Christi85's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Carl
Beneficiary's Name: Christina
VJ Member: Christi85
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2014-08-02
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Immigration Checklist for Carl & Christina:

USCIS DCF 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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-06-26
I-130 Sent : 2010-08-02
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-08-09
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-10-21
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 :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2010-11-25
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-12-01
Packet 4 Received : 2011-01-10
Interview Date : 2011-02-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-02-07
US Entry : 2011-06-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 73 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 176 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-04-02
NOA Date : 2013-04-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-05-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-07-31
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2014-03-19
NOA Date : 2014-03-24
Bio. Appt. : 2014-04-21
Interview Date : 2014-07-28
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-08-27
Comments : Local Field Office is actually Chatsworth, CA instead of Los Angeles. It just wasn't listed as an option :)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : February 1, 2011
Embassy Review : Had my CR-1 visa interview today at the London Consulate and it all went great. Final outcome...approval!!
So, here is how it all went: the appointment was at 8.00 am, so my husband (who was accompanying me) and I arrived at 7.30 am and queued up outside. The queue was shorter than I expected (about 15 people in front of us), but within 5 minutes of our arrival it tripled in length. So I guess we just got lucky! We went through the initial passport and Security checks and were in at 7.50. My priority number was the second immigrant visa for the day. As expected, the vast majority of people were there for non-immigrant visas. We sat in the (big) waiting room and waited to be called. What I liked was that, while the room was very big, everything was within easy reach - the toilets, the vending machine and the DX courier desk all in the same space as the waiting room.

At 8.10 my number was called to the first window. My husband stayed behind at the waiting area and didn't come with me to the window. I had a really nice young British lady who took all the required documents, photos, and did my fingerprints, and also sent me to the cashier in the next window to pay. We had a minor hiccup with the affidavit of support as my husband/sponsor is still in the UK with me, so she said it was required that he was US-domiciled, and didn't seem to think that all the proof of intent to re-establish domicile I had brought was any good to go around the problem. Luckily, as soon as she found out that we did have a joint sponsor, it became obvious that this was all she wanted. She took absolutely everything I brought in relation to our joint sponsor's income and was very pleased, no more questions asked. I guess that (at least in our case) they just cared about a name and an address in the US who they could claim money from if need be (lol!). Because of this little hiccup, this first part took a little longer than I expected, so I was at the window for about 25-30 minutes. That said, she was also processing and filing everything very slowly, so that didn't help speed things up, but I didn't care as she was nice, polite and pleasantly chatty. At the end, she gave me the pink courier slip to fill out while I waited to be called back, which I did. I went back to the waiting area at around 8.40.

My wait there was quite boring. The computer kept calling numbers one after the other, continuously, and after some point it just got on your nerves (lol!). I didn't have to wait that long, luckily, as I was called to the second window half an hour later, at 9.10. That went like a breeze. This time I had a nice American guy who took my oath of truth, asked a couple of questions "where are you moving to", "when are you moving", "what job you'll be doing", "how did you meet your husband", and then told me my file was very organised and that my visa was approved!!

I went to the courier desk, paid for the service, and we were out of the building by 9.20 am. A very nice experience all in all, and I was impressed at how quickly they were able to move around all those vast numbers of people.
Now waiting for my passport with the visa to be returned in the next 7-10 working days, according to the Officer - can't wait!!!

Good luck to everyone, and my advice: go over-prepared just to be sure, but be prepared to be asked only for a small amount of the paperwork you bring.
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-06-07
Embassy Review : I entered the US on a CR1 visa yesterday via LAX. LAX has a reputation for being a relaxed POE without any harassment, and it was true in my case. However the whole thing took a LONG time - read below to see what happened:

So we get there with hubby(our flight even landed 15' early) and we get into the Visitors line as we were instructed to do by the Officer we asked. That line wasn't too long, so after about 5 minutes' standing we got to the front and were seen by a very friendly middle-aged Officer. He took my brown envelope and my passport, took my fingerprints and my picture and wrote the date of my arrival and my flight number on the brown envelope. He then explained that I was going to be processed for a green card (I knew that!) but that he wasn't the person to do that, and sent me instead to another desk at the very end of the room.
So hubby and I walk there and we find ourselves in front of a large desk with two Officers, and a waiting area of over 30 people sitting there waiting. At that point my heart sank as I was hoping for a quick process and my hopes for that vanished after I saw how many people were waiting ahead of us. One of the Officers takes my brown envelope and passport, has me sign a couple papers, takes my fingerprints again (this time in ink) and tells us to go pick up our luggage and to come back and sit in the waiting area until we're called. So we do that (luckily the lugagge arrived very quickly) and we make our way back to the Immigration waiting area where we sit down and wait patiently.
To make a long story short, the whole process was moving very slowly with an average of one name called every 5 minutes. Luckily most of the people were families so the waiting area started to empty after a few names were called and no new people were coming. So I guess our flight's timing was probably just bad! At some point the two Officers must have realized that at this pace it would take forever to process everyone, so they asked some other colleagues to come help them out. This sped the process up by a lot, as there were now about 6 people processing passports and paperwork.
A whole hour and a half after our initial arrival at Immigration, my name was finally called and I was handed my passport with the stamp serving as my temporary green card, together with two letters: one explaining that I'd be getting my green card in the mail and that I could use the stamp on my passport as proof of my status and to obtain a Social Security number, and the other one explaining the process to remove conditions on my PR status in 2 years' time. I was also assigned an alien number (A#).

My advice to those going through LAX: it IS a relaxed airport and you shouldn't get harassed at all or given any grief, unless there's something very wrong with your documents. From my experience, it seems like can get very busy and the Immigration Officers may not necessarily process paperwok in a timely manner, so if you're catching a connecting flight in LAX, make sure you book one with a BIG gap (2-2.5 hours at least) just in case you get there at a busy time like I did.
Also, you may be interested to know that, even if LAX is not your final destination, you're still required to collect your baggage there and re-check it , so allow extra time for that too!!
Harassment Level : Low

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