Silverberry1331's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Gina Marie
Beneficiary's Name: Faisal
VJ Member: Silverberry1331
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2011-11-22
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Immigration Checklist for Gina Marie & Faisal:

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): 2011-01-12
I-130 Sent : 2011-04-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2011-04-21
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2011-07-11
NVC Received : 2011-08-19
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2011-08-23
Pay AOS Bill : 2011-08-23
Receive I-864 Package : 2011-08-23
Send AOS Package :
Submit DS-261 : 2011-08-23
Receive IV Bill : 2011-09-01
Pay IV Bill : 2011-09-01
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-09-26
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2011-10-06
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-11-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Comments : Interview was originally 11/9/11 but the Consulate rescheduled it because of the conflict with the Eid
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 81 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 215 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 22, 2011
Embassy Review : So Faisal had his interview today and he was APPROVED!

From the beginning: Faisal's interview was at 8am. He arrived to the Consulate in Casablanca at 7:30am. He said there was a long line and it was raining. A security officer separated the people into different groups depending on what type of visa you were applying for. So, he gets to the front of the line and the security officer informed him that his computer bag was not allowed in. Fai thought he would be okay since it wasn't a backback but, the guy told him that he couldn't have this kind of bag either. So Faisal went over to a coffee shop and asked some random server to watch his bag (only in Morocco-LOLOL). Then he ran back and got back on the line. They let them into the consulate early because it was raining.

He went to the window and present his documents, his photos, his passport and appointment letter. They cleared him for entry. He began at security. They asked him to shut off his cell phone and give it to the security guard in exchange for an identification claim number. They asked him if he had anything to declare (like weapons or something :P).

Once he made it through security, he sat in a row of chairs. He saw several consulate people giving interviews. He saw the blond lady and the "grumpy" man and prayed to God he would get the woman. Then he heard his name called and he went to the window. It was a Moroccan woman and, she spoke to him in Dareega.

She took his binder he brought with him and looked through it. Very first thing she asked was:"Who is Linda Longo?" He wasn't expecting this and was thrown off but remained composed. He said the answer came automatically despite consciously being nervous that he almost forgot. "My wife's step mother." Woman: "Where does Linda live?" Fai: "In Florida, with my wife's father." Woman: "Do they have children together?" Fai: "No, she has a daughter but she is not my wife's blood sister. She was from another marriage." Woman: "Does your wife live with her father?" Fai: "No, she lives in her apartment in Madison, WI." Woman: "Was your wife ever married?" Fai: "Yes" Woman: "Is this your first marriage?" Fai: "Yes" Woman: "Did you wife have children from this marriage?" Fai: "No". She fingerprinted him. He said it appeared that she looked through carefully and asked him a question about whatever page she turned to. However, she seemed to have a list of questions they were going to ask him because she made check marks on her paper. He did not see our file. She asked him for his phone number. He gave it to her and then she called his cell phone. I don't know why-maybe to see if it was off. She returned his papers to him and instructed him to give the Consulate Officer whatever he asked for.

Then, she told him to return to his place. Then he heard his name being called again. Wouldn't you know it, it was the man he DIDN'T want. The man told him to pick up the phone so they could talk. He asked him to swear to tell the whole truth and to attest that everything in the file was true and correct. Faisal swore. He was asked to place his hand on a pad to take his prints again-probably as an electronic signature. Then he signed the DS-130 form that we send in that had part II blank. The man then said "Good morning". Faisal said he looked no nonsense and very stern but, treat him respectfully.

He asked: "How did you and your wife meet?" Faisal told him the whole story. CO: "What does your wife do?" Fai:"She is a full time student getting her PhD and she is a teaching assistant." CO: "How much does your wife make each month?" Fai: "$xxxx per month" CO: "That isn't alot of money. What does she want to do when she graduates?" Fai: "She either wants to work for the government or work as a teacher." CO: "You mean like a high school teacher?" Fai: "No, in the university." CO: "Was your wife ever married?" Fai: "Yes, she was married to XXXXX XXXXX but it didn't work." CO: "Do you know her family?" Fai: "Yes..." then Faisal proceeds to give a brief description of my immediate family-where they live, their names, who they are married to, and children. CO: "Does your wife have any children from this marriage?" Fai: "No". The CO raised his eyebrow like he was unsure that this was true. CO: "Where were you married?" Fai: "Here in Benslimane." The CO saw our photo album and said, "I will look at your pictures from the wedding, may I have them?" Fai said of course. The man began flipping through the pictures. To Faisal, it appeared he was looking for a particular picture because he hardly looked at our wedding pictures. He landed on the one he wanted. It is a picture of Faisal and I with a little boy (who doesn't look Moroccan) on my lap. Co: "Who is this little boy?" Fai chuckled: "That is my cousin Marwan. His mother is my aunt who is Moroccan but, his father is French. They came from France for our wedding." He said that the CO typed everything into a computer.

Then the CO smiled and "no longer looked grumpy" and said, "We have approved your visa. Congratulations!" He told Faisal to return on Friday to pick up his Visa at 3pm. Then he gave Faisal a receipt.

Faisal left the Consulate at 9:36am. He was only in there for about one and a half hours.

Overall, it was painless! Now we plan for his arrival! Hooray!
Rating : Very Good

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