hope.andsun's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Elmer
Beneficiary's Name: Jen
VJ Member: hope.andsun
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2012-02-28
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Immigration Checklist for Elmer & Jen:

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 : 2010-12-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-12-06
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-05-03
NVC Received : 2011-05-15
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-05-19
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-06-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-06-16
US Entry : 2011-07-17
Marriage : 2011-09-02
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 148 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 186 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2011-07-17
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Los Angeles CA
Date Filed : 2011-09-19
NOA Date : 2011-09-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-02-03
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-02-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-02-11
Comments : Early walk-in biometrics on October 7, 2011. Originally scheduled for October 18, 2011.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-19
NOA Date : 2011-09-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-10-07
Approved Date : 2011-12-22
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 94 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-09-19
NOA Date : 2011-09-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 94 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 10, 2011
Embassy Review : Hello everyone!

Well, it is now 2:38 pm on June 10, 2011 and we got home about an hour ago from the embassy. I really didn't know what to expect. I never had any plans to go abroad until I met my fiance. Anyway, here is my experience.

My fiance came with me to the interview, which I am really thankful for. We got there at 5am. There was a line already, but it wasn't that long. I wasn't surprised to see many people selling ballpens and buggering you. They actually try to scare you by saying, "Do you have this or that?" then you double think to see if you DO have it. Just make sure you are ready when you get there.

Don't forget:

- documents
- passport
- appointment letter
- 2x2 pictures
- black pen
- Don't bring any electronics, no food or drinks. We just bought our papers and a wallet, that's it. Just don't bring anything. It's less stress for everyone.

They started letting people in at 6am, like I have expected since that was what everyone here in VJ said. You will go through this metal detector machine, but since we didn't really bring anything, it was easy. Once inside, there are about 3 windows. Here, they will get:

- 2 DS-156
- 2 DS-157
- 1 DS-156K
- Appointment letter

So, I suggest that before going to the embassy, or before entering, get those documents together already so you don't have a hard time looking for them in your folders anymore. Less stress, less time spent.. no worries. After that, they will give you a number plus those documents, then you will drop it in another window inside. I like the number we got cause it was a lucky number.

Now, it's the waiting game. We waited for 2 hours! Seriously a long time, good thing I had my fiance with me so we just talked and jokes around. After waiting for 2 hours, we were finally called. Always look at the number board to see who is called. It is called in RANDOM. They jump from 5000 to 7000. So, you better always check, so you don't miss it.

Anyway, we were called for an initial interview with a balding Filipino guy. He asked more questions than the American did which I find annoying! Anyway, he basically talked to my fiance and was just telling stories. He asked us:

- What is your name?
- What is your petitioner's name?
- Where does he live?
- Where does he work?
When I said Costco, the Filipino said, "Oh, I love Costco" and started telling stories for more than 10 minutes. (me rolls eyes)
- How many boyfriends have you had? (WTF! What is the relation of this question to the petition!)

It took a long time basically because he was just telling stories. He even told us about his marital problems. Geez. Obviously, I didn't like it.

After that, we waited for another 30 minutes for the finger scanning. Really fast, less than 5 minutes. By this time, the Miami-Dallas Game 5 was already starting, and we noticed that there was only one window open for the American interviewers. Our guess was that they were watching the game also! Just our luck. It was kinda okay though, cause we were entertained by the game as well. (There are huge TV's in the waiting area)

Finally, after an hour, we were called for a final interview. I was really nervous for this part, but apparently, there was nothing to be nervous about. The only window open, and it was a jolly woman with curly hair (which only confirmed out suspicion that all the guys are watching the basketball game). She was really nice and smiley which eased my nervousness. My fiance was re-assuring me and all. She asked:

- What is your name?
- What is your fiance's name?
- Where did you meet?
- When did he go to the States? (My fiance is a Filipino who went to the States when he was younger)
- Who petitioned him?
- Where does he work?
- Where will I plan to live?
- Where does he live?
- What are your wedding plans?
- Do you have kids? Precious marriages? (All no)

My fiance and I would debate and joke at times, and the interviewer found it funny. She was really nice. We offered her the previous income tax of my fiance, but she only needed the most recent ones. She didn't even ask for any pictures. It was easy. When she said we were approved, my fiance kissed me which caught me off guard so I kind of slapped his face and they all thought it was funny. That interview took us, i think, 5 minutes. It was fast.

After that, we were called to another window to drop off our mailing address for 2go to send my passport with a visa stamp on it. Then, we're done! It felt so great to get that off our shoulders because it has been a long process. We got out of there at 10:30am. The only problem was the long wait, but it was very organized. The place is clean and comfortable. Nothing really bad to say about it. Thank you to VJ for all the help it has given us. Good luck to everyone who will be having their interviews! :D Break a leg
Rating : Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-07-17
Embassy Review : The queue was long, because it was a busy airport. I had to wait in line for about 45 minutes to an hour. It was very easy. He just reviewed my papers and asked some basic questions like:

- Who is your petitioner?
- Where did you meet?

He reviewed my papers, took my picture and fingerprints, and I was good to go.

Very easy!!!

Harassment Level : Moderate

Local US CIS Office Review: Los Angeles CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : February 4, 2012
Embassy Review : We had an appointment for our AOS interview on February 3, 2012 at 1:00pm. We arrived at around 11:30 (super early, I know). There's parking at the back of the building for $6. There's a mall in front of the building, but parking is $16, and there's another one beside it, but it's for $8, so if you're frugal, look for the $6 one, it's not that far anyway. It's not hard to fine because it has a big sign, and it's off the freeway.

On the entrance of the building is a metal detector, so I guess don't bring anything that you don't really need. Then, we went on to the 8th floor and gave our appointment letter. At that point, all we had to do is wait for our name to be called.

At 1:30 pm, we were finally called. Our interview is a very jolly African-American woman, who made us feel very at ease. From the very start of the interview, she was all smiles and laughs, and the interview was quite informal, like we were just telling stories. It was fun.

She asked us papers/documents that will prove our relationship ever since I got the US, so my husband commenced to look for it while she asked me questions.

- What's your name?
- Address? Date of birth?
- Name of mother and father?
- How did we meet?

That's basically it. LOL. Once she asked the "How did we meet?" question, we went on chit chat mode, and after that was done, she basically told us that if she needs extra evidence, we'll hear from them in 2 weeks, and if not, then expect to receive the green card in 30 days. Well, she didn't really say that we were approved, but we kinda felt good about it.

After eating in a restaurant for lunch as celebration, we went home and I checked my case status online. It said Card/Document Production which made me smile BIG! Yey! So that was our interview experience. The only thing bad I can say is the wait, but it's all good.

Good luck everyone!
Harassment Level : Good

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