lovenow's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: G
Beneficiary's Name: S
VJ Member: lovenow
Country: Israel

Last Updated: 2014-03-01
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Immigration Checklist for G & S:

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 : Israel
I-129F Sent : 2011-02-11
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-02-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-02
NVC Received : 2011-06-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-07-10
Packet 4 Received : 2011-08-18
Interview Date : 2011-09-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-10-31
US Entry : 2011-11-03
Marriage : 2011-11-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 107 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 213 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2011-11-03
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Phoenix AZ
Date Filed : 2011-12-14
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-27
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-03-14
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-03-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-03-23
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-14
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-27
Approved Date : 2012-03-02
Date Card Received : 2012-03-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 79 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-14
NOA Date : 2011-12-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-03-10
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 79 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-01-04
NOA Date : 2014-01-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-02-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Israel
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 23, 2011
Embassy Review : Let me tell you, the interview part is the easiest one!
Waiting for them to process it and their unresponsiveness was the worst part! It took them 6.5 weeks to issue the visa and that's with the involvement of my fiance's congressman. (twice!!!!).
Arrived at 7:45 sharp. Lots of parking space for free on the street above the consulate- Yam Hamelach st. (Dead sea st.). Only 2 people in line in front of me. Got to the check in window outside, stated my name and got a number and the paper for Sha'al. Waited 2 mins to get inside and go through security. They asked me to open the medical envelope outside and then come back in. Promised it's OK and it was. You need to leave you cellphone with them. I left it in the car and only brought a carton bag with all my documents, my wallet, a bottle of water and a sweater. But I saw other people there with backpacks so I guess they let you bring stuff in. Got into the interviews hall. There were maybe 5 parties already waiting. Met another k1 couple there so the time passed quickly. Waited for like 15-20 mins and got called to the window for the documents check up. Gave all documents one by one to the clerk who spoke Hebrew to me. He took: my passport, 2 photos, original+ photocopy of birth certificate and army discharge (originals were given back in the end), medical exam forms (without the x-ray), 2 copies of ds156, 1 ds156K, 1 ds157. when he took my fiance's i-134 said that his $20,000 is not enough so thank god I had his parents co-sponsor us just in case and I immediately gave him their forms and that was satisfying. Also gave him our photo album and our signed statements of intent to marry. He didn't want to take the rest of my proofs and said that the CO might ask for them at the interview. I also had to give him the paper with my contact details for Sha'al. In the end he asked if I speak English and I said yes. Waited for about 10 more mins and got called to the last window at the end. The CO was pretty nice and spoke to me in English. I raised my hand and swore to tell the truth and then he took my fingerprints. The CO went through all the papers and had me sign the parts left to be signed in his presence. While he was looking on the papers he started asking me the questions.
1. Oh you're fiance lives in Arizona? I've lived there for 20 years! It's too hot there. (not really a question).
2. How did you meet? (answered where and when and who was there with me and that was it).
3. What does my fiance do for a living?
4. In what part of the city exactly does my fiance live at? (Probably since he knows the area. gave him the crossroads and he nodded).
5. Does it bother my fiance that I've served in the army? (no)
6. Where are your parents from? where do they live now? how does you parents feel about you leaving? (said it's hard but they support me. I wanted to show him a letter from them but he didn't want to see it)
7. Asked me again how long we've been dating. (answered the same as in the beginning and stated how many times we each visited the other).
8. Looked through my photo album (simple album with 36 pics of us in the US and Israel and with our families). Didn't really ask many questions or tried to tackle me. He was more commenting on them, saying: oh that's a nice area, oh where is Rosh Pina? oh you went traveling a little? oh this is his family? that's his grandma?
He seemed pretty satisfied with the pics and I tried saying I had many more proofs to show him but he didn't want to see. Then he gave me back my original birth and army certificates.
Then he said, it's all good. OK we'll issue you the the visa. I asked how long it would take, he said in 1 to 2 weeks it would be delivered to you. Then he said: You can tell your fiance you're traveling soon to see him. That was it. Was out of there by 9:00 AM and called my babe to tell him the good news.
The actual interview day went smoothly, no problems at all, didn't take long and the CO was nice.
The way until the interview was rough and long and a lot of misleading information. The forms you need are exactly the ones I've listed here. I brought way more proofs such as: phone bills, magic jack record, skype print screens, all of our flight tickets, emails between our parents and a statement form my parents, receipts for my ring and the watch my parents got him, my wedding dress receipt, emails regarding wedding plans, my school papers and emails with schools in the US for my transfer. They didn't want to see any of them but I'm still happy I had it all in case they would of asked.
Rating : Very Poor

Local US CIS Office Review: Phoenix AZ
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : March 15, 2012
Embassy Review : Appointment was on 10:15. We arrived there a little before 10am and waited in the waiting room. We were called at around 10:50 and a nice lady officer invited us to her room. First she introduced herself and took our oath. Then we sat down and she asked my husband his for personal info and ID (he's the USC). Then she asked me for my info (name, date of birth, parents name etc, when I entered the US last time and where). Then she started asking me the questions from the I485 and on the first one there was a problem. On part 3 question number C you need to list organizations you were a member of, and I wasn't in any so I wrote "none", but I didn't notice that it included military and I did serve in the military and I did answer yes on the specific questions about the military and weapon training and even attached a letter explaining what I did. It was an honest mistake. So at the beginning she was kinda mean about it but she kept asking the questions and reached to the ones where I said "yes" so she was fine with it. Then she asked my husband how we met and how many time we've seen each other and when, and when he proposed to me and we filed for the K1 and he started getting confused with the dates cuz he's like that, he never remembers details and I tried to help him but the officer told me not to speak! But then he remembered and she nodded. Then we showed her the wedding pictures and she asked where was it and who attended (both parents and families and friends).
After that I could tell she is relaxed and that she knows we're cool. Then she asked for the papers that shows we have a bonafide marriage and we showed her joint checking and saving bank accounts statements, power and utilities bills with both our names and our car insurance with both our names. Mu husband owns the house we live in so we couldn't show any lease.
Then she explained about the removal of conditions and that we need to save all the evidence of our joint life from now on till the ROC interview because they would want to see a lot more then. She said we're approved, we saw her put the approved stamp on my papers and she gave us an approval letter. She said the GC will arrive in 2-4 weeks.
I asked if I can get the GC stamp on my passport in the mean time because I have an important wedding in Israel on April 1st but she said that it's not possible and they only do it for real emergencies. She said I have to wait until the GC arrives in the mail and can't leave the country until then.
I was kinda disappointed that I couldn't get the stamp. But at least 2 hours later I already got and email that they sent my approval letter.
All in all it was fine, the lady was mostly nice and I could see that she only tried to make sure we have a real relationship. Thank god it's over though
Harassment Level : Very Good

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