at me like she thought I had a bomb in my tote bag, it was nice, smooth and easy.
Rating : Good

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