arh1's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Heather
Beneficiary's Name: Al
VJ Member: arh1
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2015-09-08
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Immigration Checklist for Heather & Al:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2011-02-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-02-18
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-05-23
NVC Received : 2011-06-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-06-07
Consulate Received : 2011-06-10
Packet 3 Received : 2011-06-15
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-06-28
Packet 4 Received : 2011-07-28
Interview Date : 2011-08-22
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-29
US Entry : 2011-12-12
Marriage :
Comments : POE: Dallas Fort Worth. No problems, just a long wait for secondary.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 94 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 185 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2011-12-12
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Long wait (circa 3 hours) in secondary.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Reno NV
Date Filed : 2012-03-22
NOA Date : 2012-03-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-04-20
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-06-04
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-03-22
NOA Date : 2012-03-30
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-04-20
Approved Date : 2012-05-10
Date Card Received : 2012-05-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 49 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-03-22
NOA Date : 2012-03-30
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-05-19
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 49 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-03-10
NOA Date : 2014-03-14
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-06-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Reno NV
Date Filed : 2015-06-23
NOA Date : 2015-06-26
Bio. Appt. : 2015-07-20
Interview Date : 2015-08-31
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-09-18
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 22, 2011
Embassy Review : Interview Review – K1 Visa
USA Embassy, London
Monday 22nd August 9:30am

I flew down to London on the 21st and stayed at The Lancaster Gate Hotel for the night. In the evening I took a walk to the Embassy (approximately 30 minutes walk) to see where it was etc.

In the morning I woke up early, at about 6am and had breakfast etc in the hotel and chose to get the tube two stops to Bond Street, the closest of the tube stops to the Embassy. I walked down Davies Street and Brook Street and arrived at Grosvenor Square and walked up to the Embassy. I arrived early at about 0730am and joined the queue of 20 or so others in the Visa line. The line starts directly outside of the security booth and officials checked my appointment letter, MRV receipt and passport before letting me through into the security booth. I will reiterate the fact that you are not allowed to take in any electrical item – mobile phone, MP3, car keys etc. A number of people in front of me were not aware of this and were directed to one of two pharmacies (Gould’s and another I didn’t catch the name) where such items can be stored. I left mine at the hotel. I was handed a plastic bag in which to put my belt, watch and wallet and any loose change.

The security booth was easy. All items including bags and plastic bag went through an airport style x-ray machine as do you. Following this I was directed out the rear of the security booth and walked to the right, around the Embassy following the clearly posted yellow ‘VISA’ signs, up the stairs to the reception desk. At the reception desk the MRV receipt and appointment letter are checked again and stickers attached with your interview number – I902 for me. Then walked up the stairs to the waiting room and was sat down between the courier desk and the display TV’s. I sat down at about 0745.

The room is laid out with the TV screens in the centre, a snack bar at the far end, courier desk as you walk in and interview windows to the side and round the corner next to the toilets.

At about 0800 the TVs powered on and almost instantly the PA system started asking for N numbers at a rate of a few per minute. At about 0810 I was called to window 14. At window 14 I was greeted by an older lady who was fairly abrupt and non-chatty. She asked for and checked my MRV receipt and passport and went to find my file. After about 1 minute she arrived back with a pink file with my name on (not as large a file as I had in my mind that it would be) but when she opened it someone else’s form was the top page – not a similar name to mine either!! She went off for about 5 minutes and came back with my file and my paperwork at the top this time.

She took a checklist out and asked for my passport photos, police certificate (and copy), birth certificate (and copy) and I-134 from my fiancée. I duly handed all of these items to her. I told her that because my fiancée is living and working in the UK just now she did not put an occupation or income on the I-134 (just $40,000 worth of savings) and it would not continue in the USA and asked if she would like an I-134 from her father instead who has an income and further assets. She said “no – we don’t require it for this type of visa – just one from the petitioner is all”. I just accepted this, she took my finger prints (took a few attempts) and she then started asking a couple of basic questions:

CO: Have you ever been arrested?
Me: No.
CO: Have you ever been in the military?
Me: No.
CO: Have you had any previous marriages?
Me: No.
CO: Go take a seat in the waiting room and fill out this form (and she handed me a pink form to fill in for the Courier).

I sat back in the waiting room but on the opposite side of the room this time. The room was nearly full at this time (0830) so I filled in the courier form and sat and stared around the room. The room was not what I expected and very “un-Americanised” compared to what I had imagined. There was 1, maybe 2 American flags and a couple of Andy Warhol prints on the wall.

In between the plethora of N numbers that were called were a few E numbers, a D number and an I number or two. At about 0900 I was called back to window 15. I was greeted by a very friendly, nice blonde haired woman.

She immediately put me at ease and made me raise my right hand and pledge that I was telling the truth in both all of my paperwork and the interview. She checked my fingerprints then asked me to print my fiancées name and sign mine underneath and then started asking a couple of questions:

CO: How did you meet?
Me: my answer
CO: Have you met her parents?
Me: my answer
CO: OK I am going to approve your visa. Take your form to the courier desk.
Me: Thank you!

It was really, truly simple and nothing to be at all nervous about. I had initial concerns about the I-134 but as noted above, this appeared to be a non-issue. The questions were really simple and not designed to catch you out in any way and the CO was very friendly. All in all, a better experience than what I had expected.

I then went to the courier desk and ordered pre midday delivery and was charged to my credit card. No cash is accepted, only cards (exc AMEX).

I walked out, and back through the security booth and was standing outside by 0910, twenty minutes before my scheduled interview time. I took the tube back to the hotel and surprised my fiancée who had stayed there.

Then wandered around London for a bit, had a celebratory lunch, made our way back to Heathrow and am now sitting at home with a glass of champagne writing this.

If anyone has any questions than please just get in touch and I will provide assistance where possible.

Most of all – DON’T be nervous, it isn’t that bad!!
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Reno NV
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : June 4, 2012
Embassy Review : I had my interview for AOS from k1 this morning at 830am in my local office. We arrived at about 800am and went through the security/metal detector and were told to wait in the waiting room. For those of you who are in the same area - it is the waiting room opposite the one where they did the biometrics and the room with the infopass appointment windows.

At just after 900am we were called and were shown to a small room by a friendly middle aged woman. She made us "swear to tell the truth" etc before sitting down and raising our right hands.

She then asked us to sit and we had to fill in a sheet of paper (one each, both identical) asking for name, address, phone number and employment if any then handed them back. She then asked us "How did you meet?" which I answered, then she asked us "Why did we decided to come to USA rather than stay in Scotland?" which I answered.

She then asked if we had any evidence our us living together/having joint bills etc. We gave her details of our joint bank account, joint credit card account and Verizon family plan with both numbers and photos from a holiday last year. She kept the credit card and Verizon info and then asked a few of the yes/no quesntions from the I485 form before saying she was "approving this today" and took my I94.

She said that I would receive my GC within about 2 weeks. I asked her if she could stamp my passport with a temporary I551 stamp as I am hoping to travel home in less than that. She said she couldn't here but to go out and make an infopass appointment and they will (if I bring the itenerary).

We thanked her and left her office (in and out in less than 10 minutes) and went to schedule an infopass appointment for 1030am (same day). We waited until about 1130am and the same woman who interviewed us did my infopass appointment and gave me the temporary stamp in my passport with a 1 month validity to allow reentry if my GC hadn't arrived by then, she took my EAD/AP card here too.

I had a Decision/approval email by 300pm.

Harassment Level : Very Good

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