KVM's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: N
Beneficiary's Name: L
VJ Member: KVM
Country: Spain

Last Updated: 2016-02-19
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Immigration Checklist for N & L:

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 : Madrid, Spain
I-129F Sent : 2012-02-03
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-09
I-129F RFE(s) : NO :-)
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-07-02
NVC Received : 2012-07-17
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-19
Consulate Received : 2012-07-23
Packet 3 Received : 2012-08-13
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-08-20
Packet 4 Received : 2012-09-04
Interview Date : 2012-09-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-25
US Entry : 2012-12-02
Marriage : 2012-12-21
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 144 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 222 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Dallas
POE Date : 2012-12-02
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2013-02-11
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-09-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received:
Comments : Approved w/o interview

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-11
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-03-12
Approved Date : 2013-04-17
Date Card Received : 2013-04-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-11
NOA Date : 2013-02-19
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-04-25
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 65 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-08-17
NOA Date : 2015-08-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-09-15
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-02-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments : Approved w/o interview! DONE! :-)

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Madrid, Spain
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 20, 2012
Embassy Review : We just got our K1 Visa approved yesterday. The overall experience during my 2-days visit to Madrid was really good.

The first day I had a thorough medical checkup at Clinica Angloamericana [I had called both clinics after we got our NOA2 and I was decided to go for this one since, not only they were really kind and understanding when replying all my inquiries, but the other clinic's secretary was incredibly rude to me in the phone]. Before arriving I stopped at the bank and paid the Visa fees, just in case I wouldn't have enough time the day of the interview. [NOTE: It is a fixed amount agreed between the US Embassy and the bank, and thus it doesn't necessarily follow the exact USD/EURO rates, as the currency fluctuation is very rapid]

The medical exam consisted of a series of questions about my lifestyle and medical history, the doctor then checked my weight and height, and the nurse took a sample of my blood to check for syphilis. Afterwards, I paid the medical bill [it has to be cash] and was instructed to go to another clinic nearby (within a walking distance ~ 15/20 minutes aprox.) to get an X-Ray of my chest (for tuberculosis). They were all really really nice.

The results were ready the day after around 12.30pm. so after picking them up I walked to the US Embassy (again, within a walking distance ~ 10/15 minutes aprox.) I was lucky it wasn't very busy that morning; I entered the building immediately and only waited about 20 mintes to be called. The first officer asked me for the forms filled out [DS-156 +Attachments, DS-156k, and DS-157], the payment receipt from the ank, two pictures, the affidavit papers + attachments, and then she took my fingerprints. She was very friendly and made me feel more confident and relaxed; we even exchanged a few words about my home city since her husband is from there.
Then I sat down and waited another 20 minutes. The second officer asked me to sign the DS-156k in front of him and he took my fingerprints again. He revised some papers from our case and asked only two questions [his Spanish is not very good and I would have spoken English instead, but we understood each other without major issues]:

1. Where is your fiance at the moment?
2. How did you meet?

Then he said ''todo estŠ bien'' (everything's good) ''lo vamos a enviar'' (we will send it), meaning ''you are approved and receive your visa soon'' and that was it. I stepped out of the building and took a deep breath. I'm glad and grateful the final step was not too complicated, although I was obviously very nervous, and the officers were not hard on me. The atmosphere at the Embassy was in fact quite relaxed considering the importance of the matters being taken care of in there; so well, my best wishes to all other couples facing this process as well and my 5 stars to the US Embassy in Madrid!
Rating : Very Good

POE Review: Dallas
Event Description
Entry Date : 2012-12-02
Embassy Review : I had my POE at Dallas, TX airport a few days ago. I was worried I would not have enough time between flights (2.45 hours) and I would miss my last connecting flight, but it went really smooth.

I had booked a front and aisle seat and, as we landed, I was already kind of ready to run; I was among the first people, after business class, stepping out of the plane. I just followed the signs on my way to the POE area and waited for my turn in the Non-Citizens line. It was a 15 minutes wait aprox. The officer took my passport and the sealed big envelope + X-ray results I was carrying with me. He asked me where and how my fiance and I met, and reminded me that we have 90 days to get married. I was nervous, and he was remarkably nice and kind. Then he took my digital fingerprints and picture, and walked me to a room close by, where I waited 30/40 minutes aprox.

The officer who called me in the room simply entered my data (I guess) on the computer and asked me when we intend to wed; I said Dec, 21, and he congratulated me and gave me my passport back. He also gave me the X-ray results back and said they no longer need them and do as I please with them. I headed to the baggage claim.

I picked my three suitcases, that were sitting next to the tray after all that time, and walked through the exit where another officer checked my Customs form and passport/visa. He saw I am a K1 and he did not give a hard time. I dropped my baggage in the try for connecting flights and I cross the exit; I was ready to go!

Afterwards I just pass the airport control again and took the Skyline train to the terminal where my next flight was departing from. So basically, I was done and sitting by the boarding gate one hour before the flight, and I could finally breath... Less than three hours afterwards, I was hugging my fiance, who waited for me at my destination airpot with a red rose! :-)

So the POE went really smooth, but I still think that I was lucky with the waiting times. It was a Sunday, late evening; and I wonder how it would have turned out on a busier day/time.

Harassment Level : Low

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(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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