momof1's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: L
VJ Member: momof1
Country: Algeria

Last Updated: 2013-01-19
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Immigration Checklist for M & L:

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 : Algiers, Algeria
Marriage (if applicable): 2002-08-01
I-130 Sent : 2003-02-03
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2005-07-05
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
Pay AOS Bill :
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill :
Pay IV Bill :
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2008-07-12
Interview Result : Denied
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2009-06-13
US Entry : 2009-07-24
Comments : Married during asylum only proceedings. Husband deported during 8th Circuit Appeals after receiving a NTA. 601 and 212 waivers approved on April 24, 2009.
Estimates/Stats :

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2009-07-24
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : immigration officer was super friendly. Pulled to secondary to verify that he redid the medical since it had been one year. Welcomed back hom. From the time he landed until the moment he was by my side again was 45 minutes.

Only negative is that he was pulled to the side in the tunnel immediately after exiting the plane. Grilled about how he got his visa and why he had to leave the US and how his US born wife became a citizen. In the end he was let go with a smile.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Algiers, Algeria
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 18, 2010
Embassy Review : My husband says the woman who interviewed him was pleasant. She is from MN and knew the location of one of his previous employers. They joked about that, and then she got down to business. She asked when is the last time we saw eachother, about our son's heart condition, and about my husband's work authorization in the US.

He had to file 601 and 212 waivers. We had the packets ready, but because I will assume Algeria doesn't have a lot of waiver cases she was pretty confused. It took her a couple hours to figure everything out. In the end, they took the packet and told him it could take up to a year for a response.

After a fairly short round of background checks(3 months) his file was sent to Rome and we were approved 6 months later. The embassy was extremely helpful in this final stage. They notified my husband by phone of his waiver approvals and always responded to my emails in a couple days....sometimes in a matter of hours. Visa was available about 2 weeks after passport dropoff.
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Saint Paul MN
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 18, 2010
Embassy Review : Interview was in early 2004 during husband's asylum only proceddings. We were called in for an interview about one year after filing of the I-130.

It was a fairly invasive interview. I went in first while my husband stayed in the lobby with our newborn son. I was asked very personal questions and the officer(male) wrote down all of my answers. When it was my husband's turn(I stayed in the lobby with our son), he was asked the same questions as me but the officer went down the list checking his answers against mine.

Other than being terribly invasive, they were polite. We did not receive any verbal approval or idea of how long it would take. In fact, it took another 1.5 years before our I-130 approval was received.
Harassment Level : Moderate

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