geek and geekette's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: geek
Beneficiary's Name: geekette
VJ Member: geek and geekette
Country: China

Last Updated: 2013-08-05
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Immigration Checklist for geek & geekette:

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 : Guangzhou, China
I-129F Sent : 2011-12-09
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-12-12
I-129F RFE(s) : 2012-05-15
RFE Reply(s) : 2012-05-21
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-05-29
NVC Received : 2012-06-28
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-03
Consulate Received : 2012-07-06
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-15
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-07-13
Packet 4 Received : 2012-07-19
Interview Date : 2012-08-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-08-25
US Entry : 2012-08-27
Marriage : 2012-09-09
Comments : Actually received hard copy of P3 from GUZ on 7/15 (3 dadys!)

GUZ used safefile and was told By DOS P3 sent 7/13/12

NVC send both hard copy and safefile

NVC sent out 7/3/12 (two thumbs up!)

NVC received pkg from CSC 6/28/12(about time)
Received text at 1:30am 5/30/12 APPROVE!!!!

RFE hardcopy received 5/18/2012
reply received by CSC 5/22/2012
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 169 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 : Detroit
POE Date : 2012-08-27
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : My fiance and I went to Detroit airport in early morning, and my fiance told guard that I have got my K1 visa, and he guided us waiting in the line for American citizenship. My fiance was allowed to go through immigration with me together and officer there is very nice and even had joke with my fiance. Only one thing was that he found all of documents are copies and talked with another officer whether this is ok or not. Since our case was used safefile to Consulate, there was no original documents to send to Guangzhou Consulate. Another officer told him it is no problme, and then we passed immigration so soomthly, and he even did not want me to give him X-ray.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Cleveland OH
Date Filed : 2012-09-19
NOA Date : 2012-09-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-07-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-08-05
Comments : Wohu, waiting so long and finally got notification that the card is under production. We were already told our case doesn't need interview which means waiting longer, but never expect to wait for so long. Anyway, we both are happy for this stage is all set. We can take short break to smell the roses. LOL.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-09-19
NOA Date : 2012-09-24
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-10-22
Approved Date : 2012-12-14
Date Card Received : 2012-12-22
Comments : On Dec. 7, 2012, I called USCIS to ask why my EAD and AP has no any information since the regulatory time frame is approaching. The USCIS representative helped me for service request and give me the service request number. On Dec. 14, 2012, I got text massage to tell me they are approved.
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 86 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago IL
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2012-09-19
NOA Date : 2012-09-24
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2012-12-22
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 86 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Guangzhou, China
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 16, 2012
Embassy Review : The first day is document intake and finger print. I am almost the last person to be called to give documents in one window. A Chinese woman was in a big hurry and asked me to give her documents quickly. She did not explain everything to me, and just asked me to follow an instruction in a slip of paper hanging on her window. Before I was sitting there to see her to be very impatient to others, so I know she did not just treat me in this way. She wants original three years tax transcripts of my fiancé which fortunately we have prepared, but she doesn’t want any other evidences, such as, our engagement evidence…She just was impatient for document intake, but she is not mean to say something. After document intake, I was a little worried the next interview day the people working in the consulate will push me to be hurry and don’t listen to any explanation and see any evidences I take with me.

The next interview day, when I went into the immigration hall to wait, I found all of interviewers are native English speakers and they were patient and gave chance to interviewee to explain when they raised doubts in their case. Actually I found some persons who got blue slips took longer time in the interview and tried to explain, but they failed to offer evidences or answer the question clearly. I am also almost the last person for interview. My interview is quiet simple, out of my expectation. I talked with interviewer in English, and firstly handed passport and EOR letter of my fiancé to interviewer, and told him this is the passport and letter my fiancé to ask me to give you. He even did not see my fiancé’s passport and returned to me and laughed and asked me “is he here with you?”. I answered “yes, to company for interview”. He kept EOR letter but never reading it when interview. He was only looking at computer while asking me questions, like how we meet, when we got engaged, how many times we met, and several questions about my fiancé’s personal information, and my background information. I even wanted to show our family members’ letters, pictures and other evidences, but he did not want to see them. Then he gave me a piece of paper, and told me please wait for my visa mailing to my home. I just could not believe it, and asked him “do you mean I am approved?” He said “Yes”. Then I said “but I prepare all of these…” He was just laughing to say “no need. Is it quite simple, Ah?” I was a kind of unbelievable, but very happy to say “thank you very much”.

That day I carried a big suitcase in which my fiancée and I prepared four file cases for interview. After interview, I just really appreciate my fiancé. He carried those files crossing the half world to prepare this with me. Like he said, “it is better to have and not need than to need not have.”
Rating : Very Good

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