roscove's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: June
Beneficiary's Name: Dave
VJ Member: roscove
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2005-10-10
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Immigration Checklist for June & Dave:

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 : Frankfurt, Germany
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2005-04-14
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2005-04-21
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 :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent : 2005-08-02
Packet 4 Received : 2005-08-17
Interview Date : 2005-08-24
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2005-09-03
US Entry :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2005-10-08
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Guy was very nice. Allowed us get our bags while he was processing the paperwork. Gave me a nice \"Welcome to the United States\" at the end.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Frankfurt, Germany
Review Topic:
Event Description
Review Date : September 2, 2005
Embassy Review : Hello,

I had my interview today for my CR1 in the consulate in Frankfurt. Here is how it went. Note my experiences are all based on Frankfurt and may be totally different in you case. Please do not take my experience as the norm.

Interview was at 7:30 so we arrived at 7:15. Already a bunch of people in line. However, the gate opened promptly and they took US citizens and appointment holders first.

First confusing point was the receptionist person told us to go to window 21 while the instructions we got with packet 4 told us to pay first and then go to window 21. I followed the instructions which appeared to be the correct method.

Tip 1: Follow instruction letter.

After paying the fee, we (my wife, the USC, still living in Germany was with me) went to window 21 where the women took the DS-230 part 2, my photo and my passport. She was happy I had the form filled in correctly. She then handed me the envelope and asked me to take it, write my German address, place the stamps on it and have a seat.

Tip 2: The embassy in Frankfurt has a photo machine and stamp machine. A lot of people either forgot the stamps or did not have the correct photo. Bring change (Euros) with you for the machines in case you need it. The cashier is not allowed to give you change!!!!! I was lucky in that I did not need it.

After waiting about 20 minutes we got called to another window. There another lady asked us in stages for our documentation. She checked each for correctness and completeness. We had enough in our own assets to not need a co-sponsor but it was very close so we had one ready just in case. She said it was not needed. Then, she explained what would happen if the visa was issued and what we would get in the mail. She then asked us to take a seat and wait for an official officer officer to call us for the interview.

Tip 3: If you are the immigrant and have lived with the USC for more than 6 months there was no problem using my assets once I had a 864A.

Tip 4: We used my address in Germany as the residence for my wife since she still lives there. Domicile in the US was never raised as a question.

Tip 5: All they wanted from the tax returns was the 1040. My wife files electronically and she had the printouts from Turbo Tax. These were accepted.

We sat again for about another 20 minutes and were called to another window. The officer asked us to swear to tell the truth. He then asked us to sign the relevant documents in front of him (DS-230 II, I-864 and I-864A). He took my fingerprints and then as he was doing all of this chatted about life in Germany, moving back to the US, etc. He got excited when I told him who I work for (popular audio company) and I explained I was fortunate to already have a job lined up in the US. We talked about where we were going to live etc. Finally, he asked abut the medical and I explained the situation (see earlier report). He said it was not a problem. They will keep the passport until they get the medical results and then send it back with the visa. With that, he wished us well.

Tip 6: The key to all of this is having all of your paperwork in order. It makes the officers happy and makes your life easier.

We left the embassy at 9:30. Exactly 2 hours.

Overall, it was an extremely pleasant experience. Both times I have been to the Frankfurt office I have found the staff pleasant, friendly, efficient and very helpful.

I hope this is useful to people. Let me know if you have questions.


Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2005-10-08
Embassy Review : Guy was very nice. Allowed us get our bags while he was processing the paperwork. Gave me a nice \"Welcome to the United States\" at the end.
Harassment Level : Low

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