kim&james's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: james
Beneficiary's Name: kim
VJ Member: kim&james
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2007-07-17
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Immigration Checklist for james & kim:

USCIS I-130/I-129F Petitions:  
Dept of State K3 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K3 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Consulate : Sydney, Australia
Marriage : 2004-10-29
I-130 Sent : 2005-02-25
I-130 NOA1 : 2005-03-17
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-129F Sent : 2005-03-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-04-01
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2005-06-22
NVC Received : 2005-06-30
NVC Left : 2005-07-06
Consulate Received : 2005-07-12
Packet 3 Received : 2005-07-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2005-07-19
Packet 4 Received : 2005-07-29
Interview Date : 2005-09-12
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2005-09-14
US Entry : 2005-09-19
I-130 Approval : 2005-06-08
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 82 days from your NOA1 date.

Your I-130 was approved in 83 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 179 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2005-09-19
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Officer seemed a bit annoyed with the people in front of me.. there was a problem with his passport then my turn.. because I had everything he needed and he opened the packet there.. instead of going somewhere else, everything went well and I was told welcome to America.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Atlanta GA
Date Filed : 2006-07-21
NOA Date : 2006-07-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2006-08-11
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2007-06-04
Approval / Denial Date : 2007-06-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2007-07-16
Comments : Original DO was New Orleans
no change as of 12/18/2006
Moved to Alabama 03/07, DO changed to Atlanta.

As of interview date, approved pending I-693A
Welcome letter received via snail mail,notice date 07/05/2007

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2007-02-06
NOA Date : 2007-02-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2007-03-01
Approved Date : 2007-04-11
Date Card Received : 2007-04-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 64 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic:
Event Description
Review Date : September 15, 2005
Embassy Review : Well not too bad for an interview... 5 mins to hand in the documents. Wait 3 hours then have the interview.... unfortunately being a New Zealander, I had to send a form (with the DS 230) for them to send to NZ for my police check (NZ does not issue police cert) this was not back on the day of my interview but they requested a follow up that day. So I did not get my visa issued.

Did not have the dragon lady, but a really lovely young lady who was very polite and we noticed that alot of people were being called back alot to check over their documents.... BE PREPARED!!
Affidavit of Support seemed to be the most problematic with most people (there on the day). Not enough documentation or asset based without supporting documents.

Cons Off was very nice and asked very few questions really but with James and myself answering at the same time problably helped LOL
Actually the cons off looked a bit sad when he issued my 221g and did make sure to tell us that he just couldnt issue the visa yet... until the extra cert from NZ arrived but that was all... I was devasted thinking of another seperation but James was great... and managed to at least ask the right questions while I was still fixated on .. "not getting visa"

The next day we decided to go sightseeing around Sydney and saw the harbour bridge and opera house and then walked up to Govt house... Here we received a call from the embassy saying they had received the paperwork from NZ and if I would like to drop my passport back to the embassy they would issue my visa at 3.30 that afternoon. Took us 15 mins to run from Govt house to our hotel on Philips St (to change) and get to the Embassy.

Back at 3.30 in the afternoon, 2 other people were there to pick up their visas... K1 and IR1... They had only finished interviews 1/2 hour before so were running late... the other 2 got their visas then I was called o the counter and low and behold.... their printer broke down and could I please ph back in the morning and they will let me know if it is ready...

So James, myself, Vic (k1) and Wendy (IR1) went for a drink out in front of the embassy.

Picked up the passport finally the next morning and looked in my brand spanking new passport to see... a stamp accross it saying "cancelled without predujice"
Stun look....
then I turned the page and there was another one... a good one...
Checked the first cancelled one and it was for an IR1 visa... DAMN they picked it up and I could have gotten really really lucky!!!
Oh well.... I have my K3 and am leaving with James on Monday...

Rating : Good

POE Review: Los Angeles
Event Description
Entry Date : 2005-09-19
Embassy Review : Officer seemed a bit annoyed with the people in front of me.. there was a problem with his passport then my turn.. because I had everything he needed and he opened the packet there.. instead of going somewhere else, everything went well and I was told welcome to America.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Atlanta GA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 24, 2007
Embassy Review : So it was up early and heading to the big city....

We arrived in Atlanta at around 9am with our appointment at 10.30am so off we went to the mall just around the corner from the USCIS offices looking for coffee....

Arrived at the USCIS at around 9.45 and through security up to the third floor, handed in our interview notice and took a seat.

Officer: Mrs F...
Me: yes
Officer: any reason why you are late today?
Me: pardon?
Officer: any reason why you are late this morning?
Me: we are not. Our appointment is for 10.30am its only 10am
Officer: No it is 11am where are you coming from?
Me: Alabama
Officer: We are ahead in time here... take a seat, its now my lunchtime but I will see you after.

So off to a shaky start with the officer to start with.
After an hour of me poking the husband in the arm for not realising time difference (something I would never have thought of) we were called into her office.
Swore in and answered all the no questions.
Asked for passport EAD latest taxes and wedding pictures. That was all we were asked for.
Chatted for a bit after I kept apologising about the mixup with the times but apparently this must happen a bit for out of state people so it really wasnt to much of a drama.
She photocopied the taxes and some photos.

My FBI namecheck is complete so thats a good thing but the catch, although I included my vaccination worksheet which shows all necessary vaccinations as complete I have to send in the I-693A. She said approved pending that document so thats a good thing.

All in all, it was like she was just rubber stamping it and just needs to dot the I's and cross the T's.
I was a bit dissappointed as I had a stack of stuff and 2 photo albums and all sorts of letters from family and friends and none of it was needed.
Not saying it isnt a good idea to be prepared, Im glad I did have all of that, just in case... but I feel like I went to alot of effort for nothing.

Harassment Level : Moderate

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