TerraceJW's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Stephen
Beneficiary's Name: Sweet
VJ Member: TerraceJW
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2021-04-15
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Immigration Checklist for Stephen & Sweet:

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? Texas Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2019-11-13
I-130 Sent : 2020-02-05
I-130 NOA1 : 2020-02-05
I-130 RFE : 2020-08-26
I-130 RFE Sent : 2020-08-26
I-130 Approved : 2020-09-02
NVC Received : 2020-09-07
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2020-09-07
Pay AOS Bill : 2020-09-07
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2020-09-10
Submit DS-261 : 2020-09-10
Receive IV Bill : 2020-09-07
Pay IV Bill : 2020-09-15
Send IV Package : 2020-09-16
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2021-03-29
Case Completed at NVC : 2020-10-03
NVC Left : 2020-12-01
Consulate Received : 2020-12-07
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2021-04-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : NVC DQ' us on October 3rd.
Expedite request sent to NVC on November 11, 2020.

Expedite request for visa approved on December 1, 2020.

Medical exam was scheduled for December 13, 2020.

Medical for sputum culture was cleared on February 17, 2021.

Interview was scheduled with embassy on Mar 21, 2021 for April 8, 2021.

CEAC Status was updated to "Refused" on April 13, 2021.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 210 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 428 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 8, 2021
Embassy Review : Interview appointment: April 8, 07:15am, US Embassy Manila

Arrived 06:00am. We were allowed to enter at 06:30am. Upon entering they will ask for your passport and DS 260.

First step is the pre-screening. The lady in the window is a filipino speaker.
Documents asked were Passport, DS 260, my birth certificate (original), our marriage certificate (original), NBI (original), and Tax papers of my husband from IRS. Have a 2x2 picture ready as well. They might ask for it if theres a need like in my case. They will get the DS 260 from you and return the rest of the documents in a paper clip. They already arranged it for the interview consul. Make sure that if you leave the window for pre screening you dont have the DS 260 with you anymore because you wont be called for the interview if they didnt get it.

Next step is biometrics. Lady in the window is an english speaker.
My fingerprints on both hands and passport were scanned.

I was done and ready to be called for the interview by 07:15am

Window blinds for the interview didnt open until 08:00am. There are only 2 windows open. Youre name will be called out loud for this step.

I was called for the interview at around 08:30am. The consul is a man and is an english speaker.

After the oath taking. First thing he asked for is my passport and then documents arranged at pre screening. Then I was given a domestic violence pamphlet in return. He quickly explained whats in the pamphlet when I said okay he asked me to repeat what he just told me and so I did. Then the interview begun.
Questions asked were:
• Where did you meet your husband?
• Is he previously married? / Are you previously married? (He asked for my CENOMAR)
• Does your husband have kids? / Do you have kids?
• How many times have he visited you?
• What's your husband's job?
He gave my documents back and told me he will recommend my visa already (means Ive been approved)
He told me to get the immigration details paper from the corner of his window and to call the number on the paper to confirm my delivery address. Passport will be delivered in a couple weeks, he said.

Tips: There were couple of people before me who got denied. Be sure you have a complete document when you come for your interview. If you were previously married prepare divorce/separation papers, if youre a widow prepare death certs, CENOMAR is often asked too, make sure your papers are valid and up to date like NBI or medical exams. One missing document can make your application denied. Try to remain calm and be confident in answering.

And of course, have faith and pray. If it's God's will its gonna happen, in His perfect time 😊
Rating : Good

Timeline Comments: 3

Gi Deon on 2021-04-09 said:
Congratulations 🎆
Marthaeu on 2021-04-14 said:
Congratulations ! Why was part of the interview in English and not in the native language?
TerraceJW on 2021-04-14 said:
I assume they speak English at the US embassy because English is the language of the US and there might also be non filipino natives working there but I don't know for sure. My wife speaks English and tagalog fluently.
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