Nica_In_Love's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: PG
Beneficiary's Name: LB
VJ Member: Nica_In_Love
Country: Nicaragua

Last Updated: 2014-05-08
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Immigration Checklist for PG & LB:

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 : Nicaragua
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-10-11
I-130 Sent : 2010-02-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-02-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-04-05
NVC Received : 2010-04-10
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-04-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-04-19
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-05-18
Send AOS Package : 2010-05-26
Submit DS-261 :
Receive IV Bill : 2010-04-14
Pay IV Bill : 2010-04-26
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-05-18
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-08-09
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2010-08-30
Interview Date : 2010-10-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-10-29
US Entry : 2010-11-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 55 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 255 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2010-11-01
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-08-04
NOA Date : 2012-08-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-03-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-11-13
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2013-11-06
NOA Date : 2013-11-13
Bio. Appt. : 2013-11-29
Interview Date : 2014-02-05
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-02-20
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Nicaragua
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 22, 2010
Embassy Review : Our appointment was set for 8am but we got there at 7:20am, went to the 1st security guard who asked for the medical sealed envelope, told me to open it, then he checked our passports, and let us in.
Once inside you leave all cellphones, gums, candy, etc. they give you a number for you retrieve your stuff once you leave the embassy. Then we sat down with all the people waiting, after about 10 minutes a young lady came asking for Immigrant Visa Applicants, we stood up, and went through another security checkpoint and entered the area where you are interviewed. They gave us a number, and we sat down to wait. We waited for about 20 min, then we were called by a local Nicaraguan employee who asked for my Birth Certificate, Police Record, Marriage Certificate, and 2 passport photos. I had everything except the photos, so then she checked what the NVC had sent them and found the 2 photos, she was a bit serious at first, but then when she saw my birthday was on Oct 29th she was nice and said hers was on the same day too. She asked us some questions as:

How we met?
When did we start a relationship?
When did we get married?
Did his family come to the wedding?
Does he send money?
How often does he send it?
How many trips has he made after we got married?

Then she asked for evidence, I gave her money gram receipts, yahoo chat logs, cellphone records, and our wedding pics. She then told us to sit down until we were called again.

Then the US Consul called us, and she was really really nice, very pretty and always smiling. She asked basically the same questions, and then asked if I swore that everything on the DS-230 was true, I answered yes I swear, then she said CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED! It was the best feeling ever!! We were out of there by 8:35am, we were both ready to wait at least a couple of hours, glad it wasn't the case.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Houston
Event Description
Entry Date : 2010-11-01
Embassy Review : We arrived to Houston from Managua. We walked fast to the US and LPR and it wasn't as crowded. We waited about 10 min to get to the CBP officer who was nice enough, he stamped my husbands passport with his entry. He took my picture and fingerprints, then he kept the sealed envelope and told us to go on the side and wait for a different officer. After 7 min or so, a diff officer came in and told me to come to a different room, he said my husband wasn't allowed inside. There were about 25 people waiting inside, and 4 officers taking care of the paperwork. I figured I was going to wait a long time because they were going very slow. After about 15 min of waiting, 3 different officers came in the room and took some of the files (it seems they wanted to help with the load of work), my file was among them so they took me and 7 other people to waiting room number 2. I waited about another 15 min in there, until the officer called my name, he told me sign a form and took my index fingerprint. Then I was told to sit down again. I waited another 6 or 7 min and he called me again he gave me my passport back with the CR-1 stamp and gave me a little piece of paper explaining what it meant. Total waiting time might have been between 35-40 min but it did feel like hours.

The officer who gave me my passport was really nice, they were laid back and nice people. So overall I believe it was a good experience, no questions were asked.
Harassment Level : Low

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