Póg mo's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Kate
Beneficiary's Name: Shane
VJ Member: Póg mo
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2014-10-08
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Immigration Checklist for Kate & Shane:

USCIS DCF 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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Seoul
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-07-20
I-130 Sent : 2010-10-19
I-130 NOA1 :
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-10-22
NVC Received : 2010-10-22
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill :
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 :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2010-10-19
Packet 3 Received : 2010-10-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2010-10-22
Packet 4 Received : 2010-11-16
Interview Date : 2010-12-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-12-15
US Entry : 2011-03-29
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2011-03-29
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Going through immigration was very easy, and would have been faster if I hadn't left my immigration envelope in my checked luggage.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-01-10
NOA Date : 2013-01-15
RFE(s) : 2013-06-24
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2014-10-03
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Korea
Review Topic: Direct Consular Filing
Event Description
Review Date : January 13, 2011
Embassy Review : We began our green card application process by filling the i-130 and a G325-A for each of us (biographic information) with the US embassy in Seoul. You need to first make an appointment via the embassies website. This was very easy to do. Our appointment was on October 18 at 9:00AM. This part was quick and easy, except for the fact that we needed to leave the embassy and get a copy of our marriage certificate, a photo copy of every page of my Irish passport, a copy of the front page of my spouses passport. We also needed to go the nearest bank to get $420 dollars, for some weird reason we couldn't pay by credit card inside the embassy but could pay the next visa fee inside the embassy.

Our i-130 was received packet 3.5 on October 21 by email. We then began the process of obtaining all the necessary documents for visa application.
We faxed part one of the DS230 to the embassy November 16 and applied online for appointment on the same day. We chose the second week of December. The following day we received packet 4 by email indicating that my appointment date would be December 13 at 8AM.

I already had an Irish criminal background check from the 2008, which I had needed for my Korean E2 visa, and picked up a Korean one by visiting my local Korean police station. This was easy to get, you just need to bring your alien registration card and fill an application form at the station, we your name, address and phone number.
For the medical, I phoned Ajou University hospital and made an appointment to arrange my appointment. I had to go on a Thursday afternoon, which required me to cancel teaching class for the entire day.
When I arrived at the hospital for my appointment I was told that should have fasted for 12 hours before the medical. I hadn't and had just eaten at Burger King. Never mind, the nurse said that it was still okay for me to have the medical.
The medical took about 2 hours, it included an eyesight test, a blood pressure test and a blood test. I also needed to have a number of vaccinations. I had to fill out a medical questioner about my medical history. The staff at the hospital insisted, to my annoyance, on stamping my passport. One week later I returned to the hospital to get my medical results. I received a sealed envelope and a sealed CD Rom which I was warned not to open.
Because my spouse hadn't been working in the US for a few years and couldn't rely on her income for the i-864 we had my brother, a US green card holder sponsor my visa. My wife also had to show she was actively seeking to return to the US to prove domicile.

Monday December 13
We arrived at the embassy at 7:55AM and after handing over cell phones and bags x-rayed we went up to the third floor. We took a number and waited to be called. A couple of minutes later our number was called and we went to the window. The lady embassy worker at the window took all our documents and double checked to see that we had everything in order. She then asked us to take a seat and wait to be called. 40 minutes later we were called to the window a second time and I had my fingerprints electronically scanned.
After waiting another 10 minutes, my name was called and I returned to the window and given an invoice and go to the cashier on the 2nd floor to pay the fee and have the invoice stamped. This time I was allowed to pay by credit card. I returned to the window with the stamped invoice and waited to be called for my interview.
Finally after another 5 minutes I was called to a different window to be interviewed by a male embassy staff worker. My wife came to the window with me but she was quickly told to sit down. The guy asked, me after swearing an oath, questions such as how did I meet my wife, have I ever met her family, what were her parents like and when was our wedding. Nothing too difficult. He then told me my visa was approved and I'd receive it within four/five working days.

That was it and we left the embassy.

We waited for about 3 days to receive visa by courier.

This whole process only took two months and would've been quicker if I had faxed back the DS230 sooner
Rating : Very Good


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