And_Sam's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Andrea
Beneficiary's Name: Sameh
VJ Member: And_Sam
Country: Egypt

Last Updated: 2020-03-07
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Immigration Checklist for Andrea & Sameh:

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 : Egypt
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-06-07
I-130 Sent : 2009-07-24
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-07-29
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2009-09-23
NVC Received : 2009-10-02
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2009-10-07
Pay AOS Bill : 2009-10-10
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2009-10-16
Submit DS-261 : 2009-10-21
Receive IV Bill : 2009-10-27
Pay IV Bill : 2009-10-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2009-10-27
Case Completed at NVC : 2009-12-10
NVC Left : 2009-12-28
Consulate Received : 2010-01-03
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2009-12-29
Interview Date : 2010-02-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-03-01
US Entry : 2010-04-18
Comments : Days through USCIS: 67 days
Days through NVC: 69 days (1 RFE)
Now the waiting begins!
Interview date 02/22/2010
Visa in hand! 03/01/2010
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 56 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 208 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2010-04-18
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-02-17
NOA Date : 2012-02-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-04-18
Interview Date : 2013-02-13
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : packet signed for on 02/21/12
check cashed on 02/24/12
NOA received in the mail 02/27/12
dated for 02/22/2012
Bio appt dated for 04/18/12
ROC interview 02/13/2013
I-551 stamp 04/09/2013
Still haven't gotten adjudicated!!!

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2014-01-22
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony : 2015-10-19
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Egypt
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 1, 2010
Embassy Review : We arrived at the US Embassy around 0745 and stood outside and waited in line for about 15 mins before they slowly let people in. Once we went through the metal detector and gave up all electronics (phones, mp3, cameras, memory flash are not allowed in embassy) we went downstairs and there were a lot of people sitting outside waiting. We went inside and got a number and back out to wait. We waited approx 10 minutes before we were called up to window 13 where a woman went over all of the paperwork that was sent to the USCIS and NVC. She asked me for my original divorce documents from my first marriage. Luckily I read in here that they had asked previously to people so I made sure I had mine. I offered my 2009 tax papers since I did them early for the interview. The woman gave us back the cover letters to the AOS, IV, and RFE I sent in and the set of photocopies of each packet that I mailed in also.
We went back outside to sit since it was full inside the building.
We waited again for about 15 minutes then our number was called to a second window where my husband had his fingerprints taken. This time the lady told us to go pay for the DHL envelope and sit inside the building.
We waited inside for the longest of time, approximately 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. Then we were called back up to the original window and there was a man there. He looked to be Egyptian, very stern looking. All of the questions were aimed at me(the petitioner) instead of my husband.
1)Where was I from?
2)How long was I divorced from my first husband?
3)how did we meet?
4)How long ago?
5)When did we get married?
6)How many times did I come to Egypt?
7)When was the first time I came to Egypt and how long?
8)What kind of work did I do?
All the time he was asking these questions he was looking at the different paperwork in our files so the questions went with the different paperwork. For example, he was checking off the requirements needed on the letter of employment from my place of employment and looking at the 2009 tax papers.
Then he held up the IV application and asked me if I helped my husband with filling this out. I smile and told him "of course". The CO then told me that he was going to talk to my husband now and for me not to answer for him.
The CO then asked my husband did he understand what the paper said on the IV application and my husband pointed at me and said "She did it" . The CO THEN asked him in Arabic did he understand what the paper stated and he answered yes. The CO then said Mabrooks, Congratulations and welcome to America! You will receive your Visa in a couple of weeks. I said to the CO, "What?" "Really? I brought all this evidence and you don't even want to see a picture?" He just laughed and said No, because I know you brought everything!
We told him Thank you and left. We were there approximately for 3 hours.
My husband called me this morning, 1/03/10 and exactly 1 week after the interview, he got his Visa through DHL
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