US Citizen Filing for Mother's Green Card through Consular Processing - Venezuela 2015

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I am posting on this thread, because it seems to be more active than the thread I originally posted on, and this is a more specific thread to my case (thank you OP). Here is my entire timeline:

FRI MAR 13 2015 ----- Sent I-130 Package VIA USPS Priority Mail Express To Phoenix, AZ

Package Contents:
- Check for $420 to U. S. Department of Homeland Security
- Form G-1145, e-Notification of Application / Petition Acceptance
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
- My Certificate of Naturalization (Copy)
- My Passport (Copy)
- My Passport Card (Copy)
- My Birth Certificate (Translation) + Certification + Notarization + Original (All Copies)
- My Mother's Birth Certificate (Translation) + Certification + Notarization + Original (All Copies)
- My Marriage Certificate (Copy)

SAT MAR 14 2015 ---- Package Delivered at 10:17 to Chase Bank Bldg. Signed for by J LOPEZ
WED MAR 19 2015 --- Received Text Message from USCIS stating case was received, and Receipt #.
WED MAR 19 2015 --- Received E-mail from USCIS stating case has been accepted and routed to the 

USCIS Nebraska Service Center for processing. Official Receipt was sent, will receive within 7-10 days by standard mail. Then you can use the My Case Status on website with Receipt Number.

WED MAR 19 2015 -- Opened account on to check case status.
MON MAR 23 2015 -- Received the Form I-797C Notice of Action by Mail, Priority Date March 16th, 2015.
THU AUG 06 2015 --- Received e-mail notice that RFE Letter (Request For Evidence) would be sent.
MON AUG 10 2015 --- Received RFE by Mail:

Submit evidence showing that (Name Middle Lastname1 Lastname2) and (Name Middle Lastname1 of Lastname3) are two names used for the same person. You must show how the beneficiary acquired the last name of (Lastname1 of Lastname3) which is listed on your birth certificate.
Evidence of a name change may include, but is not limited to, a marriage certificate, divorce decree, death certificate (of the spouse whose name you used), adoption decree, or court order. The evidence must be registered with a civil authority. Using a modified version of your name for an extended period of time is not acceptable proof of a name change.
Note: Affidavits will not be considered primary evidence in order to establish a name change.

WED AUG 19 2015 --- Sent RFE Response via USPS.
FRI AUG 21 2015 ----- USCIS Received my response to the RFE.
FRI AUG 21 2015 ----- Received e-mail notice that "Your Case Status: Request for Evidence Response Review"
TUE SEP 01 2015 ----- Received e-mail that I-130 was approved:

Your Case Status: Post Decision Activity 
On September 1, 2015, we approved your Form I130, IMMIGRANT PETITION FOR RELATIVE, FIANCE(E), OR ORPHAN, Receipt Number ###. We will mail your approval notice. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you move, go to to give us your new mailing address. 
For approved applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include USCIS sending notification of the approved application/petition to the National Visa Center or the Department of State. For denied applications/petitions, post-decision activity may include the processing of an appeal and/or motions to reopen or reconsider and revocations. 

As of today I have not received anything by mail... (12 days later)

I-130 Approved in 172 days - 5.65 Months

Q1: When should I expect something in the mail, how long does it take for USCIS to mail me the approval by mail? will I be the one receiving this as the petitioner, or will it go directly to my mother in Venezuela (the mail system over there is not good at all)? what will be the instructions in this approval notice?

I was wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this same process doing the Consular Processing in Venezuela, and if they can help me with the following questions:

Q2: How long did it take from the moment you filed the I-130, until your parent was in the U.S. legally and ready to work.

Q3: Once the I-130 is approved, what comes next? Do you need a lawyer? Do you recommend to get a lawyer?

Q4: How much are the fees for DS-260, and I-864? Can they be paid by me in the US, and not by my mother in Venezuela?

Q5: What are the documents required for the DS-260? I got this list from a lawyer, can someone verify these:

• My Mother's Birth Certificate (Translation) + Certification + Notarization + Spanish (All Copies)
• My Mother's Divorce Certificate (Translation) + Certification + Notarization + Spanish (All Copies)
• Copy of all the pages of My Mother's Passport, which has to be valid for at least 12 more months.
• 2 Passport Photos
• This is in Spanish: Certificado policial de TODOS los lugares en donde usted ha vivido por más de 6 meses desde la edad de los 16 años. Éstos certificados policiales tienen que ser certificados por el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores. What does this mean? what kind of papers are these? where to get them in Venezuela?
• This is in Spanish: Documentos de prisión y corte (si aplica). What does this mean? what kind of papers are these? where to get them in Venezuela?
• Medical Exam, which needs to be done once you get the instructions. Does anyone know of a doctor that provides these services in Venezuela that you can recommend?
• My Birth Certificate (Translation) + Certification + Notarization + Original (All Copies)
• My Certificate of Naturalization (Copy)
• My Marriage Certificate (Copy)

Q6: What is the filing fee for the I-864 when done through Consular Processing in Venezuela? Are these all the documents I am going to need?

• My 3 most recent Taxes.
• Letter from my employer on their letterhead as proof of employment with current title and salary.
• Paid stubs from the last year.

Q7: Anything else you might know about the process in Venezuela? What is the process like, how long does it take? what is the interview like?

Thank you to anyone who might have any information to share (even if you are not from Venezuela).


Just wanted to let everyone know just today, 13 days after I received the e-mail stating my I-130 was approved, I received the approval notice by mail. The approval notice is just another I-797, Notice of Action.