jolusa's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: L
VJ Member: jolusa
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2015-02-24
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Immigration Checklist for J & 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 : Dominican Republic
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-08-12
I-130 Sent : 2011-09-13
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-09-15
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-03-19
NVC Received : 2012-04-02
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-04-16
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-04-17
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-04-19
Submit DS-261 : 2012-04-23
Receive IV Bill : 2012-05-14
Pay IV Bill : 2012-05-14
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-05-23
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-07-23
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-07-25
US Entry : 2012-07-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 186 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 312 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-07-18
NOA Date : 2014-07-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-08-21
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2015-02-06
Comments : Received Green Card, but had to file I90 because of incorrect spelling :(

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 4, 2012
Embassy Review : First, I apologize for my late review. So, here we go. My husband lives in Santiago. We took a shuttle van that takes people to the consulate & the medical. Since they have a specific schedule, we arrived there @ 6 am although our cita was for 8:30 am.

There were quite a few people in line already. It seemed unorganized, no one was directing anyone to the appropriate line. We just asked a guard and he told us where to go. After a little while, movement began. When they asked for our interview letter, they said since our time was not til 830 to get back in line @ 8.

So we walked next door to the gas station and had something to eat. Fellow VJ member Kaskada spotted me. Around 7:50 we get back in line where again, no one was directing, but we got a hold of one those people with INFO on their shirts who told us where to go. INFO person took our letter and gave us a number.

Right before you enter, they separate the men and women to go through security. That went slow! Once inside, again, total disorganization! There was a long line inside and we wondered if we had to be in it. I saw Kaskada again and she said that line was for tourist visas. So we sat on the benches (which werenít that bad by the way) and waited. Although they gave out numbers, they were not being called in order. I donít know what kind of system they were on. Kaskada had a lower number than we did and we got called first.

When we saw the number, you go to the window around back and you give them the cedula, police certificate and banco popular receipt. Then walk over to the other side and get fingerprinted. Then we sat down for what like seemed forever. Finally we saw our number and heard my husbandís name and went to window 23 I think. The consul was an American woman maybe in her mid-30ís or so. While we were both standing there she asked my husband:

Have you ever traveled to the USA?
Do you have any kids?
Do you have any family in the USA?

To the both of us, how we met?
She asked for photos. I gave her a handful of regular photos and photos from the wedding. She asked who attended the ceremony, to which I replied, my best friend and his parents. She came across a photo of me and a young girl and asked who it was. We answered that it was his daughter.

Afterwards she asked my husband to step out and asked me the following questions:

Who proposed and when?
Did I get a ring @ proposal or at a later date?
Where do I work?
What do I do?
What is my work schedule like?
Where do I live, with whom?
Did you guys have sex last night?
When was the last time you had sex? Around what time of day?
What did you guys have on to sleep last night?
Who woke up first?
Who showered first?
Was there a TV in the room we slept in?

Once I answered that, she asked me to step out and my husband to come in. She asked him the same questions. Then she asked him to get me to come back in. She went through the paperwork. Then she said su visa es aprobado. We kissed and hugged. Said goodbye to Kaskada and her husband and then went to pay Domex.
Rating : Moderate

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