Brian&Mel's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brian
Beneficiary's Name: Melissa
VJ Member: Brian&Mel
Country: Malaysia

Last Updated: 2010-11-09
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Immigration Checklist for Brian & Melissa:

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 : Malaysia
Marriage (if applicable): 2007-12-12
I-130 Sent : 2008-01-18
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-02-12
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-05-19
NVC Received : 2008-05-27
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2008-06-20
Pay AOS Bill : 2008-06-06
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2008-06-05
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2008-08-28
NVC Left : 2008-09-17
Consulate Received : 2008-09-22
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-10-10
Interview Date : 2008-10-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2008-10-30
Comments : DS-3023 was sent via e-mail. I-864 and IV bill bill was paid online
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 97 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 252 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-08-03
NOA Date : 2010-08-09
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-08-24
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-10-28
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2010-11-05
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Malaysia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 24, 2008
Embassy Review : I arrived at the embassy at 8am and was told that I can only go in at 8.30am. Went through security check and was given queue number. I waited for about 10 minutes before my number was called and handed them the docs required. After checking the docs, the lady asked me to come back again at 1.30 for my actual interview. I was out of the embassy by 9.30am.

After lunch, I went back to the embassy at 1.00pm. I then again went through the security check and went straight to the waiting room. I was waiting nervously for my number to be called and there were 3 of us in the waiting room. At about 1.35pm, my number was called and I went to counter 6 for my interview.

The CO greeted me and he was young and polite.

CO: Tell me, how come you are married to a guy xx older than you?

CO: What makes you like him?

CO: How do you guys met? Where did you meet him for the first time?

He asked a few more questions about our relationship and then he cancelled my B2 visa.

At one point, he was saying "I am not trying to be rude or trying to intrude your privacy but there are people who are using marriage as a ticket to USA. I hope you don't mind me asking these questions."

And I replied "I understand"

CO: What does your husband work as?

CO: You were living in the states for the last 6 months?

Me: I was visiting.

CO: Visiting? So, you have not moved all your stuff to the states?

I smiled when he said that.

Then he went through the file and look through all the documents. He also took out the photos that I provided earlier and we were going through some of the pics. He also commented on some on the photos.

He gave me back all my original docs and also my expired passport.

CO: You are qualify for the CR1 visa. Congrats! Please be seated and we will give you the instruction on how to collect your passport tomorrow.

Thats it!!!!! Interview was done in about 15 minutes. I was really nervous but I am glad that my husband and I are well prepared. And we kinda expected that kind of questions.

Throughout the interview, I maintained a very good eye contact with the CO. I looked into his eyes when I was answering his questions.

I was out of the embassy by 2.15pm.

Rating : Very Good

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