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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

my interview was scheduled for 6:30am and i was there by 5am (excited & nervous!) :P but there were a lot of people already so the guard started calling those with 6:15, 6:30 and 6:45 appointment and told us to sit (in order) on the benches in the immigrant area.

waited like an hour...just sitting and hungry so for those who are going for an interview, make sure you've eaten na. you can't bring any food or liquid inside but there's booth inside with some crackers and chips and bottled water you can buy.

by 6am, they started letting us in by 5's. they'll scan everything so make sure you dont bring any electronic gadget or you'll get in trouble with the security people. first line is to get your queue number where they asked for the DS forms, receipt and your photos. (don't worry there are guards and employees who'll assist you in every corner). once you have your queue number, sit and wait for your number to be flashed on the screen for the initial interview. it would tell you what window to go to. Or you could be called first for fingerprinting, they dont flash your number for this so be attentive. They'll call the names and tell you to fall in line by the window 16 or 33.

my initial interviewer was a Filipino guy, very friendly. he asked for my NBI, Birth Certificate, CENOMAR while asking questions like the name of my fiance; how me and fiance met; how many times he visited me; what his job is; if i've ever been out of the country, how long and what was the purpose of the trip; he asked if my fiance has ever been married and asked for the copy of the divorce decree; he asked if my fiance gives me money and i said no so he asked if i have a job and i said yes (maybe they'll ask for receipt for this so bring if you have any)then he asked for support of evidence which I've put in one folder (we have the competed I-134, 2010 & 2009 W2s, 1040 and most recent 6mos bank statements); then he asked if i have pictures, letter, emails, phone records so i started pulling them out of my folder but he didnt look at them and just said the consulate would be looking at them. And we're done, told me to wait for my name to be called for fingerprinting.

So i waited for another 30min and my name was called and was instructed to go to this window and bring my queue number. they call people here by 5's as well. That took like 5min only then you wait for your number on the screen for the final interview.

The consulate was an american guy who asked me first how i was doing. Everybody was just friendly on that day. He first asked me to raise my right hand and he swore me in. Then the questions began. Who is your petitioner? How old is he? Have you ever been married? Do you have children? Does he have children? How many times has he been married? Do you promise to marry him within 90 days of your arrival in the US? What does your fiance do for fun? (I said he likes singing so he asked me what songs he sings haha!) All the while he was busy looking and flipping through the pages of now a very thick file of the petition which i think includes the original I-129F petition, medical Result, and the forms you gave on that day. He also asked about my fiance's job and if i have plans to pursue a carrer in the US. He asked for our photos so i gave him all the pictures i brought, he looked at those then said, "Ok ma'am, looks like everything is ok, your visa has been approved! You can wait outside for your name to be called." I was soooo happy to hear those words!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Then you just wait again for your name and they'll give you the courier's form to fill out. Then you go home. So I took a cab to get home fast so I can call my fiance! This was one of my happiest days ever!! Wish everyone goodluck on their journey and hope you all get to experience a smooth interview as well.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: England

Congratulations! :dance:

Nick (USC) and Amy (UKC)

03/08 - Met at University in Albuquerque, NM

08/08 - Back to UK for a few years of travelling UK>US!

10/10 - Wedding Day!



11/16/10: I-130 package mailed

11/18/10: Express Mail tracking shows delivered

11/23/10: Online banking shows check cleared!

11/26/10: Touched

11/29/10: NOA1 arrives!(dated as 11/18/10)

03/17/11: Touched

04/08/11: I-130 APPROVAL!!

141 days from NOA1 to NOA2


27/04/11: Emailed Choice of Agent form

~{gap as I spent the summer in England}~

03/11/11: Paid AOS and IV fees

04/11/11: AOS and IV fees shown as PAID

08/11/11: AOS Packet sent

09/11/11: IV Packet sent

18/11/11: RFE received requesting AOS packet (which had already been sent)

21/11/11: RFE received requesting 2010 tax return

22/11/11: Sent 2010 tax return

29/11/11: CASE COMPLETE!!!

26 days through NVC


10/12/11: Medical @ Bentnick Mansions

30/01/12: Interview @ 9am [APPROVED!!]

