arnaudgf's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Linda
Beneficiary's Name: Arnaud
VJ Member: arnaudgf
Country: France

Last Updated: 2016-04-13
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Immigration Checklist for Linda & Arnaud:

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 : France
I-129F Sent : 2011-04-14
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-04-21
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-08-05
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2011-09-03
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-09-13
Packet 4 Received : 2011-10-06
Interview Date : 2011-10-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-10-17
US Entry : 2011-10-18
Marriage : 2011-10-29
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 106 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 173 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Philadelphia
POE Date : 2011-10-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Albany NY
Date Filed : 2011-11-14
NOA Date : 2011-11-18
RFE(s) : 2012-03-19
Bio. Appt. : 2011-12-16
AOS Transfer** : 2011-12-06
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-04-06
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-04-16
Comments : RFE to redo my medical (file not transfered)

No interview necessary

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-11-14
NOA Date : 2011-11-18
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2011-12-16
Approved Date : 2012-01-23
Date Card Received : 2012-02-03
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-11-14
NOA Date : 2011-11-18
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-02-03
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-01-16
NOA Date : 2014-01-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-02-13
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-07-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: France
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 12, 2011
Embassy Review : I had my review on 10-11-2011.

The few days before were a bit of race since I got my interview letter on 10/6. But I managed to get the physical (Dr Slattery) done the day before and I was all set for the interview.

I made it into the consulate at 12:45. I picked my ticket (hard to figure out how many people are in front of you since there are different list depending on the type of visa).
First a lady called me up to pick up my interview letter.
I had to wait around 30-40 minutes and started to stress a little when I saw the amount of documentation some other applicant brought (like a bag full of papers). Finally the lady calls me up again to check and collect all my documents, quickly explains me the process. She then tells me a consulate officer will interview me next.

After a few more minutes I'm called up to another counter where another lady first has me raise my right hand and swear all the information I provide are true. Then she asks me basic questions: When and how did we meet, did I meet her family, did she meet mine, when did I move back to France, have we seen each other since then, when do we intend to get married, do I have a job already in the US.

The then said she approves the visa and will issue the next day :D According to her I will get it in 10 days.

I was out of the consulate at 2:45 pm

Everyone was nice and helpful
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Philadelphia
Event Description
Entry Date : 2011-10-18
Embassy Review : I arrived on 10/18 in Philadelphia with a K-1 visa and my precious envelope.

I was first inspected by the usual CBP agent at a counter. He asked me a few questions like when and where I met my fiancee, what she was doing and if I had already a job. Then the agent told me to go to the secondary inspection office in the back so they can file my papers.
The office was a bit confusing at first, there was nobody at the front, you had to go to the back to find someone to give your paperwork to. 10-15 minutes later they called me up, explained me I had to get married and send the AOS papers in 90 days... and that was it.

It took overall 15 to 20 minutes more than when you arrive as a visitor (keep that in mind if you have a connection), they didn't really ask me much question (at least not different than the one I was asked at the embassy). The agents were not overly friendly nor suspicious (the usual CBP agent).
Harassment Level : Low

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