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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Elden
Beneficiary's Name: Amelia
VJ Member: dreamwarrior
Country: Vietnam

Last Updated: 2020-10-08
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Immigration Checklist for Elden & Amelia:

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 : Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marriage (if applicable): 2010-06-06
I-130 Sent : 2012-06-16
I-130 NOA1 : 2012-06-26
I-130 RFE : 2012-07-04
I-130 RFE Sent : 2012-07-08
I-130 Approved : 2012-10-04
NVC Received : 2012-10-23
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2012-10-23
Pay AOS Bill : 2012-10-23
Receive I-864 Package :
Send AOS Package : 2012-11-21
Submit DS-261 : 2012-10-23
Receive IV Bill : 2012-11-07
Pay IV Bill : 2012-11-08
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2012-12-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2012-12-21
NVC Left : 2013-01-30
Consulate Received : 2013-02-01
Packet 3 Received : 2012-11-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-12-12
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-30
Interview Date : 2013-03-19
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-03-26
US Entry : 2013-04-04
Comments : The RFE was for my wife's police report. I sent in the original but they asked me to send in both the original plus a translated copy. But they did not send me back the original that I had sent them. Fortunately they police gave us two original reports so I included the 2nd one and a translation. This delayed us by 1-2 weeks
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 100 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 266 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2013-04-04
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Immigration was quick through the citizens line, though it seemed to be just the same in the visitors line. We were then instructed to go all the way to the far left where my wife's prints were taken. I was surprised at long it took to get her stamp. There were many people waiting and it took a very long time for them to start calling us up. Once people were getting called it took 5 minutes between each group. Another hour of waiting and we were finally making "the walk" up the LAX international arrivals ramp. In total from the time we landed it took 2 hours to get to see my parents.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2019-07-02
NOA Date : 2019-07-05
Bio. Appt. : 2019-08-07
Interview Date : 2020-03-03
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony :
Comments : I forgot to include my recent tax return with the initial application. doh!

They made an error on my wife's A number on her biometrics NOA and we missed it. We took her fingerprints and everything was fine, they even scheduled her an interview, but they saw that the numbers didn't match up at the interview so they "cancelled" the interview after spending a couple of hours trying to sort it out, unsuccessfully. I sent USCIS an email explaining our situation and they quickly rescheduled the biometrics for 3/17/2020.

Update 3/17/20: My wife was one of the last people to get her fingerprints taken at SF as they closed the following day.

Finally, the actual interview date got scheduled for today. She only had a week to prepare! Everything went smoothly and the whole process actually took two hours because they're doing the ceremonies right after the interview, so my wife got her certificate and did her ceremony in the same day which is great since we don't have to make the long drive down one last time!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 19, 2013
Embassy Review : My wife got to the consulate at 7am. She interviewed 2 hours later. Out of the 18 windows she sat right in front of the one that would call her. There were 200 people interviewing with her being one of the last ones. So it does not pay to get there too early. The CO asked her about 10 questions and quickly looked through our pics of 2 and 3 of us before giving her the pink slip.
Rating : Very Good

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