queuedup's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: d
Beneficiary's Name: m
VJ Member: queuedup
Country: India

Last Updated: 2013-02-26
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Immigration Checklist for d & m:

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 : Mumbai, India
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2008-05-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-06-02
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-01-30
NVC Received : 2009-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-02-12
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-02-12
Receive I-864 Package : 2009-02-12
Send AOS Package : 2009-02-14
Submit DS-261 : 2009-02-10
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill : 2009-02-20
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-03-04
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2009-04-22
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-04-22
US Entry : 2009-04-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 242 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 324 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2009-04-27
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-03-31
NOA Date : 2011-04-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-06-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-11-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-11-19
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2013-02-06
NOA Date : 2013-02-13
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-15
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 30, 2009
Embassy Review : Hello Everyone,

My wife's CR-1 visa was approved on April 22nd. Here is her interview experience at the Mumbai Consulate:
She arrived at VFS at 6:30m however, The Stars and Stripes Lounge was closed, the lounge opened at 6:50am.
She went inside, and was on the bus headed to the consulate by 7:15am. She was brought to the front of the line, and entered the consulate. A few minutes later my wife came out to hand me back the DVDs for our wedding video since they were not allowed into the consulate. She went back in, and again the security personnel sent her back outside since she had a greeting card that played music as part of the relationship proof package, which was also not allowed in the consulate. She finally cleared security and was given a token. She was then quickly called for her fingerprints within two minutes. Her name was called and she met with an Indian Officer, who asked for the original interview letter, vfs receipt, medical report, police clearance certificates.
The Indian officer then proceeded to ask her the following questions:
1. In what language would you like me to ask you the questions in, Gujarati or English?
2. What is your father's name?
3. What is your mother's maiden name?
4. What is your husband's date of birth?
5. How long has your husband been living in the united states?
6. Is this your first marriage?

Then all of the original documents were returned. They called her name after an hour since other people where ahead of her at this point since she had to come out of the consulate twice before clearing security. My wife went to the window, and there was an American officer and a Gujarati translator. My wife was asked to sign the DS-230 part II and then took the oath to tell the truth. The American officer then asked her the following questions:

1. What is your husband's name?
2. What is your husband's DOB?
3. What does your husband do for a living?
4. Does your husband have any siblings?
5. What is his brother's name?
6. Is his brother younger or older then your husband?
7. What does your husband's brother do?
8. Why doesn't your husband's brother work?
9. What does your father-in-law do?
10. Is this your first marriage?
11. How did you meet?
12. Do you have any kids?
13. How long has it been since you have been married?
14. How many people attended the wedding?
15. Do you have pictures with the two of you together?

At this point my wife gave the American officer the 300+ photos of our wedding ceremony and with friends and family. The officer flipped through all of the pictures and then picked a picture of my parents and asked my wife who they were. The officer returned the pictures, and then said the magical words "Your Visa is approved".

The officer said the visa would arrive by mail, and my wife asked if she can pick it up at VFS, the officer said you can try VFS after 5pm. At 5:30pm my wife went to the VFS office and picked up her passport with Visa, and the sealed envelope!!!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2009-04-27
Embassy Review : The POE at JFK was very quick and easy. I went on the visitors line with my wife, we were immediately taken by an Immigration Officer. He ripped open the sealed envelope, quickly reviewed all the documents, and took digital fingerprints of my wife's right hand. The IO then stamped my wife's passport with I-551 for 2 years. At this point we were asked to go to the end of the hall and around the baggage claim area to another officer with all of our documents. We handed her the documents, and she asked us to take a seat. Not even a minute later, my wife was called up again, the officer took a fingerprint of my wife's index finger on her right hand, and stamped our customs declaration form, and we were done.

The process took less than 10 minutes, and was very quck and easy. It actually took us longer to wait for our bags then it did to go through immigration and customs.
Harassment Level : Low

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