Visa CR-1 / IR-1 ➤ Our Timeline

To give you an idea, here is our complete timeline for my visa:

  • April 23th, 2016: Wedding in the USA.
  • May 27th, 2016: sent I-130 (also our priority date).
  • June 1st, 2016: NOA1.
  • October 14th, 2016: transfer from Nebraska Service Center (that is veryyyyyyy behind in its applications) to Texas Service Center.
  • December 1st, 2016: NO2 – I-130 approved.
  • December 14th, 2016: file received at the NVC.
  • December 30th, 2016: payment of Immigrant and Affidavit of Support fees.
  • January 5th, 2017: DS-260 unlocked.
  • January 24th, 2017: DS-260 sent.
  • February 7th, 2017: I-864 sent.
  • April 14th, 2017 : Case Complete.
  • May 3rd, 2017 : Packet IV received.
  • June 19th, 2017 : blood test, urine test and chest x-ray.
  • June 20th, 2017 : medical examination.
  • June 21th, 2017: Interview – visa approved.
  • June 26th, 2017: Administrative Processing.
  • June 30th, 2017: Issued.
  • July 11th, 2017 : Issued again (?).
  • July 12th, 2017 : return of documents email notification.
  • July 13th, 2017 : visa delivery by UPS.

You probably noticed that we lost a month at the NVC stage. It’s because, despite my emails to our lawyer asking if everything was ready to be sent as soon as the file would arrive at the NVC, he was missing a document quite long to get for my mother-in-law and he also insisted that we try to get a social security card for Alan… when I KNEW that it was impossible. In the end, the prison gave us a paper confirming his security number so it was not completely useless, but everything could have LARGELY been done in advance and ready to go in time.

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