bowgirl's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chris
Beneficiary's Name: Beth
VJ Member: bowgirl
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2014-04-02
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Immigration Checklist for Chris & Beth:

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 : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-03-12
I-130 Sent : 2009-05-08
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-05-13
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-08-17
NVC Received : 2009-08-26
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-09-15
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-09-16
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2009-09-25
Submit DS-261 : 2009-09-16
Receive IV Bill : 2009-09-30
Pay IV Bill : 2009-10-01
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-11-05
NVC Left : 2009-11-20
Consulate Received : 2009-11-24
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2009-11-13
Interview Date : 2009-12-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-12-15
US Entry : 2010-01-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 96 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 211 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2011-12-22
NOA Date : 2011-12-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-02-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-10-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Baltimore MD
Date Filed : 2013-01-09
NOA Date : 2013-01-15
Bio. Appt. : 2013-01-28
Interview Date : 2013-05-22
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-05-22
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 11, 2009
Embassy Review : I was scheduled for an 8:30 appointment. I arrived at the embassy around 6:45 and was instructed by the embassy guard to sit with the other 8:30 applicants. After few minutes, the guard told us we can go inside the embassy and asked us to sit behind the 8:00 applicants.It was very cold inside. Around 8:15, the guard told us to get our queue number from the ticket booth. The lady took the first 2 pages of my appointment letter and asked where was my passport and medical. I told her Saint Luke's kept it and I was told that they will forward it to the embassy. Then she asked if I was pregnant, I said no. She then gave me my number. They were calling numbers/names for finger scanning so I had to be attentive because the sound was too low and choppy. It took almost 2 hours before my name was called to Window 16 for my fingers to be scanned. I was quick. Some people can't follow simple instructions that's why it took them longer than it should. Anyway, after 5 minutes, my number (6082) flashed on the board with the corresponding window which was Window 20. The Filipino was a little rude but tolerable, he was holding my documents so I didn't want to 'upset" him more. He asked me questions about Chris, about my address (and he knows where it is), about our meeting, asked for proof of relationship. I gave him my clear books but he snapped at me and said that they already have a folder with my papers so he won't be needing another one. He told me to just remove and give him few pictures, remittances, chat and phone logs. Then he told me to sit and wait for my number to be flashed again. After few minutes, I saw my number flashing on the board and at Window 30. I went there and saw the door was closed so I waited for the previous applicant to come out. I then entered the room and saw this American guy (with a mixture of Charlie Sheen and Bill Pullman), he greeted me "Magandang Umaga" with a smile. So I replied in Tagalog. He asked me to raise my right hand and made me swear that I'll tell him nothing but the truth. It was very light. He's very accomodating and made me feel at ease. He asked me very few questions with side comments. When he saw my corrected Birth Certificate, he went through my documents as if he was looking for something. Then he looked at me and said he will need one more NBI with my mispelled name. I grinned at him and said I have it and handed it to him. He looked at it and smiled and said he was impressed. He said, normally when he tells applicants he'd need NBI with a.k.a, they would say they have it but gives him the same document, that's why he's impressed that I already have it with me. I told him I visited embassy website a week before my interview date that's why I knew I would be needing it so I applied. Then he typed something on his PC and said my visa was approved. He told me to wait outside for further instructions. I smiled and thanked him and greeted him advance merry christmas. Few minutes later, my name was called to Window 38 for that famous "pink slip" and Air 21 form to be filled out. I was surprised to see the pink slip everybody was talking about. There was nothing special about it, really. So I went to Air 21 counter and paid 205.00 and left. It was a good experience, something I would always want to remember. All the hardwork paid off, it was a long journey but turned out to be worth-waiting for in the end. And it's not as scary as many people thought. I, myself, was scared and the night before the interview was the longest night I ever had. I felt the pressure because I knew that me and my husband's lives together depends on how I'll handle that interview, and that feeling is normal for normal people like me. But as long as you tell the truth and you're not hiding anything and you have all the documents to support your case, everything will be fine.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Detroit
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-01-25
Embassy Review : The officer was black, fat guy in booth 32, he was really nice, asked how was my long flight. He then scanned my eye and fingers. After opening and checking my sealed envelope, he asked me to go to booth 35 (blue line). Two ladies were there (one was being trained,I think).I gave them my papers and after checking their computer, they asked me to sign I-551 form. I then informed them about our new address and was told that my greencard may be delayed because of it. Then they let me go to baggage claim area, cleared customs, re-checked my baggages to Buffalo,NY, ran down to my gate for my next connecting flight. The staff were nice and very helpful.
Harassment Level : Low

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