ValRam's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: V
VJ Member: ValRam
Country: Germany

Last Updated: 2022-12-25
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Immigration Checklist for B & V:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? Potomac Service Center
Consulate : Frankfurt, Germany
Marriage (if applicable): 2020-08-13
I-130 Sent : 2021-07-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2021-07-14
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2022-04-21
NVC Received : 2022-04-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2022-04-22
Pay AOS Bill : 2022-04-23
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2022-04-30
Submit DS-261 : 2022-04-29
Receive IV Bill : 2022-04-22
Pay IV Bill : 2022-04-23
Send IV Package : 2022-04-29
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2022-09-15
NVC Left : 2022-10-04
Consulate Received : 2022-10-11
Packet 3 Received : 2022-10-19
Packet 3 Sent : 2022-10-19
Packet 4 Received : 2022-10-19
Interview Date : 2022-11-17 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2022-11-23
US Entry : 2022-12-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 281 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 491 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Washington DC
POE Date : 2022-12-24 Submit Review
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Entry was super easy. Waited in line for quite a while as it was Christmas Eve but once we made it up there the officer asked for my passport, saw the visa and asked if I was immigrating today.
Then he stamped my visa. His co-worker asked if he had to send me to secondary and the officer said “No, it’s fine”.
He then explained that my visa stamp will be valid as a green card for a year but I should receive my green card in the mail within a month.

Member Reviews:

POE Review: Washington DC
Event Description
Entry Date : 2022-12-24
Embassy Review : Super easy. The officer just stamped my passport, explained that it’ll be valid as a green card for a year and then sent me on my way.
Harassment Level : Low

Timeline Comments: 4

blank avatar Jerkygurkenheimer on 2022-11-17 said:
Aberdeer on 2022-11-23 said:
Hi, First off, a big congratulations! I'm curious about how fast you got an interview scheduled. Did they expedite your case? We got a DQ back in June and are still waiting on a Frankfurt interview to be scheduled XD.
blank avatar ValRam on 2022-11-23 said:
Thank you! We never filed for an expedite but we did get an email that our case got expedited. I do think everyone in line at the time got that same email. We got DQ on Sept. 15. and got the email to schedule the interview on Oct. 19. Big misconception that the embassy will schedule your interview, they actually send you an email asking to sign up for their portal, then you have to wait for them to approve (took me a few hours), then you'll get access to the calendar online and you get to schedule your own interview. The next appointment available is usually a month out but you're free to pick any date and time available. :) Make sure you didn't miss an the email!! Check spam folders too! Otherwise I'd suggest to contact the embassy directly!
Aberdeer on 2022-11-23 said:
Thank you so much. In that single paragraph I feel like I got more helpful info than on any NVC or embassy site combined! I really appreciate you taking the time. I'll double check my spam folders and see if there are any missing emails I can track down. Thanks again, and congrats on making it to the end of the visa process yourself. Wish you all the best.
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