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Happytobe's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: B
Beneficiary's Name: R
VJ Member: Happytobe
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2018-01-03
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Immigration Checklist for B & R:

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 : National Benefits Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Morocco
Marriage (if applicable): 2012-12-25
I-130 Sent : 2013-01-28
I-130 NOA1 : 2013-01-31
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2013-05-01
NVC Received : 2013-05-09
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2013-06-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2013-06-04
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2013-06-06
Submit DS-261 : 2013-06-04
Receive IV Bill : 2013-06-07
Pay IV Bill : 2013-06-07
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2013-06-07
Case Completed at NVC : 2013-08-05
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2013-09-05
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-08-27
Interview Date : 2013-10-30
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-11-04
US Entry : 2013-11-12
Comments : Checklist item for birth certificate. Asking a supervisor to review the document we sent for possible approval until interview. Also, a checklist item for wrong year being entered on DS-230.... long wait.
08/05 Civil Status report was accepted by NVC. Will have to submit new docs for interview due to expiration of them.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 90 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 272 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-08-17
NOA Date : 2015-08-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-10-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-08-20
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2016-08-26
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Las Vegas NV
Date Filed : 2016-12-14
NOA Date : 2016-12-20
Bio. Appt. : 2017-01-18
Interview Date : 2017-10-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2018-01-26
Comments : Hubby was able to do an early walk-in biometrics appointment on 01/09 due to mandatory overtime at his job and his only week day off being on Monday's for several months.
- 2nd biometrics for signature, photo, and 4 fingers on one hand on 08/29. USCIS received returned mail earlier in the year; informed of this after service request

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 10, 2013
Embassy Review : My husband and I arrived early on October 30th. I waited in the cafe next to the consulate. He went over just before 8:00am. He was the 4th person to be called.
After a 15 minute interview, he was asked to have a seat and she would call him back.
After 20 minutes, he was called and sent to room 7 and close the door. When the officer came, she told him to forget about the first questioning and they will start fresh. The questions he was asked were:
- How did we meet?
- Who started the interaction?
- How many times did we speak?
- He was asked about my family and friends
- questioned about my ex-fiance and why it didn't work out
- When we decided to marry?
- Who attended our marriage?
- How many times I visited?
He answered and informed them I was there waiting next door.
- He was asked then to bring me over...

He came and got me from the cafe, and I was then told to go into room 7 as well.
The questions they asked me:
- How did we meet?
- How often we spoke?
- Did he have interaction with my friends and family?
- Inquired about my ex-fiance and asked how I knew my husband wasn't a scammer as well?
- How/why he was educated so well?
- if I had come just for the interview?
- a few other things I can't remember....

I was so nervous, and really rambled on quite a bit. I answered everything I could and even had a brain-fart on one of the questions. I had the officer laughing quite a bit. We recommend answering truthfully and with much detail.

The interview was on a Wednesday and they said to pick-up the visa that Friday. We went to pick it up, only to be told it wasn't ready and they would call us when he should come pick it up. About 5 minutes after leaving, they called and said to pick it up on Monday. He went back on that Monday and the visa was issued.

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience, despite being nerve-wracking. Husband says he saw the pink ticket in his passport when he came in to the room to be interviewed, so we do believe they had decided before they spoke to us. Either way, he is here in the states with me now, thank God!

Edit: The woman we interviewed with was a dark haired American woman, and she was very nice. I made her laugh a few times. I was nervous and was clutching the phone receiver for dear life (LOL). My husband says there were many students from Libya that were interviewing (they all had the Asian woman) and all were getting denials.

(updated on December 12, 2013)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-11-12
Embassy Review : My husband had a very quick and easy POE. They asked for his papers, gave him a paper and sent him on his way. We had to apply in person at the SS office for his card, so the officers did not pay attention to the checked box to have it sent to him.
Harassment Level : Low

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