floridadave's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Dave
Beneficiary's Name: Shin
VJ Member: floridadave
Country: China

Last Updated: 2017-11-07
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Immigration Checklist for Dave & Shin:

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 : Guangzhou, China
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-04-13
I-130 Sent : 2011-06-13
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-06-16
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-10-31
NVC Received : 2011-11-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-12-02
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-12-02
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2011-12-06
Submit DS-261 : 2011-12-02
Receive IV Bill : 2011-12-05
Pay IV Bill : 2011-12-05
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2011-12-06
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-12-22
NVC Left : 2011-12-22
Consulate Received : 2011-12-22
Packet 3 Received : 2011-12-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-12-22
Packet 4 Received : 2011-12-22
Interview Date : 2012-02-02
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-02-10
US Entry : 2012-03-02
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 137 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 231 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-12-15
NOA Date : 2013-12-23
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-31
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-06-17
Comments : Took a long time, but happy this phase is over. Citizenship next, but we'll rest up awhile first.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2017-03-29
NOA Date : 2017-03-31
Bio. Appt. : 2017-04-27
Interview Date : 2017-10-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-11-07
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 4, 2012
Embassy Review : February 1, 2012 we turned in documents at 1200. February 2, 2012 we queued up at 6:30 a.m. At about 07:45 a.m. a VO came outside and checked appointment letters and passports and if all was well, you got a small piece of paper and went inside to go to the interview room. I waited for my wife in the 3rd floor coffee shop where the all beverages were 49/50RMB.

About 10:30 a.m. she came to me and smiled, I asked if she got it, and she said yes. We celebrated then left for a meal.

The interview lasted but 4-5 minutes, not many questions. Only, when did you and your husband first meet? How did you feel about your husband when you first met him (oh he is handsome). O.k. says the VO, show me some photos. He gives a cursory glimpse at a few photos and gives them back. She believes she had it made when the VO began a sentence, 2 or 3 times with, "When you arrive in the U.S. …." She felt the VO was quite friendly. She gave him my passport and asked if we went to H.K. and Macau and she said yes (because we did). Asked how we communicated, she said in English. The VO spoke perfect Chinese and she asked if he could help the husband learn Chinese. There was some other friendly chit chat, then VO told her that she passed, interview ended, and she left to get me in the coffee shop.

We took a ton of evidence and prints but I was surprised that they only asked to see our photos and my passport. Nothing else. I am guessing the paperwork we had already turned in was very good and made their decision process more easy.
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-03-02
Embassy Review : The wife saw 2 separate officers who:
1. checked her visa bag
2. did interview in room and had wife sign a paper, took index finger print, endorsed her passport with entry stamp and "A" number. She was told to go pick up her luggage
3. At customs took her customs declaration and FinCen 105 forms and she was set free.

Now she's off to the next terminal for her connection to Tampa.
She said the process was fast and simple. Customs officers only asked minimum questions and the whole process took about 30 minutes.

The only glitch was that the wife thought that she could re-check her baggage to Tampa while still inside the secure customs/immigration area. Not true. She had take the baggage to the next terminal herself using Sky Train.

That's it, quick and easy.
Harassment Level : Low


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