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  Petitioner's Name: Stefan
Beneficiary's Name: Claudia
VJ Member: Peter_Pan
Country: Romania

Last Updated: 2013-04-18
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Immigration Checklist for Stefan & Claudia:

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 : Bucharest, Romania
I-129F Sent : 2011-11-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-11-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-04-24
NVC Received : 2012-05-14
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-05-16
Consulate Received : 2012-05-18
Packet 3 Received : 2012-05-22
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-05-24
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-06-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-06-18
US Entry : 2012-07-04
Marriage :
Comments : Easy peasy.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 151 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 202 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Minneapolis/St Paul
POE Date : 2012-07-04
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Saint Paul MN
Date Filed : 2013-02-04
NOA Date : 2013-02-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-04
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received:
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-04
NOA Date : 2013-02-12
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-04
Approved Date : 2013-04-04
Date Card Received : 2013-04-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 59 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-04
NOA Date : 2013-02-12
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-04-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 59 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bucharest, Romania
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 15, 2012
Embassy Review :
Got there at 12.00 in a nice stormy weather, umbrella free (took the 301 from Piata Romana). The security guard showed me a place where I could wait, like a covered buss stop, only longer.

There were four of us, all women. I knew one from yesterday’s medical, the other two knew each other from their medical (we used different clinics). One of us was applying for family reunion, two for K1 and one for marriage visa. I was the only one who was marrying a “genuine” American, the other two were Romanian immigrants in the US.

At 13.00 they called or names and we went through security check point. We had to leave the phones, my nail file, and any bags, then we were allowed in the courtyard. I was feeling like I’ve just leveled up, too much FarmVille.

Then we entered the main building for visas, which had numerous counters. I’ve turned in my passport and all the required papers to a Romanian lady who was very impolite and acting like she had been on a steady diet of lemon. I couldn’t hear what she was saying very well, because she was talking through a mic, so I had to ask her to repeat some things at times, which irritated her further (excuse me for making you work, lady). Told her we have a co-sponsor, she asked if my fiancé isn’t working, I told her he is, just not making enough at the moment.

Afterwards we were called to have our fingerprints taken, which is accomplished through the Vulcan salute, I thought that was funny. The guy doing that was American and nice and polite.

5 minutes later I was called to the interview. My officer was a young man who probably wanted to practice his Romanian, because he wanted to talk in Romanian, whereas I wanted to speak English.. His Romanian was good, but he had an accent and I was afraid I might have issues with fully comprehending him, especially since there was a secured glass wall between us. He made me swear all there is in the file is true, which I did

The interview was long, but I wasn’t feeling stressed because he was nice (unlike that Romanian lady!!!). He asked if my fiancé speaks Romanian, and I told him only some words. Then he asked how we met, if I have met his family, what does he work, what are my plans for the future, where I work, if I think I’ll get a job in the US with my specialty. Told him I am considering teaching English lit, he told me he used to teach English in a high school in Transylvania. I’ve asked him if he knew some Hungarian, he answered in Hungarian, to which I’ve replied Nem tudom ( I don’t understand).

And then he looked at me expectantly and told me “that’s all, you can be more excited, yay”, and I replied “yay” in a worn-out voice, because I was prepared for the worse so I was still expecting it. I asked him if I am getting my passport back, and he said not if you want the visa. Told me to go talk to the courier guys, and advise me to follow instructions on the package I will be getting. He also gave me back my evidence and told me people with serious relationships are usually well documented, and that he didn’t look much through mine, because I’ve convinced him we are genuine (he only looked at the pictures actually).

That’s all folks. On a side note, everyone got their visas that day.
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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
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