heathercita's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: HEATHER
Beneficiary's Name: RICARDO
VJ Member: heathercita
Country: Colombia

Last Updated: 2013-08-01
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Immigration Checklist for HEATHER & RICARDO:

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 : Bogota, Colombia
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-01-13
I-130 Sent : 2010-03-05
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-03-16
I-130 RFE : NONE
I-130 RFE Sent : NONE
I-130 Approved : 2010-08-03
NVC Received : 2010-08-09
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-08-16
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-08-16
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-08-17
Send AOS Package : 2010-08-20
Submit DS-261 : 2010-08-13
Receive IV Bill : 2010-08-23
Pay IV Bill : 2010-08-23
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-08-25
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-10-15
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-02-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-02-07
US Entry : 2011-05-24
Comments : Had an RFE at the NVC stage for his IAP-66 (states whether 2 year rule applies; appears on form given when J1 visa issued). If your spouse or fiancee has ever been to the US on a J1 visa send this document with the DS-230 to avoid RFE. Also received false RFE at NVC.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 140 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 322 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2011-05-24
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-02-24
NOA Date : 2013-03-13
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-18
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-07-26
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bogota, Colombia
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 2, 2011
Embassy Review : First Off...While you are waiting in the morning to be let in a guy from the photocopy shop across the street will come over and try to tell you that you need a copy of your passport and cedula to give to Domesa...this is a LIE! The only reason you would need a copy of your passport is if you forgot to bring your cedula to show to Domesa.

Well...pretty standard experience...got to the embassy at 5:30 am and there were already 7 people in line. At about 6:15-6:30 they began telling us how to line up out front (line 3 for resident visas). Once in line we went through security and then went inside to window 40 and got our folder. Once the docs. are organized in the folder you go back up and wait for her to approve the contents of your folder. My husband was called 3rd or 4th up to the window so they could return duplicate docs. and give him a sort of preliminary interview. She asked him were we met, who the co-sponsor was (my dad), how many times had he been to the US, which was his longest stay there, if I was present and my name.

About 30-45 min. later he was called up to window 2 for fingerprints (they do all the fingerprinting at window 2). We then waited 2 hours and my husband was called up for his interview a little before 11 am. She asked him where we met, my age, when was my first trip to Colombia, how long would I be in Colombia this time, if he was a student at Miami University, if I was also a student there when we met, in what profession he planned on working in and when we got married. The interviewer then asked to speak with me and she asked where we met, if we were done with our Masters, the length of each trip to Colombia, where my husband currently works in Colombia, if either of us had been married before, if we have any children and if we would be living with my father. She then said that everything was in order and the visa had been approved!!!!!

The interviewer was very polite and friendly. She smiled a lot and was not intimidating whatsoever. All docs. we gave then in the folder were returned to us the first time he was called up....and they also gave us a lot of the docs. we had sent to NVC. I had brought the new W-2`s from 2010 and other new docs. but I was never asked to show any of them. They NEVER asked to see any proof of the relationship at all! No photos, chats, emails, phone records...NOTHING at all! You definitely need to have all of that ready, but I was just astounded that they never asked to see it especially after working so hard putting it all together.
Rating : Very Good

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