didopage's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: S
Beneficiary's Name: E
VJ Member: didopage
Country: France

Last Updated: 2022-12-13
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Immigration Checklist for S & E:

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 : France
I-129F Sent : 2011-08-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-09-08
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-01-24
NVC Received : 2012-01-31
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-02-02
Consulate Received : 2012-02-10
Packet 3 Received : 2012-02-18
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-02-20
Packet 4 Received : 2012-03-08
Interview Date : 2012-03-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-04-13
US Entry : 2012-04-18
Marriage : 2012-05-09
Comments : My K-1 visa journey was pretty smooth. The worst part of this process was to wait 15 days after interview approval to have the visa in hand!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 138 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 203 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2012-04-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : See my POE review below.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Sacramento CA
Date Filed : 2012-05-29
NOA Date : 2012-06-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-02
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2012-08-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2012-08-24
Comments : 7/13: Interview scheduled email, 8/16: Card/Document Production email, 8/17: Decision email (permanent residency registered), 8/21: Card/Document Production email (again), 8/22: Card mailed email, 8/23: Welcome letter received.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-05-29
NOA Date : 2012-06-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-07-02
Approved Date : 2012-08-02
Date Card Received : 2012-08-10
Comments : 8/2: Card/Document Production email, 8/7: Card/Document Production (same as previous one), 8/8: Card mailed email.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-05-29
NOA Date : 2012-06-04
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-08-10
Comments : 8/2: I-131 Approved email.
8/10: Combo card EAD/AP received (EAD card has the note "Serves as I-151 Advance Parole" at the bottom).
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 65 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2014-05-19
NOA Date : 2014-05-20
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-07-09
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-07-31
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2014-08-07
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : San Jose CA
Date Filed : 2021-12-29
NOA Date : 2021-12-29
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2022-12-12
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2023-01-20
Comments : Initial interview scheduled in August 2020, but got rescheduled due to planned trip overseas. Then scheduled in November 2020, USCIS cancelled it (for a reason unknown to me), then finally scheduled back in December 2020.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: France
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : March 30, 2012
Embassy Review : My K-1 visa appointment was on March 29th at 1PM. As advised by Laure&Colin who had her appointment for a CR-1 visa 2 days before, I arrived at the embassy about 20 to 25 min before.

First step before entering the consulate/embassy was to show the appointment letter+passport to the guards outside. They also asked me to turn off my cell phone. Then I entered in the security room were an officer asked me to empty my pocket and remove my belt, while he checked my bag carefully, removing all the documents in my folder to check if there was a \"CD\" (disk) inside… He kept my phone, a mirror, and my antibacterial tube in a plastic bag and handed me a coupon to take it back later (I wore it around my neck).

I entered the embassy, took a ticket choosing \"immigrant-visa\" (that\'s what you need to select for a K-1, even if it\'s technically not an immigrant visa). My number was A103. Looks like this afternoon, the numbers started at A102 because there was only one person before me (and all booths were still closed but one still had the number A101).

I waited until 1PM when a nice woman started to call one by one each person at booth 5, to check the appointment letter and ticket. I returned to sit and wait a little while. Then I was called again, still at booth 5, where she asked for all my documents one by one (the ones on the list that you receive in packet 4). I bought a Chronopost envelope of 1kg (documents only, so with no bubble bag inside), which seems to be the good one for a K-1 visa (even if they say 1 or 2kg in the P4). I previously wrote my address in the envelope (don\'t forget your phone number) and the woman was happy with it. She also asked me the affidavit of support form \"and the documents associated\". I felt like I could choose which documents to give her, so I only gave her my fiance\'s last tax return (she didn\'t want the W-2 form), his last pay check and his letter of employment. I advise to have more documents with you just in case (like the last 3 pay checks, the last 3 tax returns… ). After she asked me all the documents, she asked if I had other documents that I wanted to submit (I guess she saw my BIG folder!). I realized she didn\'t asked me for the JAPD certificate, so I handed it to her. I haven\'t bring a photocopy so she did one quickly and gave me back my original. After that, she took my fingerprints (it didn\'t work very well, but that seemed ok). She gave me back a whole bunch of documents we previously submitted with our I-129F petition package (emails, old letter of intent…), and told me to go sit again and that I will be asked at booth 11 for the interview.

