Irishlover's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lindsay
Beneficiary's Name: O\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
VJ Member: Irishlover
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2014-02-19
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Immigration Checklist for Lindsay & O\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\:

USCIS DCF 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 : Ireland
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-01-21
I-130 Sent : 2010-02-12
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-02-22
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-04-29
NVC Received : 2010-05-03
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-05-07
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-05-12
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2011-01-24
Submit DS-261 : 2010-05-07
Receive IV Bill : 2010-05-07
Pay IV Bill : 2010-05-07
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2011-02-26
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-02-25
NVC Left : 2011-02-25
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-02-25
Interview Date : 2011-04-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-27
US Entry : 2011-12-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 66 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 430 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2011-12-27
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : very friendly ;)

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-09-27
NOA Date : 2013-10-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-10-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-02-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-02-19
Comments : The greencard was sent to our old address even though we changed it months ago. My husband called and they said that they will send it again and we should receive it in about 30 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dublin, Ireland
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 28, 2011
Embassy Review : We just had our interview at the embassy. The ONLY two good things I can think of about the day there, was the fact that the security guards were friendly and we met some fellow VJers there! Besides that..... well not so good.
Our interview was supposed to be at 1pm, we were told not to get there to early so we arrived at 12:45. There was a line and we got into the building a little after 1. There were HUNDREDS of people there trying to get J1 visas. We were finally called, around 1:45, to submit our initial documents (envelope, medical) and answer a few questions, by a very rude lady who informed us that we were not going to be approved today because we needed to turn in an 1864A for our joint sponsor, and get his birth cert. What I wanted to ask was..... why were we not informed of this two months ago when we got our interview date! Had we known about this we would have gotten it and brought it with us!

So, I was livid and we were told to go wait again. At this point we had been standing the entire time because the room was so crowded. About 2:30 we were called again and they took half our number which we got when we entered the embassy and then were told to go wait again. Fortunately we had a couple very nice people to talk to and keep us company, but we were all getting very impatient. The room started to filter out and eventually it was 4pm, closing time. The only people left were those with immigrant visas who needed their interview. I went up to the security guard to find out what was going on, since there was no one else around, and he said not to worry, that we will all be interviewed today.
So around 5pm (4 hours later) we were called for our interview (they did it in no particular order). They proceeded to interview us in the room with everyone else, I was shocked by this as I was told we would be interviewed in private rooms, as we are talking about personal things and everyone can hear your conversation!
The interviewer was pretty nice. He swore John in and looked through our file. He asked about the I864A, which the lady spoke to us about earlier and then went to talk to her about it. I could hear him say something like "oh come on, they obviously make well enough to sponsor him, it's just a technicality. But she said she didn't care, that we would have to turn it in ;( So then he asked John when/where we met, how long we were in Australia for, when he proposed, if he had the intention of marrying me before we went back to America, and if we had been living together for most of the time. He was friendly enough, then gave us a paper stating what we had to send in and that once it was in we would have our visa!
So, after a looooonnggggg day, we were sorta approved and I hate the process even more.
Rating : Very Poor

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-12-27
Embassy Review : I was nervous all throughout the 11 hour flight. When we got to SFO and I had to leave him, I my stomach was in knots. I got through immigration on my side and the officer told me it might be a while, as the line for new immigrants was very long, and he laughed and told me not to be nervous, I guess I was that obvious. I got all of our luggage and after 45 minutes he came through the exit and I cried. He said it took so long because there were so many people and he was the last one. The officer was very nice, didn't ask him any questions, other then friendly ones, took the package, stamped his passport and sent him on his way. A week later and we even have the SSN number already! I wish the entire process had been this easy!!
Harassment Level : Low

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