Hannah B's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Hannah
Beneficiary's Name: Hannah
VJ Member: Hannah B
Country: United Kingdom

Last Updated: 2018-01-23
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Immigration Checklist for Hannah & Hannah:

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 : London, United Kingdom
I-129F Sent : 2012-03-19
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-03-22
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-10-30
NVC Received : 2012-11-07
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-11-07
Consulate Received : 2012-11-08
Packet 3 Received : 2012-11-19
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-11-16
Packet 4 Received : 2013-01-18
Interview Date : 2013-01-29
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2013-02-08
US Entry : 2013-03-12
Marriage : 2013-03-14
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 222 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 313 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Chicago
POE Date : 2013-03-12
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : No
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Fort Smith AR
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-22
RFE(s) : 2013-04-22
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-22
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2014-09-23
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-09-23
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2014-10-04
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-22
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2013-06-17
Date Card Received : 2013-06-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 91 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-18
NOA Date : 2013-03-22
RFE(s) :
Date Received : 2013-06-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 91 days.

Event Date
Service Center : Lewisville TX Lockbox
CIS Office : Boston MA
Date Filed : 2017-12-29
NOA Date : 2018-01-11
Bio. Appt. : 2018-01-22
Interview Date :
Approved :
Oath Ceremony :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: London, United Kingdom
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 5, 2013
Embassy Review : Overall my experience at the interview was very straight forward and positive. I detail below exactly what happened so that it may assist others with interviews coming up.

My interview was on Tuesday 29th January at 9.00am. Me and my mum left my home at 4.30am as I live in Gloucestershire and wanted to leave plenty of time to get to London for my 9.00am appointment. We drove to the outskirts of London and parked at Perivale tube station which is a very convenient station if you are coming from the West. Parking costs only £4.00 all day and it is in zone 4 of the central line with really easy access straight into the City. The journey was very smooth and me and my mum were actually in central London by 7.00am. I checked my cell phone in at the chemist for £3.00 and made my way to the Embassy whilst my mum went off to get breakfast and shop til I was finished.

I got into the queue at 7.20am. There were 4-5 people in front of me. The Embassy staff were starting to get ready and we were told to form a queue (which had grown quite quickly by 7.30). We were told they would start letting people in at 7.30. Just prior to this a lady began going down the queue one by one asking what type of appointment they had and checking our appointment letter and passport. We were told to put any belts money etc. into our bag and that electronic items were prohibited. At 7.30am they started letting people in. We again had to show our passport and appointment letter. We were let into security 3-4 at a time. We only had to put our bags through the conveyor belt and it seemed more relaxed than airport security (e.g. no removal of jackets or shoes required). We were then directed into the building.

On arrival at reception I again showed my appointment letter and I was given some bar coded stickers which were placed on top. I had ticket number I901 which I learnt was the first in the queue for K1 visas. Almost everyone else was there for employment visas and had N numbers. The building was like a bank. There were rows of seats and screens in the middle of the room indicating which ticket numbers were being seen at which window. The ticket numbers were also called out on the load speaker by an automated voice. There is a small kiosk at one end of the room which sells drinks and snacks and the DX courier desk at the other end.

Promptly at 8.00am people began to be called to the windows. I was called to Window 1 within 2-3 minutes and was met by the quiet spoken Asia lady. She was very friendly and told me not to be nervous. She was also very talkative and it was hard to differentiate between the small talk and when she was actually asking me something about the visa. It took about 15 minutes and I was asked for the following documents one by one (in order):

1. Passport
2. Appointment letter (which she returned to me)
3. MVC receipt
4. 2 passport photos Ė She didnít particularly like my photos and said my head was slanted. I had had them done at Walgreens whilst I was in America at Christmas and had specified they were for immigration purposes but when they appeared on her computer they did seem slanted to one side. I offered to get some more from the photo booth inside the building but she said that was okay and just to make sure I get better ones when I adjust my status later on.
5. Original birth certificate and 1 copy
6. Original police certificate and 1 copy
7. I-134. I explained I had a co-sponsor and asked if she wanted the forms for both my fiancť and the cosponsor. She only wanted the my fianceís but then decided to take both.
8. Financial evidence. The only item she requested was an employment letter for my cosponsor which I provided. I didnít have one for my fiancť. I also had copy paystubs for both my cosponsor and fiancť which I provided. I had both their IRS transcripts in case they were required but she didnít ask for them.

She then gave me a pink slip for the courier and asked me to take a seat and wait for the interview. I sat down at about 8.15am and filled the slip in with my contact details whilst I waited.

At 9.10 I was called to Window 14. Instead of my number coming up on the screen I was called by my name. I was met by the young Asian man I had heard about. His voice was much clearer and he was also friendly. He asked me the following questions:

1. How long have you been together?
2. Have either of you been married before?
3. Do either of you have children?
4. What is the custody arrangement for the children? (as he has children)
5. What does he do for a living?
6. What do you do for a living?
7. Who is the cosponsor?
8. What does he do for a living?
9. How do you like Arkansas?

And that was it, he said Iím pleased to say you are approved and asked me to go to the courier desk to complete the forms.

I have a slightly unusual situation as my fiancť has some criminal convictions which we declared on our original petition and provided court documentation for. But following the questions at the interview I was slightly concerned that the officer had not asked me anything about them as I know that the purpose of having to disclose them on the I-129F is because of the requirement that I be made aware of them. So I said to the officer that he had some criminal convictions and I just wanted him to know that I was aware of them. He said he didnít realise he had any convictions and began flicking through the file again. He went straight past the court records on the file and just asked if I was okay with his past and I said I was and he said thatís fine and that he would make a note on the file that I had provided him with this information. I thought afterwards maybe I shouldnít have said anything but I didnít want to risk him noticing it on his file later and it causing problems. I just wanted to add this for anyone else that is in a similar position. I was really worried they would ask me lots of details about it so I had spent quite a bit of time studying the court records.

The interview part only took around 5 minutes and then I filled in the courier form and paid the fee and I was out of the embassy by about 9.20am. Itís a great relief to be able to have been approved and be able to start finalising plans for the move. Good luck to everyone else who is still waiting for the interview. The waiting is the hardest past and the interview itself was very smooth for me.


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