chris_gerlie's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Chris
Beneficiary's Name: Gerlita
VJ Member: chris_gerlie
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2012-10-04
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Immigration Checklist for Chris & Gerlita:

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 : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-10-29
I-130 Sent : 2010-02-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-02-19
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-04-27
NVC Received : 2010-05-03
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-05-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-05-08
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-05-11
Send AOS Package : 2010-05-22
Submit DS-261 : 2010-05-12
Receive IV Bill : 2010-05-18
Pay IV Bill : 2010-05-20
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-05-21
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-08-16
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-09-01
Interview Date : 2010-10-04 Submit Review
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-10-07
US Entry : 2010-10-10
Comments : Just want to share too what had happened on our interview:

TIME: 6:30AM

Was there on the big line around 6;00AM, theres a line for Immigrant/Non-immigrant..all you have to show them was your APPOINTMENT LETTER with a VALID ID before you enter to the other line going inside the USEmbassy. Its good my auntie was permitted to go with me inside the USEmbassy (since i have two kids for the interview)..inside the USEm, they will check ur things (be sure not to bring CELLPHONE, DIGICAM), its NOT ALLOWED...from there, fall in line again in the reception...on the glass its posted there, for Immigrant Applicant, ready the following: DS-230 Part I, Part II, 2x2 pictures, Appointment Letter (its good i got a copy of my DS-230 Part I/Part II)..but when it was my turn...they didnt ask for my DS-230 Part I/Part II and 2x2 pictures...ONLY they ask for me was my Appointment Letter and they gave me my NUMBER (that number will be your NUMBER until the interview will be over) my #6051, 6052, 6053...went to seat down and the waiting period started....was there inside the USembassy around 7:00AM and my # was called on the Pre-Screener around 10:20AM...almost 3 hours my kids was so bored waiting, lol...liquids (like water, sodas) not allowed to bring inside...but when ur inside the USEm, theres a small booth there where you can buy some bottled water, sodas, chips)...

For my Pre-Screener Interview, heres the questions they asked me/kids: *TAGALOG Conversation*

For my 2 kids: HOW OLD ARE THEY? (my kids are asked individually in Tagalog)

For ME:

* Who is petioning you? (My husband/Name)
* Is your husband half Filipino/half American?
* Where did you met? (when i said on a online dating site: (then follow up question was, how did he propose to marry you, when he was here in the Philippines?
* How many times he visited you in the Philippines (follow up question was: how many days?)
* When did you met him? when did you last met him? when did you get marry?
* What does your husband do for a living?
* Is your cellphone number (looking on my paper) still active?
* Are you still living here in this address? (looking again on my paper) - my address in the Philippines
* Is this your first time to apply in the U.S.? (My answer was NO, since i applied before as TOURIST, then follow up question was, WHERE YOU GIVEN A TOURIST VISA? (MY Answer again, was No, was not given ma'am)
* Did you go out outside the Country? (my answer was YES, follow-up question again, what countries? how many years you were there? what did you do there? are my questions)
* My full name was asked
* My Birthday
* and my last question was do you have pictures with you? I said YES ma'am, then she said okay, thank you..thats it then she said wait and your number will be called again..was not asked for other documents because we already submitted everything on the NVC Stage...The Pre-screener is so kind ☺

After 10 name was called for the Fingerscanning...booth #33...(The lady there was kind to assist too, my kids are exempted for the fingerscanning...The Black Guy will ask you only your Full Name and Your Birthday)..then we were asked to seat down again for our Final Interview with the CO and wishes us Goodluck.

After 10 minutes...(not a very long wait on this)...our # flashes again for our FINAL INTERVIEW:

Before our interview, we raised our RIGHT HAND (To tell him we are telling ALL THE TRUTH)


* Who is petitioning you? (Husband/Name)
* Where did you met him?
* How old are my kids?
* Is my husband single?
* Is my husband living alone?
* What does he do for a living?
* What did you do in abroad?
* When did you met your husband? right after you filed your annulment? or before you met your husband?
* Whats your work in abroad? How many years? Can i have your PCC in abroad?
* What Countries you've been to?
THATS it...and the CO is looking into our papers and his system..and he said CONGRATULATIONS! Your VISA is APPROVED!...

Thank you for reading...I hope this helps...
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 67 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 227 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-09-10
NOA Date : 2012-09-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
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