Crossed_fingers's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: X
Beneficiary's Name: Y
VJ Member: Crossed_fingers
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2013-08-24
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Immigration Checklist for X & Y:

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 : Morocco
Marriage (if applicable):
I-130 Sent : 2011-12-21
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-12-22
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-05-04
NVC Received : 2012-06-05
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-06-15
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 : 2013-01-03
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-31
Interview Date : 2013-03-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-03-15
US Entry :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 134 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 447 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2013-08-21
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : I am a USC and my husband was the holder of a CR-1 visa from the consulate in Casablanca, Morocco. We flew in together and, since he was traveling with me, we both went to the passport control line for returning citizens. The officer was slow but friendly. My husband gave his fingerprints and had his photo taken and handed over his passport and brown sealed envelope. The officer told us to wait along the wall behind him and kept the envelope, my husband's passport, and our customs form. He welcomed my husband to the U.S. A few minutes later, another officer came and collected the papers and guided us to a two connected waiting rooms, showed us where the vending machines and restrooms were, and told us to take any seat we could find. He apologized very nicely that it would be a long wait. We waited 3 hours or so before hearing anything. Eventually various officers approached us at different times and asked us which carrier we flew and checked on our baggage. We were there so long so late at night that they finally had to bring our luggage to us in that room. Everyone we spoke to was nice enough to us, though we weren't able to get any information about what took so long.

Eventually a friendly officer called my husband to another room for just a moment, and then brought us both to his booth. He apologized for the Walt and asked if we were tired. He asked how long we had been married, and when we told him more than 2 years he left to make a copy of our wedding certificate and translation to verify the date. He switched the CR-1 to an IR-1 and said the green card we receive in the mail would be the unconditional 10 year card. He asked my husband his height and weight and verified my address. It took about 10-15 minutes for us to finish with that officer even though he didn't ask any more questions, I think because of the change from CR-1 to IR-1. Eventually the officer said everything was all ready and explained when to expect the card on the mail, and came around and shook my husband's hand and welcomed him to the U.S. We had one more officer to see by the exit from that room, who stamped my husband's passport and gave us our luggage.

We got pulled over to the agricultural line for customs, but just before we put our bags in the X-ray scanner, an officer from upstairs who was leaving for the night happened to pass by and said, "We already went through their bags before we brought them up, they're checked."

Overall: absolutely no harassment or suspicion or rudeness of any kind; we were treated professionally and in a downright friendly and relaxed manner by everyone, but it was an extremely long wait. Flight landed 4 hours before we finally left the airport.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 16, 2013
Embassy Review : Interview appointment at 8, husband was finished and back at the cafe by 10:15. Saw 3 female fiancÚ/spouse visa applicants denied before he was called. He was the first male fiancÚ/spouse applicant. Interview lasted under 5 minutes.

He started off by saying, "What's uuuuup?" twice. The older, blonde, female CO seemed surprised by that and said, "'What's up?' This is an interview!" My husband said, "Yes, this is an interview, but I want it to be a casual chat, I don't want to feel like I'm being interrogated in a police station." He then caught her cracking a smile that she tried to hide, and she started the interview.

She asked:

How did we meet
what kind of site was that/why were you on it
what attracted you to her
What religion is she
when did you meet her parents
Tell me about your wedding
What does she do for a living
what do you do for a living
when was her first visit
When did you get engaged and when did you get married
when was the last visit

Several of these had a few follow ups, like after asking about the wedding, she asked if it was big or small and asked who from my side attended the wedding. It moved quickly and my husband had the impression it was decided before he started talking. Twice he offered to show her evidence related to her questions, like photos when she asked if the wedding was big, and both times she said no, she had everything she needed. She was typing throughout the interview and seemed to just want to get it over with as quickly as possible. Then she said congratulations on your visa to the US and it was over. Visa in hand 2 days later.

We felt the CO was professional and the interview was straight-forward. No complaints!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Miami
Event Description
Entry Date : 2013-08-21
Embassy Review : I am a USC and my husband was the holder of a CR-1 visa from the consulate in Casablanca, Morocco. We flew in together and, since he was traveling with me, we both went to the passport control line for returning citizens. The officer was slow but friendly. My husband gave his fingerprints and had his photo taken and handed over his passport and brown sealed envelope. The officer told us to wait along the wall behind him and kept the envelope, my husband's passport, and our customs form. He welcomed my husband to the U.S. A few minutes later, another officer came and collected the papers and guided us to a two connected waiting rooms, showed us where the vending machines and restrooms were, and told us to take any seat we could find. He apologized very nicely that it would be a long wait. We waited 3 hours or so before hearing anything. Eventually various officers approached us at different times and asked us which carrier we flew and checked on our baggage. We were there so long so late at night that they finally had to bring our luggage to us in that room. Everyone we spoke to was nice enough to us, though we weren't able to get any information about what took so long.

Eventually a friendly officer called my husband to another room for just a moment, and then brought us both to his booth. He asked how long we had been married, and when we told him more than 2 years he left to make a copy of our wedding certificate and translation to verify the date. He switched the CR-1 to an IR-1 and said the green card we receive in the mail would be the unconditional 10 year card. He asked my husband his height and weight and verified my address. It took about 10-15 minutes for us to finish with that officer even though he didn't ask any more questions, I think because of the change from CR-1 to IR-1. Eventually the officer said everything was all ready and explained when to expect the card on the mail, and came around and shook my husband's hand and welcomed him to the U.S. We had one more officer to see by the exit from that room, who stamped my husband's passport and gave us our luggage.

We got pulled over to the agricultural line for customs, but just before we put our bags in the X-ray scanner, an officer from upstairs who was leaving for the night happened to pass by and said, "We already went through their bags before we brought them up, they're checked."

Overall: absolutely no harassment or suspicion or rudeness of any kind; we were treated professionally and in a downright friendly and relaxed manner by everyone, but it was an extremely long wait. Flight landed 4 hours before we finally left the airport.
Harassment Level : Low


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