Emmamama's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Emma
Beneficiary's Name: Lucas
VJ Member: Emmamama
Country: Argentina

Last Updated: 2013-04-28
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Immigration Checklist for Emma & Lucas:

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 : Argentina
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-07-31
I-130 Sent : 2009-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2009-10-20
I-130 RFE : -
I-130 RFE Sent : -
I-130 Approved : 2010-02-18
NVC Received : 2010-02-24
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-02-25
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-02-27
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-03-01
Send AOS Package : 2010-03-13
Submit DS-261 : 2010-02-26
Receive IV Bill : 2010-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2010-03-03
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-03-11
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-04-26
NVC Left : 2010-05-05
Consulate Received : 2010-05-07
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-06-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-06-18
US Entry : 2010-06-30
Comments : The day of our interview, during our document review they informed us that we were missing two documents. We still had the interview and when we were done they took my husband's passport and said "congratulations!" The interviewer told us that as soon as we brought in the new police certificate and a signed I-864A form from our co-sponsor's wife that if all was well they'd send us the visa. We dropped it off June 7 and received the passport/visa via DHL June 18.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 121 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 224 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2010-06-30
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My husband said they were so nice, explained everything to him in English and in Spanish. No harassment whatsoever, very good experience.
(Husband received Social Security Card 07/13!)

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-06-04
NOA Date : 2012-06-14
RFE(s) : 2013-02-01
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Argentina
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 20, 2010
Embassy Review : We got to the US Embassy 15 minutes before like suggested. We had to wait outside for a few minutes. It was a bit unorganized outside with the guards and different lines for different visas. There were only 2 other people apart from us there for their IR-1/CR-1 interview. After the security and bag check we entered the main building where they offer citizen services and visa interviews. The work/travel visa interviews are given in these little booths--the interviewees essentially stand while they're interviewed. The Immigrant Visa interviews are conducted in a separate room where you sit down. First there is a document review and then we waited for an hour for our actual interview. It was pretty upsetting because they told us that we were missing 2 documents. The NVC had sent us the checklist saying everything was fine and I had double checked several times. The document reviewer said we would still have our actual interview, which of course was good, but hard because after they let you have the bad news it's like "hey! now your interview!" The document interviewer asked for our evidence of a relationship--we brought about 100 photos and had a portfolio of things like our lease, our pet's certificates, wedding invitations, etc. The woman gave us a weird face and said "This is a lot. Just give me a few photos." When we had the interview the lady barely looked at them and asked about 5 questions. "How did you meet?" "What do you plan on doing in the US?" "Are you a resident in Argentina?" (Directed to me.) And some other simple stuff. We were both allowed to answer the question and when we were done she gave us a letter/checklist explaining what documents we had to bring back to the Embassy. When done she said "Congratulations." We brought the documents in a week later and about 10 days later we picked up my husband's passport from DHL with his visa. Apart from the missing documents, everything was super chill and not stressful. Advice: hold hands or kiss or something. When we held hands the woman looked at us and smiled.
Rating : Good

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