Deb+Steve's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Steve
Beneficiary's Name: Deb
VJ Member: Deb+Steve
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2013-04-28
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Immigration Checklist for Steve & Deb:

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 : Sydney, Australia
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-08-10
I-130 Sent : 2009-09-10
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-09-18
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-01-20
NVC Received : 2010-01-26
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-02-05
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-02-04
Send AOS Package : 2010-03-26
Submit DS-261 : 2010-02-05
Receive IV Bill : 2010-02-16
Pay IV Bill : 2010-02-17
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-04-28
NVC Left : 2010-05-07
Consulate Received : 2010-05-12
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-04-30
Interview Date : 2010-06-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-07
US Entry : 2010-07-16
Comments : Took our time through NVC ... sorta.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 124 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 256 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2010-07-16
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE at LAX was easy. Not quick. Seemed to take them forever to put that stamp in my passport. They told me to go and get my luggage. So, I did. Then sat around for another 30 minutes and still had plenty of time to make my connection to Tampa.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-07-10
NOA Date : 2012-07-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-22
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-04-27
Comments : Waited for adoption of our daughter to be finalised but had to file without it.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 1, 2010
Embassy Review : My interview last about 2 minutes, the pre-screen about 5 minutes. Everyone was lovely. Make sure you have your medicals (no Xray needed at interview), passport and 3kg Express Post satchel + any other docs they may have requested.

I had a mountain of evidence. Seriously, about 100kg and they didn't look at it. He asked me:-

How did you meet?
When did you get married?
Have you both been married before? I say 'yes' ... he says, 'we seem to have misplaced his divorce decree. Do you have a copy'. I did, and I gave it to him.
He then asked my daughter what grade she was in.
Asked me what I did for a living and if I wanted to continue doing that.
Asked me where we wanted our green cards mailed to.

Handed me 2 sheets of paper (one for me and one for my daughter) which read - CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR VISA IS APPROVED.

All the staff I spoke with were lovely. They may not have asked for our evidence but make sure you have it ready. The divorce decree was part our initial I-130 package that I had a copy of. Pays to be prepared for any eventuality.
Rating : Very Good

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