jhcruz18's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Hazel
Beneficiary's Name: Jonathan
VJ Member: jhcruz18
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2012-03-16
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Immigration Checklist for Hazel & Jonathan:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2006-11-18
I-130 Sent : 2008-05-08
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-05-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2008-10-07
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 : 2008-10-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2008-10-29
Packet 4 Received : 2008-11-04
Interview Date : 2008-11-24
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2008-11-26
US Entry : 2008-12-04
Comments : MEDICAL EXAM: 2008-11-06 & 2008-11-07

CFO seminar: 2008-11-27

SS card received: 2008-12-15

Welcome letter received: 2008-12-18

10-year green card received: 2008-12-27

**My hubby said he really liked the CFO seminar. He got there at 8am. And he wasn't able to go home until after lunch. But overall he said he really learned about lots of things. Compared to the interview at the embassy, the CFO isn't that hard. Just be ready to give up your time. Remember that the CFO is a requirement for the Philippine immigration.

**Our I-130 would've been approved earlier but since we both were still students and married young we had to prove our marital relationship. We even got asked to come in to the embassy together in July. We were told to submit more documents to prove an on going marital relationship. So we submitted them on July 26, 2008. The immigration officer handling our I-130 petition had to leave for Japan. So we had to wait until October for the approval when she got back from Japan.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 151 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 199 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Seattle
POE Date : 2008-12-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Everything went smoothly. :)There was just a long line because there were 3 international flights that arrived at the same time and there weren't that many immigration officers there.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : November 25, 2008
Embassy Review : Our overall experience at the US Embassy Manila was pretty good. We filed DCF so it was pretty fast but not compared to other embassies where DCF only took a couple of months. I guess it was because of the high workload that the US embassy manila has to handle everyday. But their DCF workload is less. We just ran into problems with proving our marital relationship. It was because my husband and I are young didn't really have property, etc. We got 3 RFEs for our I-130. But looking back on it, the immigration officer was just doing her job. She was very helpful though.

Every time we called the visa section (local 5185), Lorraine was so helpful. She answered all questions we had and was very friendly the whole entire time. She was even the one who told me that I could schedule my husband's interview now at the call center. Remember, we filed DCf so we didn't have to go through the NVC process.

My husband said that everyone was nice during his interview (both prescreener and consulate). Maybe it was because they liked the way he presented himself and how our documents were arranged.

So overall, the embassy in manila although they have a high workload they still pull through.
Rating : Good

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