RandyandRina's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Rina
Beneficiary's Name: Randy
VJ Member: RandyandRina
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2007-12-05
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Immigration Checklist for Rina & Randy:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2005-09-07
I-130 Sent : 2007-02-22
I-130 NOA1 : 2007-02-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2007-07-02
NVC Received : 2007-07-25
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2007-08-15
Pay AOS Bill : 2007-08-07
Receive I-864 Package : 2007-09-01
Send AOS Package : 2007-08-20
Submit DS-261 : 2007-08-06
Receive IV Bill : 2007-08-29
Pay IV Bill : 2007-08-29
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2007-10-05
Case Completed at NVC : 2007-10-10
NVC Left : 2007-10-18
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2007-10-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2007-09-10
Packet 4 Received : 2007-10-19
Interview Date : 2007-11-15
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2007-11-17
US Entry : 2007-12-02
Comments : *05/19/07-xferred from VSC to CSC
*used James' NVC Shortcuts 2.0
*See my signature for complete timeline
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 126 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 262 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2007-12-02
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Experience was great. No questions asked, just directed for finger printing (biometrics).

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 16, 2007
Embassy Review : My husband interview is finally over, and he was successfully granted his IR1 visa.

His interview was scheduled at 8:30 AM at USEM (Philippines) and he was there at 7AM with the rest of the applicants lined up outside the embassy. He was grateful to the front guard since he was told go inside the embassy since our 1-year old son was also with him and it was raining hard. Yes, it was true that there were scammers outside, so please be careful and not be lured by them easily.

Once inside, he was given a number and asked to keep until the end of his interview process. If you do not pay attention to the next flashing number, your name will be called on the microphone. Once he got to the window (I guess, that was the pre-screener and she was Filipina), asked him a lot of questions (my husband thinks she was very rude) which he thinks were unnecessary. But towards the end, became calmer and nicer.

He did not tell me what room# he was sent to, but the consul was a male and aged about mid-50’s. They did not take any of his paperwork, although he said he was carrying a bag that felt it weighed a ton. All they asked from him was our photo album. The CO was very pleasant, friendly and his questions were very direct: How did you meet? How long have you known each other? And since our son was with him inside the interview room, he asked Who’s the little boy and if he is included in the petition? My husband felt so comfortable with him, that while he was scanning through the pictures while asking the questions that they laughed most of the time. He even apologized at one point, since my husband had to quit his job to take care of all the paperwork and take care of our little boy. Finally, he said to my husband “I guess we have no choice but to approve you. Congratulations and Welcome to USA”. The interview lasted in less than 10 minutes. My husband did ask for visa pick up but was declined, and was asked to pay at the counter for visa delivery.

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