six7one's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: M
Beneficiary's Name: J
VJ Member: six7one
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2022-09-08
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Immigration Checklist for M & J:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2011-09-10
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-09-13
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-02-02
NVC Received : 2012-02-08
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received : 2012-02-14
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-12-10
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-12-21
US Entry : 2013-01-12
Marriage : 2013-02-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 142 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 454 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Agana GU
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-25
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-06-17
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-06-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-06-26
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-28
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2013-06-14
Date Card Received : 2013-06-26
Comments : GC received. Won't need the EAD
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 88 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-28
RFE(s) : 2013-05-28
Date Received : 2013-06-26
Comments : GC received. Won't need the AP
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 88 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-03-25
NOA Date : 2015-04-06
RFE(s) : 2015-07-27
Bio. Appt. : 2015-05-05
Interview Date : 2015-11-19
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-12-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2015-12-27
Comments :


Citizenship
Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Portland OR
Date Filed : 2021-04-11
NOA Date :
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2022-06-14
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2022-06-14
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 13, 2012
Embassy Review : I accompanied my Fiancee (K1) and her daughter (K2) to their interviews at the USEM in Manila on DEC 10. Our interview schedules were at 7:30 AM and we arrived at the embassy around 6:20 AM.

6:20 AM - Grouping outside Embassy
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With some direction from a couple of street vendors, we assembled in the "Fiancee" line at the base of the foot bridge that crosses Roxas Blvd. If you are unsure which line to fall in, just ask. Someone will know and its important to be in the correct one as you will be brought to the gate in groups based on your Visa type.

6:40 AM - First Checkpoint (The Gate)
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At the gate, there are separate lanes based on Visa type. There are separate lanes for Fiancee Visas and this will be the first place you will be asked for your documents. Have your Passport, all DS forms, and your Appointment Letter (the one with the Bar Code and Map from the appointment website). The required DS forms and number of copies are quite clear in the instructions from the embassy, so follow them exactly. A bar code sticker will be affixed to your passport and you will be given a zip lock bag to place it into. You will also be given a form for the delivery of your Passport and Visa. Hold on to this.

7:00 AM - Inside Embassy/Second Appointment Check
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After the gate check you will proceed inside the embassy and go through a security check. After this, we proceeded to a booth where they will check your appointment again and issue you your number. You will be instructed to drop all these forms inside the building at Window 39. For us, we actually gave it to a woman at the security check inside the building instead of the actual window. Once you drop it off, you will wait for your number to be called.

8:20 Finger Print/Pre-CO Screener Check
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When your number is displayed/called, proceed to the corresponding Window. The screener will have the DS forms you submitted and your file from the NVC. Here you will be asked to provide your full name and then you will be finger printed. Here we were asked for their Passports (in the zip lock bags provided), Birth Certificates, NBI Clearance, CENOMAR, and Evidence of Support (I-134s, Tax Filings, etc.). Once completed, you will be asked a few questions. Our screener was a male Filipino and was very nice and actually asked me a few questions as well. Once the questions are asked, you then be asked to provide some evidence. Since I was with my Fiancee and her daughter we were only asked to show some pictures. Once done, we were instructed to sit and wait for our number to be called by a Consulate Officer.

9:30 AM - Consulate Officer Interview
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We were called by a female CO. She asked the same basic questions the screener asked. She also me some questions as well. The CO also asked for and reviewed our photos. She was satisfied and said the 5 magic words... "Congratulations. Your visas are approved" She then instructed us to wait for our number to be called. We were at the CO Window no more than 5 minutes.

11:30 AM - Arrangement of Passport/Visa Delivery
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When our number is called again, we proceed to the corresponding Window to arrange the delivery of their Passports/Visas. You can pick it up at any 2GO location or have it delivered to you. Since my Fiancee will return to her home we arranged for delivery. Use the form they give you at the gate.

Questions Asked by Screener and CO:

1. When did we meet?
2. How did we meet?
3. When did I arrive in the Philippines?
4. How many times have I been to the Philippines?
5. What is my step-daughter's name?
6. What are our hobbies?
7. How did I propose?
8. What did we love about each other?
9. Where did my fiancee work previously?
10. Where did I work?

My Notes:

- Was never asked for DS-230 (new requirement), but you should have it in case
- Sit on correct side of waiting areas to monitor correct number board
- Only collected one set of Evidence of Support even though I had two sets (for K1 and K2).
- Screening and Interviews are done at windows and in close proximity to other interviews as well as waiting applicants so don't expect to have total privacy.

Final Thoughts:

I HIGHLY recommend accompanying your fiancee to the interview if you can. Our interview by the CO took no more than 5 minutes. While waiting, we observed a few applicants who were at their interviews for up to 15 minutes. They were asked way more questions than we were (we were close enough to hear because of the COs microphones). We were very well prepared with LOTS of evidence, but were only asked for photos of us together. Some applicants were asked to present much, much more so don't compromise. Bring all the evidence you have. Be truthful and sincere with your answers. If you don't know the answer, just say so.

Overall, the process was quite easy and well organized. Just follow their instructions at the embassy. Also, be well prepared with ALL your documents and evidence. This will allow to be confident and sure of yourself which helps in the interview process. Good Luck!
Rating : Very Good


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