Ugly_American's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: A
Beneficiary's Name: G
VJ Member: Ugly_American
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2013-09-30
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Immigration Checklist for A & G:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2011-01-26
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-02-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-02-17
NVC Received : 2011-02-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-03-16
Consulate Received : 2011-03-22
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-04-13
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-04-21
US Entry : 2011-04-27
Marriage : 2011-05-28
Comments : Case was randomly expedited.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 12 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2011-07-22
NOA Date :
RFE(s) : 2011-08-10
Bio. Appt. : 2011-08-29
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-10-26
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-10-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2011-11-30
Comments : Interview went very well, even though I'm unemployed (working freelance, but not much income). The interviewer didn't ask about finances at all, but I used a co-sponsor just to be sure. Seems a good way to go, regardless. We left interview without any definate approval. He said he needed still to perform background checks, but that we should know within two weeks. We checked the USCIS web site on the 31st and learned there that we'd been approved because it said the card was being printed. A few weeks later the site said date of 11/4 was approval date. I think the USCIS site underwent some sort of change as it seemed odd for such a date adjustment to take place on the USCIS database. The green card seemed to take forever to arrive. On 11/4 (according to the site) the application was approved and card was "in production", however it took 3 1/2 weeks to arrive. We called a few times, but it just took time...

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2011-07-22
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2011-10-03
Date Card Received : 2011-10-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-08-09
NOA Date : 2013-08-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-09-05
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-09-25
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : We had to postpone Biometrics Appt, as wife was visiting family in Philippines. The request was sent by me immediately, and a new Biometrics appointment was sent to us for 9-10-13. After that appointment I surprised wife by taking her to Alcatraz, and on a date they had an America's Cup race. Fun. We were never given an interview date, but instead were simply mailed an Approval Notice, which arrived on 9-28-13. The decision date was 9-25-13.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 16, 2011
Embassy Review :
Dont bring cellphones ,USB and any other electronic devices and liquids. I came to the US embassy at Roxas boulevard at 5:30 am expecting that il start my interview  6:35 am sharp  but i was wrong. All scheduled 6:25-8am visa applicants were grouped according to what type of visa and form a line. I thought i was the only applicant for that scheduled appointment interview..hahaha..i have to leave my USB, perfumes, hand sanitizers and alcohol and leave it to the small store on the street and pay 100 pesos..Crazy but i have no choice than to be denied upon entry. I fell in line in the immigrant visa applicants. It was a long line. I prepared my appointment interview confirmation sheet  that i downloaded when i scheduled for interview online. In return, the woman wil give you back the confirmation sheet with attached ticket number  and duplicate ticket number for personal  reference althroughout the visa processing and instructed to prepare the 3 forms(DS 156,DS 157 and DS 157) for the next window inside the embassy. Then i went directly inside the US Embassy..they will check your bags same in the airport but no removing of shoes at least. Once we get in, you can see windows 1,2 and 3. I went to the window three. The woman asked me to get the 3 DS forms and asked me where’s my passport. i told her that it’s in St. Lukes Hospital during my medical check up.  And she just said ok. She returned the DS forms and arranged it accordingly and returned it back to me. She instructed me to drop those forms including the interview confirmation sheet  with attached ticket number in window 39 but saved the duplicate ticket number  for future references. I waited and watched for my  number being flashed on screen. They will keep on flashing numbers with the corresponding windows where you will be going. Take note that the number being flashed is not in strict numerical order so keep your eyes on  the board. My number flashed on screen and indicated window 39 so  I went to window 39. The woman asked me when was the last time i visited st. Lukes extension clinic. I told them last Monday, march 11. And the woman noted the date and asked me to get back to seat and wait for my number again being flashed on the screen. I waited again and talked to my co applicants.. we shared our experiences to kill the time. Then my number flashed again on the screen with corresponding  window 51. I went to the said window   for my pre interview with a Filipino officer.  I greeted him.  He’s a good guy. He asked me to kindly get the  NBI clearance,  Cenomar, birth certificate, only 2010 income tax return,W 2 and affidavit of support of my fiancé. I gave all the documents he needed. I printed  my name and signed the DS forms with his assistance. Then he asked me three questions including my name as my first question, when did i meet him and how. I answered him honestly.i told him Dec. 6,2010 and  thru online. I could see in his face he was amazed.haha..He confirmed my answer  by saying  the year 2010.He told me to wait again for my interview with the consul. I’ve heard about finger scanning from other applicants. So i  raised my concern. I told him that i don’t have my finger scanning yet. Then he advised me that if il be interviewed by the American consul without the finger scanning, just tell them. Then i went back again to sit down and waiting..its a long wait. Thanks i  finally have my finger scanning at window 41 .the  black American asked me to state my name and birthdate. I gave the informations he needed. He asked me to placed my four left fingers then my right fingers and finally my right and left thumbs for scanning.  That’s it. Here we go again..Sit down!sit down! And rack your chair..hehehe..patience is a virtue. Im waiting for my number again. Im expecting  that the next would be the final interview. I just sat down and kept watching for my number. Oh! My number was flashed and directed to window  59. The applicant before me was answering  the questions in tagalong but there was an interpreter  for the consul. She might be an ilokana. And she’s done. My turn.i  prepared the photos that the fiipino officer  advised me.i placed it on top of my documents. I greeted the consul ar officer of course. He asked me of my name. He asked of my petitioner’s name. I told him of the complete name of my fiancé a.k.a dummy(kidding). He checked our documents he has on his hand including my st. Luke’s result. He asked me how did i meet him. I told him we met online He asked me when was the last time i saw him in person.i told him last march 20-27 this year. He rechecked the documents maybe he’s confused. Fiance's march trip might not be in the documents so he’s confused. I initiated to inform him that my fiancé was here twice already since last December 2010 to  give him idea and not be judged that i lied. He asked me when was the first time i saw him.i told him he was  here last January 17. He asked me how long he stayed here everytime he visited here. I told him a week or  8days. He asked me what’s his work. I told him he’s a documentation manager. He was not familiar with that  job. I told him that he’s more on computers like editing or updating documents.i showed him my fiance’s sample work that i brought. Then he checked it and gave it back to me. he told me to go to window 72 for additional documents ,wait for my number being flashed. My number was on the board  to go to window 74 and not 72. I showed him my ticket number. The guy told me to fill up the shipment delivery information form in window 69 and gave it to the person there. He returned the confirmation sheet that i dropped in window 39 and followed his instructions.i filled up the blanks with data and gave it to her. I asked her it that was the last step and she said yes. I asked also the guy prior to me who went to same window as me if that was the last and we can go. And he said yes. I asked the woman who guided the applicants about numbering and windows . i showed the interview confirmation sheet that was  returned to me and told her that i came from that window. Is everything ok now and i can leave?and she said i finally went out considering i haven’t have my breakfast thinking  everything will be ok in just 10 minutes interview.i finished the interview like past 12. 
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