kutakendra's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: a
Beneficiary's Name: k
VJ Member: kutakendra
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-07-08
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Immigration Checklist for a & k:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2010-10-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-10-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-04-14
NVC Received : 2011-04-22
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-05-05
Consulate Received : 2011-05-09
Packet 3 Received : 2011-05-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-05-12
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-07-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2011-07-21
Marriage : 2011-08-19
Comments : 6 more weeks for interview. Unbelievable. We have been delayed at every step. His NOA2 expires 8/14. We're gonna have to buy plane ticket.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 169 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 257 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2011-07-21
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Date Filed : 2011-09-02
NOA Date : 2011-09-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-11
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-05-22
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments : Have SS# and driver's license :-)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-02
NOA Date : 2011-09-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-11
Approved Date : 2011-11-16
Date Card Received : 2011-11-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 75 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-02
NOA Date : 2011-09-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-11-18
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-02-15
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 22, 2011
Embassy Review : I had my appointment set for 9am on the 11th July.

I made sure I was there in good time, so I could deposit my phone at Gould's pharmacy, which I did so, before joining the queue in to the embassy at around 8.30.

After getting my appointment letter and passport checked, I was called to go through security. I had to remove my belt and place all my paperwork in to a tray to be scanned. The security guard asked me if I had any electronic greetings cards in my file, which I did, so I was asked to dispose of or deposit them at Gould's. I chose to dispose of them for no reason, other than wanting to get in and out of the embassy.

Once inside, I was given a ticket number (I918), which I took and went to sit in the waiting room. I immediately went to get a drink from the far end of the waiting room and sat down. They were up to around I912 with immigrant applicants according to the screens, but non-immigrant applicants were being called up every few seconds, with immigrant applicants having a much longer wait between calls.

After around an hour, I was called to window 1, I was asked my fiancee's name. Then asked for her 2010 tax return and I-134. I handed them to the British-S.E. Asian guy and he started organising my file. He then asked me for my police certificate and birth cerificate and asked "your certificate says 'no trace', but you say you have been arrested for drunk and disorderly?", (I had already discussed this with the doctor at my medical), to which I replied honestly. I was then given the pink courier slip and asked to sit back down and wait for my number to be called.

After around another hour I was called to window 16, where I was greeted by an Asian-American lady and an older American man behind her. I was pretty nervous by this point. She first asked me to print my fiancee's name and sign my own at the bottom of my application form, before asking me first of all, where my fiancee and I met, what I intended to do for work in the US, what my fiancee's profession is and how many times we'd seen each other over the 29 months since we met. On the final question, I handed her photos of all the occasions we've been together, which I had organised into separate, translucent envelopes. The CO only looked at the front photo in each envelope, except one, because the front photograph was of my fiancee alone, so she lifted another photo out from behind it and closed the envelope, before declaring, "your visa's been approved"! I was then instructed to go to the DX couriers desk to organise delivery.

I went in expecting to be interrogated and came out having had a relatively pleasant experience, so all in all, not a bad experience at all.

I did take with me, large amounts of evidence and my fiancee's financial documents, of which I only needed photographs, birth certificate, police certificate, I-134 and tax returns. I wasn't even asked for any DS forms. I would still take as much as I had, if I needed to do it all again, though.

Rating : Good

POE Review: Chicago
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-07-21
Embassy Review : After waiting in queue for around an hour, I was called to the border desk, where my passport was checked and my prints and photos taken. I was then asked to wait at the glass.

Shortly after, another officer came, took my paperwork and asked me to sit in a holding room, until my name was called.

Around 15 minutes later I was called by a lady who returned me my passport, with a fresh entry stamp and sent on my way.
Harassment Level : Low

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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.

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