XoxoHannah's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Steve
Beneficiary's Name: Hannah
VJ Member: XoxoHannah
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2011-05-12
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Immigration Checklist for Steve & Hannah:

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 : 2010-10-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2010-10-07
I-129F RFE(s) : none
RFE Reply(s) : none
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-03-23
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-04-04
Consulate Received : 2011-04-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-05-06
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-05-13
US Entry :
Marriage :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 167 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 211 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 9, 2011
Embassy Review : Hello everyone. Finally got the chance to post my experience here, but I won't go into details with the waiting time outside the embassy, guess it will be the same for almost everyone here

Now here what I went through (hope I won't bore you hehe) There were actually 6 steps/windows:

1st window: this is right after the embassy's entrance. Docs to hand in : DS 156 (2copies), DS 156K(1copy) and DS 157(2 copies)and BPI receipt. Embassy staff stapled it all together with a number slip on top, I was given a slip too. I was asked to go inside the embassy's building and to drop it in one of the windows (i'm not sure if i remember the window number right, so rather not mention it)

2nd window : where i dropped the DS forms that I've mentioned above.

***Start of the long wait***
After almost 3hours, 3rd window : Asked to say my full name and date of Birth out loud, then fingerprinting.

4th window: this time it only took approx 45 minutes for the wait . this is the pre-screener’s window. All are Filipinos. Mine was a male. He initially asked for my NBI Clearance, CENOMAR and Birth Certificate (both were printed on NSO Papers), which by chance I did put in one envelope together .

Then he started asking questions. How did I meet my fiancé, when was the first time we met each other in person, how many times did he visit me here in Ph and how long did he stay here. What countries I’ve visited and have worked at. What was my previous job. Am I currently employed (yes I was during the interview, I’m not sure if that have helped). He then asked for pictures of me and my fiancé together, I gave him 8 which he also gave back to me right away. He also asked for the I 134 and ITR, while handing I134 and a letter from my fiancé explaining his financial status, I was telling him my fiancé is getting SSDI (basically that makes his total income non taxable). So pre-screener instead asked for the SSDI award proof and did not mention the ITR anymore. I gave him the letters from Social Security and form 1099 for both my fiancé and his daughter (with ex-wife). Pre-screener asked about fiance’s daughter, how old is she and why she’s getting SSDI too( she’s 13 years old).

I was nervous because it went so quick, he didn’t even ask for the call/chat logs, emails, divorce decree etc. I was thinking,” did he assume already that we won’t make it that’s why he never bothered to ask all the documents?” But glad I was wrong.

5th window: I think I’ve only waited for about 30 minutes until my number flashed. It’s time for the consul’s window! He's very nice. He asked me to take an oath first (I’m not sure now if it was an oath that I will marry my fiancé within 90days upon arrival in the US ). He then asked some questions that pre-screener did: How did I meet my fiancé, when was the first time we met each other in person, how many times did he visit me here in Ph and how long did he stay here (fiancé came to visit me once and stayed for 2 weeks). He also asked what my fiance’s job is, I said he is retired and used to work for XYZ Company. He then asked for our pictures together and my passport. There was one picture that my aunt was with the two of us, consul asked who she was. He then put my passport in a ziplock (so I guess I felt a bit relieved). I’ve been to Guam which is a US territory, so he asked for my old passport to see my visa with “Guam Only” annotation. He then asked me to take an oath again and said congratulations and that my visa is approved and wished me luck. He told me I can go back to the waiting area and will be called again for the 2go mailing instruction.

6th window: didn’t wait so long, maybe it was only 15 minutes. person at the window went through all the documents that were handed to him (same set of docs the consul has during the interview). He verified the information I put on the delivery slip and then instructed me to give it to another window, which was finally the last window!

I am so thankful and happy that we got approved. As the expression says - "Pay it forward", so I will always try my very best to share any info that I can here in visajourney, especially to those people who have or will have the same queries like we’ve had such as Dubai Police Clearance and if fiancé is getting SSDI, these were the two things that we were expecting that we’ll have a problem with and we did so much research about.

Thanks for reading

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