dindo and patty's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Dindo
Beneficiary's Name: Patty
VJ Member: dindo and patty
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2015-02-10
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Immigration Checklist for Dindo & Patty:

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 : 2011-04-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-04-05
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-06-24
NVC Received : 2011-07-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-07-28
Consulate Received : 2011-08-04
Packet 3 Received : 2011-07-29
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-08-03
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-08-16
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-19
US Entry : 2011-09-02
Marriage : 2011-09-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 80 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 133 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2011-09-02
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was a piece of cake. CBP officer was very nice and knowledgeable. She even reminded us to get married within 90 days. It took about 45 minutes to get through.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Sacramento CA
Date Filed : 2011-10-25
NOA Date : 2011-11-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-29
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-01-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-01-27
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-02-04
Comments : AOS interview at USCIS at Sacramento was a breeze. USCIS already updated Patty's application on USCIS website to card ordered for production 1/28/2012. USCIS Sacramento is awesome!

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-25
NOA Date : 2011-11-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-11-29
Approved Date : 2011-12-27
Date Card Received : 2012-01-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-10-25
NOA Date : 2011-11-01
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-01-05
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2013-11-25
NOA Date : 2013-12-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-12-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-03-24
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Received approval date on 3/24/14. No interview needed out of CSC.

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Sacramento CA
Date Filed : 2014-12-11
NOA Date : 2014-12-30
Bio. Appt. : 2015-01-16
Interview Date : 2015-02-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2015-02-25
Comments : It is amazing how quickly the application for citizenship was processed. From when it was submitted to oath ceremony is 75 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 18, 2011
Embassy Review : Visa approval was a breeze. This review is geared more towards petitioners who are present at their fiance\\\'s interview at the US Embassy Manila. Got there
at 5:15 am and was out by 11:15. The hardest part was the wait. Other than that, just follow instructions and if you\\\'re required documents are complete, it will be a breeze. It did help that I (petitioner) was there as it was more conversational than an interview.

First call for preliminary interview with a younger Filipino gentleman:
- right away he recognized I was the petitioner and stated towards Patty that this will be an easy interview since I was there.
- he only took the I-134, tax return/ITR for 2010, W-2, verification of employment letter, looked at some pictures

The questions asked of Patty were :

1. When and how did you first start communicating
2. When was the first time you met in person
3. What did Dindo do for a living

Second call was biometrics

Third call was with the Consular Officer who was an American gentleman probably in his late 40\\\'s or early 50\\\'s:

- we stood there for a couple of minutes while he reviewed the file and the notes from the preliminary interview
- then, he swore us in

The questions asked by the Consul were:

1. Did you you travel to another country before (which Patty did travel to China in 2004)
2. Were you ever married before and do you have any children
3. Did your fiancee send any money remittance

Questions asked of me (petitioner):

1. Where do you work
2. Were you married before
3. Do you have children, how old are they, and are they out of the house

The rest was more like a conversation:
- he noticed I was with USAA (my banking institution) and I told him yes because I was in the military
- he asked my what branch and I told him I did 20 years in the USAF
- he asked me what rank I retired as and I told him I retired as an E-7
- he asked what our plans were for a wedding

It took less than 10 minutes with the CO and then the magic words: Congratulations your visa is approved!

If you scheduled your interview online and already indicated where to deliver or pick up the visa, then, they didn\\\'t even make us fill up another form for the 2Go carrier.

Thank you Lord and thank you for this website and all the members who have paved the way and continue to pave the way!

Interview August 16 & visa in hand August 19. We picked it up from 2go branch at the Mall of Asia! Tracking it online is useless. Call 2go and find out that way.


(updated on October 24, 2011)

(updated on November 22, 2011)
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