bdawn's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Swtheart
Beneficiary's Name: Honey
VJ Member: bdawn
Country: Netherlands

Last Updated: 2016-11-23
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Immigration Checklist for Swtheart & Honey:

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 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marriage (if applicable): 2007-09-08
I-130 Sent : 2008-08-05
I-130 NOA1 : 2008-08-19
I-130 RFE : 2009-02-13
I-130 RFE Sent : 2009-03-05
I-130 Approved : 2009-04-08
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 : 2009-11-12
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-12-23
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
2011-01-12
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2011-01-21
US Entry : 2011-01-29
Comments : My flight was delayed and I had a connecting flight from JFK to Syracuse. I told officer who allowed me to be in front of the queue. I handed over the MBE (Mysterious Brown Envelop) to officer and no question was asked except confirmation of my address. Passport stamped indicating date of entry and Alien Registration number written. Signature and Index finger scanned for card production at customs and border control section...no stress.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 232 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 856 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2011-01-29
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My flight was delayed and I had a connecting flight from JFK to Syracuse. I told officer who allowed me to be in front of the queue. I handed over the MBE (Mysterious Brown Envelop) to officer and no question was asked except confirmation of my address. Passport stamped indicating date of entry and Alien Registration number written. Signature and Index finger scanned for card production at customs and border control section...no stress.

Social Security card received: 02/26/2011

10 years Greencard received in the mail: 03/10/2011


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Buffalo NY
Date Filed : 2014-02-07
NOA Date : 2014-02-11
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-11
Interview Date : 2014-05-20
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-06-19
Comments : Interview was simple and to the point.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 13, 2011
Embassy Review : My first interview was on December 23, 2010. I was called around 12:30 (20 minutes after fingerprinting and documents submission) and the Consular Officer (CO) was very nice and professional. I didn't have any complication just a normal conversation as to how and when I met my wife. My wife and I were missionaries in Indonesia and got married there, and the CO happened to have lived in Indonesia for 12 months, so our conversation took another dimension - we talked about Indonesia and favorite Indonesian food and stuff! The whole interview lasted for about 10 minutes maximum. The CO had no issue with me except that I didn't bring tax transcripts for 2008-2009. The CO said: "I'm fine with you and I don't have any problem with your relationship, but there's a little problem; you didn't bring tax transcripts for 2008-2009. This is what we're going to do: I'm giving you a form that I want you to scan to your wife to get you those papers. I would have asked you to come back tomorrow, but it's going to take some time for her to get you those papers. How about January 12?" So I was given another date (January 12) to bring the tax papers.

On January 12, I arrived early enough, but the security man called for those with yellow paper, and mine was white. Due to this, all those who came after me had the chance to go in ahead of me.

I was called around 10:am and submitted the tax papers. No further question was asked. The CO (I met a female CO this time) and stamped my documents "approved" and then asked for my passport. She handed me over a blue visa collection ticket to pick up visa on January 21. In all, it was a smooth process!

(updated on January 16, 2011)

(updated on January 17, 2011)

(updated on September 27, 2013)
Rating : Very Good


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