Germerican's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Steph
Beneficiary's Name: Andy
VJ Member: Germerican
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2020-04-01
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Immigration Checklist for Steph & Andy:

USCIS DCF 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? No
Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany
Marriage (if applicable): 2004-08-07
I-130 Sent : 2019-10-25
I-130 NOA1 : 2019-10-31
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2020-01-15
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2020-01-16
Packet 3 Received : 2020-01-23
Packet 3 Sent : 2020-01-28
Packet 4 Received : 2020-02-26
Interview Date : 2020-04-01 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2020-04-01
US Entry :
Comments : My original interview was scheduled for March 16th and was canceled 2 days prior to the appointment due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. I reschedule the interview for the next available date, which was April 6th.

At the same time I contacted the consulate and requested an emergency appointment due to our specific situation, which was granted for March 19th. Unfortunately, that appointment was also canceled the day prior to the interview.

Early last week the April 6th appointment was also canceled and no further appointments are currently available online.

Last Thursday night I received an email from the consulate that they were granting an emergency interview for today, April 1st.

We were 1 of 4 interviews for today (all of us CR/IR-1s I believe). We received our visas in our passports on the spot (took about 2.5 hours of waiting due to final clearance checks). The interviewing officer mentioned that they were keeping track of our case and apologized that they had to cancel the first emergency appointment. So they are aware of people’s individual situations!

With that being said, if you are in a situation where you need to travel asap, you can try to reach out to the consulate in an email and explain your case. Frankfurt is operating at extremely reduced capacity (no lines out front, no one inside the consulate). If you can wait a few more weeks, I’d suggest to do so but if you’re in a real bind you can give it a try and reach out to them.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 76 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 153 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

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Timeline Comments: 15

SorrowL on 2020-01-21 said:
Congratulations on your NOA2!
Germerican on 2020-01-21 said:
Thanks! I was starting to get a bit worried about timing. Happy it came through.
SorrowL on 2020-01-25 said:
Yay! Packet 3! Progress!
Germerican on 2020-01-26 said:
Yeah, I’ve been working hard on it this entire weekend. Putting the final touches on it today and can then hopefully send it out tomorrow. Your interview is coming up, isn’t it?
SorrowL on 2020-01-26 said:
Yes! Interview Is on Thursday. I’ll be keeping things up to date. I bet you’ll get your interview within 30-40 days.
Germerican on 2020-01-28 said:
Good luck with your interview! Let us know how it went. Went through the K-1 process with my now wife, 16 years ago. Things were a bit different back then but overall it's been smooth sailing with the IR-1. I submitted packet 3 today. I had some trouble with the address registration website on Sunday, so I couldn't get it out yesterday. Thinking about scheduling the medical for about 2 to 3 weeks from now.
SorrowL on 2020-01-28 said:
Thank you! I’ll write up a review when it’s done! You could schedule the medical now if you plan on going out as soon as you get your visa, that way you can take interview times that may be “sudden”, like I got January 30th, even though I got appointment notification on the 23rd, because I had the medical done already.
SorrowL on 2020-02-20 said:
Still no news regarding your application? Hope you get something soon.
SorrowL on 2020-04-01 said:
Yay! Congratulations !
Germerican on 2020-04-01 said:
Yeah, it was a ride but worked out in the end. Hope you’re doing ok and have acclimated.
blank avatar Josubi on 2020-04-04 said:
Hi could you please ,what is the reason for expedite?
Germerican on 2020-04-04 said:
Just to be clear, this wasn't expedited processing of our case. I already had my interview scheduled but it was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. We requested an emergency interview appointment because my wife will start her new job in the US on the 15th of this month and our children and I would not have been able to travel with her. All of our household goods have already been shipped and we would no longer have had housing after the end of the month.
SMMT on 2020-04-12 said:
Awesome! So great to hear some good news! Congratulations!
April M on 2020-04-13 said:
I have read the info about how you asked for an emergency appointment. I received an email that I could request one after my husband had his medical and interview and only waiting for paperwork to be sent to carrier for pick up. They sent him to wait until virus lockdown was lifted, then they would process the paperwork. This was in March and we are still waiting. If I ask for the emergency appointment how would I go about filling out the email? Our case is expedited under humanitarian Aid and he is needed in our home here in the U.S. any suggestions?
Germerican on 2020-04-13 said:
@SMMT: Thanks! We're happy it worked out for us. @April M: Well, our case was all but completed, only the interview was still missing. I did have my regular interview scheduled but it was canceled 2 days prior due to the coronavirus. I assume because it was only the interview that was missing, they were able to grant an emergency appointment. As I understand it, your husband hasn't had his medical yet, correct? I don't think they will be able to grant an emergency interview appointment without the medical. As far as the email is concerned, we kept it fairly short and to the point, explaining the situation in detail. In the end, it is up to the consular officer to decide whether or not you would qualify as an emergency but if your case has already been expedited, I guess you probably have good reasons to ask for an emergency appointment. Good luck!
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