01/02/12: Passport with visa inside, and medical packet arrive via courier

02/03/12: Flight to Denver!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines

Thanks for the great details. I will use them to help my fiancee prepare. I'm happy you were approved. I hope you get your visa quickly.


James and Cynthia

08-22-2008 - Met my wonderful wife in the Philippines.
03-21-2010 - I proposed to her in the Philippines.
09-07-2010 - I-129F filed for K-1 Visa.
09-12-2010 - NOA1 confirmation email received.
11-02-2010 - I visitied the Philippines again.

02-07-2011 - NOA2 email recieved. Approved.
03-22-2011 - Case at USEM.

04-15-2011 - Interview Date. She passed.
05-01-2011 - POE

06-25-2011 - We were married.

-Life has been great ever since.

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Congrats on the approval!! :thumbs::dance:

For our Full timeline


Removal of conditions Journey

16 March 2012 Sent I-751 package from Aviano AB, Italy.

29 March 2012 Received everything back...wrong fee. thought we didn't have to pay biometrics since we were sending fingerprint cards and passport photos.

30 March 2012 Sent everything out again from Aviano AB, Italy.

10 April 2012 Check cashed

17 April 2012 Received NOA1 dated 6 April.

06 Dec 2012 Received 10 yr green card. Letter said it was approved 28 November 2012.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada

Thread moved from AOS forum as it is not an AOS topic to the more appropriate K-1 Visa Case Filing and Progress Reports forum.

Congratulations! :)

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. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: China

Congratulations and thank you for all the details. It's nice to have a clearer idea on what to expect.

08-07-10 | I129-F Sent

08-17-10 | NOA1 Received

10-03-10 | Touched

02-03-11 | RFE hardcopy received (AWESOME!!)

03-06-11 | RFE response sent overnight

03-14-11 | USCIS received RFE response

04-04-11 | Contacted senator

04-14-11 | NOA2 Received (241 Days from NOA1 or 7 months, 29 days)

04-22-11 | NVC Sent Package to China

05-16-11 | Guangzhou Consulate received Package from NVC

06-05-11 | P4 Received

06-15-11 | Medical Exam

06-16-11 | Handed in documents to consulate

06-17-11 | Interview Passed

06-23-11 | Visa in hand

06-28-11 | Expected Arrival in New York

08-24-11 | Tied the knot

12-15-11 | Biometrics Taken for AOS


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Congratulations! :dance: :dance: :dance:

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it."

06/20/2009 - Met online ( I am from Philippines and he's from Wisconsin)

04/26/2010 - Met in Philippines (for 2 weeks)

05/08/2010 - Officially engaged!! ( He sent the engagement ring 09/24/2010 and he proposed to me on bended knee in Philippines with the second part of engagement ring) *melting*

06/18/2010 - I-129F package Sent

06/21/2010 - NOA1

06/24/2010 - Touched

09/23/2010 - Touched (when I contacted the Congressman's office)

11/15/2010 - Touched (hopefully the approval)

11/17/2010 - NOA2 (Received hard copy 11/22/2010)

12/01/2010 - Received a letter from DOS dated 11/29/2010 stating that the petition will be forwared to USE AD within a week and that I will received the packets very soon from embassy.

01/18/2011 - Interview. APPROVED!!! No words can express how happy i am.

01/25/2011 - VISA in hand! YAY!!!

02/20/2011 - POE Chicago (O'hare)

05/14/2011 - Our Wedding day

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ongrats and thanks for sharing your experience .

I meant to say Congrats :lol:


01-17-2015 = N-400 packet sent (to P.O. Box Dallas via USPS Priority Mail)
01-21-2015 = N-400 packet delivered
01/25/2015 = E confirmation / Text received

01/26/2015 = Check cashed .

02/02/2015 = NOA1 received (Priority Date 01/21/2015)
02/09/2015 = Biometrics Letter received .

02/18/2015 = Biometrics

02/20/2015 = In line for interview

04/10/2015 = Interview Letter received .

05/11/2015 =Interview .

05/11/2015 = Passed Interview
07/01/2015 = Oath letter received
07/24/2015 = Oath Cerememony

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