rostov007's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Richard
Beneficiary's Name: Huyen Anh
VJ Member: rostov007
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2018-01-16
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Immigration Checklist for Richard & Huyen Anh:

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 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-11-09
I-130 Sent : 2010-12-24
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-12-30
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-05-11
NVC Received : 2011-05-24
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-05-26
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-05-27
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2011-06-01
Submit DS-261 : 2011-06-01
Receive IV Bill : 2011-05-26
Pay IV Bill : 2011-05-27
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2011-05-31
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-06-16
NVC Left : 2011-06-27
Consulate Received : 2011-07-07
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-06-28
Interview Date : 2011-08-08
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-15
US Entry : 2011-09-30
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 132 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 221 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Seattle
POE Date : 2011-09-30
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Took a total of 30 minutes, she says they were very friendly and helpful. She even offered to stay to the end of her group and translate for an older couple who did not speak English. She was reminded to ROC in 21 months. Visa stamped, everything was smooth.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-09-04
NOA Date : 2013-09-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-10-31
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-01-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2014-02-03
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2017-08-22
NOA Date : 2017-08-29
Bio. Appt. : 2017-09-11
Interview Date : 2018-01-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-01-16
Comments : Timeline drop downs don’t allow for online applications so I checked the Phoenix lockbox, but that is inaccurate.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 8, 2011
Embassy Review : From what I've read, there seem to be four typical interview experiences in HCMC.

1. See Pink, all smiles, very short, Get Pink.
2. See Pink, tough questioning, no smiles, get Pink.
3. See Blue, tough questions, turns to Pink.
3. See Blue, get Blue.

Ours was #2. She arrived an hour early at 7am, then was allowed inside, received her waiting number, then sat for 2 hours waiting to be called. When her number was called, she came to the window and gave our interview package to the CO, who had a neutral disposition and didn't smile or act friendly, all business. She returned to her seat after seeing Pink already. This caused her anxiety level to drop and her confidence grow.

When she was called back to the window for the interview, The CO was joined by a Vietnamese translator, but my wife didn't need her and conducted the interview in English.

The questions lasted 10 minutes and were rapid fire, directed, and were requested to be backed up by evidence. For example, they discussed my year living in Vietnam:

What is your husband's highest level of school? Bachelor's.
Where did he go to school? University of Paris campus in HCMC.
Do you have his degree? Yes.
How long did he study? One year. Only one year for a Bachelor? He already had three years in the US, just needed to finish. Was required to submit transcripts to qualify.
Do you have those? Yes.
Let me see them? Do you have his degree? Yes. Let me see them.
How did he get to school? He rode his motorbike.
He knows how to ride in Vietnam? He had a license.
Do you have it? Yes, here it is.

And on and on it went. She saw pink, but was required to prove everything. Thank God for good preparation, can't stress this enough. Don't take it lightly, it's not about being able to remember my siblings' names, she knows that because she knows them. It's about being able to prove what you say if they ask.

Later, the CO wanted to look at photos so my wife handed her the book and while she looked at the book, the Vn translator chatted with Anh. When the CO was finished, the translator translated everything they chatted about.

They were professional but had a high proof bar for us. Higher than I've seen for others who have posted reviews. We prepared well, put together a comprehensive interview package, and were able to prove everything she said in the interview. Even if your interview is more like #1, I would highly recommend having a good package that proves everything you say.

We were both so happy last night, we laughed and talked for an hour afterwards. I loved hearing the excitement in her voice, and the relief, and later the exhaustion.

We both went to bed totally spent, but happy to know we will be together soon.

Thank you so much to all the VJers who helped us along the way.
Rating : Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Seattle WA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : January 17, 2018
Embassy Review : We just returned from a long day at USCIS. She was approved after the interview this morning and she took the oath this afternoon. We decided to do the name change outside USCIS because the interviewer didn’t know how long it would take to finish the change and schedule the oath ceremony. There was one this afternoon so he offered to place her in it if she wanted to postpone the name change, so she did.

We arrived 15 min before her appointment time (the maximum amount you can be early) and checked in and got a waiting number. You then go upstairs to the waiting room until your number is called. She was only in the room about 15-20 minutes before she came out approved. She said they asked her 6 questions for the 100 list and she got all correct. They had her write the answer to a verbal question on paper. (“Name the three branches of the US government”. She then wrote the answer in a complete sentence “The three branches of the US government are...”) and then he checks it.

They only asked us to provide one document, our daughters birth certificate, but they did ask her a lot of questions. She said it was very conversational and relaxed, like talking to someone instead of formal. Very easy if you are telling the truth and have studied English and the government.

For the oath ceremony we came back at 1:30 and waited upstairs to be called. Then the families go to the auditorium while the applicants check in. The ceremony itself is quite short depending on how many applicants. Ours was just under an hour for the whole thing.

She walked in in the morning at 8:30 and left around 3:30 a fully naturalized citizen. Some of the people she sat with had their interviews in early December and had to wait until today to take the oath. I think we got lucky that our interview was on the same day as an oath ceremony that had open slots available.

Relax, enjoy it, and you will do fine.

best to you,

Harassment Level : Very Good

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