3t3rnal's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: cha
Beneficiary's Name: chan
VJ Member: 3t3rnal
Country: Laos

Last Updated: 2012-12-31
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Immigration Checklist for cha & chan:

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 : Laos
I-129F Sent : 2011-05-02
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-05-23
I-129F RFE(s) : none
RFE Reply(s) : none
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-08-16
NVC Received : 2011-08-25
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-08-31
Consulate Received : 2011-09-07
Packet 3 Received : 2011-09-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-09-14
Packet 4 Received : 2011-09-14
Interview Date : 2011-11-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-11-23
US Entry : 2011-12-06
Marriage : 2011-12-25
Comments : once you get your NOA2 (APPROVAL)
for LAOS fiance/spouse

here is the US Consulate in Laos website packet 3 (that your spouse/fiance picks up):

http://laos.usembassy.gov/fiance_2011.html

from the website you can pretty much do packet 3 for your fiance/spouse, print & send it off to them b4 your approval reaches the US Consulate in Laos, & ur pretty much done with the paperwork for them (& dont need to hire anyone over there to run around doing packet 3 for you)

if you're need documents translated (birth certificate, single status certificate, police record, etc...) there's a place run by some hmong dude near talet sao mall in vientiane (it's on the block that has a lot of hmong stalls/vendors b4 talet sao mall block) he does translations & it costs around 80k lao kip a page (roughly $10 a page), i had to get 4 papers translated (so $40), make sure when the documents are picked up that you/fiance check it over & make sure there's no mistakes (the guy rush my fiance's stuff in a day & there were some mistakes although minor)

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR NOA2, give about a week or so make sure to email the embassy in laos (conslao@state.gov) and ask them politely if they got your packet from the US yet (put in your name & birthdate & your beneficiaries name & birthdate in the email, so they know who you are)...AS SOON AS YOU GET A OKAY from the embassy in laos that they got your packet & that your fiance can go pickup her packet 3 (the stuff in the link above) to fill out & do her medical. You should pretty much already have done packet 3 already for your beneficiary & sent it to them (takes around a week for mail to go from the US to Laos) & all they needa do is pretty much go do their medical & then take the checklist of packet 3 to the laos consulate and get a interview date.

I told my fiance to go a week after I got an email from the consulate that my fiance can go pick up packet 3, & pretty much got her a long wait for her interview (she was scheduled 2 months later)...so if you got all your paperwork straight, you should tell your beneficiary to go asap 2 get a interview date asap...I coulda been done maybe a month or so earlier if she had went a week early & got a earlier interview date.

good luck every1 who finds <3 n da ole country
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 179 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fresno CA
Date Filed : 2012-08-20
NOA Date : 2012-08-23
RFE(s) : none
Bio. Appt. : 2012-09-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-12-14
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-12-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-12-29
Comments : interview went pretty smooth, i was asked more questions than my wife and she was approved for a 2 year green card

I pretty much had to recount how we met to the officer. The officer just sorta confirmed with my wife some basic information about herself & her parents info as on the G-325a, asked her for our address, asked her the questions about drugs, trouble with the law, illegal activities, etc...

Officer asked for wife's passport, i94, ssn card, marriage certificate, and birth certificate. I gave her the paperwork + my wife's military dependent ID card, health insurance card, & dental insurance card, etc...

I guess my only advice(s) for k-1 & aos interview is to be prepared mentally & MOST importantly be prepared/organized with all your documents...A lot of paperwork weren't really asked for from both interviews (k-1/aos) & a lot of the paperwork that was asked for the officer already had it in the packet (but i guess they didn't want to go browsing into it or haven't browsed into it)...being able to hand out whatever it is that the officer is asking for gives a lot of positives & will probably lighten up the officer's day if he/she is not having a good day...all in all the one most comment I got from the officer was that I was really fast, prepared, & organized with all my paperwork (officer didn't even feel the need to browse through our picture book of 1year being together).

the mental part shouldn't be too hard, since technically you & your loved 1 should already know each other & or having been living together for so long and shouldn't be all caught up in your head when they ask about your lives apart/together.

Like I tell my wife, all the questions is about us & our lives & not some memorization quiz or rocket science topic.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Laos
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 19, 2011
Embassy Review : We went super early like 0600 something, consulate didn't open till 0740ish am...our supposed appointment was at 0800

We went in turn in our papers at the window (we had everything in binders & clear plastic folders, which they told us to take out of)

Waited around 45min or so, then the cashier came to the window & we paid her fee

Waited around another 20min or so, then cashier/co came back w/ our papers to ask where my employment paper was at (told her the military told me they dont do employment letters & that they told me my contract & military ID should be enough), she checked it off in her checklist.

Waited around another 30min, while I think 2 spousal visas went (i think both failed, since i overheard something about their kids papers not being fully completed or w/e).

Then came our turn (ironically they called my name instead of hers, so we got a lil confused at 1st, but they then called her name a few seconds later).

We both showed up to window 7, was a I think chinese CO (very good english) and a hmong translator. CO was happy/surprised that I was there too, but told me to go back & sit down while they interview her & if they need to ask me anything they'll call me.

She was asked:

-How we met?
-What we talked about/did when we met?
-Asked what my job was?
-Asked her what branch I was in? she didn't know
-Asked her if I was ever deployed? she didn't know
-pointed to a picture inside Patuxai & asked if we met there? trap question
-she was askd if she had any questions? no

In all everything took less then 5minutes...then I was called back over & asked if I had any questions (NO), the hmong translator was already gone. CO told us we passed & wrote pickup time on white slip & told us to pickup visa per say white slip time. CO told fiance have a HAPPY LIFE IN AMERICA =D.

We were so happy we forgot about our cellphones until we were already at our hotel, we changed & came back to get it & a victory lunch at thangong =D
Rating : Good


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