Fernandez19's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jennifer
Beneficiary's Name: Ricardo
VJ Member: Fernandez19
Country: Dominican Republic

Last Updated: 2013-06-24
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Immigration Checklist for Jennifer & Ricardo:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Dominican Republic
I-129F Sent : 2011-07-13
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-07-15
I-129F RFE(s) : None thank God!
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-10-20
NVC Received : 2011-11-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-11-14
Consulate Received : 2011-11-18
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received : 2011-12-06
Interview Date : 2012-01-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-01-18
US Entry : 2012-01-19
Marriage : 2012-04-15
Comments : POE: Newark, NJ
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 97 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 174 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Newark
POE Date : 2012-01-19
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was great through EWR airport! He was out in less than an hour. They asked him his name, who was petitioning him, when were we planning on getting married. They did open his luggage and he brought this wooden salad cutting board as a gift for my mom and they asked him what was that for? Lol. He explained to them and they said ooook. Otherwise everything else was fine! I thought he would take longer so I was late to the airport so he waited for me sitting down and made some friends in the meantime, lol! Good POE!

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2012-06-05
NOA Date : 2012-06-18
RFE(s) : 2012-06-11
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-19
AOS Transfer** : 2012-07-09
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-03
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-04-06
Comments : No interview

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-06-05
NOA Date : 2012-06-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-19
Approved Date : 2012-07-13
Date Card Received : 2012-07-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 38 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-06-05
NOA Date : 2012-06-15
RFE(s) : 2012-06-11
Date Received : 2012-07-26
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 38 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dominican Republic
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : January 14, 2012
Embassy Review : Our interview was for 645 am. We arrived to the consulate at 520am and parked our car 2 blocks away. We didn´t stay at the hotel bc my fiance lives a few minutes away. We started walking and the buscones were after us, lol. They were inside a yellow school bus and started telling everyone that the consulate was closing early that day at 12pm and that they would organize our papers for us and staple everything for free. Of course I was already warned, but my fiance started to gand over his papers to the SECRETARIA, lol. The girl kept telling me to get on the bus and I kept saying no that I wasnt going to sit down and we didn´t need to do this. Then I gave my fiance the face like lets go. So he finally listened and told the SECRETARIA to give him his papers back because he didnt want to do anything that I didnt want to. So the girl whispered, ´´Oh she´s american, she´s scared.´´ lol! Que Show! Anyways we walked and got in line and we hugged the whole time in line. We took with us two albums, 1 filing folder and a 3 inch white binder. Some people had no evidence and others just had one folder. I wore black dress pants with a nice dressy jacket and my fiance black dressy pants with a button up shirt.

We were allowed in at about 730 am and they seperate the men and women in two seperate lines and we walk in through metal detectors. Before you walk in they give you a paper with a number. You have to keep that paper until you are finished. Our number was 281.

We sat down on the big metal benches and they called our number like at 745 to to window 21 to hand in our documents. They did not ask for the affidavit. Everything was correct. We sat down once again.

About half hour later they called our number again to window 12 to pay the fee of 210.00 and they handed us a reciept. We sat down again.

About 20 minutes later they called us to window 24 to hand in our reciept to the same guy who took our documents.

At about 10am they called our number again and my fiance did his fingerprints at window 14.

We then went and had breakfast because there is a cafeteria inside. We hugged and kissed a lot until our number was called again at 120pm. We felt like it was forever! We saw that everyone that went to window 17 was getting approved and eveyone in windows 21 to 24 were coming out sad and denied. So I said ´Papi i hope we get window 17´

So at about 120pm we were called to window 17 and we kissed! lol. We ran up with our bags of evidence and she said good afternoon in spanish to both of us. She asked to him to write my name and sign on the documents and my fiance first signed and they put my name and i told him he did it wrong and asked the nice lady if he could cross it out. She allowed him to and we handed it in.

She then asked me to sit down and began to ask him questions:

What is your fiancee's name?
What is her birthdate?
How did you guys meet?
How long do you know Maria (My friend)?** We met through my friend Maria who married his uncle. So I went to the wedding and met him through my friend's wedding)
How long does your fiancee know Maria?
Where did your fiancee meet Maria?
What about your uncle (The one who married Maria)? Does he have a petition filed? Why is his case taking so long?
How many children do you have?
Where does your daughter live?
Were you ever married? NO
How long were you and your daughter's mother together?
How long have you been seperated?
Who does your daughter live with?
Did you buy her an engagement ring?
Who did you go with to buy the ring?
When did you propose?
Who was with you when you proposed?
Do you have wedding plans? ( YES WE Do)
Who's paying for the wedding?
Do you have family in the US?
Where is your mother?
Has she met your mother?
Where does she live?
Where was she born?

They called my name on the Loud Speaker and then asked him to sit down. She interviewed me in English.

Questions to ME (Petitioner)

What is your complete name?
What is your fiance's complete name?
What is his date of birth?
Where was he born?
How did you guys meet?
When did you meet your friend Maria?
Did your friend Maria first meet your fiance when she got married? No
How lonf so you know Maria?
How long does your fiance know Maria?
What about your friends husband? Where is he? (He's still in DR)
Is there a petition for him? Yes
Was your fiance single when you met him?
What about his ex-wife (TRICK QUESTION) My answer: HE WAS NEVER MARRIED! She was only his ex and the mother of his child
How many children does he have?
How long was he together with his ex?
Name of his ex?
What is his daughter's name?
How old is his daughter?
Have you ever met her?
Who does his daughter live with?
Where does she live? ( I memorized her address)
Do you have an engagement ring? ( I showed her my hand)
Do you have wedding bands? (YES, i had them with me and was going to show her but she said it wasn't necessary)

Who did he purchase the engagement ring with? Were you there? *I wasn't there, and I forgot that he did go w/ his sister. I told her the ring was a surprise and that he picked it out and the only thing I remember is him asking me if i liked yellow or white gold

Do you have any wedding plans? (yes) I took out my wedding contract and told her I had been making payments on the place. She looked through it.

Where is his mom? US, she stayed here on tourist visa. and i told her that.

Did you ever meet his mom? YEs

Did you meet her here or in the US? (I met her there but also visited her in the US)

Where did you spend your birthday? IN DR
When did he propose? On my birthday and I told her i specifically went there to spend my birthday with him.

Where did he propose? Adrian Tropical

Who was with you guys? Just us 2

She called his name on the loud speaker.

She asked us what about his daughter? We said she would come later. and then she said ok take this green paper and go pay domex. We didn't catch on that we were approved, lol. It literally took us like a minute then we hugged eachother and kissed! We said thank you!! and we went over and paid domex $9.50

Can't complain! Not a bad experience. I must say though, that while they asked me to sit down and they were questioning him I felt like those were the longest 10 minutes of my life! lol.

She didn't ask for any photos, although I took 2 albums. The only thing she saw was the wedding location contract.

Rating : Good

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