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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Christopher
Beneficiary's Name: Georgia Christina
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Last Updated: 2018-03-24



  

Immigration Checklist for Christopher & Georgia Christina:

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 : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Athens, Greece
I-129F Sent : 2017-01-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2017-01-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2017-04-26
NVC Received : 2017-05-04
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned : 2017-05-16
NVC Left : 2017-05-18
Consulate Received : 2017-05-22
Packet 3 Received : 2017-06-08
Packet 3 Sent : 2017-07-03
Packet 4 Received : 2017-07-11
Interview Date : 2017-08-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2017-08-16
US Entry : 2017-09-24
Marriage : 2017-10-24
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 100 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 206 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2017-09-24
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Charleston SC
Date Filed : 2017-12-22
NOA Date : 2017-12-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2018-01-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2018-03-15
Approval / Denial Date : 2018-03-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2018-03-23
Comments : The interview seemed to be smooth. The IO could sense that we were a bit nervous, but he was calm and patient with us. It seemed he served in the Navy and has been to Greece (where my wife was from) as they did talk about that freely to each other.

They didn't separate us into different rooms; he only asked us a few questions, not as many as I figured it would be. He primarily asked for proof of co-mingling assets to show that we were a bon-a-fide married couple; more so, Joint Bank Accounts. That was a big hitter that a lot of people should know about.

We didn't have that; but I had an explanation ready. We didn't set up a joint bank account because I wanted to make sure we both had the same last name before we could open something like that. In fact, there was a lot of things that I wished for us to do, but couldn't because the Social Security office would not change my wife's name without an additional piece of information from the USCIS.

Thankfully, he understood that. I also didn't have my Wife's name on the lease agreement of our apartment; but I explained there that it would b wise to wait until she got her name changed; but My landlord already knows she's living with me and is fine with it. I just couldn't bring it on the lease agreement because of the name, and the fact that it's unable to be renewed until it's due date.

Overall, the IO was pleased and convinced that we were a married couple, He said and I quote "I'm convinced enough and pleased to see that you two are indeed a married couple; therefore, I'll approve your case. I'll review your documents one more time to make sure I didn't miss any information that I would need. Your green card will be in the mail within 30-60 days. If I find anything I will need from you, you'll see an RFE instead, but as I said, things look fine to me."

The whole interview didn't last for more than a twenty minutes or so.

My advice:

It is imperative that you and your wife have: A Joint Bank Account and Lease/Will/Home deed with both names on it.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2017-12-22
NOA Date : 2017-12-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between May 9, 2018 and May 23, 2018*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Athens, Greece
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 11, 2017
Embassy Review : According to my Fiancee, her experience was the following.


She arrived at the consulate roughly an hour before her interview to prevent the possibility of being late. From what she explained, it was very similar to how the Department of Motor Vehicles operated in the U.S. You'd obtain a number, stand around, and wait for your number to appear upon a screen before a specific window where someone would assist you.

There was a moment where there was a group of people (including my Fiancee) whom had not been called by number. The faculty simply told everyone to stand in line to simply keep the process going. As my Fiancee finally made it to her turn, she spoke with the associate about her meeting with a CO. The associate apparently couldn't find her name on a list at first.

With a bit of insisting, the associate double checked and thankfully found it, to our delight.

Afterwards; She was brought to another window where a female associate was asking questions about her travels here and there and how did we visit each other. My Fiancee didn't really understand the concept of what it means to be under the Visa Waiver Program. So when the lady asked about what visa she had in order to get into the U.S., she immediately became a bit confused. To my Fiancee's observation, the woman became quite rude to her about this. Interrogating her a bit aggressively. Finally it was made clear that she used the VWP and allowed her to continue with the actual interview with the CO.

The CO was actually a very calm, cool, and relaxed fellow. She was respectful to him and he was respectful back. He asked her simple questions such as:

How did you meet?

How long were you together?

When did we visit each other?

How many brothers and sisters (I had)?

Etc.

He even complimented her (us) on having all of the proper documentation. Even stating that "Most people often are missing something, but you have everything perfectly in order."

According to my Fiancee, he didn't even ask for the 2x2 photograph of herself, the copy of the ds 160, confirmation page of interview scheduling, or any of the various amounts of proof of our relationship. He simply asked those questions, complimented us, then told us that the Visa was approved. Unfortunately she'll have to wait up to 10-15 days before she'll get her passport and visa back; however, that's not really too much of a big deal.

Overall; my Fiancee said it was a pleasant experience despite being so stressed about it for days prior. It literally only lasted no more than 20-30 minutes.
Rating : 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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