Sarah&Michel's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Sarah
Beneficiary's Name: Michel
VJ Member: Sarah&Michel
Country: Cuba

Last Updated: 2016-11-01
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Immigration Checklist for Sarah & Michel:

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 : Switzerland
I-129F Sent : 2011-07-28
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-08-02
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-02-28
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-03-16
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-06-21
Interview Result : Administrative Review
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-08-08
US Entry : 2012-09-09
Marriage : 2012-11-16
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 210 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 324 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2012-11-27
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-01-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-09-09
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-09-14
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2012-11-27
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received : 2013-01-11
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between April 20, 2013 and June 25, 2013*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2012-11-27
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-01-11
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your AP may be adjudicated between July 8, 2013 and September 23, 2013*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-06-08
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-04-12
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center :
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2016-06-18
NOA Date : 2016-06-21
Bio. Appt. : 2016-07-22
Interview Date : 2016-10-24
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2016-11-16
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Switzerland
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : June 22, 2012
Embassy Review :
We had our interview on June 21. We arrived to the park near the Interests Section around 6:30, just as two representatives were explaining the process. They assigned numbers to all those who had interviews that day. First they began with those the visas temporales and then they assigned the numbers for the visas definitivas (such as the K-1).  We were assigned number 134.

We then lined up (in the rain) to enter the building.  The line was slow moving- we entered the building around 10:30.

Once you enter the building, you pass through security, and then to a room where they check your documents. The man there told us we should be prepared to hand in the application forms/affidavit as well as a selection of our evidence.  He also assigned us a red card with the number 10 printed on it.  Other people (not fiance visa applicants) were assigned blue cards.

From there, we passed to another room, where we handed in our documents, took fingerprints (his not mine) and paid $240 CUC (must be in CUC) visa fee. All in all, the process until now took about an hour.

Then we waited on another line, after  which we passed through security again, and then entered the waiting room, which was flanked by 8 windows where they do the interviews.

We waited for about an 1.5 hours to be called for the interview. The woman who interviewes us was young and very serious. It seemed that she was training a colleague as there was another woman present who did not speak.  First she interviewed my fiance and then she interviewed me. Then she interviewed him again separately. She was very hard on us bc we each had submitted prior applications with other people. She grilled us about our previous relationships and then asked about the following to compare our answers:
- Names and occupations of family members
- Names of friends (names of his friends living outside of Cuba)
- Where and when we met
- When we decided to get married
- Our wedding plans
- Our studies and occupations
- How often we communicated
- where we stay when I travel to Cuba

She didn't bother looking through the majority of evidence we had brought (emails, chat logs, etc.) but wanted to see more pictures (I only had a few.) i think they like evidence that they can quickly look at to verify the relationship rather than things they need to read. She even quizzed him on the photos I sent with my K-1 application.

The interview lasted about 15-20 minutes, after which we were finally approved. They requested he come back with his CV in English. Once they received that, they told us the visa should be ready within a week.

The interview was much more stressful than I had anticipated. I thought it would be easy because we have been together for 2.5 years and have a very solid relationship, but we lacked pictures (I travel often to Cuba and when I am here, our life is so mundane that it doesn't even occur to me to take pictures) and we obviously were subject to greater scrutiny due to our previous applications (mine was nearly 10 years ago and his relationship ended before they completed the process so it didn't occur to him that they had it registered in the system.)  We are still in shock and will feel better once we have the visa in hand. But we are relieved and excited to begin planning for his arrival and of course, our wedding.

Thanks to all on this forum for the information, advice and support!





Rating : Good


POE Review: JFK
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-09-09
Embassy Review : My fiance, Michel arrived to JFK on September 9. His flight arrived at 12:30. He had to wait more than 4 hours for his case to be processed. He said that as soon as the officials saw that he was entering on a K-1 visa, they switched his case to a different pile. He said this happened several times. He said that one of the officials asked him if he was marrying for convenience or for love. When he began to answer, the guy started talking over him and saying, "blah blah blah." That really does not seem like an appropriate way for an immigration official to behave, but whatever. Once they started reviewing his case, it only took about 10 minutes. The waiting was the worst part.
Harassment Level : Moderate


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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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