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JKLSemicolon's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: A
Beneficiary's Name: D
VJ Member: JKLSemicolon
Country: Ecuador

Last Updated: 2023-09-23
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Immigration Checklist for A & D:

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 : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Marriage (if applicable): 2020-08-10
I-130 Sent : 2020-12-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-12-02
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2021-02-23
NVC Received : 2021-02-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2021-03-01
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2021-03-10
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2021-03-01
Send IV Package : 2021-03-10
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2021-03-15
NVC Left : 2021-07-13
Consulate Received : 2021-07-16
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-08-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-08-13
US Entry : 2021-09-19
Comments : POE was Atlanta. Secondary inspection was slow because only one person was at the window at 6:00 AM, but my wife made the connecting flight just in time (with a 2-hour layover). She provided an updated mailing address to CBP for the green card, but in the end the card was still sent to the physical address listed on the DS-260 (and arrived about 4 months later).
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 83 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 251 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : National Benefits Center
Date Filed : 2023-09-11
NOA Date : 2023-09-16
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2023-10-11
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 17, 2021
Embassy Review : As of 8/2021 Guayaquil is doing a 2-day process for immigrant visas.

The first day was just to turn in required paperwork. My wife's appointment was at 12:00 PM and she was back out of the Consulate at about 1:30 PM. There was a lot of waiting involved and they took originals of some (but not all) of the civil documents requested at the NVC stage, as well as some (but not all) of the relationship evidence we prepared. They told her to bring the rest to the interview the following day because the folder for the file wasn't big enough for everything. In our case they were particularly interested in our original marriage certificate (which was returned the next day) but did not take anything related to an updated Affidavit of Support I had prepared, or a packet with additional photos/boarding passes/etc. related to visits that happened after filing the I-130.

The second day's interview was scheduled for 7:45 AM. My wife was back out within about an hour or so. She reported that the interview itself only lasted a few minutes and they asked questions like where and when we met, where and when we got married, why she left the US after starting Adjustment of Status. She was also asked if she understood the pamphlet about domestic violence that they gave everyone on the first day. They didn't review any of the additional evidence we had prepared. The officer told her she was approved and gave her a slip of paper with next steps.

Multiple people were given the same appointment times, and security guards called them in promptly when the time arrived. Everything, including the interview, was conducted in Spanish. I (the USC) was there both days but waited with family friends in a vehicle around the corner from the building. There were a lot of family members, etc. waiting right outside the entrance to the Consulate but there is really not a good place to do that so it was kind of a chaotic scene.

Overall the experience went smoothly. It would have been nice to know the interview time for the second day ahead of time since in our case to get to Guayaquil we had to book flights from Quito and ended up getting an evening return flight just in case the second day's interview was scheduled later in the afternoon. That left us with a lot of time to kill the second day.
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 12

TGDeano on 2021-02-24 said:
Wow!! So fast - congrats!!! Did you request an expedite?
blank avatar JKLSemicolon on 2021-02-24 said:
No expedite, but I prepared a very thorough case before submitting the petition. I had also successfully petitioned for a K-1 visa for my wife and we had already started the Adjustment of Status process in August, but abandoned that partway through when my wife had to leave the US. These circumstances also meant that we had a lot of evidence that other couples doing a CR-1/IR-1 might not. I'm not sure if those things factored into the quick approval, but I am thankful.
TGDeano on 2021-02-24 said:
Oh gotcha. Well congrats and good luck at NVC!
blank avatar Maria Medina on 2021-03-12 said:
Hey, did u do all the process by yourself or with a lawyer?
TGDeano on 2021-03-12 said:
I did it all by myself. You?
blank avatar JKLSemicolon on 2021-03-12 said:
Maria, I did everything myself. At this point having filed the I-129F, I-485, and now I-130, and having spent a lot of time learning through websites like this, I am confident in my ability to handle our case. We have also been together for a long time (10+ years) and have an abundance of evidence that our relationship and marriage is bona fide. I personally would only consider using an attorney for more complicated situations - the sort of things you will find in the Waivers and Administrative Processes section of this forum. The one time I got a free consultation with a family immigration attorney in my area (through a work benefit), I came away unimpressed. For example, the attorney recommended sending in a petition for a K-3 visa despite the fact that there is basically zero chance of getting a K-3 these days. I'm sure using a (good) attorney works for some people, but I would rather research things on my own rather than taking someone else's word for it.
TGDeano on 2021-03-12 said:
I did it all by myself. You?
blank avatar JKLSemicolon on 2021-04-13 said:
Update: - 3/25: Sent expedite request to NVC. - 4/8: Received email that the request was being reviewed. - 4/12: Expedite request denied.
TGDeano on 2021-04-13 said:
Sorry to hear that
Cmat22 on 2021-08-13 said:
Approved! Congrats
Mariaontaneda on 2022-07-21 said:
Hello, how long did the embassy take after you got DQ'ed to give you an appointment for interview? I'm currently in this process as an F2A applicant. Best!
blank avatar JKLSemicolon on 2022-07-21 said:
On the timeline, "Case Complete at NVC" is the DQ date. From there the Consulate sent an interview notice via email about a month before the interview date. It was about 5 months between the DQ date and interview date. However, things may be faster now.
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