Elora & Rob's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Elora
Beneficiary's Name: Robert
VJ Member: Elora & Rob
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2013-06-13
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Immigration Checklist for Elora & Robert:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-15
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-06-29
NVC Received : 2012-07-13
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-18
Consulate Received : 2012-07-20
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-07-31
Packet 4 Received : 2012-08-21
Interview Date : 2012-09-07
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-13
US Entry : 2012-12-10
Marriage : 2012-12-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 135 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 205 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Las Vegas
POE Date : 2012-12-10
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Las Vegas NV
Date Filed : 2013-01-07
NOA Date : 2013-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-07
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-03-27
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-06-07
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-06-12
Comments : It turned out the Dr who did my UK medical in Knightbridge ticked the box saying "Vaccination Record Incomplete" because I did not get my Influenza Jab(Flu Shot)as it was out of season. He should have just ticked the box that said "Unable to receive as out of season" but he ticked both boxes.

So although we were approved as a couple, I needed to go to a Dr on there list and get him to re-sign my box or get a flu shot which cost an extra $250


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-01-07
NOA Date : 2013-01-10
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-07
Approved Date : 2013-03-11
Date Card Received : 2013-03-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 63 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-01-07
NOA Date : 2013-01-10
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-03-14
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 63 days.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 7, 2012
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled for 8am on Friday September the 7th 2013. I had requested the earliest time possible on this date and they obliged. I woke up at 5am and left my house at 6am after to travel from my home on North London to Bond Street Tube station which is a 5 minute walk from the embassy. On the way I got wen’t past Goulds pharmacy and checked in my phone and got some breakfast at the place next door. Then walked 100 yards down the road and joined a queue of about 25 people outside the embassy at 7:30am.

By 7:45am they started letting people in and I was taken through security 5 minutes later. They asked for my apointment letter, MRV receipt and Passport. Its unbelievable how many don’t read the informatuion given to them and got sent out because they didn’t have the correct documents and still had there phones on them. By 7:55 I had checked in where they ask for the apointment letter, MRV receipt and Passport once again. You then sit in a waiting area.

At 8:00am they began calling the numbers. I was I902 so the seconed I visa of the day. About 10 I numbers got called before I901, and then at 8:15am I was called to booth No.13. I901 was in the booth next to me and having a loud argument with the officer (He needed to return to the US within 4 days!). I had a British black lady who was in here 40s. She was very tired and yawning and didn’t speak to loudly so I had to listen clear. She asked for my apointment letter, MRV receipt and Passport. She then asked for my Police Certificate with a Photo Copy and my Long Form birth certificate with a Photo Copy. She then asked for my US Passport Photos followed by Elora’s I-134 with evidence. We had a letter from her employer, pay stubbs, letter from her bank and a W2 and she took it all. She took my fingerprints and then I was then given the pink slip which you need to fill out for delivery so make sure you bring a pen with you as there’s none lying around. It took 15 minutes.

At 8:30am I was sitting back down and waiting for my number to be called for my interview. The waiting area was filling up at this point but I only saw one other I Visa get called. I got a bottle of water from the snack shop for Ł1 so it seems everything is reasonable. They only take cash. I had a book with me but never read it as I wasn’t in that frame of mind.

At 8:45am my number was called and I wen’t to booth No.15. I901 had just finished by the time I got there. I had a white American Man in his mid 30’s. He wore glasses, was balding slightly and a little chubby. He made me say the Oath, and then took my fingerprints. He then got me to signed the DS-230 Part II. Then he asked the following questions;

Have you been married before?
Has she been married before?
So tell me your story?
Where did you meet?
When was this?
Were you with anybody else when you met?
What happend from there?
How many visits have you had?

He began to look through the origional photos from the I-129F petition

Tell me about her?
Why Marraige? Its a big step?
Does she have any children?
Do you have any children?
Have you met her family?
Where will you live?

The he said congratulations you have been approved. He didn’t ask for any additional evidence. I smiled and thanked him. He told me we are the best looking couple he has had (IN YOUR FACE EVERYBODY!) and that I had done well for myself . He told me where to pay for the deliery. I asked him if there was anything else and he said “Yeh, she’s always right” . I told him thankyou and he wished me luck.

I wen’t and paid for the delivery. They said they wouldn’t do the pre 8am delivery because of the Paralympics so I had to get before 10am. You can track it though. I walked out of the doors at 9am so it took an hour in total. Called my fiance to tell her the amazing news. It felt a fantastic sense of achievment, simular to when you pass an exam in school.

My relationship history is fairly simple, there’s no kids, no divorces, she earned enough to sponser me and we met in person not online so there was no reason to ever run into trouble. My advice is just to read everything on this forum and also check what they officially tell you. If you have done that there is nothing to worry about. Ask for an early time in your cover letter and you should get out quickly like me.

I just booked my flight. Move on December 10th and getting married December 14th. My visa Journey has only really just begun but today was a massive step forward. Good luck to everyone reading this. IT IS ALL WORTH IT and thankyou to everybody who helped me on the UK page especially Nich Nick.

Rob (& Elora)
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: Las Vegas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-12-10
Embassy Review : Wen't through the usual immigration queue and McArran International Airport in Las Vegas. Told the guy I was coming in on a K1 and handed him over the brown unopened envelope, my I-94 and Customs form filled out. I asked him if he has done these before and he said "All the time"

After looking at the computer for 5 minutes he asked me what my Fiance's name was and told him "Elora Christine Tyler". Then a he switched on his red light and an officer came over. He told her "this one want's to get married".

The officer lead me to an office by the baggage reclaim where I waited for 5 minutes, was able to use the bathroom. Then I got called over and they told me everything was ok and I was good to go. They asked me if I was excited and i told them "I have been waiting a long time. God Bless you"

I took my passport which has my visa stamped and my I-94 inside signed by the officer. Then I wen't out to collect my bags. 5 minutes later myself and Elora were together!!!!
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Las Vegas NV
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : April 1, 2013
Embassy Review : Showed up for the interview at 9:30am as suggested. You cannot bring any drinks or food into the office. After a 20 minute wait we got lead through to the office where we sat down with a Spanish lady. She made us do the oath, and then she started asking Elora (US Spouse) questions about how we met, how we stayed together etc. Then she asked me (Rob-Alien) some similar questions.

I told them that we had moved to another state and she was cool with it and updated there records. Told her that I was in the process of starting a job that was with the company I worked for in the UK previously. She was fine with it and even said how she recommends people try and do with if they work for a Trans Atlantic company. We told her that we were having a 2nd wedding in the church in September, she must have been Catholic as she liked that also.

The only issue we has was with the medical certificate. I never got an Influenza (Flu Shot) at the London medical the Dr ticked both;

"Vaccination History Incomplete" (because I didn't get every shot on the list)
"Eligible for blanket waiver" (it wasn't not flu season)

Apparently he was only supposed to tick the 2nd box. So now I have to find a Dr from a list they gave me and get them to re-fill out the box and post it to them. Then I will be approved.

So I give it a 3 due to that issue, but otherwise everything was fine.
Harassment Level : Moderate


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