Techbrarian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Samantha
Beneficiary's Name: Metodi
VJ Member: Techbrarian
Country: Bulgaria

Last Updated: 2010-11-14
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Immigration Checklist for Samantha & Metodi:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bulgaria
Marriage (if applicable): 2007-12-21
I-130 Sent : 2008-02-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-02-20
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-09-16
NVC Received : 2008-09-30
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill : 2008-10-17
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2008-10-21
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2008-10-30
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2008-12-08
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-01-26
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-01-28
US Entry : 2009-01-31
Comments : I wish this stuff didn't make me cry everyday... :(
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 209 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 341 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Charlotte
POE Date : 2009-01-31
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2010-11-03
NOA Date : 2010-11-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bulgaria
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 30, 2009
Embassy Review : When you get an interview at the Embassy in Sofia you will be scheduled for 8am. If you get a taxi to the embassy they will probably charge you a fortune by Bulgarian standards and you will want to schedule it the night before so they will pick you up in the morning. Just fyi...the Embassy OPENS at 8am and you cannot stand outside of it unless you stand on the other side of the road. Your interview time is a very gross approximation. You will be in line and waiting for at least 2-3 hours most likely. I watched one couple RUN hand in hand to get there first, this is probably a good idea, lol. I attended my husband's interview. This is not required...but if you met online I think it is a good idea to try to be there. The first lady we spoke to sounded very incredulous at our love story, I think my being there saved us a lot of hassle. Speaking in English is not necessary. On that note, half the consular employees are Bulgarian with terrible accents in their English. The other half are American with horrifying accents in their Bulgarian. Half of them are very very friendly. Half of them are kind of rude. Good Luck. The interview process was pretty painless and quick. It was the waiting that was terrible. Overall it wasn't so bad.
Rating : Moderate

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