ellaparu's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Juancho
Beneficiary's Name: Juanita
VJ Member: ellaparu
Country: Philippines

Last Updated: 2016-08-05
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Immigration Checklist for Juancho & Juanita:

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 : 2012-02-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-02-27
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-09-02
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2012-10-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-10-20
US Entry : 2012-11-12
Marriage :
Comments : Flight was smooth. No harassment at all. Maybe its because I got my fiance with me.
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 188 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 231 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.


Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : JFK
POE Date : 2012-11-12
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : It was a smooth entry. Line was soooo long though.


Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Miami FL
Date Filed : 2013-03-25
NOA Date : 2013-04-08
RFE(s) : 2013-04-30
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-30
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2014-04-01
Approval / Denial Date : 2014-04-03
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : No
Greencard Received: 2014-04-09
Comments :


Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-25
NOA Date : 2013-04-03
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-30
Approved Date : 2013-06-06
Date Card Received : 2013-06-13
Comments :
Processing
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 73 days.


Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2016-01-04
NOA Date : 2016-01-15
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2016-02-04
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-08-01
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received :
Comments : No interview needed! Filed last January 2016 and received an approval letter on August 5, 2016. 7 months of waiting in total.


Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Manila, Philippines
Review Topic: General Review
Event Description
Review Date : October 15, 2012
Embassy Review : 7:00 AM- Arrived at Manila USEM. There was a long line already. I found out that immigrant applicants or k1 applicants have a different line. They asked for my DS forms, appointment letter and then passport. The lady put a sticker(bar code) on the back of my passport.

After that, I went inside for security check. Manong Guard asked me if I got electronics with me, I said, "No." and went inside.

Next is the line for getting your queue number. My lucky number is.. Tan tananan tanan!! "6151." After that. I went to Window 39. I dropped my forms there.

Ten minutes waiting. Window 40. The lady just asked for 2x2 pictures since the pics I submitted on St. Lukes are wrong, I was wearing necklace and didnt notice.

More waiting. About half an hour more and it was time for finger scanning.

I went back to my seat after that, and then guess again... I waited for my number to be called. One and a half more. Finally, my number was called. This time for the Filipino Screener. She was nice, I guess I got lucky since almost everyone who posted here on Vj said Filipino officers can be mean. She just asked more papers, like: BC, CENOMAR, NBI Clearance, 2011 ITR, W-2 2011, too. She then asked if she can see the photos of me and my fiance. And then, travel itineraries, and proofs of genuine relationship. She told me to show it to the CO if they ever ask for it.

Back to my seat again. Almost 11 AM. My number is finally called. This was the fun part. The CO is a pretty lady with brown hair. A brunette I guess? hehe (Peace yo officer! Love ya!)

So she was all smiling at me right from the moment I came, I told her "Good morninggggg!!" I realized I sound silly because I sound like singing. Haha. I was just happy and excited. She said "Good morning.", too. She asked me to raise my right hand, and swear to tell nothing but the truth. I said, "Yes, okay!"

Then the questions began for about five minutes:

CO: So. What do you love about your fiance?(LOL. I was a little shocked because I thought she is going to ask for my petitioner's name first, just like the pips here)

Me: My fiance is a great dancer!(laughs. The CO started laughing too.)

CO: Really? How did you know that he is such a great dancer??? (She was still smiling at me)

Me: I caught him break dancing at four AM in the morning! Oh, and I love his sense of humor, too. (The CO's face was like this--> and then.. )

CO: Really? Wow... Cool... SO how did the you meet?

Me: I met him online on cebuanas.com

CO: OHHH, are you a Cebuana?

Me: No, Ma'am, I am not.

CO: How old is your fiance?

Me: 35.

CO: You're okay with that? (She asked me this in a very careful tone. I'm relieved)

Me: OF COURSEEEE MA'AM mmmmmmm.. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!( I sounded like singing it was a very long tone)

CO: How many times has he been here?

Me: FOUR times.

CO: Four? That's good.

Me: Yes.

CO: Can i see your pictures together?

Me: Sure. (handed her my scrap book. she flipped through the pages. and asked more questions about the pics.)

CO: So what does he do for a living?

Me: He's an ophthalmic photographer. ( I was about to explain what my fiance's job is but she cut me out)

CO: OHHH.. He's a photographer! That's why your pictures look good together!! (HAHA I laughed at this one since I thought it was a joke.)

Me: Hehe

CO: Okay.... So I guess I'm going to approve your visa since YOUR FIANCE CAN BREAK DANCE AT FOUR IN THE MORNING.

Me: (clueless --> )

CO: Okay. Congratulations! Your visa is approved!!! ( I dont know but she sounded like I won "champion" on a beauty pageant)

Me: Really?????? Wow... THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!! (Started walking on cloud nine after that)


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Okay guys. Thank you for reading! I hope I made you guys entertained.

Oh, and for all those who are still waiting for their upcoming interview, just relax and be confident. Make sure you got complete papers too. Be POLITE AND ALWAYS SMILE LIKE THIS: and of course, PRAY!
It helps!

Have a good day!!!

P.S.

Night before the interview, I was feeling really nervous. I bought a stick of cigar and smoked outside Lotus Garden Hotel. After that, I went upstairs to go back to my room. (That time, I didn't have the key with me since my mom just told me to knock on the door cos she will open it for me.)
I knocked on RM. 2209. It was too late when I realized that my room is 3309!!!! I was so shocked to see an American guy opening the door for me. My face was like...
And he was like... I blurted out: "Soooorryyy!!!" and then ran away like an idiot! HAHAHA just sharing guys. Oh well, that's life. I hope he didn't think I am a prostitute or something.

Lesson of the story: LEARN TO RELAX AND STOP STRESSING YOURSELF BEFORE THE INTERVIEW. LEARN TO READ MAPS, TOO ASAP.
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