I waited again and got asked at booth 11 where a Consular Officer lady reviewed all my file in front of me. She looked at our pictures, wrote some things on some forms and finally talked to me. I took the oath and signed the 2 DS-156 forms. She then asked me questions, starting by \"Tell me about your fiance\" (vast question!). I didn\'t know much by where to begin, so I said his name, his date of birth, his job… I don\'t know which answer she expected. She asked me how did we met, so I replied \"we met during a party in a bar in NYC\", she asked me \"tell me about your first meeting, how was it ?\". Again vast question! She asked \"How and where your fiance proposed to you?\", so I said he proposed to me last August in Columbia University in NYC. She said \"that was not in Paris ??\", I replied \"no!! that was in New York!\". She checked our file, at the page where my fiance explained our story (I-129F package). Then I don\'t remember exactly, but I said that\'s the University where my fiance was a student when we met. She thought I did my internship (J-1 visa) there, so she asked me where did I do my internship, I replied UC Davis (she checked my visa on my passport). She asked what did I do, why did I did it there, what was my major so I replied. All in all, she was very nice. There was some moments where she was typing on her computer so I waited… She finally closed my file and told me I will receive my visa in 7 to 10 days, and then said \"congratulations!\" with a smile. I smiled, thanked her, and left.

During my wait, I talked with a girl that was there also for a fiance visa (ticket A105 girl, if you see this, hi!), and I saw another fiance visa girl that I quickly met at Dr Slattery office.

I have to say I was very worried, I felt my ears burning red, but everybody was nice and that was pretty smooth/quick. I left the embassy at about 2:30PM (there is no clock there and they take your cell phone, so it\'s difficult to know the duration of everything). The only thing that was a little bothering is that it is sometimes difficult to understand the officer through the window (they have a microphone, and there\'s some background noise).

Very good experience!

(updated on March 30, 2012)
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-04-18
Embassy Review : At SFO, I went to the "New Immigrants" line thinking "Great! I'm not going to wait in the long Visitors line!!". There was only one other new immigrant with me. Problem is there was no officer for us, so after a while and feeling the eyes of all the Visitors looking at us, I switched back to the Visitors line!! For sure I was the last one in line and the whole plane was before me... I waited about 1.5 hour, it felt like forever after a 15 hours trip. I eventually got to a booth with a nice lady immigration officer. I handed her my passport with visa, and my sealed envelope from the embassy. She asked me few quick questions while opening my envelope, "where have you met your fiancé?, when was it?". She stamped my visa, stapled the I-94 card on my passport, stamped it, stamped the file that was in the envelope, and told me I have 90 days to get married or I will be Out of status. That was all! I asked if I could go directly pick up my baggage, she replied yes. So no visit in their secondary inspection offices. All in all, the waiting in line took forever but then it was pretty quick!
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Sacramento CA
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : August 17, 2012
Embassy Review : My appointment to adjust my status from a K-1 visa was at 1:30. My husband and I found a good parking spot on the Westfield mall nearby, and we walked for about 5 min to arrive to the Federal building where the Sacramento USCIS office is.
Thanks to the reviews on VJ, you know we couldn't enter with our cell phones so we let them in the car. Unfortunately though, we had no idea how long long each step took (no clock and no watch!). I would say we arrived at 1:15 in the waiting room. I slipped my Interview notice at the check-in window as instructed (their blinds are closed, but I noticed someone took my notice after a minute).
We waited for about 30 min before an Immigration Officer called our names. Right after arriving to his office, we both took the oath and then sat. He asked me basic questions in order to review my AOS application (asked for my name, DOB, address...). While flipping each page of our application, he asked us how did we met. I let my husband answered as he always likes to tell our story. It didn't feel like an interview, but more like a pleasant conversation. About our documents, I already submitted originals in our AOS package so he didn't ask me for it, and even gave me back our Marriage certificate. Concerning my medical, I only submitted a copy of my DS-3025 Vaccination record from my K-1 medical (no new visit to a civil surgeon here to transcript my vaccines), as instructed in the AOS instructions, and had no problem.
Finally, he asked us which evidences we've brought to show him we are living together. We showed him both our health insurance cards (I am on my husband's work insurance), a proof of our joint bank account, our credit cards. We didn't have joint life/car insurances, as well as bills with both our names but this was not a problem. The IO was happy with the few documents we showed him and I felt relieved! He left his office to make a few photocopies of our proofs and then came back.

In the end, he told us our application was approved and that I should receive the green card in 3-4 weeks (but I'm expecting faster that than). He explained us the following procedure, meaning that the GC will be valid for 2 years and that we should file for ROC in 2 years minus 90 days. I was already aware of that but continued to listen to him carefully. We both signed the document stating the procedure. He said we were all set and so we thanked him. I would say the "interview" lasted about 20 min.
A few hours after the appointment, I received an email update for "Card/Document Production".

In conclusion, that was a very pleasant experience! The interview letter is kind of scary as it asked to bring a lot of documents already submitted (I guess it's a generic letter for any person adjusting status). I brought a huge stack of docs, just "in case", but only submitted 2 or 3 papers in the end.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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