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blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Jillian
Beneficiary's Name: Cosmos
VJ Member: Bots2012
Country: Botswana

Last Updated: 2013-04-17
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Immigration Checklist for Jillian & Cosmos:

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 : South Africa
I-129F Sent : 2012-01-31
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-07
I-129F RFE(s) : NONE!! Thank God
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-06-20
NVC Received : 2012-07-13
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-07-16
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-07-19
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-07-19
Packet 4 Received : 2012-08-02
Interview Date : 2012-08-28
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-09-17
US Entry : 2012-09-29
Marriage : 2012-12-12
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 134 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 203 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Seattle
POE Date : 2012-09-29
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken :
Harassment Level :
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Seattle WA
Date Filed : 2013-01-13
NOA Date : 2013-01-17
RFE(s) : 2013-01-28
Bio. Appt. : 2013-02-12
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-04-09
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-04-09
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-04-17
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2013-01-13
NOA Date : 2013-01-17
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date : 2013-03-19
Date Card Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 65 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office :
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance :
Date Filed : 2013-01-13
NOA Date : 2013-01-17
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 65 days.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: South Africa
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : September 14, 2012
Embassy Review : Hi VJers,

My fiance, a citizen of Botswana, had his K1 visa at the end of August at the Joburg Consulate. Interview went very smooth, no trick questions, and although we had mountains of evidence for the I-134, nothing was specifically asked for. The one hiccup was that the Consulate's printer was broken, so although he was approved at the end of the interview, he had to travel back to Botswana, DHL his passport to the Joburg Consulate and arrange for DHL to pick it up and ship it to Botswana---at his own cost. That added another 2 weeks from the time he got approved to when he physically had his visa. Other than that the Consular staff were super responsive and friendly. I'd be contacting them with questions for about a year hahaha.

One piece of advice--we had experienced a VERY quick turn around time from when we submitted our DS-2001 via email(form which states my fiance was documentarily ready for interview) and when the interview was booked. Literally, it was booked for like 7 days after he submitted the form. Because he was coming from the north of Botswana on buses (2-3 day trip to Joburg)and was currently employed full time, it was hard to organize an international trip so quickly. So if you are coming from a surrounding Southern African country which is serviced by the Joburg Consulate just be VERY ready to drop everything and shoot to Joburg when you submit your DS-2001. We had thought they would schedule the interview a month away or at least some weeks based on other reviews.
Rating : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(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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