paul.'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kourtni
Beneficiary's Name: Paul
VJ Member: paul.
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2012-09-27
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Immigration Checklist for Kourtni & Paul:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2008-04-02
I-130 Sent : 2008-04-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-05-05
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-12-16
NVC Received : 2008-12-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-01-05
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-01-06
Receive I-864 Package : 2009-02-15
Send AOS Package : 2009-01-22
Submit DS-261 : 2009-01-05
Receive IV Bill : 2009-02-14
Pay IV Bill : 2009-01-09
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-03-04
NVC Left : 2009-03-05
Consulate Received : 2009-03-10
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2009-03-18
Interview Date : 2009-04-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-05-20
US Entry : 2009-05-21
Comments : VSC took forever, transferred to CSC on NOV 12 2008, that sped things up a lot.

NVC completed using LingChe shortcut in just over 2 months.

Interview April 28 2009.

POE Dallas Forth-Worth May 20 2009.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 225 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 358 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2009-05-21
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very helpful Customs official (TSA). Made me sit aside for a short while, but I made my connecting internal flight that departed within an hour of arriving.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-03-17
NOA Date : 2011-03-04
RFE(s) : 2011-08-29
Bio. Appt. : 2011-04-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2011-11-10
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Oklahoma City OK
Date Filed : 2012-05-22
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-06-04
Interview Date : 2012-08-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2012-09-25
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 2, 2009
Embassy Review : My interview was at 0830hrs on the 28th of April, 2009.

I arrived by train and tube at Bond street and as I had walked my journey using google streetview, I knew exactly where I was and where to go. I arrived at Goulding pharmacy promptly at 0730, as they opened and stashed my electronic devices. I still had a normal-sized rucksack with paperwork in, a pen and some food and drink inside.

I lined up outside for about 30 minutes initially, from 0735 roughly, before noticing that my line went to a bunch of students and not the was a check-in line for Camp America and because you couldn't see the front of the line, I'd thought it was for the Embassy. nevertheless, after walking up to the now empty line for the embassy, a lot of people who'd been doing the same followed. I got through security fine, had to take my belt off and had to take a swig of my bottled water, to prove it wasn't dangerous.

Next, I walked around the side of the building and at the entrance is the receptionist, who checks you in and gives you your ticket. I was 5006, so number 6 from the immigrant visas that day. That made me smile, as I knew I wouldn't be there too long.

About an hour and a bit , I was called up to window 1 with a nice small Asian lady, whom I had a good conversation with about all sorts while she processed me. Everything was in order and she gave me my medical x-ray in a large, brown envelope. After that, people started to notice who else was a 5-series ticket through the envelopes, and awkward smiles ensued.

Another 30 minute wait or so and I got called to window 16 for the interview.

I swore I would tell the truth, gave her my fingerprints and then she asked me 3 questions only:

- where did we meet?
- how long have we been married?
- have we had the opportunity to live together as a couple?

I answered them and she approved me, probably within 3 minutes of walking up to the booth.

As I left the Embassy, I popped past the courier desk and arranged what was needed. I paid for before noon delivery, as I need to fly ASAP as my new job is due to start shortly.

Above all other feeling, one stuck out. Relief. An absolute anti-climax for those with nothing to hide.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dallas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-05-21
Embassy Review : I arrived at DFW from London on American Airlines 51 and had an hour and ten minutes to make my connection to Tulsa. I knew that that was pushing it, but didn't mind as the DFW-TUL route is flown hourly in the late afternoon, so I would be able to get on the next one if I did indeed miss it.

After filling out the customs form, I lined up in the US residents and citizens line and queued for about 10 minutes. When I got there, I got directed to booth 57, which is a lone booth right at the end, just for immigrant visas and if I'd know that, I'd have avoided a 10 minute wait haha, but nevertheless, the guy was very professional and just asked me to be seated while he processed me. It took about 5 minutes, he asked me if my wife was traveling with me. She wasn't. That's the only question I got and then he said, "As of 2 seconds ago, you're an official permanent resident of the USA, welcome home, Sir.". Which absolutely made my day, as it brought home that I'd finally made it to the point I didn't have to leave my wife behind anymore!

So all in all, it was as simple as they come. Oh, I did miss my connection by 1 minute, but made the very next one an hour later, but whaddaya expect! This was a great experience!
Harassment Level : Low

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