lutz's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Theresa
Beneficiary's Name: Cephas
VJ Member: lutz
Country: Ghana

Last Updated: 2017-02-13
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Immigration Checklist for Theresa & Cephas:

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 : Nebraska Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ghana
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-02
I-130 Sent : 2014-09-15
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-09-22
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2015-02-17
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 : 2015-06-17
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2015-09-14
Interview Result : Denied
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : CR1 denied at Ghana. Sent back to USCIS. USCIS received 4 March 2016. Case reaffirmed by USCIS on 7 December 2016. Sent from USCIS to NVC, then NVC back to embassy in Ghana on 28 December 2016. As of 13 February 2017, embassy in Ghana claims they have not received the file.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 148 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 357 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 8, 2017
Embassy Review : My husband's reaffirmed IR1 visa interview was scheduled for 7:30 am. I the US citizen was not allowed into the building, but gave him my passport and an explanation letter to take in to show I was here in Ghana.
We got into line around 7:10 am and there were already about 75 people ahead of us.
The line moved quickly enough.
I bid my husband goodbye and good luck and waited with a lot of other people under the big trees in the round about just outside the embassy.
After about 4 hours, I saw his handsome, smiling face emerging from the embassy, with all that evidence we had submitted for the second interview, plus all the evidence submitted to the USCIS to be reaffirmed in the USA.
He had the blue paper saying his visa would be ready in 2 weeks.
What happened inside:
His fingerprints were taken and then a Ghanaian officer asked him a couple of questions about my age and his age (then unnecessarily made a snarky remark to him, but what can you do).
He gave her all his evidence and was told to sit and wait.
He was then called up to the window and asked just a few questions:
1. Your case was reaffirmed, right?
2. How many children do you have?
3. Will your child be immigrating with you at this point?
That's it. He was then told he was approved and given the blue paper.
I believe a lot has changed at that embassy. When we started this journey, I kept reading reviews and comments about how rude and horrible the officers and personnel there were. My husband said no one was rude at all to him, and that everything moved smoothly.
Rating : Good

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