agynyame's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Ike
Beneficiary's Name: Dolly
VJ Member: agynyame
Country: Ghana

Last Updated: 2012-02-27
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Immigration Checklist for Ike & Dolly:

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 : Ghana
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-09-12
I-130 Sent : 2010-04-26
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-05-03
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-10-07
NVC Received : 2010-10-12
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-10-30
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-10-30
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-10-30
Send AOS Package : 2010-11-03
Submit DS-261 : 2010-10-23
Receive IV Bill : 2010-11-05
Pay IV Bill : 2010-12-03
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2010-12-06
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-12-30
NVC Left : 2011-09-18
Consulate Received : 2011-09-23
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-09-01
Interview Date : 2011-10-20
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
2011-11-17
Second Interview Result: Approved
Visa Received : 2011-12-09
US Entry : 2011-12-20
Comments : We had a a nice breeze through JFK. It could also be attributed to the fact that we arrived at around 4:18AM. Standing in line and being processed by ICE took about 45minutes so altogether it took about an hour. Two weeks after arrival checked with Social security and they had nothing in their database. They said sometimes they (CBP) often do not turn it in. so we applied for her social on the 27th of December. We received it Jan04th and got State ID on the Jan.05th. Received welcome letter on Jan. 06th, 2012.

Greencard was sent out on the 20th of january and arrived on the 23rd. However due to a mixup, we did not receive until 2/27. Apparently, card had been sent to my mother's apartment by the apartment folks rather than mine.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 157 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 535 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2011-12-20
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : We had a breeze through at JFK. Although we arrived at 4:18am it was not until almost 5am that we were sent to the and it took another 20mins before my wife was called to sign a paper and that was it. No harassment of any kind was experienced. Thank God that this whole nightmare is over and my wife and I can live together as a married couple.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ghana
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 28, 2011
Embassy Review : After almost a year after filing our interview was approved for October 20th, at 8:30am. Thanks in advance to members of VJ and also the Ghana and US Families on FB, we were well prepared with documentation (phone logs -ghana and US,emails, whatsapp chats (very easy to keep track), police report, new Ghana birth certificate,medicals, photos). She was asked just three questions and was told while all the paper work was in order we needed a co-sponsor. I tried through senator's office to explain that was not the case but we still got one anyway. I was in Ghana for our second interview on the 17th of November @1:30pm. The security staff were rude at times but for most of the time we had a positive experience. We were granted the visa. The Embassy staff can be non-cooperative at times but just do as they require, have everything in order and barring any egregious mistakes you should sail through. This has been a long and tedious process but being with my wife is a more enjoyable experience
Rating : Moderate


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