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Hyacinthesis's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Marli
Beneficiary's Name: João
VJ Member: Hyacinthesis
Country: Portugal

Last Updated: 2024-07-11
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Immigration Checklist for Marli & João:

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? No
Consulate : France
Marriage (if applicable): 2022-05-24
I-130 Sent : 2023-01-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2023-01-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2023-12-11
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2024-01-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2024-01-04
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2024-02-29
Submit DS-261 : 2024-02-29
Receive IV Bill : 2024-01-04
Pay IV Bill : 2024-01-04
Send IV Package : 2024-02-29
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2024-05-31
Case Completed at NVC : 2024-03-07
NVC Left : 2024-05-14
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2024-07-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : 2024-05-10: Sent a series of emails requesting my case to be expedited to the Paris U.S. Embassy.
2024-05-13: Expedite request was approved.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 336 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 548 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: France
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 15, 2024
Embassy Review : Disclaimer: This was my experience! I cannot guarantee your interview will go like mine did. Things will most definitely differ from case to case, from applicant to applicant, and from officer to officer. The amount of variables should be taken into account, and you should always follow the indications given to you by the NVC or Embassy.

I got to the Embassy 20 minutes before 8:00 a.m. My interview was scheduled for 8:30.

There was already a little line forming on the side of the street, and every 15 minutes the guards would come up to the clock and change the current appointment time (8:00 ? 8:15 ? 8:30).

When 8:30 came around, a good chunk of people were allowed into the security tent, where you'll be instructed to put all your belongings in a box and be scanned with a metal detector (be sure to turn off your phone). It's a 30-second check, and then they'll hand you everything back as you follow the line to the booth ahead. There, they will ask you for your passport, DS-260, and police certificates and promptly direct you to the next stop.

You'll enter a small checkpoint where you'll, again, need to put all your belongings in a tray and go through a metal detector. Here, you'll be handed a badge to pick up any belongings later, the security holds them for you in one of the lockers (smartphones, etc.).
Afterward, you officially enter the embassy building.

There should be a guard pointing you in the correct direction as soon as you walk in, but you can follow the signs if that's not the case. Simply follow the 'Visas' sign, and a couple feet ahead, you'll be welcomed by an open waiting room and around 25 booths surrounding it. An attendant will most likely approach you and hand you a ticket with a number as you prepare to wait in line (in my case, there was a dedicated line for Portuguese nationals, and I happened to be the first in, so the wait was barely any).

When it's your turn to approach the booth, the staff will ask you for the main documents. This includes birth and police certificates (along with any translations), the 2×2-inch photograph, and obviously, your passport. For Portuguese nationals such as myself, you are required to bring a 2 kg EU Chronopost envelope to ship back the passport to Portugal, and this is also when you'll be asked to hand it in. They also ask if you are able to confirm if your medicals were delivered to the embassy. The staff will then take your fingerprints, and you'll be given an information sheet about IMBRA to be sent off to wait.

The wait was just enough to let me organize the documents I was handed back because, as soon as I was done, my number went up. The ticket should read something like A-000, mine was Q-111. By looking at the waiting screen, you'll be able to discern which booth to approach.

The officer was a lady in her late 20s or early 30s, she made me swear an oath, and the interview process started. As she punched away at the keyboard, I reached to get my briefcase out, and she said, “Oh, I won't be needing any papers from you.” and gave me a smile. She then asked 4 questions:
“When did you and your spouse get married?”
“Where did you meet your spouse?”
“Where is your spouse right now?” and “What does she do for work?”
These were followed up by a few control questions, such as:
“Have you ever overstayed your time in the US?”
“Have you ever lived in another country for more than 6 months?” etc…

She asked me if I had gotten my IMBRA sheet, to which I said yes, and we proceeded to confirm my fingerprints again. The officer said everything looked perfect and that I'd get my passport back in 2 weeks, to which I replied “So, that's it? I can just go now?” She nodded and answered, “Yeah, you're all good!”
I didn't think it would go so smooth. I really felt like I shouldn't go, so I asked again if I could go, and she jokingly replied, “It's ok! We've got your fingerprints.”

I left feeling a little cheated but extremely happy.

That's about it! I retraced my steps out of the embassy and went to enjoy the Louvre~
Rating : Very Good


Timeline Comments: 3

blank avatar Eandy on 2024-06-06 said:
Hello , please may I ask how you were able to expedite if you don’t mind sharing? Thanks!
blank avatar Hyacinthesis on 2024-06-07 said:
Hello! I emailed the embassy requesting an estimate on when I would be able to receive my Interview Letter given that it had been 2 months since DQ. They replied suggesting we try and expedite our case via formal request to the NVC. So we did just that, referencing that the Embassy directed us to.
blank avatar Eandy on 2024-06-07 said:
Awesome thanks for the info!
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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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