*Robert*'s US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Robert
Beneficiary's Name: Chutima
VJ Member: *Robert*
Country: Thailand

Last Updated: 2009-11-21
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Immigration Checklist for Robert & Chutima:

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 : Bangkok, Thailand
I-129F Sent : 2005-11-29
I-129F NOA1 : 2005-12-07
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2006-03-02
NVC Received : 2006-03-06
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2006-03-10
Consulate Received : 2006-03-13
Packet 3 Received : 2006-03-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2006-03-17
Packet 4 Received : 2006-03-27
Interview Date : 2006-05-16
Interview Result :
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2006-05-17
US Entry : 2006-05-20
Marriage : 2006-07-17
Comments : See Bangkok Embassy review for more details.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 160 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Honolulu
POE Date : 2006-05-20
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Though there was no hassel going through, we had to wait a long time due to other immigrants ahead of us.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2006-08-14
NOA Date : 2006-08-24
RFE(s) : 2006-09-02
Bio. Appt. : 2006-09-08
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : RFE asking for letter from Employer. Case transfered to CSC. Approval on 2006-10-18 received via E-mail.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2008-07-21
NOA Date : 2008-07-25
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2008-08-27
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2009-04-17
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2009-06-22
Comments : Due to change in processing, and a Memo released by the USCIS, I filed directly with the VSC instead of the TSC, which would have normally handled my state of residence. Case transferred to CSC, then approval letter received from VSC!

Event Date
Service Center : Dallas/Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Orlando FL
Date Filed : 2009-07-20
NOA Date : 2009-07-23
Bio. Appt. : 2009-08-14
Interview Date : 2009-10-07
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2009-10-30
Comments : In and out fairly quickly. Worst part was the security, which is worse than the airport! 20 min wait for the interview, 20 min interview. IO was very thorough and went through all the documents taken to the interview.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Bangkok, Thailand
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : May 25, 2006
Embassy Review : To begin with, we stayed at the Centre Point Wireless Suites just up the road from the Consulate. Very nice hotel with great breakfast buffet!

Woke up at 5:30 and went to eat breakfast at 6:10. At 6:35 we headed out the door, on foot, for the Consulate. Arrived at the Consulate at 6:45 (cheated, and got a cab half-way there since the shoes Chutima was wearing were hurting her feet!). Were inside the Consulate at 7:00, and at Window 5 by 7:15.

Handed all our documents to the lady at Window 5. She gave back the two photos, the copy of the NOA2, the X-ray she removed from the Medical Exam envelope, and the 3rd sheed from the DS-156. Had me write my name on the DS-156K, had Chutima sign the DS-230 Part I, filled in the blank on Q22 of DS-230 Part I "In what occupation do you intend to work in the United States?", and asked for relationship photos. I handed her a ziplock baggie with 5 photos inside, and that was it.

At 7:25 got called back to Windo 5 where a Thai man was now sitting, who asked for 2 passport photos, so I gave the photos back, telling him we were given them back before! He just said "Sorry".

At 8:50 we were called, this time to Window 6. First the man called Chutima's name, then mine. It was hard to understand him, so I walked up trying to find out what was going on. I thought maybe they wanted something else. The man at Window 5 pointed over to Window 6, so I walked up. There was an Amereican man there, who asked me if I had my passport and could show him any stamps showing I was in Thailand in 2005. I gave him my passport, which had 5 entry/exit stamps! Then he spoke with Chutima, in Thai, and asked her how many times I had visited her, and when did I arrive the last time. He then asked me, in English, if I spoke Thai, and I replied to him, in Thai, that I spoke Thai. He then had Chutima signed the DS-156K, scanned her index fingers, filled out the white index card, then handed it to us along with all the proof of relationship documentation we had handed in. He told us to come back the next day at 3:00pm to get the visa, and there was no need to come early! At 8:55 we were walking out the door!

Then next day we went back and waited in the American Services Section waiting room for a Thai man to show up with a cart full of visas, give a short talk, in Thai and some in English, and then handed out the visas with the "brown envelopes" attached.

All in all, a very painless procedure, but glad it is all over!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review:
Event Description
Entry Date : 2006-05-20
Embassy Review : POE was Honolulu, not on the list.
Harassment Level : Low

Local US CIS Office Review: Orlando FL
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : October 7, 2009
Embassy Review : Arrived 15 minutes early for the appointment, which was at 0830. First we went through security which was a pain in the butt. Worse than airport security! After that, was told to take the appointment letter to window 9 which was at the far end of the building in the corner. Waited for 20 minutes and a lady came out and called her name. Went back to her office where she introduced herself. She was nice but very professional. She went over the entire N-400 application form, including when and where each of us was born, our current address. When she got to how many times I've been married, wanted to see the divorce papers, which my wife gave her, and she went over very thoroughly. Then she asked if we were still married or separated, and what proof she had that we lived together. She showed her a utility bill I included, the warranty deed to our house, and a letter from my sister in AK addressed to both of us. She then went over every question on the form. After that she signed a piece of paper after raising her hand and swearing that all the information she gave was correct and true.

Then she was given the civics test and was asked the following questions:

What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
Who signs bills to become laws?
What is one reason the colonists came to America?
During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
Why does the flag have 50 stars?

Then she was given the English test. She was handed a piece of paper with three sentences on it, which the IO had checked the second one and had her read aloud.

"Who is the father of our country?"

Then she was given another piece of paper and told to write:

"Washington is the father of our country."

She put a check on each paper and added them to our growing stack of paperwork.
After that she signed both her photos, and finally signed the two remaining areas on the N-400 application.

She was then given a N-652, Naturalization Interview Results form. The first box was checked saying she passed the tests, and the B) blank was checked saying “A decision cannot yet be made about your application.” and the IO wrote to the side “Not yet 3 yrs residence approvable on 10/19”. She said that they would mail her Oath Ceremony letter on or around 10/19. Had she already met the 3 yrs residency, they would have had her wait a little longer in the waiting area and given her the Oath Ceremony letter, as I saw them doing with other individuals.

All in all, very painless. I think I was more nervous than my wife was! Will wait for the letter and go back for the Oath Ceremony in the same building.
Harassment Level : Very Good

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