A & K 42's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Brad
Beneficiary's Name: Jessica
VJ Member: A & K 42
Country: Jamaica

Last Updated: 2016-06-08
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Immigration Checklist for Brad & Jessica:

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 : Jamaica
I-129F Sent : 2011-10-08
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-10-14
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-03-20
NVC Received : 2012-03-30
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-04-03
Consulate Received : 2012-04-05
Packet 3 Received : 2012-04-20
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-04-06
Packet 4 Received : 2012-04-20
Interview Date : 2012-05-21
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-06-07
US Entry : 2012-06-08
Marriage : 2012-06-23
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 158 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 220 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Miami
POE Date : 2012-06-08
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : POE was lengthy, we sat in the immigration room for over 2 hours just waiting for the officers to do their jobs, we got called eventually and got things done.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Salt Lake City UT
Date Filed : 2012-07-25
NOA Date : 2012-08-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-24
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-05-06
Comments : Got approved the day before my Birthday! :)

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-07-25
NOA Date : 2012-08-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-08-24
Approved Date : 2012-10-02
Date Card Received : 2012-10-11
Comments : Yay! 2 months exactly after my Noa1 date.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 69 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-01-31
NOA Date : 2015-02-02
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-03-23
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-06-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2015-06-26
Comments : 4.5 months! Not bad!

Event Date
Service Center : Phoenix AZ Lockbox
CIS Office : Columbus OH
Date Filed : 2016-02-02
NOA Date : 2016-02-09
Bio. Appt. : 2016-03-01
Interview Date : 2016-05-10
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2016-06-08
Comments : I am just glad it's over! Woohoo!

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Jamaica
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 21, 2012
Embassy Review : So, I arrived to the embassy a little after 7am for my 8 am appointment. The lady outside took the DS 156,156K,157 and stapled my visa fee receipts to a set and passport size photos to each set of forms.I went through security and into the courtyard where I sat down until they told a row of people to go in. I went in and they were two other persons checking the same documents and they gave me a yellow slip to fill in passport number for the courier purpose. They gave me a number A121, and said I must sit to the right (Immigrant visa section), The seats were almost all full but I got one. They started calling people to submit documents at window 5 and 6.When it came to my number I went to counter 5 and submit my documents. I did finger prints and the lady asked if it was the first marriage for both of us (Yes), if I had ever been to the US before or outside of the country (No for both). She organise the documents and told me to listen for my name or look out for my number. I went to sit back down.After maybe an hour, when almost everyone had gone it was like 5 of us left. The consular called my name (it was an African-american lady), I hoping to get her because she was actually using the phone. She swore me in and verified it was me with the finger scanner. She said pick up the phone. She was very stern in her questioning and very intimidating, but I answered all the questions honestly. She left halfway through the interview ( I guess to verify something I had answered). I was so nervous at that point when I saw her leave and was taking so long to get back,almost worried. She came and ask me more questions and then she told me that I have 90 days to get married when I after I entered the US( which by this point made me realise she was going to approve us) then she asked for photos. I gave her the photos and she looked at them.I told her I had emails and phone bills, and she said she didn't need(I assumed she was already convinced and her mind was made up) She entered stuff into her computer and gave me back the photos. She asked for my passport and stapled a ticket to it and gave me half of the ticket and said to go and pay DHL and I said that's it? Then she said yea, your visa has been issued, I said thank you and she said you are welcome and that is the first time I saw a smile. I went out to the courtyard and paid dhl and left. Overall it was much better than I expected. These are the questions she asked (in no particular order because I don't really remember the order).

Where did he stay when he was here?
what does his parents do?
when did we meet?
where did we meet?
why was he in jamaica for so long?
why we couldn't have a relationship while he was in Jamaica the first time?
Are we both members of the same church?
who are these people in the picture?
has he brought his parents to meet you?

Those are the questions that I remember, there might be 1 or 2 more that escapes me right now.

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