imaisha's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: aisha
Beneficiary's Name: john
VJ Member: imaisha
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-01-23
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Immigration Checklist for aisha & john:

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): 2008-09-05
I-130 Sent : 2008-09-29
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-10-06
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-05-06
NVC Received : 2009-05-12
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-05-21
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-05-21
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2009-05-26
Submit DS-261 : 2009-05-21
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2009-06-01
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-06-17
NVC Left : 2009-06-23
Consulate Received : 2009-06-25
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2009-06-19
Interview Date : 2009-08-04
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-08-06
US Entry : 2009-09-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 212 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 302 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-07-25
NOA Date : 2011-07-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-08-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-03-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2012-04-13
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Boston MA
Date Filed : 2013-04-16
NOA Date : 2013-04-17
Bio. Appt. : 2013-08-23
Interview Date : 2013-10-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-01-23
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 4, 2009
Embassy Review : So nothing new or surprising with my husband's interview.

He left his phone and ipod at Gould's for six pounds right around 7:30am. Into the embassy for his 8am appointment pretty easily. A little waiting then at the first window they went through his file, saw that everything was in order, looked at his passport and took his fingerprints. They didn't even want new passport photos even though the ones we sent to NVC were awful.

More waiting, then he got called up to the friendly American guy interviewer who had already been through the file. Checked his fingerprints, made him swear to tell the truth etc. then asked only one question. "How did you meet your wife?" Then he said he was approved and it was off to pay the courier.

He was also given his x-ray, birth certificate and our marriage certificate back but not the police certificate. He was out a little after 10am. All in all it was thankfully very easy and painfree.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-09-11
Embassy Review : Was fairly easy but the wait was excruciating. No problems with paperwork, just over a three hour wait. 3pm on Friday September 11th. We're assuming they were just being extra careful checking everyone because of the date. There were also a lot of people being processed for immigrant visas- around 40, and many didn't speak much English which added to the delay.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Boston MA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 10, 2013
Embassy Review : Very smooth and uncomplicated naturalization interview experience in Boston this week, even in the middle of the government shut down.

Appointment was set for 7:45am, we arrived just a bit early and had no trouble getting through security and no request to turn cell phones off. I went along for support but I was not allowed in the room with him so I stayed nearby in the waiting room. He was called in at 8:30 and was out by 8:45.

He went in with quite a bit of paperwork (original marriage certificate, originals of my proof of citizenship, proof of residence + tax transcripts) but the officer didn't ask for any of it. He did want to see my husband's current passport and the passport he originally entered on (now expired), but didn't look through them for anything in particular. We had reported a speeding ticket on the N-400 and received a yellow RFE requesting that we bring additional documentation to the interview, but the officer didn't ask to see that either.

They then went through the application question by question to confirm everything was correct. We had a couple of typos which the officer corrected on his copy and had my husband initial.

Next were the reading/writing/civics tests. English is my husband's first language (from the UK) so the first two felt like just a formality. He answered 6/7 civics questions correct so they stopped there and he was handed the checklist saying he was recommended for approval. The officer let him know that his oath notice would be mailed to him soon and then that was it!

Overall the process was incredibly simple. I was amazed that everyone we encountered was incredibly polite and friendly, even when dealing with applicants with significant language barriers. It was quite early in the morning so that probably helped. Now on to waiting for the oath letter!

Harassment Level : Very Good

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