MuDelphi's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brandon
Beneficiary's Name: Lenny
VJ Member: MuDelphi
Country: China

Last Updated: 2016-04-15
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Immigration Checklist for Brandon & Lenny:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2011-02-25
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-03-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-20
NVC Received : 2011-07-05
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-07-08
Consulate Received : 2011-08-05
Packet 3 Received : 2011-08-11
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-08-11
Packet 4 Received : 2011-09-06
Interview Date : 2011-09-26
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-10-01
US Entry : 2011-10-04
Marriage : 2011-10-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 102 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 200 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Detroit
POE Date : 2011-10-04
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : I accompanied my wife through the visitors line, and we spent about 45 minutes at the officer's counter, as he slowly processed through the documents, generally confused about the workings of the K-1 VISA, and telling me that she couldn't get a SSN before we marry. (He was dumb) Anyway, the most dangerous thing was that he threw up a redflag that the application had expired at the consulate, all of the China ones do, because they are so slow, and the consulate extended the application, as they always do, and noted on the document. He asked me why the State department did I know what the hell the state department's paperwork and process guidelines are. After 30 minutes of BS, he called a supervisor who told him to immediately process her entrance. If I hadn't been there to help my wife, it would have been bad. He really grilled us.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2011-12-15
NOA Date : 2011-12-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-20
AOS Transfer** : 2012-01-07
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-08-16
Comments :

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-05-20
NOA Date : 2014-05-27
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-06-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-12-19
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2015-10-06
NOA Date : 2015-10-23
Bio. Appt. : 2015-11-27
Interview Date : 2016-02-23
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2016-05-02
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 27, 2011
Embassy Review : Quick interview, quick approval.

Rewind to receiving P4: they left out a lot of documents, and sent us the non-K1 packet. If you don't pay attention, things like this will trip you up. Pay attention to the lists on this website for your visa type.

Medical: went to the Family clinic on a Saturday morning. Few people there, and we returned at 4 pm to pickup results and x-ray.

Document intake:

The took everything listed on the instruction packet, excluding two items:

1. The non-married notarized white book. They took the other two, the police and birth certs, but not that one. They did ask her to sign a statement that she was able to marry.
2. Photocopy of her passport.

I was really unsure about this, so my fiance took this stuff to the interview the next day just in case the document handler made a mistake.

Interview day:

Arrived at about 5:30 am. Old people and families, mostly, got the green stickers the day before, so they went in first. I waited in the coffee shop on the 4th floor for about 2.5 hours and she came out smiling.

Extremely short interview:

1. Who is the petitioner?
2. How did we meet?
3. When meet in person?
4. Where will we live in USA?
5. What do you love about him?
6. Asked to see pictures.
7. Are you CCP?

Didn't look at the EOR, or any of that junk.

A lot of the old ladies there seemed surprised she was OKed so quickly. A lot of blues and non-approvals today, but mostly people trying to get green cards I think. We did see one woman who was trying to get the married visa, but the US husband was : 1. Not there, 2. Hadn't visited in over a year, 3. 30 year age difference. I think those are big red flags for China (Unlike that hogwash that goes on in the Philippines; 40 year age difference, VISAs handed out like candy)

My fiance handed over my passport with hers at the beginning, and was very useful, she thinks; VO spent a lot of time looking at my 5 entry stamps in the last 12 months.

Read the guides, ask questions, and do the paperwork right; none of this is a joke, and if you need help, don't be afraid to seek it. Watch out for old information; things change quickly in regards to US policy at each consulate. Too much time and emotion wasted if you don't do this right.
Rating : Very Good

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