kaffy's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: K
VJ Member: kaffy
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2010-09-02
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Immigration Checklist for B & K:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Sydney, Australia
Marriage (if applicable): 2007-02-14
I-130 Sent : 2008-06-26
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-06-26
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-07-03
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2008-06-26
Packet 3 Received : 2008-07-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-07-11
Packet 4 Received : 2008-07-23
Interview Date : 2008-08-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-08-20
US Entry : 2008-08-24
Comments : We are doing DCF through Sydney. A lot of the categories on the timeline do not apply in my situation so I have filled it in the best I can.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 7 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 47 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Seattle
POE Date : 2008-08-24
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Slow but uneventful.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2010-06-02
NOA Date : 2010-06-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-07-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-09-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : August 20, 2008
Embassy Review : Had my visa interview on Aug 12 and there were no problems at all. I presented the documents which the interview letter asked me to bring to the first visa officer, had my fingerprints taken with the second officer and finally had my interview with the third consular officer. The questions he asked me were rather general - how long had I been married? Where was my husband? Have I been to the US before? Did I study there? How long have I been in Australia? Where was I before that? When was I intending on moving to the US? etc. I offered to show him some of the I-130 supporting documents I had brought along (photos, joint accounts, affidavits, etc) but he declined and said it sounded like we have a genuine relationship so he doesn't need to see them. He said that everything was in order and that my visa was approved. I was given a letter saying that my visa would be issued within 2 working days and would be returned in the (overnight) Express Post satchel I provided. I was in and out of the Consulate within 2 hours or so. Now the post-interview stage is where I deduct 1 mark off my rating. They told me my visa would be issued within 2 working days which meant I should receive it a whole week before my scheduled departure (Aug 22). In actual fact however it took them a whole week to issue my visa and I finally received it on Aug 20 - just 2 days before I am scheduled to fly out (and they know this!). It was an extremely stressful & "long" wait, made worse by the fact that they didn't respond to my email until the very last moment but oh well, I'm not sure why there was a delay but I'm just glad it's finally over! I would give an overall thumbs up to the whole DCF process - it is simple and can be quite quick if you are organized and have everything in order
Rating : Good

POE Review: Seattle
Event Description
Entry Date : 2008-08-24
Embassy Review : CR1 entry- Slow but uneventful. Immigration officers (yes, officers - passed my paperwork to one, fingerprinted by another and interviewed by a 3rd) were friendly and asked some general questions (mom & dad's names, where I met my husband, where we married, how long had we been married, etc). He then had me read and sign a form which explained that I had to remove conditions within 90 days of my 2 yr anniversary, etc. No harassment whatsoever.
Harassment Level : Low

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