~ameriptian~'s US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: J
Beneficiary's Name: A
VJ Member: ~ameriptian~
Country: Egypt

Last Updated: 2013-09-18
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Immigration Checklist for J & A:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Egypt
I-129F Sent : 2009-06-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2009-06-12
I-129F RFE(s) : None
RFE Reply(s) : None
I-129F NOA2 : 2009-09-14
NVC Received : 2009-09-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2009-09-18
Consulate Received : 2009-09-22
Packet 3 Received : 2009-09-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2009-10-22
Packet 4 Received : 2009-11-23
Interview Date : 2009-12-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2010-01-31
US Entry : 2010-03-14
Marriage : 2010-05-03
Comments : According to DOS, our interview review is one of the best to come out of Cairo since 2001!
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 94 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 184 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2010-03-14
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE interview and finger prints only took 30 minutes.. There were many people in the line, but they still managed to do their work pretty quickly! :)


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Tampa FL
Date Filed : 2010-06-22
NOA Date : 2010-06-29
RFE(s) : 2010-08-03
Bio. Appt. : 2010-07-23
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2010-11-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2010-11-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received: 2010-11-12
Comments : * Original Biometrics Date was July 23rd, 2010. Successful biometrics walk-in was on July 14th, 2010.

* AOS was RFE'd on August 3rd, 2010. RFE letter received on August 6th, 2010. RFE reply sent on September 4th, 2010. RFE Reply letter received on September 9th, 2010.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-06-22
NOA Date : 2010-06-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2010-09-24
Date Card Received : 2010-10-04
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 94 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2010-06-22
NOA Date : 2010-06-29
RFE(s) : 2010-08-03
Date Received : 2010-10-02
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 97 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2012-09-04
NOA Date : 2012-09-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2013-07-05
Comments : RFE for more financial documents received 4/27/12.
RFE response sent 6/18/12.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Egypt
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 18, 2009
Embassy Review : I arrived at the embassy at 8 a.m, handed the guy at the gate my interview letter, he signed it and gave it back to me. I entered the embassy and showed an Egyptian lady my interview letter, the folders I had, and my purse. She said: \\\"Wow, that\\\'s too much proof\\\" and asked me to open my purse and she went through its content while another lady scanned me with a body scanner.. She then asked me to switch off my cellphone and give to her along with my USB flash memory, she gave me a card with a number and asked me to enter... I went in where the interview took place.. A guy asked me for my interview letter again, he looked at it fast and gave me two little papers with a number and asked me to have a seat and wait... There were many people waiting and many did not have seats!

I waited till my number was called the first time... I went to a window, there was that Egyptian veiled lady.. She asked me for my original birth certificate and my passport.. I gave her both the Arabic and the English birth certificates and she clipped my passport to our file (I got to see our approved I-129F lol).. She then asked me a few questions like:

- How did you meet your fiance?
- When did you meet your fiance?
- How long have you been together?
- How many times did he visit and when?
- Did you have an engagement party? and why not?
- Have you ever went to the US?
- Have you ever been to a foreign country for more than 6 months after the age of 16?
- Is your fiance planning on coming to Egypt again?
- Have you filled the forms you sent under your name yourself, or did your fiance help you?
- Are you sure you filled them out yourself...?

[I guess she asked that to know whether they were going to run my interview in Arabic or in English)..

She then asked me if we have any pictures together and I showed her the photo album I made... She went through a few pages of it, and said asked me to go to the DHL desk and pay the visa shipment fee and wait again and gave me the photo album back and glanced the other folder and said: \\\"Wow, that\\\'s too much proof\\\" LOL tongue.gif

Then I waited for another while.. My number was called again and I went to the window where finger prints are taken.. My hands were sweaty so I had to wipe them.. My finger prints were taken and I had a seat again...

I waited for over an hour and then my number was called for the last time...and that was the interview...

The interviewer was an American lady in her late 20\\\'s to mid 30\\\'s.. She greeted me with a smile and asked \\\"how are you\\\".. She said: \\\"Ok, I'm going to ask you a few questions...\\\"

- When did you meet your fiance?
- How did you meet your fiance?
- What is the website\\\'s name?
- What do you mean you met online, but on your cellphones?
- What is the purpose of that website? Is it a chat website?
- Tell me how did your relationship progress?
- How did your fiance propose to you?
- Why did you say \\\"yes\\\" when your fiance asked you to marry him?
- You two come from different cultures and have different backgrounds, what do you think you have in common?
- What do you mean you have the same views?
- How many times did your fiance visit you?
- Where did your fiance stay when he visited?
- Why did he change hotels?
- Did your fiance meet your family? Why not?
- Do you have any family member supporting you?
- Is your fiance visiting Egypt again?
- When are you expecting your fiance to visit again?
- What is your fiance\\\'s current marital status?
- Does he have any kids?
- Where does your fiance live?
- Where are you planning to stay at the US?
- When is his birthday?
- How does his family feel about you?
- What is the relation of your cosponsor to your fiance?
- Do you know him?

She then told my that she needs a certified copy of John\\\'s divorce decree and a bank statement.. I told her does she need to look at any of our proof or pictures.. She said: \\\"No, it\\\'s ok.. I believe he is your fiance and you two have a true relationship.\\\"

I asked her what should I tell my fiance about the outcome of the interview... She said: \\\"everything is fine, we just need these two documents and we will issue the visa right after \\\'if everything is correct\\\'\\\".. I asked her when should I expect my visa after my fiance sends the documents, she smiled and said very soon.. She kept my passport and asked me to go the next window where an Egyptian lady gave me a white paper and checked the boxes on it for the things they needed, and asked me to DHL that paper to my fiance ASAP... I tried sending the paper via DHL at the embassy, but they said I needed to go to any other DHL branch...

Once I got out I called my fiance and told him how the interview went... We both think it went well.. I think the interviewer was nice and the whole experience was comfortable... The whole time at the embassy was 4 and half hours...

(updated on January 6, 2011)

(updated on June 30, 2011)
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