Gagan and Lindsay's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Lindsay
Beneficiary's Name: Gagan
VJ Member: Gagan and Lindsay
Country: India

Last Updated: 2013-01-15
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Immigration Checklist for Lindsay & Gagan:

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 : Mumbai, India
I-129F Sent : 2011-11-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-11-08
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-03-30
NVC Received : 2012-04-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-04-10
Consulate Received : 2012-04-12
Packet 3 Received : 2012-04-17
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-04-18
Packet 4 Received : 2012-06-13
Interview Date : 2012-07-11
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-07-14
US Entry : 2012-08-10
Marriage : 2012-08-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 143 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 246 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2012-08-10
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 5
Comments : My husband said they pretty much put him through the ringer and it was worse than his visa interview. Very questioning of his intentions.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Indianapolis IN
Date Filed : 2012-10-27
NOA Date : 2012-11-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-11-30
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 : 2012-10-27
NOA Date : 2012-11-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-11-30
Approved Date : 2013-01-05
Date Card Received : 2013-01-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 70 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-10-27
NOA Date : 2012-11-01
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-01-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Mumbai, India
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : July 11, 2012
Embassy Review : Hi Everyone-
My fiance had his interview at 7:30am on 07.11.12. I will try to be as descriptive as possible but I apologize as this is coming 2nd hand.

Our interview was originally scheduled on 07.10.12 at 7:30am. We were prepared and ready to go. He got there at little after 6am and it was raining so he got to go inside the consulate very soon after he got there. He did security and got his token. They called him up to pay his demand draft and we had gotten it for only 60 rupees more than required as we were concerned about the exchange rate. They sent him away and told him he would have to interview the next day. They DO NOT give change and you are NOT allowed to go fix it and come back. We were devastated and so emotionally exhausted.

The next day we did it again. This time he got to the consulate around 6:30am. They formed the 2 lines for 7:30am interviews and 7:45am interviews and started letting people in. He got his token # and was 4th to be interviewed!! He gave his corrected demand draft and they just asked general questions:
Who is calling you?
What is her name?
What is your name?
What is your date of birth?

He then went and sat down and waited for about 45 mins to an hour for his token # to be called again. The CO was a woman and asked him the following questions:
Do you want to interview in English?
Who is calling you?
How did you meet?
How many times have you been to the US?
How many times has she visited India?
When did you meet her family?
When did she meet your family?
When did you get engaged?
What does her father do?
What are her sisters' names?
Do your parents support the marriage?
Are your parents going to go to the US for the marriage?
What are some wedding plans?
What does she do for work?
Are you going to convert to her religion?
Is she going to convert to your religion?
How are you going to raise your kids?
Have you been to a church?
Has she been to a gurudwara?

I'm going to approve your visa and you should receive it via courier in 3 days.

YAY!!! It was an easy start, a long journey, and a rocky, exhausting end but we did it and we get to be together FOREVER!! I am SO glad that we had VJ to prepare us for this journey!

Preparation is KEY to the success. Always think a step ahead and learn from others' mistakes. Also, don't always believe the negative comments. Have faith in your relationship! My fiance and I did not have very many red flags but the ones we did have have caused scrutiny in other cases and sometimes denial so do not underestimate the severity but do not give up hope either.

I wish everyone the best of luck on your journey and I'm not going anywhere so please feel free to ask questions!
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