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Atencio's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Greg
Beneficiary's Name: Emeline
VJ Member: Atencio
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2013-06-04
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Immigration Checklist for Greg & Emeline:

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 : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-04-24
I-130 Sent : 2010-05-23
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-05-28
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-10-19
NVC Received : 2010-10-26
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-11-06
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-11-03
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-05
Send AOS Package : 2010-11-05
Submit DS-261 : 2010-11-06
Receive IV Bill : 2010-11-09
Pay IV Bill : 2010-11-09
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-12-04
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2010-11-10
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-11-10
Packet 4 Received : 2010-12-09
Interview Date : 2011-01-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-01-14
US Entry : 2011-02-11
Comments : DS-3032 kit received- Nov. 6
AOS bill received- Nov. 3
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 144 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 223 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-01-08
NOA Date : 2013-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : no interview

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 6, 2011
Embassy Review : I arrived at the embassy, there were lots of people waiting for the embassy to open. Finally, the guard called for earlier appointments like 6:30 and 7:45 mine was at 8:30 am, I waited then at 7:00 those with 8:30 appointments were called to fall in line. We passed through a security check, as usual no food and electronic devices allowed. When I got inside the embassy I was told to sit at the back and wait for the guard to assist. I waited then at 7:30, the guard directed the applicants to go to a booth to submit the appointment letter, then I got number 6155 , maybe a lucky number he he he. I went back to my seat and waited for my number to flash on the screen for my turn for the pre-interview. At 9:15 my number flashed on the screen and I was assigned at window 14. A young pregnant Filipina was my interviewee. She was just ok, not soft not hard if you call it that way ha ha ha. These were the pre-interview questions she asked me:

What is your name?
Do you still live in this address?
Is this number (phone) still exist?
Where does your husband live?
Is this your first marriage?
What about your husband?
Do you have kids?
What about him?
Why it took you long to get married?
Do you have pictures with him? (I showed her the wedding pictures with captions I made, then she asked for more pictures , I was about to get two more folders from the black bag when she said ok no need), then she told me to go back to the waiting area.)

I waited then at 9:45 I had my finger scanning with an American personnel at window 16, he asked for my name and I was told to have my fingers scanned. I went back to my seat and waited for my name to flash for the final interview. I was already tense and nervous since those who were done said the one who interviewed them was strict, so I was more tensed. I waited and waited and at 11:05 my number flashed on screen and I was assigned in cubicle number 30 . My heart was beating so fast like drums in a parade and just like that of a racing car. I waited outside the cubicle since the ones interviewed ahead of me was not yet done. After 10 minutes, the applicant went out and I got in the cubicle. The consul was a sweet woman in her mid 30's I guess, A combination of a Chinese and an American,(like the character SUN in the tv series LOST).She was so sweet and kind honey,I love her so much, she is not one that scares applicants. I greeted her and she smiled at me. These were the questions in my final interview:

Your name
address of petitioner
is this your first marriage?
How about him?
do you have kids?
how about him?
how many kids does he have? ages?
what is his work?
where does he live?
date of divorce
when did u get married?
do you have pictures? ( I showed her again the wedding pictures, I tried to slipped it into a small glass hole , but she asked me to open it instead for her for she doesn't want to bend the pictures. I slowly, opened every page of the folder and she always reply GREAT!)
how many times did your husband came here in the Philippines?
where did you meet?

Then she said we"re done except that your NBI clearance that I got is in your maiden name, then I told her I got an NBI clearance in married name. I handed her the NBI clearance, she returned to me the personal copy and she said MA'AM YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED, I smiled at her and I said thank you . I waited again at the waiting area, and at 11:45 my name was called to proceed to window 16. The Filipino personnel gave me back my appointment letter stamped BIO F/P DONE Jan 6,2010 IMMIGRANT VISA AND A FORM TO BE FILLED UP FOR 2go TO SEND MY PASSPORT . i WAS DONE AT 11:50. I also got to know of two girls who were also at SMLC and we met here at the interview , all of us were approved so the one suggested we eat together at Chowking in front of the embassy, we were done eating at 1:00 and said our goodbyes, and we gave each other phone numbers both of them will also be in California.
Rating : Good

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