DebbyNSeyi's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Debby
Beneficiary's Name: Seyi
VJ Member: DebbyNSeyi
Country: Nigeria

Last Updated: 2014-05-22
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Immigration Checklist for Debby & Seyi:

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 : Nigeria
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-06-01
I-130 Sent : 2010-06-09
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-22
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-09-30
NVC Received : 2010-10-12
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-10-21
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-10-21
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2010-10-23
Submit DS-261 : 2010-10-21
Receive IV Bill : 2010-10-26
Pay IV Bill : 2010-10-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-11-01
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-11-30
NVC Left : 2010-12-09
Consulate Received : 2010-12-13
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-12-08
Interview Date : 2011-01-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-02-02
US Entry : 2011-02-25
Comments : Our CR-1 journey went much smoother than our K-1 journey at every step. Lessons learned from our 2.5 year journey to get Seyi here with me:
1. Never give up on something you believe in - in our case: being together. Even when it seems hopeless, there is always a solution if you want it bad enough.
2. If it's not meant to be at that time, you can do anything and everything and it STILL won't work out. It's only when it's YOUR TIME - that everything will work out even with minimal effort.
3. Waiting so long to be together has been torture - emotionally & financially. But the silver lining in this cloud is that we got to REALLY know each other VERY well, which gave us the confidence to rise to all the challenges that we faced. We are stronger together because of it. I love & understand my husband more now than I did then (hard to believe!) and I've seen his strength of character and determination shine through!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 100 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 218 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2011-02-25
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-11-27
NOA Date : 2012-12-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-01-17
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-05-13
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-05-17
Comments : Painless process compared to the I-130!

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2013-11-29
NOA Date : 2013-12-03
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-31
Interview Date : 2014-05-06
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-05-22
Comments : Very emotional and beautiful ceremony. Took about 2.5 hours and then we were done. We have officially come to the end of our visa journey!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Nigeria
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : January 28, 2011
Embassy Review : Lagos Consulate & Interview Review:

We got there at about 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 26th and there was already a long queue outside.
At around 6:45, the line started moving. I was able to enter the sitting area and wait with my husband together with all the other visa applicants (immigrant and non-immigrant alike).
When the applicants were called to go through security and enter the Embassy, I was asked to please leave. I went inside the Embassy via the ACS (American Citizens Services) entrance and waited for my husband to finish (while sitting in the air conditioned lobby
I waited about 3 hours before he came out and found me in the lobby. He had a big smile on his face and gave me a thumbs-up sign!

This is his review:
He was interviewed by a young, blonde, white American male CO with sideburns and a mustache.
CO: who is petitioning for u?
Seyi: My wife - Deborah......
CO: Where does she live?
Seyi: (tells him my exact address and City/State)
CO: What does she do for a living?
Seyi: Computers
CO: Has she ever been married before?
Seyi: Yes
CO: Have you ever been married before?
Seyi: No
CO: When did you meet?
Seyi: June 2008
CO: How did you meet?
Seyi: Through a mutual friend.
CO: Tell me more.
Seyi: My best friend and business partner has a sister that lives in New York and the sister met my wife through work. They've been friends for several years now.
CO: Does your wife have kids? How many? What are their names and ages?
Seyi: (Gives the correct answer)
CO: How old is your wife?
Seyi: (tells him my age)
CO: How old are you?
Seyi: (tells him his age)
CO: Do you plan to have kids?
Seyi: Yes. She's being treated by a fertility doctor who assured us that she can still have a child. I have a letter from the doctor confirming what I'm saying. Would you like to see it?
CO: (doesn't answer; just types something into computer)
CO: How many times has your wife been to Nigeria?
Seyi: Yesterday made the number of trips 6 times and she's outside right now waiting for me in the Lagos heat (hubby didn't know that I managed to get into the air conditioned lobby!)
CO: Surprised, says "6 times???"
Seyi: (nods head)
CO: (types some more stuff into the computer)
CO then walks away for a minute and then comes back with a letter that he hands to Seyi that states that he can pick up his visa next week on Feb. 2nd at the VFS Global office in Lekki. The CO then returned all the original documents to my husband without even being asked (which were already bundled together with a rubber band around them). The whole interview didn't take more than 5 minutes.

By the way, we brought about 12 inches thick worth of paperwork and over 400 photos. He didn't ask to see anything!
Rating : Good

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