K and A's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: P
Beneficiary's Name: P
VJ Member: K and A
Country: India

Last Updated: 2011-05-21
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Immigration Checklist for P & P:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2010-09-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-09-16
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-30
NVC Received : 2011-04-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-15
Consulate Received : 2011-04-21
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-05-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments : Pre-approved pending police clearance.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 195 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 246 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 22, 2011
Embassy Review : had my K1 visa at Mumbai consulate today..I got approved, well actually pre approved since I am missing my PCC from passport office( we already knew we would get 221 g for missing PCC) . All in all the interview was great.

I reached VFS at 6 30 am as I had a 7 30 am appointment. The bus came at 7 10, we reached the consulate by 7 20. The 7 30 appointments were sent in front of the line outside consulate.
Went inside after security check, got finger print taken and then waited to be called by pre screener.

I was called by the pre screener at 7 45. She took my affidavit of support, returned birth certificate. I told her I was missing the PCC. She said thats not an issue, I can give it later. She took my old and new passport as well. questions she asked-
- Is this the first marriage for you both?
- When did you come back from USA?
-How long were you there?
-When was the last time your fiance came to India?

After waiting for about 2.5 hours, I was finally called at 10 50 am. It was long and frustrating wait. I was called to window 9- where an Indian( not the same pre-screener) and a young female CO were waiting for me. After making me take a oath, she made me sign the DS 156K and asked following questions.

-Tell me something about yourself?
- Where are you studying right now? Which classes are you taking?
- When was the last time you met your fiance?
- When did your fiance meet you after you came back to India from the USA?
- Are your parents ok with the fact that your fiance and you take holidays together before marriage?
- When did you come back from USA?
- What are your wedding plans in the USA? Why this specific date?
- Why are you studying in this specific school?
Can I see some photos? I passed some photo sheets of our engagement, then she wanted more, I slipped her another 30-40. She was seeing them with a smile on her face and said " cute"
Then she asked some specific questions about one of the destinations we visited. She said oh I went there last year with my sister, did you go here and there( blah blah asking about some places there, to which I showed her photos of those places)

She then said "Ok your visa is granted, you will receive your passport in 3 business days. At this point I had to remind her about the missing police certificate., then she said ok your not approved but pre-approved. I am very satisfied with your interview, I just need you to give us your PCC, we will then send back your passport and visa a few business days later.

Some tips- Be calm and maintain eye contact. The CO was very nice, they are not there to make your life hell. They did not ask any trick questions. The waiting time is the worse part. Mumbai was also very fast in sending out my packet 4. I sent them my packet 3 o 26th April, on 2nd may I got an appointment for 20th May.

Goodluck to everyone having an interview in Mumbai. On the whole, they are nice and not unreasonable.
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