top_secret's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Scot
Beneficiary's Name: Sandra
VJ Member: top_secret
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2021-11-01
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Immigration Checklist for Scot & Sandra:

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? Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2020-12-17
I-130 Sent : 2021-03-08
I-130 NOA1 : 2021-03-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2021-04-26
NVC Received : 2021-04-30
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2021-04-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2021-05-01
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2021-05-06
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2021-04-30
Pay IV Bill : 2021-05-01
Send IV Package : 2021-05-21
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2021-09-15
Case Completed at NVC : 2021-07-08
NVC Left : 2021-09-16
Consulate Received : 2021-09-20
Packet 3 Received : 2021-09-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2021-09-22
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-10-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2021-10-08
US Entry : 2021-10-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 48 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 210 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 9, 2021
Embassy Review : Very pleasant interview experience. The pre-interview by the Filipina consul asked my wife why we had married in Costa Rica? Why not marry in the Philippines? The travel ban of course. How and when we met and how long we were together before we married and how many times I visited her in the Philippines? My wife said she didn't know how many times we met since I was coming there all the time for years so it was too many to count. She said we met in 2014 and the counsel followed up that asking the specific month in 2014. I'm not sure I could even remember that one exactly but I guess my wife did. Since she has ALLOT of stamps in her passports from allot of different countries the consul asked my wife about her travel. Specifically, if she was ever anyplace overseas for work, or for over 6 months. She said it's all just short tourist trips and we travel allot just for fun because we love to travel. The consul kind of singled out Panama and why we went there. Nothing special there it was just a hub traveling in the Americas. She asked my wife if she had any previous US Visa denials. My wife had two previous B1/B2 denials that she disclosed properly in the DS-260 and had been completely honest in her previous B1/B2 applications, so there was nothing about the previous B1/B2 denials that should have any impact on an immigrant visa. The counsel didn't follow up on those, just the acknowledgement. Basic questions about both our occupations.

The American Consul went back over the basics of when and how we met but just very simple questions. She said he was really a friendly upbeat likable guy and very easy and relaxed to talk to. He joked with her that I must be rich based on my job. He informed her he would recommend the visas for approval. My wife said all of the questions were very easy since we know each other well. Since I know Filipinos always want to know what window it is, it was window 59. My wife said there were only 2 American consuls doing Interviews. Her total time inside the Embassy based on cell-phone blackout time was about 2 hours.
Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: 10

A&V2021 on 2021-09-07 said:
Did you submit a I-129F to get the NOA2 expedited? 48 days is fast.
blank avatar Top_secret on 2021-09-07 said:
No I-129F. We didn't have any tricks or anything at all special about our cases or expedited in any way. Just lucky I guess and we tried to make sure everything was done correctly and would be easy to approve at first glance.
A&V2021 on 2021-09-07 said:
I see. Probably got lucky being on top of the pile during the transfer. Nice going!!
blank avatar Hunny&me on 2021-10-05 said:
Wow! What a fast processing timeline! All the best! I hope and pray, we will have fast timeline too! It is hard to be apart and just seeing each other in a small screen. How long was the interview in Manila?
blank avatar Top_secret on 2021-10-06 said:
I hope the best for your quick success. I think for IR/CR-1 US Embassy Manila is caught up and processing them quickly. My wife said the interview was really fast and the counsel was very friendly. She was very comfortable and relaxed talking with him. Not intimidating at all. Judging from her phone blackout time the whole entire process with the Embassy took about 2 hours. I'll write a proper review of the interview when I get the rest of the details from her.
blank avatar Hunny&me on 2021-10-08 said:
Thanks for sharing!
blank avatar Ana R on 2021-12-30 said:
Hi Scot and Sandra! I was wondering how long did it take for you to receive your Green Card in the mail. I entered the US 2 days before you and still haven't received mine.
blank avatar Top_secret on 2021-12-30 said:
No sign of any Green Cards yet but we're not to worried. They got SS cards within a week of and my wife got a job with that and the endorsed visa in her passport. We'll start calling at 90 days but I've read recent accounts of it taking up to 6 month. Until they come, the endorsed visa is a valid temporary green card.
blank avatar Jimmyzr1 on 2023-03-10 said:
Wow, a very fast approval! Were you hoping to get approved after 2 years from marriage to avoid the extra step with extra paperwork and extra cost or were you just wanting her to get to the US asap? I'm thinking we should be hopefully approved within a couple of months of our marriage date, give or take, so would hope it's just after for her to get her 10-year GC.
blank avatar Top_secret on 2023-03-10 said:
Well since her visa was issued and she was already here in the US two months before our FIRST anniversary. it wouldn't have made sense for us to stall over a year just to get out of removal of conditions. However onerous that may be. More or less most of he paperwork we need of removal of conditions, we would still have needed to gather up a year later for naturalization anyways. But if you are deliberately trying to push the date out to get a 10 year green card you can stall indefinitely in NVC.
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