Mr&Mrs D.'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Ian
Beneficiary's Name: Milena
VJ Member: Mr&Mrs D.
Country: Bulgaria

Last Updated: 2014-06-09
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Immigration Checklist for Ian & Milena:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Bulgaria
Marriage (if applicable): 2009-12-27
I-130 Sent : 2010-03-25
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-04-01
I-130 RFE : none
I-130 RFE Sent : none
I-130 Approved : 2010-08-16
NVC Received : 2010-08-30
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-09-02
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-09-07
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2010-09-21
Submit DS-261 : 2010-08-30
Receive IV Bill : 2010-09-02
Pay IV Bill : 2010-09-07
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2010-10-07
NVC Left : 2010-10-08
Consulate Received : 2010-10-12
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2010-10-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-11-02
US Entry : 2010-11-08
Comments : Case was expedited at USCIS and NVC due to the fact that Ian is active duty USAF.
My visa was unofficially approved at my interview, but the USEM required we send in a joint sponsor package. When the package was received in the embassy, I got verbal confirmation that the visa was being prepared and will be sent to me.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 137 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 203 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2010-11-08
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Once I got pass customs, I wend to the immigration officers. One gentleman pulled me to a side room, checked through my paperwork, took my fingerprints and I was free to go in about 5 minutes. No harassment, no troubles at all!

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-09-04
NOA Date : 2012-09-07
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-09-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2013-04-20
Comments : A total wait time of ~7 months. Not too bad! :)

Event Date
Service Center : Nebraska Service Center (Military Filing)
CIS Office : Tucson AZ
Date Filed : 2014-02-23
NOA Date : 2014-03-04
Bio. Appt. : 2014-03-24
Interview Date : 2014-05-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-06-13
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bulgaria
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 29, 2010
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled for 2pm on Oct 21st 2010. Got there a little early so I had to wait on the other side of the street. At 2pm they let me in, went tru security (really nice guyz), left my phone and walked down the stony lane to the consular section. I waited for about 20 minz before a Bulgarian lady called me to window 5. She checked my documents and said we needed a joint sponsor package (even tho we had provided all the info necessary and hubby had enough income). She was the only one who was a little bit rude with me (still in a polite way tho.. )Nevertheless, she said I will have my interview today. She then gave me my original civil documents back and told me to wait. So I waited for about an hour and then I was called at window 7 to have my interview with the consul. She was really nice and polite, asked me simple questions: Where we met? How many times he has visited? Where was our wedding? When do I plan to leave for the USA? Then she asked a few questions about who were the ppl on the photos that I submitted and said that from her part everything is OK and once they receive the joint sponsor package, they will issue my visa. Kept my passport and medical too. We sent the package 3 days later and it was there in 4 days. When I called them, they said my visa is being prepared and they will send it as soon as possible (2 days)...
Everybody was nice and polite and overall I waited only a couple of hrs. Good luck to everybody!
Rating : Very Good

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