amyjohans's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Amy
Beneficiary's Name: Carlos
VJ Member: amyjohans
Country: Ecuador

Last Updated: 2014-09-24
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Immigration Checklist for Amy & Carlos:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Guayaquil, Ecuador
Marriage (if applicable): 2011-01-29
I-130 Sent : 2012-03-08
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-03-12
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2012-03-20
NVC Received : 2012-04-23
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-05-14
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-08-09
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-08-16
Submit DS-261 : 2012-05-30
Receive IV Bill : 2012-06-07
Pay IV Bill : 2012-08-09
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter :
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-09-12
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-11-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2012-12-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 8 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 253 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2014-10-01
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 28, 2012
Embassy Review : We arrived at the consulate at 6:30 am for our 7:15 am interview. Besides myself there weren't any other gringos there with family members. When you arrive make sure you have the print out of the email attachment with the interview information because they will keep the front page when you are going in. Also for CR1/IR1 you need 2 passport size photos. Just in case you don't need to bring your x-rays to the interview.

They let us inside the gate a little after 7 am and then we waited in a few different lines before going inside. They made us wait for about half an hour before taking our relationship evidence and remaining documents and asking a few questions. They rejected the first affidavit of support I had submitted but accepted the one I had brought to the interview just in case.

It is pretty chilly inside so don't forget to bring a sweater or wear a long sleeve shirt.

After 2+ hours more of waiting we were called up for an interview with the consul. He reviewed our papers, asked a few questions about where we planned to work and he wanted to make sure that we were planning to live in the states since we had been living in Ecuador for the past 2 years. He also asked a couple of strange questions trying to throw my husband off (I guess they must use questions like that to try and catch people who are lying), like if he knew he had stayed illegal in the states when he was there on a J-1 visa (which wasn't true) or if he was there in 2009 (when really he was there in 2007. Anyways after about 10 questions he said the visa had been approved.

Basically if you go well prepared you'll do fine and mostly be bored since they make you wait a lot and you can't bring in books or magazines or anything to pass the time.
Rating : Moderate

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