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msdelila's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Delila
Beneficiary's Name: Moshe
VJ Member: msdelila
Country: Israel

Last Updated: 2013-02-04
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Immigration Checklist for Delila & Moshe:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Israel
Marriage (if applicable): 2008-11-26
I-130 Sent : 2009-04-03
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-04-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-04-03
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 : 2009-04-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-04-10
Packet 4 Received : 2009-06-22
Interview Date : 2009-07-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-08-31
US Entry : 2009-09-03
Comments : Received I-130 approval on the spot at the embassy, were also given packet 3 and checklist on the spot.

Interview was pretty straightforward. Approved. It took an extra 6 weeks of "administrative processing" to get the visa due to the fact that my husband is an Engineer. Anyone who is in Reseach/Science/Engineering/Military have to go through extra processing. From start to finish it took 5 months.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 0 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 104 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2009-09-03
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Very easy. Went to a room where they processed the paperwork. They took the envelope containing documents from me. They did not take X-rays.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-06-07
NOA Date : 2011-06-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-07-22
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-08-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2011-08-11
Comments : GC expires 9-3-11, sent package to CSC 6-7-11, CSC received packet 6-9-11, check was cashed 6-13-11. Biometrics appointment at Des Moines was very easy. Only 1 other person was in line, and was able to get fingerprints done nearly an hour earlier than the appointment time. We got the approval letter about 2 weeks later...and a few days after that the green card came in the mail. The Des Moines, IA location is very prompt, and probably because there are not a lot of applicants in the area. The whole process took us about 60 days start (day I mailed application) to finish (day we got GC in mail). Our application went through CSC, which is faster than VSC.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2012-10-09
NOA Date : 2012-10-18
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-11
Interview Date : 2013-01-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-02-28
Comments : Officer was very friendly, an older black woman. I said my oath to tell the truth. She got right into the citizenship test. She asked 1. Who signs the Bills? 2. What was the main concern of the cold war? 3. Who becomes president if something happens to the president? Don't remember the other 3 questions. We mostly talked about Israel (she had been there), my twins, and about cruises (since I had written our vacation cruise on the N400. She looked at my file and said everything looks in order, stamped a bunch of stuff, asked me questions about 'did I commit a crime, etc' and said 'ok you are good to go'. She said I would get a letter in the mail for taking my oath in front of a judge, they happen every month she said.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Israel
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : July 16, 2009
Embassy Review : We arrived at 7:30am for our 8:30am appointment. We waited outside til 8:00am when they opened the doors. We then went through security. Got to the waiting room, and we were called right away (about 5 min). The man, who was not the interviewer, but a consulate worker (arabic), asked my husband (beneficiary) for all the papers. He gave him all the required documents, and then we paid the $400 fee at the cashier. We returned back to the guy, and gave him the receipt. After about 5-10 min my husband was called for his interview. I was also able to come with him to the window. It was a woman, and she seemed fairly nice. She first asked me, why I wanted to move back to the States. I told her that I was going to study for my PhD. She asked to see proof of this, so I gave her my acceptance letter. I was prepared and brought the letter, but I was a bit surprised that she actually asked for it. After all, I'm the American, and why should I have to prove why I'm coming back home, but no problem. Anyways, she then politely asked me to sit in the waiting room. She took my husband's fingerprints and then asked him a few questions. What does he do for a living? Has he applied for a job in the States yet? What am I doing for a living? What does he plan on doing in the States? She read some over some of the documents, and "kind of" asked him if my parents names were X and Y, to which he said yes. Then after that she told him that it will take about 2 weeks to get his passport back, since they are really backed up. She asked if he already had a flight booked, to which he said no. Then we left.

We left the consulate at around 9:40am. The interview itself lasted about 5 min. The pre-interview stage where you give all the papers and documents to the consulate worker took about 10-15min.

Overall, we were pleased and all of the embassy workers seemed very nice.
Rating : Very Good

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