M_n_M's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: M
VJ Member: M_n_M
Country: Iran

Last Updated: 2012-04-24
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Immigration Checklist for M & 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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : United Arab Emirates
Marriage (if applicable): 2008-07-12
I-130 Sent : 2008-09-27
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-10-02
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-01-20
NVC Received : 2009-01-25
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-02-01
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-02-03
Receive I-864 Package : 2009-02-04
Send AOS Package : 2009-02-27
Submit DS-261 : 2009-02-05
Receive IV Bill : 2009-02-19
Pay IV Bill : 2009-02-25
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-03-17
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2009-03-24
Interview Date : 2009-05-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-05-20
US Entry : 2009-10-09
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 110 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 229 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-08-13
NOA Date : 2011-08-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-09-08
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 02/23/2012
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 02/24/2012
Comments : No interview required. Didn't update it on the website...card just came.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: United Arab Emirates
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 19, 2009
Embassy Review :
Heres how our day went...
First off, when we arrived at Dubai we rented a car, which I think was a good idea if you want to see the city during your stay and (if you can also buy a map before hand... none of the places in the airport had a map)
Woke up later than we would have liked (2 hours later)... (6:30 AM)... left for Abu Dhabi (which is 2 1/2 hours away from where we were staying)... our appointment was at 10:00... we were a tiny bit lost when we arrived so a police car literally took us to where we had to go. We arrived at 9:45, showed the guy outside our appointment letter and my husband's passport. We walked into a second room where they took all car keys, mobile phones, and cameras...everything else we were able to take inside. We then proceeded to a room with benches in it... where we were sitting with a number of other people. After 5 min, a man came in and told everyone to proceed to the other building. We then went over to the first counter which was titled "cashier"...there the lady took our appointment letter and gave us a number. We sat for about 25-30 minutes when they called us up...the man there took my husbands medical exam and passport. We then sat down... another 25-30 minutes later we were called up to another counter... they lady there was Iranian and asked both of us the following questions...
-How did you guys meet?
-When did you guys first see each other in person?
-Did you both see each other before you were married?
-Did you get married in Iran?
-Did you (me) leave right after you were married? (I stayed with him a month)
-What does he plan on doing when he recieves his visa... are you (me) staying with him until he gets his visa and comes to the US? (I'm leaving in June but he's coming soon thereafter...hopefully before the college year starts)
-She asked me whether I have a cosponser...I replied yes, she asked me if he was my father, I said yes again.

That's all I remember from the questions (they were only these kind of things anyway)...
Then she told him that everything was complete in his file and asked for pictures. We had printed about 70 or so pics of when I first saw him in winter of 07, of the month before our wedding when we were together, a couple from our wedding, of the month after our wedding when we were together, and of the 5 months I've been visiting him in Iran. She really liked the photos and went through every single one and said that it shows we are a real couple with a history together. She also wanted to see the wedding album (we flipped the pages on the outside of the glass window between us). She said she was fully convinced and didn't even ask to see the wedding pictures we'd taken with family. She kept his passport and told him to come back the following day to pick up his visa.

The Embassy was good as a whole... no food there, but they did have tea and coffee, and bottled water. The personnel were very respectful and friendly...but we only worked with two people out of 12... so I don't know about the others.

Of the other people there, I saw one that was given administrative processing... everyone else had their visas approved and given between 1-5 days.
Rating : Good

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