Casprd's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brian
Beneficiary's Name: Xiaoming
VJ Member: Casprd
Country: China

Last Updated: 2014-02-06
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Immigration Checklist for Brian & Xiaoming:

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): 2010-04-26
I-130 Sent : 2010-06-01
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-06-08
I-130 RFE : 2010-11-05
I-130 RFE Sent : 2010-11-06
I-130 Approved : 2010-11-10
NVC Received : 2010-11-16
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-11-23
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-11-23
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-23
Send AOS Package : 2011-03-30
Submit DS-261 : 2010-11-23
Receive IV Bill : 2010-12-17
Pay IV Bill : 2011-03-16
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-05-03
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-05-06
Interview Date : 2011-06-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-09
US Entry : 2011-09-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 155 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 358 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-09-12
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-07-02
NOA Date : 2013-07-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-08-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-10-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-10-17
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 2, 2011
Embassy Review : Our interview started on the 1st with the document hand off. Even though the interview letter listed about 5 things that they needed the originals, the only documents actually turned over were the tax returns and I-864. We showed up at 12:30 where they started to let people in. By about 1:00 she was heading in to the consulate and it took about 3 hours to get through this step. The CO took her fingerprints and then asked her a few questions. How we met, has she ever been out of China and is she a member of the CCP. They put a green sticker on her interview letter and done for the day. Day two we arrived just before 7:30 with a backpack full of everything we had submitted plus the additional evidence since we got married. Here things got a little confused. Some people with the same visa type and same process didn't have the green sticker so we got separated in to two lines with the green stickers going first. Didn't seem to make a difference once inside however as they call the cases based on the number assigned the previous day. Xiaoming got the dreaded window 22 with the very strict Asian guy. He rejected the first 7 or 8 petitions so she was pretty nervous when she went up. Most of the windows were taking 10 or 15 minutes per interview but this guy takes 30 to 40 minutes. Not sure if he gets assigned the questionable cases or he is overly meticulous or what. Xiaoming said he paid the most attention to the Evolution of Relationship letter which we had fortunatley updated and had notarized before I left. This and the pictures were the two things he looked at. He then asked the following
Where did you meet? online at
When did you get married? (she has a bracelet with our anniversary date on it )
Have you ever been married? No
Has he ever been married? Yes
Do either of you have kids? No
What is his favorite food? Chinese (she answered with this out since she knew to say something and to be confident).

That was it and of course he didn't look at anything else, but I would rather bring a truck load of evidence that wasn't needed than to risk not having something that was. Xiaoming said the guy is a little strict and not too friendly, but not mean either. Just very businesslike at least at the beginning. After the questions were answered to his satisfaction he seemed to be less strict to her. All in all, a stressful day, but not too bad and we finished with pink when a lot of people at his window got blue or white so we can't complain.
Rating : Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-09-12
Embassy Review : Xiaoming was delayed a little bit getting through the POE in LAX, but not because of any problems with her papers. When the CBP officer talked to her and could tell her English was good, they sent her to another line where the CBP officer needed a translator to help with another immigrant :-p. Once that was completed here entry went smooth and the officer was understandably very nice. Can't imagine they would give her grief after asking for her help but stranger things have happened. She did manage to slip in to the arrivals hall behind a group of people so I didn't see her coming up the ramp and didn't know she was through the POE until she snuck up behind me. hehe. All in all, LAX seems to be a pretty smooth and fast operation
Harassment Level : Low

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