JEC777's US Immigration Timeline

blank avatar   Petitioner's Name: Josh
Beneficiary's Name: Jill
VJ Member: JEC777
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2019-11-11
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Immigration Checklist for Josh & Jill:

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 : Sydney, Australia
I-129F Sent : 2012-05-01
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-05-10
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-08-03
NVC Received : 2012-08-10
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2012-08-16
Consulate Received : 2012-08-23
Packet 3 Received : 2012-09-12
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-11-09
Packet 4 Received : 2012-11-19
Interview Date : 2012-12-18
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-12-21
US Entry : 2012-12-30
Marriage : 2013-03-12
Comments : Woo Hoo!!!
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 85 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 : Los Angeles
POE Date : 2012-12-30
Got EAD Stamp : No
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments :

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Helena MT
Date Filed : 2013-03-27
NOA Date : 2013-04-04
RFE(s) : 2013-04-19
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-23
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-11-04
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-11-13
Comments : No interview. Received interview waiver letter in August then an RFE on the 25th of October for a G325a (they must have lost the one I submitted). RFE response received November 4th by USCIS and got email saying AOS approved and card production that same day.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-03-27
NOA Date : 2013-04-04
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-23
Approved Date : 2013-06-07
Date Card Received : 2013-06-15
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 72 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2015-10-21
NOA Date : 2015-10-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-11-17
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-04-26
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp : Yes
Green Card Received : 2016-05-03
Comments : Received Greencard in the mail May 3rd. No RFE's and no interview!!

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Helena MT
Date Filed : 2019-05-14
NOA Date : 2019-05-16
Bio. Appt. : 2019-06-03
Interview Date : 2019-09-22
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2019-11-14
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : December 18, 2012
Embassy Review : Oh my gosh I can\'t tell you how good it feels to click on that \"Approval\" button on my VJ Timeline!

What a day! Up at 4am for a 6am coach to Sydney from Canberra with my 3 kiddos. The charge on the iPods didn\'t last as long as I\'d hoped but had some jelly babies on back up.

So, got to the Consulate at 10.30am and went up to Level 10 Reception, all through Security and then straight up to the Consulate. In the foyer of the Level 10 Security there is a huge photograph on the wall of Glacier National Park in Montana, just near where there kids and I will be living.... took it as a good sign

Showed my Passport to a lady before she buzzed me into the Consulate. Collected my ticket to wait and sat down. Poor kids, after 4 hours on a Coach they now had to sit patiently until we were called. After about an hour we called up, they were pretty busy. The lady had our file there, several inches thick, and gradually went through the process of checking off each piece of paperwork that had been submitted, everything!!

I have been REALLY nervous about the Affidavit of Support, for any of you who may have read my earlier posts we submitted for proof of income a letter from my partners Employer and that was it. At the last minute Josh sent me his last 3 years tax returns and in case things looked desperate I also went in armed with proof of Child Support payments for the kids and bank statements showing I have lots of savings. She finally came to the I-134 read though it, read the letter from Josh's Employer and without a single further question went on continuing with the rest of the forms. She didn't ask for anything more, the Tax returns and bank statements never saw the light of day. I was gobsmacked and elated and so relieved!! Finally she said, OK everything looks really good here, nothing has been left out so just take a seat and you will be called for the remaining interview where you will be asked about your relationship etc and be notified of any further documents that may be required. I inwardly gulped and thought maybe the I-134 stuff will come up then.

By this time the kids have really had enough of waiting, it took about an hour for the lady to go through all the paperwork, and now we had to wait again. After about half an hour I think, we were called up. The guy was really nice! He joked with the kids and was really easygoing. He asked me how, when, where we met, had I visited the US before, how often, what does my partner do where would we live and apart from just general kind of chat with the kids and myself....that was it. He said all looks good, don't need any further documents, the Visa is valid for 6 months from today and you have to get married within 90 days etc....honestly, it was a breeze. The worst part was the worrying beforehand and the loooong time the poor kids had to wait, but the process itself was straightforward.

I think the thing the got us through was just having really well prepared paperwork. Make sure you have everything you need. I watched half a dozen people go up to the window for various Visas, and every one of them was told they had been approved on condition of further documents/evidence to be sent in....things like their medical results, police prepared guys!!!

So, now we wait for our Passports to arrive in the post. He asked when we were travelling and I told him we have flights booked for the 30th, he said we should be right. We\'ve come this far, I know we\'ll be fine. There\'s not a lot of options for the kids unfortunately, you can only take up your wallet and paperwork, so keeping them entertained is hard. I think it was a pretty busy day today though, so things may not go as slow for everyone else.

You should\'ve seen the smiles on our faces after we got the YES we have been waiting so long for. HAPPY DAY!!!

(updated on December 18, 2012)
Rating : Very Good

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