VJ Member Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Catherine
Beneficiary's Name: Walter
VJ Member CatherineA:
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Last Updated: 2018-01-10


Immigration Checklist for Catherine & Walter:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Costa Rica
I-129F Sent : 2015-02-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2015-02-19
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2015-08-11
NVC Received : 2015-08-24
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2015-08-25
NVC Left : 2015-08-31
Consulate Received : 2015-09-09
Packet 3 Received : 2015-09-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2015-09-21
Packet 4 Received : 2015-10-01
Interview Date : 2015-10-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2015-10-19
US Entry : 2015-10-24
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 173 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 236 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Washington DC
Date Filed : 2016-04-16
NOA Date : 2016-04-27
RFE(s) : 2016-08-04
Bio. Appt. : 2016-05-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-11-05
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2016-11-18
Comments : Got the stupid "we need your medicals" RFE even though his medical abroad was within a year and they already have the vaccination supplement. Working on a solution. Also got the RFE from Newark if that makes a difference.

Got help from Congressman, they dismissed the RFE, acknowledging their oversight.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-04-16
NOA Date : 2016-04-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-05-27
Approved Date : 2016-07-29
Date Card Received : 2016-08-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 104 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2016-04-16
NOA Date : 2016-04-27
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2016-08-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 104 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Costa Rica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 16, 2016
Embassy Review : Writing this late but better late than never!

We had an easy time for my husband's fiance visa interview. I flew to San Jose for a long weekend, and attended the interview. They let me in no questions, no problems. We were first interviewed by a younger and friendly woman, who looked through most of the paperwork, ordered it the way she needed, and interviews us in a very relaxed manner, it seemed like chit chat with some direct questions mixed in (the "chit chat" is part of the interview, and she was good at getting information without sounding formal or like she was grilling us).

We always confuse bilingual people when we talk because we both understand English/Spanish perfectly (or close to perfectly) but only speak at a high intermediate (him) to low intermediate (me) level. We tend to speak Spanglish together, or sometimes each just speak our own mother tongue at each other--one conversation, two different languages. Bilingual folks can keep up, they just get thrown off, or don't know what language to speak! We tried to stick with Spanish, but because I'm the weak link there, we mostly conducted in English. I was spoken to and was allowed to speak a lot more than I thought I would, but it was still clearly focused on him.

She was happy with everything she saw (for what it's worth: no translation and no apostilles needed) and had us sit back down to talk to a man I think she referred to as her boss or supervisor. I asked if that means we were approved and she smiled and said "that's not my call but.... you guys are good". So we sat around a lot more waiting for the next guy. We was a lot more serious and to-the-point but totally professional and fair. His questions were a lot more rapid fire, almost entirely directed at my husband, and instead of finding the communication thing funny/charming, he point blank asked how we communicate and we both explained ourselves in our second languages (actually third for both of us but whatever), which satisfied him.

He said, pretty bored "your visa is approved" and next steps etc but we didn't hear much after that. We were so excited! He stressed that he cannot work until we get EAD, which we said we knew. I asked as a "by the way" about him doing volunteer work to keep busy, and he said that's fine as long as it's a non-profit and it's not with the promise of future employment and then suggested a place that he himself had volunteered at while living in DC.

We accidentally left our NOA2 in our pile of papers which you need for AOS. We were freaked out and I wound up getting in touch with someone at State who said that they'd send it back with the passport and visa. Somehow in that mess, they changed it from shipping the passport to him picking UP the passport, which was a big mess up on all our parts (he lived in San Isidro del General-- not exactly a quick trip), but I suppose it was best to make sure we got the NOA2 back!

All in all, a very long day (we were there 4 hours-- 12:30 to 4:30 and we hadn't eaten breakfast for all the nerves). Saw/ overheard some folks with some pretty serious problems with missing paperwork and legal issues involving custody and such. Glad we were simple and straightforward and prepared.
Rating : Very Good

*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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