Patsgal54's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jim
Beneficiary's Name: Louise
VJ Member: Patsgal54
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2019-09-20
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Immigration Checklist for Jim & Louise:

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 : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2011-10-05
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-10-14
I-129F RFE(s) : 2012-01-24
RFE Reply(s) : 2012-04-16
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-06-12
NVC Received : 2012-06-26
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-06-28
Consulate Received : 2012-07-02
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-06
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-07-10
Packet 4 Received : 2012-07-28
Interview Date : 2012-08-09
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-08-16
US Entry : 2012-08-27
Marriage : 2012-09-04
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 242 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 300 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2012-08-27
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2012-10-26
NOA Date : 2012-11-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-15
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-07-22
Comments : No interview

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-10-26
NOA Date : 2012-11-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-12-03
Approved Date : 2013-01-04
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 : 2012-10-26
NOA Date : 2012-11-08
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-01-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 70 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-04-16
NOA Date : 2015-04-21
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-06-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-02-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2016-02-09
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2019-07-04
NOA Date : 2019-07-04
Bio. Appt. : 2019-07-25
Interview Date : 2019-09-13
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-10-11
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 9, 2012
Embassy Review : I had my interview at 9am. I left my stuff at Gould's so I have no idea when I actually got to the embassy, it was definitely before 8.30, but they let me in anyway (so much for "please don't arrive more than 30 mins early or you won't be allowed in"!)

I queued outside for maybe 10 minutes and then went through security. They do let you bring drinks in (I was wondering if they would), but you have to drink a bit in front of them.

I went inside and was given a ticket at the desk, then walked up the stairs into the waiting area. I was I907 and, as everyone says, they must have called 50 N numbers before I got called up.

After about 15 minutes I was called to window 1, from what I could tell, that was the only window they were using for I numbers. I saw the famous Chinese lady (although, judging by her lanyard, I think she's actually Malaysian). She does speak quietly and quickly, so you do need to listen carefully, but she's friendly enough. She gave me my chest xray from my medical and told me to keep it in my hand luggage when I fly. She asked me a few simple questions (when do I plan on travelling, have I been married before, has he, do either of us have children). She then asked for my passport, passport photos, my birth certificate and a copy, my police certificate and a copy, my I-134 and a letter from my fiancé's employer. This was the only evidence of finances I was asked for, although my fiancé earns well over the threshold, so I suppose she didn't need anything else. She took my fingerprints, gave me the pink slip for the courier and told me to sit and wait for my number to be called.

I really don't know how long I was sat down (if I could give one piece of advice, it would be to wear a watch!) but I guess it was about 45 minutes. I was really surprised to be called up so quickly and I think I must have looked a bit flustered when I got to window 16! I saw a nice American guy who made me feel very at ease. He asked me to take the oath and sign the bottom of my DS-156K.

He asked: 

How we met (at the restaurant we worked at together last summer when I was in the US on a J-1)

Why I had chosen that restaurant to work at (my brother worked there)

Why my brothers are over there

Why I want to move to the US, rather than my fiancé move here

What I like about him

Whether the age gap between us is an issue

What my parents think of our relationship

What I want to do when I get over there

None of these were a problem, but he also asked what annoys me about my fiancé and what annoys him about me. That one really threw me, but I think I managed to come up with a reasonable answer! After typing for a few seconds he said "your visa is approved". The whole interview took about 5 minutes!

I wasn't asked for any evidence of our ongoing relationship, which kind of bugged me as I printed out 100 pages of WhatsApp messages the other day lol. I was still pleased I had them though, it's better to be safe than sorry, as they say.

One thing I would warn you guys about is that he did keep interrupting me. He would ask me a question and then, while I was in the middle of answering, ask me another one. I guess he was trying to catch me out and see if I got flustered. Obviously it didn't work!

I went and paid the courier and left. I was out by 10am!
Rating : Very Good

Local US CIS Office Review: Louisville KY
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : July 3, 2012
Embassy Review : Submitted this by mistake! I was trying to search for reviews, not write one. Now I can't delete it. Please ignore!!

(updated on July 3, 2012)
Harassment Level : Not Rated

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