Christi and Ian's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Christine
Beneficiary's Name: Ian
VJ Member: Christi and Ian
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-08-06
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Immigration Checklist for Christine & Ian:

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 : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-06-30
I-130 Sent : 2009-10-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-10-15
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-03-05
NVC Received : 2010-03-11
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-03-15
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-03-15
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-03-26
Send AOS Package : 2010-03-29
Submit DS-261 : 2010-03-12
Receive IV Bill : 2010-03-15
Pay IV Bill : 2010-03-24
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-05-10
NVC Left : 2010-05-12
Consulate Received : 2010-05-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-06-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-21
US Entry : 2010-06-29
Comments : We are a classic case of Murphy's Law in action - Nearly everything that could go wrong...did.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 141 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 243 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2010-06-29
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : One hour wait as two international flights landed at once, but no harassment at all - very easy.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-06-05
NOA Date : 2012-06-07
RFE(s) : 2013-02-06
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-16
Interview Date : 2013-08-06
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 15, 2010
Embassy Review : I'm writing this on behalf of my other half.

His experience was not much different than most. He stressed about what documents to take, and what questions they would ask, how he should dress and so forth - but the interivew itself was short and sweet.

The waiting was definitely the worst part of it.

First window, nice lady, asked to see his paperwork (he took duplicates of everything we sent to NVC, plus additional paycheck stubs from me, and a copy of the biometrics page of my passport). She asked him a couple of questions, retrieved his medical, and told him to go to the next window when called.

Next window - lady looked over the paperwork, and asked 3 questions:

1) What industry do you plan on working in, in the U.S.?
2) Do you plan on living at your wife's residence? (Honestly, who would answer "no" to that?
3) How long has your wife been at her job? (FYI - he got this answer WRONG)

She said, "I'm going to go ahead and approve this"

He paid for the courier and that was it.

Ultimately, the only thing he did wrong, was send me a text message when it was over, rather than calling me and letting me "woo-hoo!" in his ear afterwards.

I'm going to give it an overall of a 4 - and only that, because of the wait time - according to him, everything else was pleasant.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-06-29
Embassy Review : Well, two international flights landed at the same time. Hubby's was first, however being first at customs didn't help. Got into the US Citizens/Perm Residents line, was pulled aside and waited about an hour. When they finally got around to talking to hubby, the officer only asked a single question, "When were you married", his passport stamped and that was it, very simple, no harassment.
Harassment Level : Low

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