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Mike&Janssel's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Mike
Beneficiary's Name: Janssel
VJ Member: Mike&Janssel
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2014-07-11
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Immigration Checklist for Mike & Janssel:

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 : Manila, Philippines
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-22
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-29
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-09-13
NVC Received : 2012-09-20
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-09-24
Consulate Received : 2012-10-01
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2013-08-05
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-08-31
US Entry : 2013-09-24
Marriage : 2013-12-06
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 197 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 523 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2013-12-12
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-21
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2014-07-10
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-12-12
NOA Date :
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2014-01-21
Approved Date : 2014-03-04
Date Card Received : 2014-03-03
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 82 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 6, 2013
Embassy Review : It was 5:00am of August 5 with appointment time of 7:30am when I went to US Embassy and fall in line with other fellow applicants. There are vendors who will talk to you and you can ask them where is the line for K1 Visa or other visa applications and they will tell you which line. They will also show you things you shouldn't bring and included the cp, electronic gadgets, perfume, usb and no food and drinks allowed because there is canteen inside. There were 10 applicants already in line and K1,2,3 is in the same line so you expect it will be long line. But in comparison to other visa, KVisa is the shortest. So I was in 10th and you can talk to the other applicant while waiting time because KVisa is the last to be called to get inside. It was raining so its a pain for waiting time. I want to thank my fellow applicant Eorlyn for sharing umbrella because I forgot to bring one (toink!). The security guard will call the K line to get inside. The famous white tent is where you will pass, security guards will ask if there are electronic devices with us then the blue uniformed officers there will instruct you to bring out the DS156(2 copies), DS157(2 copies) and DS156K (1 copy), appointment letter and passport(no cover). They will staple it together and put the passport on ziplock. You will get inside of embassy and the scanners will be there and there is conveyor belt for bags and body scanner. You will be instructed to go to the Window 1,2,3 to give the stapled documents and give you your lucky number(6230 for me). The KVisas are in the far end where the gate is. You will see the board flashing random numbers and the window to go to. You have to wait for the blue officers to instruct what you have to do. An approachable guy instructed us to make sure that all the DS Forms are answered. One miss and the embassy/consulate might resched your interview and you dont want that so make sure everything is answered and put N/A or none to all blank if not applicable. Then the officer will say that you can give all the papers to him to double check it and it will be pass on Windows 43 for the finger scanning. Then all you have to do is wait for your number to be flash. It was 9 when my number flashed and went to Window 43. You have to go inside to the main building and open the heavy door and pass to scanner again and you will see a lot of applicants inside and the place is cold. The Indian-American guy (I think) will ask your name,petitioner,birthdate and you will be instructed for biometrics or finger scanning then you can go back to your sit outside or sit inside of the building because they are flashing the same number. Then I waited for my number to be flash again. It was quarter to ten when the officer instructed us for the remaining applicant to get inside and wait. It was 10 when my number flashed on Window 53 and it was Filipino Consulate. They ask tagalog and you can answer tagalog too. So here are the questions:

What is your name?
What is the name of your petitioner?
Birthdate? (He asked me twice)

Then he will instruct you to bring all the documents:
NBI Clearance
NSO Birth Certificate
Affidavit of Support

My supporting documents were bind together with Paystubs,Employment Letter,Bank Accounts and other supporting documents so I asked if I can just give the whole documents because everything he need is in that book and he said ok. He checked that and I was so nervous that he will notice or say something on my Birth certificate because my surname has ñ but its written only N. That is my main concern that time and might be a problem. But he didn't and I was so glad. He continued the interrogation.

When did you meet?
How did you meet?
How many times he visit you?
When is the last time you saw him?

He asked pictures of us together and I choose 6 pictures each visits and he scanned everything and gave it back. Then he asked more about how we met then checked all the papers again. He instructed me to sign a paper and after that I went back to my sit and wait for my number to be flash again.

By the time of 12:00pm my number is not flashing and I was getting nervous that something happened or they see something. But don't be nervous if your name will be called last or its taking so long because as what the officers says, Everything is random. You just have to look at the board every once in a while or watch tv/cartoon to make the waiting bearable. You will feel so nervous and excited because the American consulate will be next. They have lunch break so we went outside to get food and go back at 1:00pm. You can go outside of the embassy or eat at the snack bar/canteen inside of the embassy because they are selling rice and viand, sandwiches and drinks. I didn't bother to go out because 1 hour is not long and I was so tired (lack of sleep) and wanted to just sit and rest my eyes from looking that red numbers flashing for the past 4 hours.

Exactly 1:00pm the board flashed new number and the interview started. My number flashed after 4 applicants and I went to window 63. It was a nice Chinese-American guy seems like the same age of my fiance. He was smiling and I was thinking it will be nice conversation because the consulate ate and starting his work for the afternoon.

I swore and the questions begin:

What is your name?
Who is your petitioner today?
What is your birthdate?
Describe me your fiance? Does he have hobbies?
How many times he visit?
When did we meet?
So your cousin introduce you to him? (He was reading the note of the Filipino Consulate)
How did he propose?
Are you surprise?
Did he give you engagement ring?
Are you talking about wedding? Any plans?
Do you have kids?
What about him?
Is he married before?
Are you married before?

He didn't ask any proof to me or pictures. Then after looking at the supporting documents I passed on Filipino Consulate he said "Everything is good, I am approving you." My smile is so big and I thanked him twice and smiled at me. Then I went back to my sit and then waited for the last step -The Releasing.

I stayed close to the Window 66-73 because they are not flashing number but announcing it inside their window so you have to pay attention to what they are saying. My number called on window 71 and the guy asked my name, birthday and my petitioner. He looked at my papers and the monitor and smiled at me and say "You can go home." I said thank you with enthusiasm and walked out of the embassy. Then again, you have to push 3 heavy doors but if you are so happy and feeling great you can lift and push heavy doors and all the nervousness, hardship, waiting and sleepiness is worth it. I want to say thank you for the VJ for the reviews and to the people here helped me to get in this part. Now, I'm waiting for my visa to be delivered and ready to for my PDOS seminar.

Goodluck to the next applicants for the interview, just stay relax and smile always, be polite and bring a big and long PATIENCE. Hehehe.
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