Linds&Youssef's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Lindsey
Beneficiary's Name: Youssef
VJ Member: Linds&Youssef
Country: Morocco

Last Updated: 2017-04-04
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Immigration Checklist for Lindsey & Youssef:

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 : Morocco
I-129F Sent : 2012-01-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-01-31
I-129F RFE(s) : NONE
RFE Reply(s) : NONE
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-07-11
NVC Received : 2012-07-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-19
Consulate Received : 2012-07-23
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-27
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-09-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-07
US Entry : 2012-11-16
Marriage : 2012-12-01
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 162 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 218 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Atlanta
POE Date : 2012-11-16
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,EAD Card
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The Border Patrol Officer called my cell phone to confirm that I was expecting someone and then asked me questions about our relationship.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Charlotte NC
Date Filed : 2013-03-19
NOA Date : 2013-03-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-19
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-10-29
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-11-07
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-19
NOA Date : 2013-03-29
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-06-19
Approved Date : 2013-07-08
Date Card Received : 2013-07-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 111 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-19
NOA Date : 2013-03-29
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-07-11
Comments : Traveled successfully to and from Jamaica for 5 days on EAD/AP card.
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 73 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : Vermont Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-07-31
NOA Date : 2015-08-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-08-25
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-07-14
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2016-07-22
Comments : No interview required.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Charlotte NC
Date Filed : 2016-09-06
NOA Date : 2016-09-09
Bio. Appt. : 2016-10-07
Interview Date : 2017-04-03
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2017-04-21
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Morocco
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 8, 2012
Embassy Review : Youssef got in line to enter the consulate at 7:45a and they let him into the building at 8h15 or so. They immediately sent him to the line to turn in his official documents (DS 230, etc.) and then they sent him to another line to pay the $240. After paying, he waited about two and a half hours before being called to receive papers that he'd turned in that were not needed (and to write my full name on a piece of paper). Then he waited about another hour before he was called to the interview room at about 11:35 or so.

The interviewer was an American guy who was maybe early to mid thirties, with a beard and blond hair, and glasses. He was very nice and pretty laid-back. The whole interview lasted about 25 minutes, and it flowed much like a conversation between new acquaintances/friends. The following is a list of some of the questions the CO asked Youssef:
*How did you and your fiance meet? (tagged/social networking site)
*How many friends do each of you have on that site?
*How many other Moroccan friends does she have?
*How many other American girl friends do you have?
*How often do you talk to other girls online?
*Why did I add him as a friend on the website?
*What do you have in common? (one of the answers was we both like dogs, and I have two... so the co asked what kinds of dogs I have/their names.)
*How many times has she come to visit you in Morocco?
*Have all her visits to Morocco been to visit just you?
*Where does she live?
*Tell me about her family?
*What's her job? (then he mentioned the job I had before my current one and the co asked a couple of questions about that out of interest).
*If he has any other friends/family in the US
*Has she ever sent you any money?
*He doesn't remember if they asked how we communicate, but he knows he offered the information.
*If we've talked about religion and children and other important things in a serious relationship.

Many of the questions above were as a result of what information Youssef was giving him in his responses because he just kept talking and talking until the CO interrupted him to ask another question. The CO always wanted to hear more about what Youssef was telling him and seemed genuinely interested. And when Youssef couldn't find a word he was trying to think of once or twice, the CO helped him remember the word (he couldn't remember the breed of one of my dogs, but he was able to describe it so the CO said the name of the breed.) Also, the interview was in English. I've read that they do this to make sure you can communicate between each other, but since Youssef and I usually speak more French together than anything else, I think it must be because they want to know how well he'll be able to assimilate in America.

He also said after about 3 questions the CO left the microphone on and went to the back to talk to another Co. He told the other Co we seemed like a legit couple and wanted to know what else to ask us. The second Co told him to keep asking questions about me. Youssef took the opportunity to tell the Co things besides what he was being asked, and let the CO know a couple of times that I was waiting next door at the cafe. The CO didn't want to see any of our new evidence. After about 25 minutes he told Youssef that he was approved and to come back Friday (today) at 3p to pick up the visa.

From my side, I was getting worried for Youssef when he hadn't come out by noon because he needed to take prescription medication at 11a. When I approached a CO outside and explained the situation, he started to lead me in to take Youssef his medicine. Luckily Y was coming out at the same time. But it was nice to see that they were willing to work with us. We went today to pick up the visa, and by 4p we had it in-hand Over all, we're very pleased with the service at the Casablanca consulate.

(updated on September 7, 2012)

(updated on September 7, 2012)
Rating : Good

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