neko's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Sean
Beneficiary's Name: Ai
VJ Member: neko
Country: Japan

Last Updated: 2014-05-19
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Immigration Checklist for Sean & Ai:

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 : Tokyo, Japan
I-129F Sent : 2010-12-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-12-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-15
NVC Received : 2011-03-21
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-03-22
Consulate Received : 2011-03-28
Packet 3 Received : 2011-03-30
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-04-01
Packet 4 Received : 2011-04-07
Interview Date : 2011-04-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-04-16
US Entry : 2011-04-21
Marriage : 2011-06-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 92 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 122 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-04-21
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : After a long wait in the visitor's line, I finally got to the officer. He was very nice to me, and asked me some questions like "What's your future husband's name?" "How old is he?" "how did you guys meet?" "How many times have you visit him or he visit you? You have met him only once, or many times?" -Very simple questions and similar to the questions that the embassy consular officer asked me at the interview. I think it only took a few minutes for him to proceed, and he told me that I have 90 days to get married. He even made a joke and said "Well, if you don't want to marry him, you can do that, too." We laughed, and he greeted me, "Good luck! Welcome to the United States:)"

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Chula Vista CA
Date Filed : 2011-07-12
NOA Date : 2011-08-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-08-26
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-10-17
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-11-30
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-12-08
Comments : Biometrics; The staff members were very nice. I had to take trolleys and buses to get there and I was 20 minutes late for my appointment due to transportation... but they smiled and said "not a problem!" when I finally arrived at the facility. There were many people there, but were still some seats, so it was not 'packed'. I had to wait for 40 minutes or so, until my turn came on. (Taking fingerprints itself was just for a couple minutes.) 08/26/2011

Our interview was super short and fun:) The lady who took care of our interview wanted to approve our case right away, but since her supervisor(?) was on vacation at the moment and she said he will be back next week, then he will make final decision.
We waited for a month but there was nothing from them. Called the national service center, and told to wait for a couple more days. Still nothing after a week, so we created an info pass to the field office to see what's going on... Basically they said to wait until the end of year. (HAHAHA)
On Nov.30, they finally updated our status;)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-07-12
NOA Date : 2011-08-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-08-26
Approved Date : 2011-09-07
Date Card Received : 2011-09-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 57 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-07-12
NOA Date : 2011-08-05
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-09-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 57 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-10-22
NOA Date : 2013-10-23
RFE(s) : 2014-02-10
Bio. Appt. : 2013-11-19
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-05-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2014-05-15
Comments : Biometrics at Chula Vista Office today was very smooth and fast:) It was not crowded at all, and I ended up finishing even 30 minutes before my appointment time... Everyone there was so friendly~* My left thumb was a little bit scraped and rough, from grabbing Bass by the mouth last weekend, but it wasn't a problem. Haha

*We mailed our RFE packet on 5/1, and it got delivered on 5/2. Card production on 5/8! :D

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Tokyo, Japan
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : April 14, 2011
Embassy Review : Arrived at 13:00, one hour before the appointment (14:00).
Waited an hour, queuing up at the very front, then went in at 14:10.
Submitted docs, then they took my finger prints, and interview.
Questions I was asked;
What's your fiance's name?
How did you guys meet? -when was it?
Do you have a child?
Does your fiance have a child?
Are you going to get married within 90 days?
The consular officer spoke to me both in English and Japanese.
He was typing all the time during the interview, then he said "congratulations, your visa is approved. Your visa will be issued within a week. You are done and good to go."
Got out of the embassy at a few minutes before 15:00. Super!
Rating : Very Good

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