LucyLovesRicky's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Martha
Beneficiary's Name: Tarek
VJ Member: LucyLovesRicky
Country: Egypt

Last Updated: 2011-04-26
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Immigration Checklist for Martha & Tarek:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Egypt
Marriage (if applicable): 2006-03-19
I-130 Sent :
I-130 NOA1 : 2006-04-21
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2006-09-01
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 : 2008-06-16
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2008-12-16
Interview Date : 2009-01-04
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-03-26
US Entry : 2009-04-06
Comments : Our case was expired because we did not have a co-sponsor. When we found someone NVC graciously reinstated our case. It was a huge relief because we thought we would have to refile from the beginning.

We originally had also filed I-129F in 2006 but it also expired without a co-sponsor. When our I-130 was reinstated we did not even try to pursue or reinstate the I-129F. We just thought it would be better to go with I-130 all around since we had already been married so long.

And we thought it might go faster now because our case was so old. And it did seem to be moving very quickly from reinstatement compared to the slow movement of the origial paperwok. But that could just have been our imagination. We don't really have a case to compare our siutation.

However, we did think we waited a long time from completion of our case on August 21, 2008 until Interview date January 4, 2009. We had hoped it would be sooner. His interview was successfull and hus Visa has been approved and we are waiting nervously and hoping that it will not take very long since they kept his passport at the interview.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 133 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 989 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2009-04-06
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Egypt
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 27, 2011
Embassy Review : His interview went very well, they didn't ask many questions but since I didn't do this review when I should have, we don't really remember what they asked.

They looked at his pictures but none of his documents like phone logs, chat logs, etc. It seemed that what made the interview go smoothly was the fact that we had been married so long and that myself and my daughter had lived in Egypt with him for awhile the previous year.

The only confusion was that when he was called up one Egyptian lady told him he needed a letter from me explaining why I had not filed taxes. But he was approved anyway and they kept his passport. I never could get a satifactory answer when emailing them about it. So, I wrote the letter and emailed it to them. Whether it was needed or not, I'll never know.
Rating : Very Good

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