SweetDelish's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: David
Beneficiary's Name: Shannon
VJ Member: SweetDelish
Country: Australia

Last Updated: 2021-02-24
Register or log in to follow this timeline


Immigration Checklist for David & Shannon:

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 : 2012-05-17
I-129F NOA1 : 2012-05-23
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2012-08-20
NVC Received :
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left :
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received : 2012-09-05
Packet 3 Sent : 2012-10-16
Packet 4 Received : 2012-10-22
Interview Date : 2012-11-20
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2012-11-30
US Entry : 2012-12-05
Marriage : 2012-12-20
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 89 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 181 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Honolulu
POE Date : 2012-12-05
Got EAD Stamp :
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : Have your x-rays in your carry on luggage, some officers have not requested them, but they did ask them of me, I was escorted to the baggage claim area to retrieve them and return to complete processing.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office : Memphis TN
Date Filed : 2013-02-25
NOA Date : 2013-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-03
AOS Transfer** :
Interview Date : 2013-09-12
Approval / Denial Date : 2013-09-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2013-09-21
Comments : Try NOT to move states while waiting for AOS to process. We started in Hawaii and moved to Tennessee, our file got stuck in Hawaii for ages, it took 2 infopass, and multiple phone calls to get it moved. I did the right thing and called when we knew we were moving (military) they told me to file a change of address when we arrived, I did that. Called to confirm. I called every 2 weeks from May through to August. Our interview was a breeze, officer told us that they like to see photos of us WITH other people - family etc. Which we had, she told us to gather 'more of the same' for the next time.

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-25
NOA Date : 2013-03-06
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2013-04-03
Approved Date : 2013-05-02
Date Card Received : 2013-05-24
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your EAD was approved in 66 days.

Advance Parole
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method :  
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2013-02-25
NOA Date : 2013-03-06
RFE(s) :
Date Received :
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your AP was approved in 66 days.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office : California Service Center
Date Filed : 2015-07-30
NOA Date : 2015-07-31
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2015-09-02
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2016-01-12
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received : 2016-01-19
Comments :

Event Date
Service Center : Online
CIS Office : Louisville KY
Date Filed : 2020-03-08
NOA Date : 2020-03-08
Bio. Appt. : 2020-12-16
Interview Date : 2021-02-12
Approved : Yes
Oath Ceremony : 2021-02-24
Comments : Huge delay on biometrics due to Covid shutdown, I was initially advised I would be automatically rescheduled. I wasn't, I had to appeal to USCIS to reschedule, once that happened, it went quickly.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Sydney, Australia
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : November 20, 2012
Embassy Review : My interview was scheduled at 8am, I arrived at 7.45am and the doors had just been opened, there were a few people waiting in line at the security check point on level 10, passport sighted and checked off against the interview list, everything goes through the x-ray, its more strict than an airport check point, liquids are allowed, but the guard must see you drink from the bottle before taking it up stairs, they asked me to take any paperwork and my wallet with me, the rest stayed with the guards.
take a seat to wait for the elevator, guard requested you step up to the elevator and sends you up to level 59, second checkpoint, passport sighted, checked off against a list for the second time, he buzzes you through the door, 'take a ticket for immigrant visa and take a seat' I was the 4th waiting, I waited about 30mins before my number was called to the window.

first part was checking paperwork, and fingerprints, signing one of my documents, can't remember which one, was told all was in order and to take a seat to wait for my interview.. she even wished me luck - friendly staff!

called to the farthest booth for my interview, left hand fingerprinted, right hand raised to swear to tell the truth. First part of questions was to verify my information, questions:
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
Have you visited the USA? how many times?
Have you had any trouble with US immigration?
What was your longest visit?
Other than NZ and Australia have you lived anywhere else longer than 6 months?

next was questions about our relationship:
Tell me about your fiance...
How did you meet? when did you meet in person? describe what that was like
What did your family think of him? What does his family think of you?
Have you ever been married? children? has your fiance been married? why did the marriage dissolve? children?
How will you support yourself? What kind of work will you do? Does your work have an office in the USA?
Will you go to Korea with your fiance?

I think that was it. and then the magical words "I believe you are in a legitimate relationship and I can approve your visa"
she explained the process with getting my passport and the envelope and what will happen at POE and then I need to marry in 90 days and will then deal with DHS to convert status.

She was formal but friendly about it and I had a really nice experience.

Rating : Very Good

Timeline Comments: None yet, be the first!

Register or log in to comment on this timeline

*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

vjTimeline ver 5.0