LeftCoastLady's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Angel
Beneficiary's Name: Si
VJ Member: LeftCoastLady
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2015-10-17
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Immigration Checklist for Angel & Si:

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 : 2012-01-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-01-24
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-06-15
NVC Received : 2012-07-13
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-17
Consulate Received : 2012-07-20
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-28
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-08-29
Packet 4 Received : 2012-09-26
Interview Date : 2012-10-24
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-10-31
US Entry : 2012-11-18
Marriage : 2012-12-01
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 143 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 274 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : San Francisco
POE Date : 2012-11-18
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Portland OR
Date Filed : 2013-02-13
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-18
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-05-16
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-05-16
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2013-05-24
Comments : We arrived 30 minutes prior to our scheduled appointment. After waiting a bit, our names were called.

After walking into the officer's office, we were sworn in. The officer asked my husband the yes/no questions from the I-485. From there, she asked us about how we met, when we decided to start the process, when we were married, etc.

She asked if we had any information we'd like to add to our file. Well, I came prepared with a ton of paperwork and was happy to hand off most of it! Copies of our bank statements, phone bills, insurance verification, lease for our home, and a few more photos taken since our wedding.

The officer approved my husband's adjustment of status and then informed him about the removal of conditions process.

In all, the interview took about 20 minutes.


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-13
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-18
Approved Date : 2013-04-29
Date Card Received : 2013-05-06
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 75 days.


Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-13
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-05-06
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 75 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-03-30
NOA Date : 2015-04-01
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-08-28
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2015-10-08
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Green Card Received : 2015-10-15
Comments :


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : October 24, 2012
Embassy Review : As told to me by my fiancÚ...

After stopping by Gould's to drop off his phone and other electronic items, he joined the queue at the Embassy gate. He said there were maybe 60 people ahead of him, but he was inside by 7:50AM.
Around 8:35AM, he met with a black woman who had braided hair with gold beads on the ends. She also happened to be from my birth state of Maryland, go figure! He said she was nice. She took his paperwork and compiled the file that would be used for the interview. In the interview letter, they asked him to bring the DS-156, 157 and 156k forms, even though those were already mailed in. He had copies of all of those plus the DS-230, which wasn't mentioned in the letter. However, when he went to the first window, he was asked for all of those DS forms, including the DS-230. So, make sure you have copies of all of the DS forms submitted and bring at least one additional set of copies just in case.

She also said that if the petitioner pays the visa fee, that the MRV receipt should be attached to the I-134 documentation. Not sure if anyone else has heard of that previously, but figured it would be worth mentioning. In all, that process took about 15 minutes.

From there, he sat back down to wait for his number, I-907, to be called. About 20-30 minutes later, he was called to another window. The CO was a youngish man with a dark short beard with brown hair. My fiancÚ said he looked like the actor Chris O'Dowd. The CO didn't ask to see any proof of relationship/proof of ongoing relationship items.

Questions asked:
How did you come into contact with [LeftCoastLady]?
When did you first meet in real life?
Were you in a relationship after that?
What do you think brought you two together as a couple?
Have you seen [LeftCoastLady] this year?
How do you stay in touch? (Again, the CO just asked the question, but did not ask for any print-outs of Skype logs, etc.)

Although my fiancÚ's police certificate came back clean, he did have an old arrest (over 20 years ago for being a drunk punk/mouthing off, but no fighting or anything like that) which he noted on the DS-230. He was asked about why he put down why he'd been arrested and if he'd been arrested anywhere else since. (He hasn't.)

What do you plan on doing job-wise in the US?
He was asked about my family and if he's met them.
How long has [LeftCoastLady] been in Portland?
What are the plans for the wedding?
Has [LeftCoastLady] ever been married? Does she have any kids?
How much money does [LeftCoastLady] earn? What does she do for a living?

After telling my fiancÚ he was approved, the CO said, "I think you'll like it, I'm from Oregon." The CO reminded my fiancÚ to take the slip to the courier to have his passport with the visa delivered. He left the embassy around 9:45AM. After returning to Gould's to pick up his electronic things, he found a quiet side street to call me to share the good news!
Rating : Very Good


POE Review: San Francisco
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-11-18
Embassy Review : My fiancÚ managed to rush off the plane and was towards the beginning of the customs queue. Fortunately, the officer working the queue knew how to process K-1 visas.

The officer asked him a few questions to confirm his identity, asked when we would be married, and then wished him much happiness as she sent my fiancÚ on his way. In all, it took about 15 minutes.
Harassment Level : Low


Local US CIS Office Review: Portland OR
Review Topic: cis_topic
Event Description
Review Date : May 16, 2013
Embassy Review : We arrived 30 minutes prior to our scheduled appointment. After waiting a bit, our names were called.

After walking into the officer's office, we were sworn in. The officer asked my husband the yes/no questions from the I-485. From there, she asked us about how we met, when we decided to start the process, when we were married, etc.

She asked if we had any information we'd like to add to our file. Well, I came prepared with a ton of paperwork and was happy to hand off most of it! Copies of our bank statements, phone bills, insurance verification, lease for our home, and a few more photos taken since our wedding.

The officer approved my husband's adjustment of status and then informed him about the removal of conditions process.

In all, the interview took about 20 minutes.
Harassment Level : Very Good


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