Jonesie's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Hubby
Beneficiary's Name: Jonesie
VJ Member: Jonesie
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2013-03-07
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Immigration Checklist for Hubby & Jonesie:

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 : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2005-07-07
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-07-11
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-09-19
NVC Received : 2005-09-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2005-09-29
Consulate Received : 2005-09-29
Packet 3 Received : 2005-10-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2005-10-11
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2005-12-01
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2005-12-13
US Entry : 2006-01-07
Marriage : 2006-02-17
Comments : 12/01/05 - INTERVIEW 1: We had old birth certificate (new ones now requested in Kingston) at first interview, so that caused a delay. Issued 221-g, told to come back with proper papers.

12/13/05 - INTERVIEW 2: Came back for second interview with correct birth certificate and got approval that day.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 70 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 143 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2006-01-07
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE in Atlanta was quick and easy - we didn't qualify for EAD as those that fly in to New York. No hassle or harrassment from officer that stamped the passport.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : San Francisco CA
Date Filed : 2006-04-28
NOA Date : 2006-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-05-20
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2006-08-09
Approval / Denial Date : 2006-08-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2006-08-19
Comments : Our interview was scheduled for 8:30am - we arrived at 7:45am. After going through security (and cell phones are allowed as long as it is not a camera phone) we were told to take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

We checked in at the front desk (one side for Citizenship, one for AOS), we sat in section B and waited. There were a few couples (with their lawyers) and one family waiting. CNN was on the news *yawn* so we talked and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally we were called to be seen.

R. Nelson was our interviewer, and we were directed to his office. After raising our right hands and swearing to tell the truth, our interview began. He started with the general questions (confirming our address, phone number, names, no kids, wedding date), then went down the list (are you a terrorist, are you a Jamaican spy, etc - these questions were on the I-485). He asked me how and when I met my husband (confirming info from the K1 packet, and what we both did for a living. Once that was done he complimented me (he told me that he had reviewed all our paperwork and that I am very organized and more prepared than most lawyers he sees) and said that he feels we are a young couple going in the right direction. He took my husband's work permit, looked at his SS card, looked at some photos, complimented my mother in one of the photos, and made copies of our joint bank statement, joint photo gym membership cards, and a letter from our co-sponsor (my mother).

He then told us that the name check has already been cleared, and that we were approved. When we confirmed that we would not be travelling abroad within the next 30 days, he handed us a letter reminding to file for removal of conditions in two years. He said if we are as prepared as we have been in previous filings, we will probably get 10 year greencard in the mail. We were told to expect greencard in the mail within the next two weeks.

By the time we walked out of the building, it was 8:45am.

I cannot believe it was so easy. Our binder weighed over five pounds and he didn't look at a single thing (no tax info, marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.). I made sure to include three years tax info in our AOS packet (even though now only one is required) and sent more than was necessary and it paid off.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2006-04-28
NOA Date : 2006-05-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-05-20
Approved Date : 2006-07-07
Date Card Received : 2006-07-13
Comments : EAD was approved exactly 60 days from receipt of NOA.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-06-28
NOA Date : 2008-07-05
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-07-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2008-10-30
Comments : Checked status online - case was updated on 10/24/2008, approval granted on 10/23/2008. 10 year greencard received in postal mail on 10/30/2008, no interview required.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2012-10-26
NOA Date : 2012-11-05
Bio. Appt. : 2012-11-19
Interview Date : 2013-01-16
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2013-02-26
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 14, 2007
Embassy Review : ->First interview: December 1, 2005

Fiance showed up at embassy early morning (about 6 am) and waited in line. Once inside, he was called by assistant to bring up all forms (ds forms, I-134 + supporting info, birth certificate, police report, passport photos) and passport for K-1 visa. She reviewed his forms and told him that he had wrong birth certificate (needs recent copy), but because he traveled so far she would still allow him to interview. He waited about 1.5 - 2 hrs for interview, was called to window #10. He said interviewer was very pleasant, asked the following questions:
1. How we met
2. Where we met
3. How long we've been together
4. When do we plan to get married
5. Where I reside
6. Does he have plans to go to school and/or work while in US
Interviewer also asked him questions about our co-sponsor. Even though he was prepared with a three-inch binder full of proof of relationship items (phone bills, pictures, plane itineraries from previous trips, etc.) he was not asked to show any of these items. Interviewer told him that he was coming to the right state based on his college major and career plans, and them stamped his passport (g-221) - and told him that he was basically approved but he could not make it official (with stamp) until he brought in new copy of birth certificate. All I-134 documents (all three previous years) were not returned. He will return to embassy this week to turn in birth certificate to get visa stamp.

-> Second interview: December 13, 2005
My fiance previously received 221-g because he didn't have updated birth certificate.
He returned to embassy and was seen by the same person who conducted his interview. He submitted the blue slip and passport. He said interviewer was very kind, told him congrats, and stamped his passport. We picked up visa at Airpak in Ochi a less than two weeks later.
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Atlanta
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-01-07
Embassy Review : POE in Atlanta was quick and easy - we didn't qualify for EAD as those that fly in to New York. No hassle or harrassment from officer that stamped the passport.
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: San Francisco CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 29, 2006
Embassy Review : Our interview was scheduled for 8:30am - we arrived at 7:45am. After going through security (and cell phones are allowed as long as it is not a camera phone) we were told to take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

We checked in at the front desk (one side for Citizenship, one for AOS), we sat in section B and waited. There were a few couples (with their lawyers) and one family waiting. CNN was on the news *yawn* so we talked and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally we were called to be seen.

R. Nelson was our interviewer, and we were directed to his office. After raising our right hands and swearing to tell the truth, our interview began. He started with the general questions (confirming our address, phone number, names, no kids, wedding date), then went down the list (are you a terrorist, are you a Jamaican spy, etc - these questions were on the I-485). He asked me how and when I met my husband (confirming info from the K1 packet, and what we both did for a living. Once that was done he complimented me (he told me that he had reviewed all our paperwork and that I am very organized and more prepared than most lawyers he sees) and said that he feels we are a young couple going in the right direction. He took my husband's work permit, looked at his SS card, looked at some photos, complimented my mother in one of the photos, and made copies of our joint bank statement, joint photo gym membership cards, and a letter from our co-sponsor (my mother).

He then told us that the name check has already been cleared, and that we were approved. When we confirmed that we would not be travelling abroad within the next 30 days, he handed us a letter reminding to file for removal of conditions in two years. He said if we are as prepared as we have been in previous filings, we will probably get 10 year greencard in the mail. We were told to expect greencard in the mail within the next two weeks.

By the time we walked out of the building, it was 8:45am.

I cannot believe it was so easy. Our binder weighed over five pounds and he didn't look at a single thing (no tax info, marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.). I made sure to include three years tax info in our AOS packet (even though now only one is required) and sent more than was necessary and it paid off.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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