Jaylen Brit's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Lenny
Beneficiary's Name: Jay
VJ Member: Jaylen Brit
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2006-07-30
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Immigration Checklist for Lenny & Jay:

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 : Texas Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2005-12-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-20
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-03-10
NVC Received : 2006-03-23
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-03-24
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2006-04-07
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-05-12
Packet 4 Received : 2006-05-24
Interview Date : 2006-06-14
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-06-16
US Entry : 2006-07-19
Marriage : 2006-07-27
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 80 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 176 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : June 16, 2006
Embassy Review : First thing - to everyone going to London - don't turn up til at least 40 mins prior to your appointment - they won't let you queue; in fact they send you off and tell you to come back.
I didn't see anyone have their bags removed, and many had rucksacks.
I got there at 8.20am, tho my appointment time was 10am, there were already 2 queues, and the nice armed policeman I spoke to explained about the being there too early thing. He pointed me in the direction of a cafe, and I went and had breakfast there and generally tried to bend the laws of physics trying to make time go faster.
I went BACK to the queues at 9.15am, got told which line to stand in, and saw a face that looked vaguely familiar about 3 places ahead of me; so I boldly went up and asked a really puzzled guy was he Olly, Hannah's fiance? I could see him thinking 'who the hell are you'? but we chatted about where he's going to live and great places to see on the West coast (as I spent a few months there a few years ago). His appointment was 10.30am so I ended up going in first.
I went into the visa part of the building - which is a small trek to the right of the security station (where your bags are all scanned, and you go thru an airport style arch that checks for metal) and round the consulate. At reception (a desk in the foyer) they ask you to switch off any mobile phones or electronic devices. I went up short flight of steps to the interview waiting area - and the guy giving out the tickets asked me which kind of visa? I told him K1 - he gave me a ticket, #281, and I sat down in the huge room which was already packed with people. I looked at the ticket, it said non-immigrant - and a K1 is non-immigrant right? Wrong..but I didnt find that out for almost another hour! So MAKE SURE you get the RIGHT ticket!!
So the overhead screen was showing which ticket numbers were being called (think the same over head screen deal that you get in ARGOS stores and you'll know what to expect) and it was currently on 259. So I knew I had a bit of a wait to go. It was around 1040am when I saw Olly come in. He said HI and we compared tickets.
His ticket was #24, and said 'immigrant visa'. I told him to go check it so he dashed back to the guy issuing the tickets and he was told his was fine, it was MINE that was wrong!
So back I go and get another ticket, which effectively puts me to the back of the queue. I was hoping they would DO something as the mistake was theirs, but the guy just muttered 'sorry for the inconvenience'
Time passed very slowly.
By around noon I was starting to worry that I wouldn't be out in time to get home and collect my little one from school.
Finally I got my 1st call - (the first call they take all your docs like birth certs, police cert and copies - the 2nd call is the 'interview') dug out all the info (found out I didnt actually need Len's birth or divorce certs after all! lol) and got handed a courier sheet to complete. The guy I spoke to was pleasant, and from South Africa by his accent.
Sat down again - and waited. BTW there's a snack machine at the back of the room, and you can buy cofee/water as well.
1245pm - got my second call - and went to a different window around the corner (windows 12-25 are in a more spacious area with no seats, so it feels much nicer) with a different person. A very nice American lady.
She had all my original docs back for me, which I took and then I signed the forms that needed to be witnessed there - the DS156 et al.
Once I'd done that she asked me how we met.
So I told her - then she asked WHEN we first met and we had a little chat about how brave she thought I was to go overseas etc and I totally forgot about the 'don't volunteer stuff' and just chatted away (I told you munchkins! lol I KNEW I'd do it! ).
The she said 'well you guys seem to have taken things nice and slowly and I see its not a first marriage for either of you..so..I'm more than happy to issue you the visa' I must have looked confused cos she smiled and said 'That's it! You're all done!'
So I managed to blurt out 'oh thanks very much'
Then we had another chat about the ticket mix up - hey she seemed interested! And I left.
Then while waiting at the courier desk I saw Ollie again, and realised I had left my XRay envelope on the lady's window - so I had to dash back and get it
Told you it was a bit of a 'tale'! Courier fees are £9.50 for one passport, and £10.50 for 2. They take cash or credit cards.
Finally got out the Embassy around 1.10pm, called Lenny and headed for home.
What a LONG day!
But what a good result
Rating : Good

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