VanHouten's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Paul
Beneficiary's Name: Elena
VJ Member: VanHouten
Country: Russia

Last Updated: 2014-12-17
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Immigration Checklist for Paul & Elena:

Dept of State Other Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  


Other Visa
Event Date
NVC Received :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date :
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received :
US Entry : 2010-06-04
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2010-11-12
NOA Date : 2010-11-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2010-12-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2011-09-14 Submit Review
Approval / Denial Date : 2011-09-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2011-09-24
Comments : Approval not done on the spot, according to IO, hence no I-551 stamp. Case status on site changed 2 days after interview.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2010-11-12
NOA Date : 2010-11-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2011-01-31
Date Card Received : 2011-02-03
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 80 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2010-11-12
NOA Date : 2010-11-18
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2011-02-04
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 80 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-06-18
NOA Date : 2013-06-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-07-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-10-02
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2013-10-11
Comments : Transferred to California center, approved without interview.


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : New York City NY
Date Filed : 2014-06-18
NOA Date : 2014-06-23
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-23
Interview Date : 2014-11-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2014-12-17
Comments : Quick and uneventful visit, called precisely on time.

Member Reviews:

Local US CIS Office Review: New York City NY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : September 16, 2011
Embassy Review : We were scheduled for 2:30pm, walked into 26 Federal Plaza at 2:00pm, showed our interview letter in room 800, and were redirected to the 4th floor, where we showed the letter there along with picture IDs, and were told to wait to be called. There were about 30 other individuals in the waiting room.
We waited about 10 minutes, in that time only one other couple was called in. At 2:20pm an immigration officer called my wife's name. It was an african american lady about 35 years old. We followed her to an office, where she instructed us to remain standing, and swore us in. She invited us to sit down, and asked for original passports, birth certificates, marriage license, and any financial, insurance documents and any photographs we would like to present to support our application. While I was taking out the papers, she proceeded to question my wife, shooting out questions one after another.
Where did you meet? What were the circumstances? Who was with you at that time? Did you both know that person before? (It was during vacation in a third country) How did you stay in touch after the first meeting? When did you see each other next? Where was it? (another third country).
At this point she switched over to me: what did you do there? A few more questions about our relationship, our travel while in the US, our wedding (where, when, etc.), did I meet anyone from my wife's family, how many sisters/brothers, any other relatives. Back to my wife with similar questions about my relatives, how many times did she leave the country since arriving in the US. At the same time she was going through the documents, pictures, our wedding album, filing those to the case folder. When she came to a copy of an ultrasound picture (we are expecting a child), she warmed up a bit, and we chatted a bit more about the baby, asked me the due date, name of my wife's doctor and where the doctor's office was located, then asked my wife to stand up, noting that it wasn't really showing yet (but at this point it sounded quite friendly). She asked my wife if we rented or owned, if we had any joint accounts (by that time she already reviewed bank statements and credit card accounts and filed them), asked me the exact full maiden name of my wife and her date of birth, then went with my wife through the list of questions on I-485 (prior arrests, drug dealing etc.), asked if we knew about removal of conditions, and if we had any other questions for her.
We mentioned our plans to travel out of the country in 3 weeks, and she replied that it would take a few more days to get a final decision, but there was no reason for concern as she saw no issues with the case. Once approval is granted, the green card would arrive in 2 to 6 weeks, and in the meantime we could use the advanced parole, which she returned to us along with employment authorization card, also making a copy of I-94 for us, and keeping the original.
Overall the interview took about 25 minutes, we were out at 2:45pm, a bit exhausted but happy.
Harassment Level : Moderate


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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

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